Tag:Rumble in the Bronx
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: June 15, 2011 11:06 am

Sam Cassell Jr. relishes father's shadow


By Jeff Borzello

BRONX, N.Y. – Some people might think having a famous NBA player as a father could provide added pressure or constantly create unfair comparisons.

That’s not the case for Sam Cassell Jr., who enjoys being the son of a 15-year NBA veteran.

“It’s been wonderful,” Cassell Jr. said. “I know everyone is watching me when I play. I get to show what I can do.”

Cassell Jr. is a 6-foot-4 Baltimore native who plays his high school ball at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.). His length and size give him an edge over most opponents, and he is aggressive when it comes to attacking the basket. Cassell Jr. is a very good defender because of his frame, but is looking to get faster.

“I’m trying to become a pure point guard,” he said. “I’m working on my ball-handling and I have to get quicker to guard other point guards.”

Cassell Jr. has a variety of schools pursuing him at this point, listing UNLV, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida State, Butler, Clemson and Morgan State.

No one is standing out at this point, but he still knows what he needs in a school.

“I’m looking at the coaching,” Cassell Jr. said. “And the atmosphere of the team.”

Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:14 am

Changes looming for Tariq Carey


By Jeff Borzello

BRONX, N.Y. – It seems that a breakout season has been escaping Tariq Carey for the past couple of years. Heading into each high school and AAU campaign, Carey looks to be on the precipice of blowing up – then he falls just short.

Carey, a 6-foot-2 guard from New Jersey, is hopeful he garners increased attention with the New York Panthers this summer.

“Right now, it’s about getting a scholarship,” Carey said. “I think I can play at the highest level.”

Although he moved from the NJ Playaz to the Panthers, AAU programs are not the only things Carey is changing this year.

After attending Newark Eastside (N.J.), Carey is looking to go to a higher-profile basketball program. He named South Kent (Conn.) and St. Benedict’s (N.J.) as possible landing spots.

“There were some things that happened last year,” Carey said when asked why he was transferring.

Carey is not anywhere near ready to decide on a school, although he is receiving plenty of college interest.

He holds offers from Iona, Georgia State, Creighton and Rhode Island, with interest from Virginia, Providence, Charleston, Notre Dame, Clemson and Richmond.

If Carey breaks out as expected, that list will undoubtedly expand this summer.

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.

Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 8:04 pm

Ex-Rutgers commit Mike Taylor moves forward

By Jeff Borzello

BRONX, N.Y. –The fall of 2011 was going to be the start of something special for Mike Taylor.

Last September, Taylor became the sixth member of the recruiting class that is expected to turn the Rutgers basketball program around. Instead, Taylor will be heading across the country to Christian Life Center in Texas for a fifth year of high school.

“There was a couple things,” he said. “I didn’t think I was ready, physical or mentally. Plus, I was getting into some outside stuff, parties and stuff like that. Going all the way to Texas will be good.”

It will be a big change for Taylor, a Brooklyn native from Boys and Girls (N.Y.), but he is looking forward to getting out of the New York area.

“I need it,” he said. “I need to get focused, away from my friends, away from my family. I don’t need to hear people telling me how good they used to be. My goal there is to focus on how to play my game.”

Taylor’s recruitment is still up in the air for the fall of 2012. He never announced a decommitment from Rutgers, but his standing with the Scarlet Knights is unclear.

He does plan to open up his recruitment – with a caveat.

“If Rutgers still wants me, I’m going to go there,” Taylor said.

In the meantime, he plans to look around.

“I’m going to open it back up,” Taylor said. “Rutgers took a lot of guys. And it’s not that I’m scared, because I’ll go out there and battle with anyone. They just took a lot of guys at my position.”

While New York Panthers coach Gary Charles said he has not fielded any calls for Taylor yet, expect his phone to start ringing soon enough. When Taylor chose Rutgers, the other finalists were Florida, South Carolina and West Virginia. He also held offers from St. John’s, Providence, Maryland and other high-majors.

Taylor is a 6-foot-3 guard who can shoot from deep range and is tough to guard when his shot is falling. He is a good athlete who can also get into the lane and finish. Taylor has an aggressive mindset and is developing a more all-around offensive game.

Under streetball legend and former NBA veteran Rafer Alston at Christian Life, Taylor plans to become more than a scorer.

“I want to play my hardest, and get stronger,” he said. “And I also want to be a point guard.”

Photo: NY Post 

Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:02 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 5:53 pm

Skylar Spencer sorting through recruiting process


By Jeff Borzello

BRONX, N.Y. – Although most of the teams at this past weekend’s Rumble in the Bronx were from the New York metropolitan area, it was hard not to notice Los Angeles native Skylar Spencer.

Playing for Brandon Jennings-affiliated Team Jennings, Spencer looked the part of a high-major recruit. The 6-foot-8 power forward has a long, built frame that makes him a matchup problem inside. He knows how to get position on the block, and can play with his back to the basket. While he needs to refine his post moves, he is effective around the rim. Defensively and on the glass, Spencer is outstanding due to his athleticism. He also runs the floor well for someone his size.

The Price (Calif.) product is looking to expand his game and become even more of a mismatch.

“I’m working on my outside game,” Spencer said. “I’m trying to be more versatile, I want to work on my ball-handling.”

Spencer is one of the top post players on the West coast in the class of 2012, and he is making his way through the recruiting process.

Right now, he is focused on USC, Washington, Florida State, California and Gonzaga, with two schools sitting in the driver’s seat.

“I like Florida State because of their playing style,” Spencer said. “And Gonzaga, they feed the ball to the post.”

Even though he is trying to become an inside-outside threat, Spencer prefers playing near the basket and is therefore looking for a school that isn’t averse to involving big men in the offense.

“I’m looking to see how I fit into the offense,” he said when asked what he wants in a school. “Also, education and coaching.”

Playing under former Syracuse guard and NBA veteran Jason Hart on the AAU circuit, Spencer will continue to garner attention regardless of the city.

Photo: Max Preps

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