Tag:Missouri
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Notebook: Aaron Ross looking at other options

By Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – Aaron Ross was set to head to Arkansas in the fall, but a hang-up with his ACT test results forced him to prep school.

After enrolling at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.), Ross reopened his recruitment.

Per a source, Arkansas has had limited contact with Ross recently and several other schools have entered the picture.

Missouri, Washington, Nebraska and Dayton are all showing interest to the 6-foot-6 small forward from Little Rock, Ark.

Ross has a learning disability and he needs to take his tests with special circumstances. He never took the untimed and verbal test while at Parkview (Ark.). At SJNMA, he has received the proper accommodations and is on track to be cleared.

However, the source said Ross will be at SJNMA and will not look to enroll at a college during the semester break.

Former Hofstra commit impresses

During his original recruitment, Malik Nichols only saw one place – and he signed there.

However, after rethinking everything, he reclassified to the class of 2012 and decommitted from Hofstra.

“They were the only place I looked at,” Nichols said. “I wanted to see my other options.”

Nichols, a 6-foot-6 forward originally from Boys and Girls (N.Y.), had an impressive summer with the New York Panthers. He has continued that with Bridgton Academy (Maine), scoring 13 points in a win over St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.).

As a result, some new schools are in the mix. St. John’s and South Florida are showing interest, while Hofstra is hanging around.

Nichols has no timetable for a decision.

Photo: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: October 21, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Notebook: Blaise Mbargorba goes with SMU

By Jeff Borzello

If SMU indeed moves to the Big East in the next couple of years, the Mustangs will need Big East-level talent.

They started the process on Friday, getting a commitment from Blaise Mbargorba. The news was first reported by Scout.com.

Mbargorba is a 6-foot-11 Cameroon native, who burst onto the scene in 2009 as a relative unknown. The Peddie School (N.J.) product is very strong and athletic, and he moves fairly well for someone his size. He knows how to get position inside, and he has soft hands. Mbargorba’s offense is still somewhat raw, but he continues to improve.

He was considered a Vanderbilt lean for most of his recruitment, but the Mustangs made a late run to snag him. Mbargorba also held offers from Temple, Virginia Tech, Saint Joseph’s, West Virginia, George Mason, Northwestern, Clemson, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Columbia.

Commitment Catch-Up:

  • D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown
  • Jordon Granger, Auburn
  • Ashauhn Dixon-Tatum, Auburn
  • Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
  • Brett Boese, Washington State
  • Richard Longrus, Washington State
  • Mychael Qualls, Arkansas
  • Ryan Rosburg, Missouri
  • Clyde Smith, TCU
  • Charles Hill, TCU
  • Kyle Molock, Saint Joseph’s
  • Zach En’Wezoh, Columbia

Important Visitors:

  • Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona
  • Willie Cauley, Kansas State
  • Phil Nolan, Clemson
  • Alex Poythress, Memphis
  • T.J. Warren, Georgetown
  • DaJuan Coleman, Ohio State
  • Gary Harris, Kentucky
  • Amile Jefferson, Kentucky
  • Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame (2013)
  • Allerik Freeman, Villanova (2013)
  • Keith Frazier, Arizona (2013)
  • Stephen Domingo, Arizona (2013)

Decision Time:

Dermarquise Johnson, a 2012 wing from Arizona, will choose Saturday between Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and UNLV.
- Ioannis Papaetrou will choose between Texas and Kansas on Saturday
- On Monday, Terry Henderson will decide between NC State, Georgia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fl.), Rutgers, George Mason and Richmond.


News and Notes:
2012 point guard Josh Gray decommitted from Mississippi State. 

Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:59 am
 

Negus Webster-Chan goes with Missouri

By Jeff Borzello

It wasn’t hard to tell that Negus Webster-Chan was close to making a decision.

Two weeks ago, Webster-Chan told CBSSports.com that Missouri and Iowa State were his favorites, and he was hoping to make a decision within a month.

On Friday morning, he was ready to commit: the Canadian small forward chose Missouri.

“It was important that the school I chose gave me the best opportunity to showcase my abilities while playing multiple positions,” Webster-Chan said in a statement to Flagrant Fouls, a Canadian scouting service. “It was also important for me to have a great relationship with the coaching staff on and off the court.

“Coach Frank Haith and his staff have developed a good relationship with my family and myself.”

