Friday, April 26, 2013
Northeast recruiting news and notes
By Adam Finkelstein
This is annually a busy time of year as some schools are still putting the finishing touches on their incoming classes while others are getting a jumpstart on next year’s haul during the spring live period.
Here’s a look at some of the recent news, including a pair of big-name programs visiting an ESPN 60 recruit, making headlines in the Northeast region:
Minnesota and St. John's have both visited guard Isaiah Whitehead this spring.
Lincoln (N.Y.) guard Isaiah Whitehead was one of the top prospects at the Pittsburgh Jam fest last weekend. He had more visitors this week as St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin and Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino both made their way to Brooklyn to see the ESPN 60 prospect.
Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) guard Matt Farrell has been a popular name among low to mid-major programs. He’s picked up offers from Vermont, Monmouth and Buffalo, among others.
Vermont head coach John Becker was at Brimmer & May (Mass.) earlier this week to check out 2014 guard Sammy Mojica.
Jackson Memorial (N.J.) big man Eric Carter saw his recruitment take a noticeable jump up after a solid showing at Session I of the Nike EYBL. Drexel, Delaware, Fairfield and Florida Atlantic have all reportedly offered.
Drexel also became the first school to offer Trenton Catholic (N.J.) 2015 forward Tyler Kohl a scholarship. Kohl helped lead his We-R-1 U16 squad to a championship at last weekend’s Pittsburgh Jam Fest.
Kohl’s We-R-1 teammate Derrick Jones, from Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), was one of the biggest stock risers in Pittsburgh last weekend and has picked up additional offers from Cincinnati and Syracuse since the weekend came to a conclusion.
Westtown (Pa.) swingman Jared Nickens led his Sports U squad to the U17 championship at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest and his recruitment has taken off since with new offers from Creighton, Dayton, Miami, Rutgers and Wake Forest. Oregon State, Providence, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, Temple, UMass and VCU had already offered. Nickens hosted Dayton for an in-home visit earlier this week and is scheduled to take an official visit to Oregon State next weekend.
Nickens’ teammate with Sports U, St. Anthony (N.J.) point guard Tarin Smith, also picked up some new offers as Holy Cross and Old Dominion both came calling along with some additional interest from UMass.
The Wings Academy (N.Y.) 2015 tandem of Desure Buie and Mohamed Touray both landed offers from Seton Hall on Thursday after taking an unofficial visit to their campus. Buie had landed his first Division I offer only days earlier from Fordham.
Cushing Academy (Mass.) 2014 PG Kaleb Joseph had Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and Marquette head coach Buzz Williams on campus to see him earlier this week.
Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) big man Goodluck Okonoboh also hosted Marquette’s Williams and Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson. Both schools have offered the shot-blocking sensation.
New Hampton (N.H.) swingman Anthony Pate picked up an offer from UNC-Greensboro last week after a solid showing at session I of the EYBL with his CIA Bounce squad.
Here’s a look at some of the commitments from the last seven days:
Shane Rector to Missouri: The former Rutgers pledge is a good fit for Missouri’s uptempo game because he gets anywhere he wants off the dribble and is especially good in the open floor.
Nigel Johnson to Kansas State: Previously committed to George Washington, Johnson fills a big need for Kansas State at the point guard position, especially with news of Angel Rodriguez’ transfer.
Josh Hearlihy to Tulane: Was committed to Utah in 2012 and will give Tulane a lot of versatility as a left-handed point forward type.
Denzel Taylor back to Old Dominion: He had re-opened his recruitment after initially committing to ODU under the previous staff, but hanging on to him is a big win for new head coach Jeff Jones.
Darryl Reynolds to Villanova: Reynolds is from just outside the Philadelphia area and wanted to play at the high-major level in the worst way. Villanova needed size desperately and so this was a good fit at this late date for both sides.
Joel Hernandez and Iverson Fleming to LIU: Great week for Jack Perri and his staff. Hernandez is a pure scorer who is capable of putting points on the board right away, while Fleming is a versatile combo-guard who was previously committed to Hofstra.
Nolan Long to Wagner: He’ll give Wagner some frontcourt depth with good size, a physical interior defender and skilled offensive player who is capable of stepping away from the basket.