Tag:Elijah Macon
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:38 pm

Notebook: Chris Walker sets decision date

By Jeff Borzello

It’s not often a junior sets a decision date, but Chris Walker announced Sunday he would be committing on November 15.

“It’s my first game,” Walker told CBSSports.com.

Walker, ranked No. 5 by CBSSports.com in the class of 2013, will choose between Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida State, Ohio State, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Memphis.

When we spoke with Walker two weeks ago, he said that Florida, Florida state, Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas were standing out to him as a top five. He has taken trips to Florida and Florida State, and plans to go to Kansas for its Midnight Madness festivities. Memphis head coach Josh Pastner went to Walker’s high school on Monday to watch him work out.

Walker, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Holmes County (Fla.), has improved drastically over the past year. He runs the floor exceptionally well and knows how to make plays in transition. Walker can knock down short jumpers or drive to the rim, and he is also very solid on the defensive end due to his defense and athleticism.

Poythress cuts list to four, eliminates Duke

Duke and Alex Poythress were associated with each other over the summer on multiple occasions. There was mutual interest from both parties, and then the two made news with the Blue Devils offering him a scholarship during an AAU tournament.

It looks like that chapter of Poythress’ recruitment is over, though, as he cut Duke from his list on Monday morning.

Poythress is down to Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt and Memphis. The 6-foot-8 forward from Northeast (Tenn.) has visited Vanderbilt already, and will take trips to Florida and Memphis in the coming weeks. Poythress will also head to Kentucky for its midnight madness.

Poythress is ranked No. 14 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Commitment Catch-up

It was a busy weekend for commitments, as several high-major prospects made their decisions.

  • Elijah Macon – West Virginia
  • Christian Sanders – Stanford
  • Bronson Koenig – Wisconsin
  • Tyler Cavanaugh – Wake Forest
  • Waverly Austin – South Florida
  • Kodi Justice – Arizona State
  • Nolan Berry – Butler
  • Buddy Hield – Oklahoma
  • Anthony Clemmons – Iowa

Chris Jones advances process

Although he was overshadowed on the New Jersey Playaz by plenty of high-major prospects, Chris Jones still managed to get noticed by plenty of scouts and coaches.

Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard from Teaneck (N.J.), is a very good scorer who uses his size and strength to score at the rim. He has good athleticism and is effective off the dribble.

He took an unofficial visit to Manhattan last week, and also went to Towson officially this past weekend.

“That was cool,” Jones said of Manhattan. “They have a real experienced staff with Scott Padgett playing in the NBA. And Manhattan is close so that was a plus.”

Of Towson, Jones said: “It was a good visit. I like the campus. The coaches were honest with me, and I had fun with the guys.”

He trips to Siena this weekend, and is also looking to set up a visit to La Salle. Massachusetts is in the mix as well.

“There is no real set time,” Jones said of a decision. “I’m really just evaluating all of them.”

Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:38 am

Decision coming soon for Elijah Macon


By Jeff Borzello

Elijah Macon has been through all of this before.

Because he once committed to West Virginia before reopening his recruitment in March 2010, Macon knows the perils of rushing into a decision.

“I know what to look for,” he said.

Macon is going through the process for a second time, and he still has plenty of teams in hot pursuit. DePaul and West Virginia have come through for in-home visits, while Kansas State, Louisville and Pittsburgh have also gone to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) to watch him work out.

The Ohio native will take an official visit to West Virginia this weekend, but he already took one to Pittsburgh.

“Pitt was cool,” Macon said. “I saw a lot of different things.”

The 6-foot-8 power forward is ranked No. 61 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He does a lot of his damage in transition, beating opponents down the court for easy baskets at the rim. His back-to-the-basket game is still developing, but he can face-up and knock down mid-range jumpers. Macon is also very solid defensively because of his length and athleticism.

“I believe this past summer I showed other things I can do and things I have improved from the year before,” Macon said in late August.

Although West Virginia and Pitt are the rumored favorites, Macon said he has no leaders at this point.

Despite that, his recruitment looks like it will be coming to a close in the near-future.