Webster-Chan is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Huntington Prep (W.Va.) who uses his length and athleticism to score effectively on drives to the rim. His shooting is getting more consistent, but he needs to add weight and bulk in order to better absorb contact on his finishes. Webster-Chan is also a capable passer and an aggressive defender.

He had previously committed to Louisville, but the two parted ways in April. 

Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 11:14 am
 

Ishmail Wainright happy with move to Montrose

By Jeff Borzello

When Ishmail Wainright made the move from Raytown South (Mo.) to Montrose Christian (Md.), a lot of things changed.

Wainright was suddenly nearly 1,000 miles from home, with new friends, new teammates, new style of play and more pressure. But the biggest difference for Wainright?

“The weather,” he said. “It rains too much.”

Not surprisingly, Wainright is extremely happy with his decision to leave home and go to the vaunted private school near Washington D.C.

“This was one of the best moves by far,” he said. “The only move, really. It’s a great education.”

Although the season has not yet started, Wainright has already noticed a difference in the attendance at the preseason workouts. The door leading to the gym is a revolving door of high-major head coaches and some of the best recruiters in the country.

UCLA, Texas, Kansas State, Alabama, Providence, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, UMKC, Georgetown, Maryland, Villanova have all stopped by. St. John’s, Texas A&M, Baylor and Missouri were there on Wednesday. Louisville is expected to come soon, while Memphis set up a date to check out Wainright as well.

“I didn’t know it was going to be like this,” Wainright said. “I was just thinking in my head, ‘I don’t know who is going to see me, I don’t know who likes my game.’

“When I got there, coach [Stu] Vetter sat me down and said, ‘Now you know you will be hearing from coaches that you’ve never heard from, right?’ I just giggled. I thought he was playing, but it was for real.”

Wainright has had an interesting recruitment so far. He committed to Missouri in May, becoming new head coach Frank Haith’s first big-time recruit since taking over the Tigers. In late June, though, but suddenly decommitted and reopened his process.

After a few underwhelming performances with Memphis YOMCA on the Nike AAU circuit in the spring, Wainright won back his reputation with the KC 76ers in Las Vegas. He led his team to a surprising Fab 48 title, outplaying No. 1 prospect Jabari Parker in a head-to-head battle.

Wainright currently holds offers from Syracuse, Baylor, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado, St. John’s, UMKC, Florida, Nebraska and Louisville.

While he doesn’t have any specific visits planned, he wants to attend Louisville’s Midnight Madness festivities.

“I don’t have [a favorite] right now,” Wainright said.

Wainright, a 6-foot-5 small forward, is ranked as a five-star prospect in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 rankings for 2013. He is No. 17 in the country.

Photo: STLToday

Posted on: September 20, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Two schools on top for Negus Webster-Chan

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By
Jeff Borzello

Since Louisville and Negus Webster-Chan parted ways back in April, it’s been pretty quiet on the recruiting front for the Canada native.

That will change soon, as Webster-Chan is in the process of taking visits and hopes to make a decision by November.

He has taken trips to Missouri and Iowa State, and those two Big 12 (for now) schools sit as the favorites.

“They recruit me the hardest out of all,” Webster-Chan said. “Both have really great coaching staffs. They both had in-home visits with my family over in Canada so that showed me how interested they were.”

So far, Missouri and Iowa State are the only two schools to conduct in-home visits with Webster-Chan, with no further in-homes on the horizon.

There were rumors that Webster-Chan had trimmed his list to just those two schools, but he denied those reports.

“Those are just the two schools at the top of my list,” he said.

Webster-Chan is planning an official visit to Clemson “probably next weekend,” while USC, Texas, Oregon State and Marquette are also in pursuit.

Webster-Chan is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Huntington Prep (W.Va.) who uses his length and athleticism to score effectively on drives to the rim. His shooting is getting more consistent, but he needs to add weight and bulk in order to better absorb contact on his finishes. Webster-Chan is also a capable passer and an aggressive defender.

Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:07 am
 

JUCO big Waverly Austin turns up recruitment



By Jeff Borzello

Waverly Austin doesn’t hide the fact that he would rather be at South Florida – or any other four-year college – than at Palm Beach State right now.

Coming out of high school, Austin committed to the Bulls but didn’t meet NCAA qualifications and needed to go the junior college route.

“No player would rather be in a junior college than a four-year college, but I’m making the most of it,” Austin said Wednesday night.

Austin, a 6-foot-10 native of Fredericksburg, Va. attended three high schools during his senior year – Progressive Christian (Md.), God’s Academy (Texas) and Princeton Day School (Md.) – before going to Heat Academy (Va.) for a prep year.

