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Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Kuran Iverson hearing from plenty of suitors

By Jeff Borzello

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Kuran Iverson has been one of the most hyped players in the class of 2013 for several years. His 6-foot-9 size and versatile skill set have had onlookers drooling over his potential.

Over the summer, though, he put on pounds and it slowed him down. To his credit, though, he realized it and has made adjustments.

“I carried a lot of weight and it started to hurt my knees,” Iverson said. “So I cut down on my eating, worked out more.”

Iverson looked significantly slimmer over the weekend at the Hoophall Classic, but he struggled against DeMatha Catholic’s BeeJay Anya due to Anya’s size and length inside. Iverson finished with four points and three rebounds, hampered by foul trouble the entire game.

The Northwest Catholic (Conn.) prospect hopes to be a small forward at the next level. Which school he ends up at is still up for grabs.

So far, he is hearing from Connecticut, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Rutgers, St. John’s, Oklahoma and Florida. Iverson wants to visit North Carolina, Florida and Rutgers. He has been to Connecticut, and would like to take another trip. The Huskies are one of the schools standing out to him right now.

Kentucky is another school getting plenty of play with Iverson. Head coach John Calipari went to one of his games at Northwest Catholic, and the Wildcats are showing interest. They have not yet offered, but they would move into the forefront of his recruitment should they extend a scholarship.

Iverson is not ready to make a decision just yet.

“I’m not thinking about it until after the season,” he said.

Photo: Southington Sports

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

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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: September 22, 2011 10:38 am
 

Decision coming soon for Elijah Macon

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By Jeff Borzello

Elijah Macon has been through all of this before.

Because he once committed to West Virginia before reopening his recruitment in March 2010, Macon knows the perils of rushing into a decision.

“I know what to look for,” he said.

Macon is going through the process for a second time, and he still has plenty of teams in hot pursuit. DePaul and West Virginia have come through for in-home visits, while Kansas State, Louisville and Pittsburgh have also gone to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) to watch him work out.

The Ohio native will take an official visit to West Virginia this weekend, but he already took one to Pittsburgh.

“Pitt was cool,” Macon said. “I saw a lot of different things.”

The 6-foot-8 power forward is ranked No. 61 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He does a lot of his damage in transition, beating opponents down the court for easy baskets at the rim. His back-to-the-basket game is still developing, but he can face-up and knock down mid-range jumpers. Macon is also very solid defensively because of his length and athleticism.

“I believe this past summer I showed other things I can do and things I have improved from the year before,” Macon said in late August.

Although West Virginia and Pitt are the rumored favorites, Macon said he has no leaders at this point.

Despite that, his recruitment looks like it will be coming to a close in the near-future.

“It’s coming soon,” Macon said.

Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:09 pm
 

New Zealand big man gives Pittsburgh huge hopes

By Jeff Goodman

Pittsburgh’s front-line is going to be downright terrifying in 2012.

Just imagine a scenario of senior Dante Taylor, sophomores Khem Birch and Malcolm Gilbert along with then-freshman Steven Adams.

Adams, if you haven’t heard by now, may have been the best player out in the adidas nations event this past weekend in Los Angeles.

Andre Drummond was there. So were Kaleb Tarczewski and Isaiah Austin.

Those are arguably the three best big men in the Class of 2011.

``If the kid played in the U.S., without question he’d be in the discussion with the best players in the country,” ESPN television analyst Sean Farnham told me of Adams on Sunday night. ``You can put him up there with Drummond, Shabazz (Muhammad), Isaiah Austin.”

Farnham said he left adidas nations more impressed by the 7-foot New Zealander, who went for 37 points and 14 boards on Saturday, than anyone else.

``He’s going to be a star in college,” added Farnham, a former UCLA player. ``A bonafide star. He’ll step right in from day one and make an impact.”

But that won’t happen until 2012.

I spoke to both Adams and his coach for the event, former NBA player/coach Alex English, after his final game on Sunday.

Adams, who recently turned 18, said the reason he opted to go to Pittsburgh was because it was his first scholarship offer – and it came largely because Dixon played with Adams’ brother back in New Zealand years ago.

``I’ve never been to Pittsburgh,” Adams said. ``I’ve only seen pictures on the Internet.”

``He’s very athletic,” English said. ``He can run the floor, blocks shots, rebounds well. He needs to learn how to play with his back to the basket and focus through the entire game.”

DraftExpress.com’s Jonathan Givony – who was also in attendance - added that while Adams’ “all-around offensive game and fundamentals” need some work, he’s a rare physical specimen “who will contribute immediately and is a huge steal for Pitt and very likely a future NBA player.”

English’s comparison was to former NBA star and ultra-athletic big man Tom Chambers – minus the perimeter shot.

Adams is currently ranked in the back half of Top 100 in the Class of 2012, but he’s likely to shoot up the rankings following his performance this past week.

``Pro, pro, pro,” said one college coach who has seen Adams play in person. ``He’s that good – and Pittsburgh’s big men will be as good as anyone’s in a couple years.”

Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:55 am
 

Notebook: James Robinson nearing decision



By Jeff Borzello

While other top-100 prospects might be waiting out the process, James Robinson is ready to get it over with.

“I’m going to end it as soon as possible, hopefully,” Robinson said.

The 6-foot-3 point guard from DeMatha (Md.) is considering four schools: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Miami (Fl.) and Notre Dame.

“Each of them have coaches that have a history of winning, developing players and better young men,” Robinson said.

Robinson, who ranks No. 88 in CBSSports.com's Top 100, is a physical point guard who knows how to play the game and is a flat-out winner. He’s not going to blow you away with his quickness, but he uses his body well and is crafty with his finishes in the lane. Robinson is adept at knocking down mid-range jumpers near the foul line, and he controls tempo.

He hopes to have a decision made by the end of the month.

“[Waiting] for the right time,” Robinson said. “I haven’t really had the chance to sit down with my family and go in detail about it.”

More on Recruiting

News and Notes: Alex Caruso informed CBSSports.com on Saturday night that he had a final six, in order, of: Texas A&M, Colorado, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Arizona State and Richmond . . . 2012 point guard Siyani Chambers has a top three of Harvard, Washington State and UC-Santa Barbara – he doesn’t plan on making a decision soon . . . Reports about Villanova commit Savon Goodman reclassifying to 2013 are completely false: “No that’s a rumor,” Goodman told me Sunday . . . Derek Willis officially decommitted from Purdue on Sunday night, after the kerfuffle earlier in the week regarding his father’s comments about John Calipari and Rick Pitino . . . Sanjay Lumpkin committed to Northwestern on Friday . . . Louisville nabbed a 2014 commitment when Quentin Snider pledged to the Cardinals . . . Chris Bolden chose Georgia Tech on Friday night, after rumors swirled for a few weeks that he was planning to commit to Harvard . . . Bobby Portis, a rising 2013 big man, popped for Arkansas on Friday . . . Loyola (Ill.) picked up a commitment from Matt O’Leary . . . Reggie McAdams, a guard from Ohio, committed to Akron on Sunday night . . . Top-50 2013 guard Davon Reed is visiting Harvard September 22.

Photo: Five-Star Basketball

 
 
 
 
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