2007 Intro – Rashon Dwight

In this report, WeAreDePaul.com's Dan Stack introduces a member of the high school class of 2007 – Bloomfield Tech, New Jersey point guard Rashon Dwight. We hear from Dwight's high school coach to get his take on the young man and his rising stock. We also learn what Big East schools are vying for Dwight's services plus Rashon's plans for the summer.

Last night was the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship between the Florida Gators and the UCLA Bruins. But, Billy Donovan (head coach of the Gators) and Ben Howland (head coach of the Bruins) aren't the only coaches working this time of year. It is April, and we are coming up on a live period for the all important recruiting season. That means coaches are making their lists and checking it twice.

For DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright, he is looking at point guards for the 2007 season as one of his main priorities. One such prospect on his list is 6-3 point guard Rashon Dwight from Bloomfield Tech High School in New Jersey. Dwight is a sleeper who has been flying under the radar.

"Rashon had a very, very solid year. His stock has definitely elevated. He's a 6-3 point guard right now. He can play on the wing also. He is athletic and long and he's a great defender," praised his high school coach Nick Mariniello. Mariniello confirmed DePaul is involved in his recruitment along with St. John's, Holy Cross, and Pennsylvania.

DePaul Associate Head Coach Gary DeCesare is helping in recruiting Dwight. DeCesare and Wainwright have developed a relationship with Mariniello through the years. "Gary is recruiting him, Gary recruited Courtney Nelson, my point guard from two years ago who played at Richmond. And he also recruited (West Virginia commit) Desean Butler," Mariniello said.

There is speculation that Rutgers new head coach Fred Hill, Jr. has contacted DeCesare for him to be his associate coach at Rutgers. It is a possible move DeCesare is considering, but according to Mariniello, DePaul will still be involved with Dwight even if DeCesare leaves for Rutgers. "Obviously, this time of year is crazy with the domino effect (on coaching changes) with people being all over the place," Mariniello explained. However, DePaul has his stamp of approval because of Wainwright. "I have a lot of respect for Coach Wainwright. I consider him a friend. He is a tremendous coach and I think he's going to do a great job at DePaul."

With recruiting, things can change in a heartbeat, and with that in mind don't rule out Seton Hall in Dwight's recruitment. Seton Hall has not hired a head coach yet, but it bears watching according to Mariniello. "Shaheen Holloway (a former Seton Hall player) is one of my assistants, and we are obviously connected with Seton Hall and the local schools are definitely an option."

For the summer Dwight plans on attending the annual ABCD camp in Teaneck, New Jersey. He will also be competing with his high school and AAU teams over the spring and summer.

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