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

Hoops Recruiting Report
Saturday, November 2, 2002

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

ECU getting strong looks from gifted guards

DePaul gains steam under new coach

 
Catch up on hoops recruiting news...

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

First-year DePaul basketball coach Dave Leitao has wasted no time in showing that he can recruit. The Blue Demons recently received commitments from three fine prospects, giving them five in all.

Wesley Green, Marcus Heard and Lorenzo Thompson have joined Tyler Smith and Sammy Mejia in promising to sign with DePaul. All plan to do so during the Nov. 13-20 early signing week.

Green, a 6-9, 260-pound center from Eustis (FL) High School, announced for DePaul after visiting the school. He had visited Marquette two weeks earlier. He also took official trips to Florida State, Indiana and Tennessee.

Strangely, he tried to commit to Florida State, only to have Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton basically say thanks, but no thanks. Hamilton was more interested in landing 6-10 Diego Romero of Lon Morris Junior College, and Romero ultimately committed to FSU.

Green averaged 18.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a junior.

Heard picked DePaul over Boston College, which also offered a scholarship. He is a 6-6 small forward/power forward from Springfield (IL) Southeast. Alabama-Birmingham, Oklahoma, Nevada-Las Vegas, Xavier and Wyoming were among others showing interest.

Thompson is a 6-7, 230-pound power forward at Chicago (IL) Crane Tech. He averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds as a junior. Thompson chose the Blue Demons over Illinois and Michigan State, both of which also made offers. Cincinnati, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Syracuse and Wyoming had shown interest.

Conference USA schools now have 33 hoops commitments. DePaul leads the way, while Tulane, Louisville and Houston have four apiece. Memphis, Marquette and Cincinnati have three apiece. Alabama-Birmingham and Southern Mississippi are still without commitments.

ECU eyes guards

A couple of guards have East Carolina near the top of their lists.

Ray George, a 6-4 combination guard from Decatur (GA) Christian Academy, includes the Pirates in his first five along with Miami, Memphis, Georgia and Cincinnati. He has taken an official visit to Georgia.

A big-time scorer, George handles the ball very well. Some coaches believe he handles it well enough to play point guard at the Division I level. Clemson, Florida State, Rutgers, Florida and St. John’s are others chasing him.

East Carolina reportedly is the leader for George, and it appears that he is the No. 1 backcourt priority for Bill Herrion and his staff at this time.

George’s strength is driving the ball to the basket. He finishes well and pulls up for the medium-range jump shot. His three-point shot needs improvement.

He has said he wants to take all five of his visits and sign early. Cramming in the rest of the trips in two and a half weeks may be a challenge.

Another slasher looking hard at the Pirates is 6-3 Jamaal Dixon of Braintree (MA) Thayer Academy, where he is a teammate of Maryland-bound Michael Jones, a 6-4 swing player.

Pittsburgh has gone after Dixon hard and will get a visit. Richmond, UNC-Wilmington, South Alabama, Massachusetts, Princeton, William and Mary and Rice are others he is considering, as well as East Carolina.

Rice and William and Mary are the only schools to offer so far.

Dixon, like George, must work on his outside jumper. He gets most of his points in transition and on drives. He is a fine student, carrying a 3.0 grade-point average and an SAT score of 1,100.

Here is the complete list of C-USA hoops commitments as we have them:

  • CHARLOTTE — Martin Iti, 6-11 center, Durham (NC) Mount Zion Christian Academy; Marcus Bennett, 6-3 wing guard/point guard, Schoolcraft Junior College.

  • CINCINNATI — Nick Williams, 6-3 wing guard, Chipola Junior College; Robert Whaley, 6-10 center, Barton County (KS) Junior College; Mike Pilgrim, 6-7 power forward, Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy.

  • DePAUL — Sammy Mejia, 6-5 wing guard/point guard, Cornwall on Hudson (NY) Storm King; Tyler Smith, 6-2 wing guard, Colora (MD) West Nottingham Academy; Wesley Green, 6-9 center, Eustis (FL) High School; Marcus Heard, 6-6 small forward/power forward, Springfield (IL) Southeast; Lorenzo Thompson, 6-7 power forward, Chicago (IL) Crane Tech.

  • EAST CAROLINA — Keith Foster, 6-9 power forward/center, Winston-Salem (NC) Reynolds.

  • HOUSTON — Lanny Smith, 6-3 point guard, Missouri City (TX) Hightower; Parker Pinkalla, 6-4 wing guard, Houston (TX) Strake Jesuit College Prep School; Andrew Francis, 6-7 small forward, Houston (TX) Elsik; Darrius Brannon, 6-9 power forward, Baytown (TX) Lee College.

  • LOUISVILLE — Brandon Jenkins, 6-2 point guard/wing guard, Detroit (MI) Southeastern; Nouha Diakite, 6-10 power forward, Barton County Junior College; James Lang, 6-10 center, Birmingham (AL) Central Parkway; Nate Daniels, 6-8 small forward/wing guard, Broward Junior College.

  • MARQUETTE — James Matthews, 6-7 power forward, Detroit (MI) Denby; Dameon Mason, 6-5 small forward/wing guard, Aurora (IL) West; Brandon Bell, 5-11 point guard, Detroit (MI) Southwestern.

  • MEMPHIS — Kendrick Perkins, 6-11 center, Beaumont (TX) Ozen; Sean Banks, 6-7 small forward, Oradell (NJ) Bergen; Michael Ford, 6-8 small forward, Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame.

  • SOUTH FLORIDA — Ricardo Freeman, 6-3 point guard, Seward County Community College; Konimba Diarra, 6-10 center, Centereach (NY) Our Savior New America.

  • ST. LOUIS — Darren Clarke, 6-1 wing guard, Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins.

  • TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY — Blake Adams, 6-5 wing guard, Houston (TX) Nimitz.

  • TULANE — Chris Moore, 6-4 wing guard, Pittsfield (ME) Central Institute; Troy Aaron, 6-0 point guard, Lake Charles (LA) St. Louis; Vincent Camper, 6-3 point guard, Oxford (MS) High School; Dan Fitzgerald, 6-8 small forward/power forward, Mendota Heights (MN) St. Thomas Academy.

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