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Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Stanford Robinson comfortable as facilitator

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Jeff Borzello

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Stanford Robinson might not score as much as some other top guards in the class of 2013, but that certainly doesn’t mean he’s not as good.

Paul VI (Va.) is one of the top teams in the WCAC, and the Panthers are blessed with a deep and talented roster. Four seniors have already committed to go D-I. As a result, it’s not necessary for Robinson to lead the team in scoring every night.

“I’m a scorer, but on this team we have a lot of scorers,” Robinson said. “I don’t think we have anybody that needs to score 30 points a game for us to win.”

Robinson, a 6-foot-4 prospect who ranks No. 71 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, is certainly able to get points when needed. He has a strong body and is an effective finisher in the lane, while also possessing the ability to step outside and knock down jumpers. He does need to become more aggressive, though, if he wants to reach his true potential.

“We like to share the ball,” Robinson said. “Right now I’m being a facilitator and creating shots for my team, but when I need to, I can score the ball.”

His high ceiling has led to several schools pursuing him in the past few months. Robinson holds offers from Marquette, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Villanova, Miami (Fl.), South Florida, Rutgers and Xavier. Syracuse and Maryland are showing interest.

Over the summer, he checked out Villanova, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Miami (Fl.). Despite the trips, he’s not ready to make a decision.

“It’s still early,” Robinson said. “I don’t think I’m going to commit until the beginning of the school year next year.”

With his versatile talents, Robinson can afford to be picky with his college. However, he thinks he can thrive in any system.

“I can fit anywhere,” he said.

Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Javontae Hawkins commits to USF

By Jeff Borzello

Stan Heath has made a killing at South Florida with junior college transfers, but the Bulls finally broke into the high school ranks for 2012.

Javontae Hawkins, an athletic wing from Huntington Prep (W.Va.), committed to South Florida on Monday. He announced his decision via Twitter and confirmed it via text to CBSSports.com.

“I believe that this was the great choice for me, athletic and academic-wise,” Hawkins said. “Coach Heath is a Michigan guy and me and him have a great relationship with each other, and the coaching staff is the type of staff that will help you get to the next level and succeed at the next level.

“The school itself helps you set a life career plan for a career after basketball. And they are also a very supportive school in the academic and athletic field." 

Hawkins is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Michigan. He is a big-time athlete who uses his length and leaping ability to make plays off the bounce and in transition. Hawkins can knock down 3-pointers with consistency and is certainly not afraid to elevate in traffic. Defensively, he’s aggressive and plays the passing lanes effectively to force turnovers.

He chose South Florida over Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Iowa and Arizona State. 

"I will come in and make an instant impact to try and help the team to the NCAA tournament," Hawkins said. "Being a leader and being a player to perform from the start."

Hawkins ranks No. 94 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He will join JC prospects Waverly Austin and Musa Abdul-Aleem in South Florida’s 2012 class.

Photo: MLive.com

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)

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: July 19, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Kasey Hill makes statement in Indianapolis

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By Jeff Borzello

With three top-40 players in its frontcourt, the Florida Rams’ Blue team gets most of the attention from Matt Ramker’s AAU program.

At the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, though, it was the Black U-17 team that stole the show and surprisingly won the championship. They won all nine games, capped with a victory over New Heights (N.Y.) in the title game.

The main reason for the run? Look no further than 2013 prospect Kasey Hill, whose performance has some people calling him the best point guard in the country.

“I can create and shoot, score off the dribble,” Hill said. “I can slash, I can pass.”

Hill, a 6-0 Montverde Academy (Fla.) product, was clutch too – he knocked down a stepback 20-footer to give the Rams a two-point win over Gateway Basketball Club in the first round of the tournament.

Since his MVP performance at the Adidas Invitational, Hill made headlines by picking up an additional offer from Kentucky. Florida, Louisville, Florida State, Miami (Fl.) and Kansas State had each already offered him.

He said he is also hearing from South Florida, UCF and Providence.

“The school that I fit in the best at – with the school and on the team,” Hill said when asked what he is looking for in a school.

Expect his recruitment to pick up even more as coaches now trek to see more than just the Rams’ Blue team.

Photo: Orlando Sentinel 

Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Danuel House's school list goes from 2 to 35

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By Jeff Borzello

Before the Best Buy Classic in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend, Danuel House was hearing from two schools, TCU and Jacksonville.

After a breakout performance in the Windy City, House has seen his stock skyrocket.

“It was at two, then 32, now 35,” he said. “It’s still new to me.”

House, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Elkins, Texas, has offers from Louisville, Baylor, Texas, California, Colorado, USC, Houston and, yes, TCU and Jacksonville. Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Kansas, Maryland, Florida State, South Florida, Gonzaga and Providence have also reached out to the rising senior.

“It’s good exercise for the brain,” said House, referring to rattling off his long list of suitors. “It’s fun.”

House is a terrific athlete who is at his best when driving to the basket and finishing at the rim. He is great in transition and also handles the ball fairly well. His outside shot needs work, but he does have the ability to knock down 3-pointers. With his length and athleticism, he is a solid defender.

It doesn’t take long to see his potential, which makes it even more surprising that it took so long for House to burst onto the scene.

“People were seeing me for the first time,” he said.

Playing alongside Isaiah Austin on Texas Pro, don’t expect House's stock to collapse anytime soon.

 
 
 
 
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