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Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:44 pm
Heading into the summer, Stefan Jankovic was looking forward to showing off his versatile game in front of coaches and increasing his recruiting interest.
That all changed when he suffered a stress fracture at the Pangos All-American Camp in June and then reinjured himself at Peach Jam.
“It kind of put my recruitment to a halt because I wasn’t able to play and coaches weren’t able to see me,” Jankovic said. “And it gave me time to look at the schools that were recruiting me previously and the ones that stuck with me.”
His extra time on the sidelines helped him advance his recruitment after the AAU season ended, as the 6-foot-9 Serbian native and Canadian resident recently trimmed his list to five: Wake Forest, Purdue, Georgetown, Florida State and Missouri.
“My whole plan was to cut my list down sometime after the AAU season, that’s why I did it now,” Jankovic said.
He currently has four of his five visits set up: Missouri on September 2, Florida State on September 10, Purdue the first weekend of October and Wake Forest the weekend after that. Jankovic’s trip to Georgetown hasn’t been planned yet.
Jankovic, a versatile small forward who plays at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), gave a brief reason as to why each of his quintet made the list.
Wake Forest: “They’re my leader, first school to really recruit me hard.”
Purdue: “Great relationship with assistant coach Greg Gary. I like their system.”
Georgetown: “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff. I’ve visited before, enjoyed the campus.”
Florida State: “They’ve developed versatile players like me and coach [Leonard] Hamilton is a great coach.”
Missouri: “Showed me an unbelievable amount of love – both head coach [Frank] Haith and assistant coach [Tim] Fuller.”
With Wake Forest at the top of the list, Jankovic also said Georgetown was likely No. 5 out of the schools. “The other ones are in the mix for second,” he said.
It might seem like the Demon Deacons will be tough to beat, but Jankovic isn’t ending the race just yet.
“I mean, they’re a leader,” he said. “And I haven’t really seen any other schools than Georgetown and Wake, so I want to see how the campuses and teams are at the other schools.”
Jankovic has a long list of criterion for when he eventually makes a final decision after his visits.
“Great relationship with the coaching staff; system fits my game; good academics,” he said. “Good conference, playing time and a great history in the program.”
While Jankovic had time to make progress in his recruitment during the summer, he is still several weeks away from making a decision.
In the meantime, he’s focused on getting healthy for his senior campaign.
“I’m recovering well,” Jankovic said. “I’ll be back in time for the season.”
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:26 pm
June was the key month for Allerik Freeman.
Prior to it, he was considering a prospect that could play at the high-major level. After big-time weekends at the Nike Elite 100 and NBPA Top 100 Camp, Freeman became one of the most sought-after players in the country.
An impressive July vaulted him to the No. 15 spot in the CBSSports.com Top 100.
“I feel like I’ve been getting better and I played more on the main stage this year,” Freeman said.
While he has always been able to use his strength and finishing ability to execute off the dribble, Freeman expanded his game in the past few months to make himself more dangerous.
“My pull-up three ball,” he said. “I’ve zoned in on my mid-range game, and just using my speed and size.”
In terms of recruiting, so many schools are pursuing Freeman that he barely remembers all of them.
He holds offers from North Carolina State, Miami (Fl.), Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Xavier, UNLV, Georgetown, Baylor, Oklahoma, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Memphis, Texas, Villanova and Wake Forest, while also hearing from North Carolina, Clemson, Marquette, DePaul, Florida State and Arizona.
With upwards of 30 schools vying for his services, Freeman is ready to start eliminating suitors.
“I’m cutting it to nine by August 25th,” he said.
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Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:48 am
Twymond Howard has had an on-again, off-again relationship with football over the past few years.
The Pearl (Miss.) product was one of the top players in the state as a high school freshman, but he gave it up to focus on basketball. In the spring, Howard decided he wanted to give football another shot. However, after thinking about it, he is no longer planning to play two sports.
“I’ve decided not to play,” Howard said. “I’m really just ready to focus in on one sport and basketball is my favorite.”
Howard, a 6-foot-6 forward, is ranked No. 81 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. Not surprisingly, he is a big-time athlete who excels in transition and when finishing at the rim. Howard can be a matchup problem when defended by bigger players, and he also uses his strength to be an adept defender and rebounder.
Over the summer, Howard felt like he held his own.
“I believe I did pretty good,” he said. “Just play hard at all times.”
Howard said he noticed Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest the most at his games during the July live period. He holds offers from those three, as well as Mississippi State, Arkansas, Baylor and West Virginia.
He doesn’t have any plans on a timetable for a decision.
“I have no clue yet,” Howard said. “I’m gonna take my time and talk to my mom about it.”
