Stoudemire Won't Sign
Don't feel bad for John Calipari. His recruiting class is going to contain Qyntel Woods, Alex Carmona, Jeremy Hunt and Almany Thiero. That's a super bunch of prospects. But, it could have been even better.
Orlando (FL) Cypress Creek center Amare Stoudemire, a one-time Memphis commitment, is not going to sign any papers with the Tigers during the early period. Our sources indicate that papers have not been sent from Memphis to Stoudemire, despite the fact he's never publicly withdrawn his commitment.
Cypress Creek head coach Earl Barnett doesn't expect his star to sign anywhere in the early period. "He hasn't talked to me about it," Barnett said.
In fact, Stoudemire generated little interest this fall. "No schools came in to watch during the open period," Barnett said. "I haven't received a letter from any schools for him. I think everybody thinks he's going to Memphis or the NBA."
Barnett says Stoudemire is taking the SAT in January and wants to keep his options open. However, as the years unfold, it's likely that the NBA option will come more into the forefront of the situation.
Barnett says Stoudemire is doing well in the classroom at Cypress Creek and for the first time in a long time has some academic direction. Will it be enough to get him to college and will the recruiters take him seriously? So far, no one has made a commitment to recruiting him.
Meanwhile, Stoudemire is taking classes and working on his game under the tutelage of Barnett. "We started tryouts and he's a great leader. He motivates a lot of those guys out there on the court. He's going to open up a lot of eyes this. I think the main thing he's trying to prove is that he has a jump shot. Now, 10-15 feet he's consistently knocking down the jump shot."