THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
Prep Schoolers PART II
We continue our review of prep schools in and out of state.
Laurinburg, North Carolina, is possibly the team with the most talent. There are guards like Maureece Rice of Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion who can light it up from all over. He broke Wilt's city scoring record. Throw in Miami recruit Vince Banks of Georgia, Dwayne Foreman of Florida, Sidney Lowe, Jr. and the backcourt has enough stars to fill out the Milky Way.
The problem for the other teams is that the frontcourt is stronger than the backcourt. Start with a 7'6"Canadian who played with Antwi Atanhuane and Theo Davis in Toronto by the name of Jerry Sokolski. He's slow and mechanical but he's huge and will definitely garner scholarship offers from Major Division I schools. Diego Belizazano a 6'7" small forward has already given Tennessee State a verbal commitment. Then there is rising junior Andris Bedrins, a 6'11" Lithuanian import who may cast his lot with Laurinburg if he can clear up some eligibility issues.
There are real stars not just guys with potential like Jerry or Diego. There is Oklahoma recruit Longar Longar and former Mt. Zion Academy tough guy Rich Dorsey. Throw in Mississippi State recruit Jackie Butler and former Missouri recruit, Ousame Konate who is wide open in his recruitment. There is just no other team in high school ball that can match the talent accumulated at Laurinburg. The question remains, can enough minutes be distributed to each of these stars and can they play as a team.
Former Bergen Catholic and Jersey star, Adrian Joseph, will resurface at Brewster Academy in Wolfesboro, Massachusetts. The 6'8" Joseph is a ferocious rebounder and can also dunk with he best of them. This Caribbean Islander is learning to hit the 15- footer. Former Arizona and Washington forward, Maurice Shaw, has re-surfaced in New England. This former Nigerian is getting his core and his game together this year. The third star of this team will most likely be small forward Joel Smith. He is expected to put up big time points this year.
With the return of high power Coach Kevin Keatts to the sidelines after a stay at Marshall University, Virginia's Hargrave Academy has garnered one of the top prep transfers in former Oak Hill star, Isaiah Swann. This guard will make some college coach ecstatic. He will team up at Hargrave top 100 small forward Norm Plummer a 6'6" dynamo and 6'5" swing C. J. Anderson.
A high power transfer into Jersey is former Poly Prep star, Yoakim Noah. Coach Ron Kane at Lawrenceville is a happy guy these days because he has an inside to go along with his outside returning star, former Monmouth Regional guard David Whitehurst. Noah and Whitehurst will have all of the big time recruiters knocking down the doors at the Ville. Expect more talent than these two studs this year down in Lawrenceville.
Finally, the biggest name to leave Jersey this year is former St. Benedict's inside force, Stanley Branch. Branch is most likely headed to IMG in Florida but may resurface in Virginia or New England. Stanley had to depart from Newark because he will turn 19 during this season and that is above the New Jersey high school athletic participation age limitation.
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