RU Basketball Recruits: Summer Recap

The summer season is crucial for basketball recruits. Now that the most of the camps and tournaments are over, it's a good time recap how some of RU prospects performed on the summer circuit.

The summer season is crucial for basketball recruits. For players "under the radar", the summer AAU events and tournaments provide venues to showcase their abilities. For more high-profile recruits, the summer events present opportunities to polish their game and prove they can compete on the national stage. Now that the most of the camps and tournaments are over, it's a good time recap how some of RU prospects performed on the summer circuit.

Miles Beatty - St. Anthony's 6-2, 175 pound combo guard Miles Beatty had a productive summer playing for the Westchester Hawks. Beatty certainly proved he can play with the best, putting up impressive numbers down in Florida at the Super Showcase and at the Reebok ABCD camp, a more individual setting. A fundamentally sound and competitive player, Miles averaged 11 points a game at the ABCD camp (best among NJ players) and scored over 20 points a number of times in AAU action. The 3-star rated combo guard holds offers from both Rutgers and St. John's, and is quickly attracting the interest of other Big East schools.

Rashad Bishop - 6-6 St. Benedict's forward Rashad Bishop had a nice summer, playing for the Playaz Club. Bishop, who has flown under the radar for a bit, continues to impress with 24 and 20 point performances at the Rumble in the Bronx and a 12 point, 8 rebound game in the Playaz Ball final. Rutgers is actively involved with Rashad, who was on the RU campus earlier this month for Fred Hill's skills development camp. Bishop also has interest from Seton Hall, St. John's and other local schools.

Michael Coburn - Mount Vernon star Mike Coburn had a solid summer playing for the Metro Hawks. Among his best showings was a clutch 14 point game to lead the Hawks to a double over time victory at the Nike Peach Jam and a 17 point showing at the Rumble in the Bronx. The well-built 6-0 point guard is solid playmaker and a decent shooter who has taken advantage of the AAU summer season to improve his game. Right now, Coburn is considering Rutgers, along with Seton Hall, South Carolina and Virginia.

Corey Chandler - We got a chance to see Corey up close at the Reebok ABCD camp, where he showed why he is considered a big-time prospect. A solid passer, scorer and a hawk on defense, Chandler averaged 9 points, 2 boards and 2.9 assists during the event. While most players at camp were looking out for themselves, Corey made a conscious effort to get everyone on his team involved, particularly teammate Idris Hilliard. Chandler also played lightning fast on defensive side, grabbing 1.4 steals a game (among best in camp). Corey did turn the ball over 3 times a game, something he must improve upon this season.

Devin Ebanks - Arguably the top small forward prospect in the Class of 2008, Devin Ebanks lived up to his reputation in summer action. Ebanks was a key player on the Metro Hawks AAU squad and turned in a terrific performance at the ABCD Camp. Ebanks averaged 10.7 points and 2.7 rebounds at the camp, and was named the MVP of the camp's underclassmen All-Star event. The smooth 6-7 forward reports that St. John's, Rutgers, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, and Purdue all remain high on his list.

Ashton Gibbs - One of New Jersey's best Class of 2008 prospects, Gibbs declined an invitation to play at ABCD, but did make appearances at the Rumble in the Bronx and at the Adidas Superstar Camp in Georgia. The 6-1 Seton Hall Prep guard was on fire at the Adidas event, recording 19 and 21 point performances the first two nights of action. Gibbs was named to the camp's underclassmen all-star game and holds an early offer from Rutgers.

Blake Hoffarber - Smooth shooting SG Blake Hoffarber from Minnetonka, MN is a relatively new name to Fred Hill. Hoffarber first got the attention of the Rutgers staff during the ABCD camp where he was one of the top rated performers. Blake is an outstanding shooter with tremendous range (shot a camp leading 58.8% from downtown) and a fierce competitor. In addition to playing at ABCD, Hoffarber also teamed up with top recruit Jon Leuer to lead the Minnesota Magic Elite AAU team to a solid run at the AAU Nationals.

Idris Hilliard - Hilliard greatly improved his stock thanks to impressive showings this summer. Playing with the NJ Elite squad, the 6-8 big man was a key part of the team on both sides of the ball. Idris runs the floor well, and always seems to be around the basket, waiting to make things happen. This summer, Idris played at the Showcase at the Wide World of Sports complex in Florida and also camped at the ABCD camp where he averaged 9 points and 3 rebounds. Hilliard, a Hun School student, will be playing this weekend at the Sonny Hill tournament in Philly and is planning an unofficial visit to Rutgers.

Anthony McClain - The ABCD camp was a homecoming of sorts for McClain, who plays his high school ball in Maryland, but hails from Trenton, NJ. He averaged a solid 5.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest at ABCD. Later in the summer, the 7-foot big man got positive reviews after his performances at the Harley Jamfest and Showcase event in Orlando. Scout.com's Dave Telep liked what he saw in the 7-foot big man, writing that: "McClain runs the floor as swiftly as a kid his size can from the center slot. He's a good rebounder who blocks shots and he's slowly showing offensive improvements."

Zack Rosen - After sitting out last season due to injury, Zack Rosen went into the Reebok ABCD camp with a mission to show everyone that he could compete on the national stage. Rosen, who transferred to St. Benedict's from Colonia HS, accomplished his goal going into camp by averaging about 10 points and three assists at ABCD. Listed as a 2007 recruit, Zack plans on reclassifying to the class of 2008 in order to make up time from his injury and to bulk up. The 6-2 point guard holds an offer from Rutgers and recently picked up a schollie from Iowa State.

Chris Smith - Smith has been a force for the Playaz Club this summer, with his most impressive performance coming in the Playaz Ball final where he dropped 25 points to lead the Playaz Club over the Juice All-Stars and at the Adidas Super 64, where he scored a team high 28 points in the second day of action there. The 6-5, 205 pound St. Benedict's guard also made an appearance at the Reebok East Classic with the Playaz.

Justin Sofman - Sofman made a splash this summer at the Eastern Invitational camp in Trenton, NJ against a number of top post-graduate prospects who were unable to attend the Reebok ABCD event. Justin, who will prep at St. Thomas More in Connecticuit, made the All-Star game and scored 9 points. As Scout.com's Jeff Goodman wrote back in July, Sofman "plays with a high IQ and does a little bit of everything".

Make sure you check out the Rutgers Basketball Master Prospect List  for the latest, most up to date information on all of RU's recruiting targets and offers.

For reference, here are the Class of 2007 signing dates:
Early Period- November 8 to 16
Late Period- April 11 to May 16.


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