- 2014 PG Kyron Cartwright was on campus over the weekend for an official visit. From reports, he liked the campus and the visit went well but it seems that he left Rhode Island without an official offer. My guess is the staff is being more picky with 2014 HS players at this point and focusing their efforts more strongly on 5th year transfers and JUCO player that will be eligible immediately. Reasons for that would be a) balancing classes b) a bad call will only affect the roster for a year or two vs. four c) need quality contributors right away for 2014-2015.
- 2015 SG Donovan Mitchell spoke with Rob Howe of HawkeyeInsider.com, an Iowa Scout.com site. He has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Creighton, Florida, Fordham, Iowa, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall and St. John’s. He also said that Kansas and Xavier have been showing a lot of interest. On what he needs to work on: “I have to improve my jump shot.” On what he is looking for in a school: “I am looking for a school where not only can I have a great basketball career but a great academic career.” Kevin San (aka Undercover Friar) posted an article on Mitchell on the ScoutFriars.com site last night. Mitchell talks about how Cooley being front and center at Brewster games and practices “sends a message.” He also mentions that he believes his game fits how they play at PC and that he and his family have a good relationship with the coaching staff in Friartown.
- 2015 commit Ryan Fazekas and his Marquette Catholic team won their first ever Class A State championship. Fazekas scored 34 points and pulled down 10 boards in the overtime win over Barr-Rev. An interesting note on their schedule: despite being a Class A team (generally classes are determined by school population), they made a point of having a tough schedule and they didn’t actually play an teams in Class A until the playoffs. Their regular season schedule included 1 Class 4A team (1-0), 7 Class 3A teams (5-2) and 6 Class 2A (5-1). I’ll be posting my interview with Fazekas early next week.
Highlights courtesy of FriarTV:
- 2014 signee Paschal Chukwu was named Connecticut HS Player of the Year. Current Friar Kris Dunn received that honor after his Senior year of HS as well.
- 2014 signee Jalen Lindsey scored 11 points in the quarterfinals of the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament with his Huntington Prep squad and they took down La Lumiere (IN) on a JaQuan Lyle 3 pointer at the buzzer. Lindsey and HPrep will take on #1 Montverde (FL) in the semifinals later today at 4:30pm on ESPN2. The game will be played at Christ the King HS and the winner advances to the Finals at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at 12pm on ESPN.
Highlights courtesy of FriarTV:
- 2015 SF Monatque Gill-Caesar, Lindsey’s teammate at Huntington Prep, scored a game high 20 points in their win over La Lumiere. There has been talk of him thinking about reclassifying back to 2014 and picking a school this Spring but he’s still quiet on that front. For now, he told John Pavia of Zagsblog.com that “Kansas, Michigan State, Florida State, Kentucky, Illinois, Providence and West Virginia have been recruiting him the hardest of late, but he does not have any visits planned in the near future.” He is currently ranked 22nd in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com and 18th in the class by ESPN.