Tuesday, June 18, 2013
2015 Northeast recruits flooded with offers
By Adam Finkelstein
This past Saturday was an important date on the recruiting calendar.
On June 15 it became permissible for college coaches to call, text or send private messages via social media to prospects in the Class of 2015. That made it a big day for coaches and players alike, as prospects felt the excitement of their first recruiting calls and coaches looked to make an early impression with some of their top underclassmen targets.
Predictably, it wasn’t long before many of these phone conversations were soon documented on the internet, with Twitter timelines essentially keeping a running log of exactly who was talking to whom. Among the day's biggest news was No. 10 rising junior Cheick Diallo hearing from an ACC power while Jalen Adams had conversations with nearly 10 major programs.
Here’s a look back at some of the more noteworthy tidbits from a busy Saturday in the northeast.
• Towson offered the Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) tandem of Curtis Cobb and Marcel Pettway, while Temple also reached out to both players. Cobb took additional calls from NC State, UConn, Rhode Island, Temple and Marist.
• St. Mary’s (N.Y.) center Jessie Govan, the No. 28 player in the ESPN 60, answered a plethora of calls on Saturday, three of which ended in scholarship offers as Arizona, Miami and Cincinnati all joined the big man’s long list of suitors.
• St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) swingman Chris Clover scored a big offer from Villanova during a Saturday phone conversation to go with another offer from Drexel.
Cheick Diallo can add UNC to the list of schools hoping to bring him aboard.
• Our Savior New America (N.Y.) big man Cheick Diallo was named MVP at the NBPA Top 100 Camp this past weekend. North Carolina reached out to make it clear they intended to make the No. 10 player in the ESPN 60 a priority.
• Philadelphia Electric & Technical guard Samir Doughty, who has had a breakout spring on the AAU circuit, received scholarship offers from Big 5 schools Temple, LaSalle and St. Joseph’s, along with Rhode Island.
• Doughty was one of a handful of prospects to hear from URI on Saturday. In fact, Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) forward Aaron Falzon, Cushing Academy (Mass.) guard Jalen Adams and Haverford School (Pa.) guard Shawn Alston were all reportedly offered by the Rams.
• In addition to his offer from Rhode Island, Adams also fielded calls from Syracuse, West Virginia, Temple, North Carolina State, Illinois, Miami, Minnesota and Butler.
• Falzon heard from a similarly long list in Pittsburgh, Georgia, St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Harvard, Boston College, LaSalle, Towson, Providence, NC State, Wake Forest and Temple. Georgia, Boston College, and Providence have all offered.
• Alston picked up additional Saturday offer from LaSalle. The Explorers and URI join St. Joseph’s and Penn State in having offered the rising junior guard.
• Another Haverford (Pa.) prospect, Sean Lloyd, is also coming off a successful spring and was in communication with Penn State, Old Dominion and St. Joseph’s Saturday.
• Life Center Academy (N.J.) point guard Traci Carter received offers from a pair of high-majors in Pittsburgh and Iowa.
• Boston University didn’t need to pick up the phone to offer Ewing (N.J.) guard Trey Lowe after he starred at their elite camp on Saturday, but Lowe also heard from St. Joseph’s, Seton Hall and Temple before the day was done.
• Markis McDuffie, who plays for legendary high school coach Bob Hurley Sr., at St. Anthony (N.J.), was offered by Hurley’s son, Bob Jr., head coach at Buffalo.