EARLY COMMITMENTS AROUND THE BE
It's the end of the first week in August and verbal commitments are rolling into the Big East. There are presently four teams without commitments; they are University of Connecticut, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. The remainder of the league has garnered fifteen some of which came during the last academic year.
Boston College has gone back to Minnesota to reel in power forward, Dan Coleman, 6'8". Georgetown has garnered three so far. They are Gainesville, Florida, point, Matt Causey, Archbishop Carroll, D. C., two guard, Bob McKiver, and his teammate, Darien Townes, 6'9" center.
Notre Dame went out and found a highly under rated 6'4 shooting guard in Loyola Academy, Illinois, Colin Falls. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh and Coach Howland are looking big with Detroit insider Walter Waters and former Buffalo, New York, star Daryl Jacobs who is spending the year at Cochise Community College, Arizona.
Timmy Welsh up at Providence ventured down to Baltimore and grabbed Frederick Douglass High School, two guard Gerald Brown. Miami, meanwhile, hit the recruiting trail in the northeast to grab former Lincoln High School, Brooklyn, N. Y., swing Karron Clarke who is spending the year at Winchendon Preparatory School.
Seton Hall tapped the New Jersey Catholic League for center Grant Billmeier and guard Jamar Nutter and St. John's looked north to Milford Academy, Connecticut, to sew up former city high school star, insider Lamont Hamilton. Not to be out done, Jimmy B. got an early verbal from Demetrius Nichols, a 6'7 swing from the St. Andrews School, Rhode Island. He is the heir apparent to Carmelo Anthony's spot in the starting Cuse lineup.
Finally, the dynamic tag team combination of Slick Jay and Hill Man, have signed on two more top 100 athletes in Linden guard, Mike Nardi, and Delaware four man, Will Sheridan. The continued stockpiling of talent at Nova makes you wonder which High School All Americans get the playing time down there and which get the Pine Time and transfer. Where are the role players or situational players that you need to make the team really gel?
Sunday August 11, 2002