Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:55 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 11:13 am

Emmanuel Mudiay making early impression

By Jeff Borzello

AKRON, OHIO – Emmanuel Mudiay is one of the top players in the class of 2014 – and in a refreshing twist, he’s the proper age for his grade.

“I’m probably the youngest player here,” Mudiay said at the LeBron James Skills Academy last week. “I just turned 15.”

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The 6-foot-4 Grace Prep (Tex.) product is a tremendously gifted player for his age. He handles the point guard position well, and is very difficult to keep out of the lane due to his athleticism, length and size.

While he is certainly ranked near the top of his own class, Mudiay is aiming for something higher.

“I’m just trying to play my game, I want to send a message,” he said. “I want to show I can play with the best of the best.”

Although it’s early in his recruitment, Mudiay is already hearing from plenty of schools. Most of the Big 12 is on him, including Texas, Baylor and Kansas, while Arizona has also made an impression.

One school is standing out, but it’s too early to tell if they will be the favorite until the end.

“Texas is my dream school,” Mudiay said. “But I’m not going to think about it right now.”

Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 1:21 pm

Danuel House's school list goes from 2 to 35


By Jeff Borzello

Before the Best Buy Classic in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend, Danuel House was hearing from two schools, TCU and Jacksonville.

After a breakout performance in the Windy City, House has seen his stock skyrocket.

“It was at two, then 32, now 35,” he said. “It’s still new to me.”

House, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Elkins, Texas, has offers from Louisville, Baylor, Texas, California, Colorado, USC, Houston and, yes, TCU and Jacksonville. Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Kansas, Maryland, Florida State, South Florida, Gonzaga and Providence have also reached out to the rising senior.

“It’s good exercise for the brain,” said House, referring to rattling off his long list of suitors. “It’s fun.”

House is a terrific athlete who is at his best when driving to the basket and finishing at the rim. He is great in transition and also handles the ball fairly well. His outside shot needs work, but he does have the ability to knock down 3-pointers. With his length and athleticism, he is a solid defender.

It doesn’t take long to see his potential, which makes it even more surprising that it took so long for House to burst onto the scene.

“People were seeing me for the first time,” he said.

Playing alongside Isaiah Austin on Texas Pro, don’t expect House's stock to collapse anytime soon.

Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 1:28 pm

Katin Reinhardt starts over after decommitment


By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Katin Reinhardt has had the rep of a long-range shooter since he burst onto the scene at Mater Dei (Calif.) a couple of years ago.

The 6-foot-5 guard is no longer just a 3-point gunner, though. At the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia last week, Reinhardt showed the ability to handle the ball effectively and set up teammates for open shots.

“I’m working on all aspects of my game,” he said. “I’m just trying to get better, playing really well on the defensive end.”

Reinhardt had committed to USC on New Year’s Eve, but the two schools parted way in May. Since then, his recruitment has picked up in a major way.

He holds offers from Arizona, Baylor, Arizona State, Gonzaga, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Colorado, with interest coming from Syracuse, Florida and Kentucky.

Reinhardt can’t point to a specific reason as to why his recruitment is heavier now than it was before his commitment to USC.

“I don’t really know,” he said. “They’re starting to see I’m playing hard.” 

There is no timetable for a decision from Reinhardt, but he does plan on trimming his list.

“I don’t have any favorites, I’m wide open,” he said. “But I’m going to cut it down to five.”

There are no leaders this point, but the schools that are coming after him the hardest will get the longest looks.

“The schools that offered will be looked at right away,” Reinhardt said.

Photo: MaxPreps.com

Posted on: June 17, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 5:43 pm

Javan Felix in search of exposure


By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Although the common perception is that the point guard class in 2012 is fairly weak, there are still some players looking to increase their exposure.

Javan Felix is one of those prospects. The Saint Augustine (La.) point guard is one of the lesser-known players at the NBA Camp this week, but he has impressed with his ability to run a team and take care of the ball.

“I have to make a name for myself,” Felix said. “I know I’m overlooked, so I’m trying to put my name on the map.”

Felix, who stands 5-foot-11, is confident people will start giving him attention as long as plays well at the defensive end of the floor.

“I know I can play with those guys that are at the top,” he said. “I have to play defense. If I guard well, I’ll get noticed.”

Several colleges are already aware of Felix, namely UCLA, Arizona, Baylor, Texas A&M and Miami (Fl.).

He plans on visiting all of those but Miami by the end of the month.

“Somewhere I can go as a freshman and play,” Felix said. “Somewhere with a good coach that’s like a second father to me.”

Photo: 247Sports.com

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