Signing Day Commences; Harrison Barnes to Announce Friday

November 10, 2009

So as Signing Day blasts out all kinds of activity, including the news that Lorenzo Brown (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2010) and Ryan Harrow (PG, 5’11”, 2010) will finally sign with NC State, Paul Hewitt and Georgia Tech got Jason Morris (SF, 6’4″, 2010), the big prize is still out there on the board: Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010).

Harrison has stated that he will announce this Friday, and the only thing that seems clear is no one really knows where he is going. Stay tuned.


Meet Justin Parham, serious shooter, interested in the ACC

July 6, 2008

I dropped by the Substance, Style, Swagger Showcase this weekend in Winston-Salem. I was not able to watch all of the games but I did get to meet and watch several excellent players. I’m going to be writing more about these players over the next few days, including:

Krishawn Noble (SF, 6’5″, 2010)
Kameka “Chip” Walls (SG/SF, 6’4″, 2009)
Allen Hauser (SF/PF, 6’3″, 2010)
Cory Gantt (PG/SG, 6’1″, 2009)
Calvin Gamble (PG, 5’9″, 2009)
Camaron Scales (SF/PF, 6’3″, 2010)

Plus a few others, and all of these guys can play, but first I wanted to talk about Justin Parham (PG/SG, 5’9″, 2009), a player who lacks size but plays strong with the ball and can flat out shoot from deep. Justin is not just a spot up jump shooter; he can also pull up in transition or under pressure. Quite frankly, I witnessed at least twice where the defender fouled him during his release and he still sank the shot. Make no mistake about it; his calling card is his long range shooting.

However, while some shooters are content to simply drift outside the arc and wait for the ball, Justin is an active guard. His ability to drive and dish makes him more than a one-dimensional three point specialist. He is not prone to ill-advised shots and will pass off for a better look to a teammate.

Justin’s shot is strong and his form is very good. He can handle the ball well in traffic, and attacks the basket effectively, causing problems for the defense. I would compare his style at this point somewhat to Tyrese Rice, although Justin sees himself as a two guard, he knows he needs to be able to play the point. Like Rice, he is a shooter who will likely have to play a lot of point due to his size. Justin is obviously very serious about his game and it is apparent he has put a lot of work in. He looks like a very coachable player, and displays good awareness and poise on the court. In speaking with him, he seems like a very mature person with a good attitude and realistic expectations. In other words, the kind of player coaches need.

Justin has interest from several schools, most notably Georgia Tech and Boston College, and given the chance, he’d like to play in the ACC. He has an offer from High Point University but is still wide open at the moment. He has garnered interest from Western Carolina, UNC Greensboro and Fayetteville State as well.

I’ll be following Justin’s game and getting his thoughts as he progresses through his senior season, playing for Winston-Salem Prep.


Lakeem Jackson: headed to South Carolina?

July 3, 2008

Lakeem Jackson (SF, 6’5″, 2009), a Charlotte player who has offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson and South Carolina, appears to be leaning toward the Gamecocks and the SEC.

“I know South Carolina’s No. 1 on his list right now,” said Rico Jackson, the player’s oldest brother and mentor. “I think he’ll go ahead and make his decision, if not within the next week, probably when the summer’s out, on his way back to school.”

Here’s a short clip from December showing off Jackon’s high rising dunking ability:


Mfon Udofia tears it up at the NBPA Top 100

June 22, 2008

Virgina and Georgia Tech target Mfon Udofia (PG, 6’2″, 2009) has apprarently been setting the world on fire at the NBPA Camp this week:

Rising high school senior Mfon Udofia, one of Virginia’s top guard targets for the class of 2009, looked like an Energizer Bunny — one who had just downed about 10 cups of coffee.

Virginia is tying to use this week’s camp in Charlottesville to gain favor with the highly rated point guard, who is thought to be favoring Georgia Tech. Udofia goes on to mention that he likes the idea that people compare him to Rajon Rondo. Mfon is also considering Wake Forest and Miami.


Brian Oliver picks Georgia Tech

June 19, 2008

Brian Oliver
image courtesy Rivals.com

Another player who I should have written about before. Brian Oliver (6’6″,SF,2009) has picked the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as his college team. Oliver currently plays for Oak Hill Academy and also had offers from Cincinnati, Miami and Virgina Tech.


Lute Olsen on Negedu: ‘Lack of coachability’

June 13, 2008


image courtesy Brewster Academy

Lute Olsen has really let loose on Emmanuel Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008 ), the biggest available player who’s visting Indiana, Memphis, Tennesee and Georgia Tech this week.

Lute has offered some statements that most coaches of his stature would never say about Negedu and why he was perfectly fine with giving the highly ranked prospect his LOI:

“It was not hard. There were some things that came out about his coachability – or his lack of coachability. It was a very easy release,” Olson said.
Negedu, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, asked out after meeting with Olson last month.

Arizona granted his release a couple of days later, allowing Negedu, rated the nation’s 40th-best player by Rivals.com, to play for another school in the 2008-09 season.
“I wanted him to have to sweat a little bit to understand that you make a commitment, you should be a person of your word. But in the end, there was no way in the world I would have had him here,” Olson said.

“Just some things had come out from all-star situations and such. The word was, you better hope you don’t have to deal with them.”

Negedu was interviewed by WREG-TV in Memphis in the airport and he was a lot more politically correct than Coach Olsen. He is careful not to tip his hand, but he says that he likes to bang in the paint and play an up tempo game. He also says he will likely make a decision sometime next week.

However, on a side note, Olsen addresses the rumor that Brandon Jennings, our #1 ranked player for 2008, had not qualified:

“He’s been admitted here. If there were anything, it would be from a test standpoint, but everything else is fine.”

C.J. Harris gets an offer from Wake Forest

C.J. Harris (6’2″, SG, 2009) has gotten an offer from hometown Wake Forest, according to Rivals.com. Harris is a good, solid player who plays a lot of PG during his AAU stints with the CP3 All-Stars.


Emmanuel Negedu to visit Indiana Today

June 4, 2008

Emmanuel Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008 ), the power forward being recruited by four schools which include Georgia Tech, is scheduled to take his official visit to the Hoosiers today.