Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 2:38 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Florida State may have finally found a point guard.
Jeff Peterson, who spent his first two seasons at Iowa and the last two at Arkansas, told CBSSports.com that he is transferring to play for Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles.
``I had a great visit and it’s a great situation for me,” Peterson said on Wednesday afternoon. ``I enjoyed being with the coaching staff and the players. It just feels like a good opportunity.”
The 6-foot Peterson didn’t put up eye-popping numbers last season with the Razorbacks, but he is a pure point guard – something that’s been lacking in Tallahassee for a while now.
Peterson will be able to play this season due to the NCAA’s rule which allows players that have finished their undergraduate degree to transfer elsewhere and play immediately.
Peterson averaged 10.6 points and 4.2 assists as a sophomore at Iowa before transferring to Arkansas. He averaged 6.3 points and 2.4 assists last season in Fayetteville while starting 23 games, but decided to transfer after the coaching change that brought Mike Anderson to the Razorbacks.
He’ll come in and challenge veteran Luke Loucks and sophomore Ian Miller for the starting spot – and worst case, he’ll give FSU another option at the point.
Florida State lost Chris Singleton and Derwin Kitchen, but will likely be a Top 25 team with guys like Michael Snaer on the perimeter and no shortage of big men.
"They are so big,” Peterson said. ``I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m by far the shortest player on the team.”
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:32 pm
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.
Photo: NBA Camp
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 3:44 pm
By Jeff Goodman
A year ago, Justin Knox (North Carolina) and John Fields (Tennessee) took advantage of an NCAA rule allowing players who had finished their undergraduate reqirements to transfer to another school and play immediately. This year, Valprasio guard Brandon Wood has jumped to Michigan State, and Vanderbilt’s Andre Walker has become a hot commodity.
Posted on: June 12, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 3:03 pm
BRONX, N.Y. – After going through multiple high schools in the span of five months last summer and fall, Michael Carey is content with where he is now.
He attended Lamar Consolidated (Tex.) this past year, and is happy with the way things turned out there.
“I’m going to be there for good,” the rising senior said.
One thing Carey is not content with is his standing nationally. Not ranked in anyone’s top 100, the Bahamas native is out to prove people wrong.
“I want to become an elite point guard in the country,” Carey said. “People are starting to see me as a point guard, that’s what they’re going to see at the next level.”
The 6-foot-5 Carey is an offensive-minded player who can handle both guard positions. He is extremely aggressive off the dribble, getting past defenders into the lane and using his length and athleticism to finish strong at the rim. With his size, Carey is able to see over most opponents and also make plays inside.
In order to get recognized as a full-time point guard, Carey realizes there’s work to do.
“I can run a team and break down anybody,” he said, “but I need to get faster. I’m fast, but not fast enough. I need to get quicker.”
After an impressive spring, Carey was set to continue to make a name for himself with a solid June heading into the July live period. Unfortunately, at the Rumble in the Bronx on Saturday, Carey reinjured a toe that he had originally hurt during the school season.
It is unclear the extent of the injury, but Carey will undergo an X-ray back home on Thursday to determine whether he needs surgery now or after the July period.
“My coaches think I should do it now,” Carey said. If he decides to do that, he likely won’t be able to play in any events until the Desert Duel in late July.
“Just as I was playing really well,” Carey said, showing signs of disappointment.
Even the injury won’t keep him down for too long, though.
On Monday, Carey will take a trip to Tallahassee, Fla. for Florida State’s elite camp. The Seminoles are one of the schools to offer Carey, with new assistant coach Dennis Gates taking the lead in his recruitment. Carey has also spoken to head coach Leonard Hamilton.
“I like their style of play, and the way they develop players,” he said. “They have good players, and they can take me to the next level. I’m looking forward to [the visit].”
Carey also holds offers from Nebraska and Houston, and has been offered in the past by Marquette, USC, Baylor, Arkansas and Oklahoma State. Kansas, Auburn, Florida, West Virginia and Tennessee are also in the mix.
One interesting facet in his recruitment is his relationship with highly-touted forward Wannah Bail. Bail is also a native of the Bahamas, and plays on the same high school and AAU team as Carey.
