Thursday, October 16, 2014

10/16-17 News and Notes

Articles and Recaps
Early preview of some of the players that are expected to attend SU's Midnight Madness.
2016 PG Howard Washington noted for his play at the Hoop Exchange Florida Fall Festival.
2016 Wing VJ King update and Frank Howard is noted for his standout play recently.
More details on SU's upcoming Midnight Madness.
2017 SG/SF Devin Gilmore claims an offer from SU.
2017 Wing Aaron Cash mentions early interest from SU.
Great article about Moustapha Diagne's journey from Senegal to SU. (members)
Malachi Richardson noted as one of the top 5 shooters in the 2015 class.
2017 St. Benedict's guards Trevon Duval and Nate Pierre-Louis have early interest from SU. Duval will be attending SU's Midnight Madness tonight.
Diagne's HS coach talks about him improving his overall offensive game.

Midnight Madness Visit List
Malachi Richardson
Moustapha Diagne

Matt Moyer

Melo Eggleston
Jordan Tucker
Trevon Duval

Cam Reddish

Daily Updates
Brian Flinn @BFlinnHoops 3 hours ago
Trevon Duval has gotten better since this summer. The 2017 G put up points with ease tonight.

Matthew moyer @ballout4ever 5 minutes ago
Seeing the future teammates and this weekend

Sunday, October 12, 2014

10/12-13 News and Notes

Articles and Recaps
2017 prospects Trevon Duval and Jordan Tucker plan on visiting SU for their Midnight Madness event and also say that they can see themselves playing at SU eventually.
Matt Moyer noted as a day one standout at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational.
Thomas Bryant enjoys his visit to Mizzou and is leaning towards a spring time decision.
Tyus Battle's Father says that their recent visit to SU went as well as it could've went.
2017 targets Trevon Duval and Sidney Wilson noted for their play in the Sharette Dixon Classic underclassmen game.
2017 target DJ Harvey noted as one of the top overall performers at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational.
Battle talks about his SU visit experience.

Daily Updates
Rodger Bohn@rodgerbohn · 22 hours ago
recruit Matthew Moyer has really filled out and has LOT more confidence looking to score on block.
Rodger Bohn@rodgerbohn · 2 hours ago
Cameron Reddish w/couple NBA moves.Scary potential as 6'5 combo in '18.Elite shot creator.
Evan Daniels@EvanDaniels · 2 hours ago
There aren't many wings in 2017 better than DJ Harvey. Bucket getter out of . Consistently makes pull-ups.
Evan Daniels@EvanDaniels · 43 minutes ago
DJ Harvey hasn't missed a shot all morning ... At least not when I've been watching.
Corey Evans@coreyevans_10 · 5 hours ago
Guy that really impressed with physical and skill developments yesterday-2017 DeMatha wing DJ Harvey. Handles, quickness, athleticism there
Corey Evans@coreyevans_10 · 44 minutes ago
Gotta put DJ Harvey in top 5 performers of camp along with Matt Coleman and Rodney Miller at the
Courtside Films@CourtsideFilms · Oct 11
Matthew Moyer and Derek Funderburk outta Ohio tightening up handle and agility in drills finishing with authority- gettin comfy with rims
Courtside Films@CourtsideFilms · 18 hours ago
Syracuse bound Matthew Moyer is eatin out here at the Lucas Camp
Courtside Films@CourtsideFilms · 1 hour ago
DJ Harvey (2017) was outstanding at showed great ball handling and confidence in his jump shot. Absolutely gettin buckets

Eric Hampford@3ricHampford · 1 minute ago
Getting a good look at 2016 wing V.J. King. Fantastic size at about 6'6" plus long limbs. Fantastic body control.
Eric Hampford@3ricHampford · 3 minutes ago
I've always liked the way 2017 PG Aaron Thompson plays. Excellent feel & can get anywhere on the floor.

Eric Hampford@3ricHampford · 1 hour ago
Watching 2016 Paul VI (VA) wing V.J. King work off-the-dribble is a thing of beauty. So smooth.

Eric Hampford@3ricHampford · 51 minutes ago
Syracuse commit Franklin Howard is cooking right now from the perimeter. Looking very bouncy too.

Team Swerve @TeamSwerve3  ·  19 hours ago
Malik Zachery just dropped in 32 points in Men's League in downtown Syracuse...keep working young man!

Melo Eggleston✈ @LocalCeleb_  ·  2 hours ago         
Great visit by Syracuse man, it was very well, I'm thankful you stopped by...My boy GMAC


Matt Moyer John Lucas Midwest Invitational mix.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10/7-10 News and Notes

Articles and Recaps
2017 Target Trevon Duval noted as a standout at the Team USA Junior mini-camp.
2017 target DJ Harvey noted as a standout at the Team USA Junior mini-camp.
SU officially announces their Midnight Madness taking place on October 17th.
Update on Tyler Lydon.

