Friday, April 19, 2013
Cleaning out the notebook
By Dave Telep
Chris Paul’s AAU team, CP3, is in Los Angeles this weekend for the Nike EYBL competition. To say Paul is involved with his team doesn’t do his commitment justice. He goes to games, gets involved in the kids’ lives and mentors the players. We need more guys like him in AAU.
Paul invited his team to his home in L.A. and planned on taking the players to an L.A. Clippers practice. But according to Paul, the NBA said no dice and told him there would be consequences if he did this.
CP called on Thursday and wasn’t in a good mood. He was disappointed. His point was that he just wanted to give back and help kids and he had a unique opportunity for them to see an NBA practice and see the commitment level of a playoff team.
A lot of NBA players sponsor AAU teams and couldn’t tell you one guy on the roster. CP is the opposite. He’ll call once or twice during the year and ask how his guys are playing in high school. He’ll also check if he needs to call one of them to either set them straight or offer tips.
We need NBA players committed to the next generation of recruits. CP gets it. Too bad the NBA, and in some cases the NCAA, doesn’t. Simply put, guys like Paul are the type we want recruits to have access to.
Here’s a look at more news and notes from the basketball recruiting world.
Bob gets the boot
Junior small forward Che Bob (Charlotte, N.C./Arlington Country Day) is in a boot after breaking a bone in his foot. He’s a coin flip to play this weekend for Team United in the EYBL.
Kwe Parker is one of the best freshman guards in the country.
Early leans for freshmen
Trinity Academy in Fayetteville, N.C., is home to a pair of excellent freshman guards: Dennis Smith and Kwe Parker. This will be the state’s best backcourt and one of the rising duos in the entire country.
Both will be heavily recruited by in-state powers and national-level programs. Parker is thought to be an NC State fan, with Smith keeping North Carolina on his mind. It’s a long way to the finish line, especially since the process has barely started, but file this nugget away.
Hunter will be chased
Last weekend, I loved junior point guard Hunter Ware (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb Christian) for Team Impact. My hunch is that he’s one of those skinny guards whose body develops late, if it develops at all.
His brother, Dustin, started at the point for Georgia a couple seasons back. Hunter has offers from Gardner Webb, Georgia Southern, Tennessee Tech and Radford. Tennessee, UAB and Missouri have expressed interest. Time will tell, but he’s a mid-major target we should pay attention to.
Theus to South Carolina
The South Carolina Gamecocks slipped into California to steal away a wing player when Reggie Theus Jr. (Los Angeles/Fairfax) committed to South Carolina. “(South Carolina coach Frank Martin) and his assistant saw him play about four times and he played well and showed what he will be,” Reggie Theus Sr. said.
Jaylen Brown’s early suitors
Sophomore small forward Jaylen Brown (Alpharetta, Ga./Wheeler) is one of the young, distinguished kids in the 2015 class. Brown is an athlete and a slashing style wing. Head coaches from Alabama and Georgia Tech have watched him. Georgia, Georgetown, Florida State, Florida and Tennessee are teams to watch for early in the process.
Myles holds three offers
Junior guard Divine Myles (Mobile, Ala./Blount) averaged 15 points and 12 assists per game this season. Seton Hall, Auburn and South Alabama extended pre-spring offers to the accomplished point guard.
Blakeney on the board
Junior shooting guard Antonio Blakeney (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) can rip the basketball. A good student, Blakeney is receiving close attention from Kansas State, Florida and South Florida.
Myles Turner is a fast-rising 2014 big man to keep an eye on.
All eyes on Turner
Myles Turner (Euless, Texas/Trinity) is a 2014 center to look for. The 6-foot-11 prospect broke his ankle last April and missed the summer of 2012. Baylor is on him, Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger and Texas’ Rick Barnes saw him last week and UConn is interested. My first look at him will be in May at the Under Armour event in Dallas, but our staff is all over him. This weekend, he’ll have plenty of eyeballs on him and his game.
Sina swayed by Fred Hill
Seton Hall hiring former Northwestern assistant Fred Hill was key in its successful recruitment of point guard Jaren Sina (Lake Hopatcong, N.J./Gill St. Bernard’s). Hill established a pre-high school relationship with Sina and his father, who is a successful high school coach in New Jersey, when Hill was head coach at Rutgers.
After leaving Rutgers, Hill became an assistant with Northwestern, where Sina signed originally before being granted a release when the Wildcats fired Bill Carmody this spring. It’s no coincidence Sina popped for the Pirates within days of Hill’s hiring.
High school hires
Boise State tapped one of the finest high school coaches in the country for its staff. Danny Henderson, the accomplished Texan who coached Marcus Smart to a state title in high school, is now a Broncos assistant. The man can flat out coach and he’s widely respected within the Texas high school coaching fraternity. He’s going to open a lot of doors for Boise State in Texas.
Bobby Hurley, the new coach at Buffalo, tapped into a familiar familial pipeline when he hired Eric Harrield as an assistant. Harrield coached under Hall of Famer Bob Hurley Sr. at St. Anthony in Jersey City, N.J.
Wave of success
Aside from Andrew Wiggins, the hottest recruit in the country might be Tulane transfer Josh Davis, a native of Raleigh, N.C. Davis averaged 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game for the Green Wave this past season, and at least 10 high-major programs have called this week seeking intel on him. The interest spans coast to coast and from the Pac-12 through the SEC.
Davis is a late-blooming player who spent his freshman year at NC State in 2009-10 before transferring, sitting out a season and playing the past two seasons at Tulane. Because Davis will be a fifth-year senior with one season of eligibility remaining, he won’t have to sit out an additional year and can play right away next season.