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Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:11 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Top-10 Harrison twins plan to attend same college

By Jeff Borzello

ORLANDO, Fla. – Two of the most sought-after recruits in the class of 2013 are twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison.

Not surprisingly, both will likely attend the same college.

“I’ll tell you this: I have a six-bedroom house, they’re my only children and they sleep in the same room,” Aaron Harrison Sr. said.

While both players may look the same, they have differing games.

Andrew, a 6-foot-5 point guard ranked No. 5 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, is tremendous off the bounce. He can get to the lane on nearly any defender and finish at the rim. On the other hand, Aaron is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard and ranked No. 10 in the top 100. He is a better long-range shooter who can fill it up in a hurry.

“They like each other, they believe in each other,” Harrison Sr. said of how they co-exist on the court.

In terms of recruiting, there is a top five for both: Villanova, Baylor, Kentucky, Maryland and Texas. Aaron also mentioned interest from Georgetown, Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina, while Andrew said Georgetown, Texas A&M and Kansas were in pursuit.

The twins plan to visit Villanova, Kentucky, Baylor and Maryland in the coming weeks.

“There’s six or seven schools they told me they want to go back and see, and talk to them,” Harrison Sr. said.

One school Harrison Sr. named in particular was Kentucky. "[John Calipari] has made them a priority," he said.

The best backcourt in high school basketball could soon be the best in college as well.

Photo: MaxPreps

Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Isaiah Lewis loading up on college offers

By Jeff Borzello

ORLANDO, Fla. – The July AAU circuit is normally the pinnacle of a top prospect’s season, considering all the high-profile events they attend and big-time coaches they see.

For Isaiah Lewis, improving his all-around skillset takes precedence.

“I mean, the tournaments are cool, but working on my game is more important,” Lewis said. “This year, I’m going to play the point guard in high school, so I’m learning how to be a passer and still score at the same time.”

Lewis, a 6-foot-3 junior from Christ the King (N.Y.), shares the spotlight in high school with Connecticut-bound Omar Calhoun, but he is receiving plenty of notice on his own.

So far, Lewis claims offers from Miami (Fl.), Florida, Florida State, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon State, West Virginia and Memphis. Other schools showing interest include Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Villanova.

He said Kansas, Memphis and Florida are showing the most interest right now.

“Grades are a big factor in the school I chose,” Lewis said. “Also, the fan base and whether I think the coaching staff can get me ready for the next level.”

He plans to visit Florida, Florida State and Memphis during August, and could trip to Kansas for the Jayhawks’ Midnight Madness in October.

Two schools are currently standing out for Lewis: Kansas and Memphis.

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“Coach [Josh] Pastner, I just liked the way he talked to me and my father,” he said of Memphis. “He told from the gate, he thinks I can come in, play and contribute. He also told me what he likes about my game.”

Kansas offered Lewis during his sophomore season, and the Jayhawks remain near the top of his list.

“The tradition there is crazy,” Lewis said. “Coach [Bill] Self loves winning. He also compared me to a similar version of Deron Williams, being a big guard who can score and pass.”

While it may seem like the New York City product is going through the process pretty quickly, Lewis has no plans on making a decision anytime soon.

“I’m going to take my time with everything,” he said. “I mean, I’m not saying I’m going to wait, but I may commit after my junior year.”

As we’ve seen with Lewis, getting better is more important than anything.

Photo: The Shiver

Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 11:36 am
 

Las Vegas Wrapup: Top Performers, Notables


By Jeff Borzello

LAS VEGAS – For five days, Las Vegas went from being the gathering place for various vices to the epicenter of AAU basketball (during the day, at least). With the Adidas Super 64 and the Fab 48, the majority of the best players and teams in the country descended on the desert for two of the summer’s best tournaments. The individual match-ups that took place at the Super 64 were unparalleled, while the Fab 48 featured plenty of top talent as well.

At the Super 64, the final four consisted of Indiana Elite, Dream Vision, Utah Pump N Run and Texas Assault. Behind the play of Jordan Loveridge, Utah Pump N Run defeated the Atlanta Celtics, Compton Magic and Michigan Mustangs in the tournament. EBC Elite made a run to the Elite Eight with upsets over Family First and DC Assault, while the Nor Cal Pharaohs also made a surprising run.

The Fab 48 was marred somewhat by two brawls, but the Cinderella stories by Wisconsin Swing and Team Breakdown to reach the Final Four were fun to watch. In the end, though, Ishmail Wainright and the KC 76ers rolled to the championship, dispatching of anyone in their path. The favorites heading into the event included the Oakland Soldiers, Belmont Shore, NJ Playaz and Mac Irvin Fire – all three were gone by the final eight, with the Soldiers and Playaz getting shocked in the playoff opener.

