Tag:Recruiting
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Warren and his "old man's game" attract suitors

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Some say T.J. Warren has an “old man’s game” or is coasting through games, but Warren doesn’t let that bother him.

He simply continues to get the job done.

Warren, a 6-foot-7 forward from Word of God (N.C.), starred this past season alongside Torian Graham and Joseph Uchebo and continues to impress on the AAU circuit with Garner Road. He has a versatile offensive game, with the ability to knock down mid-range jumpers and also finish at the rim with his strength. Warren has good hands and runs the floor well.

His skill set makes him a difficult match-up for most opponents.

“It’s because of my size,” Warren said. “I can put it on the floor, I have the ability to handle and I can shoot.”

While he is currently a combo forward who can play inside, Warren is looking to make the transformation to a wing.

“Colleges see me as a three,” he said. “I’m improving my foot speed and my 3-point shooting. I’m trying to get a killer instinct.”

Warren has seen his recruiting take off recently, picking up offers and interest from a variety of schools.

“Right now, in no order, it’s Florida, North Carolina State, Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State and Louisville,” he said.

Warren also mentioned Arizona State, Arizona and Virginia Tech at one point.

He said he has no favorites or a timeline for a decision.

“I’m wide open,” Warren said. “I’m looking for style of play and location.”

Photo: Highschoolhoop.com

Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Jerome Hairston on the high-major radar

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Jerome Hairston has flown under the radar for most of his basketball career, but that might change soon.

With the lack of big-time point guards in the class of 2012, Hairston’s performance this spring has put him on the map with various high-major schools.

This past weekend, Hairston helped lead East Coast Fusion to a U-17 title at the Southern Jam Fest in Hampton, Va. He can get into the lane using the dribble, and then finish at the rim or kick out to a teammate. Hairston plays well in transition, getting baskets with contact and also running the break. He can knock down 3-pointers with consistency as well.

“I’m used to being underrated,” Hairston said. “Being from Wyoming, it happens a lot. It happened to my brother and it happened to my cousin, [former Wake Forest star and current NBA player] James Johnson. I moved out here for exposure.”

Hairston, a 6-foot-3 point guard, is now at Liberty Christian Academy (Va.). With his recent play in Pittsburgh and Hampton, his recruitment is starting to pick up.

“South Carolina is on me really hard,” Hairston said.

He also mentioned UNC-Asheville, Virginia, Boston College, Yale and James Madison as teams currently in the mix.

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Hairston is not in any rush to make a decision, but he knows what level he's gunning for.

“Of course I want to play high-major,” he said. “But wherever I play, I want to help the team out, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench.”

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Sophomore Austin Colbert gets taste of U-17 level

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Growing up, it’s always fun to hang out with the older kids a little bit, but everyone seems more comfortable with people their own age.

For Austin Colbert, it is the same way in AAU basketball.

Colbert is arguably the best player in the Team Final AAU program, but the sophomore admittedly struggled playing with the U-17 team.

“They were all in my grill, as far as being stronger and defending me,” Colbert said at the Southern Jam Fest last weekend.

Moving back down to his natural age group, the young power forward looked more relaxed and was able to showcase his full skill set.

“It’s a little bit easier than playing with the 17s,” Colbert said. “I’m real comfortable, we’ve played together before.”

Despite that, Colbert said he enjoyed playing up a level because it gave him a chance to go against the best of the best in the class of 2012.

“It’s good for exposure,” he said. “We get to see where we compare against some real talented players.”

Colbert, a 6-foot-9 prospect from St. Patrick (N.J.), has been ranked among the top players in his class for a few years. He is very long and athletic, showing the ability to run the floor and finish in transition. Colbert is an outstanding shot-blocker who can also guard players off the dribble due to his lateral quickness.

In order to become more attractive at the next level, Colbert is expanding his game to the perimeter. He showed off his outside jumper and spent time around the arc.

“I want to move out a little bit, try to be a three,” Colbert said. “I’m athletic, I can stretch out and guard four of five positions.”

As far as recruiting, Colbert named a top five of Seton Hall, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Oklahoma.

“I want to go to a running school with a good coach,” he said.

By then, expect Colbert to fit right in with older players. 

Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Maryland recruit asks for release

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

Wally Judge choosing Rutgers over Maryland was the first recruiting domino to fall after Gary Williams’ retirement.

Another one fell on Wednesday, as Terrapins’ signee Sterling Gibbs has asked for his release from Maryland.

“He’s asking for a release so he can fairly weigh his options,” said Gary Charles, Gibbs’ AAU coach with the New York Panthers. “Until he gets his release, he cannot talk to anyone.

“The same way Maryland had to do what they had to do, Sterling has gotta do what he’s gotta do.”

