Friday, August 29, 2008

News and Notes 8/29/08 4:16 PM

-Steven Haney, won the poll for being the best young player in Michigan, which was voted on by the fans. Haney is a 6'4 Wing, who can stroke the 3-ball as good as anyone in his class. Haney, who is from the Lansing area, is loaded with potential, and high major D1s have already started paying attention.

-It looks as if the leader for 6'5 2009 Wing Roger Franklin from Duncanville, TX/High is UCLA. Expect Franklin to take visits to UCLA, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Arizona, and Michigan St. But people are saying, if the Bruins push hard for Franklin, he is theirs. Franklin is a top 75-100 player in the 2009 class. He has a work-horse inside-outside game, and maybe even more effective in the inside, as that is the position he played all his life, until moving out a little more on the wing this year.

-Givon Crump, a 6'7 2009 CF from Wolfeboro, NH/Brewster Academy will take visits to Michigan, Oregon State, and Rutgers. The word is his current favorite is Oregon State. Crump is a very good out-side shooter, and could make a few time transition to the wing, with added speed and quickness; right now he is a defensive liability on the wing. He is among the Top 30 forwards nationally in the 2009 class.

-Markus Kennedy, a 6'9 2010 C from Elizabeth, NJ/St. Patrick's recruiting stock is steadily rising. Although I have him in my top 100 players nationally, he still is a sleeper to some. Expect that to change as he will be playing at St. Patrick's this year with top players like North Carolina commit, 6'3 2009 SG Dexter Strickland, 6'7 2011 Phenom Wing Mike Gilchrist, and high major 2010 PG Kyrie Irving. According to Matt Pauls, the director of Team NJ ABC, the travel team Kennedy stars for, Markus has offers from Villanova, Rutgers, Penn State, Miami, Xavier, and St. John's. His two leaders at the present time are Villanova and Rutgers. As he gets into better shape, and loses some weight, expect Markus to be one of the elite centers nationally in the 2010 class.

-BOTBScouting Contributor, Alex Schwartz, attended the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Classic, and came away with lots of recruiting lists. 6'8 Wing Laquinton Ross from Jackson, MS/Murrah, arguably the top player nationally in the 2011 class, recruiting list is Texas, Florida, USF, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Alabama, Syracuse. His current favorites are all the schools in Mississippi (Mississippi State, Ole Miss), Baylor,and Texas. Derrick Favors the 6'9 2009 Man-child PF recruiting list is Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Memphis, UCLA, UConn, North Carolina State,Kentucky,and Kansas. Expect Favors to go to either Georgia or Georgia Tech. Schwartz has great info on his very own blog, and it can be found at

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