The InsidersHoops.Com Road Rules
It's like a restrictor plate has been put on the pace car of the basketball recruiting information highway. So, in order to bring you more cover of the recruiting scene, I'm gassing up the car and heading up the East Coast to cover some events.
Friday – Washington, D.C.
The first game I'll see is Friday night at St. Alban's in Washington, D.C. That's where Archbishop Spalding takes on St. John's in the first game of a weekend event. Though we won't cover the whole mini-tournament, we will be able to check in on 6-11, 240 pound junior big man Will Bowers of Spalding.
Saturday – College Park, Md.
The big day. The annual Morgan Wootten Invitational kicks off at 3:30 p.m. in College Park, Md. The first game pits Bishop O'Connell and sophomore Brian Johnson against Georgetown Prep and sophomore talent Roy Hibbert. This should be a good one and a great way to jump-start a terrific six-team field. Talks about an underclassmen extravaganza, these two guys are clearly a pair of stud youngsters. Toss in the fact O'Connell has a smooth freshman on its team and this is worth the drive in itself.
The second game of the event features DeMatha and Travis Garrison against recently committed Jason Fraser of Amityville. The two traded punches at the Charlie Weber Invitational as Fraser's Tim Thomas squad rolled past Garrison on its way to the title. But, this is a high school game with different participants and the stakes are much higher. Should be a good one.
The nightcap features Oak Hill and Carmelo Anthony against Tabor Academy and Notre Dame signee Torin Francis. The Warriors will need Sani Ibrahim to slow down Francis and prevent the upset.
If you can't go to the event, try listening to it on your Internet radio connection. Broadcastmonsters.com brings you all the action. You might even catch yours truly during halftime of one of the contests. Here are the links to listen!
Sunday – Newark, Del.
A day of rest on the docket as Mr. and Mrs. Telep spend a relaxing Sunday with their son in Newark, Del. A college basketball game on the tube and mom's cooking should be just enough to hold me over as the journey continues on Monday.
Monday – Hockessin, Del.
The state of Delaware, though extremely small in population, houses a few big-time prospects every now and then. Sanford School junior power forward is the reason for the tour stop. He works out Monday afternoon as the team gets set to open play next Friday. It's likely a few college recruiters will be in attendance as well.
Tuesday – Wake Forest, N.C.
The final leg of the trip. Here's where much improved senior center Eric Williams plays host to the future. Williams' Rolesville team takes on Northern Durham and sophomore standout Roy Bright. The 6-5 soph led Northern to the Millennium Cup in last weekend's Bull City Classic. Should be a good one.
Here's to hoping you enjoy the coverage as much as I will enjoy the trek!