Looking For A Few Good Men

Basketball recruiting wise, WVU has already started the Class of 2004 off with a bang. WVU received an early verbal commitment from Darius Nichols, (6-2 175) a Top 100-rated combo guard from Radford, VA and, added a highly sought-after transfer in Mike Gansey, (6-5 205) a proven, productive swingman from St. Bonaventure.

Looking at this recruiting class, WVU could have up to two more scholarships available for the fall. However, WVU will likely only sign one more recruit for this class. It will be an opportunity for Coach John Beilein and staff to expand on the gains the Mountaineers made with the last two classes.

Remember, WVU started the youngest lineup in NCAA Division I men's basketball with three freshmen and two sophomores this past season.

Over the next few days, we'll look at some of the players who have been involved with West Virginia on the recruiting front.

JOE POSEY – WF/WG

Joe Posey, (6-5 190) is a combo swingman from Oak Grove, VA, who is entering his 3rd season at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, VA. Joe, a senior, still has some academic work ahead of him to be eligible. Joe plays AAU ball for national power the Richmond Squires. Joe recently made quite a name for himself as he helped lead the Squires to the championship game in the Texas Classic Tournament. Posey made 7 3-pointers in that game. Great range, but also has recently shown the ability to take the defender off the dribble. If Joe continues to consistently make perimeter shots the way he has this spring, he can look forward to attention from just about every program in the country. Posey is one of those guys who looks like a big-time player. Great shooter, good rebounder for his size. Not afraid to take and make the big shot with the game on the line. With his long wingspan Posey can apply very effective defensive pressure. Thus far he has received attention from WVU (reportedly strong lean), Indiana, NC State, Clemson, East Carolina, Duquesne, James Madison, Virginia Tech, Temple, Providence and Maryland.

CHARLES JOHNSON – WF/PF

Charles Johnson, (6-11 175) is a power forward/wing forward from Mt. Charles, VA. Charles is the half-brother of swingman Joe Posey. Tremendous 3-pt.shooter despite his size. Moves fluidly on the court but primarily all on the perimeter. Will need to add strength and weight to compete at the Big East level. Long body with a large wing span. There are some questions as to whether Charles needs to attend prep school, for 1 or 2 years. Charles also plays for the Richmond Squires during the summer. Very coachable, has a great attitude and is a good competitor. Schools include WVU, Virginia Tech, Richmond, VCU, Old Dominion, George Mason, Georgia, Florida State and James Madison.

ANDRE BLATCHE - PF

Andre Blatche (6-9 215) is a power forward from Heninger High School in Syracuse, N.Y., who is enjoying a terrific spring so far in AAU competition. Although Andre is a bit on the raw side, he has a long body and is a very skilled player with a tremendous upside. For a big man, he handles the ball very well and is a good shooter. He needs to continue to work hard on his overall game and build his body. Andre will play for SRAP this summer on the AAU circuit. Currently, Andre is reportedly receiving heavy interest from WVU, Syracuse, UConn, Xaiver, Providence, Manhattan, Memphis, Canisus, Iona, Fordham, St. Bonaventure and Yale

AARON AGNEW - C

Aaron Agnew, (6-10 365) is that real BIG man a lot of Mountaineer fans are looking for. That's right, a real BIG MAN at 360-pounds plus. Aaron played last season for Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Ohio. Needless to say, Aaron is a huge inside presence at the high school level. He's very effective around the basket at using his weight and size to his advantage. Aaron will need to shed some pounds to reach his potential, but many programs are intrigued. Schools include WVU, Xaiver, Pitt, Cincinnati, Louisville, Duquesne, Memphis, Wake Forest, Ohio State and most of the MAC.

JOAKIM NOAH – WF/PF

Joakim Noah, (6-10 185) is the son of former pro tennis great, Yannick Noah. Joakim played this past season at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y. Joakim will play this year at Lawrenceville Prep in Lawrenceville, NJ. Joakim is attracting varying interest from a large number of high major programs, and was recently quoted as saying WVU and Providence have been the most active. WVU has reportedly already made an early offer to Joakim. Noah will play for the Long Island Panthers during this summer's AAU circuit.

This past season Joakim averaged 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks per game at Poly Prep. Obviously, at a very slight 185-lbs., Joakim will need additional strength to compete in the Big East. Good to great shooter for his size, with solid overall offensive skills. Joakim has grown several inches since we first noticed him at the Adidas ABCD Camp several years ago. On the defensive end of the court, Joakim is somewhat soft but has a huge wing span and is effective in blocking and altering shots. Other schools showing interest include Rutgers, Seton Hall, Pitt, LaSalle, Princeton, Penn, Columbia, Miami (FL) and several A10 schools.


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