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 

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 9:45 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 10:03 am

Big summer ahead for Geno Thorpe


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.”

Photo: Pittsburghlive.com 

Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: June 15, 2011 11:13 am

Shane Rector increases his national attention


By Jeff Borzello

BRONX, N.Y. – If going perfect from the field and scoring 30 points in a game doesn’t draw attention, it remains to be seen what else Shane Rector can do to put himself on the map.

Last weekend at the Rumble in the Bronx, Rector impressed onlookers with consistent offense, constantly beating defenders off the bounce and finishing at the rim. He is very quick with the dribble and has a great first step. Rector is smooth when driving the lane and even showed a mid-range jumper.

“I think I’m a good player, I had a good game,” Rector said. “I guess you could say I was feeling it.”

The 6-foot-1 point guard from St. Raymond’s (N.Y.) is quickly rising in metro-area circles, but is virtually unknown by recruitniks nationally.

Colleges certainly know who Rector is, though.

The 2013 prospect listed Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Arizona, Villanova, Rutgers and St. John’s, although none of those schools have extended an offer yet.

“I just want to go to a school that’s going to put the ball in my hands as a freshman, let me run the team,” Rector said.

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