Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:58 pm
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Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:40 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 2:46 pm
Aquille Carr has made a name for himself over the past few years due to his diminutive stature, tremendous athleticism and ridiculous scoring exploits.
In a couple of years, the 5-foot-6 guard will be taking all of that with him to Seton Hall.
He announced his commitment to the Pirates via his Twitter account just before 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The decision was confirmed to Joe Davis of scoutsfocus.com by Carr’s high school coach. After some debate on whether Carr actually committed, a source close to Seton Hall confirmed the commitment to CBSSports.com.
Carr owns a 48-inch vertical leap and some of the best dribbling ability in the country. He can get into the lane and finish against bigger players, and use his quickness and athleticism to get baskets in transition. Carr creates space to get open shots along the perimeter with his ability to change directions.
Carr chose Seton Hall over Baylor, South Florida, Memphis and others.
Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:03 pm
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 20, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 10:53 am
The dust is finally settling from Kyle Anderson’s announcement that he would be going across the country and playing for UCLA.
People are saying the Pac-12 is back and UCLA is a potential Final Four threat in 2012-13, while Seton Hall fans are devastated. As one Seton Hall blogger tweeted, “Feeling like Cleveland after the Decision.”
In recruiting, though, there’s always another player, another target, another must-have prospect on the horizon. Whether it’s UCLA building off Anderson’s commitment or Seton Hall bouncing back from its disappointment, each of the five teams in the Anderson sweepstakes – Florida, Georgetown, St. John’s are the other three – have already moved on from last night’s festivities.
Where are they turning?
UCLA: The Bruins could be on the verge of rivaling Arizona for the top recruiting class in the country. With Anderson, Dominic Artis and Jordan Adams already in the fold, Ben Howland has a good young perimeter group. What would take this team to the next level is Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1 prospect in the country and the crown jewel of the class. UCLA has long been considered a favorite for his services, while rumors behind the scenes of a Kyle Anderson-Shabazz Muhammad package deal have picked up in recent weeks. UCLA is also squarely in the mix for either Shaq Goodwin or Tony Parker down low. Both are five-star prospects and are considering the Bruins. If Howland can get Muhammad and one of the two big men, he’ll have the top class in the country.
Seton Hall: To me, the most important for the Pirates is not to dwell on the disappointment and continue to go after five-star players. Sure, Anderson was a unique case in that he was from Seton Hall’s backyard, but the idea is the same: the Pirates are in an arms race locally with St. John’s and Rutgers, and they need to keep up. As I tweeted yesterday, Seton Hall feels pretty confident about New York prospects Daniel Dingle, Kareem Canty and Jevon Thomas. The Pirates need to lock down their area by getting a few local kids every year, and then still go after top-100 guys in other regions. Rutgers and St. John’s have started doing it the past few years; Seton Hall has to keep up.
Florida: The Gators made a late run in the Anderson sweepstakes, but ultimately fell short. Billy Donovan’s troops have plenty of perimeter talent stockpiled for 2012-13, with juniors Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario, freshman Brad Beal and three guard commitments, led by talented point guard Braxton Ogbueze. If no players leave school early after the upcoming season, the Gators could be out of scholarships. With that said, Florida is still in the mix for several frontcourt prospects. The Gators are on the final lists of Mitch McGary, Willie Cauley, Anthony Bennett, Alex Poythress, Robert Carter, Brice Johnson and T.J. Warren – all top-40 frontcourt players. Landing just one would provide great balance to the Gators’ class.
St. John’s: Forgive the Red Storm if they weren’t completely focused on recruiting over the past week. Three incoming freshmen – Norvel Pelle, Amir Garrett and Jakarr Sampson – were ruled ineligible for the first semester. Pelle and Garrett are hoping to enroll during the second semester, while Sampson went back to Brewster Academy. If Sampson decides to return to St. John’s, the Red Storm will likely have one scholarship available for 2012-13. Ricardo Gathers will help up front, but Steve Lavin could use more help down low. Chris Obekpa, who plays at Our Savior New American (N.Y.), rose up the charts in the summer and could be someone the Red Storm target.
Georgetown: Due to the Hoyas’ offensive system, Anderson would have been a great fit in D.C. However, without him, John Thompson III will move on. The Hoyas only have one commitment for 2012 – big man Brandon Bolden – but they are still hunting for prospects. They are still in the mix for T.J. Warren, Tony Parker, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Robert Upshaw and others. Ideally, they will come away with a guard and a frontcourt player. Backcourt depth for the Hoyas in 2012-13 is shallow, so a good scoring guard (Smith-Rivera fits the bill) could be a priority. Moreover, with all the frontcourt talent left on board, the Hoyas could stockpile another big man.
Photo: St. Anthony
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:31 pm
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Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 1:59 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. – The July AAU circuit is normally the pinnacle of a top prospect’s season, considering all the high-profile events they attend and big-time coaches they see.
