THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
The names continue for 2004 and some are even starting to pop up for 2005.
In Michigan Everybody loves Al, not Raymond. The 6'9" 230 pound mobile center, Al Horford, plays for Grand Ledge, Michigan, during the school year but in the summer he is a member of the AAU Michigan Mustangs. He's a work in progress and is learning skills for both power inside positions. Developing a 15 foot shot will propel this youngster into a consensus top 50 player. He is the son of former NBA star, Tito. Rutgers is a player in his recruitment as are Michigan, Xavier and Florida State.
Joakim Noah is the son of tennis star, Yannick Noah and is coming to New Jersey to spend the year at Lawrenceville Academy. Joakim showed his style in the NYC Prep League at Brooklyn's, Poly Prep. He's 6'9" and about 190 pounds and isn't wiry, he's thin. He has to put on weight and muscle mass to compete in upper Division I schools. He possesses a great outside shot as he showed with a 26-point average last year. He has good hands and his strength and size will determine his ultimate position. This summer he will play AAU ball for the Long Island Panthers. WVU, Providence, Rutgers, SHU, Miami and Pitt are recruiting him, as are the Ivies.
David Whitehurst of Monmouth Regional is a 6'2" combination guard at Lawrenceville Academy. During the summer Dave plays his AAU ball for the Jersey Cyclones. He can put it on the floor or take it to the hole. SHU, Rutgers, WVU, and Northwestern, as well as, the Ivies have followed his progress. This summer will determine whether or not David plays Ivy or Big East ball the following year.
Rutgers assistant coaches have ventured into Georgia to monitor Ryan Lamb, a 5'11" point guard at Marbelton, Whitfield Academy. Ryan plays his AAU ball for the Georgia Stars. Schools from the Big East, ACC and Big 12 are monitoring this speedy ball handler. The accuracy of his outside shot may determine his final destination.
We have other athletes that are alleged being monitored by Rutgers. They include Greg Lewis 6'9"of Solebury Prep, Pennsylvania, Charron Ford 6'5", Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia, Luke Bonner 6'10", Trinity School, New Hampshire, Rasshon Clark 6'7", Far Rockaway, New York, and Aris Williams 6'8", Bethesda, Maryland.
One of Class of 2005 athletes that intrigues me is the son of former St. Joe's star Tony Costner. He is presently enrolled at Seton Hall Prep, West Orange and appears to be a chip off the old block.
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