2009 Primetime Shootout Preview @ Rutgers University

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Lance Stephenson

2009 Primetime Shootout Preview @ Rutgers University

It’s that time again for the 2009 Primetime Shootout events and this year is loaded with talented from across the nation. The events will take place on five different days starting with Jan. 23, 2009 @ Rutgers University, Jan. 30-31, 2009 @ Villanova University and Feb. 14-15, 2009 @ Trenton Sovereign Bank Arena.

Some of the talented players that will be in attendance include DeMarcus Cousins (LeFlore, AL), Lance Stephenson (Lincoln, NY), James Padgett (Lincoln, NY), Shawn Williams (Duncanville, TX), Perry Jones (Duncanville, TX), Roger Franklin (Duncanville, TX), Isaiah Epps (Plainfield, NJ), Trevor “TJ” Cummings (Paterson Catholic, NJ), Fuquan Edwin (Paterson Catholic, NJ), Myles Mack (Paterson Catholic, NJ), Jayon James (Paterson Catholic, NJ), Kyle Anderson (Paterson Catholic, NJ) and many other talented players will suit up at this event. More

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Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, GA) Picking Wednesday On ESPNU

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Derrick Favors

Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, GA) Class of 2009 post player will make his decision live on ESPNU @ 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He is down to three schools which include Georgia, Georgia Tech and N.C. State.

Derrick Favors is considered by some publications as the #1 player in the class of 2009, he is a beast on the inside and has a ton of upside. He has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor. On the offensive end he uses an array of post moves along with power on the inside. He rebounds well on both ends of the floor aggressively crashing the boards. On the defensive end he alters many shots along with swatting any in his reach well using his quick feet to close out on perimeter shots.

Derrick Favors and his (South Atlanta, GA) teammates will play on the ESPN network on Thursday night at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. They will be playing against (LeFlore, AL) and top five prospect DeMarcus Cousins. This will be a match-up of very skilled big men who each have a future in the NBA in years to come.

Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick, NJ) Recruitment Update

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By: Alex Schwartz (Northstar Basketball Blog)

Michael Gilchrist

Michael Gilchrist

Michael Gilchrist ’11 of St. Patrick’s (NJ) is arguably the number one baller in the sophomore class. A 6’7 combo forward, the sophomore sensation has carried the St. Pat’s Celtics this year, as North Carolina-signee Dexter Strickland ’09 has missed a lot of time and Kyrie Irving ’10 is still out due to transfer rules. Just yesterday, Gilchrist led his team to a come-from-behind win at Trenton Catholic (NJ), leading a massive fourth quarter comeback along with Paris Bennett ’09, a future George Mason Patriot. After Michael’s impressive 22-point performance, he was kind enough to talk to me for a few minutes. The lanky superstar, who said the Celtics pulled out yesterday’s win due to “just heart, heart really,” gave me his college list. The five lucky schools to be mentioned by Gilchrist were Seton Hall, UMass, Syracuse, Villanova, and Memphis, claiming offers from all five of them. Many people think he will end up as a Memphis Tiger, but only time will tell.

Courtsey: http://blog.northstarbball.com/

Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, GA) Recruitment Update

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By: Alex Schwartz (Northstar Basketball Blog)

Derrick Favors

Derrick Favors

A few days ago I had the opportunity to catch up with Derrick Favors ’09 of South Atlanta (GA), arguably America’s best player. The gifted 6’9 center is the most dominant low post player in the country and has a good shot at winning some National Player of the Year awards this season. Favors, who I listed as the fourth best performer at the 2008 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Classic, has been progressively cutting his college list down over the past few months. When I interviewed Derrick at the Elite 24 event, he had a list of 10 schools he was still considering. When I caught up with him again in early October, Favors informed me that he was down to five schools, having cut his list in half. By late November, that number had been trimmed down to four, as Florida State was no longer under consideration. Well, Derrick has chopped another team off his once extensive list of college options, and this time it is Memphis. When I got in touch with Favors recently, he let me know via text message that he was down to Georgia Tech, Georgia, and North Carolina State. The big man said that he had no favorites, stating, “they [are] all the same.” I went on to ask Favors what the main factors in his decision would be: “Being able to play in front of my friends and family.” He did say that this does not give the Peach State schools a leg up on NC State though. Derrick, who I project as a 2009 McDonald’s All-American, has been slotted to select Georgia Tech every time I have done projections for him (late August, early October, and mid-November), with UGA listed as second in line every time. I still think that Derrick Favors will end up playing for Paul Hewitt as a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket.

Courtesy: http://blog.northstarbball.com/

Will Regan (Nichols, NY) Q&A Recruiting Update

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Will Regan (2010)

Will Regan (2010)

Will Regan (Nichols, NY) Q&A Class of 2010

 

PHR: What school’s are on your list?

WR: Michigan, Maryland, Arizona State and Stanford

PHR: Do you have a favorite?

WR: No I mean it’s really open those are just the schools who have contacted me and I like.

PHR: What are you looking for in a program?

WR: Teammates I can get along with and a good school with high academics. A good school all around where you can have a good experience.

PHR: Have you taken any un-official or official visits yet?

WR: Yes, I have taken a lot of visits which include the four schools I mentioned earlier along with Duke, Providence and Penn State.

PHR: Do you have a timetable set for when you will commit?

WR: After the high school season and before the end of the AAU season.

Will Regan is a 6’8 very fundamentally skilled post player with the ability to step outside and hit the 3 pointer with a smooth looking stroke. He is a monster on the boards going after every shot that goes up on both ends. On the defensive end he has the ability to block shots and also start the break with nice crisp outlet passes to guards on the wings. He uses an array of post moves with either hand on the inside to score and also has a nice touch off the glass from either block. He will definitely be a nice addition to any team on his list with his aggressiveness on the boards and high basketball I.Q. along with playing a 100% all the time.

Roscoe Smith (Walbrook, MD) Q&A Recruiting Update

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Roscoe Smith (2010)

Roscoe Smith (2010)

 

 

Roscoe Smith (Walbrook, MD) Q&A Class of 2010

PHR: What school’s are on your list?

RS: Connecticut, Georgetown, UNC, Kansas, Maryland, Texas, Memphis, Florida, USC, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and more.

PHR: Do you have a favorite?

RS: Everybody has an equally chance right now.

PHR: What are some of the deciding factors you are looking for in a program and school?

RS: Things I am really looking for is coaching, a coach and players I can feel comfortable around and play with.

Roscoe Smith is a 6’8 extremely long and athletic wing forward who plays aggressive at both ends of the floor. He attacks the rim well with either hand and uses his athletic ability to finish strong inside. He has range out beyond the 3pt line with ease and a nice mid-range pull up jumper. He uses his long frame on the defensive end of the floor to alter and swat away shots with ease. He has a ton of upside which is why so many schools are after him for his services.

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