October 5, 2008
Matt Vogrich (SG,6’3″,2009), who has offers from Wake Forest and Miami, apparently has a short list of Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford, according to the Illinois Prep Bullseye:
Vogrich, meanwhile, is completing an official visit to Michigan this weekend and will choose soon between them, Notre Dame or Stanford.
Looks like the ACC is on the outside looking in for Vogrich, who admittedly has focused his interest elsewhere.
Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010), who has interest from…well, everybody in the world of basketball recruiting, will be visiting Late Night at Kansas, along with ACC target Dominic Cheek (SG, 6’5″, 2009). Barnes also reportedly has an official visit at Duke lined up.
September 23, 2008
James McAdoo (PF, 6’8″, 2011) is big time, already on the big schools’ radar as a sophomore. UCLA and Florida have made no secret that they want the prolific big man, already extending offers according to Scout.
However, this weekend, McAdoo visited the campuses of UNC and Duke (not a bad idea OR difficult given the mere eight mile distance between the two) and will swing through Wake Forest this weekend. Business as usual for Wake, who by some reports was planning to host Noel Johnson (SF, 6’7″, 2009) and got a commitment from Ari Stewart last weekend. Johnson committed to USC, which had seemed to be where he was leaning. I would speculate that Johnson felt getting playing time at Wake might have been difficult with Al Farouq-Aminu and Ari Stewart, if Farouq-Aminu stays for more than one year. He also considered Georgia Tech, but recent moves led him to conclude that USC was the best fit for him.
At any rate, McAdoo, a player from Norfolk, Virginia, seems to really like Duke and UNC, although he does not have offers from them yet. He was on the Chapel Hill campus as was 2010 UNC commit Kendall Marshall.
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September 22, 2008
With Josh Selby (PG, 6’2″, 2010) committing to Tennessee recently, we are obviously no longer tracking him as an ACC target. Bruce Pearl has gotten a couple of recruits from the 2010 basketball recruiting class recently. Although Pearl has built competitive teams, we’re yet to see that breakthrough of talent in the overall recruiting landscape that Memphis has recently experienced.
Meanwhile, here’s a good read on Duke target Kenny Boynton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009), who is going through his on campus and in-home visits now:
One asset … that most overlook when evaluating Boynton, is that he has physique that is well equipped to handle the rigors of the college ranks, another would be his incredible leaping ability. He can also fill up the stat sheet by contributing with his scoring, defense, and surprisingly his rebounding ability at the guard spot.
Boynton is a very physical player, and it’s true that a lot of high school players are too slender to compete at the college level. Many of them are put on heavy weight programs over the summer before their freshman season, but some players do not put the value into these programs that they should. However, Boynton is already strong enough to play at the college level and should be able to focus almost entirely on his game.
May 9, 2008
I’ve seen a few people comparing Derrick Favors (6’10”, PF) to NBA star Dwight Howard, and I’m not so sure they are wrong. Here’s some more video of pretty much everybody’s #1 player, and one thing I like about him is his attitude. He might be the kind of player who will only do one year in college, but you never know.
I really like Favors’ timing on his blocked shots. There are players who block a lot of shots just because they are tall, but Favors blocks shots with great timing, not just his height.
Favors also doesn’t just get buckets by being big and hanging around the basket, he moves without the ball and is always ready for the pass. Add in some nice post moves to get an open shot and you’ve got a serious baller.