While he admittedly was disappointed that he needed to go to Palm Beach State, Austin averaged a double-double last season and helped turn the Panthers into a surprising powerhouse.

“There’s a lot of good players in junior college, but I’m a workaholic,” Austin said. “Through hard work, I think I’ve established myself as one of the elite players in the country.”

Now, Austin is ready to get focused on finding a four-year school for his final two years. There are seven schools currently in the mix for his services: Miami (Fl.), Maryland, Florida, South Florida, Baylor, Kansas and Missouri. Seton Hall and DePaul were recently cut from his list.

Most of the suitors have already come through to Palm Beach State to watch him workout recently, with Kansas coming by on Friday and Maryland scheduled to come soon.

“I think I can help any team in the country, because I can make an impact both offensively and defensively,” Austin said.

He will take an unofficial visit to Miami (Fl.) on Saturday for the Hurricanes’ football game against Ohio State. After that, Austin will trip to South Florida for an official visit and will also attend Kansas’ Midnight Madness.

“Those are the only ones set right now,” he said, before adding that he would like to take officials to the other schools as well.

While Austin said there were no favorites and each of the schools are on equal footing right now, the college he originally committed to is in hot pursuit.

“South Florida is recruiting me really hard, probably the hardest right now,” he said. “Missouri is coming at me hard. Florida, Kansas, Baylor. Everyone’s making a really strong push right now.”

Austin wants to cut his list in the near future, and then make an announcement on the first day of the early signing period. He doesn’t plan on making a surprise commitment on any of his visits.

In his future school, Austin is looking for a coach who motivates and somewhere he can play right away.

“A great coach who can push me to work hard,” he said. “Someone who develops pros. Also, somewhere I can come in and make an immediate impact.”

With his timeline mostly set, Austin is ready to get back into the recruiting process.

Said Austin: “I’m going to take my visits, and whichever school feels right.”

Photo: Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg)

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Stefan Jankovic down to five, plans visits

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By Jeff Borzello

Heading into the summer, Stefan Jankovic was looking forward to showing off his versatile game in front of coaches and increasing his recruiting interest.

That all changed when he suffered a stress fracture at the Pangos All-American Camp in June and then reinjured himself at Peach Jam.

“It kind of put my recruitment to a halt because I wasn’t able to play and coaches weren’t able to see me,” Jankovic said. “And it gave me time to look at the schools that were recruiting me previously and the ones that stuck with me.”

His extra time on the sidelines helped him advance his recruitment after the AAU season ended, as the 6-foot-9 Serbian native and Canadian resident recently trimmed his list to five: Wake Forest, Purdue, Georgetown, Florida State and Missouri.

“My whole plan was to cut my list down sometime after the AAU season, that’s why I did it now,” Jankovic said.

He currently has four of his five visits set up: Missouri on September 2, Florida State on September 10, Purdue the first weekend of October and Wake Forest the weekend after that. Jankovic’s trip to Georgetown hasn’t been planned yet.

Jankovic, a versatile small forward who plays at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), gave a brief reason as to why each of his quintet made the list. 

Wake Forest: “They’re my leader, first school to really recruit me hard.”

Purdue: “Great relationship with assistant coach Greg Gary. I like their system.”

Georgetown: “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff. I’ve visited before, enjoyed the campus.”

Florida State: “They’ve developed versatile players like me and coach [Leonard] Hamilton is a great coach.”

Missouri: “Showed me an unbelievable amount of love – both head coach [Frank] Haith and assistant coach [Tim] Fuller.”

With Wake Forest at the top of the list, Jankovic also said Georgetown was likely No. 5 out of the schools. “The other ones are in the mix for second,” he said.

It might seem like the Demon Deacons will be tough to beat, but Jankovic isn’t ending the race just yet.

“I mean, they’re a leader,” he said. “And I haven’t really seen any other schools than Georgetown and Wake, so I want to see how the campuses and teams are at the other schools.”

Jankovic has a long list of criterion for when he eventually makes a final decision after his visits.

“Great relationship with the coaching staff; system fits my game; good academics,” he said. “Good conference, playing time and a great history in the program.”

While Jankovic had time to make progress in his recruitment during the summer, he is still several weeks away from making a decision.

In the meantime, he’s focused on getting healthy for his senior campaign.

“I’m recovering well,” Jankovic said. “I’ll be back in time for the season.”

 
 
 
 
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