On The Rise; Post Grads & Seniors
Dorell Wright, SG, South Kent: The guy is improving a very good rate. Showed all kinds of athleticism and created not just for himself, but teammates as well. Great weekend.
Isaiah Swann, PG, Hargrave: Will give ACC PGs something to think about as a freshman because of his athleticism. Continues to impress at the point guard slot.
Junior Hairston, SF/PF, FUMA: Still needing to add weight, Hairston got a lot done here and impressed many onlookers with his energy, rebounding and intensity. He'll probably wind up signing with a lower level high-major school in the spring but mids and highs will continue to recruit him.
Jerome Johnson, PF, IMG: Sunday's effort at both ends sealed his fate as a high-major late signee. With plenty of eyes on him, he played passionately and earned his scholarship, academics permitting.
Norman Plummer, F, Hargrave: Super athlete with ridiculous hops. He impacts the Dayton program from the moment he arrives on campus.
Joel Smith, SG, Brewster: Solidified himself as a bonafide high-major recruit by playing well at both ends. Even shot it a little better than expected.
Michael Binns, PF, Brewster: Should be able to sign with a mid-major program after this weekend. Showed he can work some inside and has a little perimeter touch as well.
Cedrick Middleton, PG, Brewster: Put up some numbers in one contest and proved himself as a driver and a guy who could run a mid-major team.
Josh Jackson, PF, Notre Dame Prep: He's the anchor recruit of a fine College of Charleston recruiting class. Showed here that he'll be a load in the Southern Conference.
Cassin Diggs, C, Bridgton: Closed the event strong and scored it inside in the last two games. Should wind up being a mid-major spring signee.
Jack McClinton, PG, South Kent: Did a nice job of shooting it from deep. He'll be a nice player for Rob Lanier and has a strong body.
On The Rise Underclassmen
Kevin Durant, 6-8, F, 2006, National Christian: Athletic forward who can shoot it is a high-major kid.
Shamari Spears, PF, 2006, Blair Academy: Beast on the inside. Now, he's just 6-5 and a power forward but he's only a sophomore so there's room to grow.
Rob Thomas, SF, 2006, St. Thomas More: This guy has all kinds of offensive skills, including a reliable mid-range jumper. Fine athlete and a high-major prospect.
Maurice Joseph, SG, 2005, Champlain St. Lambert: Hit a game-winner and proved that he's got game. Good athlete who plays too fast sometimes, but has talent and now will get high-major looks.
Kevin Mormin, C, Our Savior: The 7-2 big man has length and a soft touch inside. That kind of size can't be ignored especially since he's got tools to work with.
Unsigned With Something To Prove
Alan Metcalfe, PF, Notre Dame Academy: An ankle injury prevented anyone from getting a true look at him. He's got size and some skills, but because of the injury he falls into the category of "must continue to evaluate" as the season goes on.
Jesus Verdejo, SG, Winchendon: He signed with Temple last year but didn't qualify. He'll always put up numbers and is a terrific athlete. Colleges would like to see him shoot it better from deep. He'll likely sign with a lower-level high-major program but could go higher with a strong season.
Frantz Dorsainvil, PF, Winchendon: Has a great body and is capable inside, but academic questions still surround him and he needs to put up some numbers this season.
Ryan Wiersma, PF, Hargrave: He doesn't get a lot of time with this bunch but scores of mid-major schools are interested and some are ready to pull the trigger but he didn't get enough done this weekend to have everyone get on board.
Robert McKiver, PG-SG, Winchendon: Unfortunately this one-time Georgetown prospect dislocated his ankle badly in his first game which prevented him from getting back into action. His status for the remainder of the year is uncertain but he was on crutches Sunday afternoon and showed tremendous courage when the injury occurred.
Lucas Steijn, C, Notre Dame Academy: Colleges are looking for size but Steijn didn't have the kind of weekend that would vault him up the charts.
Jonathan Williams, C, Notre Dame Prep: He's a body inside and was evaluated by a number of schools this weekend. He's a little bigger than the last time we saw him and will need a strong season to increase his looks at the high-major level.
Bienvenu Songondo, PF, Laurinburg: There will be plenty of suitors lined up for him but an injury to his knee has kept him out of action. Many hoped he would play last weekend but early December is a more realistic target date.
Keith Darden, PF, Coastal Christian: He wasn't able to get much done here. Schools are still seeking size, but Darden will need to post some numbers and get focused.
Jermaine Middleton, C, South Kent: No doubt he's 7-3 and that's a good. But, right now he's not ready to impact games. Interesting to watch him throughout the season.