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Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Versatile Kyle Anderson talks top five

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By Jeff Borzello

Normally, when scouts who have watched a player for three or four years still can’t figure out his position, it’s a bad thing.

In the case of Kyle Anderson, it’s just another sign of his versatility.

Anderson, a 6-foot-8 St. Anthony product (N.J), has the vision and passing ability of a point guard; the scoring prowess of a wing; and the size, finishing and rebounding skills of a power forward.

Ask Anderson, though, and he knows which position he wants to play at the next level.

“Point guard,” he said. “It’s the position I’m most comfortable at.”

At the NBPA Top 100 camp two weeks ago, Anderson played that position for the majority of the event.

“I’m just trying to be unselfish, play the point guard role,” he said.

Anderson has already made plenty of advancements in the recruiting process, trimming his list to five schools earlier this spring: Georgetown, Florida, Seton Hall, St. John’s and UCLA.

His potential to be a match-up problem and his passing ability would be a perfect fit for Georgetown.

“John Thompson III is a great coach, they run the Princeton offense,” Anderson said.

He also likes the way Florida head coach Billy Donovan makes players better during their time in Gainesville.

“Coach Donovan is great with player development,” Anderson said.

While Seton Hall might seem like it doesn’t belong in the same breath with the other programs, its proximity to Anderson’s Fairlawn, N.J., home could play a factor.

“It’s the hometown school, and all the guys play hard,” he said.

St. John’s emerged on the radar of several high-major prospects in the last year, as head coach Steve Lavin reeled in a nine-person class that included six players ranked in the top 100.

Anderson is impressed by the talent on the Red Storm’s roster.

“I like Coach Lavin, I like the class he has coming in,” he said.

Across the country sits UCLA, where Ben Howland has had a steady stream of pro point guards run through his program.

“Coach Howland puts point guards in the NBA,” Anderson said. “I think there’s five in the NBA right now.”

With most of the recruiting process behind him, the nation’s most versatile player is still not sure when exactly he wants to commit.

“No timetable,” Anderson said. “But before the season.”

Photo: NJ.com

Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Omar Calhoun visits UConn, trims list

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By Jeff Borzello

After leading the Elite Youth Basketball League in scoring – with no one even close to him – it’s clear Omar Calhoun will be able to make an immediate impact at the next level.

The 6-foot-5 Calhoun averaged 25.0 points in the 15 EYBL games, including a 38-point performance in April and a 31-point performance in the next-to-last game over Memorial Day weekend.

On Thursday, Calhoun took a surprise visit to Connecticut.

“He just finished,” Omar Calhoun Sr. said. “The visit went well.”

For several months, Calhoun has had a long list of schools under consideration, but that group has been trimmed.

According to his father, the schools Calhoun is focused on are North Carolina, Kentucky, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Villanova, West Virginia, Seton Hall, Maryland and Georgetown.

“Those are the guys we built the best relationship with,” Calhoun Sr. said.

Calhoun, a shooting guard from Christ the King (N.Y.), has taken trips to North Carolina, Pitt, Villanova, Connecticut and Seton Hall.

No schools stand out in particular right now.

“All the schools I listed are on equal playing ground,” Calhoun Sr. said.

Photo: NY Post 

Posted on: May 24, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Nkereuwem Okoro advancing recruitment

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

Rumors swirled on Tuesday that rising senior Nkereuwem Okoro was on the verge of a commitment.

Sources told CBSSports.com that Okoro could be ready to commit to Iowa State at any moment. Okoro, however, denied it.

“No it’s not [true],” Okoro said. “I haven’t committed yet."

The 6-foot-4 2012 prospect from St. Raymond’s (N.Y.) listed offers from Pittsburgh and Seton Hall, in addition to the Cyclones. Arizona, St. John's and Xavier have shown interest in Okoro at one time or another. 

“I don’t have a timeline,” Okoro said. “I don’t know where I want to commit as of right now.”

