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St. John’s Makes Room for Lance

Posted by Marcus on November 24, 2008

Will Lance Stephenson end up at St. John’s? It would be a big recruiting win for them if he did, but it also points to the fact that a lot of schools just aren’t interested in the sideshow. St. John’s is ready for him, however, and is making sure they have a scholarship for him:

…Roberts indicated that if another recruit – presumably he meant city star Lance Stephenson of Lincoln High – chooses the Johnnies, something will happen to accommodate him.

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Take-Two’s Top 21 High School Basketball Players

Posted by Marcus on November 21, 2008

The 2008 2K Sports New York State High School All-Star Team has been announced and there are a lot of familiar names to anyone who follows basketball recruiting:

* O.D. Anosike, St. Peters HS (Staton Island, NY), Senior
* Taran Buie, Bishop Maginn HS (Albany, NY), Junior
* Jamel Fields, Albany Academy HS (Albany, NY), Junior
* Tobias Harris, Long Island Lutheran HS (Brookville, NY), Junior
* Jabari Hinds, Mount Vernon HS (Mount Vernon, NY), Sophomore
* Sean Johnson, Christ the King HS (Middle Village, NY), Senior
* Sidiki Johnson, St. Raymond HS (Bronx, NY), Sophomore
* Dane Miller, Rush Henrietta HS (Henrietta, NY), Senior
* James Padgett, Abraham Lincoln HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Jayvaughn Pinkston, Bishop Loughlin HS (Brooklyn, NY), Junior
* Will Regan, Buffalo Nichols HS (Buffalo, NY), Junior
* Lamount Samuell, Boys & Girls HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Durand Scott, Rice HS (New York, NY), Senior
* Russell Smith, Archbishop Molloy HS (Queens, NY), Senior
* Shane Southwell, Rice (New York, NY), Junior
* Keith Spellman, Thomas Jefferson HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Lance Stephenson, Abraham Lincoln HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Shaquille Stokes, Abraham Lincoln HS (Brooklyn, NY), Sophomore
* Brandon Triche, Jamesville de Witt HS (De Witt, NY), Senior
* Chaz Williams, Bishop Ford HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Sherrod Wright, Mount Vernon HS (Mount Vernon, NY), Senior

Several players still available for college recruiters in this list, probably most notably Lance Stephenson, followed by Will regan. But take a look at Shane Southwell (SF,6’5″,2010), a player out of New York who is sure to garner some interest.

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Xavier Henry Chooses Memphis

Posted by Marcus on November 19, 2008

One of the top uncommitted players in the 2009 class has been Xavier Henry (6’6″,SG/SF,2009), but that’s no longer true as Henry has decided to play his college ball at Memphis. The recruiting battle had come down to Kansas and Memphis, with Henry finally deciding to go with the Tigers.

Henry’s brother C.J. already is a freshman on this season’s Memphis team.

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Florida Gators Land 2010 Recruiting Prospect

Posted by Marcus on November 18, 2008

Billy Donavon, having just landed one of the top point guards in the class of 2009, are now working on the class of 2010. Patric Young, a 6’8″ power forward out of Jacksonville, FL, has made a verbal commitment to the Gators and should be able to jump right into the fast paced game played in Gainesville.

Young is an athletic and explosive player who should see improvement by the time he lands in a Gator uniform.

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Three Big Time Recruits will Wait Until Spring

Posted by Marcus on November 8, 2008

The latest on three big names in the class of 2009 will wait until spring to decide their basketball recruiting fate.

Derrick Favors, Michael Snaer and Xavier Henry have all stated that they won’t make up their minds on college until after their senior season.

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Basketball Recruiting Notebook

Posted by Marcus on October 12, 2008

Oak Hill will play Patterson school in a scrimmage this coming Tuesday (Oct 14) at the Mulberry Recreation Center in Lenoir, NC.

Derrick Favors to visit NC State

Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009) will visit NC State on the weekend of October 18, continuing to give the Pack a shot at landing him.

Thomas Robinson moved by Kansas rings

Thomas Robinson (PF, 6’8″, 2009) says that what clinched his decision to commit to Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks was the ring ceremony he attended:

“To meet all the pros who came back for that ceremony was big. I felt it was home for me, seeing all the special players there,” Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., said Friday morning.

He was referring to Jayhawks Jacque Vaughn, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Wayne Simien, Darnell Jackson, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, as well as assistant coach Danny Manning, who all have NBA experience.

This is a huge recruiting advantage that schools like Kansas, UCLA and UNC have. Going to a UNC late night event, you will see Stuart Scott, or maybe even Michael Jordan. I sat two rows behind Julius Peppers a couple of years ago, and at a Wake Forest football game two weeks ago, Tim Duncan was on the sidelines (along with former Wake Forest coach Dave Odom). Kansas and UCLA also have so much star power that it really makes an impression.

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Kansas Basketball Recruiting Lands Thomas Robinson

Posted by Marcus on October 11, 2008

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self won a recruiting battle with Memphis (a battle that seems to appear more and more) by landing Thomas Robinson (PF, 6’8″, 2009), an athletic player who should add rebounding to the Jayhawks.

Robinson, who also held offers from Miami (FL) and USC, had visited both campuses before making his decision.

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Jordan Hamilton to Texas

Posted by Marcus on October 10, 2008

Basketball recruiting in the state of Texas has taken a solid turn.

The Texas Longhorns locked up star basketball recruit Jordan Hamilton (SF, 6’7″, 2009), who made his announcement Thursday on ESPNU.

The California high school player had also been considering Kansas, UConn and Syracuse.

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Basketball Recruiting & The NY All Star Game

Posted by Marcus on October 9, 2008

Nathan Blue (what’s up, Nathan!) writes about the rosters for the Jim Couch Reunion Game, coming October 18th at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx:

Players committed: Durand Scott, Tobias Harris, Jason Morris, Sherrod Wright, DaShaun Wiggins, Lance Stephenson and several other top players.

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Xavier Henry Interview

Posted by Marcus on October 5, 2008

Memphis fans are hoping they can will the recruiting battle for Xavier Henry (SG/SF, 6’6″, 2009), which seems by all indications to be settling into a showdown between the Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks, even though UNC is still listed as an option by Henry. In this video interview with Henry, he talks about his current recruiting status:
Xavier Henry Interview

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