Archive for September, 2007

Off the Court Extras

September 26, 2007

6’9” Jordan Prosser took an unofficial to University of Wisconsin this past weekend.  The Eureka forward was very intrigued with their facilities and style of play.

7’1” 280 lbs Kyle Rowley of Lake Forest Academy will be attending the Georgetown University’s Midnight Madness.

6’9” Springfield Lanphier center Ryan Connolly has seen UIC increase their interest at a rising pace.  Head Coach Jimmy Collins has already been in to watch him work out.

Chicago State, Eastern Illinois, Lehigh, Loyola-Chicago, North Dakota, Northern Iowa, The Citadel, and Western Illinois have all shown increasing interest in 6’7” Moline senior Isiah Nunn.  Though no schools have offered, Eastern Illinois and North Dakota may come close to doing so very soon.

6’2” Jeremy Leonard of TF North is picking up interest from Loyola-Chicago.  Expect their staff to visit him in the near future.

6’3” 185 lbs Trey Blue, formerly of Thornwood, is playing very well early on at Brewster Academy.  He looks as if he will be a very vital part to a Bobcats’ backcourt featuring Anthony Crater (Ohio State) and Mark Lyons (Xavier).  Rhode Island has really stepped up their recruiting efforts in the skilled sharpshooter.

6’10” Trey McCorkle of Bismarck Henning is receiving plenty of attention at open gyms.  Northwestern and Southern Illinois are both scheduled to check him out this week.  Tulsa is really starting to heat up their pursuit of McCorkle as well. 

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Ryan Hare Commits to Oregon State

September 20, 2007

Ryan Hare of Chicago Marshall has verbally committed to Oregon State University of the Pac-10 Conference.  Hare is a top 10 player in the class of 2008 statewide. 

The Pac-10 has been very active in the state as of late.  Oregon has already scored recruiting victories by way of verbals from both Michael Dunigan and Matt HumphreyJosh Crittle is set to take an official visit there in the near future.  Michael Stovall, who was Hare’s teammate at Marshall, is in his freshman year at Oregon State. 

Marshall has produced a steady flow of Division One players in recent years. Patrick Beverley was the talk of the nation last season as a freshman at Arkansas.  Stovall was an unheralded star in the 2007 class throughout his career; now Darius Smith appears to be taking the same course of his predacessing teammates as he continues to fly under the radar.    

Northwestern Offers Rowley and Paul

September 16, 2007

Kyle Rowley and Brandon Paul told me that they both received offers from Nortwestern University yesterday.  Northwestern-commit John Shurna of Glenbard West and Jack Cooley of Glenbrook South, and Courtney Bell of Lincoln Park were also at Northwestern visiting the school.  The visit included attending the Northwestern football game in which Duke University finally ended their twenty-two game losing streak. 

Rowley and Paul have both seen their stock rise considerably in recent weeks.  Paul recently picked up his first Big 10 offer from the University of Illinois.  This is the first Big 10 offer for Rowley who also holds offers from Baylor and Southern Illinois.   

Rowley will be returning for a second visit with Wisconsin later this month and also has a visit lined up with Purdue.  The Badgers may offer the big man this second time around. 

Keep checking with MSH for the latest as it pertains to recruiting information on Paul and Rowley.    

Lindfors Gets Two More Offers, Expecting Even More!

September 14, 2007

6’9″ Jake Lindfors of Addison-Driscoll informed MidStateHoops.com, last night, that he has picked up two more scholarship offers.  Both Eastern Kentucky and Illinois State have extended scholarship offers.

EKU and ISU become the 4th and 5th schools to extend scholarships.  Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, and Albany had already offered the versatile forward.

Jake exclaimed to us that he was going to have a lot of coaches coming in to watch him in the near future and most likely offer him.  Florida Gulf Coast, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Wright State were all among the names given.  DePaul will also be coming in to view the sizey and skilled scorer.

Off the Court Extras

September 11, 2007

6’8″ 265 lbs Ryan Connolly of Springfield Lanphier has been receiving interest from Eastern Kentucky.

Ball State, IPFW, North Dakota, and Missouri-St. Louis have all been in to see Bismarck-Henning‘s Trey McCorkle.  Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, and New Orleans have planned to come in this week to evaluate his play at open gyms while Arkansas State, Illinois State, SIU-E, and Lewis University are scheduling to do the same in the near future.  In addition, Marquette and Northwestern have inquired about the 6’10” 220 pounder.

MidStateHoops.com listed 5’8″ Bloomington point guard Darieus Perry as one to watch this summer as we felt his stock would rise tremendously and it certainly did.  Coach Everhart of Duquesne is very intriuged with Perry as a player and there may be an offer on the way very soon.  He has attracted a ton of D1 interest on the summer circuit with Team Illinois.

IPFW and UMKC have both extended scholarship offers to Donald Stewart of Champaign Central.  In addition, Houston and Chattanooga have really stepped up their level of interest.