Okoro is a strong, hard-working swingman who prefers to score from the free-throw line and closer. He can score from the mid-range and also finishes well in the paint. Defensively, he’s outstanding, using his non-stop motor to make plays at that end of the floor.

While he might not be ready to make a decision just yet, Okoro knows what he is looking for in a school.

“My relationship with the coaching staff and how I comfortable I feel about the school,” he said.

Photo: Johnny Jungle 


Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Sophomore Austin Colbert gets taste of U-17 level

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Growing up, it’s always fun to hang out with the older kids a little bit, but everyone seems more comfortable with people their own age.

For Austin Colbert, it is the same way in AAU basketball.

Colbert is arguably the best player in the Team Final AAU program, but the sophomore admittedly struggled playing with the U-17 team.

“They were all in my grill, as far as being stronger and defending me,” Colbert said at the Southern Jam Fest last weekend.

Moving back down to his natural age group, the young power forward looked more relaxed and was able to showcase his full skill set.

“It’s a little bit easier than playing with the 17s,” Colbert said. “I’m real comfortable, we’ve played together before.”

Despite that, Colbert said he enjoyed playing up a level because it gave him a chance to go against the best of the best in the class of 2012.

“It’s good for exposure,” he said. “We get to see where we compare against some real talented players.”

Colbert, a 6-foot-9 prospect from St. Patrick (N.J.), has been ranked among the top players in his class for a few years. He is very long and athletic, showing the ability to run the floor and finish in transition. Colbert is an outstanding shot-blocker who can also guard players off the dribble due to his lateral quickness.

In order to become more attractive at the next level, Colbert is expanding his game to the perimeter. He showed off his outside jumper and spent time around the arc.

“I want to move out a little bit, try to be a three,” Colbert said. “I’m athletic, I can stretch out and guard four of five positions.”

As far as recruiting, Colbert named a top five of Seton Hall, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Oklahoma.

“I want to go to a running school with a good coach,” he said.

By then, expect Colbert to fit right in with older players. 

Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Maryland recruit asks for release

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Posted by Jeff Borzello

Wally Judge choosing Rutgers over Maryland was the first recruiting domino to fall after Gary Williams’ retirement.

Another one fell on Wednesday, as Terrapins’ signee Sterling Gibbs has asked for his release from Maryland.

“He’s asking for a release so he can fairly weigh his options,” said Gary Charles, Gibbs’ AAU coach with the New York Panthers. “Until he gets his release, he cannot talk to anyone.

“The same way Maryland had to do what they had to do, Sterling has gotta do what he’s gotta do.”

Since the news broke that Gibbs was opening his recruitment, Charles has heard from several schools. Florida, Louisville, Miami (Fl.), Texas, Seton Hall, Providence and Colorado are some of the schools that have already reached out.

Maryland is also still in the mix for the 6-foot-1 point guard from Seton Hall Prep (N.J).

“Absolutely,” Charles said. “Sterling doesn’t know [head coach Mark] Turgeon from a can of paint, and I don’t think Turgeon knows Sterling either.”

Turgeon did reach out to Gibbs’ family on Tuesday night – which is the first contact Gibbs has had with anyone from Maryland since Williams retired.

The former head coach never called Gibbs to notify him he was retiring.

“Nothing,” Charles said. “Didn’t even contact him.”

While Gibbs does not have a timeline for another decision, Charles said he does want to choose a school before summer school starts in June.

Photo: NJ.com 

Posted on: March 4, 2011 7:10 am
 

The Morning Drive: Jordan Taylor turns heads

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Conference tournament action overshadowed the marquee match-ups on Thursday, but there were still games with NCAA Tournament implications. Furthermore, there were a number of extremely impressive performances across the board. Follow me on Twitter: @jeffborzello

