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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 27, 2011 9:37 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Tony Parker sends message at NBA Camp

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By Jeff Borzello

At times during the spring, Tony Parker barely looked like a top-50 player in the class of 2012.

That certainly changed at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week in Virginia, when Parker went through a hit list of opponents and dominated everyone.

Daniel Ochefu, Shaq Cleare, Cameron Ridley, even Andre Drummond for one half – Parker handled them all, showing off his versatile offensive game and making an impact at both ends of the floor.

“I wanted to show I’m a better basketball player, that I’m one of the top bigs in the class,” Parker said. “I just gotta play hard.”

Parker, a 6-foot-9 big man from Miller Grove (Ga.), has a host of schools on his list, including Florida, Kansas, Texas, Georgia and Georgia Tech. However, three schools are standing out right now: Ohio State, Duke and Memphis.

Parker would have the chance to be the next NBA big out of Ohio State, and could step right in for Jared Sullinger once the future lottery pick leaves Columbus.

“Ohio State has a real good coach and a good style of play,” Parker said. “It’s a great campus, an athletic atmosphere.”

While Parker has said he would choose Ohio State if he was forced to make a decision immediately, Duke is also very much in the hunt.

“It has strong academics and a great coach in Coach K,” he said.

At Memphis, Parker could arrive and immediately be the best back-to-the-basket player in the conference.

“They do a good job of getting their bigs the ball,” he said.

While he does have a top three, Parker said he plans to take his visits in the fall before deciding.

“I’m looking for an all-around good basketball atmosphere,” he said.

Photo: 247 Sports

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

Katin Reinhardt starts over after decommitment

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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 22, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Recruiting Notebook: Gabe York advances process

By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- With a relatively weak point guard group in the class of 2012, Gabe York could establish himself as one of the best -- if he is able to handle the position full time.

“I’m trying to be a point guard, still getting the hang of it,” York said. “The biggest thing is learning the position.”

York, a 6-foot-1 prospect from Orange Lutheran (Calif.), is one of the best scorers in the country. He has tremendous range and lift on his 3-point shot, and he finishes effectively at the rim.

York doesn’t want to change his scoring prowess.

“I want to be a scoring point guard,” he said. “I don’t want to take away that part of my game.”

Recently, York trimmed his list to 10 schools: Marquette, Notre Dame, Kansas, Louisville, Washington, Oklahoma, UNLV, Arizona, Memphis and Connecticut.

Recently, he took a trip to Washington, and he went to Chicago after the NBPA Top 100 Camp to check out Marquette and Notre Dame. York also plans on going to Arizona at the end of the month.

“I’ll have a better feel for what I want after that,” he said.

Poythress feels pressure to stay home

Playing alongside Tony Parker and several other high-major players on the Georgia Stars this spring, Alex Poythress stood out.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Northeast (Tenn.) made an impact with his athleticism and length. He can power around the rim and is one of the better rebounders in the class. Poythress also has the ability to face-up and knock down jumpers.

“I didn’t do anything different,” he said. “I just played hard and tried to show what I could do.”

Plenty of schools were impressed, as Poythress currently boasts a long list. Vanderbilt, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Stanford, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State are all on him.

While Poythress has no favorites, three schools are on him the most, and they all have something in common.

“The in-state schools are probably coming at me the hardest -- Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee,” he said.

Howard has a future in two sports

For all the athletes at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Twymond Howard might be the best overall athlete.

The 6-foot-6 Howard is a star on the hardwood -- and on the gridiron. As a result, he is being pursued in both sports.

Howard, a small forward from Pearl (Miss.), wanted to prove himself on the basketball court last week in Virginia.

“Just to show I’m one of the top players,” Howard said of his goals. “I feel like I’m one, so I have to play hard. I want everybody to know who I am.”

For now, Howard is hearing from Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Alabama and Auburn.

“I’ve taken unofficials to Tennessee, Mississippi State and Ole Miss,” he said.

Photo: MaxPreps.com 

Posted on: June 21, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Zena Edosomwan excels on and off the court

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It doesn’t take long to notice Zena Edosomwan is not your average high school basketball recruit.

First, he attends Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), a high school that two people have said has the most rigid academic standards “west of the Mississippi.” He holds a 3.4 GPA at that school and has nearly every Ivy League school on his tail.

Then, Edosomwan begins speaking. Aside from the fact he is one of the more well-spoken recruits in the country, his mindset is different than most top-100 recruits.

“People say college is not a four-year decision, it’s a 40-year decision,” Edosomwan said. “That’s how it is for me.”

Yes, a 40-year decision. Not one year and the NBA, not two years and then go pro – 40 years.

With the way he has been playing, though, basketball could certainly be in Edosomwan’s future.

“I worked a lot harder, was focused on getting better,” he said. “I started becoming more competitive.”

At the NBPA Top 100 camp in Virginia last week, the 6-foot-7 power forward more than held his own against higher-rated players. Edosomwan runs the floor exceptionally well and knows how to finish in transition. He has good hands and uses his length and athleticism to make plays above the rim. Given his strong frame, Edosomwan also has the ability to get position in the paint and score.

He went into the camp with the goal of hanging with the top of the class.

“I want to show I can compete with the best players,” Edosomwan said. “It’s the perfect place to do that, with players that are taller and more athletic than me.”

More and more colleges are beginning to notice the student-athlete on the court, as Edosomwan mentioned Harvard, Georgia Tech, Washington, Washington State, UCLA, USC and Virginia Tech.

He took an unofficial visit to UCLA last Monday.

“It was great,” Edosomwan said. “The tradition there is unbelievable, with [John] Wooden and everything he did.”

There doesn’t seem to be much of a timetable for his decision – Edosomwan is focused on his game.

“I just want to keep getting better,” he said. “It’s my time to prove that I can play.”

Photo: Harvard-Westlake

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:02 pm
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Brandon Ashley stakes claim to top-five ranking

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – When discussing the top players in the class of 2012, Brandon Ashley is not always mentioned in the case for No. 1.

Ashley takes offense to that.

“I definitely feel like I belong in the top five,” he said. “I know I’m just as good or better. My skill level is not an issue. I just have to play harder, play more consistently.”

The 6-foot-9 forward from Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) certainly made his case at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week. Ashley showed off his all-around skills, scoring with his back to the basket and knocking down face-up jumpers. He ran the floor better than most big men, and also handled the ball and passed well for someone his size.

Ashley’s potential is through the roof, and when he brings maximum effort, he is tough to contain.

“I’m trying to become an all-around better player, an inside-outside player,” he said.

Ashley has plenty of suitors at this point, but said he is ready to cut down his list in the near future. For now, though, it seems a number of colleges have a shot at him.

“I’m wide-open, but a lot of the same schools [are involved],” Ashley said. “The Pac-10, the SEC, Kansas, schools like that. Everyone is coming at me the hardest.”

In addition to the entire Pac-10 and Kansas, Wake Forest, Texas, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Connecticut and others are also recruiting him.

One school mentioned in association with Ashley in the past has been Kentucky, but he said the Wildcats’ pursuit has tailed off.

“They’ve sent me a few emails, but that’s it,” he said.

When Ashley does make a decision, which doesn’t look like any time soon, he is looking for a school that already has established talent on the roster.

 “I want to go to a place where I’m surrounded by good players, with a good coaching staff,” he said.

Photo: Media 411

 
 
 
 
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