September 16, 2008
The Hurricanes gotten good news from Garrius Adams (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2009), a player who held several ACC offers, including Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and NC State. However, Miami wasn’t battling any ACC teams at the end for Adams, it was down to the Hurricanes and the South Carolina Gamecocks, with Miami getting the solid prospect.
Adams plays his high school ball in Apex, NC and is a solid perimeter shooter when he can get his looks. I expect him to be effective at the SF spot, but if he can improve on his guard skills, he could conceivably play SG at the college level. Miami likes quick slashing guards, so only time will tell if Adams will see much time at the guard spot.
September 10, 2008
The Duke Blue Devils were glad when they successfully recruited Mason Plumlee (PF/C, 6’11”, 2009), who was playing prep basketball in Arden, NC. However, they were able to also secure his older brother Miles after the elder Plumlee decided not to attend his original commitment at Stanford.
The story of how the move to NC helped the Blue Devils land the brothers is in this article by the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette:
“We have to pinch ourselves every now and then,” the boys’ father, Perky Plumlee, said Thursday. “They both had to work hard, and they have had to overcome some things. It makes us feel proud and blessed.”
I can’t help but wonder if Perky is Mr. Plumlee’s real name or a nickname. Can someone in the Duke fold let me know?
June 30, 2008
Dexter Strickland(SG, 6’3″, 2009), who has committed to UNC, has a pulled hamstring and sat out the Steve Nash skills camp.
Kansas has gotten interested in Dante Taylor (PF, 6’8″, 2009), a Maryland target. Maryland has already offered.
Noel Johnson (SG/SF,6’6″,2009), a player who has an offer from North Carolina, attended the Vince Carter Skills Academy last week. Johnson seems to be leaning toward Louisville.
June 7, 2008
Rivals.com has an interview with John Henson (6’10”, SF/PF, 2009), who has already committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels. In this interview Henson talks about his recent meteoric rise in the national rankings and being compared to former UNC one and done phenom Brandon Wright:
“I think it’s great to be compared to a guy like him, and I believe my game is similar in many aspects but it also differs because I like to play
outsidea lot more than Wright. That’s definitely the main thing that I do more so than him, playing more on the perimeter.”
Comparisons between Wright and Henson are only accurate in that both are slender post players coming in highly touted. Wright was a phenomenal inside scorer, while Henson has the handle and agility to play the small forward. Henson can shoot from deep and slash like a guard.
I still think Henson is going to play the SF spot in the pros and probably will at UNC.
June 5, 2008
Scout.com is reporting that Michael Snaer (6’4″, SG/SF, 2009) has several schools on his current list, including Stanford, Marquette, Florida State, Missouri, UNLV, USC, UCLA,Washington, Kansas, Arizona and Cal.
Snaer, a west coast kid, reportedly has offers from ACC schools Miami and Florida State.
Emmanuel Negedu’s visit to Indiana
Doug Wilson and Chris Korman have a fantastic update on Emmanuel Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008 ) and his visit to Indiana:
So the Indiana visit, I’ve been told, is much more of a fact-finding visit for Negedu. You’ve heard kids talk about the “feeling” they get about a school, and that’s what so many of them are hoping to find when they step on campus. So coaches do whatever they can to create the feeling: they show off the banners, they drive through the campus on golf carts, they hang a jersey with the prospect’s number in the middle stall of the locker room.
More Bad News for Maryland Terrapins
Recently Gary Williams lost troubled recruit Tyree Evans, and now it appears he’s losing another. Gus Glichrist (6’9″, PF, 2008 ) has asked for a release from his LOI with the Terps.
June 3, 2008
Recently it was reported that Derrick Favors (6’10”, PF, 2009) has a list of fifteen schools. The Fayetteville Observer reports that Favors probably won’t decide until April 2009, and that his current list includes ACC schools Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and Miami.
J.T. Terrell, John Wall at the Pangos
CSTV discusses the play of several ACC recruits at the Pangos All-American, including J.T. Terrell (6’3″, SG, 2010) who has a Wake Forest offer:
J.T. Terrell 6-foot-4 SG (2010) Burlington Cummings (N.C.) – This solid shooting wing guard can score from three or take it to the rim and finish with thunderous dunks. He is a long and rangy defender and rebounder who does little things to help squad win.
John Wall, who has solidified his status as the highlight PG to follow up Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings:
John Wall 6-foot-4 PG Raleigh Word of God (N.C.) – He has dominated everyone he’s faced off the dribble with his explosive quickness. He has left them shoeless with his crossover and spin move and confuses opponents when he sets it up with solid jumper from beyond the arc.
June 1, 2008
It’s been thought for some time that Lance Stephenson [6’5″, SG, 2009] was no longer considering the Tar Heels, and now it’s been confirmed. His list is down to UCLA, USC and Kansas.
Kenny Boynton photos
Blue Devil Nation has some new photos of PG target Kenny Boynton [6’2″, PG, 2009].
Brandon Knight ACC interest
Brandon Knight [6’3″, PG, 2010] now has interest from Duke, Clemson and Miami.
J.T. Terrell ACC interest
J.T. Terrell [6’3″, SG, 2010] has offers from Wake Forest, Miami and Virginia.
Pangos All-American Camp
Meanwhile, several top players are in California for the Pangos All-American Camp.
May 30, 2008
Derrick Favors has said repeatedly that he currently has no leader and that he has not started to narrow his prospective list yet. In addition to that, he’s reportedly started looking at schools outside the SEC and ACC. Still, in a recent article by Rivals, it seems that the popular opinion right now is that Favors is still leaning towards staying in the state of Georgia.
However, the current opinion also holds is that if Favors had a list, it would be Georgia, Georgia Tech and NC State. Favors states that he may begin to focus more on where he wants to go in June.
May 29, 2008
I haven’t mentioned Michael Snaer ( 6’4″, SG, 2009 ), even though he reportedly has an offer from the Miami Hurricanes, simply because he hasn’t seemed to be leaning toward the U. But that doesn’t mean the Hurricanes aren’t recruiting him. Snaer is a nice guard with good size and often uses it to get to the rim. Although I don’t think overproduced highlight reels are much value in evaluating a player, here are some of his nice moves:
Snaer currently says he has no favorite, but he’s a west coast kid so of course the schools in his region are pressing him.
Mason Plumlee got a lot of exposure this past weekend all over the state of North Carolina for three reasons:
1. He plays high school basketball in North Carolina
2. He signed to play for Duke
3. He was playing in Camaron Indoor Stadium this weekend.
So, naturally, he has become one of the more talked about players with stories like this one.
One of the knocks on Plumlee is his strength, which he acknowledges:
“Playing post defense, I know that’s going to be expected no matter where I go, but especially at Duke,” Plumlee said. “All the other stuff will come. I just need to get in the weight room and get stronger.”
Nike Memorial Day Classic Recap
Grassroots has a recap on the Nike Memorial Day Classic, including players of interest to the ACC such as Doron Lamb and Kendall Marshall.
May 21, 2008
The 2008 recruiting period is not over, and yesterday UNC signed Justin Watt (SG, 6’5″) out of Durham (reported by Scout.com). Watt is a four-year player who will probably help shore up the deficit left by Wayne Ellington.
Watts is listed as a forward by most sites, but his ballhandling is strong and he can slash to the basket. I would assume that would make him more of a Marcus Ginyard type player than an Ellington player, but I have not seen enough of him to really make that assessment. Time to tap my buddy’s player database again, I think.