“I mean, we’ve talked about it,” Carey said of going to the same college. “That’s my boy, but I’ve gotta do what’s best for me.”
Carey does not have any visits planned besides Florida State, although he did say he wanted to take a trip to Tennessee at some point.
Despite not having a favorite or a specific timeline for a decision, Carey could be ready to end his recruitment.
“It could happen anytime,” he said.
Photo: Houston Roundball Review
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:58 am
If UCLA fans expected immediate results from the hiring of Atlanta Celtics AAU coach Korey McCray as an assistant coach, they won’t get it from Jordan Adams.
Adams, who plays on the Celtics, has UCLA on his list but said the hiring of McCray wouldn’t change his perception of the Bruins.
“I think it’s great for him,” Adams said. “He knows a lot about coaching, he’s a great trainer. He will help their program out a lot.”
However, he would add: “All schools are equal.”
Adams, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Oak Hill Academy (Va.), is one of the top recruits from the South in the class of 2012. His strength and scoring ability makes him tough to guard for opposing wings. Adams doesn’t shy away from contact around the basket and can also knock down perimeter shots.
He will never be mistaken for someone who can jump out of the gym, but that doesn’t faze him.
“[I’m a] shooter, rebounder, scorer. An unathletic skilled guard,” Adams said. When questioned about his lack of athleticism, he quipped: “I am, but I’m not gonna dunk on no one.”
The Atlanta Celtics were one of the “preseason” favorites for the No. 1 spot in AAU basketball, but they have struggled against the elite teams. With the talent on the roster, though, a big-time summer could be in order.
The same could be said for Adams, who commented that he hasn’t really broken out yet.
“Being selfish, really,” Adams said when asked what he needs to work on. “I like to get teammates involved, but you never get noticed for those things – like LeBron the other day.”
Plenty of schools have already liked what they saw from Adams, who listed Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fl.), Memphis, Georgetown, Tennessee and UCLA. He said there were other schools in the mix too, but he forgot them.
Although he doesn’t have any favorites, Adams does plan on visiting Memphis at the end of June. If everything goes well, he said there is a chance he might commit to the Tigers.
“There could be [a chance],” Adams said. “[I need to see] things I’ve never seen at other colleges. They’ve been attractive to me for awhile.”
Damien Wilson, Adams’ teammate on the AAU and high school scene, committed to Josh Pastner and Memphis last month. Not surprisingly, that could play a factor in where Adams ends up.
“Yes, that’s [going to play] a big role,” he said. “I want to play on a wing across from him.”
Adams has already taken visits to UCLA, Georgia and Miami, with the Bruins and Hurricanes standing out.
“The coaches are honest, cool and I like their programs,” he said.
While there is no timetable for a decision, Adams was succinct when asked what he was looking for in a school. “Good coaching, a winning season,” he said.
McCray’s presence at UCLA seems like it will keep the Bruins in the hunt for Adams, but Westwood – and many other schools – will have to wait and see.
Photo: Brian Ing/SL
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:58 am
RALEIGH, N.C. – He may go by “Baby,” but Kennedy Meeks is a grown man on the basketball court.
Meeks is listed at 6-foot-8 and 260 lbs., and dwarfs most opponents that try to defend him in the paint. He has great hands and knows how to finish at the rim with post moves and a soft touch. Meeks can pass out of a double team, and is also a very solid rebounder. The West Charlotte (N.C.) product is improving all facets of his game.
One of the top centers in the class of 2013, Meeks is receiving tons of college interest.
“Everybody in the ACC besides Duke and Georgia Tech,” Meeks said. “Also, Georgetown, Louisville and North Florida.”
North Florida? “North Florida.”
Meeks said his favorites are Georgetown and Maryland, and he wants to check out the campuses of Maryland and Miami (Fl.) at some point in July.
The exceptional campaigns by Georgetown’s Greg Monroe and Maryland’s Jordan Williams over the last two seasons are part of the reason Meeks is drawn to those two programs – they utilize their post players.
“They feed the big man,” he said. “I want to go to a place where they use their big man.”
