Archive for August, 2007

Illinois Offers Diamond Taylor!

August 31, 2007

According to Illinois Wolves head coach Mike Mullins, St. Joseph’s rising junior Diamond Taylor has received a scholarship offer from University of Illinois.

“Diamond was offered by Illinois,” stated Mullins.  “He is visiting Wisconsin Saturday and Illinois next weekend.”

This offer is very big as it shows what direction Bruce Weber is going with his class of 2009 recruitment.  Taylor is the fourth in-state guard out of this deep 2009 class to be offered a scholarship as Chris Colvin, D.J. Richardson, and Brandon Paul are the other three.  It is Diamond’s second Big Ten offer as Wisconsin offered him early on this year.

Bradley, Marquette, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, and Southern Illinois have all offered scholarships in addition to Wisconsin and Illinois.  Other schools that have been coming in to evaluate Taylor include Arizona State, Florida, Indiana, Miami-FL, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Remember, you heard it here first at MidStateHoops.com!  Stay tuned for more exclusive updates!

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Illinois Offers Brandon Paul

August 28, 2007

I just got done speaking with Brandon Paul of WarrenBruce Weber and the University of Illinois have just offered Paul a scholarship.  Paul was just at the school this past Saturday on an unoffical visit.  The offer came yesterday in the morning, not on his visit Saturday.    

This is the first high major offer for Paul who is a rising prospect, perhaps the fastest in the state.  Paul also has a host of other high majors in contact with him including Purdue.  He told me that he may be taking an unofficial to the school later in the fall. 

Stick with MSH for the latest developments in Paul’s recruiting.      

Nik Garcia to Visit Michigan, SIU, Maryland

August 27, 2007

I just spoke to Nik Garcia.  He has some more visits lined up.  On September 1, he will be visiting Michigan.  He will drop down to Carbondale and pay the Salukis a visit on September 8.  He also says he will likely visit Maryland September 15. 

Garicia told me that Maryland is really beginning to show some interest and is coming on hard.  Garcia is beginning to become a hot ticket.  Schools are jumping on his band wagon.  It appears that he could be incurring an influx of offers in the near future. 

Stay with MSH for the latest developments on Garcia. 

Colvin Receives Offer, Paul Does Not

August 26, 2007

Class of 2009 stars Chris Colvin of Chicago Whitney Young and Brandon Paul of Warren both visited the University of Illinois today as we were the first to report they would.  Chris Colvin walked away with a scholarhsip offer as he was expected to do.  Colvin ranks as the MSH number one player for 2009

Paul did not receive an offer on this visit.  Paul told me that he still enjoyed the visit. 

“It was pretty nice.  After the team practiced, Chris (Colvin) and I played with the team a few games.  Dee Brown played on my team.  They are better than I expected, real athletic.  They are going to surprise some people this year. ” 

Paul also got to spend some time with his friend and fellow 2009 star, James Kinney of Champaign Centennial.  Kinney showed Paul a good time by taking him around to the finer parts of the city. 

The fact that Paul did not receive an offer on this visit can be taken a number of ways.  Paul is one of, if not the fastest rising player in the class of 2009.  He has not begun to even scratched the varsity surface yet as he saw little time there last season.  It is very conceivable, and some would even venture to say likely, that he could have an Iman Shumpert/Evan Turner-like junior season and have high majors from all over the country drooling over him by the time next summer rolls around.  Being the first high major to offer Paul could turn out to pay large dividends for whichever school pulls the trigger first. 

It appears that Illinois has drawn their recruiting strategy in the sand for 2009.  If they are going to go for an in-state guard, it looks as if they will target DJ Richardson and Colvin as their top priority guards.  Time will tell how this turns out. 

Matt Roth to Indiana

August 22, 2007

Matt Roth of Washington has committed to Indiana.  Roth had recently narrowed his list to SLU, Bradley, and Indiana.  Then SLU was recently eliminated leaving IU and BU.  Bradley is the school that had been recruiting him the longest. 

Indiana stepped in late and made him an offer.  It appears the appeal of the Big 10 was too much of an opportunity to pass up for Roth.

We have long been promoting Roth as an asset at the high major level and that we did in fact believe he could be a factor in the Big 10. 

Congratulations to Matt Roth.     

MSH Player Video:  Matt Roth

Nik Garcia Visits Iowa, Tyler Storm Visits and NIU

August 16, 2007

-I just spoke with Nik Garcia.  He just wrapped up his visit with Iowa.  He told me that the staff is likely to give him an offer in the fall.  They did not give him an offer on the visit because the staff wants to get a better look at their team before they offer him. 

Tyler Storm recently visited Northern Illinois.  The visit was unoffical.  Storm has an official visit with Western Illinois scheduled for some time in September.  Lehigh, Northeastern, Illinois State, Evansville, and Wisconsin-Green Bay are all still showing interest in Storm but have yet to offer him. 

   

DJ Visits Illinois, SIU Offers a Pair

August 16, 2007

DJ Richardson visited the University of Illinois yesterday.  MSH has reason to believe that DePaul is in very good standing with Richardson as is Ohio State

-MSH believes that Anthony Johnson will be visiting Illinois on the same weekend as Chris Colvin.  We think that Both will be offered scholarships.  We do not believe that either will commit at that time but we feel there is a good chance both may commit eventually.

 –SIU offered scholarships to both Jordan Prosser and Nik Garcia.  Garcia is visiting Iowa today.   

Ahmad Starks of Whitney Young and Brandon Spearman of Hales Franciscan both visited Valparaiso Yesterday where both were offered scholarhsips. 

