Waverly Austin (God’s Academy, TX) Class of 2010 Interview

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Waverly AustinI had a chance to catch up with Waverly Austin from Dallas, TX in the class of 2010 last night to get an update on how the recruiting process is going for him.

At 6’10/235lbs Austin is a good athlete who runs the floor well and does a good job crashing the boards on both ends. He finishes strong inside and has a nice touch out to the mid-range. On the defensive end he blocks or alters a lot of shots with his leaping ability.

PHR: What schools are showing the most interest right now?
WA: Georgetown, Florida State, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas and Florida International.

PHR: What schools have offered?
WA: Florida International but I believe many of the others will soon.

PHR: What are you looking for in a college?
WA: I want early playing time and academics are important to me.

PHR: Did you have a dream school growing up?
WA: Yes Georgetown, which I am taking an official visit there this weekend.

PHR: Do you have a timetable for when you will commit?
WA: I want to make my decision before the basketball season starts.

PHR: Do you have anymore official visits setup?
WA: Not yet I will after the RBK All-American camp in July.


Tristan Thompson (2010) Power Forward Finds New Home

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Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson a consensus top five prospect in the class of 2010 who was dismissed from St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) team last week for public insubordination has found a new school. The talented forward who is verbally committed to (Texas) has decided to finish his year at Findlay Prep (NV) which is ranked #3 in the ESPN Rise Top 50 rankings.

Tristan has been granted eligibility and started to practice with the team, he will suit up for Findlay Prep (NV) this Friday when they travel to Dallas, TX to take on Duncanville (TX). Findlay Prep is currently undefeated with a record of 28-0. At Findlay Prep (NV) Tristan joins fellow Canadian in Corey Joseph along with fellow Texas commit Avery Bradley.

This is a huge pick up for such an already talent heavy team, it will be interesting to see how he gels with his new teammates. The team has a high level of chemistry so it will take him some time to figure out what his role will be with them. There is no denying the tremendous amount of talent that Tristan has along with his huge upside.

Findlay Prep (NV) has been invited to participate in the inaugural ESPN Rise National High School Invitational tournament being held in Bethesda, MD at Georgetown Prep on April 3-5th.

St. Bendict’s Prep (NJ) Loses Star Tristan Thompson (2010)

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Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson a 6’9 combo forward from Canada who has been playing his high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) and verbally committed to Texas, has been kicked off the team. Tristan Thompson was leading St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) with 19.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

This is a huge loss for St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) who is 20-2 on the season. Tristan Thompson is a consensus top five player in the country for the class of 2010. He combines the ability to play on the wing and inside. He has a ton of upside to his game, where he continues to become even more polished on the perimeter along with his great leaping ability and solid job on the boards.

It will be interesting to see if sophomore and fellow Canadian Myck Kabongo will follow Tristan Thompson to whatever school he lands at for next season. Myck Kabongo who has also verbally committed to the University of Texas is considered a top five point guard prospect in the class of 2011.

St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) plays on Saturday afternoon in Trenton, NJ at the Primetime Shootout event against Mountain State Academy (WV). The game tips off at 4:30 p.m.

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.

Duncanville (TX) 77 vs. Lincoln (NY) 57

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Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson

In a match-up of top 10 teams #10 Duncanville (TX) defeated # 6 Lincoln (NY) 77 to 57 behind 20 points from 6’7 wing Shawn Williams. Lance Stephenson aka “Born Ready” from Coney Island Lincoln High didn’t disappoint with a full arsenal on the offensive end with a game high 32 points on 13-21 field goal.

In the early going of this contest it looked like Duncanville would run away with the game leading 20 to 4 at the end of the first quarter with Lance Stephenson picking up 2 early fouls. The start of the second quarter Lance was back on the floor and put his team on his back scoring 15 points in the quarter helping Lincoln out score Duncanville 32 to 15 taking a 36 to 35 lead into the half.

In the second half Duncanville just proved to be over powering pulling away in the fourth quarter. Other players that had standout performances were juniors Perry Jones and Julian Washburn who both scored in double figures and were active on the glass.

Lance Stephenson listed Kansas, St. John’s, USC and Memphis as possible places for him to land next season.

Avery Bradley Heading to Findlay (NV)

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One of the fastest rising seniors in the country Avery Bradley has decided to relocate for his senior season. He will be attending Findlay College Prep in Las Vegas, NV this season, the main reason behind the transfer is for Avery to improve his GPA so he will be eligible for his freshmen year of college.

Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy formed one of the best backcourts in the country last season at Bellarmine Prep in Washington. Each of them played for the (Northwest Panthers) AAU team this summer, they each had very successful summer’s on the circuit.

Once Abdul Gaddy decommitted from Arizona a few months ago it was thought that he and Avery would possibly attend the same college. Since then things have changed with each deciding that it will be better for both in the long run if they attend different colleges. Avery Bradley has a final 3 school’s in the running for his services which include Texas, UCLA and Kansas.

Findlay Prep now has a chance to make a real impact on the national scence this upcoming season after last year making a huge splash on the prep school scence. This year’s team will not include any fifth year seniors so they will play a national high school schedule instead of a Prep school schedule. The Findlay Prep squad now includes headliners Avery Bradley, Clarence Trent and D.J. Richardson.

Tyreke Evans Heading To Memphis

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American Christian

Tyreke Evans the top unsigned player in the class of 2008 made his decision today on national t.v. and he is headed to Memphis. In his senior season at American Christian (PA) he averaged 32.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. He picked Memphis over Villanova, Texas and Connecticut.


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