Friday, August 23, 2013
Notebook: Rising PG likes Cardinal
By Dave Telep
This week’s notebook is a sprint. We go coast to coast with the recruitment of Robert Cartwright and show you which prospect has a special affinity for Florida -- the state, not just the school.
Cartwright settles on favorite If July was the month Robert Cartwright went from West Coast wonder to more of a national presence, then August wasn’t too bad either as he made good on a late invite to Chris Paul’s Point Guard Academy.
Robert Cartwright believes Stanford would be a great fit for him.
Cartwright is a former center midfielder from the soccer pitch who now directs traffic on the court. What sets him apart from others is his maniacal approach and chip on his shoulder. He has not been in the ESPN 100 ... yet.
“I’ve always felt like I was a good player, but I thought there were guys that were better than I was. I don’t mind be a guy that’s the underdog with something to prove. I try to prove something every time I’m on the court.”
When it comes to recruiting, Cartwright doesn’t sugarcoat the situation.
“Stanford is the leader. I’m waiting to see if it’s a go or no-go from admissions," Cartwright said. "At this point, if I get the OK from Stanford I’ll probably end up there. I have a great relationship with the coaches and I think it’ll be a great spot for me.”
Chatman sets visits Just like his reputation on the court, things are moving quickly for small forward Kameron Chatman off the court. His first official visit is Sept. 6 to Michigan. Oregon takes a swing at him on Sept. 13 followed by Arizona the weekend of Sept. 20. The Wildcats employ Damon Stoudamire, a family friend from Chatman’s native Portland, which could help.
At the end of the day, how comfortable Chapman feels with the coaching staff will go a long way toward helping him pick the next stop.
Bentil seizing opportunity The film “Dead Poets Society” was shot on the grounds of St. Andrews High School in Middletown, Del. This fall, the school that made “carpe diem” a household phrase will ask its top basketball recruit, Ben Bentil, to seize the day. Vying for the ESPN 100 power forward’s services are Georgetown, Miami, Providence, Temple, St. Joe’s, Xavier and Rutgers.
Things are escalating quickly for Bentil. He visits Miami Sept. 12-15 and then shuffles up to Georgetown Sept. 20-21. Expect another shedding of schools before he sets more official visits.
The Reveal: Goodluck Okonoboh When Goodluck Okonoboh trimmed his list, it was really anyone’s guess which would make the cut. Okonoboh, predictably, is all over the place with his list, spanning five schools and four leagues in at least two time zones.
The survivors: Duke, Florida, Ohio State, Indiana and UNLV.
Larrier and his affinity for the sun Some kids like the cold, the coast or just the girls. Everyone has a reason for where they go to school. To me, it looks like small forward Terry Larrier worships the sun. Florida State, Florida and Miami make up three-fifths of his list. Seton Hall and VCU, which will host him, round out the top five. Expect another quick round of cuts and visits to begin in September.
Kuzma collecting more offers The last thing I did in July was watch Kyle Kuzma, a blossoming forward, one last time in Vegas. The kid grew out of his guard position but kept elements of the guard game, making him an attractive small forward recruit as a scorer, shooter and passer.
Oklahoma State and Iowa State recently made overtures. Tennessee is also in pursuit Utah scored a Sept. 13 visit. Kuzma said he’s working on trips to Tennessee, Iowa State and Oklahoma State for September through early October.
While we can’t be sure what to make of it yet, watch for UCLA as it pursues center Thomas Welsh.
How about Josh Perkins? He’s ready to pop. Word is Sept. 24 for a pick between Gonzaga, UCLA and Minnesota.
Tennessee added power forward C.J. Turman this week. Cuonzo Martin’s got his version of the bash brothers. Phil Cofer and Turman are physical, athletic players. There could be a price to pay for entering the lane in Knoxville. Not the biggest guys but semi-enforcer types.
Elite high school rosters are under construction. Montverde will roll out newbies Ahmad Rorie, Chris Egi and Makinde London. Egi puts another quality big man into the pool of power forward candidates (it needs them) in the 2014 class.
Seven-footer Trayvon Reed made a wise choice picking Maryland. Reed is a major prospect with a minor track record. The tools are there, but the production has been minimal. Mark Turgeon has a history of getting a lot out of his bigs. There will be a plan in place for Reed’s development and a process to take him from prospect to player.