Recruiting Notebook (Sept. 16)

In this weeks version of the Notebook we take a peak at the top prospect in the 2012 class, as well as handicap the Ray McCallum race. Plus we'll take a look at a handful of other prospects.

Handicapping The Ray McCallum Race

One of the biggest mysteries of the 2010 class has always been Ray McCallum's recruitment. So where does everything stand right now?

Well the 6-foot-1 floor general out of Detroit (Mich.) Country Day recently did in-home visits with Florida, UCLA and Arizona. Oklahoma is due in on Wednesday.

This coming weekend McCallum will venture out of Michigan and head to Norman (Okla.), a place that McCallum used to call home, for an official visit.

Following his weekend with Jeff Capel, McCallum will then travel to UCLA on October 3rd. Then after a weekend off he'll go to Florida for the weekend of the 17th and he'll close it out with a trip to Arizona on October 30th.

Although McCallum mentioned a few other programs when we last spoke with him, from the information we've been able to gather Arizona, UCLA, Florida and Oklahoma appear to be his top four schools. Detroit, where is father coaches, is also in the picture.

Underclassman Up Close: Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond made the most of his opportunities this summer.

Connecticut Basketball Club coach J.R. Hargreaves thinks that Drummond, a sophomore at Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More, gained confidence playing the USA Basketball team in June.

"USA Basketball really helped him," Hargreaves said. "Going to Argentina and doing that whole thing really helped. He matured a lot just from the two or three weeks he was with the team."

That confidence carried over to July. At the AAU Nationals, Drummond really established himself as a major player on a big stage.

"He had been playing 16's, but he played 17's down in Orlando and he got the opportunity to play with some more mature guys," Hargreaves said. "He was just balling. He was able to play with confidence and didn't have to worry about being the guy." Already Drummond, who is ranked No. 1 in the 2012 class, has a host of programs showing him attention and offering scholarships.

Among the schools involved are Connecticut, West Virginia, Louisville, Florida, Kentucky, Rutgers, Providence, North Carolina, Georgetown, Boston College and UMass. Majority of the schools recruiting him have already offered.

Drummond also took received unofficial visit to Connecticut and Providence. While his recruitment is starting early, it appears he is a long ways away from making his college decision.

Coaches Roll Through Northfield Mount Hermon

John Carroll always fields a quality team and this year in no different.

Already a number of college coaches have been through the Northfield Mount Hermon gym to check out a number of guys including Majok Majok, Hector Harold, Aaron Cosby and Vince Van Ness.

Majok, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has had Harvard, Georgia Tech, Virginia and George Mason come see him during open gyms. Providence and Marquette are expect to come see him soon.

Harold, a west coast native, has had a few head coaches swing through. Jeff Bzdelik, of Colorado and Tom Asbury, of Pepperdine have both watched him. As have assistants from Rhode Island, UMass and George Washington.

Kentucky native Aaron Cosby is off to a great start at Northfield Mount Hermon, according to Carroll. Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Cincinnati have all shown interest in him.

"Everybody that has been in the gym has offered," Carroll said of Cosby.

"The first two days were a little rocky," he added. "He's really got a nice pace about him and he's really figured out how to lead. He's really making a nice transition."

Another guy on the Northfield Mount Hermon roster to keep an eye on is 7-foot, 230-pound center Vince Van Ness. The skilled lefty has drawn recent interest from Stanford and George Washington.

Napier's Recruitment Takes Off, Has Visitors

This time last year Shabazz Napier, of Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy, wasn't on a ton of college coaches radar.

Fast forward a year and the 5-foot-10 lead guard is in the process of building a solid reputation. Playing well, specifically in Orlando with Metro Boston, Napier has established himself as one of the better floor generals in the 2011 class.

"He was so slight, in terms of his size, I think he just matured just enough that people realized that he can handle it physically," Lawrence Academy coach Kevin Wiercinski said. "He had a lot of real good showings for us against some real good competition."

"He's excellent," he added. "He's very quick and very light on his feet. He's pretty good and his instincts are tremendous. If he matures into being a real team leader that will really determine how good he'll be. He can really shoot it and handles the ball like a dream."

Since coaches could begin watching workouts on September 9th, Sean Miller, Herb Sendek and Derek Kellogg, as well as assistants from Virginia, Villanova, St. John's, Rutgers and Providence have watched Napier. Miami is expected to swing by soon as well.

"I would say through the middle of the summer people were saying there's a guy that we need to start investigating and looking at and get to know him a little bit better," Wiercinski said.

Okonji Set For Trips

Godwin Okonji, of Las Vegas (Nev.) Findlay Prep, is set to take a trio of official visits.

According to Findlay assistant coach Todd Simon, Okonji will San Diego this coming weekend. Then he'll follow it up with a visit to New Mexico the weekend of the 26th. Okonji's third and final visit is set for Hawaii on October 10th.

Okonji, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound center, has scholarship offers from all three programs.


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