THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
It's Junior Time and the names keep coming. Rutgers seems to be more visibly involved than last year at this time.
At the small forward or swing add the name Taj Fingers of Fox Lane High School, Bedford, New York. He averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game. This 6'7" forward plays with the Jimmy Salmon AAU Playaz team and really strutted his stuff recently at the Charlie Webber Tournament in the nation's capitol and at the Southern Invitational in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Fingers had calls from Penn State, Rutgers, Providence, Stanford, Rhode Island, Richmond, Princeton and Penn among others. The schools like his mid-range jumper and his ability to put the ball on the floor. He is allegedly fully qualified.
Gavin Grant, a 6'4" 190 pound swing forward, plays for the Bronx Ravens AAU program and St. Raymond's High School, New York City. This kid thrives on exposure and his ability to slash through heavy traffic shows that he's a born and bred New Yorker. He can handle and put it on the floor but he is not a consistent threat from deep. A couple of pounds and inches and this guy can go to the top. He is considered a borderline top 100. He is presently being recruited by most of the Big East including Rutgers.
Down in Maryland, Rutgers is monitoring Jerome Johnson, a 6'9" 225 pound power forward from Bullis High School, Potomac, Maryland. He is a consensus top 100 player and plays his AAU ball with the Cecil-Kirk program. He can score inside and loves to mix it up underneath. He is considered to be one tough kid.
Some of the programs monitoring Johnson include Michigan, Virginia, Rutgers, Maryland, Seton Hall and Georgetown. Look for a fall signing or maybe a summer commitment to the school of his choice.
Up in Syracuse the entire Big East is checking out center Andre Blatche. This 6'10"
prospect is a bit raw but you can't teach height. He can score, rebound and block shots but the competition has been a bit weak. Expect this guy to explode over the summer and have all the big boys line up to recruit him. They may be in trouble because according to our source Jimmy Boeheim has the inside track.
Ta Juan Bonds a 6' guard from St. Mary's High School, Elizabeth, has got game and name. The one thing he doesn't have is exposure but that will all change this summer.
He averaged 17 points and 5 assists per game for the Saints.
Remember Al Lo Balboa? This was the high school where he perfected his defensive innovations that are now a major part of both the high school and college game. The Silver Fox as he was known went on to be a college assistant for Army under Bobby Knight and later he was the fixture on the bench next to Louie C. for years.
Finally he's going to be doing senior two, but Canadian, Shane Morrison, can score with the best of them. This 6'2" combo guard is another from a line of Canadian scoring machines. He is extremely athletic and goes by the nickname of Air Canada because of his spectacular dunks. Last year he averaged 26 points per game. He did not try out for the U18 Team Canada because of other commitments. He was considered a top3 player in Canada this past year. Rutgers is allegedly following his progress according to the guy we spoke to up in Canada.
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