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Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:44 am
Despite fielding interest from North Carolina, UNLV , Oregon and others, Rosco Allen said he never wavered from Stanford.
“They have always been my leader and I just decided on Friday,” Allen said Monday morning shortly after pledging to the Cardinal.
Allen, a 6-foot-9 forward from Bishop Gorman (Nev.), visited the Palo Alto campus in September and it seems the trip really put Stanford over the top. He constantly commented on the atmosphere and how the campus stood out.
When it came down to it, Allen liked what Stanford offered.
“It was just a great fit for me, both from an educational and athletic side,” he told CBSSports.com.
Allen ranks No. 82 in our top 100. He is an excellent face-up forward and can pose a matchup problem for most defenders. Allen possesses good shooting range and improved his ability to attack the rim over the summer. Due to his skill set, Allen could develop into a star for Stanford.
“I’m just excited to be a part of a great league, which has a style of play I fit into,” he said.
Allen joins center Grant Verhoeven and guard Christian Sanders in Johnny Dawkins’ 2012 recruiting class.
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:04 pm
Landen Lucas is one of the top big men left on the board, but he seems to be closing in on a decision.
The 6-foot-8 Findlay Prep (Nev.) product has taken three official visits, to California, Stanford and Tennessee. Lucas is also planning his fourth – and final – trip for November 5, to Washington.
“Hopefully after it, I’ll have a good feeling about one of the schools and make my decision easier,” he said.
“My goal is to have one by the fall signing period.”
Visiting all four schools within a month of each other will allow Lucas to compare all four efficiently.
He said he liked the coaching staff at Tennessee, the entire team at Cal, and the campus at Stanford.
“Just a good fit on and off the court,” Lucas said of what he’s looking for in a school.
Lucas is an Oregon native who landed just outside CBSSports.com’s Top 100 after the July period. He is a good low-post scorer who has a variety of moves in the paint and knows how to get baskets with either hand. His hands and basketball savvy make him an asset as well.
While his rating has taking a bit of a hit in the past couple of years, Lucas is optimstic he will make an impact at the next level.
“A bigger one than most people are expecting from me,” he said. “I’m very confident heading into my first year.”
Photo: Courier-Journal (Louisville)
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:37 am
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Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:31 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. – It took barely three minutes to figure out Christian Sanders is not your normal high-major prospect.
During interviews, the majority of high-major prospects discuss playing time and winning at the next level. Sanders, on the other hand, didn’t mention either.
“I’m looking for a coaching staff with integrity,” Sanders said. “And good academics.”
And you believe him about both – he has a 3.5 GPA, great test scores and plans to go into business.
Sanders, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Saint Thomas (Tex.), played a major role in the Houston Defenders winning the AAU Super Showcase championship. He is a knockdown shooter who is also highly effective pulling up in the mid-range after a pump-fake and dribble. Sanders has a high basketball IQ, knows how to handle the ball and has good vision.
“I shot the ball well early, struggled a bit lately,” he said. “But my goal is to win. If we win, we all get what we want or what we need.”
Playing with the Harrison twins, Shaq Cleare and Derrick Griffin has undoubtedly helped his stock – and Sanders isn’t afraid to admit it.
“It forced me to raise my level of play,” he said.
In terms of recruiting, Sanders has offers from Maryland, Texas, Oklahoma State, Harvard and Colorado, with Stanford and Kansas on him as well.
Whichever school gets him better get prepared for an atypical player and person – in a good way.
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 12:12 pm
When Jefferson injured ligaments in his left hand and the trainer told him not to play, it remained to be seen what sort of week he would have.
Jefferson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Friends Central (Penn.), bounced back to lead the camp in scoring, putting up 20.8 points per game. He scored at least 20 points on four occasions, which is even more impressive considering there were only fourteen 20-point performances from the entire camp.
“I just needed to bring intensity and play hard,” Jefferson said. “It’s been tough for me since I messed up my finger in the second game.”
Jefferson is a very difficult match-up for most defenders, given his size, length and athleticism. He is lanky and needs to add strength, but he can post up around the basket or knock down shots from the perimeter. Jefferson runs the floor well and can also take opponents off the dribble.
