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Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:12 am
 

Brandon Austin quietly going through recruitment

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By
Jeff Borzello

I walked into a gym in central Maryland last spring for an AAU tournament, and the first player I watched was a 6-foot-6 guard who could do everything. He was handling the ball, running the break, knocking down shots – but there was no name for him in the roster book.

I went up to the coach after the game, and asked who that was. “Oh, that’s Brandon Austin.”

Well, that made sense. Austin is one of the more versatile perimeter players in the country, with the ability to play up to three positions. The Imhotep Charter (Pa.) product’s recruitment has been fairly quiet so far, but it will pick up soon.

“It has been going good so far,” Austin said. “Everything’s coming along well.”

He currently holds offers from Syracuse, Villanova, Rutgers, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s and Temple, with interest from Georgetown and Connecticut.

Austin has taken trips to Rutgers and Penn State. “I like them both very much,” he said.

Austin is ranked No. 75 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 for 2013.

News and Notes: Anthlon Bell announced on Twitter that he chose Arkansas over Massachusetts . . . Arkansas hit the daily double by also nabbing a commitment from forward JaCorey Williams . . . Marquette dipped into Texas once again, this time for Aaron Durley . . . Beau Beach popped for North Florida. 

Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Recruitment on the upswing for Blaise Mbargorba

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By Jeff Borzello

It’s been an interesting couple of years for Blaise Mbargorba.

The Cameroon native burst onto the scene with strong play in 2009 as a relative unknown, but then some schools soured on him as he rode the bench at St. Benedict’s (N.J.). Mbargorba decided to transfer to The Peddie School (N.J.) and reclassify to the class of 2012.

It turned out to be a terrific choice by Mbargorba, who reminded everyone of his vast potential with impressive performances this summer.

“I think that’s my hard work starting to pay off, because I spend a lot of time in the gym to get better as much as I possibly can,” he said.

The 7-footer is strong and athletic, and he moves fairly well for someone his size. Mbargorba gets good position on the block, and his soft hands enable him to post up defenders and go to work.

While his offense is still somewhat raw, Mbargorba continues to get better.

“My game has changed,” he said. “More schools are calling and I feel more confident now.”

Mbargorba currently holds offers from Vanderbilt, Temple, Saint Joseph’s, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, SMU, George Mason, Northwestern, Clemson, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Columbia.

He adds that most of the offers came during the July period when he was dominating with the NJ Roadrunners on the AAU circuit.

The last two years have been up-and-down for Mbargorba, but the forecast is awfully bright for the rising senior.

Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Sherron Dorsey-Walker waiting out the process

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By Jeff Borzello

August is always a busy month for commitments – and 2012 scorer Sherron Dorsey-Walker has been one of the players mentioned as nearing a decision.

In reality, Dorsey-Walker will likely take his time going through the process.

“Right now, I plan to make [my commitment] in October or November,” he told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

Dorsey-Walker, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Pershing (Mich.), holds offers from Boston College, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Temple, Florida State, Minnesota, Providence and Iowa State.

He plans on taking his visits before making a decision – and he knows three of the schools he wants to take trips to in the fall.

“I know I’m going to take visits to Boston College and Virginia Tech, and Baylor too,” Dorsey-Walker said. “Those are the three I know right now.”

He did say that those three are not favorites right now, just schools he wants to check out.

The most important factors in Dorsey-Walker’s decision will be his comfort level and familiarity with the coaching staff.

“Trust in the coaches,” he said. “Somewhere I’m comfortable at, somewhere I can win and make an impact. Somewhere I can get better at, but also help the team get better too.”

Dorsey-Walker is a lanky scorer who can get to the basket and finish against bigger players due to his body control and length. He plays very well in transition and he has a nice stroke from long range. Dorsey-Walker is a savvy perimeter player who can find teammates and also rebound at both ends.

“I can shoot, I can drive to the hole, get my teammates involved,” he said. “A little bit of everything.”

Whichever school gets his commitment will be getting a big-time scorer. We just won’t know the destination anytime soon.

Photo: UMHoops.com

Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Amile Jefferson continues to star despite injury

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By Jeff Borzello

Amile Jefferson went into the NBPA Top 100 camp in Virginia with the mindset of giving 100 percent effort and impressing everyone.

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 16, 2011 9:45 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 10:03 am
 

Big summer ahead for Geno Thorpe

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By Jeff Borzello

Geno Thorpe is still looking for the right fit.

After starting his high-school career at Shady Side Academy (Pa.), the Pittsburgh native headed to the Shaler Area School (Pa.) for his sophomore campaign. Now, he plans on making another move – to New Jersey.

“St. Patrick or Blair Academy,” Thorpe said, before adding that he would return to Shaler if “things don’t work out with the Jersey schools.”

While some people might frown upon a player changing high schools so often, Thorpe doesn’t see the big deal.

“People have to do what they have to do to get where they want to get in life,” he said. “Kids transfer so much now, it’s almost like it’s an every year thing. But I think doing what’s best for yourself is the most important thing.”

Thorpe, a 6-foot-3 point guard who runs with the NJ Playaz on the AAU circuit, is starting to advance his recruitment. It’s clear that the constant changing of high schools hasn’t scared away colleges.

He holds offers from Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Rutgers, while Kansas State and Wisconsin could be close to offering Thorpe. Ohio State, Arizona and Temple are also squarely in the mix for the 2013 prospect.

Thorpe is planning to take visits to Kansas State and Wisconsin this month.

“I’m looking for a school that fits my style of play,” he said. “[One that] likes to run half-court sets, but at the same time can push the ball and get up the floor in transition.”

As a native of the Steel City, it has long been said that Pittsburgh would be the team to beat for Thorpe. He even stated in the past that the Panthers were his favorite. Now, he’s wide open.

“When I was younger, they were [my favorite],” Thorpe said. “That’s all I’d ever do, was root for Pitt. I guess I can see myself playing for teams other than Pitt, but I still like them a lot.”

Despite the impressive school list, it’s tough to find Thorpe in many national rankings. With the move to New Jersey on both the AAU and high school circuits, Thorpe is looking to expand his profile.

“I’m probably one of the top 10 point guards in the 2013 class,” he said. “I know some players are highly rated that I’ve already proved I’m better than, but, yeah, underrated is a good way to put it.”

Heading into the July live period, Thorpe has a point to prove -- no pun intended.

“It does motivate me a lot,” he said. “But at the same time, seeing a top point guard, I know who they are -- and they know who I am.”

Photo: Pittsburghlive.com 

 
 
 
 
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