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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: July 6, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Malik Price-Martin gets over nerves quickly

By Jeff Borzello

INDIANAPOLIS – While Malik Price-Martin was looking forward to playing in front of coaches on the AAU circuit, it wasn’t easy for him when the ball first went up.

“I was nervous at first,” Price-Martin said.

After the top-25 2013 prospect settled down, though, he enjoyed it.

“It was a good experience,” he said.

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Price-Martin, a 6-foot-8 forward from Monsignor Pace (Fla.) who runs with the Florida Rams, is extremely long and lean. He can knock down perimeter shots but is at his best when running the floor and finishing in transition. Price-Martin is also effective around the basket.

Not surprisingly, plenty of schools are in the mix for the Miami native.

“I knew Ohio State, Miami (Fla.), Texas and Louisville would be here watching me,” Price-Martin said.

Connecticut -- which had two coaches in attendance for Price-Martin’s first game -- and Syracuse are also coming at him strong.

Price-Martin has taken two trips: Ohio State and Miami (Fla.).


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

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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 27, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 2:08 pm
 

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera focuses on five

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By Jeff Borzello

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera isn’t worried about which position he's going to play at the next level.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Indiana can fill it up like a scorer but has the IQ and passing ability of a lead guard.

“I want to improve as an all-around player,” Smith-Rivera said. “I want to work on my point guard skills, but I want to be a complete basketball player.”

The former Xavier commit isn’t ready to make another decision, but Smith-Rivera did say he has a few schools standing out.

“Texas, UCLA, Georgetown, Xavier, Louisville,” he said. “That’s my top five.”

Smith-Rivera has also visited Michigan State, but he isn't focused on the Spartans.

“I want to decide at the end of the summer,” Smith-Rivera said. “As of right now, who knows? There’s no favorite.”

When we spoke to Smith-Rivera in April, he admitted that Xavier still had a slight edge despite his decommitment. Now, the future Oak Hill Academy (Va.) guard is not leaning toward anyone.

“I wouldn’t say they have a leg up, but Xavier does have a lot to offer,” he said. “But so do the other schools.”

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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.

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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 9:41 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Joell James out to prove he's more than hype

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Despite standing 6-foot-10 and hovering around the 300-pound mark, Joell James knows he won’t dominate against other big-time players on size alone.

“I have to hustle,” James said. “You can have no talent, and still be a better player than someone else just by hustling.”

James, a rising senior from Dwyer High School (Fla.), certainly has talent. For someone so big, he runs the floor and moves around without the ball effectively. James can face-up and knock down shots inside the arc, and he is also adept at scoring around the rim. Because of his size, he is a presence defensively and on the glass.

Rising up the rankings in the spring, James went to the NBPA Top 100 Camp to prove he wasn’t all hype.

“It’s not about your name, it’s about what you do out there,” he said. “I need to show I can do it.”

Because of his stellar play over the last few months, James has been hearing from Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, Ohio State, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisville and Miami the most.

He said Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, Ohio State and North Carolina are standing out to him as a top five, with the Gators currently on top.

“It’s a state school, and coach [Billy] Donovan is a great guy,” James said. “It’s a great program, and they’re known for putting out big men.”

The Floridian has taken trips to in-state schools Florida, Miami (Fla.) and UCF in the past.

A decision does not appear to be on the horizon for James, although he does have more immediate goals for the summer.

“I’m too heavy, I want to lose about 20 pounds,” he said. “And I just want to improve.”

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Five-star guard Gary Harris cuts list to top five

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Gary Harris has been notoriously quiet when it comes to recruitment, keeping it close to the vest.

At the NBAPA camp on Thursday, Harris made it clear he’s making advancements in the process.

“Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Purdue are coming at me the hardest,” Harris said. “That’s my top five.”

Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard from Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), is one of the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2012. He is physical and long, which makes him tough on the defensive end and difficult to stop on the offensively. Harris is deadly with his mid-range game, and is working on getting to the basket.

The five schools on his list will have to wait to see him make his next move.

“After the summer is over, or after this June and July, my parents and I are going to sit down and talk about it,” Harris said. “I’m looking for a school where I can get playing time.”

Harris, rated as a five-star recruit by most services, is also looking to demonstrate his ability to run an offense and facilitate for others.

“I want to come here, play my total game, show off my versatility,” he said. “I want to show what I can do, show that I’m not one-dimensional.”

“I want to be a combo guard, I’m working on my ball-handling,” Harris added.

If the Midwesterner is able to consistently handle the ball and switch between the two guard positions, he will have no problem making an impact at the next level.

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