Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future=====
Saturday, May 3, 2003
By Thad Mumau
Herrion push for perimeter
offense producing results
Catch up on all hoops recruiting headlines...
View thumbnails of 2003 commitments...
NYC guard will get early chance to shine...
Robinson picks East Carolina...
Carolina contend for Gonner...
talent for this year and next...
poised to shore up ECU backcourt...
Son of a coach
gets it done with hard work...
Help in the post on ECU
ECU backcourt adds "slasher",
wants ECU in recruiting mix...
guard has ECU in sights...
East Carolina on
the hunt for guards...
a rebounding machine...
Pinnock back in
Pirates' recruiting mix...
Atuahene warms up to ECU...
thorn in ECU's side...
Reynolds' Foster makes it official...
ECU high on lists of backcourt
King put off decisions...
Cook books ECU excursion...
ECU still beating
bushes for point guards...
guard likes ECU's C-USA ties...
C-USA teams lure big men, big
Jamaican joins ECU's international cast...
snare key '03 commitments...
Carolinas recruiting classes...
plans to bulk up for C-USA...
his game for C-USA wars...
Holcombe-Faye 'pipeline' flows eastward...
'Hot Hand Luke' sold on ECU & C-USA...
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...
makes early offer to Enloe junior...
C-USA transforms Pirates'
schools' pursuit of Rouse too late...
Mumau's C-USA recruiting roundup...
Kinston forward Rouse officially signs...
Catch up on football recruiting news...
Report Card: Recruiting effort a
D-line, secondary gain recruits...
ECU makes recruiting push Down South...
J.T. connects with prep coaches, recruits
ECU recruits get taste of Dowdy-Ficklen...
commitments in holding pattern...
Va., Ga., N.J., prep stars...
Pirates faced with new recruiting obstacle...
on ECU but open to suitors...
Camp Logan grad Adams commits...
impressions important for OT Brown...
Starmount O-lineman Brown headed East...
Parker, Brim wield multiple
Beddingfield QB Parker picks Pirates...
ECU wins recruiting battle for Brim...
Pirates hang out together...
Howard, Black commit...
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...
At a time when Bill Herrion is achieving results from his
intensive quest to secure immediate outside scoring punch, Rick Pitino and
John Calipari are already dabbling with their recruiting classes of 2004.
East Carolina has signed
Franklin Robinson, a rangy wing player who demonstrated
40% accuracy from beyond the arc and 80% reliability from the foul line last
season for Maine Central Institute.
"He was our most consistent player," MCI coach Ed Jones told
Bonesville.net last month. "Franklin is very athletic and is a highlight
film in the making. He plays around the rim and gets there with aggressive
drives to the basket. And he finishes real strong. He made a lot of nice
drives down the baseline for two-handed dunks."
Jones, a former University of Maine player who gained
respect for Herrion during his on-court encounters with Herrion's Drexel
teams in 1992-94, notes that Robinson is also a genuine threat from the
"He has plenty of range and is a legitimate three-point
shooter. He takes what people give him and feels comfortable shooting
jumpers or driving.
"He knows how to play if people crowd him or if they play
off him. If defenses back off and give him the three, he will hit it. If
they play up on him, he will go hard to the basket."
The 6-4 Robinson is Herrion's second New England prep school
recruit of the spring signing period.
Mike Cook, a 6-4 shooting guard out of New Hampton (NH)
Prep, inked with the Pirates on April 15.
Meanwhile, Rick Pitino has the
luxury of working on longer-term recruiting. After directing Louisville to
an outstanding season and putting together a fine fall recruiting class, he
is on the verge of getting off to a fast start on next year’s class.
Big-time prospect J.R. Smith
could commit to the Cardinals any day after telling the world just six weeks
ago that he was ready to be a North Carolina Tar Heel.
His change of heart — and mind
— apparently came before the change of coaching staffs in Chapel Hill and
was sparked by Smith's realization that North Carolina was pretty much
filled up at the wing positions and was mostly looking at big men.
Smith is a 6-6 wing guard/small
forward at Newark (NJ) St. Benedict’s, where he is coached by Danny Hurley,
brother of Bobby, the former standout Duke point guard. Smith is the No. 7
junior in the country, according to Prepstars.com.
Smith plans to visit Louisville
sometime this month and said he will commit during that visit unless he
decides to go ahead and get it done before then. Pitino and Cards assistant
Kevin Willard paid Smith a visit April 30 at St. Benedict’s.
Josh Wright, a 6-1 point guard
from Utica (NY) Proctor High School, lists Louisville as one of his five
finalists. The others are Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Seton Hall.
All five have offered scholarships.
Wright averaged 25 points,
eight assists and four steals per game as a junior.
In addition, the Cardinals are
hoping to catch a top-100 class of 2003 prospect on the rebound. That would
be Mohamed Abukar, the 6-9 power forward from San Diego (CA) Rancho
Abukar is shopping for a school
after getting a release from the letter of intent he signed with Georgia in
November. He made an unofficial visit to Louisville recently and has taken
an official trip to Kentucky. He will also visit Florida and is considering
possibly one more trip. It would be to Georgia Tech, UConn, Missouri or
Memphis has landed the No. 2
junior in the nation. To the surprise of no one, Darius Washington committed
to John Calipari's Tigers after receiving numerous offers. They came from
Georgia, Florida, Auburn, N.C. State, Florida State, Connecticut, Kentucky,
Indiana, Missouri, Miami, Ohio State and Arizona, among others.
Washington, a 6-footer,
averaged 30 points per game this season on the way to being selected to the
Parade All-America team and named Florida’s 6-A player of the year.
The No. 1 junior, by the way,
is 6-9 center Al Jefferson of Prentiss (MS) High.
Memphis and Alabama-Birmingham
are paying a lot of attention to 6-6 junior small forward Marcus Monk of
Lapento (AR) East Poinsette County. Both have sent coaches to his high
UAB has offered a scholarship
to Monk. So have Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Boston College,
Arkansas and Stanford.
A couple of players reportedly
being recruited by East Carolina have signed with other schools.
Antwi Atuahene, the prolific scoring guard from Canada, put his name on
Rutgers’ dotted line. Darris Nichols, a 6-1 point guard from Radford (VA)
High, chose West Virginia, saying he had also received offers from ECU,
Clemson, Richmond and Virginia Tech.
Another prospect being
mentioned in the same breath with the Pirates is Dion Dacons. The 6-6
combination forward from Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy is visiting
Dacons has also taken a trip to
Boston College, and Rice is interested. There has been no talk of ECU
A prominent junior is listing
East Carolina as one of the schools in which he has the most interest.
Troy Mathis, a 6-1 point guard
from Laurinburg (NC) Charter High School, exploded for 80 points in a game
this past season. He is originally from Raleigh.
Mathis said the Pirates,
Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida State, Clemson, Seton Hall and Xavier are
programs he is considering.
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