BLAKENEY THE STAR, READY TO CUT LIST
With in-state rivals Louisville and Kentucky hot on his trail, Blakeney had college coaches and stands full of fans for each of his five games with E1T1 in the Super Showcase. He averaged 22 points and six rebounds in going 4-1.
”This has been fun, but I hate to lose,” Blakeney said. “The fans were great and it was just a lot of fun to play here.”
The 6-foot-4 Blakeney, ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2015 and the No. 5 shooting guard, said “there’s a really good chance,” he will narrow his list of schools in the coming weeks. He said no official visits have been confirmed yet.
”But I’m working on it,” said Blakeney, who drew Louisville head coach Rick Pitino for all five games, along with assistant coaches for Kentucky, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Missouri and North Carolina. Florida coach Billy Donovan was in attendance for two games on Thursday.
JOHNSON LEADS HOWARD PULLEY TO THE UPSET
Minneapolis De La Salle senior guard Jarvis Johnson helped lead Howard Pulley in a big 75-62 upset of EYBL standouts E1T1.
Jarvis had 17 points and five assists in front of more than 25 coaches, including Minnesota coach Richard Pitino and assistant coaches from Texas Tech, Marquette, Wisconsin, Creighton, Toledo and others.
”This is big for us,” Johnson said. “We lost to them earlier in the season and this is really good. It’s nice for us.
”Coming out here and playing great, I’m just enjoying myself.”
The 6-foot Johnson is ranked as the No. 19 point guard in the country and said he “couldn’t even begin to” count his total number of scholarship offers.
”All of the schools are showing a lot of interest,” he said. “It’s been a lot of calls and a lot of interest. I’m thinking about narrowing (his list) in a few weeks a little bit but I’m not sure. Baylor, Kansas and Villanova have started to show interest.”
Howard Pulley guards Bjorn Borman of Duluth, Minn., Lakeview Christian and Joe Rosga of St. Paul, Minn., Cretin-Derham Hall, combined for nine three pointers in the victory. Broman has an offer from Winthrop and Rosga has no offers.
NATIONS TALLEST PLAYER DRAWS A CROWD
The tallest college basketball recruit in the country – 7-foot-5 Tacko Fall – drew a crowd of college coaches and fans at the Super Showcase.
With roster two players short, Fall played more minutes than he did at Peach Jam and averaged five points and five rebounds in four games. The coaches were lined up to watch him and he said he took “a whole lot,” of photos with fans.
”We’ve got to get him out of here,” one of his teammates joked on Thursday when a line formed for a photo op with Fall.
Fall, who has been in the U.S. for a year and a half, has offers from Georgia Tech, Xavier, Baylor, Kansas State, LaSalle, Purdue, Tennessee, Harvard, Texas Tech and UTEP. He has been watched by dozens of other schools and said he “hopes more (offers) are on the way” now that the summer is over.
”I don’t know where I want to go now,” Fall said.
’16 CENTER BRUNK STILL AT THREE OFFERS
Southport, Ind., 2016 center Joey Brunk picked up three scholarship offers – Indiana, Michigan State and Northwestern – before the first evaluation period started and after three periods still has just those three.
But the 6-foot-9 Brunk, who showed a solid low post game for UA Grind, said he feels like there are more coming. He’s been keeping in constant contact with Xavier, Mississippi and Purdue among others.
”I’ve embraced the (recruiting process),” Brunk said. “A lot of kids would love to be in my shoes, so I don’t think of it as tedious at all. I’ve enjoyed it all so far and I just take it all in and try to use it as motivation to still get better.”
Ranked as the No. 65 player in the country, Brunk averaged 15.5 points and 8.3 rebounds as a sophomore at Southport. But he said after dozens of games this summer he “sees what I need to work on.”
”I just need to keep being patient when I catch the ball,” Brunk said. “Don’t rush it, make the right reads and play hard. I have been playing well I think, but I can still get better. I just know I need to get better.”
CRAZY MONTH FOR KENTUCKY CENTER
Owensboro, Ky., High School center Aric Holman had had a month that every prospect only dreams about – bursting onto the scene.
The 6-foot-9 Holman started the month of July with offers from Northern Kentucky and Division II Kentucky Wesleyan. But after playing well the first evaluation period in Atlanta with his Hoop Dreams team, Holman continued to play well and now has 12 Division I offers.
”It’s been crazy but it’s been fun,” he said. “I just try to play hard and do what I can and not worry about who is watching.”
In a game at AAU Super Showcase on Friday, Holman was watched by VCU’s Shaka Smart, Alabama’s Anthony Grant, Xavier’s Chris Mack, Western Kentucky’s Ray Harper, Dayton’s Archie Miller and Samford’s Scott Padgett along with assistants from LSU, Butler, Texas Tech, Murray State and others.
”I’m hearing a lot from a lot of schools,” he said. “But really not one is showing more interest than another. I’m going to wait until this tournament and then sit down with my dad and talk about (cutting the list).”
Holman has offers from VCU, Kansas State, Memphis, Samford, Oklahoma State, Murray State, Morehead State, Texas Tech, Florida Gulf Coast, Auburn, Chattanooga and Stetson have all made recent offers. He’s also chatted with Maryland, USC, Washington, Alabama and Minnesota with Florida also watching him.
”I’m used to it all now,” said Holman, who noted the second evaluation after his name spread throughout the college ranks was “a little stressful. But I am just trying to have fun and not worry about it.”
Louisville coach Rick Pitino has watched Holman in five games this summer, including two on Thursday at Super Showcase. Holman said he’s talked to Pitino about making an unofficial visit to the school.
Michigan BIG MAN ANSWERING THE CALLS
Otsego, Mich., senior big man Seth Dugan is a developing big man on the rise in the Class of 2015 with more than a dozen scholarship offers.
In fact, Dugan said his phone is ringing off the hook.
”Real busy, but that’s real good,” Dugan said with a smile. “No phone calls right now, that wouldn’t be a good thing.”
The 6-foot-11 Dugan said he added an offer earlier this week for Xavier, making his total of 14 offers. He has offers from the likes of Western Michigan, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Lehigh, LaSalle, Oakland, Ball State, Illinois State, Western Kentucky, Wofford, Eastern Michigan and Nicholls State.
Dugan said he was “really excited” about the Xavier offer because the school plays in the Big East Conference and “has great academics and a great program. I’m looking forward to finding out more about them.”
While he’s likely to make a cut to his list soon, Dugan said he’s still fielding calls and has also been chatting with Davidson, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Purdue among others.
”I’ve got a lot of research to do,” he said. “I want to see what each school has academically and see what kind of a fit I would be.”