Brandon Paul To Visit Illinois

August 14, 2007

Brandon Paul of Gurnee Warren will visit the University of Illinois on August 25.  The visit will be unoffical.  This is the same weekend that Chris Colvin, who was declared the number one player in the class of 2009 by MSH back in July, will also be visiting the school.  It is believed that at this time, Colvin will receive a scholarship offer from Coach Weber and Co.  Colvin has recently received an offer from Miami of the ACC to add to his other high major offer from Iowa

There is a chance that Paul will also receive an offer at this visit.  Paul told  MSH that there has been discussion of the possibility between he and the Illini coaching staff.  Paul really began to burst on the scene last year at the MidStateHoops.com Final Run Player Showcase in October of 2006 where he gave a standout performance.  His game has continued to progress since then and it appears that he will have plenty of high major suitors when his recruitment is all said and done. 

Paul has recently been offered his first pair of scholarships from Loyola-Chicago and Wisconsin-Green Bay.  Paul informed MSH that he received calls from USC of the Pac 10 and Iowa of the Big 10 yesterday and that they have both been showing him interest as of late.

The cream is beginning to rise to the top in the Illinois class of 2009.  How the recruiting shakes down will be very interesting.  Stay with MSH to get the latest recruiting developments.   

Foggy Forecast: Recruiting Predictions

August 12, 2007

Yes, we know, trying to predict where a kid will play is like trying to predict an NCAA Tournament Bracket.  But we figured, why not?  We all know how fun those brackets are!  So here are the predictions of Pat Benninger and Jason McGee of MidStateHoops.com on some of the top uncommitted prospects in the state of Illinois.  Let the discussion begin.   

Pat Benninger: 

Matt Roth to Indiana.  I think Roth is extremely intrigued by the opportunity to compete in the Big Ten.  He would have really liked to attend Illinois but they were never completely sold on him so never offered.  Bradley and St. Louis were both neck in neck until Sampson came into the picture.

Iman Shumpert  to Marquette.  It comes down to UNC and Marquette for Iman.  The attraction to play for the Tarheels is more than overwhelming to him but he realizes that he has more room to grow as a Golden Eagle.  Thoughts of Dwyane Wade come to mind and he knows he can make a bigger impact on the collegiate scene in blue and gold.

Scott Suggs (Washington, MO) to Illinois.  Washington is a very good situation for Suggs and Coach Romar invisions him being the next Brandon Roy but, at the same time, Scott realizes that there are some problems with in the Huskies system as they are debating over who gets what scholarships.  It should boil down to Illinois and MizzouCoach Mike Anderson has a style that fits Suggs and there is an opportunity to play immediately but the staff is heavily recruiting other players who play his position as well which tells me that Mizzou may not be as viable of an option as most believe.  Coach Weber was one of the first to offer Scott a scholarship and though the Illini have a style that differs from the Tigers it still fits Suggs’ style of play.  The opportunity to play immediately for the Fighting Illini is inevitable and with them lacking the ability to score, the ball will be put in his hands right away.  In addition, UI has a lot of young talent on the perimeter and if they get an inside presence to go along with the 2007 and 2008 recruiting class they have a chance to be big time contenders on the nation scale.

Jason McGee:

Matt Roth to Bradley.  Roth will keep it local and become a Brave.  He is flattered by the attention of an Indiana offer, but realizes that Bradley is the place for him and truly is the school of best fit.  Rick Majerus has done a great job since taking over at SLU, but Roth will ultimately decide to stick with what he knows best, Coach Jim Les. 

Iman Shumpert to Marquette.  Shumpert will eliminate the ACC schools by reasonable deduction.  He will not choose Georgia Tech over North Carolina.  If he went with the ACC, North Carolina would be the pick.  He did not let the Tarheels into his recruitment this late only to say no for another ACC program, Georgia Tech.  But, because he does not feel that he will have the best chance to succeed there, he will choose neither of the schools.  Like Roth, Shumpert is flattered but will stick with the original gameplan.  Marquette has produced plenty of Chicago talent of late and Shumpert plans to be the next in line. 

Scott Suggs (Washington, MO) to Missouri.  Suggs is going to keep it in the Midwest.  That means Washington is out.  They have so many players on scholarship I find it unlikely that a standup coach like Lorenzo Romar would boot out or force away any of his players to make way for a new recruit.  While playing for Illinois is a great proposition,  Suggs will decide to stay local and play for Mizzou.  Coach Anderson plays a style taylor made for Suggs and he knows that he can thrive in his system more than any other.  It will be a tough choice but in the end Suggs will please the local contingent and stay home. 

Pat & Jason: 

Stan Simpson to Arkansas.  Simpson has a lot of family in the Little Rock area and would love to be close to them.  He has a good relationship with former Marshall star Patrick Beverly and likes the SEC style of play.  He visits UA on September 22nd.

Kenyon Smith to Illinois State.  The Redbirds are real big on Smith.  They are the biggest Division I program to offer and the Missouri Valley is awfully hard to turn down.  He fits the style well and loves the facilities and coaching staff.  Easy pick.

Edwardsville Wing Commits

August 10, 2007

6’6” 180 lbs Edwardsville senior, Anthony Campbell, has made a commitment to Austin Peay of the Ohio Valley.  The shooting guard’s commitment took most fans and scouts off guard by this decision.

Campbell is a shooter with size.  He has an improving handle and works hard at all times while on the floor.  Previously, MSH thought of Anthony as a Division II level prospect but summer performances upped his stock, helping him catch the attention of Division I programs.

Campbell was a key to a solid Edwardsville squad last season, a team that featured Southern Illinois football recruit-Joe Alleria and SIU-E recruit-Terrance Williams.  He should be the focal point of his teams offense this season.

Anthony competed with St. Louis Majestics on the AAU circuit this past summer.