Daily Updates

Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels 1 minute ago
Point guards Jaylen Hands, Matt Coleman & Trevon Duval were standouts to me this weekend at . All have extra gears with their speed.

Andrew Slater @ASlater247 Oct 5
Standouts at the were Moustapha Heron, Ty Jerome, Melo Eggleston, Rawle Alkins, Sid Wilson, Isaiah Washington & Nate Pierre-Louis

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria 3 hours ago
2016 G Tyus Battle and 2015 Syracuse commit Malachi Richardson will be at Syracuse this weekend for the FSU game
Malachi Richardson recent workout.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

10/2-3 News and Notes

Articles and Recaps
Tyus Battle's dad talks about SU and future plans.
Keep an eye on 2017 Forward Daniel Mading.
SU offers 2016 SF VJ King.
2017 PG Malik Zachery third blog entry.
2017 recent offer Jordan Tucker noted as one of the standouts at the NY24 event last weekend.
Thomas Bryant reschedules his visit to Indiana. His coach says SU, IU, and Mizzou are the main schools currently involved.
Rosters for the Sharette Dixon Classic taking place October 11th. Notables are 2017 targets Jordan Tucker and Trevon Duval.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

9/25-30 News and Notes

Articles and Recaps
Theories on why Jamal Murray has not received an offer from SU yet.
Rivals 2017 top 25. Notables are 3)Vanderbilt, 7)Bowen, 9)Duval, 13)Walker, 17)Harvey, 20)Tucker.
Keep an eye on this 2017 Canadian SG Christian David.
Tyus Battle plans to visit SU October 11th.
Battle's Father recaps the visit SU had with his son.
2017 G/F Jordan Tucker talks about his recent offer from SU.

Daily Updates
Dean Francis @OttoWorld365  ·  3 hours ago
G/F Jordan Tucker becomes the first 2017 prospect to be offered by SU.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

9/23-24 News and Notes

Articles and Recaps (members)
Thomas Bryant recaps his visit to SU.
Recap of how Matt Moyer caught the eye of Gerry McNamara and SU.
Tyler Lydon along with 2017 targets Brian Bowen and DJ Harvey, have been selected to the team USA Junior mini-camp October 4-5.
Despite enjoying his recent to SU, Thomas Bryant says that Missouri is recruiting him the hardest as of late.
2017 prospects Myles Douglass and David Beatty and 2018 SG Cam Reddish were all noted as standouts at the Hoopgroup Philly Top 100 Camp.
SU coaches hitting the road visiting all of the commits and recruiting targets this week.

Daily Updates
Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) tweeted at 10:28 AM on Mon, Sep 22, 2014: Duke's Coach K will visit 2016 6-6 SG Tyus Battle @kidmamba23 on Wednesday & Syracuse's Jim Boeheim comes in on Friday.

Dean Francis (@OttoWorld365) tweeted at 8:02 PM on Tue, Sep 23, 2014:
Jim Boeheim checked out top 5 2016 target Harry Giles today. #Cuse

Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) tweeted at 0:09 PM on Wed, Sep 24, 2014:
Cincinnati is the latest to offer 2017 St. Benedict's PG @DatGuy_Trey . Syracuse comes in Friday, when they will also see 2016 @kidmamba23

Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) tweeted at 4:08 PM on Wed, Sep 24, 2014:
Syracuse & Providence will watch my man 2017 Stepinac wing Jordan Tucker tomorrow

Friday, September 19, 2014

Player Evaluations

Here goes some evaluations and notes that I have from several games that I was able to watch recently.

Moustapha Diagne PF/C Commit-Matchup viewing against St. Benedict's from the HS season. I had Diagne charted for 16pts, 13rbs 6-13fg, 4-9ft. Looked really good offensively in the 1st half. Finished off several drives from the top of the key and looked to be a load for St. Benedict's to handle inside. Showed off some good footwork and post moves down low in the paint and even knocked down a nice mid-range shot. 2nd half was a different story, as Diagne struggled to finish around the basket several times and had a few questionable shot selections. Going to the line 9 times is always good but connecting less than 50% on those is not so good. That's an area he's going to have to improve on when he reaches the next level. Defensively he rebounded his area well as the 13rbs would suggest, but I felt he could've contested a few shots inside better than he did as he only finished with 1blk. Overall not much can be said about Diagne that hasn't been said already. He has improved his offensive skillset all around and should present SU with a legit low post scoring option that they haven't had since Rick Jackson. Defensively I'll be curious to see where he'll log the most minutes at. He's a bit undersized to play full-time in the middle and while he isn't slower than molasses, I'm not sure that he has the quickness to be effective on the wings.

