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Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: October 27, 2011 12:02 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary on verge of decision

By Jeff Borzello

It seemed like Mitch McGary was set to make his commitment last month – likely to Michigan – but he canceled his announcement and went back through the recruiting process.

Apparently he’s ready to announce once again.

“I’m planning to make my commitment next week sometime,” McGary wrote in his blog for ESPNHS.

The final three for him are Florida, Duke and Michigan. Maryland and North Carolina seem to be out of the picture.

“I love Maryland, but I just don’t think that it’s the best fit for me,” McGary said of the Terrapins.

As for North Carolina, he doesn’t think they have a scholarship available for him, and he hasn’t talked to the Tar Heels lately.

McGary is CBSSports.com’s No. 2-ranked player in the class of 2012. The 6-foot-10 power forward from Brewster Academy (N.H.) catapulted up the rankings with a dominant spring and summer performance.

He’s a player who everyone wants as a teammate, due to his infectious energy and nonstop motor. He can impact a game in a variety of ways, from scoring around the rim with either hand or knocking down face-up jumpers from the perimeter. The lefty is effective in transition and very active defensively.

As for his decision, it should be an interesting week for McGary. As Jeff Goodman wrote in September, McGary’s parents favor Duke, while his AAU coach with the SYF Players, Wayne Brumm, would prefer Michigan. Florida is still very much in the mix, though.

Photo: Nation of Blue

Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: August 9, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Mitch McGary trims list to six



By Jeff Borzello

Mitch McGary has kept his recruitment very close to the vest since skyrocketing up the 2012 rankings in the spring.

On Tuesday, though, he showed his cards for the first time, trimming his list to six schools: Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan and North Carolina.

“I’ve got strong feelings about these six schools,” McGary told Dave Telep of ESPN.com.

McGary, a 6-foot-10 Indiana native who plays at Brewster Academy (N.H.), came into the summer ranked as the No. 5 player in the class of 2012 by CBSSports.com. After an impressive month on the circuit, though, he could move even higher.

More than his performance on the court, McGary is a player who everyone wants as a teammate. He never runs out of energy and is constantly boosting up his teammates from the sidelines. In terms of his game, McGary has a nonstop motor and can make an impact in a variety of ways. The lefty power forward can score around the rim with both hands, knocks down face-up jumpers from the perimeter and is effective in transition. Defensively, he blocks shots and rebounds. 

Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Five-star Alex Poythress adds Duke offer

By Jeff Borzello

ORLANDO, Fla. – As Alex Poythress continues to expand his game, his recruitment is also widening.

On Tuesday night, after the AAU Super Showcase, the 6-foot-7 Northeast (Tenn.) forward picked up an offer from Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“It felt pretty good,” Poythress said Thursday morning. “It was pretty exciting to talk to Coach K. He said he saw me play at the Super Showcase and Peach Jam, and he liked what he saw.”

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Poythress has spent much of the month looking to become more of a perimeter-oriented player, showing off his range and shooting ability. He sees himself as a small forward at the next level, and the improvement in his ball-handling and off-the-dribble game are prime examples.

“I’ve played pretty decent,” Poythress said. “I was trying to get better as player overall.”

Poythress, who ranks No. 15 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, is also hearing from Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Florida, Memphis, Louisville, Connecticut, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama.

He said there is no favorite right now, despite the new offer.

"There's no pecking order," Poythress said. “I’ll probably cut my list in a week or two."

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:02 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 10:53 am
 

2014's Noah Vonleh keeps growing -- literally

By Jeff Borzello

Right now, Noah Vonleh is one of the top-10 prospects in the class of 2014. At 6-foot-7, he is a matchup nightmare due to his versatility and wide-ranging talents.

The scary part? Vonleh isn’t done growing.

“My doctor said I could grow to be 6’10”,” he said.

If the New Hampton (N.H.) product gets taller and keeps his current skill set, his potential is through the roof. Vonleh is very long and rangy, and has the ability to handle, pass and finish at the rim.

“I want to prove that I’m one of the best in my class,” he said. “One of the top five in my class.”

Despite his rapid improvement over the last year, Vonleh is still working on certain things in his game.

“I want to attack the basket better, and not get in too deep. I have to work on my pull up,” he said. “I’m in the gym everyday.”

It’s very early in his recruitment, but Vonleh already has offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, Providence, Syracuse and Georgia Tech, with interest also from Tennessee, North Carolina, Duke, Connecticut and West Virginia.