Conference Tournaments Update: There were 13 conference tournament games last night. In the Northeast, all four favorites advanced, but it wasn’t easy. No. 3 Robert Morris beat Wagner by four, while No. 4 Central Connecticut State escaped St. Francis (N.Y.) by two. LIU and Quinnipiac cruised. Over in the America East play-in game, Binghamton destroyed UMBC by 26. The Missouri Valley had two games, with Southern Illinois and Bradley advancing. The Ohio Valley semifinals are also set, as No. 4 Tennessee Tech dominated upstart Tennessee-Martin and No. 3 Austin Peay handled Southeast Missouri State with ease. Tech plays Murray State and APU faces Morehead State. We have our first conference championship game finalized, as the Big South final will be between No. 1 Coastal Carolina and No. 3 UNC-Asheville. Coastal came back to beat VMI and Asheville crushed High Point in the second half. Wrapping up the tourney action was the Atlantic Sun. No. 6 North Florida upset No. 3 Jacksonville, while No. 5 Mercer defeated No. 4 Lipscomb. The top performers were numerous, including: Binghamton’s Greer Wright and Moussa Camara, who combined for 61 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists; Justin Rutty of Quinnipiac going for 22 points and 16 rebounds; Coastal Carolina’s Chad Gray and Anthony Raffa, who combined for 50 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists; Robert Morris’ Velton Jones’ 29 points and six assists; Caleb Brown of Austin Peay scoring 28 points; and Bradley’s Dyricus Simms-Edwards going for 26 points, nine boards and five assists.

Top Performer: Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor showed once again why his original exclusion from the Bob Cousy finalist list was preposterous, scoring a career-high 39 points to lead the Badgers to a 77-67 victory at Indiana. Taylor knocked down seven 3-pointers and went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Overall, he was 11-for-19 from the field. Perhaps most impressively, Taylor did it all on just 55 possessions. 

Steppin’ Up: Faced with a must-win game against UCLA last night, Washington turned to an unlikely source. Freshman guard C.J. Wilcox went 4-for-7 from 3-point range en route to a career-high 24 points, leading Washington to a nine-point win. Wilcox hit all six of his foul shots, and was 7-for-10 from the field. He also helped the Huskies pull away down the stretch with a 3-pointer while getting fouled with 2:38 left.

Stat-Sheet Stuffer: Because of Georgia Tech’s struggles, Iman Shumpert has been flying below the radar this season. Last night, though, he was tough to ignore. Shumpert finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists and six steals to lead the Yellow Jackets to an 80-54 blowout at Wake Forest. Shumpert even went 2-for-3 from behind the arc, an area he has struggled in this year.

Dub-Dubbing: Washington State might be getting back in the at-large mix after last night’s home win over a surging USC team, led by DeAngelo Casto’s 24 points 10 rebounds. Casto was nearly perfect from the field, shooting 10-for-11 and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. He also had two assists. Casto is on a roll lately, averaging 17.7 points in his last six games.

Filling it up: Seton Hall guard Jeremy Hazell returned to his scoring ways last night against St. John’s, dropping 31 to beat the Red Storm. Hazell hit his season-high by going 9-for-14 from the field and 4-for-6 from 3-point range. He also grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists and picked up three steals. When Hazell gets it going, Seton Hall can be tough to beat.

In a Losing Effort: South Carolina did its best to come back from a 20-point deficit against Tennessee, but fell short, losing 73-69. Senior Sam Muldrow finished in a major way in his last home game, going for 24 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. He shot just 9 for-21 from the field, going 0-for-5 from 3-point range, but played well around the rim, grabbing seven offensive rebounds.

Set the DVR: Four conference tournaments start up today, with the CAA, MAAC, Southern and West Coast all getting underway. Moreover, the Missouri Valley, Horizon, Ohio Valley and Atlantic Sun continue.

Numbers Don’t Lie:

  • Jordan Taylor outscored the rest of the Badgers, 39-38.
  • Taylor scored the most points by a visitor at Assembly Hall since Shawn Respert scored 40 in 1995.
  • South Carolina hasn’t beaten Tennessee since 2007.
  • St. John’s hasn’t won at Seton Hall since 1997.

Notes and Notables:

  • Arizona earned at least a share of the Pac-10 title with a 70-59 win over Oregon State. Derrick Williams led the way with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Photo: US Presswire

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