Howard Washington and Jamal Murray PG's-Finally got a chance to check out Washington after hearing so much about him over the past year or so. This game was from the FIBA U17 against France. One thing that you notice right away between the two is that Murray is much taller and physically mature than Washington. Murray is probably 2-3 inches taller and about 15- 20lbs stronger. Both started in the backcourt and Washington began the game out on the ball but struggled out the gate to make anything happen and the team fell behind 8-0. Once Murray took over at the point that's when things got rolling for Canada. Murray was not only able to get off his own shot but create opportunities for his teammates as well. He was basically unstoppable in the 1st half, but seem to get fatigued a little and struggled with his shot in the 2nd half. Washington actually looked most comfortable on catch and shoot situations, where he displayed a nice shooting stroke from behind the arc and nailed several threes. Canada would build a lead by 12 at halftime but due to a lack of size inside, France was able to take advantage and claw their way back for the victory. I can understand why the SU staff is probably hesitant to offer a player like Washington at the moment. While he looks to be a good prospect, I just didn't see much playmaking ability or any other elite attributes especially when watching him compared to Murray for him to earn an offer from SU yet. With that said, he'll get the exposure and opportunity to improve on that since he's attending Montverde now.

Eddie Ekiyor PF/C-Might be a little undersized for SU to play in the middle, but every time I've seen him play all he does is compete and do the dirty work. He had a big 1st half for Canada, as their only legit low post threat. Struggled a bit against France's length during the 2nd half and isn't the most explosive. He might not fit every program, but transferring to New Hampton to play alongside Tyler Lydon will no doubt increase his exposure.

Sedee Keita PF/C-Played limited minutes in the game I watched but made a big impact on the defensive end. Ran the floor well and looked very mobile for his size. Looked to be a good rebounder and shot blocker as well. Didn't get many touches on offense, so it's hard to judge what kind of game he has there in that department.

Veer Singh SF-Played at St. Peter's Prep, where Red Autry made multiple visits to check out their young players with Singh considered to be the best one out of the bunch. Singh displayed a nice offensive game and some solid athleticism. He has a quick release on his shot and was able to knock down 4 threes in the 1st half alone. Even though he didn't convert, he was one of the few players that I've seen show no fear at trying to dunk on Cheick Diallo. On the flip side, I didn't notice much rebounding and shot blocking from him and he appears to be more of a finesse player overall. Also he went scoreless in the 2nd half and had several bad shot selections. Singh already has a good amount of quality offers from high-majors and that list will most likely grow over the next year.

MJ Walker SG-Top 10 player in his class with elite athleticism and a college ready body. Showcased the ability to create his own shot with ease and knocked down a triple from NBA range in the game that I watched. Walker claimed to have SU as his favorite heading into the summer, but at that point the SU staff had not shown any interest in him yet. Hopefully that changes as time goes along.

Jarred Vanderbilt SF-Another elite top 10 prospect. Vanderbilt is about 6'9, but has the game and ball handling of a guard. Very versatile as he showcased the ability to play inside on the low post and also do damage out on the perimeter. This is another kid that claims SU as a favorite of his.

Zach Brown C-This giant is a legit 7-footer and was a beast down low on both ends of the floor. Showed good positioning and spacing to score in the paint on offense. Defensively he either blocked or altered every shot that came his way. Best example of that was when MJ Walker repeatedly tried to dunk it on him and each time was served with the Serge Ibaka treatment. Brown isn't the most athletic, but moves adequate enough for his size.

Matt Coleman PG-One of my favorite young prospects along with Trevon Duval to watch in the early goings of 2017. Coleman reminds me of Jonny Flynn at a young age. Quick with the ball and has the penetration skills where nobody can stay in front of him. The lefty needs to get stronger and find more consistency with his jumper, but I have no doubt he'll be a consensus 5 star top 25 player when all said and done over the next few years.

Trevon Duval CG-Matchup viewing against Moustapha Diagne's Pope John team. I had Duval charted with 14pts, 2rbs, 7-14fg. Duval presents nice size for a guard at 6'3 with very long arms. In this game he had the mid-range game cooking where 80% of his points came from. Duval has a good handle and can penetrate inside to get his own shot of at will. At a young age he is a very mature player that was very patient on offense and I don't recall too many shots out of his 14 being ill-advised. Moving forward I would like to see him develop his PG skills, as he's mainly wired to score at this point, and his perimeter shot from deep can use some consistency as well.