Netwhispers on Hoops





Bobby Knight loves New Jersey.  He loves it so much that he recruited his second New Jersey All American Junior College player in two years. Former Shabbaz forward Devonne Giles will take his game from Seward Junior College, Kansas, to Texas Tech.  Giles was recruited to replace former Teaneck star, Kasib Powell.


Out in Pittsburgh the word is that Howland recruit Darryl Jacobs may never make it to campus. The former Buffalo high school star that ventured west to Cochise Junior College, Arizona, to bulk up his body and grades has left and headed back to sunny upstate New York.  He must miss all the snow up there in late October.


In other news from the Pitt campus, the Panthers are said to be the leader for combo forward Dante Milligan out of Trinity Pawling, New York. Milligan just took an official and appears to be almost ready to pull the trigger. Meanwhile, Coach Howland continues to look for a point guard to back up Carl Krauser next year; point guard is a recruiting priority for the Panthers.  Carl Elliott who is back in the game after failing to make it through the NCAA Clearing House is a hot name for the Panthers.  They are also looking at several Junior College options, as well as, Will Blaylock as a possible late signee.  Look for Coach Howland to sew up the point position early.



Miami and St Johns are both in the market for players out of Moberly Junior College, Missouri.  The Storm may use its last scholarship on Anthony Ighodaro an All American wing that can do it all.  The Hurricanes are pursuing behemoth center Yankuba Camara. The seven-footer is a work in progress.


Rutgers is still waiting on a big man and one of the candidates is 6'10" 225 pound center Roman Narmbaye of Burlington Life Academy, Burlington, New Jersey.  This lefty from the African nation of Chad is oozing with potential. Just look at him, he's strong, long armed, and muscular.  He's quick on the floor and getting into the air. Add into the mix that this guy is aggressive on the court with real soft hands in the post.  He can take his game out to the high post if needed and he is a neophyte in terms of basketball. Rutgers has already had an off campus visit with him. His final list includes: St. Joe's. LaSalle,  Colorado, University of Massachusetts, Miami and Rutgers.


Another possible inside candidate is seven-footer Aaron Gray out of Eastern Pennsylvania.  Gray who recently visited Pittsburgh is also getting a look from Indiana. Pittsburgh has already received commitments from two top insiders, Chris Taft and Walter Waters. Indiana has received a verbal from Juco All American Diego Romero, a 6'10" power guy from Lon Morris, Texas. Indiana is also a lean for top 50 insider Keith

Wooden of Lawrence, Kansas.


Georgetown got a 7'1" 260 pound center from Morocco who is now playing at Daytona Beach Junior College, Florida.  Reda Rhalimi seems to be improving his basketball skills daily. He is strong off the boards and is mastering the jump shot from the foul line. He needs to hit the weight room to improve his over all strength and develop better eye hand coordination in the post. He is still considered a work in progress.


Meanwhile, down at Virginia Tech, head basketball Coach Ricky Stokes is trying to lure players from the fertile recruiting area of Richmond out to the Blacksburg, Virginia.  With Gale Catlett out of the picture this seems a lot more feasible.  Two years ago Catlett went into Richmond and snared an all American point and a top power forward. Ricky intends to use his long time connection with Tony Squires to accomplish his goal.


Squires and Stokes are old high school buddies who attended Huguenot High School, Richmond, together.  This relationship has already started to pan out for Tech.  Four former members of Squires' AAU team have pledged or are presently attending Tech since Stokes took over the helm.  They are Deonte Smith, Allen Calloway, Markus Sailes and Shawn Harris. Don't be shocked if this pipeline continues for Ricky Stokes. 



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Monday, September 30, 2002

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