More Basketball Recruiting Targets

With a new coach on board, the Mountaineer basketball program is back to full strength and hitting the road in search of more talent for the team.


Matt Salley, (6-7 200) is one of several frontcourt players WVU is taking a strong look at. Salley plays at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, N.C. He is a hard working, intense, physical player with solid skills, and is very athletic and plays with a bounce to his game. One of the top players in the Charlotte area this year, Salley reminds many of 2003 recruit Jerrah Young. Salley averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds per game last season. Salley is attracting varying degrees of interest from a large number of high major programs, including WVU, Clemson, N.C. Sate, UNC-Charlotte, Dayton, East Carolina, College of Charleston and more.


John Oates, (6-10 245) is a power forward/center from Ramsey, N.J. Oates plays at Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep. Oates is player whose stock is on the rise. He is a solid, blue-collar frontcourt player who possesses a fundamentally sound game. Oates has a solid frame, and isn't afraid to get physical underneath. He averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game this past season for Don Bosco. Reportedly, he is a very dedicated player who wants to improve his game. Schools such as WVU, Rutgers, UConn, Kentucky, St. John's, North Carolina, Louisville, Providence, Richmond and American have all shown interest.


Jared Gaither, (6-9 285) is another BIG center from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. Jared averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game this past season. Jared is somewhat raw and needs to work on his physical conditioning and overall skills. However, if you like them big, Jared is your man. He is a good rebounder and competitor. Schools include WVU, George Washington, George Mason, American, Florida State, Temple, Seton Hall and Providence.


Robinson Louisme, (6-8 250) is a power forward/center from Ft. Myers, Fl. He burst onto the national recruiting scene last year at the AAU Nationals in Orlando. Robinson averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks per game this past season. Robinson is a very good offensive player with excellent potential. He is very effective around the basket and finishes strongly and is a good rebounder and shot blocker. Schools include WVU, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), South Florida, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, and many more.


Dontay Tabbs, (6-9 230) is a power forward/center originally from Philadelphia. Tabbs played last season at George Washington High School in Philadelphia. Due to his age, Tabbs will be ineligible to participate at GW this season; consequently, the 18-year old will have to spend the year at a prep school in order to play. His prep school destination is uncertain at this point. It's probably a good thing for Tabbs, as he will likely need a year of prep school to get his academics in order. He's long and athletic, but possesses a solid frame. Tabbs reportedly has a seven-foot wing-span, according to Nick Blatchford, one of his coaches for the New York City-based CAS Warriors. Tabbs has consistently showed a willingness to be a superior rebounder. He is not afraid to mix it up inside. Tabbs possesses a nice shooting touch from 15-ft and in and finishes well around the basket. Schools reportedly interested in Dontay are WVU, Rutgers, Temple, St. Joe's, Providence, LaSalle and Seton Hall.


Jerome "Stretch" Johnson, (6-8 225) is a Top 100 rated power forward/center from The Bullis School in Potomac, Md. Johnson is another player who has seen his recruitment pick up rapidly over the past year. Johnson is a fine low-post scorer with good overall offensive skills. He is a solid rebounder and because of his tremendous wing-span is effective at altering or blocking shots in the lane. He possesses a great body with long arms, but is not known as a great athlete. However, he doesn't shy away from inside contact. Johnson wants to make a summer decision. As a sophomore, Johnson averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks per game. Johnson has reported interest from WVU, Georgetown, Providence, Richmond, Utah, Penn State, Maryland, Wake Forest, Michigan, Notre Dame and George Mason.


Adrian Joseph, (6-7 205) is a power forward who played at Bergen Catholic High School in Bergen, N.J. last season. Joseph, a native of Trinidad, will likely have to attend a prep school this season. Joseph is a long, lean forward with a solid body. Has bounce to his game and often plays above the rim. Adrian does a good job of getting into the lane for rebounds and defending on the wing. He was pivotal to Bergen Catholic's run to the Parochial A title in New Jersey. Adrian is receiving interest from WVU, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Iona, St. Joe's, LaSalle and Providence.

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