At his current size, Vonleh is a five-star prospect. If he gets to 6-foot-10? The sky is the limit.

Photo: Mass Rivals 

Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Brannen Greene enjoys increased attention

By Jeff Borzello

INDIANAPOLIS – When most people wake up at 9 a.m. with 15 missed calls, it’s an immediate cause for panic.

In Brannen Greene’s case, it was expected for the morning of June 15, the first day college coaches could call rising high school juniors. He had about 10 schools call him when midnight hit, but then he couldn’t stay awake anymore.

“I feel asleep at 2:30 and woke up at 9 with about 15 missed calls,” Greene said. “I was switching from one call to another -- ‘Hey coach, hold on’, ‘Hey coach, hold on.’”

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Greene, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Mary Persons (Ga.) who runs with the Atlanta Celtics U-16 team on the AAU circuit, has skyrocketed up the charts this past spring.

The long wing is a lights-out 3-point shooter with deep range and a release that is nearly unguardable. With his size, he has the ability to see over the defense and also make plays around the rim. Greene runs the floor well, but he does need to move better without the ball. He is now ranked No. 20 in the latest CBSSports.com top 100 for his class.

Greene is being pursued by Memphis, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Marquette, Florida State, UCLA, Tennessee, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Ohio State and Louisville.

“At the end of July, I want to cut it down to a short list,” Greene said. “And then in October, November, I’ll make a decision.”

He plans on making a trip to Louisville on Aug. 3 and will also visit Ohio State this summer.

With all the increased attention, one might think Greene would be nervous playing with a target on his back. That’s certainly not the case.

“It’s fun, seeing all these coaches on the sidelines,” he said. “I want to show coaches what I can do. It’s simple -- you’re just playing basketball.”

Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 10:49 am
 

Nate Britt emerges as nation's top point guard

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By Jeff Borzello

Nate Britt entered the NBPA Top 100 camp as a rising junior just looking to test himself against the nation’s best rising seniors.

He came out as the best point guard in the country.

Not just in the class of the 2013 – the entire country.

“It’s a great honor that people think that highly of me,” Britt said.

The 6-foot-1 Gonzaga (D.C.) prospect has been on the scene for several years, but cemented himself as an elite national prospect by winning Gatorade Player of the Year honors in the District of Columbia. Britt is a crafty lefty who knows how to control tempo and make plays in transition if necessary. He can knock down shots from behind the arc and in the mid-range and is continuing to get stronger.

Britt remains humble about where he stands when compared to the rest of the nation’s top-tier players.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I haven’t gotten a chance to see everyone.”

With the first day coaches were allowed to call rising juniors coming just two weeks ago, Britt has had his phone blowing up nonstop.

Georgia Tech, Florida, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Marquette, Duke, Maryland and Seton Hall have all reached out.

Britt isn’t ready to think about trimming his list or taking unofficial visits yet.

“Not right now,” he said. “After the summer.”

Photo: Pack Pride

Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 11:57 am
 

Stock is on the rise for Adam Woodbury

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By Jeff Borzello

Every year at the NBPA Top 100 camp in mid-June, a player breaks out. He usually goes from being a borderline top-100 player to a must-get prospect for many colleges.

This year, that player was undoubtedly Adam Woodbury.

The 6-foot-11 center from East High School (Iowa) won the MVP award at the camp, dominating all week with his unstoppable lefty jump hook. He can pass out of the post and knows how to finish around the rim. Woodbury was slowly rising up the charts all spring, but his performance in Virginia put him over the top.

“I felt I held my own against the top talent in the nation,” Woodbury said Tuesday. “That award gave me more confidence, and I feel this showed a lot of people what I’m capable of.”

Before the camp, he held offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Stanford and Ohio State, with some interest coming from North Carolina, Kansas, Florida and Wisconsin.

Since then, he has definitely seen an uptick in the colleges pursuing him.

“My recruiting has definitely picked up,” Woodbury said. “Wisconsin has offered me. I have heard from North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Florida and Texas recently.”

Woodbury, who holds a 3.9 GPA, has a few factors that will impact his college decision.

“Style of play, coaches, the educational aspect,” he said. “A college that puts me in a place I can succeed.”

It will be interesting to see if Woodbury continues his stellar play during the July live period.

For now, though, he is trying to stay humble and get better as his recruitment rises.

“It’s definitely an honor,” hes said. “I’m excited to keep working hard and to continue to improve.”

Photo: Sioux City Journal

 
 
 
 
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