High hoops, academics for Sharma

When a 6-11 player possesses both athleticism and skill, interest from coaches and media accolades almost always follow.

The first piece of evidence indicating that Josh Sharma is a player is this: He's 6-11 and at least arguably a power forward. Not a pure center despite possessing ample height for that position even by NBA standards, Sharma's mobility registers as that of a forward.

In addition to his relative lateral fluidity and speed, Sharma also owns an impressive skill level. He races ahead on the break and has some body control around the basket, enabling him to finish while running at full speed. He also performs more typical big man functions such as blocking shots.

Sharma is both tall and long, and once he puts on weight — likely at least 30 pounds — he should become a solid rebounder and scorer. He doesn't yet possess the lower body strength to be a reliable back to the basket player, but his long-term potential as a versatile offensive component certainly appears bright.

Speaking of bright, he's also a talented student who is attracting attention from schools that boast a high athletics/academics ratio.

"Right now I have offers from BC (Boston College), Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Illinois and UConn," Sharma said. "I'm also hearing from Vanderbilt, Stanford, Creighton, Wake Forest, and recently started hearing from Michigan."

Sharma is highly likely to add additional offers. He stood 6-8 as a freshman and now clocks in at 6-11, yet hasn't lost his ability to change ends, move his feet pretty well side to side or overall skill level. That said, he knows he has areas to improve.

"My coach and I are working on my post moves," Sharma said. "I'm also trying to do more face-up stuff and definitely be more aggressive overall."

His next step will be to continue competing on the travel circuit this summer and build on the momentum he has established with the Mass Rivals. From there, he'll boil down his recruitment and proceed toward the November signing period.

"I'm going to narrow my list after July and then figure out my officials for the fall," he said.

Sharma currently ranks No. 60 in the Class of 2015.


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