Tharpe Picks Up First Offer

The 2010 class is loaded with guards and Naadir Tharpe is among the talented group. recently caught up with the 5-foot-11 lead man and he updated us on his recruitment.

The New England Playaz have plenty of division-1 prospects, especially in their front court (Erik Murphy and Nate Lubick), but they also have Naadir Tharpe, a talented point guard, running the show.

Tharpe, who plans to transfer to Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy next season, had a solid spring playing for the adidas sponsored squad and he said he certainly held his own in the 17's division.

"I think it went pretty well," Tharpe said. "We have a real good team. We have Erik Murphy on our team and Nate Lubick. We have a bunch of real high division-1 players on our team."

"I think I've been developing well playing against older kids and me being so young," he continued. "I've been playing against everybody older than me and that's really not a problem for me. I just go out there and play."

Tharpe's impressive play this spring prompted Xavier to offer him a scholarship. He also has picked up interest from Louisville, Boston College, Purdue, Oklahoma, Connecticut , UMass and Marquette.

"It's still early," Tharpe said about his recruitment. "I really don't know where I want to go. I'm just going to wait it out and see how things go."

As far as campus visits go, Tharpe said he hasn't made many trips. He did attend Connecticut's elite camps last year and he has plans to take a trip to Cincinnati (Ohio) for the Muskeeters camp this summer.

Tharpe spent his sophomore season at Worcester (Mass.) St. Peter Marian. He averaged 26 points a game and reached 1,000 points for his career in late February.

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