PART II HOLIDAY STOCKING
THE GUARDS KEEP COMING
Before I continue with the guards I just wanted to mention that last Wednesday night Southern California beat UCLA. The heat continues to mount for Steve Lavin and his 4-6 Bruins. The latest name in the ring is UC Irvine Coach, Pat Douglass. The LA papers now have their personal whipping boy and whip they do.
LET THE GUARDS CONTINUE
Clifton's Devon Moffatt is a 6'2' scoring point guard that has been rated a three star performer by most publications. Rated as a top 150 junior this cerebral guard rarely takes a bad shot and lets the action come to him instead of forcing it. He is getting high Division I looks from the Big East and ACC. He was first linked to Rutgers as a sophomore after Insider's Dave Telep mentioned that Devon was at the RAC for the Rutgers victory over Georgetown last January. Devon plays hard 24/7, he's all about hustle and doing the little things. This season he is scoring about 20 ppg. and handing out assists to his teammates along the way.
Down in Burlington City another transplant combo guard, Cedric Jackson, caused quite a stir with his play last year at both the high school and AAU levels. This top 150 junior 6'2" 185 pound guard picked up the nickname of the Entertainer; just watch him play a full game and you too will know why it stuck. The Big East and Big Five are heavily recruiting Jackson. Cedric toured the country and played for Jim Salmons AAU Playaz Red team this past year. Present Rutgers recruit Marquis Webb also plays for Jim Salmon.
An out of state highly ranked point guard that has been linked to Rutgers is Penn Charter's, Sean Singletary. This fully qualified under 6 foot dynamo goes about 165 pounds soaking wet. As a sophomore he averaged 21 ppg. and 9 assists at his previous school. Last year he went for 50 points in one game. He like Jackson plays for Tim Thomas Playaz AAU under the direction of Jim Salmon. Sean's trademark is his defensive tenacity; he sticks to his man like glue. Sean is real quick on his feet and knows how to deliver in the clutch. He is another one of those guys that likes to get down and dirty. His list of schools continues to grow but Rutgers is definitely on the list and Sean has already been on campus for an unofficial visit according to an informed source.
Rice High School in New York features not only Shagari Alleyene but also combo guard Russell Robinson. Robinson had been tagged by recruiting guru, Tom Kolchalski, as the second best guard in the city behind Sebastian Telafir. A lot of the hype disappeared after Russell broke his leg and sat out most of the highs school and AAU season last year. Russell came back this year with a vengeance and already had a 42-point outing where he couldn't miss. Playing for a top 5 team nationally and the top rated regional team Russell will get more than a fair share of exposure this year. This 6'3" guard has the handles to be a scoring point ala Alan Ray of Villanova. The Big East and ACC are constantly monitoring this rising star. This kid is high level and a can't miss on the college scene.
Another city point that has caught the eye of the Big East including Rutgers is Joshua Thomas. The 5'11" former Robison High School star is now matriculating at Redemption Christian Academy of Troy, New York. This guy can lead the break and get into the lane and shoot or dish. He loves to get his teammates involved and plays with that NYC bravado. His one offensive flaw is his jump shot from deep. Thomas is said to like Temple, Georgetown, Providence and Rutgers.
Next Time----ON TO THE INSIDE—
Old names and new ones revisited.
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