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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: December 12, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Kris Jenkins uses versatility to his advantage

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Jeff Borzello

WASHINGTON D.C. – Kris Jenkins doesn’t have a true position.

He’s not a small forward, he’s not a power forward, and he’s not a shooting guard. And Jenkins is just fine with that.

“I don’t really have a definite position,” Jenkins said. “I’m a basketball player. You can’t limit me to one position.”

Jenkins is a 6-foot-5 junior from Gonzaga (D.C.) who has been on the radar for several years. He’s a physical player who can step outside and knock down 3-pointers, and is still effective at scoring around the rim. Jenkins seems to have become more athletic in the past few months, too.

At the next level, Jenkins might have to make the move to the perimeter on a full-time basis, so he’s working on other skills.

“I need to be more assertive,” he said. “I’m working on lateral movement, handling the ball under pressure.”

Jenkins is getting plenty of college interest. He holds offers from Rutgers, Miami (Fl.), Xavier, George Washington and Penn State, with interest coming in from Villanova and Boston College.

He’s looking for a school that will help advance him both athletically and academically.

“Good academics, a place that’s going to prep me for the real world,” Jenkins said. “Also, a good basketball program that gives me an opportunity to fulfill my dream.”

Jenkins took trips in October to Penn State and George Washington, but he’s not close to making a decision.

“I’m focused on the season,” Jenkins said.

Photo: Washington Post

Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Josh Hart gets bigger, expands his game

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Jeff Borzello

WASHINGTON D.C. – For many players, shooting outside jumpers and finishing at the rim is all that matters. For Josh Hart, it makes him want to expand his game.

“My coach said I was always settling for a 3 or dunking,” Hart said at the Gonzaga DC Classic. “I need that in-between game.”

Hart, a 6-foot-4 guard from Sidwell Friends (D.C.), is one of the top shooting guards in the mid-Atlantic region for the class of 2013. He has gotten stronger and bigger since the summer, giving him another asset to use offensively. He constantly attacked the rim with aggression, despite taking a few hard spills. On the defensive end, Hart also showed good athleticism, contesting shots and grabbing boards.

In addition to his mid-range game, Hart is also working on his ball-handling ability. Once he irons out the wrinkles offensively, he is going to be a big-time scorer.

As a result, several schools are in the mix for Hart. He holds offers from Georgetown, North Carolina State, VCU, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Penn State and Xavier. Moreover, Georgia Tech, Maryland, DePaul, Villanova and Saint Joseph’s are all showing interest.

“I want to play up-tempo, and a good coaching staff,” Hart said when asked what he was looking for in a school.

He is not ready to make a decision in the near future.

“I’m focusing on school,” Hart said. “I’m just letting everything happen.”

Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:36 am
Edited on: November 23, 2011 11:27 am
 

Noah Vonleh stands out against upperclassmen

By Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The National Prep Showcase focuses primarily on the seniors and fifth-year players that are looking to make a last impression on college coaches in attendance.

This past weekend at Albertus Magnus College, though, the most impressive player might have been an underclassman, 2014 forward Noah Vonleh.

The New Hampton Prep (Mass.) averaged 17.0 points and 16.5 rebounds in two victories.

“I thought I played pretty good,” Vonleh said. “I’ve been working on my shooting and getting my handle better.”

Vonleh is only 6-foot-8, but he might be the best rebounder in his class. He has tremendous leaping ability and tracks the ball extremely well. His strength is always a major help.

“I’m long and athletic,” he said. “I just jump and get it.”

There are plenty of schools in the mix for his services. Pittsburgh, Boston College, Syracuse, Arizona, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Auburn, UCLA, Georgetown and Connecticut are all pursuing him with vigor.

Right now, Vonleh is certainly among the top 10 sophomores in the country. After his performance, he makes a case for moving even higher, potentially into the top three.

He said he would remain humble either way.

“I don’t let it get to my head,” Vonleh said.

Photo: Scott Hazelton Basketball

Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:12 pm
 

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera dives back into recruiting

By Jeff Borzello

While high-major point guards have been committing left and right over the past couple of months, combo guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has been playing it close to the vest.

Smith-Rivera isn’t worried about that at all.

“He’s choosing between some great programs,” Kelana Rivera, his mother, said. “And we’re more confident that wherever he goes, it will be a great fit for him.”

The 6-foot-3 Indiana native left for Oak Hill Academy (Va.) a few weeks ago, and is just beginning to dive back into the recruiting process.

According to his mother, two official visits have been set: Georgetown the weekend of September 23 and Louisville the weekend of October 14.

“He won’t be deciding before then,” Rivera said.

A trip to Xavier – where Smith-Rivera originally committed – was in the works, but there was scheduling conflicts. The Musketeers are still very much in the mix, though.

“He has always been very high on Xavier, and still is,” Rivera said. “The weekend that we wanted to visit them, D’Vauntes has a game and SAT. So we are still trying to figure that one out.”

Michigan State is another school often mentioned with Smith-Rivera, although talks between the two have slowed down since Smith-Rivera left the Midwest.

“We haven’t talked to Michigan State much since D has been at school,” Rivera said.

Rivera said North Carolina State and Memphis are also trying to get involved in her son’s recruitment lately, and they are both very much under consideration.

Smith-Rivera is a scoring guard who has the ability to handle the ball and initiate offense for other, but he is much more dangerous when looking to create his own shot. He has deep range on his jumper, and his strong frame enables him to finish effectively in the lane. Smith-Rivera ranks No. 39 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Since he has already committed to a school once, Smith-Rivera knows what he wants in a school and wants to be sure he makes the right choice.

“How well the school, staff and style suits the type of person and player he is,” Rivera said. “Many other things, like player development, as well. But all those are key.”

All signs point to a decision being made in the fall, but not for at least another month.

“Not sure yet exactly when he will be deciding,” Rivera said. “No real timeline just yet.”

Photo: Indy Star

Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:41 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Sim Bhullar has change of plans for the fall

By Jeff Borzello

Wednesday morning, Xavier’s recruiting class became significantly lighter and shorter.

Sim Bhullar, a 7-foot-5, 350-lb. Canada native who had committed to Chris Mack’s program in April for 2012, parted ways with the Musketeers and will instead enroll at New Mexico State – for 2011.

Sources indicated to CBSSports.com that there were some clearinghouse issues with Xavier, meaning Bhullar might have to enroll as a partial qualifier at NMSU this season.

“They’ll know that in the next few weeks,” one source said.

Bhullar, who played at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), is more than a gimmick. Although he needs to improve his stamina and lateral movement, he has improved dramatically over his last couple of years of high school. He gets good position and can score around the rim, and he’s also impacts the game defensively because of his size.

With K.C. Ross-Miller and Remi Barry also awaiting word on their fall eligibility, the Aggies’ season could hinge on the next few weeks.

Photo: SI 

Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Allerik Freeman trimming list to nine

By Jeff Borzello

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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