By Jeff Borzello
Geno Thorpe is still looking for the right fit.
After starting his high-school career at Shady Side Academy (Pa.), the Pittsburgh native headed to the Shaler Area School (Pa.) for his sophomore campaign. Now, he plans on making another move – to New Jersey.
“St. Patrick or Blair Academy,” Thorpe said, before adding that he would return to Shaler if “things don’t work out with the Jersey schools.”
While some people might frown upon a player changing high schools so often, Thorpe doesn’t see the big deal.
“People have to do what they have to do to get where they want to get in life,” he said. “Kids transfer so much now, it’s almost like it’s an every year thing. But I think doing what’s best for yourself is the most important thing.”
Thorpe, a 6-foot-3 point guard who runs with the NJ Playaz on the AAU circuit, is starting to advance his recruitment. It’s clear that the constant changing of high schools hasn’t scared away colleges.
He holds offers from Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Rutgers, while Kansas State and Wisconsin could be close to offering Thorpe. Ohio State, Arizona and Temple are also squarely in the mix for the 2013 prospect.
Thorpe is planning to take visits to Kansas State and Wisconsin this month.
“I’m looking for a school that fits my style of play,” he said. “[One that] likes to run half-court sets, but at the same time can push the ball and get up the floor in transition.”
As a native of the Steel City, it has long been said that Pittsburgh would be the team to beat for Thorpe. He even stated in the past that the Panthers were his favorite. Now, he’s wide open.
“When I was younger, they were [my favorite],” Thorpe said. “That’s all I’d ever do, was root for Pitt. I guess I can see myself playing for teams other than Pitt, but I still like them a lot.”
Despite the impressive school list, it’s tough to find Thorpe in many national rankings. With the move to New Jersey on both the AAU and high school circuits, Thorpe is looking to expand his profile.
“I’m probably one of the top 10 point guards in the 2013 class,” he said. “I know some players are highly rated that I’ve already proved I’m better than, but, yeah, underrated is a good way to put it.”
Heading into the July live period, Thorpe has a point to prove -- no pun intended.
“It does motivate me a lot,” he said. “But at the same time, seeing a top point guard, I know who they are -- and they know who I am.”