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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future=====

ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Tuesday, December 3, 2002

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

ECU hoops target from Cold North has hot hand

 
Catch up on hoops recruiting news...

Prolific scorer Atuahene warms up to ECU...
Driesell still thorn in ECU's side...
Reynolds' Foster makes it official...
ECU high on lists of backcourt slashers...
Prospects Cook, King put off decisions...
'Power guard' Cook books ECU excursion...
ECU still beating bushes for point guards...
Fayetteville guard likes ECU's C-USA ties...
C-USA teams lure big men, big names...
Jamaican joins ECU's international cast...
49ers, Cards snare key '03 commitments...
Ranking the Carolinas recruiting classes...
Foster has plans to bulk up for C-USA...
Wiley refining his game for C-USA wars...
Holcombe-Faye 'pipeline' flows eastward...
'Hot Hand Luke' sold on ECU & C-USA...
Juco wings top off dazzling class...
It's a wrap — ECU signs Moberly's Wiley...
Pirate recruiting class almost complete...
JC Transfer Mackay Makes It Official...
Herrion Snares Aussie Shooting Guard...
High-scoring Rivers signs with ECU...
Pirates seek experience in Juco targets...
Rivers attracted by 'tough' schedule...
'Minges Maniacs' impacted decision...
ECU makes early offer to Enloe junior...
C-USA transforms Pirates' recruiting...
ACC schools' pursuit of Rouse too late...
Mumau's C-USA recruiting roundup...
Kinston forward Rouse officially signs...

Catch up on football recruiting news...

ECU targets Va., Ga., N.J., prep stars...
Pirates faced with new recruiting obstacle...
Recruit "set" on ECU but open to suitors...
Camp Logan grad Adams commits...
First impressions important for OT Brown...
Starmount O-lineman Brown headed East...
Parker, Brim wield multiple talents...
Beddingfield QB Parker picks Pirates...
ECU wins recruiting battle for Brim...
Future Pirates hang out together...
Pace quickens: Howard, Black commit...
Running backs stable gains young talent...
Batten's 2003 Recruiting Crystal Ball...
Scotland Connection Keeps Flowing...
Lineman Devours Barbells & Groceries...
Batten's Signing Day Report Card...
Newest Pirates & Thumbnail Profiles...
Bonesville Scores 92% — 22 of 24 Sign...
Signing Day Reflects Progress at ECU...
Coach Primed for His Favorite Time...
Video Clips from Signing Day...
Signees from the Carolinas & C-USA...

©2002 Bonesville.net

East Carolina is looking for backcourt help, and there is a high-scoring Canadian who would like to fill the bill.

Antwi Atuahene is throwing in points by the bushel, averaging nearly 38 points and 13 assists in Toronto Father Henry Carr’s 11-0 start this season. That means the 6-3 guard is accounting for at least 64 points per game.

"You might not believe this," Henry Carr assistant coach Ro Russell said, "but Antwi looks to pass first. He is definitely a point guard — a point guard who obviously can score. But he’s a great passer and playmaker, too."

Atuahene exploded for 48 points and added seven assists in the season opening 89-87 win over North Albion. He connected on 18 of 26 field goal attempts, including six of nine three-point shots, and sank six of nine free throws. He played 27 minutes.

"He wasn’t even supposed to play," Russell said. "He had a bad ankle sprain. He was going to play a few minutes, but the adrenalin started flowing and he was on fire."

Some big-name basketball schools courted Atuahene earlier. Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, DePaul, Syracuse, Florida and Michigan State all showed interest, but most of that bunch got what they wanted during the November signing period.

Pitt received an official visit and is still in the picture. But East Carolina, Georgia Tech and Fresno State have moved to the top of Atuahene’s list. He has taken unofficial trips to DePaul, Syracuse and Michigan State.

"One of the coaches from Georgia Tech will come up in December to see Antwi play," Russell said, "and we expect somebody from East Carolina to be here soon. Richard Morgan (ECU assistant) saw him play during the summer."

The attention from the Pirates has been viewed favorably by Atuahene.

"I am very interested in East Carolina," Atuahene said. "I plan on taking an official visit there. They have an up-and-coming team, and I am hoping I can make a difference in the program.

"Coach Morgan told me I would have a good chance to play right away. He didn’t promise me anything, but he said they need someone like me. I see myself as more of a point guard than a two guard because I can get the ball to others and make them better."

Father Henry Carr is ranked as the No. One 4-A team in Canada, even though it is really a 3-A school in terms of size. One of Atuahene’s teammates is 6-9 sophomore Theo Davis, who averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocked shots as a freshman. Duke, Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Texas, Illinois and Illinois are among schools already showing interest.

Last year, Atuahene averaged 36.5 points and nine assists as his team went 35-5. He scored 22 points per contest as a sophomore and 18 a night his freshman season. His career highs are 56 points and 21 assists, both as a junior.

Atuahene has had games of 37, 38, 39, 40 and 42 to go with his 48-point performance this season. His low of 24 came in a blowout when he played only 15 minutes.

"He is a one guard who can play two," said Russell, who played point guard at NAIA Gordon College in the early 90s. "Antwi pushes the ball up the court, he gets everybody involved, he posts up because he’s very strong, he can hit the jumper, he moves without the ball and he goes to the foul line.

"The other day, he had 30 points after three quarters and didn’t shoot again. He concentrated on trying to get some baskets for our reserves. They missed a lot of easy shots, and he still had 14 assists.

"He doesn’t have a score-first mentality and he always finds the open man. Despite scoring all those points, he’s a true point guard. He has long arms and good anticipation, and those things help make him a good defensive player.

"At the NBA Developmental Camp during the summer, he outplayed (Arizona-bound) Mustafa Shakur three times. Nobody knew who Antwi was, but after that, a lot of people started to like him."

With ECU losing starting point guard Travis Holcomb-Faye to graduation after this season, the Pirates and Atuahene may turn out to be perfect partners.

"He wants to go somewhere that he can play as a freshman," Russell said. "At Georgia Tech, he would have to play behind Jarrett Jack (a freshman) for a year or two. East Carolina would be a good place for Antwi."

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