For Isaiah Lewis, improving his all-around skillset takes precedence.
“I mean, the tournaments are cool, but working on my game is more important,” Lewis said. “This year, I’m going to play the point guard in high school, so I’m learning how to be a passer and still score at the same time.”
Lewis, a 6-foot-3 junior from Christ the King (N.Y.), shares the spotlight in high school with Connecticut-bound Omar Calhoun, but he is receiving plenty of notice on his own.
So far, Lewis claims offers from Miami (Fl.), Florida, Florida State, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon State, West Virginia and Memphis. Other schools showing interest include Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Villanova.
He said Kansas, Memphis and Florida are showing the most interest right now.
“Grades are a big factor in the school I chose,” Lewis said. “Also, the fan base and whether I think the coaching staff can get me ready for the next level.”
He plans to visit Florida, Florida State and Memphis during August, and could trip to Kansas for the Jayhawks’ Midnight Madness in October.
Two schools are currently standing out for Lewis: Kansas and Memphis.
“Coach [Josh] Pastner, I just liked the way he talked to me and my father,” he said of Memphis. “He told from the gate, he thinks I can come in, play and contribute. He also told me what he likes about my game.”
Kansas offered Lewis during his sophomore season, and the Jayhawks remain near the top of his list.
“The tradition there is crazy,” Lewis said. “Coach [Bill] Self loves winning. He also compared me to a similar version of Deron Williams, being a big guard who can score and pass.”
While it may seem like the New York City product is going through the process pretty quickly, Lewis has no plans on making a decision anytime soon.
“I’m going to take my time with everything,” he said. “I mean, I’m not saying I’m going to wait, but I may commit after my junior year.”
As we’ve seen with Lewis, getting better is more important than anything.
Photo: The Shiver
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 10:49 am
Nate Britt entered the NBPA Top 100 camp as a rising junior just looking to test himself against the nation’s best rising seniors.
He came out as the best point guard in the country.
Not just in the class of the 2013 – the entire country.
“It’s a great honor that people think that highly of me,” Britt said.
The 6-foot-1 Gonzaga (D.C.) prospect has been on the scene for several years, but cemented himself as an elite national prospect by winning Gatorade Player of the Year honors in the District of Columbia. Britt is a crafty lefty who knows how to control tempo and make plays in transition if necessary. He can knock down shots from behind the arc and in the mid-range and is continuing to get stronger.
Britt remains humble about where he stands when compared to the rest of the nation’s top-tier players.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I haven’t gotten a chance to see everyone.”
With the first day coaches were allowed to call rising juniors coming just two weeks ago, Britt has had his phone blowing up nonstop.
Georgia Tech, Florida, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Marquette, Duke, Maryland and Seton Hall have all reached out.
Britt isn’t ready to think about trimming his list or taking unofficial visits yet.
“Not right now,” he said. “After the summer.”
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Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 4:18 pm
Normally, when scouts who have watched a player for three or four years still can’t figure out his position, it’s a bad thing.
In the case of Kyle Anderson, it’s just another sign of his versatility.
Anderson, a 6-foot-8 St. Anthony product (N.J), has the vision and passing ability of a point guard; the scoring prowess of a wing; and the size, finishing and rebounding skills of a power forward.
Ask Anderson, though, and he knows which position he wants to play at the next level.
“Point guard,” he said. “It’s the position I’m most comfortable at.”
At the NBPA Top 100 camp two weeks ago, Anderson played that position for the majority of the event.
“I’m just trying to be unselfish, play the point guard role,” he said.
Anderson has already made plenty of advancements in the recruiting process, trimming his list to five schools earlier this spring: Georgetown, Florida, Seton Hall, St. John’s and UCLA.
His potential to be a match-up problem and his passing ability would be a perfect fit for Georgetown.
“John Thompson III is a great coach, they run the Princeton offense,” Anderson said.
He also likes the way Florida head coach Billy Donovan makes players better during their time in Gainesville.
“Coach Donovan is great with player development,” Anderson said.
While Seton Hall might seem like it doesn’t belong in the same breath with the other programs, its proximity to Anderson’s Fairlawn, N.J., home could play a factor.
“It’s the hometown school, and all the guys play hard,” he said.
St. John’s emerged on the radar of several high-major prospects in the last year, as head coach Steve Lavin reeled in a nine-person class that included six players ranked in the top 100.
Anderson is impressed by the talent on the Red Storm’s roster.
“I like Coach Lavin, I like the class he has coming in,” he said.
Across the country sits UCLA, where Ben Howland has had a steady stream of pro point guards run through his program.
“Coach Howland puts point guards in the NBA,” Anderson said. “I think there’s five in the NBA right now.”
With most of the recruiting process behind him, the nation’s most versatile player is still not sure when exactly he wants to commit.
“No timetable,” Anderson said. “But before the season.”