CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The media room at the NBPA Top 100 Camp is a lot like the NFL combine but without the actual traipsing of players on stage. Here prospects are requested, herded into the room for what amounts to a media cattle call.
In the final media session of the day, center Cliff Alexander (Chicago, Ill./Curie) let loose a small nuclear recruiting rocket. Two weeks ago, Alexander named Michigan State as his leader at Pangos Camp. He was asked what his dream school was and responded “Kentucky.” Lexington is now on full alert and bracing for the impact of that statement.
• Wayne Selden (Boston/Tilton) is a newbie to the Class of 2013. We asked the simple question of the top-20 guard. Who is in good shape for a visit? Selden rattled off Florida, Ohio State and UCLA.
• Mike Young (Pittsburgh, Pa./Hudson Catholic) has an awesome visit list. He’s got the local schools and by that I mean the two closest to Pittsburgh, his hometown, with Pitt and West Virginia. St. John’s is a regional program and then he’s got Florida and Miami, what I’d call vacation spot visits.
• One-time Alabama commitment Jaren Sina (Lake Hopatcong, N.J./St. Bernard’s) once had a huge list. Things are a little more manageable these days. Alabama remains, along with Virginia, Seton Hall, Northwestern and Pittsburgh. There may be a few more but we caught Sina in the media room and that can be a chaotic scene.
• Minnesotan Kyle Washington (Champlin, Minn./Hotchkiss School) didn’t want to list schools because forgetting them wouldn’t help anyone involved in the process. Washington’s a smart young man and he’s going to reach an informed decision. Some potential spots, should each offer this summer might be Florida, Baylor, Louisville and Washington. Washington is set to see Louisville and Notre Dame later this month.
• When the final Hamilton signs, there will have been four brothers play Division I basketball. Gary Hamilton played at Miami, Jordan hooped for Texas and Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Isaac Hamilton wait in the wings for their turn. Daniel Hamilton sees value in San Diego State, UTEP, Southern Cal, Long Beach State and Connecticut; his defacto top six.
• Miller Grove has a new point guard. With Tony Parker shuffling off to UCLA having four state titles, coach Sharmin White is set to welcome an Atlanta native back home. Keith Pinkney, a 2014 point, is already hearing from Miami, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Stanford, George Mason and Tennessee.
• Davon Reed (Princeton, N.J./Princeton Day) lists eight schools. Connecticut, Louisville, Memphis, Xavier, Wake Forest, Harvard, Cincinnati and Miami. Academics are important to him. He copped to Louisville, Xavier, Wake Forest, Harvard and Miami as big players for his services.
• Kennedy Meeks (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte) said Indiana is charging real hard and Stanford Robinson (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI) is working him over. Will Meeks, who loves his momma and his aunt, leave the area or region? North Carolina, Georgetown, NC State, Louisville, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Stanford, UCLA and Pittsburgh were schools he rattled off.
• Roddy Peters (Fort Washington, Md./National Christian) is on a high. He’s the guy on the verge of playing his way into situations and scholarships previously thought unattainable. “Most of (the colleges) have only seen me once so they want to come see me again,” Peters said. “I never thought I’d have this opportunity, so it’s a blessing to come out here with the best.”
Peters will visit Virginia Tech on Sunday, Georgetown during the week and may come back to Virginia next weekend. In addition to those, Maryland and Xavier crack the list.