ACC Recruiting: Round Up, March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010

Lorenzo Brown (PG/SG, 6’4″ , 2010), one of the two solid guards coming in for the Wolfpack, continues to communicate with current players as they made a small run in the NIT. Brown was encouraging his future teammates with text messages, a sure sign that he’s already mentally on the roster.

Video of Lorenzo Brown:

Tyler Adams (C, 6’8″, 2010) now has an offer from the Duke Blue Devils. He was already being recruited by Clemson, Alabama and Memphis, but with Duke in the picture, he now says Duke is his leader.

C.J. Leslie (SF, 6’9″, 2010), down to the NC State Wolfpack and the Kentucky Wildcats, has a nice write up on HoopDoctors, although there’s no new information regarding his recruitment.

Austin River
(PG/SG, 6’4″, 2010) is still considering Duke as well, even though he says he’s committed to the Florida Gators.

Papa Samba Ndao
(SF, 6’8″, 2010), a commitment for the Boston College Eagles, not only has the best name for a 2010 recruit but also adds size for the Eagles on the wing. Look for Ndao to help shore up BC’s graduation losses.


Georgia Tech vs. NC State Recruiting

January 30, 2009

The state of Georgia has been and continues to be a primary source of basketball recruits for the ACC, and not just because of Georgia Tech. NC State and Yellow Jacket fans are already closely watching the ongoing game battles between Mfon Udofia (PG, 6’1″, 2009), who is committed to Georgia Tech, and Lorenzo Brown (SG, 6’4″, 2009), a NCSU commit:

I don’t know if Udofia starts right away at the point for Georgia Tech but I think he should. I agree with your comment about him at the point and Shumpert at the two. The Tech coaches tell me that won’t happen right away. One of the biggest issues with the Yellow Jackets is a collective lack of toughness on the team. The team needs a leader in the clubhouse and they need someone to push them to new heights. Udofia clearly does bring that element to the table.

As far as Udofia as the number two player in the state…he is right now. After his performance against Centennial and Lorenzo Brown, it is hard to argue against that. All of that being said, I think Brown has a higher upside, albeit not by much. If Brown can continue to fine tune his point guard skills, he is a better professional prospect. Udofiia’s work ethic and competitiveness will be hard to argue against. He reminds me of former Virginia star Sean Singletary in that regard.

This should develop into a nice ongoing conversation as these guys hit conference play.


ACC Basketball Recruiting Rundown, Dec 14

December 14, 2008

I’ve got a ton of information for you to wade through today, so let’s just get into it:

First, even though Dominic Cheek (SG, 6’5″, 2009) eliminated all the ACC schools from his list some time ago, he’s committed to Villanova…it would have been nice to see such a deep sharpshooter in the ACC.

Doron Lamb (SG, 6’4″, 2010) scored 27 points in a victory over Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago. Young’s leading scorer was Ahmad Starks (PG, 5’8″, 2010), who has already given a verbal to Oregon State. Lamont Jones (PG/SG, 6’0″, 2009) was the leading scorer for Oak Hill with 28 points and already has committed to Virginia Tech.

Justin Young has some notes on NC State commit Lorenzo Brown (SG, 6’4″, 2009):

…what a great player Lorenzo Brown is. The question mark surrounding the future N.C. State has always been his ability to take over in the home stretch.

TBO Sports has a write up on John Henson (SF, 6’10” , 2009), the UNC commit who will be an impact player for the Heels:

John Henson was just a regular high school student once. He was an above-average small forward entering high school, but between his sophomore and junior years at Round Rock High in Texas, Henson grew 6 inches.

Henson is also mentioned in this article, which talks about how when college coaches and scouts start watching a player, so do the NCAA investigators:

With stakes that high, the NCAA, which governs college sports, is increasingly wary of what colleges sometimes do to get those difference-making athletes. Getting the star might mean first taking care of his friend, family members, or those in the inner circle who simply have their hands out.

I run into these ‘handlers’ all the time when I scout teams. Sometimes they’re just guys who are really trying to help players, but often they are looking for a payout.

