Florida State Recruiting: Okaro White

April 1, 2010

Florida State has three incoming players for the class of 2010, including Okaro White (SF/PF, 6’8″, 2010), who they managed to grab while recruiting against Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami.

Okaro is moving from the post to the wing, where his size will be more of an asset and he can use his outstanding athleticism to a greater degree. In order for that to happen, he’ll need to develop his small forward skills, but he’s already the kind of player who understands the concept of a team game. He rebounds, works to make himself available to passers and finishes above the rim.

Okaro will need to improve his ballhandling, and he will need to develop a consistent mid range and perimeter shot to be effective on the wing.

He’s a work in progress, but he’s got the skill set and size that could make him into an extremely solid ACC player for the Noles.

Okaro White Video (Okaro is #10 in white):


Tobias Harris Q & A

January 3, 2009

Special thanks to C.J. Watson of GrassRootsBallin’ and Premo Hoops recruiting for providing this interview with ACC target Tobias Harris (PF, 6’7″, 2010)

Tobias Harris Q&A
Contibuted By: C.J. Watson
Premo Hoops Recruiting

PHR: What schools have offered you a scholarship?
TH: Arizona, Baylor, UConn, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, Miami, Rutgers, St. John’s, Syracuse, Texas, Virginia, Wake Forest, WVU, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Notre Dame, Providence, USC and Georgetown.

PHR: What schools do you have on your list?
TH: I have a top 11 as of right now but this list could definitely change. Louisville, Marquette, UConn, Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Georgetown, WVU and USC.

PHR: What are some of the deciding factors for you when picking a school?
TH: The coaching staff and academics along with me feeling comfortable with the area.

PHR: Can you talk a little bit about the recent school visits you have taken and things you liked about each one?
TH: I went to Louisville and really liked the program they have and coach Pitino is a great guy. They play in a tough conference so that is a plus also. Maryland, Virginia and Georgetown were all great schools with great coaching staffs and atmosphere as well.

PHR: How was your summer on the AAU circuit?
TH: My summer went well I thought I played well at the events and really impressed many people.

PHR: How was your experience at the RBK All-American camp?
TH: The RBK camp was probably one of my best experiences this summer. I thought I played really well in a camp where everyone is an elite player.

PHR: What parts of your game did you focus on improving the most this summer?
TH: My defense and speed.

PHR: What do you feel are the strengths to your game?
TH: My versatility and shooting along with finding ways to score.

PHR: What do you feel are the weakest parts in your game?
TH: I don’t call out a true weakness; I just call it something to improve on the most which is my defense which I am working on.

PHR: What were some of the deciding factors on you transferring to a new high school?
TH: I wanted to play better competition and to be pushed to the limit.

PHR: What goals have you set for your junior season?
TH: I want to win a state championship.

PHR: Who are the biggest role models in your life?
TH: My father and George Gervin.

PHR: If you’re not playing ball what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
TH: As weird as it sounds I love to sleep it’s like a hobby for me.


Michael Snaer to Announce on ESPNU

November 14, 2008

Despite many reports claiming that Snaer(SG/SF, 6’5″, 2009) might wait until Spring to make his final collegiate decision, the basketball recruiting world apparently won’t have to wait that long after all.

Snaer may announce as early as today (November 14) , and word is that Florida State is in good shape with him. However, only time will tell, and as I’ve said before, Snaer has been meticulous in visiting and assessing each school on his list (which ALL recruits should do).

Snaer has several options and should be a player who gets minutes wherever he goes, and should be a stable presence on any team. Now we’ll just sit back and see what happens, or rather, those of us ACC fans will be sitting back watching the season get going and keep one eye on recruiting.


Derrick Favors to visit NC State

October 12, 2008

Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009), many scouts’ top player in the class of 2009, has long included NC State as a possible destination, even including them in his final list. Now Favors will take an official visit to the Wolfpack’s campus.

Despite stating many times that he would wait for his official decision until the spring, Favors is still removing teams from consideration:

The tentative timetable is for Favors to eliminate one school by the end of this week and another by the end of the following week

This still could come down to Georgia versus Georgia Tech in the spring, but the Pack has a good chance to convince Favors to continue to list them.