Top Performers

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Ishmail Wainright, 2013, KC 76ers: Arguably the most impressive overall performer of the week, Wainright led his team to a surprising Fab 48 title. The muscular junior has always been a great defender and energy guy, but he carried the 76ers offensively, including getting the upper hand on Jabari Parker in a head-to-head battle.

Shabazz Muhammad, 2012, Dream Vision: Muhammad had his slow games, but overall, he again showed why he is the best player in the class. He carried Dream Vision to the title game, getting baskets in a variety of ways. Simply unstoppable when going to the rim.

Andre Drummond, 2012, Connecticut Basketball Club: When Drummond is motivated or goes against another top player, he is outstanding. He beat Kaleb Tarczewski head-to-head, adding to his hit list amongst the top big men in the country.

Javan Felix, 2012, New Orleans Elite: With the point guard class down this year, the demand for someone like Felix becomes much higher – especially when he plays like he did this week. He was knocking down shots off screens and was also getting to the rim.

Chris McCullough, 2014, Team Scan 15s: Although many people got their first glimpse of McCullough this week, he is certainly a top-10 player in his class. He is long and athletic, and has a ceiling that is simply through the roof. Raw for now, but his name will be heard for a long time.

Brandon Ashley, 2012, Oakland Soldiers: Ashley has consistently been one of the most impressive players this summer, and this week was no different. He scored around the rim, ran the floor and showed a willingness to handle the ball and knockdown face-up jumpers.

Kaleb Tarczewski, 2012, New England Playaz: Didn’t get the upper hand against Andre Drummond, but he played well the rest of the week. Most of his points come on dunks or layups around the rim, but his defense, work ethic and rebounding ability bode well.

Buddy Hield, 2012, Kansas Pray and Play Players: Overshadowed slightly by Perry Ellis, Hield was the one that shined throughout the week. Hield is a big-time offensive player that can knock down shots from behind the arc or drive the lane and finish in impressive fashion.

Denzel Valentine, 2012, Michigan Mustangs: He wasn’t that impressive at the NBPA Top 100 camp in June, but Valentine has looked good in the two Adidas events in July. He knows how to handle the ball in traffic and uses his body exceptionally well when driving the lane.

Marcus Smart, 2012, Texas Assault: Smart consistently put the Assault on his back at both ends of the floor, and his energy and nonstop motor permeated the rest of the team en route to the semifinals. Smart is an outstanding defender who has steadily improved his shooting and ball-handling 

Other Notables:

Indiana Elite made a run to the Final Four, but no one in particular stood out overall. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had his moments, while Jeremy Hollowell was also solid . . . Kuran Iverson is supremely talented, but his lack of interest on defense make some question his work ethic . . . With Drummond on the inside, Kris Dunn was able to make plays in transition and on the perimeter . . . For Belmont Shore, Katin Reinhardt continued to improve his point guard ability, while Grant Jerrett showed his versatile offensive game . . . New York guard Isaiah Whitehead knows how to make tough shots, plain and simple . . . Joe Rahon, the younger brother of San Diego State guard James Rahon, continues to impress. He can hit shots and run a team . . . Going up against Drummond, Coreontae DeBerry held his own defensively . . . Nate Britt again looked good, initiating offense and showing great body control in the lane . . . Kentucky native Taylor Barnette is fun to watch when his shot is falling; his range is unparalleled . . . Got my first glances at Grant Verhoeven and Christian Wood. Verhoeven is a very good defender and scores in the lane, while Wood needs room to grow but is certainly talented . . . One coach told me Chris Walker reminds him of a young Antonio McDyess . . . Charles Mitchell doesn’t have ideal size for a big man, but his hands and length make up for it . . . Mitchell's teammate, Chris Bolden, showed off an improved driving game to go with his knockdown shooting . . . 2013 forward Jordan Bell had 17 blocks in one game. That’s ridiculous . . . The attacking ability of Montay Brandon is impressive; if he gets a jumper, look out . . . One of the breakout players of the event was Jordan Loveridge, who led the Utah Pump N Run team to the semifinals – he knows how to score . . . Double Pump Elite’s Tyrone Wallace is quickly rising up the point guard ranks – he is 6-foot-4 and long . . . Texas shooter Phil Forte simply doesn’t miss . . . Team Breakdown didn’t have too many studs, but guard Brandon Channer used his strength and finishing ability to provide a boost . . . Slightly overshadowed by Chris Thomas’ antics, but Colorado commit Wesley Gordon is a big man who moves well without the ball and can finish . . . Sanjay Lumpkin is a tough matchup for guards at 6-foot-6, and also held his own against forward Gavin Thurman.

