Explorers set to recruit 2008 targets

La Salle head coach John Giannini will turn the page on another recruiting year in the next few days. A high level list of recruiting targets, led by Philly prospects, can expect to receive calls from the Explorer staff looking to add Class of 2008 talent to a young nucleus.

The Explorers have just two scholarships available to give out to the 2008 recruiting class. Which way the staff goes to fill those scholarships is still much in the air. Identified are players of varying skills and size but when July 1st starts no particular position or player are "must gets" any longer. Giannini is very happy with his current roster of players and admits that immediate playing time for the program is no longer a viable selling point. Only selected elite players can command immediate playing time with 10 scholarship players in the freshman through junior classes. Sure a Marcus Morris or Markief Morris could command that time should they re-open their recruitment as rumored by those close to high school basketball in Philadelphia. However, until those two show at a college campus, no one knows where that road will eventaully lead to and subsequently end. Plenty of seniors-to-be are being eyed by the Explorers and would be excellent players in the program should they accept an offer to attend La Salle.

Here is a list of primary Explorer recruiting targets to keep an eye out for this summer and being recruited by La Salle:

Russell Johnson - Chester HS. 6"6 F
He is a Giannini favorite. Chester's best frontcourt defender. High energy and plays hard every night. Philly A-10 schools also involved

Andrew Randall - Communications Tech 6"6 F
Another Giannini favorite. Can play inside and out. Terrific post-up game which is advanced for a high school player. Second team Class 3-A All State selection. St. Joseph's and Temple are also involved.

Ryan Brooks - Holy Spirit HS. 6"9 F
Brooks was terrific at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest in which Giannini attended and got a good look at. Considered to have a very high ceiling. He has alot of skills for a big man. Drawback is he is not a power player but more of a finesse player.

Corey Law - Deep Creek HS.(VA) 6"4 G
An offensive stud with speed, athleticism, and terrific perimeter skills. Could emerge as a big-time player if he plays well this summer. Not sure how long La Salle could stay in the hunt if an ACC team comes calling.

Velton Jones - North Catholic HS 5"11 G
Small but strong point with a decent shot and good handle. Not a proto-typical point guard as he does not get his teamates involved as much as he should. Plays with an attitude.

Kenny Moore - University City HS. 6"6 F
Moore certainly sits behind Johnson and Randall on the Explorer's pecking order as he plays the same position but he is worth watching as his rise among the Philly players the past year has been nothing short of spectacular. You can bet the coaching staff is watching him closely should their top targets choose to go elsewhere. One assistant coach thinks very highly of him as a possible A-10 player.

Dwayne Davis - Strawberry Mansion HS. 6"4 G
Davis is a big-bodied guard who can score off the dribble as well as anyone in the area according to one Philly talent evaluator. Can post up smaller guards very easily. Outside shot is inconsistent. He is not a shooter but a scorer. Named 3rd team Class 2-A All State. Clemson, Nebraska, and the Philly A-10 schools have offered.

As evaluation camps, like the Reebok, Eastern Invitational, and others come and go the recruiting list for the Explorers will change. New ones will be added but expect the prospects just listed to remain on La Salle's priority list. The players are that highly regarded by the staff. That is a good thing as a quality pool of prospects means a quality recruiting class in the future. Explorer Hoop Report will keep you posted on all the recruiting news when it breaks this summer and fall prior to the signing period.

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