Friday, April 19, 2013
Northeast recruiting news and notes
By Adam Finkelstein
It’s been a busy couple of weeks since we last updated the Northeast region recruiting news and notes. In that time, 2013 prospects Jaren Sina (Seton Hall), Daquein McNeil (Minnesota), Jamel Artis (Pittsburgh), Devin Wilson (Virginia Tech), Rashad Andrews (Southern), Aaron Parks (Cal St. Northridge) and Iverson Fleming (LIU) all came off the board during a heavy recruiting period in the region.
We also appear to be inching closer to a decision from Christ the King (N.Y.) guard Jon Severe, who recently backed off his May 22nd decision date while, apparently trimming his list to Fordham, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Two recently decommitted prospects are now seeing their recruitment significantly pick up steam. South Kent (Conn.) senior Shane Rector, who was previously committed to Rutgers, visited Missouri recently, while one-time George Washington pledge Nigel Johnson (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist), picked up an offer from Kansas State.
Here’s a look at the other recruiting activity going on in the Northeast:
Former George Washington commit Shane Rector recently visited Missouri.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean visited Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Mass.) last week and offered ESPN 60 big man Goodluck Okonoboh a scholarship. The Hoosiers join UConn, Gonzaga, Marquette, Minnesota, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall and Syracuse in the mix for the talented post.
While Crean was visiting Okonoboh, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was at Cushing Academy (Mass.) to watch Kaleb Joseph and Jalen Adams. Joseph picked up a recent offer from UConn, adding the Huskies to a list that includes Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Seton Hall and Tennessee.
Fordham picked up a commitment from Dobbs Ferry (N.Y.) junior Eric Paschal last week. Paschal is a potential high-major talent who is young for his grade and has as good of an upside as any player head coach Tom Pecora has landed since arriving in the Bronx.
Yale also landed a big commitment in the Class of 2014 from Makai Mason, a playmaking lead guard from the Hotchkiss School (Conn.). Mason is another prospect who has attracted interest from high-major schools in recent years and should make an immediate contribution in the Ivy League.
Boston College extended scholarship offers to Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) 2015 big man Josh Sharma and St. Mark’s (Mass.) sophomore forward Aaron Falzon last week. Both players also hold offers from Providence while Sharma has an additional offer from Kansas State.
Westtown (Penn.) 2014 swingman Jared Nickens recently hosted Oregon State for an in-home visit. Nickens picked up an additional offer from UMass last year before reclassifying into the Class of 2013.
Gonzaga offered Tabor Academy (Mass.) 2015 power forward Jarred Reuter. On the court, the undeclared big went down with a sprained ankle recently and is expected to miss the entire April evaluation period.
Potomac (Md.) swingman Dion Wiley added an offer from Florida. The ESPN 60 prospect holds additional offers from Cincinnati, Georgetown, Maryland, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and several others.