A First Look: Elijah Cain

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Eli Cain of Medford Tech (NJ) might not be a well-known recruit to the general public, but college coaches have certainly taken notice of the 2014 prospect. A 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard, Cain put on an impressive showing at the New Year's Jump-Off at Hackensack (NJ) High School on Sunday.

After the game, a 77-57 loss to Hackensack, he took the time to speak with HawkHillHardwood.com about his recruitment, his game and more.

Cain said he currently has offers from George Mason, St. Joe's and Binghamton to go along with interest from VCU, Miami, Delaware, Wake Forest, and others.

In fact, coaches from George Mason, St. Joe's and Delaware (plus an assistant) were all in the stands for Cain's game.

At this point, Cain lists no favorites in his recruitment. He has been on just a pair of visits to date.

"I took an unofficial to St. Joe's and I watched a scrimmage at Rutgers," Cain said. "I plan to go to George Mason soon." Cain noted that his visit to George Mason "will probably [be] in the next two weeks."

Since he is just a junior and things are still fairly early, Cain said he has yet to develop a timetable for a commitment. However, he does know what he is looking for in a school.

"Location, definitely playing time," Cain said, "and [whether] my family can come see me—like I said, location."

So that means Cain would like to remain close to home, then? "Yeah, somewhat," he said.

As aforementioned, Cain has been on an unofficial visit to St. Joe's, and he shared his thoughts on the campus and what he learned. "It was real nice, it was real nice," Cain began. "One thing I was surprised [about is that] they didn't have a football team, but I kind of like that because it's more support for the basketball." Cain also shared his thoughts on St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli. "I like coach Martelli a lot," Cain said. "I also like the assistant coach, Mark Bass, but coach Phil, I like him a lot. He shows a lot of support and I like way he coaches. I went to one of their practices, I like way their practice ran too."

The Garden State backcourt prospect went on to talk about what Martelli says to him when the two talk.

Cain went on to talk a bit about the here and now, beginning with how his junior season is going so far.

"Well now we're 3-3. We lost to Atlantic City, Hackensack and a Montgomery team," Cain said. "We're real young, but we lost a piece last year, but I think we're going to pick it up soon. This is a—we needed this game. We needed a reality check. We needed this game."

The talented guard said he is averaging 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists on the season.

"I feel like I'm a big guard, so I can see over the defense, and I'm real unselfish, so I can pass," Cain said of his primary strengths on the court. "I think I pass pretty good."

As for the opposite end of the spectrum, Cain remarked, "The weakest I think is probably my quickness and I'd probably say my athleticism."

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