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Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:51 pm

Ryan Taylor moves his recruitment past Louisville

By Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – In a world where seemingly every move of a high-major recruit is chronicled and reported on, Ryan Taylor was an anomaly.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indianapolis, committed to Louisville in January of 2009 but never signed a letter-of-intent – or cleared up why he didn’t sign with the Cardinals as a member of the class of 2011.

Now, Taylor is enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) and is in the class of 2012.

“I can’t really say [what happened], but we both wanted to go our separate ways,” Taylor said at the National Prep Showcase. “No disrespect to Coach Pitino or their program, but we wanted to go our separate ways.”

Taylor played very well on Friday, totaling 26 points and 11 rebounds in an easy 115-91 victory over Notre Dame Prep (Mass.). He did most of his damage in the paint against the smaller opponent, showing his aggressiveness on the boards and around the rim. Taylor played well in transition and ran the floor effectively.

In the past, Taylor showed more of a face-up mid-range game, but he wanted to take advantage of his size edge against Prep.

“I try to say I can do it all, but I knew we were going against a small team so I tried to play more down in the post,” he said.

In terms of recruiting, Taylor hasn’t thought much about it just yet. Right now, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Dayton are showing interest.

He wants to take a trip to Cincinnati.

“I like the Big East style of basketball,” Taylor said. “Big East and Big Ten.”

He currently has no timetable for a commitment.

Photo: Indy Star

Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 5:33 pm

Decision date nears for Junior Lomomba

Jeff Borzello

In today’s game, where long and bouncy wings are sought after by countless coaches, Junior Lomomba is the exception.

The 6-foot-4 swingman from Memorial (Wisc.) is a strong-bodied power scorer who uses his strength and versatility to make plays offensively. He’s also one of the more underrated players in the Midwest – but coaches have certainly taken notice.

“The whole recruiting process has been overwhelming but very fun,” Lomomba said. “All the phone calls, visits from coaches, as well as the ‘pressure’ coming from the people in the community.”

Lomomba is ready to get his recruitment over with, though; he has a decision date set for November 9.

The five schools on his list are Washington State, Cleveland State, Cincinnati, New Mexico State and UCLA. All five stopped by his high school to watch him work out last month, and he claims offers from the entire quintet.

“I feel like all five of those schools in some ways fit my style of play and they have good history,” Lomomba said. “They are all schools where I can see myself playing and having an impact my freshman year. I also get along with the coaches.”

He has taken visits to Cleveland State and Washington State, and is trying to finalize a visit to Cincinnati before his decision. Lomomba also took a trip to New Mexico State last season.

“I liked them a lot,” Lomomba said of his two official visits. “It was fun. I got to see how it was to actually go to the schools, hung out with the guys and saw how they practiced.”

As for UCLA, he’s not concerned about his lack of a visit to Westwood.

“The school name speaks for itself,” Lomomba said.

He said he likes all five of the schools and he hasn’t yet decided on his future destination.

In his mind, though, all five would be a good fit.

“I think it’s going to be a matter of my feeling for the school and the coaches,” Lomomba said. “I don’t think any of these schools would be a bad decision.”

Photo: Wisconsin.com

Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:03 pm

Tyler Roberson attracting plenty of attention

By Jeff Borzello

Fairly unknown nationally, Tyler Roberson was one of the more underrated players heading into the LeBron James Skills Academy.

While there, Roberson showcased his inside-outside game and parlayed that performance into a top-75 ranking and plenty of new college interest.

“My game changed a lot and then I had opportunities to showcase myself,” Roberson said.

Roberson, a 6-foot-7 junior forward from Roselle Catholic (N.J.), holds offers from Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Kansas State, Saint Joseph’s and Virginia Tech. Connecticut and others have also been through to watch him work out over the past couple of weeks.

“More schools have been recruiting me,” Roberson said of the uptick in recruitment since his standout play during the summer.

He has not taken any unofficial visits and does not plan to anytime soon. Roberson is willing to take his time with the recruiting process, but he knows what he is looking for in a school.

“A school with good academics,” Roberson said. “And one that fits my style of play.”

He is ranked No. 62 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 2:41 pm

Recruitment on the upswing for Blaise Mbargorba


By Jeff Borzello

It’s been an interesting couple of years for Blaise Mbargorba.

The Cameroon native burst onto the scene with strong play in 2009 as a relative unknown, but then some schools soured on him as he rode the bench at St. Benedict’s (N.J.). Mbargorba decided to transfer to The Peddie School (N.J.) and reclassify to the class of 2012.

It turned out to be a terrific choice by Mbargorba, who reminded everyone of his vast potential with impressive performances this summer.

“I think that’s my hard work starting to pay off, because I spend a lot of time in the gym to get better as much as I possibly can,” he said.

The 7-footer is strong and athletic, and he moves fairly well for someone his size. Mbargorba gets good position on the block, and his soft hands enable him to post up defenders and go to work.

While his offense is still somewhat raw, Mbargorba continues to get better.

“My game has changed,” he said. “More schools are calling and I feel more confident now.”

Mbargorba currently holds offers from Vanderbilt, Temple, Saint Joseph’s, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, SMU, George Mason, Northwestern, Clemson, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Columbia.

He adds that most of the offers came during the July period when he was dominating with the NJ Roadrunners on the AAU circuit.

The last two years have been up-and-down for Mbargorba, but the forecast is awfully bright for the rising senior.

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 2:49 pm

Javonte Hawkins backs up top-100 ranking

By Jeff Borzello

One of the last players in the pre-July CBSSports.com Top 100 rankings was Javonte Hawkins, a 6-foot-5 wing from Powers Catholic (Mich.).

After his performance with the Michigan Mustangs on the AAU circuit, though, it’s clear Hawkins isn’t content with his standing.

“I want to show that I’m a player,” he said. “I wanted to come out and play defense. I can shoot, I can get to the hole.”

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Hawkins is a big-time athlete who uses his length and leaping ability to make plays off the bounce and in transition. He can knock down 3-pointers with consistency, and is not afraid to elevate in traffic around the goal. Defensively, he is aggressive and looks to force turnovers.

Michigan, Cincinnati, USC, Miami (Fl.), South Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, West Virginia, Marquette, Colorado and Providence are all showing interest in the Flint, Mich. product.

Hawkins said Iowa, Iowa State, West Virginia, Colorado and Marquette are showing the most interest at this point.

“A place that likes to run,” he said when asked what he is looking for in a school. “A team that plays hard, plays defense and runs the floor.”

His mindset is certainly that of a top-100 player; after July, he has the game to back it up. 

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

Without DaJuan Coleman, Tyler Cavanaugh shines


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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