Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Player Recruitment Updates
-Maurice Jones, BOTB's #2 PG in the state for the 2010 class in Michigan, had Toledo, St. Bonaventure, Oakland, and Ball State at Arthur Hill today for a open gym. The 5'6 PG gets it done on the court despite his size, and will be a very good college player at whichever school he chooses. If he was 6'0 he would be able to write his ticket. Jones will visit St. Bonaventure tomorrow on a official visit. The Bonnies may be in the lead according to sources, Jones has already proven he can play with anybody in the country, one of the highlights of the spring was when Jones dropped 30+ on the Boo Williams Summer League team at the Hensley Memorial in Ft. Wayne. Jones led the undermanned Reach Legends against a Boo Williams team that featured two North Carolina commits, a Duke player, and a Wake Forest commit.
-Kenny Kaminski, the 6'7 Wing from Medina, OH/High has officially received a offer from Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans today. Kaminski is one of the youngest players since Izzo has been at the helm for the Spartans to receive a scholarship offer this early, Kaminski is a member of the 2012 class. Kaminski will also receive a offer Friday, from former Izzo staff member, Tom Crean, and the Indiana Hoosiers. Izzo and assistant Dwayne Stephens will be in Medina, OH tommorow to visit Kaminski and family. The Spartans could lock this one up early, Izzo was supposed to visit the Kaminski's Friday, but pushed it up a few days, which obviously shows Kaminski is a highly-regarded recruit. Indiana should be in Medina, Friday. West Virginia, Ohio State, and Michigan have also been in contact with Kaminski, as well as others.
-Coach Tom Izzo and the Spartan staff were out today as this was the first day that staff members from D1 schools could be on the road again, and visited arguably the top player in the state for the 2010 and 2011 class in Michigan, in 6'5 Sr Trey Zeigler of Mt. Pleasant and 6'8 Jr F Tommie McCune of Saginaw High. Both having Michigan State on their lists, and you could say the Spartans, are in the lead, or one of McCune's top schools. Toledo also visited McCune today, and Indiana, Xavier, Purdue, Ohio State, and others are expected to watch him play in open gyms soon. This weekend McCune will visit Toledo in the morning on Saturday, and then take in the Michigan/Notre Dame football game Saturday afternoon.
-C.J. Barksdale-a Top 75 player nationally in the 2011 class is being heavily recruited by high majors. Barksdale, a 6'7 PF from Danville, VA/George Washington is being recruited by Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma according to his travel team coach Tony Squire of the Richmond Squires. At this time Barksdale has no leader, Barksdale is a beast inside, who finishes everything down low. If he grows another inch or so, his stock will only continue to go up.
-Don't be surprised to see two commitments very soon from two of the top 10 PG's nationally in the 2010 class, by BOTB. I'm talking about, 5'10 Joe Jackson of Memphis, TN/White Station to Memphis and 5'10 Trevor Releford from Bishop Meige High School in Kansas to Alabama. Head coaches Josh Pastner of Memphis and Anthony Grant of Alabama both visited the two PG's today, and appear to be the strong leader for both. Watch out on those two!
-Bradley Beal, BOTB's #4 player nationally in the 2010 class, from St. Louis, MO/was visited today by Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas seems to be firmly in Chaminade the thick of things for Beal. One thing is for sure, if they add Beal, Kansas will only improve, Beal is one of the more efficient scorers in the high school ranks today and he can kill you from mid-range, long range, or driving. When I saw him in Orlando playing up for the St. Louis Eagles at the Super Showcase, I was convinced he was a Top 5 guy in the country for the 2011 class, he flat out gets the job done.