This weekend Shagari Alleyne took an unofficial visit to Rutgers. I gave him a call to discuss how it went.
I asked Shagari what were his feelings about the recent verbal of Marquis Webb and he seemed surprised. He hadn't heard that Webb had verballed to Rutgers. I explained that Marquis had verballed last Friday. " I saw him play when I played against him a couple of times", he noted." He is a good player." I asked Shagari if Webb's verbal would have any effect of his feelings about Rutgers and he said it wouldn't.
As to the visit itself?
"It wasn't bad visit. I went to all the different academic facilities. I was hanging out with the whole team. They are not a bad bunch of guys."
He noted that this was only his second official visit and he hasn't decided about additional visits after this. I asked him if this visit had served to change any of his feelings towards Rutgers and he said "no" but didn't elaborate. It was really tough to get more out of him and I got the distinct impression that Shagari didn't want to let out his impressions about the schools he has visited at this time. It looks like he'll remain a mystery until after he takes all of his officials.
Allenye is a big, big guy with a deep, deep voice. He wears a size 21 shoe and has huge hands and a giant wingspan to match his huge shoe size. The combination make him a great shot blocker. On offense can dunk a basketball without leaping. When I asked him about his greatest skill he noted, "My greatest skill right now is my ability to dominate games on both sides of the floor and to run the floor and to pass and get other players involved. In terms of development I just need to get stronger." Last year, he noted, "I had about 13 to14 ppg during the regular season, and about 20 to 25 points per game during the playoffs. As to rebounds I had about 10 rpg in regular season and about 13 to 15 rpg during the playoffs." The last time I called Shagari he told me about his offers to date, "I have a lot of offers. I probably have about 30 in all. Including ones from the ACC, the Big East and the SEC."
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net