Virginia Basketball Recruiting: James Johnson

April 5, 2010

Virginia added some interior size when they landed James Johnson (C, 6’8″, 2010) a mobile post player with shooting range. Johnson is a pure post player who will need to develop a bit more into a banger in order to play the lane in the ACC, bit his ability to move his feet, spin and get off shots is going to make him tough for ACC big men to defend.

Johnson is a pure post player, although at his size he would be considered undersized for the pro game, he will be a solid collegiate paint player and should see some court time in his first season, especially with the offense he can add. He can play facing the basket but may need to develop his post up game when he’s faced with players his own size.

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Steve Goins officially joins Maryland basketball

September 26, 2008

Good news for Terp fans, Steve Goins (C, 6’10”, 2009) has been deemed eligible to play by the NCAA clearing house.

ACC Basketball Targets

Two players we added over the summer as ACC targets and should have mentioned before now: Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010), with an offer from Duke in hand, and DeMatha’s Victor Oladipo (SF), who has an offer from Maryland, Virginia, Clemson and Virginia Tech, among others. No word yet on who might have the inside track.


Doron Lamb to Oak Hill; Zanna an ACC target

July 20, 2008

It seems pretty clear at this point that Doron Lamb (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2010) will play the 2008-2009 basketball season for Oak Hill Academy, and Alex has a bit of info that backs that up. Lamb is one of the top guards in the Class of 2010 and will probably get a lot more ink before he makes his decision.

Josh Selby, Talib Zanna
Meanwhile, another top guard from the class of 2010, Josh Selby (PG/SG, 6’2″), had the odd misfortune of playing basketball really well at the wrong time. Selby poured in 25 for DeMatha in a game after the NCAA open evaluation period, doing scoring battle with Rashad Whack (SG, 6’2″, 2009) and Talib Zanna (C, 6’9″, 2009). Clemson and Virginia Tech are in the mix for Zanna, who is somewhat under the radar but can score the ball. We are adding Zanna to the ACC Targets list.

And now, finally, some good news for Maryland fans

Jeff Ermann of TurtleSportsReport.com is reporting that Will Regan (C, 6’8″ , 2010), not only has an offer from Maryland, he has the Terps at the top of his list, and may be a package deal with Terp target Taran Buie (PG, 6’0″, 2010):

Regan’s teammate on the Albany AAU squad is touted 2010 combo guard Taran Buie, who is also one of the Terps’ top prospects in the class. According to Regan, when he informed Buie about his Maryland offer, Buie told him, “Just say the word and we’ll play together.”

I wouldn’t put that down as a lock, but it is encouraging after the off season that Maryland fans have gone through. Regan also has an offer from Virginia Tech.


Wolfpack recruiting; More on Emmanuel Negedu

May 22, 2008

Wolfpack target Thomas Robinson

Special thanks to The Sports Idiot, who covers all things Pack, for the news that NC State is recruiting Thomas Robinson (6’7″, PF, 2009), out of Riverdale Baptist in Maryland and playing AAU ball for the Squash All Beefs. Robinson just arrived on the national recruiting scene and an offer from NC State is not known at this time, but he does have offers from Georgia and George Washington.

There are several ACC schools who are interested in Robinson in addition to the Pack, including Boston College, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

More on Emmanuel Negedu

When Emmanuel Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008 ) pulled out of his commitment to Arizona and opened it up for four new schools (including Georgia Tech), immediately Indiana and Tennessee seemed likely possibilities. Indiana has already shown interest, as has Memphis (who sees him as a replacement for Dorsey), so the Yellow Jackets will have to work hard to make their case.

Kenny Boynton Dribbling Drillmaster

Okay, so I asked my analyst buddy why he thinks Kenny Boynton will play PG in college, and he told me that Kenny can shoot like a scoring guard but his size and ballhandling would make him more effective at the point, like Jay Williams was at Duke. Then he sent me this video link to show that Boynton really can handle the ball:

So, basically, if Boynton goes to a college where he will play point, he could be devastating. Duke is pushing for Kenny hard, and it seems like the big stage in Durham would be attractive to a player of his caliber, but Miami is close to home and could offer Boynton the opportunity to run the show like Derrick Rose did for Memphis. Right now, with John Wall becoming the top PG but seemingly headed out of the ACC, Boynton is a very hot ACC prospect.