Targets Dwindle

The WVU basketball staff appears to have missed the mark on highly regarded 6-4 combo guard John "Rifleman" Winchester. Winchester a Stamford, CT native who played last season at Marist High School in Bayonne, New Jersey and currently is prepping at Bonner Academy in North Carolina publicly chose Tennessee over the Mountaineers last Thursday.

Winchester is a legitimate McDonalds All-American candidate and one of the top offensive players in the Class of 2002. Winchester was recruited by most of the big-time programs in the country and reportedly had narrowed his final choices down to the Mountaineers and Volunteers. His list of schools included Texas, UCONN, Florida, Florida State, NC State, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Tennessee.

Another target of the Mountaineer staff, 6-9 255 Aaron Spears of Dunbar High School in Chicago, IL visited Ohio State over the weekend and verballed to the Buckeyes. Spears will join forward Charles Bass (6-9 190), who has also committed to OSU.

Spears' commitment leaves Sani Ibrahim and Jabbar Young as the two most known recruits still on WVU's list. There are likely others that we are unaware of, as Coach Catlett and his staff are known for getting a commitment or two from players that were not known to be on WVU's list (or vice versa).

Recruiting Note:

WVU commit 6-0 Darryl Hill was named to the all-tournament team in the Connecticut Select Hoop Challenge Tournament last weekend. Hill is currently rated as (#26) on the top 5th Year and Prep players in the nation. By comparison, John Winchester is rated as #6 on the list.


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