Over the weekend, two programs landed junior targets. Georgia went for a possible Brandon Jennings clone while Penn State dipped into Philadelphia for its latest wing.
Georgia coach Mark Fox and his staff did their homework and after a couple of up-close evaluations, the Dawgs moved on point guard J.J. Frazier (Ludowici, Ga./Faith Baptist), who was also drawing interest from Virginia, Clemson, George Mason, Murray State and Jacksonville.
“He’s a little guy, he’s really about 5-9 but quick as lightning,” Frazier’s AAU coach, Jessie Fleming, said. “What separates him as a point guard is that he really can shoot the ball.”
After watching a few YouTube clips he does look a little like Jennings in that he’s a lefty who can stop and drill the midrange jumper. He’s an exciting player and we’ll see how he holds up through the summer.
Up in State College, Pat Chambers went for athleticism with his latest recruit. Small forward Brandon Austin (Philadelphia/Imhotep Charter) is a raw athlete with a lot of upside.
Austin has a classic body of an athletic wing and if he can fine-tune his game in terms of understanding and taking his basketball feel up a notch, he’ll be a dangerous player.