THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
Over the past weekend I sat down and reviewed some of the Junior College material that has been accumulating on my desktop both from my computer and the United States Post Office. Several things popped off the pages.
My first impression was that there was only one Eastern team listed in the Junior College Division I top 25 category. It's Alleghany, Maryland, the perennial Junior College Beast of the East. This year Alleghany Junior College is led by former Baltimore, Maryland, star Kevin Mickens. Mickens is a 6'8" power forward that will qualify as a 4-2-4; a 4-2-4 refers to someone who started at a four-year institution, attended a two-year institution and must possess a two-year degree prior to enrolling back into a four-year institution.
Mickens was the only top 50 player listed attending an Eastern Division I Junior College. A familiar name on the top 50 was Julian Sensley who tried to go to Cal Berkeley but ended up in prep school in New England and then just floated for a year. Sensley was considered a top 50 out of high school at the power forward position. Another name familiar to Rutgers fans was center Darius Manciel from Detroit, Michigan. Manciel spent last year trying to get his grades in order at Weatherspoon Community College, Texas, and has resurfaced at Arkansas Fort-Smith. Manciel a consensus top 125 player out of high school is also getting high Division 1 looks. Since Manciel didn't play last year, he should have three years of eligibility.
West Virginia received its third commitment of the year in forward Brad Byerson, Thomas Dole High School, Chester, Pennsylvania. The 6'8" Byerson plays the power forward position. He averaged 17 points pre game and 12 rebounds per game last year. Boston College got a Californian from Eisenhower High School, Rialto, California. Sean Marshall a 6'5" swing selected BC over Utah, Washington and Oregon State. Meanwhile, Temple beat Virginia Tech and West Virginia for rising point guard, Mario Taybron. Taybron was definitely under-recruited and is a steal for Temple and their Coach, John Chaney.
The Big East lost out to Arizona State for power forward Wilfried Farnerie of the Cameroon. Wilfried who is now playing at Amelie Academy, Amelie Court House, Virginia, averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per outing last year. State beat Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Georgetown for this 6'8" 225 pound rising star. In Atlantic 10 news former St. Raymond's of New York Coach and present Spiders Assistant, Gary DeCesare, is establishing a Richmond Spiders pipeline to New York City. It appears that Gary may be bringing his point guard, Daon Merritt, with him. Merrittt a consensus top 100 point from St. Rays is a Spider lean.
In other Big East news, I heard that Syracuse is presently recruiting only one player, Terrence Roberts of St. Anthony High School. The Orange lost out to Pitt for Chris Taft and to Michigan for Courtney Sims. Though there are three scholarships available look for them to hand out no more than two scholarships. If they sign Roberts, look for Jim Boeheim to call it a day and switch his attention to the class entering in September 2004.
In other news, the Redmen got a verbal from Junior College All American, Anthony Ighadaro. This Toronto forward can play the combo position at 6'7". He had given verbals to both Virginia Tech and St. Bonaventure in 1999 following his senior season. This traveling man has played at Buffalo Traditional, Mt Zion Academy, Phillips Community College and Moberly Junior College. Meanwhile, Miami snared a former Detroit Fernsdale High School center, Leonard Harden. The 6'9" Harden plays for Garden City Community College in a tough league. Miami beat Pitt, Auburn and UNLV for this insider.
Finally, from the where is he now category, where is the Jewish Jordan playing this season? The Jewish Jordan, Tamir Goodman, left college in Maryland and signed a professional contract in Israel. I guess there is only one Jordan and it's not Tamir.
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