Torres, Bethel Receive Offers

A pair of St. Raymond's prospects are getting hit by colleges this spring. Guard Ricky Torres and forward Chris Bethel have been on the minds of colleges for some time.

St. Raymond's High in the Bronx usually has outstanding talent and frequently produces a high number of Division I prospects. Oliver Antigua's Class of 2005 should be no different.

The headliner for Antigua in 2005 will be guard Ricky Torres.

"Let me tell you something," Antigua said. "He's got the complete package. People think he's just a shooter but he can break it down and get past you. He'll be my stud next year. He'll average between 18 and 20 a game next year."

From the looks of it, St. John's, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh agree as each has already offered a scholarship. Connecticut, Louisville, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Marquette and Xavier have him on the watch list.

Antigua's No. 2 rising senior is 6-5 combo forward Chris Bethel. The New Yorker has some work to do in expanding his game but the tools are there and it's not like St. Ray's hasn't had guys like him before.

"He's 6-5 and they're recruiting him early as a four and eventually to be a 3-man. It's very similar to Brian Laing and he's been compared to Jaron Brown (of Pittsburgh)."

Laing was a do-it-all kind of forward for the Ravens who hustled, worked and competed all the time.

Thus far, Rhode Island, Richmond and Fordham have offered Bethel, according to Antigua. Rutgers, St. John's, Pittsburgh, Dayton, LaSalle and Xavier are interested.

Last season, Bethel averaged 8 points and 10 rebounds.

Antigua also has a host of mid and lower major players that we'll get a look at next week at the Tournament of Champions in North Carolina.

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