Photos: Kansas City Star (Wainwright), 247 Sports (Felix), Utah Pump N Run (Loveridge)

Posted on: July 23, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Ikenna Iroegbu hopes to join Oak Hill greats

By Jeff Borzello

LAS VEGAS – Oak Hill Academy (Va.) has been a point guard factory throughout its history, producing the likes of Nolan Smith, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo, Ty Lawson, Brandon Jennings and Steve Blake in recent years. The lineage goes all the way back to Rod Strickland, who spent 17 seasons in the NBA.

Ikenna Iroegbu hopes to be the next stud lead guard for the Warriors.

“I just wanted to play on the national stage, get more looks,” Iroegbu said. “They’ve produced a lot of good point guards, and I want to join the history.”

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Iroegbu, a 6-foot-1 junior from California, certainly has the talent and potential to be a factor when he arrives in Virginia, currently ranking No. 66 in CBSSports.com's Top 100. He is extremely fast with the ball, and has the quickness to beat defenders off the dribble. Iroegbu knows how to finish in the lane and can also knock down jumpers. 

While he has some of the tools necessary to be a big-time player, there are some areas he needs to improve.

“I could handle the ball better, take care of the ball better,” Iroegbu said. “I need to step it up.

“I want to show everyone that I’m a good player and one of the best point guards in my class. I think I stack up well, but I could do better.”

Currently, he holds offers from Arizona, USC, Colorado, Oklahoma State and Washington State, with interest coming from Virginia Tech and most of the Pac-12. Iroegbu said Washington State and USC are coming at him the hardest.

He wants to play in a fast-paced offense where his speed and ability to push the ball in transition will be a huge asset.

“I’m also looking at how the coaching staff treats the players,” Iroegbu said.

If he stands out at Oak Hill as the next great point guard, though, one can only assume he will be a favorite amongst the coaches at whichever school he chooses.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Kasey Hill makes statement in Indianapolis

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By Jeff Borzello

With three top-40 players in its frontcourt, the Florida Rams’ Blue team gets most of the attention from Matt Ramker’s AAU program.

At the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, though, it was the Black U-17 team that stole the show and surprisingly won the championship. They won all nine games, capped with a victory over New Heights (N.Y.) in the title game.

The main reason for the run? Look no further than 2013 prospect Kasey Hill, whose performance has some people calling him the best point guard in the country.

“I can create and shoot, score off the dribble,” Hill said. “I can slash, I can pass.”

Hill, a 6-0 Montverde Academy (Fla.) product, was clutch too – he knocked down a stepback 20-footer to give the Rams a two-point win over Gateway Basketball Club in the first round of the tournament.

Since his MVP performance at the Adidas Invitational, Hill made headlines by picking up an additional offer from Kentucky. Florida, Louisville, Florida State, Miami (Fl.) and Kansas State had each already offered him.

He said he is also hearing from South Florida, UCF and Providence.

“The school that I fit in the best at – with the school and on the team,” Hill said when asked what he is looking for in a school.

Expect his recruitment to pick up even more as coaches now trek to see more than just the Rams’ Blue team.

Photo: Orlando Sentinel 

Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:51 am
 

Nigel Williams-Goss waits his turn

By Jeff Borzello

After playing alongside incoming Arizona freshman Nick Johnson last year, Nigel Williams-Goss knows his time to shine is coming up.

“We’ve had great players in the past, and I think I played well last year,” Williams-Goss said. “I wouldn’t say I was overshadowed. I’ll have my chance this year.”

Williams-Goss, a 6-foot-2 guard from Findlay Prep (Nev.), committed to UNLV last December, but decided to open up his recruitment after head coach Lon Kruger left the desert to go to Oklahoma.

With Dave Rice coming on board, Williams-Goss said the Runnin’ Rebels are still under consideration.

“They’re definitely in there,” he said.

The talented lead guard has good size for his position and is also adept at finding teammates in areas where they can score. He has good basketball IQ for someone his age, and uses his strength to finish through contact at the rim.

Williams-Goss ranked No. 48 in CBSSports.com’s 2013 rankings, but he is sure to move up when they are updated in August.

“I’ve been playing pretty good, but there’s always room for improvement,” he said.

In addition to UNLV, Williams-Goss said Washington is also in heavy pursuit. He is hearing from Oklahoma, Miami (Fl.), Georgia Tech, Harvard, Saint Mary’s and the entire Pac-12 besides California and Stanford.

Williams-Goss will likely take his time with his second college decision.

“Definitely, I have to be there for four years,” he said.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:38 pm
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