Posted on: June 17, 2011 5:03 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 6:05 pm

Charles Mann boosts recruitment in spring


By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Heading into the Real Deal in the Rock in April, Charles Mann was looking to make a name for himself.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Union Grove (Ga.) was scheduled to go up against Dream Vision and Shabazz Muhammad, the nation’s best perimeter player.

“I just wanted to play my game,” Mann said. “I got out there and didn’t worry what his name was.”

Mann said he outscored Muhammad, 28-13, and was the primary defender on him the entire game.

“I held him,” Mann said.

Since then, his recruitment has blown up, with Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.), UCF, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee all pursuing Mann.

Six schools are standing out: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

“I definitely want to take officials to Georgia, Florida State and Georgia Tech,” he said. “I haven’t decided on the other two.”

When it comes time to decide on a school, Mann knows he wants to contribute immediately once he gets there.

“I’m looking for playing time," he said. "I want to come in as a freshman and start. I’m trying to get better, get to the next level.”

Unfortunately for Mann, he injured his ankle recently and was only at 70 percent entering the camp. After playing with the injury for one game, it was decided that he would shut it down for the rest of camp.

Before that, Mann wanted to continue his momentum from earlier in the spring.

“I want to show I’m just as good as everybody else,” he said. “I don’t worry about my ranking.”

Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:12 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 12:22 pm

Jordan Tebbutt takes time to develop his game


By Jeff Borzello

During the spring before a prospect’s senior year, most players are focused on two things: recruiting and the AAU circuit.

For Jordan Tebbutt, though, neither of those is at the forefront of his thought process. Tebbutt has taken the past few months to work on himself, as both a basketball player and a person.

“This has been a good season for him,” Tebbutt’s father, Brad, said. “He is working on lots of personal things, as well as his game. It’s been a real season of growth.”

After Jordan’s Pump-N-Run Elite AAU team struggled during April and he continued to be hampered by a hand injury, he decided to step off the circuit for a bit.

“It ended up being a good break for Jordan for a few weeks,” Brad Tebbutt said.

He still participated in Adidas Nations, attended the Pangos All-American Camp and will be in Charlottesville, Va. for the NBPA Top 100 camp this week. Tebbutt will also be back on the AAU scene during the July live period.

Tebbutt, a 6-foot-4 wing from Oregon, is not lacking for exposure. He will attend powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.) in the fall, making the move from Tualatin (Ore.).

“It’s been a dream of his for years,” Brad Tebbutt said. “It fits the parents’ criteria of a strong school, help with academics and spiritual environment, but [it also] raises the level of ball several times over and makes a great transition year between high school and college, as far as living on your own and in developing his game.”

Tebbutt has a tremendous frame, checking in at around 215 pounds. He is a bulky swingman who is still looking to regain his explosion. Because of his size, he can overpower smaller defenders and score around the rim. Tebbutt can also knock down mid-range jumpers and is very effective when shooting leaners in the lane. He has great body control and can absorb contact when he finishes.

His stock has dipped a little bit in the past year because of an injury, but that hasn’t slowed his recruitment.

“We really have put recruiting on the side shelf, as opposed to the back shelf,” his father said. “A few new schools since the summer coaching shuffle, still waiting to create a list or determine preferences. We have really played it low-key and probably made a few think we are not interested, which is not true.”

The Pac-12 is heavily involved with Tebbutt, with Colorado, Washington State, Washington and Oregon State showing the most interest from the West Coast programs. Louisville, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Virginia and West Virginia are also on the list.

Tebbutt plans on taking his time with the process, with no favorites standing out or visits planned.

“[We’re] trying to decide on our timeline, throwing a new wrinkle in with the move to Oak Hill next year,” Brad Tebbutt said. “Just not ready to make too many decisions yet.”

Photo: Oregonlive.com 

Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:14 am

Changes looming for Tariq Carey


By Jeff Borzello

BRONX, N.Y. – It seems that a breakout season has been escaping Tariq Carey for the past couple of years. Heading into each high school and AAU campaign, Carey looks to be on the precipice of blowing up – then he falls just short.

Carey, a 6-foot-2 guard from New Jersey, is hopeful he garners increased attention with the New York Panthers this summer.

“Right now, it’s about getting a scholarship,” Carey said. “I think I can play at the highest level.”

Although he moved from the NJ Playaz to the Panthers, AAU programs are not the only things Carey is changing this year.

After attending Newark Eastside (N.J.), Carey is looking to go to a higher-profile basketball program. He named South Kent (Conn.) and St. Benedict’s (N.J.) as possible landing spots.

“There were some things that happened last year,” Carey said when asked why he was transferring.

Carey is not anywhere near ready to decide on a school, although he is receiving plenty of college interest.

He holds offers from Iona, Georgia State, Creighton and Rhode Island, with interest from Virginia, Providence, Charleston, Notre Dame, Clemson and Richmond.

If Carey breaks out as expected, that list will undoubtedly expand this summer.

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