In the same article, we see whatever-happened-to Gus Gilchrist, who Maryland fans thought would be helping out in the paint at Maryland. Maybe Maryland wasn’t interested in ‘creating jobs’ for pals?

Today, for instance, 6-foot-10 center Gus Gilchrist will make his debut for the University of South Florida. He is a potential franchise player for the Bulls, who have mostly been overmatched in basketball since joining the Big East Conference. Shortly after Gilchrist entered USF’s program last summer, the Bulls created a job as a video and conditioning assistant for one of his closest friends.

This is, of course, why the number on point guard in the 2009 class, John Wall (PG, 6’4″, 2009) is already being watched, and why rumors abound.


Lorenzo Brown finally commits to Wolfpack

July 27, 2008

Lorenzo Brown (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2009) finally made it official and chose the Wolfpack. A great commit for Sidney Lowe, who had been leaning to the Pack for a while.

Brown is a ‘real’ combo guard; meaning, not really a pure PG and not really a pure SG. A lot of times, players will try to play a ‘smaller’ position, such as a SG playing point, but those combo guards are really players slightly out of position. Brown is really a combo guard, who has some PG skills, such as passing and court vision, and he can slash and shoot like a SG.


Lorenzo Brown, Wolfpack bound?

June 16, 2008

Trying to read the tea leaves in recruiting is about as accurate as trying to guess which Hollywood star is going to enter the Betty Ford center in two years. But I thought I’d take a moment to point out that Lorenzo Brown (6’4″, PG, 2009) has visited the state of North Carolina three times in the past month; once for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions (which was unscheduled AND he had to tag along with another AAU team), the Chris Paul skills camp in Winston-Salem and now the NC State elite camp. I know Wolfpackers are really hoping Sidney Lowe can close the deal on Brown, and he certainly seems to like things in North Carolina, or at the very least is doing a very good job of learning as much as he can about the area and NC State.

Even though Brown is a top player who will see significant minutes and has gotten offers from schools like Florida and Memphis, the ACC hasn’t really poured out offers for Brown. I have not read of a single ACC school with a confirmed offer except the Pack. So it stands to reason that Brown’s visits to NC are related to the Wolfpack offer.

Brown certainly fits the profile of recent Lowe recruits, versatile decision makers with a strong mid range game. It was pretty obvious last season that the Wolfpack had issues with poise and running the offense, and their best floor general was a big man. Lowe’s recruits in 2008 should help, and if he secures Brown it will further the cause.


ACC Basketball Recruiting Roundup, 5/24/2008

May 24, 2008

Mason Plumlee excites Cameron

Future Duke big man Mason Plumlee (6’11”, PF, 2009) enticed fans at Cameron Indoor on Friday with a 14 point outing during his debut on Coach K Court.

Lorenzo Brown and NC State

Lorenzo Brown (6’5″, G, 2009) is an excellent guard and I’ve mentioned before that he seems to be leaning toward NC State, and a lot of Pack fans would like to see him commit while he’s playing in Raliegh this weekend.

Kenny Boynton scores 33

Duke and Miami target Kenny Boynton (6’2″, G) is one of the best guards in the class of 2009 and he put up 33 points in his TOC opener.


Henry drops UNC from list; Wall new #1

May 17, 2008

John Wall now #1

Rival.com has updated their 2009 rankings and now has NC State target John Wall (6’3″, PG) as their #1 overall player.

Xavier Henry drops UNC

In a move that surprises no one, Xavier Henry (6’6″, SG), has dropped UNC from his list of considered schools. UNC has focused for a while on Nolan Dennis (6’5″, SG), and they already have Dexter Strickland(6’3″, PG\SG), so it’s probably more an attempt to load up at positions. The other thing I notice about the SG recruiting is that it seems like the top three for every one of these players is UNC, Kansas and Memphis.

Lorenzo Brown

One name I’ve not yet mentioned is Lorenzo Brown (6’5″, SG), a guy who seems to be leaning toward NC State. I’m going to have more on Brown in the near future.