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Off the Court Extras

February 8, 2008

Nick Waddell of Chicago Englewood has verbally committed to Chicao State University.

Tony Nixon of Seton Academy has picked up an offer from Montana State University.

David Brown of Rockton Hononegah has just received scholarship offers from Northern Illinois, Wright State, and Eastern Illinois.

Lavonte Dority of Chicago Foreman has received a scholarship offer from Baylor University.


Kinney Receives SIUE Offer

February 7, 2008

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville has offered 2009 guard James Kinney. This is Kinney’s fourth offer to date and his third since the beginning of the high school season.

Kinney is enjoying a superb junior campaign despite the lack of recognition he is receiving for it. As one of the top players in a competitive Big 12 Conference, Kinney is having his best season yet in this, his third year on varsity. Among his best performances on the season was his 23 point, 11 rebound and 6 assist effort in a victory over rival Champaign Central.

On the season Kinney is averaging 17 ponits, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists respectively. His play on the court has helped enhance his stock on the recruiting trail where coaches have taken notice. George Mason and Souther Illinois University-Carbondale already offered earlier in the season. More offers could be just around the corner as there are a number of schools who have an ongoing interest in Kinney.

Diamond to Stay

October 17, 2007

Contrary to our last entry we would like to correct our record and state that Diamond Taylor will remain at St. Joseph.  In speaking with Taylor he stated, “my parents thought about it and they decided it would be better for me to stay as far as keeping my reputation high and keeping colleges after me….so I’m staying.” 

We wish the best of luck to Diamond this season. 

Off the Court Extras

October 10, 2007

Standout 2009 guard, Diamond Taylor, will transfer from St. Joseph.  Taylor will be attending Bolingbrook.  Taylor is slated to attend Midnight Madness at Wisconsin

Jordan Prosser will be attending Midnight Madness at Indiana. 

Brandon Paul, DJ Richardson, and Anthony Johnson, are a few of the prospects who will be attending Midnight Madness at Illinois

Nik Garcia may also be at Illinois for Midnight Madness.  In speaking with him just last night he said, “I’ve recently been in contact with them and they told me they are very interested and want me to get on campus.  They said they are going to recruit me hard so if I go to a midnight madness it will be there’s.”

Iman Shumpert will be at Marquette for Midnight Madness. 

Josh Crittle will make a decision between Oregon and Minnesota about where he will play his collegiate ball. 

Verdell Jones III will be at Kentucky for Midnight Madness.

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.    

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