Despite his nickname, Meeks certainly fits the profile.Photo: Charlotte Observer
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:38 am
RALEIGH, N.C. – For such a highly-ranked player, Kuran Iverson gets very little coverage on a consistent basis.
It could be attributed to his lack of appearances on the AAU circuit, the fact he plays for a small school in Connecticut, or simply because you don’t know where and when he will show up.
For example, it was rumored he would play with the Long Island Lightning at the Tournament of Champions. On Friday, he wasn’t there. After a flight delay, Iverson appeared on Saturday to help lead the Lightning to the U-16 championship game.
“I haven’t played ball in awhile,” Iverson said.
The 6-foot-8 small forward from Northwest Catholic (Conn.) has sat out most of the spring period to focus on academics. Now, Iverson said his grades are in good shape.
Also in good shape is Iverson’s game. The rising junior is an absolute matchup nightmare due to his size and skillset. He can handle the ball well and is able to knock down perimeter jumpers. Moreover, he is versatile enough to play around the rim and make passes over the defense. Iverson still seems to be growing, which could hamper his ability to run the floor. With that said, his potential might be as high as anyone in the class of 2013.
The younger cousin of former NBA star Allen Iverson will have his pick when it comes to colleges.
For now, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Kentucky, Syracuse, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina are in the mix.
Although he doesn’t seem anywhere close to a decision, Iverson likes North Carolina and Connecticut.
While on Tobacco Road, Iverson took a trip to Chapel Hill. “I like the team, everybody played hard,” he said of the Tar Heels.
The national champion Huskies are his home state team, but location has nothing to do with why they are high on his list. “I just like Kemba,” Iverson said.
Iverson also mentioned that he wants to visit St. John’s.
With his combination of size, skill and athleticism, Iverson is guaranteed to make an impact at the next level.
If colleges can find him, of course.
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 12:26 pm
Posted by Jeff Borzello
RALEIGH, N.C. – For Sam Mader, there are positives and negatives to being on a team with North Carolina-commit J.P. Tokoto, Wisconsin-bound Sam Dekker and 2013 stud Bronson Koenig.
“I do feel like I get overshadowed,” Mader said. “But it’s a team game, and they’re great players. I still feel like I get looks, because people are coming to games. It doesn’t affect me.”
Mader, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Appleton East (Wisc.), made his presence known over the weekend at the Tournament of Champions. He is a good high- and low-post big man, with the ability to pass to teammates from the free-throw line or make plays around the rim with his back to the basket. Mader has good hands and makes himself available with good positioning.
Several high-majors – like Minnesota, Northwestern, Oregon State and Stanford – have shown interest in Mader in the past, but he mentioned five schools last Friday.
UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay have offered him, while Ball State and Drake are showing plenty of interest. Mader wants to take a visit to Northern Illinois.
“I want to make a decision in August,” he said.
Jordan Scott taking his time
One of the more underrated teams at the Tournament of Champions last weekend was the Colorado Chaos. Despite having two high-major commits in Josh Scott (Colorado) and Kaileb Rodriguez (California), not many people knew about this team.
A player who made people take notice was Jordan Scott. A 6-foot-5 forward, Scott knows how to finish around the rim and plays well in transition. He is also a very good defender and can guard multiple positions.
For now, the Lewis-Palmer (Colo.) product is hearing from Colorado, Air Force, Denver and Arizona.
“I want to make a decision during my senior season,” the 2013 prospect said. “I’m taking my time.”
Terrell Rogers follows in father’s footsteps
Despite standing just 5-foot-4, Shawnta Rogers terrorized the Atlantic-10 for three years in the late 90s, averaging 20.7 points in his final season at George Washington.
Now, he has a son who is looking to continue that reputation.
Terrell Rogers, a 5-foot-8 guard from Indiana Land (S.C.), impressed with his scoring ability at the Tournament of Champions. He is supremely quick with the ball and has an ability to get into the lane and finish against bigger players. Rogers adjusts his body well to avoid getting blocked.
The rising senior said he is hearing from Clemson, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Providence and Charleston.
“Not yet,” Rogers said when asked about a decision. “At the end of the summer.