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Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:39 pm

Recruiting Notebook: Thornwell on the rise

Posted by Jeff Borzello

The class of 2013 is going to be known for its depth at the wing position, and one player making his way up the rankings is Sindarius Thornwell.

Thornwell, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Lancaster (S.C.), makes an immediate impact because of his length and athleticism. He handles the ball and distributes well for someone his size, and is also adept at finishing.

“I’m quick and I can handle the ball,” Thornwell said. “I’m always attacking and I play defense.”

Plenty of colleges have taken notice of the versatile 2013 prospect.

Thornwell currently holds offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Charlotte. He also has interest from Louisville, UCF and the entire ACC besides North Carolina and Duke.

Thornwell, who has visited Clemson and South Carolina, knows exactly what he needs in a school.

“I’m looking for playing style, good academics and playing time,” he said. “That’s it.”

2013 big man looking to improve

Most 6-foot-10 sophomores can get by on size and length alone. Andre Walker, on the other hand, is constantly looking to get better.

As it stands, he is a talented but raw big man who can run the floor and finish after he catches it.

“I need to make strong moves and play better defense,” Walker said. “I need to get better, get stronger. I also want to work on my perimeter game. I’m working hard.”

The Clarksburg (Md.) native is hearing from DePaul, Washington State, VCU, Northwestern, George Mason and Maryland.

Whitfield transfers to team with Tyler Lewis

North Carolina is loaded with prospects in the class of 2012. One player flying under the radar is Shane Whitfield, a 6-foot-5 forward.

In an attempt to make a name for himself, Whitfield is transferring next year to Forsyth Country Day School (N.C.). There, he will team up with North Carolina State commit Tyler Lewis in hopes of increasing his recruitment.

“It’s better competition,” Whitfield said. “I want to get better everyday.”

Right now, Whitfield has offers from Delaware, American, Campbell and Holy Cross, with interest from Richmond, Charlotte and East Carolina.

Other notes:

- A Texas team in need of impact players could pick up one this weekend. Recently available Sterling Gibbs and North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow are both visiting Austin this weekend.

- Unsigned 2011 center Daouda Soumaoro is currently on an official visit to Washington. Soumaoro took a trip to St. John’s recently, and said he enjoyed it.

- Top-50 2012 forward Ricardo Gathers is taking an unofficial visit to St. John’s this weekend. The Louisiana native also wants to take a trip to Florida.

Photo: 6manbasketball.com 

Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:53 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 4:53 pm

No. 1 seed UAB falls to East Carolina...hard

Posted by MATT JONES

We knew the Conference USA tournament was going to be unpredictable, but we didn't expect this kind of shakeup so early. No. 1 seed UAB fell on Thursday to No. 8 seed East Carolina, 75-70 in overtime. Even though the Blazers were paced by an incredible career-high 39 point performance by Aaron Johnson, they were unable to get a defensive stop in the last five minutes of regulation and throughout overtime, where they allowed the Pirates of East Carolina to score 18 points. Johnson, the nation's leading assist man, was spectacular on the offensive end, but the defensive lapses in the game's final minutes ultimately doomed the entire team.

For East Carolina, the duo of Darrius Morrow  Jontae Sherrod both scored 22 points each and helped send the Pirates to a surprising place in the C-USA semifinals. In a conference with very few strong teams, the Pirates have a chance to make a run to the finals. Unlike in past seasons, when John Calipari's Memphis team overshadowed the attempts of any team to surprise, a wide open tournament has been completely popped open by the Pirates' win and predicting a winner at this point seems nearly impossible.

But the story going forward will be UAB and what the collapse means to its postseason chances. It has been a great season for the Blazers (22-8, 12-4) in conference, but the non-conference performance makes their at-large chances very questionable. The only win over a top contender on the resume is versus Virginia Commonwealth and the Blazers were 1-3 against teams from BCS conferences. Most bracket projections had the Blazers in the field as the likely automatic bid from the conference, but as an at-large, especially one that went down in the first round, their status becomes much more up in the air. UAB's best bet will be to hope for teams already in the NCAA tournament to win the remaining conference tournaments and pull for Memphis to win the C-USA berth. If the Tigers don't get the league's automatic berth, they likely do have a better resume than UAB and would probably bump the Blazers from any at-large consideration.

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