The 2007 class of high school point guards is very talented and deep. One that DePaul Blue Demons head coach Jerry Wainwright knows all too well. Wainwright is hunting for some big fish with Derrick Rose and Chris Wright still floating out there. He also missed out on one in Corey Fisher who committed to Villanova last season. However, coaches need backup plans as there are tendencies where many prospects fly under the radar. One such case is 6-2 175 lb. point guard Rashon Dwight out of Newark, NJ (Bloomfield Tech High School).
Rashon is a vastly underrated point guard. Dwight is very smart with the basketball and rarely makes a bad decision. He is gritty and doesn't back down from any challenge.
Dwight had a nice showing at the 2006 Reebok ABCD Camp in New Jersey, playing with some of the best talent in the country and held his own. He sees the floor well and looks to get his teammates involved first and foremost. Dwight's shooting can use a little sharpening especially from beyond the perimeter. But other than that he is a consummate floor leader.
Dwight is accustomed to high level basketball, having played with Bloomfield Tech the past couple of years. Last year, he was teammates with two Big East bound players in Casiem Drummond (Villanova) and Desean Butler (West Virginia). The latter being someone DePaul fans should be familiar with. Butler strongly considered picking DePaul before eventually choosing West Virginia. Wainwright and staff have formed a connection with Bloomfield's head coach Nick Mariniello, and naturally there is interest in Dwight. Albeit, small interest. "I heard DePaul was trying to recruit me," Dwight said. However, not as intensely as others. "The University of Pennsylvania (has) been after me hard. Marist is coming along. I mean DePaul, they're really not sending me stuff right now. I hear they are recruiting me but it's not like they are pursuing hard like those other schools." Temple along with some other Ivy and MAAC schools are also showing interest.
Dwight is academically sound and will have no trouble qualifying, hence the love from the Ivy League schools. If DePaul misses the boat with guys like Rose and Wright, perhaps Wainwright and company will show Dwight more love.
Dwight embraces challenges and just wants to get better. When I talked to him at the ABCD camp, he was up for the challenge. When asked what he wants to get out of experiences like this, he was a little humble "(Just) playing against this competition and see where I stand," Rashon said. "I know a bad weekend wouldn't prove (that) I'm a bad player. But I just want to play against the best competition and learn from this experience. It's a great experience, so I just want to learn from it."
Keep your eye on Rashon Dwight. He is a hidden jewel that some school will be fortunate to have.
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