Class of 2003
Mustafa Shakur, PG, Hunting Park: Last weekend at the Boo Williams, we saw some of the best point guards in the country. Shakur appears to be in that class. He's taller than most of his competitors and is a smooth scorer. He had 15 in the first half of a game tonight and finished with 17 as he played sparingly in the second half of an easy win. He's got a nice looking stroke from downtown and goes to a smooth little runner when needed.
Richard McBride, SG, Ft. SOOY No Limit: The Illinois-based team left for the Indianapolis Airport at 3 a.m. on Friday and arrived in Philly at 4 p.m. They beat the Queens Cobras via the mercy rule and without a signature performance from McBride. He did score 20 points but looked fatigued and shot just 5-20 (7-9 FT), grabbed 6 boards and corralled 3 steals.
Josh Boone, C, Cecil Kirk: Boone is a newcomer to the Class of 2003. The Sykesville (MD) South Carroll senior is a probable member of the class as he's planning on prepping next year; West Nottingham Academy is an option. Boone has bulked up (about 225 lbs.) and has nice skills. He also has an offer from St. Joe's but his mother says they are 99% sure Josh will prep next season. Should he prep he'll likely receive attention at the same level he's receiving this season.
Aaron Gray, C, Keystone Blazers Blue: Wow, 6-11 and about 280! Yikes, Gray is a big boy. Friday night wasn't his evening. He did get to double-figures in the contest we took in, but wasn't converting at the rim. Gray is a high-major prospect who'll probably be looking for a place where he can get involved in the half court game.
Hiram Moore, PG, West Virginia Mohawks: Apparently, he's a two-sport standout who plays wide receiver on the gridiron. He's very strong and has a nice touch to 3-point land. He's probably a mid-major basketball recruit. Had a very nice outing vs. the Mustangs (PA).
We didn't see too many underclassmen today as there are more members of the Class of 2002 in the highest division than underclassmen, or so it seems. However, Shaun Livingston, Ft. SOOY's 6-6 point guard, was pretty solid. Yes, we said 6-6 point guard. He's on the skinny side but has a nice touch and passing skills. Very good player.
Richard McBride, Ft. SOOY No Limit: Illinois, UConn, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Louisville, Tennessee, Georgetown, Maryland.
Mustafa Shakur, Hunting Park: Syracuse, Villanova, UConn, Seton Hall, Temple, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia.
Tavon Nelson, SF, Cecil Kirk: Maryland, Boston College.
NJ Celtics PG Michael Nardi is not playing this weekend. He's rehabbing a bone bruise in his left foot. … Dom Mejia of Voorhees, N.J., did commit to N.C. State on Friday. Actually, he signed with the Pack. … Major Wingate, Mike Jones and Charlie Villanueva will team up to play with the Long Island Panthers on Saturday. … David "Bones" Bell played with Hunting Park on Friday. "Bones" still is seeking a test score. … Jamar Wilson of Our Savior New American is playing with the Student Athlete Broncos as a senior. Wilson, who had a nice game, says that he's going to Albany next year. There had been some question as to whether or not he would seek a release. Turns out he won't. …