Tag:Dayton
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Notebook: Aaron Ross looking at other options

By Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – Aaron Ross was set to head to Arkansas in the fall, but a hang-up with his ACT test results forced him to prep school.

After enrolling at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.), Ross reopened his recruitment.

Per a source, Arkansas has had limited contact with Ross recently and several other schools have entered the picture.

Missouri, Washington, Nebraska and Dayton are all showing interest to the 6-foot-6 small forward from Little Rock, Ark.

Ross has a learning disability and he needs to take his tests with special circumstances. He never took the untimed and verbal test while at Parkview (Ark.). At SJNMA, he has received the proper accommodations and is on track to be cleared.

However, the source said Ross will be at SJNMA and will not look to enroll at a college during the semester break.

Former Hofstra commit impresses

During his original recruitment, Malik Nichols only saw one place – and he signed there.

However, after rethinking everything, he reclassified to the class of 2012 and decommitted from Hofstra.

“They were the only place I looked at,” Nichols said. “I wanted to see my other options.”

Nichols, a 6-foot-6 forward originally from Boys and Girls (N.Y.), had an impressive summer with the New York Panthers. He has continued that with Bridgton Academy (Maine), scoring 13 points in a win over St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.).

As a result, some new schools are in the mix. St. John’s and South Florida are showing interest, while Hofstra is hanging around.

Nichols has no timetable for a decision.

Photo: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Ryan Taylor moves his recruitment past Louisville

By Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – In a world where seemingly every move of a high-major recruit is chronicled and reported on, Ryan Taylor was an anomaly.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indianapolis, committed to Louisville in January of 2009 but never signed a letter-of-intent – or cleared up why he didn’t sign with the Cardinals as a member of the class of 2011.

Now, Taylor is enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) and is in the class of 2012.

“I can’t really say [what happened], but we both wanted to go our separate ways,” Taylor said at the National Prep Showcase. “No disrespect to Coach Pitino or their program, but we wanted to go our separate ways.”

Taylor played very well on Friday, totaling 26 points and 11 rebounds in an easy 115-91 victory over Notre Dame Prep (Mass.). He did most of his damage in the paint against the smaller opponent, showing his aggressiveness on the boards and around the rim. Taylor played well in transition and ran the floor effectively.

In the past, Taylor showed more of a face-up mid-range game, but he wanted to take advantage of his size edge against Prep.

“I try to say I can do it all, but I knew we were going against a small team so I tried to play more down in the post,” he said.

In terms of recruiting, Taylor hasn’t thought much about it just yet. Right now, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Dayton are showing interest.

He wants to take a trip to Cincinnati.

“I like the Big East style of basketball,” Taylor said. “Big East and Big Ten.”

He currently has no timetable for a commitment.

Photo: Indy Star

Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Notebook: Rodney Purvis set to announce Friday

By Jeff Borzello

Rodney Purvis has had a whirlwind of a recruitment as anyone in the class of 2012. It looks like it will soon come to an end, though.

Avie Lester, Purvis’ high school coach at Upper Room Christian (N.C.), informed the Raleigh News & Observer that Purvis would be announcing his decision at a press conference on Friday.

The paper said he will be choosing between North Carolina State, Louisville, Connecticut and VCU; however, it seems that Louisville and VCU are no longer recruiting Purvis.

Signs point to North Carolina State, but we will find out for sure (or for now?) on Friday. Purvis had previously committed to Louisville before reopening his recruitment. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard is ranked No. 15 in the class of 2012 by CBSSports.com.

Jevon Thomas to Dayton

Former St. John’s pledge Jevon Thomas has made his next choice, committing to Dayton on Wednesday afternoon.

Multiple sources confirmed the commitment to CBSSports.com.

Thomas also considered Seton Hall before choosing the Flyers. The 5-foot-11 point guard fits a much-needed position for head coach Archie Miller, as Thomas is one of the fastest players in the country. He can get to end-to-end extremely quick, and is fearless when going to the rim.

Thomas joins Jalen Robinson in Dayton’s 2012 class.

Houston gets another commitment

Houston head coach James Dickey continues to make waves on the recruiting trail.

On Wednesday, sleeper big man Valentine Izundu popped for the Cougars.

Izundu burst onto the scene this summer, demonstrating his tremendous shot-blocking ability and vast potential. He is long and athletic, and will make an immediate impact on the defensive end of the floor.

 
 
 
 
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