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Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Five-star big man Robert Carter rises up rankings

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In a class filled with high-quality big men, Robert Carter might have a leg up on everyone in one area: post play.

Simply put, Carter might be the best back-to-the-basket scorer in the country.

The 6-foot-7 power forward from Thomasville (Ga.) made it clear at the NBPA Top 100 camp that he wasn’t backing down from anyone.

“I’m trying to prove that I want to be the best guy, not just one of the best big guys,” Carter said. “I want to show people what I can do.”

While smaller than most of the other five-star big men, Carter has a great jump hook and very good fundamentals around the basket. He is strong enough to bull through defenders and finish at the rim, while also possessing the touch to knock down face-up jumpers from the arc. Carter has tremendous hands and knows how to create space and make himself available on the block.

He went against some of the top players in the class, and held his own for much of the week.

“I’m going to go at everyone, go out and battle,” Carter said. “I’m going to show my athleticism, agility, show my footwork, blocking shots, dunking, everything.”

Carter has been on the high-major radar for quite awhile, but really picked up his recruiting of late.

With so many schools in pursuit, Carter is just taking his time with the process.

“I have no list, all the ACC, all the SEC,” he said. “I’m going to cut my list at the end of July.”

He currently holds offers from a number of schools, including Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Virginia Tech. Most of the ACC and SEC schools are on his trail as well.

One school that has been associated with Carter recently is Kentucky. Some reports stated the Wildcats offered the rising senior, but Carter said he hasn’t personally talked to the coaching staff at UK.

“I’ve heard about it, but I can’t confirm that,” he said.

With major schools like North Carolina and Kentucky sniffing around but not offering yet, and so many other schools in the mix, Carter is not ready to name favorites or places he wants to visit.

“No one’s coming at me the hardest,” he said.

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Brandon Ashley stakes claim to top-five ranking

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – When discussing the top players in the class of 2012, Brandon Ashley is not always mentioned in the case for number one.

Ashley takes offense to that.

“I definitely feel like I belong in the top five,” he said. “I know I’m just as good or better. My skill level is not an issue. I just have to play harder, play more consistently.”

The 6-foot-9 forward from Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) certainly made his case at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week. Ashley showed off his all-around skill set, scoring with his back to the basket and knocking down face-up jumpers. He runs the floor better than most big men, and also handles the ball and passes well for someone his size.

Ashley’s potential is through the roof, and when he brings maximum effort, he is tough to contain.

“I’m trying to become an all-around better player, an inside-outside player,” he said.

Ashley has plenty of suitors at this point, but said he is ready to cut down his list in the near future. For now, though, it seems a number of colleges have a shot at him.

“I’m wide-open, but a lot of the same schools [are involved],” Ashley said. “The Pac-10, the SEC, Kansas, schools like that. Everyone is coming at me the hardest.”

In addition to the entire Pac-10 and Kansas, Wake Forest, Texas, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Connecticut and others are also recruiting him.

One school mentioned in association with Ashley in the past has been Kentucky, but he said the Wildcats’ pursuit has tailed off.

“They’ve sent me a few emails, but that’s it,” he said.

When Ashley does make a final decision – which doesn’t look like any time soon – he is looking for a school that already has established talent on the roster

 “I want to go to a place where I’m surrounded by good players, with a good coaching staff,” Ashley said.

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Five-star guard Gary Harris cuts list to top five

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Gary Harris has been notoriously quiet when it comes to recruitment, keeping it close to the vest.

At the NBAPA camp on Thursday, Harris made it clear he’s making advancements in the process.

“Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Purdue are coming at me the hardest,” Harris said. “That’s my top five.”

Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard from Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), is one of the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2012. He is physical and long, which makes him tough on the defensive end and difficult to stop on the offensively. Harris is deadly with his mid-range game, and is working on getting to the basket.

The five schools on his list will have to wait to see him make his next move.

“After the summer is over, or after this June and July, my parents and I are going to sit down and talk about it,” Harris said. “I’m looking for a school where I can get playing time.”

Harris, rated as a five-star recruit by most services, is also looking to demonstrate his ability to run an offense and facilitate for others.

“I want to come here, play my total game, show off my versatility,” he said. “I want to show what I can do, show that I’m not one-dimensional.”

“I want to be a combo guard, I’m working on my ball-handling,” Harris added.

If the Midwesterner is able to consistently handle the ball and switch between the two guard positions, he will have no problem making an impact at the next level.

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