Pat Logs In

September 7, 2007

PAT BENNINGER OF MIDSTATEHOOPS.COM GOES OFF THE RECORD TO GIVE SOME MUSINGS ON RECRUITING AS IT PERTAINS TO SOME OF THE STATE’S TOP TALENT:

I am very shocked to see Jeremy Leonard (De La Salle) go as far under the radar as he has.  He is a solid guard that has proven he could be an immediate impact player at the mid major level.  He could also fit well in some high major programs.  At 6’2″ he brings good size and strength to the floor and is very poised.  He can handle it and is a great passer and 3-point shooter.  There isn’t much the kid can’t do yet it seems St. Louis and Marquette are the only schools who have showed considerable interest.  He played with The Supreme Kings this past summer so didn’t get a lot of exposure but I’d urge all high majors and mid majors to jump on this kid…he’s the definition of a sleeper.

Donald Stewart saw his stock drop a bit competing with Spiece Indy Heat this year (due to lack of exposure, not level of play) but it shouldn’t stop coaches from evaluating the 6’5″ 190 lbs combo guard.  Stewart can handle and distribute the ball and can score from beyond the arch and off the drive.  He’s very long and rebounds better than a lot of guards due to his size.  He is also a very good defensive player.  Perhaps his best asset is his leadership ability.  He seems to find ways to win.  When discussing Champaign Central everyone talks about Verdell Jones III, and rightfully so, but this kid is no slouch.  He’s got offers from Indiana State and Tennessee Tech while Chattanooga, James Madison, and Oakland have shown heavy interest.  I think he’ll be a great addition to any mid major program and would have a chance to start right a way at that level.

Speaking of Verdell Jones III, I’m hoping Bruce Weber is going at him hard with the recent loss of Darius Miller (Kentucky).  Since Jones is a consensus top 150 player with good height at the guard position and is right in their backyard, there is no reason not to try to grab him.  He’s a great redshirt candidate and will be a good backup or backcourt teammate for Demetri McCamey.  I think there is still a chance for a solid 2008 class for the Fighting Illini with all the established high school and JUCO talent showing interest in the program, I’m just hoping the staff will close the deal, which I think they are capable of doing, especially with 6’5″ Mario Little of Chipola.

Bloomington senior Darieus Perry was nothing more than a sparingly used role player last season but had an outstanding July evaluation and picked up an offer from Southern Missouri State (a D2 going to D1 in the 2008-09 season).  UMKC and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville are highly interested as well.  Duquesne has also stepped up their interest.  Chicago State and Central Florida are two others who are actively involved.

If a school needs a player with some real size there are a couple unheralded prospects available in the 2008 class.  Steve Goins is a 6’10” 250 lbs center with a wide body and good strength.  He rebounds well and is improving his shooting touch and footwork.  He’s a project but he has a chance to make some noise after a couple years of Division I development.  He attended Chicago Leo last season but has been rumored to have transferred to Chicago Curie.  Bloom Township just produced 6’8″ Delvon Johnson (Western Illinois) and now have 6’10” Jawan Nelson.  Nelson is a lot more polished than Johnson and has a lot more size but isn’t nearly as athletic.  He takes up space and moves well and a lot of colleges have begun to take a gander.  6’10” 215 lbs Trey McCorkle (Bismarck-Henning) and 6’9″ 265 lbs Ryan Connelly (Springfield Lanphier) could also make some smaller Division I schools happy campers.

If any colleges out there were disappointed that they loss out on Demond Watt (who was one heckuva player) to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi now is your chance to get another one…Proviso West forward Byron Woods has a game that greatly resembles Demond’s.  Though Woods isn’t as strong, he’s a relentless rebounder and a tenacious shot blocker.  He has the agility of a perimeter player, is a hard worker, and is always active.  At a bouncy 6’7″ I’d say he’d be a great pickup for a mid major team that needs a rebounder.

Isiah Nunn of Moline is a player who doesn’t always get his respect but he has proven to me that he’s a Division I talent.  He’s 6’6″, long, and extremely athletic.  His skill development has been very consistent over the past two years and he has proven that he’s willing to work and earn his keep.  I think he could play at the mid major level in time but would be best fit at the smaller Division I level.  If he continues to develop his outside shot and his ball handling, he will be an All-Conference small forward by the time he’s a college junior.  He competed with both Rising Stars and Ft. Sooy-No Limit.

I’m not much of a fan when it comes to undersized power forwards at the Division I level but I think Paris Carter could be very good in the low major ranks as a post and equally as good on the wing at the mid major level.  He’s about 6’5 1/2″ and is very strong and athletic.  He rebounds well and plays an aggressive style of play.  I love his toughness.  He’s been one of the main and most underappreciated factors for the success of a Full Package team that featured Supo Sanni (Homewood-Flossmoor), Iman Shumpert, and Stan Simpson.