Posted on: April 9, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:42 pm

Ledo has a new list of schools

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – It’s hard to keep a constant eye on Ricardo Ledo these days.

Ledo, a 6-foot-6 guard and one of the top players in the class of 2012, attended two high schools this past season and also switched AAU teams from last season. He started at South Kent Prep (Conn.) and ended at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), while also switching from Expressions to the Albany City Rocks for the NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League.

No matter what team he suits up for, though, Ledo has been putting on a show.

On Saturday at the EYBL, Ledo demonstrated his full arsenal offensively, knocking down outside shots and also getting to the rim at will against defenders. He knows how to get defenders off-balance and is not afraid to rise up over opponents. Ledo’s length, size and skill set make him a match-up nightmare for most teams.

As for recruiting, since he decommitted from Providence in late January, Ledo has been hearing from a number of schools.

He listed Texas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Providence, Connecticut, UCLA and West Virginia as his main suitors, later adding Louisville and Virginia Tech to the group.

“I just wanted to see the rest of my options,” Ledo said as to why he decommitted from the Friars.

With a new staff settling in at Providence, the Friars are back in consideration.

“[Ed Cooley] is from Providence, so my family knows him,” Ledo said. “But in the end, they’re looking for the best situation for me.”

After making an early commitment on Christmas Day this past year, Ledo is planning on being patient with the process this time around.

“I’m looking for somewhere I can play, where I will earn it,” he said. “I also want to win, I want to get to the tournament.”

Posted on: April 9, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:42 pm

Notebook: Five-star big man advances process

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – In a 2012 class loaded with quality post players, Miller Grove (Ga.) big man Tony Parker stands out.

Parker is a dynamite offensive player, capable of beating defenders on the low block with a variety of post moves or facing up from the elbow and knocking down mid-range jumpers.

Although he is not ready to make a college decision, Parker’s recruiting is heating up.

“Duke is coming at me very hard right now,” he said. “Duke and Georgetown are coming at me the hardest.”

North Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida are also in the mix for his services.

Some scouts were souring on Parker a season ago, but the 6-foot-8 space eater has lost weight and is looking more effective at both ends.

“I’m getting in better shape and I’m playing hard,” he said.

Texas Titans more than Randle

Although Julius Randle gets most of the publicity on the Team Texas Titans, coach Scott Pospichal has another 2013 star in the fold.

Matthew Jones, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from DeSoto (Tex.), impressed onlookers Friday with his shooting stroke and ability to score from behind the arc. Jones was aggressive offensively and made things happen against CIA Bounce (Canada).

“It’s sort of overwhelming at first,” Jones said of the Boo Williams event in general. “But I like it. It helps me get better.”

Six schools currently comprise Jones’ list: Kansas, Texas, Washington, Missouri, Oklahoma and Baylor.

Canadian native impressive in Hampton

Canada continues to make an impact on AAU basketball in the United States.

CIA Bounce is a newcomer into the Elite Youth Basketball League, yet boast at least nine potential high-major prospects. In their first game on Friday, they absolutely dominated the Texas Titans and the No. 1 player in 2013, Julius Randle.

One of the more unheralded players on the team is Naz Long, a 6-foot-3 guard who suits up for Findlay Prep (Nev.) during the high school season.

At this point, the five colleges standing out to Long are Marquette, UNLV, Virginia, New Mexico and LSU.

“I’m taking my time,” he said.

Posted on: April 9, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:42 pm

Longrus increases role with Soldiers

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – What a difference one year makes.

Last AAU season, Oakland Soldiers forward Richard Longrus was stuck behind star high school recruits Nick Johnson, Jabari Brown, Josiah Turner and Kyle Wiltjer.

Now, Longrus is one of the leaders for yet another loaded Soldiers group.

“We couldn’t wait for next year to come,” he said of his mindset last summer. “This year, we were really excited. We want to build our own legacy.”

Longrus demonstrated his entire arsenal against the Arkansas Wings on Friday at the Boo Williams Elite Youth Basketball League. He finished with both hands around the rim and even knocked down a step-back jumper. Longrus has a good build and uses his strength to his advantage on the glass and at the defensive end.

Right now, five schools are coming at Longrus the hardest: Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Gonzaga and Texas.

“Gonzaga has offered, UCLA has offered,” he said. “Washington and Texas are showing heavy interest, and I have to take the SAT for Stanford.”

The 6-foot-7 forward from Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) has a GPA in the range of 4.11-4.2.

“I’m always up at Cal and Stanford,” Longrus said. “But I want to wait to take all my official visits in the fall.”

Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:47 pm

Canty's return to 2011 unlikely

Posted by Jeff Borzello

With just a few top-100 players remaining in the class of 2011, certain schools are waiting to see if anyone from 2012 will reclassify.

The main candidate to do this is Kareem Canty – but he is leaning towards staying in his current class.

“More than likely I won’t leave in 2011,” said Canty, who is ranked as the No. 9 point guard in 2012 by Scout.com. 

Canty, a 6-foot-1 New York native who now plays at Bridgton Academy (Maine), decided in November to move back to the class of 2012 after several schools expressed interest in him. He then said in February that he would likely go back to 2011 if he qualified.

It appears now that Canty is content with 2012, though.

“I’m still in 2012,” he said. “I’m thinking about making a decision sometime in March but that might change.”

Canty added that he is focused on dominating the upcoming AAU season – another sign that he is going to return to high school next year.

The three schools showing interest in Canty for both 2011 and 2012 are Seton Hall, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh, while Clemson, Florida State and UCLA have begun to recruit him since he went to 2012.

“They see that I’ve become a better player,” Canty said. “[I’ve improved] my decision-making and becoming more of a vocal leader.”

Canty is an explosive scoring guard who can get into the lane on nearly any defender due to his quickness and ball-handling ability. He creates chances for his teammates once he penetrates and draws help defense. Canty changes directions very quickly and has improved his outside shooting.

If Canty announces that he will reclassify, expect colleges to flood him with interest.

For now, though, it seems they will have to wait.

Photo: NY Post

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