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Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Big man Kennedy Meeks drawing plenty of attention

By Jeff Borzello

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Kennedy Meeks didn’t have his best game against Paul VI (Va.) on Saturday, but that didn’t stop head coaches from stopping by to check out the big man.

North Carolina State’s Mark Gottfried strolled in; Tony Bennett of Virginia was there; Mark Turgeon came by; and even John Thompson III, after beating Howard, had to get a glimpse.

Meeks struggled, scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds before fouling out in the loss.

However, Meeks was still able to show some of the tools that make him the No. 34-ranked player in the class of 2013. Because of his size – 6-foot-8, 270 lbs. – Meeks dwarfs most opponents that try to defend him. He has great hands and looks to pass out of a double team. He knows how to finish at the rim, and he has a soft touch. However, on Saturday, he wasn’t nearly aggressive enough and didn’t make himself available down low.

“I don’t think I played that good,” he said.

Meeks has plenty of college interest, citing offers from everyone in the ACC besides Duke and North Carolina, while also hearing from Georgetown, South Carolina, Syracuse and others.

Despite not offering, the Tar Heels are firmly in the race for Meeks.

“They’re going to be in the picture,” Meeks said.

The top priority on Meeks’ wish list is his ability to be a factor down low at the next level. He wants to be involved in the offense.

“Somewhere that feeds the big man,” he said.

Expect West Charlotte (N.C.) to be a revolving door of coaches in the next two years.

Photo: Charlotte Observer

Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Ja'Quan Newton is one of the best PGs in 2014

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By
Jeff Borzello

WASHINGTON D.C. – The class of 2014 is shaping up to be a dynamite high school class, especially at the point guard position.

One of the top lead guards in the class is Ja’Quan Newton, a 6-foot-2 prospect out of Neumann-Goretti in Philadelphia. At the Gonzaga DC Classic over the weekend, Newton was one of the best players. He averaged 19.7 points in three games, including 28 in the semifinals. While North Carolina-bound Nate Britt and host Gonzaga knocked off Newton’s troops in the championship game, he did solidify himself as a top-50 prospect in 2014.

“I played pretty good, considering it was the first game of the season,” Newton said after the tournament opener.

Newton is a very good scorer who can beat his defender off the bounce consistently. He knows how to get to the rim and finish, and his speed and quickness are a huge asset in transition. Newton is adept at drawing defenders in the lane and then finding open teammates for shots. Over the summer, Newton showed an ability to facilitate offense in the half-court with Team Final.

While he was able to knock down several jumpers at the event, he’s looking to improve his outside shooting.

“I’m working on my jumpshot and my defense,” Newton said. “Also, making my teammates better.”

In terms of recruiting, expect Newton to be a sought-after prospect over the next couple of years. He is already hearing from Rutgers, Villanova, Georgetown, North Carolina State, Maryland, Boston College, Saint Joseph’s and others.

Although he’s not planning to finish his recruitment soon, Newton has taken trips to Rutgers, Villanova and Saint Joseph’s.

Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Kris Jenkins uses versatility to his advantage

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Jeff Borzello

WASHINGTON D.C. – Kris Jenkins doesn’t have a true position.

He’s not a small forward, he’s not a power forward, and he’s not a shooting guard. And Jenkins is just fine with that.

“I don’t really have a definite position,” Jenkins said. “I’m a basketball player. You can’t limit me to one position.”

Jenkins is a 6-foot-5 junior from Gonzaga (D.C.) who has been on the radar for several years. He’s a physical player who can step outside and knock down 3-pointers, and is still effective at scoring around the rim. Jenkins seems to have become more athletic in the past few months, too.

At the next level, Jenkins might have to make the move to the perimeter on a full-time basis, so he’s working on other skills.

“I need to be more assertive,” he said. “I’m working on lateral movement, handling the ball under pressure.”

Jenkins is getting plenty of college interest. He holds offers from Rutgers, Miami (Fl.), Xavier, George Washington and Penn State, with interest coming in from Villanova and Boston College.

He’s looking for a school that will help advance him both athletically and academically.

“Good academics, a place that’s going to prep me for the real world,” Jenkins said. “Also, a good basketball program that gives me an opportunity to fulfill my dream.”

Jenkins took trips in October to Penn State and George Washington, but he’s not close to making a decision.

“I’m focused on the season,” Jenkins said.

Photo: Washington Post

Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:36 am
Edited on: November 23, 2011 11:27 am
 

Noah Vonleh stands out against upperclassmen

By Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The National Prep Showcase focuses primarily on the seniors and fifth-year players that are looking to make a last impression on college coaches in attendance.

This past weekend at Albertus Magnus College, though, the most impressive player might have been an underclassman, 2014 forward Noah Vonleh.

The New Hampton Prep (Mass.) averaged 17.0 points and 16.5 rebounds in two victories.

“I thought I played pretty good,” Vonleh said. “I’ve been working on my shooting and getting my handle better.”

Vonleh is only 6-foot-8, but he might be the best rebounder in his class. He has tremendous leaping ability and tracks the ball extremely well. His strength is always a major help.

“I’m long and athletic,” he said. “I just jump and get it.”

There are plenty of schools in the mix for his services. Pittsburgh, Boston College, Syracuse, Arizona, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Auburn, UCLA, Georgetown and Connecticut are all pursuing him with vigor.

