Top Fives for April

April 30, 2008

College Hoop Blog has a poll of the top five players watched in April by several top scouts.

You should read the entire listing over there, but I created sort of a ‘cross reference’ of the most named prospects:

– Kenny Boynton 6’2″ G
– John Henson 6’10” PF (Commited to North Carolina)
– John Wall, 6’2″ PG
– Xavier Henry, 6’6″ SG

I did not see any players other than these listed more than once. One thing that jumps out at me is how much attention John Wall is getting, and why only one North Carolina school (Wall’s home state) has offered him (NC State). I think it is the heavy “power broker” influence that has been spotted in connection with Wall, the types of people that get their hooks in kids and get them to go pro early or go to certain schools. Wall is definitely talented to play anywhere in the ACC, including UNC and Duke, but no offers from them, and they are right down the road. They’ve seen him play. So they are actively NOT offering him.

At any rate, it is not my goal to get into speculation over where or why recruits are going, I’d rather focus on assessments of players, so I am going to be listing some in the near future. I’m also getting my list of targets I want to see in person.

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2008 ACC Basketball Recruiting Annual Report, by signing up for the email updates you will automatically get on the list for it when it is published. It’ll be free, despite the professional layout.

John Wall and Duke

April 27, 2008 is reporting that Duke is now watching John Wall and may get involved with him. However, I really doubt he’s going anywhere but Memphis.

Dominic Cheek says UNC commit is just a rumor

April 27, 2008

Rivals is reporting that Dominic Cheek(SG, 6’5”) is still wide open on his recruitment and the recent notion that he was close to signing with North Carolina was just a rumor. He also states that Kansas, Tennessee and Florida have gotten involved in his recruitment.
Kenny Boynton, more shooting guard than point
Jerry Meyer states that Duke target Kenny Boynton(6’2”, SG) is a shooting guard with a good handle, as opposed to a pure point guard. Jerry muses about Duke’s chances with one of the top high school players in the class of 2009.

Dexter Strickland to play in Beach Ball Classic

UNC commit Dexter Strickland (6’3”, 180) will be playing in the 2008 Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC. The games will be played June 13-14 at Coastal Carolina’s Watson Stadium. I think I might try to go to that event.

Daniel Orton and Xavier Henry – OK in May

April 25, 2008

Maryland target Daniel Orton (6’9″, C) and phenom Xavier Henry (6’6″ SG/SF) will play in the Sooner Cage Classic on Oklahoma on May 2-4, with their AAU team Athletes First. Henry is being recruited by North Carolina but I have read in several places that UNC is below Kansas and Memphis on his list right now.

As for Orton, there’s been a lot of talk lately about whether he’ll stay in state or not, with Oklahoma State stepping up recruitment of him, but at this point it’s anybody’s guess. I don’t think Maryland is seriously in the running for him right now.

Georgia Tech Recruiting 2008

April 24, 2008

If you were coaching a college basketball team and you were only going to sign one player for the year, why not sign a Mickey D’s All American? Sounds like a good plan, and that’s exactly what Paul Hewitt has done in signing Iman Shumpert, a big guard who is probably going to see serious minutes immediately and may become an elite guard in the ACC. The thing is, will Shumpert stick around? Hewitt has suffered the same affliction as Rick Barnes of Texas, in that he loses his top recruits to the pros almost as soon as they arrive, and he doesn’t have a backstock of recruits like Duke or UNC.

It’s like starting over every year.

2008 ACC Basketball Recruiting Annual Report

By the way, I’m putting together a 2008 ACC college basketball recruiting yearbook to wrap up the 2008 class. It will have write ups on each team, the players who they have coming in for the 2008 class, and how I think they might fare in the ACC.

It’s a lot of work to put together, and I am working on getting some professional layout and graphics, but I am not planning on charging for it (even though I am sure I could). If you are interested in getting a copy, sign up for the email update list (over in the nav bar to your right) or you can click this link and sign up. I’m not going to just post this online where people can swipe it, but I am willing to give it out to people who are interested in ACC basketball recruiting. I’ll post more as I get it finalized.

Louisville leads for Doron Lamb

April 23, 2008

Doron Lamb

Doron Lamb (6’4″, SG, 2010) has emerged recently as a big time prospect and it look like, for now, he is leaning toward the Big East. In this interview, he states that Louisville is his leader, and that he apparently is considering Rutgers as well, and that Syracuse and Duke are pursuing him but have not offered:

NB: What colleges do you currently hold an offer from?
DL: I got an offer from Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Louisville, St. John’s, Seton Hall, that’s it.

NB: [Which] schools [would you say] . . . are seriously recruiting you?
DL: Louisville, [that’s] the main one. Louisville and Rutgers, that’s the main ones.

NB: Are there any other ones that have not offered that are also heavily interested?
DL: Syracuse and Duke.

Kenny Boynton

Apparently Kenny Boynton(6’2″, combo guard) was able to really raise his stock over the weekend with his performance at the Real Deal on the Hill, getting rave reviews for his outside shooting and his scoring. Boynton has a reputation as a shooter and scorer who will take any shot, from anywhere, at any time. Duke is still in the mix for Boynton, as is Georgia Tech.

Notes from Pitt Jam

April 22, 2008

Duke commit Mason Plumlee(6’11”, PF, 2009) was in attendance at the Pitt Jam Fest this past weekend, along with ACC target John Wall (6′ 3″, combo G, 2009) and Dominic Cheek (6′ 6″, SG, 2009).

Plumlee is an interesting player, in that he runs the floor well, especially for a big man, but it’s a situation similar to UNC commit John Henson, they are big men that don’t have a lot of post power yet. In other words, they are slender kids, unlike Daniel Orton (6’9″, C, 2009), who already plays like a monster in the middle. However, Plumlee is already a good rebounder and moves well without the ball.