“It’s coming soon,” Macon said.

Posted on: July 1, 2011 10:08 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 10:25 am

Notebook: Alex Caruso continues stellar play

By Jeff Borzello

The NBPA Top 100 Camp wasn’t the first breakout opportunity for Alex Caruso.

That came a week earlier at the Pangos All-American Camp, when Caruso went from having just one offer from Sam Houston State to getting pursued by high-majors from coast to coast.

“I finally got in the public eye,” Caruso said. “The opportunity to go to Pangos and now [the NBA Camp], that was huge.”

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from A&M Consolidated School (Texas) is not content just yet, either.

“Everybody will find out eventually,” he said.

Caruso is a surprisingly athletic wing who can do a little of everything. He excels with floaters and other non-traditional finishes in the lane, and is very good when he leaves his feet in traffic. Caruso can handle the ball well and is a solid passer. He has a good jump shot and is capable of dunking in the lane or off putbacks.

“I’m a competitor naturally, so I’m trying to get stronger,” Caruso said of what he is looking to improve.

He now holds offers from Texas A&M, Arizona State, Richmond, Northern Colorado.

The entire Pac-12 outside of Washington is showing interest to Caruso, along with Boston College, Georgia Tech and Texas Tech. He also took visits to Creighton and Pepperdine recently.

While he is not ready to name a favorite, Caruso gave some hints as to which schools are standing out.

“I’m from College Station, so I like A&M,” he said. “Arizona State, Colorado, I’m intrigued.”

Shaq Cleare continues long road from Bahamas

When Shaq Cleare came over from the Bahamas three years ago, he was a clean slate.

“That’s when I really started playing basketball. I mean, I played over there, but it wasn’t organized,” Cleare said. “I was starting from scratch.”

The 6-foot-9 big man from The Village School (Texas) is now one of the best centers in the country, being pursued by Maryland, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Florida, Providence and Arizona.

“A place where I fit in,” he said of what will be factors in his decision. “A coach that is there all the time.”

Many have linked Cleare with Maryland, which he has stated in the past is his favorite. Now, though, he is open to other schools.

“They’re one of my favorites, at the same level as some others,” Cleare said. “I like all the schools.”

Elijah Macon looks outside of scoring

It’s not often you get a big man who doesn’t care about getting the ball, but that was the case with Elijah Macon at NBPA Camp.

“I’ve been working on rebounding and blocking shots," Macon said. "I’m not looking to score. You got people who want to score, be ball hogs. I’m not going to be that type of player.”

The former West Virginia commit is now listening to Miami (Fla.), Maryland, Memphis, Nebraska, South Florida, Florida State and Tennessee, in addition to the aforementioned Mountaineers.

He wants to visit Maryland and Miami this summer.

Marcus Hunt still hard at work

Despite increasing his recruitment in a major way this spring, Marcus Hunt is still anxious to get better.

“I wake up every morning at 6 a.m. and get in the gym,” Hunt said. “I get out, I run, I lift weights. I do different things.”

Hunt has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Georgia State, East Carolina, Georgetown, VCU, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Massachusetts, UTEP, Wichita State, Tennessee, South Carolina and Memphis, with Kansas, Connecticut and Pittsburgh seemingly on the verge.

He has visits planned to Alabama, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

“Good education, good basketball program and somewhere I can come in as a freshman and play a big part,” Hunt said. “And coaching.”

Other Notes:

-- Shawn Smith, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Providence School (Fla.), is hearing from Missouri, Kansas State, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Florida State and Cincinnati. Smith recently came from Missouri and said he enjoyed his visit. “I’ll cut my list at the end of the summer,” he said.

-- Brice Johnson had his NBPA Camp experience cut short early because of a concussion. “I was playing well, and then that happened,” Johnson said. The setback hasn’t slowed his recruitment, though, as Florida, South Carolina, Clemson, Ohio State, Miami (Fla.), Florida State and Tennessee are all making a run at Johnson. He wants to visit Ohio State, Miami and Virginia Tech.

Photo: Texas Basketball Inc. 

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