Netwhispers on Hoops




I received an email about two weeks ago from my Midwest recruiting guru.  He spoke about two insiders and two guards from Michigan.  Kyle Visser and Kirk Walters are the insider position players while the guards are Byron Davis and Brandon Bell.


Visser is a well known name that has piqued the interest of schools like Notre Dame, Georgia, Wake, San Diego State and Michigan to name a few.  The 6'10 smoothie can run the floor and hit the 15-foot jump shot. He is considered a Wake lean. Another guy that has size and can D it up is Kirk Walters. He's got the best spin move in the state of Michigan and that includes MSU prize, Drew Neitzel.  At the guards Byron Davis will be a name to be reckoned with.  He was involved with an AAU where he didn't get enough shots.  The team had three All Americans: Brandon Jenkins, Olu Famutimi and Drew Neitzel. Davis will have a good year this season and will be this year's surprise out of Michigan.  The last player he mentioned was Brandon Bell, the Flint Southwestern point guard.  My guy told me that Rutgers was involved but that he would sign with a Mid-western team and he did sign on with Marquette.


Seton is in a relatively good position with recruit, Mike Pilgrim.  They should be, he's Louie Orr's relative.  The 6'6" Ohio combo forward will spend his fifth year at Brewster Academy, New Hampshire.  Look for this to go down to the wire with Purdue and Ohio State being the competition.


Meanwhile, it seems as if the Hurricanes can't get enough Rice. This time it's Maureece Rice, no relation to their forward Demetrius but a candidate for the all Rice Team.  Maureece is a human scoring machine out of Strawberry Mansion in Philadelphia. The human slingshot averaged better than 30 points per game and if he stays well, will break Wilt Chamberlains scoring records.  Miami and George Washington are in the hunt.


Speaking about George Washington, WVU will have former George Washington High School guard, Phil Crum, walk-on this year.  Crum a fifth year man will play at Hargrave Academy in Virginia.  WVU is hard pressed for guards with the recent dismissal of Timmy Lyles from the team. According to the WVU press Lyles who red-shirted due to an injury was allegedly released just prior to the start of school.


  Coach John Beilein has installed a weight program at Morgantown that has emphasized speed and strength.  Forwards and guards must run a mile in five and a half minutes while centers get an extra fifteen seconds.  If you can't do it, you don't play.  He has also installed a drill that requires every player to make 50 three-point shots within three minutes. The catch is that there is only one ball per player and one rebounder per player. Sounds a little bit like Basic Training to me. It sounds like these new teaching techniques will be a big hit with prospective recruits.


Trinity Pawling forward, Dante Milligan, a lanky 6'8" combo still lists West Virginia, Rutgers, Pitt, Marquette, Georgetown and UVA as his top schools.  Dante prefers playing the wing to the power position.


In the where is he now file, former Robeson High Scholl center, Shakiem Mitchell will resurface at Howard Community College, Texas. The 6'8" Mitchell had interest from several big East teams including Rutgers.


Finally, ESPN is reporting that the University of Southern California will pay a visit to the Rutgers Athletic Center in the 2003-2004 season as part of a two game Eastern swing. 



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