Ford To Junior College
Michael Ford, a combo guard for the Atlanta Celtics has enrolled at a junior college for the coming season, according to Wallace Prather, his AAU coach. Ford has exhausted his eligibility at Macon (GA) Northeast. Ford will play the next two years at Hutchinson (KS) Junior College.
Last summer, he demonstrated the ability to play two positions, but his best role comes as a scorer where he's a particularly adept 3-point shooter. Two years from now, provided he takes care of his academics, he'll be a high-major recruit.
Another Celtic, PF Boubacar Coly is enrolled at Laurinburg Prep in North Carolina. Coly had a fine Big Time Tournament and his recruitment really received a shot in the arm after Las Vegas. He's a little raw, but he's a big-time athlete and good rebounder. Currently, Southern Methodist, Virginia Tech, LaSalle and Mississippi are showing the most interest.
Coly has not taken the standardized test yet and will have to do so in order to complete some official visits.
Sani Ibrahim, the top player on the Celtics is at Oak Hill this year. The tutelage of Steve Smith and the exposure of playing the kind of schedule Oak Hill does could result in Ibrahim taking a stab at the NBA. Academically, he has some work to do so that could factor into the decision as well.
According to Prather, a lot of schools aren't really recruiting Ibrahim because they feel it's a waste of effort with the NBA specter looming. However, Seton Hall, Alabama and West Virginia have shown consistent interest.