Performance on the court and in the classroom is important to Howard when it comes to what he is looking for in a school.
“Just a great education and how they develop players,” he said.
And we now know football certainly won’t play a factor in his decision.
Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:05 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 5:07 pm
By Jeff Borzello
Zena Edosomwan was one of the fastest-rising players on the spring and summer AAU circuit.
Despite the attention it has brought him, Edosomwan is glad that the grind is finally over.
“I’m just happy I’m done with AAU because it’s crazy,” he said. “You play so many games in such a short period.”
Edosomwan, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), made an impression in the spring and then solidified his standing by holding his own against the cream of the crop. He runs the floor well and is excellent at finishing in transition. Edosomwan is willing to do the dirty work in the paint, but is athletic and skilled enough to make plays on the glass and above the rim.
The next step for him will be recruiting, which has heated up in a major way lately.
“It’s going really well,” Edosomwan said. “I just have to cut down my list soon.”
He picked up offers in the past couple of days from UNLV, California and Wake Forest, adding to a collection that also includes Harvard, Georgia Tech, Washington State, USC, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Maryland, Gonzaga and Arizona State. Edosomwan, who ranks No. 68 in CBSSports.com's Top 100 and also holds a 3.4 GPA, has strong interest from UCLA, Texas, Vanderbilt, Washington and Virginia Tech.
While Edosomwan has taken visits to UCLA and USC, he is not ready to make a decision about his future just yet.
“I’m going to enjoy the visits and the whole process,” he said.
Edosomwan has certainly earned a break.
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Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:32 pm
By Jeff Borzello
INDIANAPOLIS – When most people wake up at 9 a.m. with 15 missed calls, it’s an immediate cause for panic.
In Brannen Greene’s case, it was expected for the morning of June 15, the first day college coaches could call rising high school juniors. He had about 10 schools call him when midnight hit, but then he couldn’t stay awake anymore.
“I feel asleep at 2:30 and woke up at 9 with about 15 missed calls,” Greene said. “I was switching from one call to another -- ‘Hey coach, hold on’, ‘Hey coach, hold on.’”
Greene, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Mary Persons (Ga.) who runs with the Atlanta Celtics U-16 team on the AAU circuit, has skyrocketed up the charts this past spring.
The long wing is a lights-out 3-point shooter with deep range and a release that is nearly unguardable. With his size, he has the ability to see over the defense and also make plays around the rim. Greene runs the floor well, but he does need to move better without the ball. He is now ranked No. 20 in the latest CBSSports.com top 100 for his class.
Greene is being pursued by Memphis, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Marquette, Florida State, UCLA, Tennessee, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Ohio State and Louisville.
“At the end of July, I want to cut it down to a short list,” Greene said. “And then in October, November, I’ll make a decision.”
He plans on making a trip to Louisville on Aug. 3 and will also visit Ohio State this summer.
With all the increased attention, one might think Greene would be nervous playing with a target on his back. That’s certainly not the case.
“It’s fun, seeing all these coaches on the sidelines,” he said. “I want to show coaches what I can do. It’s simple -- you’re just playing basketball.”
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.
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Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:02 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 3:14 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – When discussing the top players in the class of 2012, Brandon Ashley is not always mentioned in the case for No. 1.
Ashley takes offense to that.
“I definitely feel like I belong in the top five,” he said. “I know I’m just as good or better. My skill level is not an issue. I just have to play harder, play more consistently.”
The 6-foot-9 forward from Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) certainly made his case at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week. Ashley showed off his all-around skills, scoring with his back to the basket and knocking down face-up jumpers. He ran the floor better than most big men, and also handled the ball and passed well for someone his size.
Ashley’s potential is through the roof, and when he brings maximum effort, he is tough to contain.
“I’m trying to become an all-around better player, an inside-outside player,” he said.
Ashley has plenty of suitors at this point, but said he is ready to cut down his list in the near future. For now, though, it seems a number of colleges have a shot at him.
“I’m wide-open, but a lot of the same schools [are involved],” Ashley said. “The Pac-10, the SEC, Kansas, schools like that. Everyone is coming at me the hardest.”
In addition to the entire Pac-10 and Kansas, Wake Forest, Texas, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Connecticut and others are also recruiting him.
One school mentioned in association with Ashley in the past has been Kentucky, but he said the Wildcats’ pursuit has tailed off.
“They’ve sent me a few emails, but that’s it,” he said.
When Ashley does make a decision, which doesn’t look like any time soon, he is looking for a school that already has established talent on the roster.
“I want to go to a place where I’m surrounded by good players, with a good coaching staff,” he said.
Photo: Media 411