Right now, Vonleh is certainly among the top 10 sophomores in the country. After his performance, he makes a case for moving even higher, potentially into the top three.

He said he would remain humble either way.

“I don’t let it get to my head,” Vonleh said.

Photo: Scott Hazelton Basketball

Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Two standing out for Alex Caruso

By Jeff Borzello

It’s only been two months since Alex Caruso blew up at the Pangos All-American Camp in early June, but he’s already beginning to make advances in his recruitment.

“I have probably 7-10 schools I’m still interested in,” Caruso said.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from A&M Consolidated School (Texas) can do a little bit of everything on the wing. He is surprisingly athletic, and is very good when he leaves his feet in traffic. Caruso, who ranks No. 99 in CBSSports.com's Top 100, is at his best when using floaters and other non-traditional finishes, but he can also pass and handle.

Richmond, Texas A&M, Colorado, Oregon and Creighton made him a priority, contacting him shortly after the July period ended. Texas Tech, Arizona State, Northern Colorado and Sam Houston State have also extended offers.

Two schools are standing out right now to the College Station, Texas native.

“A&M and Colorado are slightly ahead of the pack but not too far ahead,” Caruso said.

Most of the Pac-12 has shown interest to him, while Boston College and Georgia Tech are making inroads from the opposite coast.

While Caruso is ready to trim his list, he’s not ready to go public with his finalists now.

“I don’t want to put anything out yet because it’s not final and me and my parents need to talk also,” he said.

Photo: Texas Basketball Inc.

Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Sherron Dorsey-Walker waiting out the process

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By Jeff Borzello

August is always a busy month for commitments – and 2012 scorer Sherron Dorsey-Walker has been one of the players mentioned as nearing a decision.

In reality, Dorsey-Walker will likely take his time going through the process.

“Right now, I plan to make [my commitment] in October or November,” he told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

Dorsey-Walker, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Pershing (Mich.), holds offers from Boston College, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Temple, Florida State, Minnesota, Providence and Iowa State.

He plans on taking his visits before making a decision – and he knows three of the schools he wants to take trips to in the fall.

“I know I’m going to take visits to Boston College and Virginia Tech, and Baylor too,” Dorsey-Walker said. “Those are the three I know right now.”

He did say that those three are not favorites right now, just schools he wants to check out.

The most important factors in Dorsey-Walker’s decision will be his comfort level and familiarity with the coaching staff.

“Trust in the coaches,” he said. “Somewhere I’m comfortable at, somewhere I can win and make an impact. Somewhere I can get better at, but also help the team get better too.”

Dorsey-Walker is a lanky scorer who can get to the basket and finish against bigger players due to his body control and length. He plays very well in transition and he has a nice stroke from long range. Dorsey-Walker is a savvy perimeter player who can find teammates and also rebound at both ends.

“I can shoot, I can drive to the hole, get my teammates involved,” he said. “A little bit of everything.”

Whichever school gets his commitment will be getting a big-time scorer. We just won’t know the destination anytime soon.

Photo: UMHoops.com

Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:02 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 10:53 am
 

2014's Noah Vonleh keeps growing -- literally

By Jeff Borzello

Right now, Noah Vonleh is one of the top-10 prospects in the class of 2014. At 6-foot-7, he is a matchup nightmare due to his versatility and wide-ranging talents.

The scary part? Vonleh isn’t done growing.

“My doctor said I could grow to be 6’10”,” he said.

If the New Hampton (N.H.) product gets taller and keeps his current skill set, his potential is through the roof. Vonleh is very long and rangy, and has the ability to handle, pass and finish at the rim.

“I want to prove that I’m one of the best in my class,” he said. “One of the top five in my class.”

Despite his rapid improvement over the last year, Vonleh is still working on certain things in his game.

“I want to attack the basket better, and not get in too deep. I have to work on my pull up,” he said. “I’m in the gym everyday.”

It’s very early in his recruitment, but Vonleh already has offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, Providence, Syracuse and Georgia Tech, with interest also from Tennessee, North Carolina, Duke, Connecticut and West Virginia.

At his current size, Vonleh is a five-star prospect. If he gets to 6-foot-10? The sky is the limit.

Photo: Mass Rivals 

Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:08 am
Edited on: June 15, 2011 11:03 am
 

Without DaJuan Coleman, Tyler Cavanaugh shines

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By Jeff Borzello

BRONX, N.Y. – Playing alongside DaJuan Coleman on both the high school and AAU scenes has given Tyler Cavanaugh plenty of extra attention.

Without Coleman at the Rumble in the Bronx, though, Cavanaugh showed he could handle being in the limelight as well. He demonstrated his complete offensive game, posting up smaller defenders and taking bigger opponents out to the arc and knocking down jumpers. He is tough around the rim and is a matchup problem for most teams.

“It’s definitely a plus playing with [Coleman], he gets a lot of attention,” Cavanaugh said. “I have to take on a bigger role [without him].”

The 6-foot-6 inside-outside forward from Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.) has been building up his stock in the past few months.

Primarily a mid-major prospect back in January, Cavanaugh is now hearing from Syracuse, Boston College, Michigan, Cincinnati and Wake Forest. He does hold offers from Siena, Fairfield, Vermont, George Washington and Davidson.

Cavanugh is aiming high.

“I think I can play at a high-major school,” he said.

 
 
 
 
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