Since the news broke that Gibbs was opening his recruitment, Charles has heard from several schools. Florida, Louisville, Miami (Fl.), Texas, Seton Hall, Providence and Colorado are some of the schools that have already reached out.

Maryland is also still in the mix for the 6-foot-1 point guard from Seton Hall Prep (N.J).

“Absolutely,” Charles said. “Sterling doesn’t know [head coach Mark] Turgeon from a can of paint, and I don’t think Turgeon knows Sterling either.”

Turgeon did reach out to Gibbs’ family on Tuesday night – which is the first contact Gibbs has had with anyone from Maryland since Williams retired.

The former head coach never called Gibbs to notify him he was retiring.

“Nothing,” Charles said. “Didn’t even contact him.”

While Gibbs does not have a timeline for another decision, Charles said he does want to choose a school before summer school starts in June.

Photo: NJ.com 

Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Shaq Goodwin continues national rise

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

Shaq Goodwin was always highly-regarded in the class of 2012. He was a top-50 recruit that took a backseat to many of his teammates on the Atlanta Celtics and Memphis YOMCA.

This spring, though, Goodwin has taken off. He is now ranked in the top-15 by most scouts, and as high as No. 10 by one service.

“It’s really a privilege,” Goodwin said. “I would have never thought.”

The 6-foot-8 forward from Southwest Dekalb (Ga.) is a long and athletic combo forward that runs the floor and finishes in transition. Goodwin is one of the best passers in the country for his position, and he is a match-up nightmare due to his ability to make shots and post up players around the rim.

He said his rise in the rankings is due to more publicity and a chance in focus.

“People just noticing me,” Goodwin said. “And really taking the game serious. I was [before], but I was having too much fun.”

In terms of recruiting, he now has a top five of UCLA, Memphis, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. In April, Miami (Fl.) was in the top four but the recent coaching change has dropped them back in the pack.

“I don’t know,” Goodwin said. “I just don’t know them.”

While he said he has no favorites, he did say Alabama and Florida are coming after him the hardest. Both teams picked up their interest after Goodwin’s performance during the spring.

He also wants to take an unofficial visit to UCLA in June.

“Somewhere where I can play and won’t get in trouble,” Goodwin said when asked what he was looking for in a school. “Certain cities where they let me do what I want there. Maybe I’ll get in trouble there.”

For now, opponents are the only ones in trouble.

Photo: Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:16 pm
 

High school sophomore gets pro offer

Posted by Jeff Borzello

On Monday, we introduced you to 2013 prospect Aquille Carr, a highly-touted guard from Baltimore.

Carr is a great story: he’s 5-foot-6 yet is one of the most explosive scorers in the country and is a consensus top-50 prospect.

The story took a turn towards mythical status later Monday, when it was revealed the diminutive prospect received a $750,000 pro offer from Lottomatica Virtus Roma in the Italian league.

Carr, who plays at Patterson (Md.) and runs with the Baltimore Panthers on the AAU circuit, went to Milan in late April and helped lead the United States team to the gold medal at the Junior International Tournament.

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While there, Carr averaged nearly 41 points per game and became something of a cult hero. According to Cameron Smith of Prep Rally, Italian fans carried him off the court after one game.

“I would be interested in [playing abroad] one day,” Carr told Joe Davis of Scouts Focus. “It was fun over there. I just want to keep [the Roma offer] in mind. I don’t want to make my decision so fast. But perhaps we might do that.”

Roma is the same club team that signed Brandon Jennings out of high school.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Uncommitted big man chooses Illinois

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Illinois utilized a three-man post rotation for most of last season, with Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale and Bill Cole all averaging over 20 minutes per game. All three will be gone next season, leaving Bruce Weber without much frontcourt depth.

Weber took a step towards correcting that problem on Sunday, as 2011 prospect Ibrahima Djimde committed to the Fighting Illini.

Djimde, a Mali native who played at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), took a trip to Champaign at the end of April. Old Dominion was the other team Djimde considered after Indiana dropped out of the race once Remy Abell signed.

“Conference, players, coach Weber,” Huntington coach Rob Fulford said when asked why Djimde chose Illinois. “They had a need for a post player.”

Djimde is a 6-foot-9 center that runs the floor effectively and finishes well at the rim. He has quick hands and great reaction speed, which helps when it comes to blocking shots and racking up deflections on the defensive end.

“He’s an immediate post presence,” Fulford said. “Rebounds and defends at a very high rate. Plays extremely hard and usually scores because he plays harder than his defender.”

Djimde is the sixth member of Weber’s 2011 recruiting class. He joins guard Tracy Abrams, wings Mycheal Henry and Devin Langford, and forwards Mike Shaw and Nnanna Egwu.

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Despite his inexperience, Fulford thinks Djimde will make an immediate impact in the Big Ten.

“They loved him for how they play,” he said.

Photo: The Herald-Dispatch

 
 
 
 
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