Tag:North Carolina State
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Josh Hart gets bigger, expands his game

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By
Jeff Borzello

WASHINGTON D.C. – For many players, shooting outside jumpers and finishing at the rim is all that matters. For Josh Hart, it makes him want to expand his game.

“My coach said I was always settling for a 3 or dunking,” Hart said at the Gonzaga DC Classic. “I need that in-between game.”

Hart, a 6-foot-4 guard from Sidwell Friends (D.C.), is one of the top shooting guards in the mid-Atlantic region for the class of 2013. He has gotten stronger and bigger since the summer, giving him another asset to use offensively. He constantly attacked the rim with aggression, despite taking a few hard spills. On the defensive end, Hart also showed good athleticism, contesting shots and grabbing boards.

In addition to his mid-range game, Hart is also working on his ball-handling ability. Once he irons out the wrinkles offensively, he is going to be a big-time scorer.

As a result, several schools are in the mix for Hart. He holds offers from Georgetown, North Carolina State, VCU, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Penn State and Xavier. Moreover, Georgia Tech, Maryland, DePaul, Villanova and Saint Joseph’s are all showing interest.

“I want to play up-tempo, and a good coaching staff,” Hart said when asked what he was looking for in a school.

He is not ready to make a decision in the near future.

“I’m focusing on school,” Hart said. “I’m just letting everything happen.”

Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:09 pm
 

T.J. Warren goes with North Carolina State

By Jeff Borzello

Before T.J. Warren’s stock skyrocketed on the spring and summer AAU and camp circuits, he loved North Carolina State.

Once he began getting attention and offers from Kentucky, North Carolina and everyone else, the Wolfpack took a backseat in the media when discussing Warren’s recruitment.

However, in the end, it was still North Carolina State for Warren.

“I feel like they are on the come up,” Warren told Scout.com. “I just want to go in there and help bring the excitement back to Raleigh, N.C.”

Warren chose the Wolfpack over Georgetown. He cut North Carolina from his list last week when the Tar Heels picked up a commitment from Brice Johnson.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Brewster Academy (N.H.) is ranked No. 32 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. Warren is one of the most versatile scorers in the class, with the ability to get baskets against any defender and from any spot on the floor. He is a tough matchup because he can score around the rim, in the mid-range or from behind the arc. No matter the opponent, Warren is a threat to fill it up.

For Mark Gottfried, this is another monster pickup. He joins five-star guard Rodney Purvis and four-star playmaker Tyler Lewis in the Wolfpack’s 2012 class. More importantly, all three are from the state of North Carolina, meaning Gottfried is keeping the top in-state talent home. He’s fighting off out-of-state powers and also keeping up with North Carolina so far on the recruiting trail.

North Carolina State is back on the rise – and Warren’s commitment continues that upward swing.

Photo: High School Hoop

Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Notebook: T.J. Warren to announce next week

By Jeff Borzello

T.J. Warren is ready to making his college decision.

Warren said on Wednesday that he would be making his announcement next Wednesday. Per a text to CBSSports.com, he will choose between Georgetown and North Carolina State.

Warren also took an official visit to North Carolina, but the Tar Heels are out of scholarships and picked up forward Brice Johnson earlier Wednesday. Kentucky was in the mix at one point, but the Wildcats backed off and Warren trimmed them from his list.

Warren, a 6-foot-7 forward from Brewster Academy (N.H.), is ranked No. 32 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He is a big-time scorer who can get points at all three levels off the floor – around the rim, in the mid-range and from behind the arc. Warren saw his stock rise in the spring and summer due to his ability to create matchup problems with opponents.

News and Notes: Stefan Jankovic will announce his decision on Friday . . . Anthlon Bell will decide Thursday between Massachusetts and Arkansas . . . Virginia Tech picked up a commitment on Tuesday from Marshall Wood . . . New Hampton (N.H.) product Olivier Hanlon popped for Boston College . . . Venezuela native Anthony Joseph Perez Cortesia is headed to Ole Miss . . . Cole Huff is off to Nevada . . . Northside Christian (N.C.) prospects L.C. Cooks and Dionta Adams are both going to Hampton . . . Hawaii received a commitment from Caleb Dressler . . . Jordan Montgomery committed to Kennesaw State . . . Tilton (N.H.) guard Kevin Crezcenzi gave a pledge to Darmouth . . . Philly native Malik Garner is off to Maryland-Baltimore County, while Maryland Eastern-Shore picked up a commitment from Jarrod Davis . . . Saint Mary’s got a nice recruit in forward Chris Reyes . . . St. Francis (Pa.) nabbed shooter Ben Millaud . . . Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) product John Burke committed to UMKC.

Photo: High School Hoop

Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: October 21, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Notebook: Blaise Mbargorba goes with SMU

By Jeff Borzello

If SMU indeed moves to the Big East in the next couple of years, the Mustangs will need Big East-level talent.

They started the process on Friday, getting a commitment from Blaise Mbargorba. The news was first reported by Scout.com.

Mbargorba is a 6-foot-11 Cameroon native, who burst onto the scene in 2009 as a relative unknown. The Peddie School (N.J.) product is very strong and athletic, and he moves fairly well for someone his size. He knows how to get position inside, and he has soft hands. Mbargorba’s offense is still somewhat raw, but he continues to improve.

He was considered a Vanderbilt lean for most of his recruitment, but the Mustangs made a late run to snag him. Mbargorba also held offers from Temple, Virginia Tech, Saint Joseph’s, West Virginia, George Mason, Northwestern, Clemson, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Columbia.