After his performance at the camp, Jefferson has risen to No. 14 in the CBSSports.com/MaxPreps rankings. Plenty of schools are on his trail.
Currently, he is hearing from Villanova, North Carolina State, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Stanford, Connecticut and Temple.
Although many people think Jefferson might be leaning toward hometown Villanova, he insists there is no favorite.
“I’m wide open,” Jefferson said.
Photo: Pack Pride
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 11:57 am
Every year at the NBPA Top 100 camp in mid-June, a player breaks out. He usually goes from being a borderline top-100 player to a must-get prospect for many colleges.
This year, that player was undoubtedly Adam Woodbury.
The 6-foot-11 center from East High School (Iowa) won the MVP award at the camp, dominating all week with his unstoppable lefty jump hook. He can pass out of the post and knows how to finish around the rim. Woodbury was slowly rising up the charts all spring, but his performance in Virginia put him over the top.
“I felt I held my own against the top talent in the nation,” Woodbury said Tuesday. “That award gave me more confidence, and I feel this showed a lot of people what I’m capable of.”
Before the camp, he held offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Stanford and Ohio State, with some interest coming from North Carolina, Kansas, Florida and Wisconsin.
Since then, he has definitely seen an uptick in the colleges pursuing him.
“My recruiting has definitely picked up,” Woodbury said. “Wisconsin has offered me. I have heard from North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Florida and Texas recently.”
Woodbury, who holds a 3.9 GPA, has a few factors that will impact his college decision.
“Style of play, coaches, the educational aspect,” he said. “A college that puts me in a place I can succeed.”
It will be interesting to see if Woodbury continues his stellar play during the July live period.
For now, though, he is trying to stay humble and get better as his recruitment rises.
“It’s definitely an honor,” hes said. “I’m excited to keep working hard and to continue to improve.”
Photo: Sioux City Journal
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 1:24 pm
By Jeff Borzello
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- With a relatively weak point guard group in the class of 2012, Gabe York could establish himself as one of the best -- if he is able to handle the position full time.
“I’m trying to be a point guard, still getting the hang of it,” York said. “The biggest thing is learning the position.”
York, a 6-foot-1 prospect from Orange Lutheran (Calif.), is one of the best scorers in the country. He has tremendous range and lift on his 3-point shot, and he finishes effectively at the rim.
York doesn’t want to change his scoring prowess.
“I want to be a scoring point guard,” he said. “I don’t want to take away that part of my game.”
Recently, York trimmed his list to 10 schools: Marquette, Notre Dame, Kansas, Louisville, Washington, Oklahoma, UNLV, Arizona, Memphis and Connecticut.
Recently, he took a trip to Washington, and he went to Chicago after the NBPA Top 100 Camp to check out Marquette and Notre Dame. York also plans on going to Arizona at the end of the month.
“I’ll have a better feel for what I want after that,” he said.
Poythress feels pressure to stay home
Playing alongside Tony Parker and several other high-major players on the Georgia Stars this spring, Alex Poythress stood out.
The 6-foot-7 forward from Northeast (Tenn.) made an impact with his athleticism and length. He can power around the rim and is one of the better rebounders in the class. Poythress also has the ability to face-up and knock down jumpers.
“I didn’t do anything different,” he said. “I just played hard and tried to show what I could do.”
Plenty of schools were impressed, as Poythress currently boasts a long list. Vanderbilt, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Stanford, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State are all on him.
While Poythress has no favorites, three schools are on him the most, and they all have something in common.
“The in-state schools are probably coming at me the hardest -- Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee,” he said.
Howard has a future in two sports
For all the athletes at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Twymond Howard might be the best overall athlete.
The 6-foot-6 Howard is a star on the hardwood -- and on the gridiron. As a result, he is being pursued in both sports.
Howard, a small forward from Pearl (Miss.), wanted to prove himself on the basketball court last week in Virginia.
“Just to show I’m one of the top players,” Howard said of his goals. “I feel like I’m one, so I have to play hard. I want everybody to know who I am.”
For now, Howard is hearing from Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Alabama and Auburn.
“I’ve taken unofficials to Tennessee, Mississippi State and Ole Miss,” he said.
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