GLENSIDE, PA - As the VILLA Classic was full of superstars in a showdown of five games pitting teams from New York against teams from Philadelphia, numerous recruits showed off their skills. With UConn's Kevin Ollie, Providence's Ed Cooley, Temple's Fran Dunphy and Villanova's Jay Wright taking in the action, along with assistants from Drexel, Xavier, Rider, Florida International and elsewhere, the top performance of the day was without a question, Khadeen Carrington.
Carrington Continues Hot Flash
Ranked No. 94 in the Rivals150, the 2014 6-foot-3 shooting guard showed off his ability to attack the rim in bunches. This not only led to an MVP performance, but the recording of his 1,000th career point. The Bishop Loughlin (NY) product credits his improved jumper and improved ability at seeing the floor to his improved success on the court.
After picking up an offer from Florida State last week, the four-star prospect hopes to get on the Seminoles campus in near time. UConn, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Rutgers, St. John's and others have also offered the talented guard, who says that the Huskies, Mountaineers, Bearcats and Seminoles are standing out the most to him because of how frequently they stay in contact. With Kevin Ollie in attendance Saturday, it gave him a perspective of what Carrington could do against some real talent and a tough atmosphere. Carrington came up big in front of the coach who he is starting to grasp onto.
Whitehead Weaving Through Recruiting Process
Struggling in his past two games, Isaiah Whitehead is ready to break out of a mini slump after weekend losses to St. Frances (MD) and Imhotep Charter (PA). As he is still one of the top guards in the nation - ranked No. 13 in his class - Whitehead is ready to bring his usual intensity back to the court.
On a different note, his recruitment is winding down. As he hopes to cut his list to five schools by next month, Whitehead says that Syracuse, UCLA and Louisville are standing out at this point, while Rutgers and St. John's haven't been in constant contact as before.
While Syracuse has caught the eye of the five-star prospect from Lincoln (NY), his mind isn't made up yet.
"If I was a lock for Syracuse, I would have committed by now," he told Rivals.com following his game at the VILLA Classic. "My mind hasn't been made up yet."
Regarding Louisville, UCLA and Syracuse standing out - the Orange have shown him plenty of attention, he could play alongside close friend Chris McCullough and he would only be around four hours away from home. When Louisville came by to watch him workout, they showed him film and Whitehead was intrigued by how he could fit into the offense. UCLA has gotten him on campus before, but could the Pac-12 be out of range because of how far away it is? That's certainly possible.
As for now, Whitehead may be cutting his list to five soon, but he doesn't intent to commit until his senior year.
Rysheed Addresses Rumors
2013 Robert Vaux (PA) point guard Rysheed Jordan has heard nearly every rumor about his recruitment within the past few months. While it hasn't struck gotten to him yet, he could end his recruitment any minute.
"It could happen at anytime," he told Rivals.com following his game. "I haven't made up my mind, but everyone will know."
As far as rumors of Temple being to close, UCLA being the odd man out and St. John's being the likely destination because of the style of play and ideal location, Jordan denied it all.
"None of that's true," he echoed.
Down to the Bruins, Red Storm and Owls, the No. 29 player in the Rivals150 for the class of 2013 could make his move at any minute.
Providence bound Brandon Austin and St. Joseph's bound Jai Williams looked extremely impressive at the VILLA Classic.
Austin showed off his point guard skills, and similar skills to UCLA talent Kyle Anderson and Syracuse talent Michael Carter-Williams. The Imhotep Charter (PA) product didn't get his jumper going, but his floater game was in effect, as was his long arms on defense which led to several poke-away steals and finishes. At No. 74 in the Rivals150, look for Austin to shoot up a bit in the rankings, as he also impressed National Analyst Eric Bossi last weekend.
As for Williams, he may be out of shape but his size is ideal in the Atlantic-10. His interior post moves are strong, and his ability to run the floor is impressive for his size. As he must improve on consistently finishing down low, his development will be extremely important for Phil Marteli's squad going forward the next four years. As soon as he hits campus, however, he must get in better shape.
Three undecided mid-major prospects from the classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 all stood out individually at the event on Saturday.
2013 Camden (NJ) forward Amir Maddred - The unsigned senior has three schools on his tail, with one being the leader. As the only school to offer, thus far, Kennesaw State leads for Maddred's services. Wagner is close to offering and Delaware is staying involved. As he doesn't plan to take his official visits until after the season, his stock could certainly rise with his big body.
2014 Math, Civics & Sciences (PA) shooting guard Malik Starkes - The athletic and intense guard showed off his ability to attack the rim relentlessly. While his focus on the court may not be his brightest side, Starkes continues to impress. As Xavier was on hand to watch him, his personality and style of play certainly matches what they are used to. UConn, Memphis, Temple and others have reached out to him, as well.
2015 Wings Academy (NY) point guard Desure Buie - A young, undersized facilitator, Buie facilitated the offense and utilized his ability to get the ball into the cup while driving. It's still early, but the sophomore impressed with mid major schools watching. George Mason, Fordham, Iona, Fairfield, Hofstra, and even Seton Hall, have shown interest. Hofstra had him on campus first, and that is the right idea as this guard has a bright future if he gets bigger.
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