Commitment Catch-Up:

  • D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown
  • Jordon Granger, Auburn
  • Ashauhn Dixon-Tatum, Auburn
  • Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
  • Brett Boese, Washington State
  • Richard Longrus, Washington State
  • Mychael Qualls, Arkansas
  • Ryan Rosburg, Missouri
  • Clyde Smith, TCU
  • Charles Hill, TCU
  • Kyle Molock, Saint Joseph’s
  • Zach En’Wezoh, Columbia

Important Visitors:

  • Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona
  • Willie Cauley, Kansas State
  • Phil Nolan, Clemson
  • Alex Poythress, Memphis
  • T.J. Warren, Georgetown
  • DaJuan Coleman, Ohio State
  • Gary Harris, Kentucky
  • Amile Jefferson, Kentucky
  • Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame (2013)
  • Allerik Freeman, Villanova (2013)
  • Keith Frazier, Arizona (2013)
  • Stephen Domingo, Arizona (2013)

Decision Time:

Dermarquise Johnson, a 2012 wing from Arizona, will choose Saturday between Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and UNLV.
- Ioannis Papaetrou will choose between Texas and Kansas on Saturday
- On Monday, Terry Henderson will decide between NC State, Georgia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fl.), Rutgers, George Mason and Richmond.


News and Notes:
2012 point guard Josh Gray decommitted from Mississippi State. 

Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:40 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Two schools on top for Brice Johnson

UPDATE: Story has been updated to reflect the latest in Brice Johnson's recruitment. The original story had NC State and Florida as his two favorites, but Johnson just texted to say that he made a mistake -- it's UNC and Florida at the top.

By
Jeff Borzello

It’s been an interesting few months for Brice Johnson and his recruitment.

He missed a chance to boost his stock at the NBPA Top 100 camp in June when he suffered a concussion early in the event and had to sit out the rest of the event. But he certainly bounced back at the Peach Jam in July, dominating every opponent in front of college coaches from across the country. Averaging 4.2 blocks per game and shooting nearly 82 percent from the field spurred one high-major head coach to call him a future lottery pick.

Johnson went from a player who might have been leaning towards staying in-state and going to Clemson or South Carolina to one with offers from North Carolina, Ohio State, Connecticut and Florida.

So far, the 6-foot-9 power forward from Edisto (S.C.) has taken official visits to North Carolina State, North Carolina and Florida, with one to Clemson still on the way.

A pair of schools is standing out among his final four: North Carolina and Florida.

“They are the top two,” Johnson said.

We will soon find out where the No. 29 prospect in the country will end up, as Johnson plans to make a decision soon.

 “Sometime this month,” he said.

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.

Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:12 pm
 

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera dives back into recruiting

By Jeff Borzello

While high-major point guards have been committing left and right over the past couple of months, combo guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has been playing it close to the vest.

Smith-Rivera isn’t worried about that at all.

“He’s choosing between some great programs,” Kelana Rivera, his mother, said. “And we’re more confident that wherever he goes, it will be a great fit for him.”

The 6-foot-3 Indiana native left for Oak Hill Academy (Va.) a few weeks ago, and is just beginning to dive back into the recruiting process.

According to his mother, two official visits have been set: Georgetown the weekend of September 23 and Louisville the weekend of October 14.

“He won’t be deciding before then,” Rivera said.

A trip to Xavier – where Smith-Rivera originally committed – was in the works, but there was scheduling conflicts. The Musketeers are still very much in the mix, though.

“He has always been very high on Xavier, and still is,” Rivera said. “The weekend that we wanted to visit them, D’Vauntes has a game and SAT. So we are still trying to figure that one out.”

Michigan State is another school often mentioned with Smith-Rivera, although talks between the two have slowed down since Smith-Rivera left the Midwest.

“We haven’t talked to Michigan State much since D has been at school,” Rivera said.

Rivera said North Carolina State and Memphis are also trying to get involved in her son’s recruitment lately, and they are both very much under consideration.

Smith-Rivera is a scoring guard who has the ability to handle the ball and initiate offense for other, but he is much more dangerous when looking to create his own shot. He has deep range on his jumper, and his strong frame enables him to finish effectively in the lane. Smith-Rivera ranks No. 39 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Since he has already committed to a school once, Smith-Rivera knows what he wants in a school and wants to be sure he makes the right choice.

“How well the school, staff and style suits the type of person and player he is,” Rivera said. “Many other things, like player development, as well. But all those are key.”

All signs point to a decision being made in the fall, but not for at least another month.

“Not sure yet exactly when he will be deciding,” Rivera said. “No real timeline just yet.”

Photo: Indy Star

Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Allerik Freeman trimming list to nine

By Jeff Borzello

June was the key month for Allerik Freeman.

Prior to it, he was considering a prospect that could play at the high-major level. After big-time weekends at the Nike Elite 100 and NBPA Top 100 Camp, Freeman became one of the most sought-after players in the country.

An impressive July vaulted him to the No. 15 spot in the CBSSports.com Top 100.

“I feel like I’ve been getting better and I played more on the main stage this year,” Freeman said.

While he has always been able to use his strength and finishing ability to execute off the dribble, Freeman expanded his game in the past few months to make himself more dangerous.

“My pull-up three ball,” he said. “I’ve zoned in on my mid-range game, and just using my speed and size.”

In terms of recruiting, so many schools are pursuing Freeman that he barely remembers all of them.

He holds offers from North Carolina State, Miami (Fl.), Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Xavier, UNLV, Georgetown, Baylor, Oklahoma, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Memphis, Texas, Villanova and Wake Forest, while also hearing from North Carolina, Clemson, Marquette, DePaul, Florida State and Arizona.

With upwards of 30 schools vying for his services, Freeman is ready to start eliminating suitors.

“I’m cutting it to nine by August 25th,” he said.

Photo: VUHoops.com 

 
 
 
 
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