Philly Duo Collecting Offers

St. John Neumann-Goretti is loaded with talent in its junior and sophomore classes. Two juniors – Earl Pettis and Derrick Rivera – are attracting heavy interest from area programs.

St. John Neumann-Goretti is becoming a must stop on the I-95 corridor for recruiters. Forget the fact that the school boasts sophomores Antonio Jardine and Rick Jackson, the school's junior class has a pair of horses as well.

Derrick Rivera, an athletic combo guard who is 6-foot-1 ½, averages 16 points a game. He was the MVP of the Dell Curry Shootout last December.

Rivera, who would like to hear from Cincinnati, has offers from LaSalle, St. Joseph's, Virginia Tech and LaSalle. Seton Hall came in late last week and communicated their interest and offer. Miami, St. John's, Villanova and Dayton are keeping close tabs on him.

Don't be surprised this spring if Rivera experiences the "AAU blowup" as he's had a tremendous high school season and he's got a lot of momentum heading in the right direction. The fact that he can tackle both guard slots doesn't hurt either.

Meanwhile, Earl Pettis is receiving the same amount of recruiting traffic. The 6-foot-5 wing is known for his deft outside touch. He's getting 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists each time he steps on the court.

Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Seton Hall have offered. Miami, Villanova, George Washington, LaSalle, Maryland and Dayton have shown interest.

Strangely, the pair is generally talked about in unison. They're recruiting could take them down different paths, but they are generally linked together. "I think its cause they play all summer ball together," Neumann-Goretti assistant John Mosco said. "They've always been best friends."

Best friends, but not necessarily headed to college together despite the mutual interest from many programs.

"A lot of people are just learning about Rivera now that's blowing up," Mosco said. "He's going to play the summer out and see where it takes him. They'll probably narrow it down a little before the summer because it's been so crazy."

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