PHILADELPHIA, PA - Sunday featured a first time showdown between New York and Philadelphia. As Philly came out on top in the first two games, New York rattled off a late comeback to capture the senior game and some bragging rights.
Sheed & Scooch Sizzle
They are different sizes, come from different cities and play different styles of basketball, but the attention that Rysheed Jordan and Dayshon Smith have been getting this fall is a true testament to how good they have become heading into their final year of high school basketball.
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Another thing in common between the two Rivals150 members - both have a tough decision ahead in their recruiting process which could come to an end sooner or later.
Jordan, the No. 26 player in the Rivals150 from Vaux (PA), used his first official visit on St. John's. He was supposed to go to UCLA over the weekend, but elected not to for family reasons. With no date set for the Pac-12 school, Syracuse has their chance to woo him for Midnight Madness the weekend of September 12th. As Maryland and Temple are still heavily involved, as well as others, there is no true idea who on will land the talented guard from Philadelphia.
As for Smith, the No. 121 player in the Rivals150 from Putnam Science (CT), he has used two official visits on Atlantic-10 schools Dayton and Duquesne. While his visit to Drexel fell through over the weekend, there is still the possibility of a trip to Illinois. Along with that, he could use an official visit on Providence - who is still in the hunt for him and has had him on campus numerous times. With a decision pending, "Scoochie" could making his college choice in a few days or a few weeks. That is undetermined and a lot remains to be answered for the guard from the Bronx.
Austin's Recruitment Continues
Ever since his decommitment in mid-July from Penn State, 2013 Imhotep Charter (PA) guard Brandon Austin has received a fair amount of attention. For good reason, the No. 71 player in the Rivals150 showed off all the skills in his artillery at the All-City Classic.
As far as recruiting goes, the likes of Georgetown, UCLA, Syracuse and Florida are involved, as well as a school who could be making the most progress, UConn.
New UConn coach Kevin Ollie is making wiggle room and is expected to get an official visit from Austin on the Storrs campus sometime in October. Florida has been rumored to be making a strong amount of progress, as well, but as of now Austin's recruitment seems fairly quiet.
Carrington, Newkirk & Newton Show Off
In a competitive sophomore game stacked with talented guards, the likes of Khadeen Carrington , Shavar Newkirk and Ja'Quan Newton stood out. All members of the Rivals150 for the class of 2014, each stood out on the court as they dictated the scoring pace and trend in the offense.
Carrington, a combo guard out of Bishop Loughlin (NY), holds offers from Iowa State, Iowa, UConn, Kansas State, Villanova, Cincinnati, Rutgers, West Virginia, St. John's and more. At the moment, he says Cincinnati, West Virginia and Iowa State are recruiting him the hardest. An upcoming trip to Cincinnati is scheduled in two weeks. Both the No. 97 player in the Rivals150 and his mother have tangled with the idea of committing this spring, but that is a distance away.
Newkirk, a point guard out of Cardinal Hayes (NY), has scored offers from Hofstra, Iona, Manhattan, Providence, Seton Hall, Dayton and many more with interest from St. John's, West Virginia, Miami, Syracuse, UMass and plenty more. Possibly one of the most underrated players due to his size, the No. 117 player in the Rivals150 showed off his crafty abilities at the floor general spot.
Newton, a point guard out of Neumann Goretti (PA), has not seen much change in his recruitment as of late. The No. 52 player in the Rivals150 is a homebody and has visited Temple and Villanova numerous times. With that being said, he has a number of options including Arizona, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Miami, Nebraska, Penn State, Virginia, Wake Forest and more.
New York Bigs
With the New York Lightning about to enter their second year in the Nike EYBL, it is crucial that they establish the development of their younger teams. That is exact what they are doing in the class of 2015 with regards to big men. Jessie Govan of St. Mary's (NY) and Luis Santos of St. Raymond (NY) make a fairly impressive 6-foot-9 duo of twin towers in the post.
While Govan is more of an old fashion type of post player who can shoot the ball, the development of the Dominican native Santos will be interesting as his potential is sky high. With former UMass player Dana Dingle coaching them up, both are being recruited by similar schools early on in the process. Virginia, Arizona, Florida State, Kentucky, Georgetown, Syracuse, Villanova, St. John's, Rutgers, UMass, Temple, George Mason and more are involved. Virginia has officially offered Govan, who will more than likely be a system player. His body and game are a bit similar to former UConn star and current NBA player Emeka Okafor. Look for these two sophomores to blossom over the next year.
2015 point guards Sammy Foreman of Haverford School (PA) and Lamarr Kimble of Neumann Goretti (PA) continue to impress schools, but have yet to rack up an official offer. Both are receiving interest from Xavier, Villanova, Penn State, La Salle, Miami and many more.
Spotted with a Rhode Island shirt on, Jon Severe made it known that he had no favorites. Following recently official visits to George Washington and URI, the 2013 shooting guard from Christ the King (NY) has not set a timetable for a decision. Both Atlantic-10 schools have a strong shot, however.
Two other impressive 2015 talents from Philadelphia were Derrick Jones of Archbishop Carroll (PA) and Levan Alston of Haverford School (PA). Both hold offers from Penn, and Jones also holds offers from Penn State, Rutgers and St. Joseph's, along with interest from Kansas, Stanford, Notre Dame, Xavier, Villanova and Bucknell. Alston, who attacked the rim a fair amount in the sophomore game, is gaining a lot of interest from a majority of the schools in the state.
While Terry Larrier has enrolled at Phelps School (PA), he played for his native New York team and did quite well. With a plethora of offers from Drexel, Siena, Iona, Fordham, Towson, Sacred Heart, Dayton, Florida International, Monmouth and Robert Morris, the 2014 small forward is also being pursued by Georgetown, St. John's, Miami, St. Joseph's, Oklahoma, Providence, Texas and Villanova, all of whom have interest.
Five schools remain for Johnnie Davis of Neumann Goretti (PA), and two of them have yet to offer. With that being said, both Fordham and Iona are on the verge of offering the 2013 wing. Davis is also considering Towson, Delaware and Robert Morris simply because they have recruited him the hardest. With an official visit setup to Towson in a few weeks, Davis may take his second official visit to Fordham. After that, it is undetermined what he will do next, but the wing-prospect stated that he could commit during the middle of the season.
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