Friday, August 9, 2013
Notebook: Potential pair for Providence
By Dave Telep
This week’s Friday recruiting notebook includes a look at a potential ESPN 100 package deal for Providence, handicapping the race for ESPN 100 point guard Kaleb Joseph, the final eight for No. 10 recruit Myles Turner, and plenty more recruiting news and notes.
ESPN 100 PF Abdul-Malik Abu is down to Providence, Florida, NC State and UConn.
Abu, Terrell and Providence?
ESPN 100 power forward Abdul-Malik Abu (Boston/Kimball Union) handled his business this summer. He raised his national profile, extended his touch to midrange and now has four schools vying for his signature. Florida, Providence, NC State and Connecticut are in the mix as finalists.
“I think every year has been a progression, and that’s the best thing to do,” Abu said. “This summer, I made another progression. I’m proud of myself.”
This weekend, Abu will visit Providence unofficially -- again. He and pal Jared Terrell (Weymouth, Mass./Brewster Academy), an ESPN 100 shooting guard, each have Providence among their final four choices. Terrell is down to Providence, Cincinnati, Rhode Island and Oklahoma State.
Abu said they certainly could be Friars together.
“They want us both. Most definitely,” he said. “That’s one of my best friends. I’d love to play with one of my best friends. In the end, we’ll make our own choices, but who’s to say Providence isn’t the best place?”
There isn’t an assistant coach handling Abu’s recruitment and relationship with the Friars. It’s the head honcho, the big cheese, Ed Cooley. “Ed Cooley’s been recruiting me hard for two years himself,” Abu said. “Cooley’s been there for two years on the frontlines and it’s close to home.”
Abu also said he realizes other programs are worried about the Friars in his recruitment because of Cooley. “For some schools, (Cooley’s) like the bogeyman.”
Handicapping the race for Joseph
ESPN 100 point guard Kaleb Joseph (Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy) is down to Syracuse, Providence and West Virginia. Assessing the situation, I’ll take the Orange as the leader. They’ve committed a ton of time toward him, and behind the scenes they have been the team to beat for a while.
Here’s how I’d handicap the percentage likelihood of each of his finalists landing Joseph: Syracuse at 85 percent, Providence at 10 percent and West Virginia at 5 percent.
Turner’s list reveals who’s getting it done
On Wednesday, No. 10 recruit Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) announced a final eight of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
He has a handful of finalists in common with No. 1 point guard Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley) and No. 1 overall prospect Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young). The common schools for all three are Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio State.
There’s probably no chance he’ll go to school with those guys, but the fact that there are common programs among the three is interesting. To be involved with three high-level guys, two of which (Jones and Okafor) could be eliminators for the third (Turner), is something to follow.
Maten had Colorado’s attention
I recall sitting in a gym in Las Vegas on the final day of the July evaluation period. Forwards Kyle Kuzma (Burton, Mich./Rise Academy) and Yante Maten (Bloomfield, Mich./Bloomfield) were matched up.
At the time, Kuzma was a July novelty item. I remember thinking that it was interesting how Colorado sent its entire staff to see his last game. In retrospect, I was wrong. The Buffaloes were there for Maten, a three-star power forward. Tad Boyle and two assistants were deployed to make a statement to Maten, not Kuzma.
ESPN 100 PF Jaylen Johnson plans to visit Louisville and Iowa State.
Johnson knows a few he’ll visit
July was kind to ESPN 100 power forward Jaylen Johnson (Ypsilanti, Mich./Ypsilanti). He traveled with his mom from place to place, his stock soared and his high-level offers multiplied. On Wednesday, he turned 17, making him one of the youngest top 100 players in the country.
Johnson said he would definitely visit Louisville and Iowa State. Syracuse and Michigan State are also in the mix.
“I have to go to a place that can develop me,” Johnson said. “I don’t really want to be a four-year player in college.”
• ESPN 60 shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (Los Angeles/St. John Bosco) said Arizona has been on him the longest. “They’re the most visible,” he said. “Been there since day one.”
• ESPN 60 center Chase Jeter (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) has good genes. His father, Chris, was a member of the UNLV 1990 national title team, and UNLV should be considered the favorite here. Stacey Augmon, a teammate of Jeter’s father at UNLV, is now an assistant with the Rebels.
• ESPN 60 shooting guard Perry Dozier (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) sat out Adidas Nations last weekend. He needs to get his knee checked out to make sure there isn’t damage to the meniscus.
• Pape Diatta, who plays high school ball at The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., starred with Team Africa at Adidas Nations. Diatta averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last year and owns offers from Louisiana Tech, Appalachian State and San Francisco. He spent the summer in Senegal with the national team.
• It’s early in the race for the signature of ESPN 60 center Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) but watch out for UNLV. The big man’s parents are fixtures at his games, and staying home for college would allow that to continue. Ohio State and UCLA, according to insiders, are also early factors, but it’s a long way to the finish line. Fun fact: When Zimmerman was only 4 years old, he was already 4 feet tall!
• ESPN 60 power forward Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis./Rice Lake) owns early offers from Michigan State, Georgetown, Baylor, Purdue, Minnesota, Marquette and Wisconsin.
• Duke is now calling ESPN 100 power forward Reid Travis (Minneapolis/De La Salle). Why not? He’s an AAU teammate of Tyus Jones.
• According to his father, ESPN 100 point guard Riley LaChance (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Central) will visit Gonzaga in September. Creighton, Davidson, Xavier and Vanderbilt are making moves with him as well.
• Rising sophomore guard Quentin Goodin (Campbellsville, Ky./Taylor County) visited West Virginia this week and was offered a scholarship.
• Rising sophomore guard Amir Coffey (Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins) broke his tibia and will miss USA Basketball’s training camp in the fall. He remains a strong contender for the U17 team next spring spring, especially following an outstanding summer run.