NYC Prospect Worth Watching This Summer

Reporter Mike Sullivan highlights the individual game of Shane Southwell, a New York City prospect who is being recruited on a high division one level and is worth watching this spring and summer ...

The New York City Gauchos AAU basketball program has produced some of the best talent in the tri-state area for many decades. So it's no surprise to see a player like Shane Southwell, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward out of Rice High School in New York, N.Y., thrive on such a national stage.

Certainly, Shane is a player to watch at the top AAU tournaments this spring and summer.

Southwell's strong play over the past year has helped elevate his status as one of the top players in the New York area to watch.

Reporter Brian Towey previously wrote a story about Southwell's transfer situation (from All Hallows High School in the Bronx to Rice High School in Manhattan).

Shane did a nice job making the transition and helping Rice High School win some big games late in the season after becoming eligible in January of 2009 for the Raiders.

BRIAN TOWEY'S PREVIOUS EVALUATION:

A long, slender wing, the ambidextrous Southwell has point forward-type skills, with excellent vision and playmaking ability. Southwell is able to survey the floor and find open mates or slash to the basket.

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES OF INTEREST:

Georgia Tech, St. John's, Marquette, Cincinnati, Providence, South Carolina, Seton Hall, Miami of Florida, and West Virginia.

SOUTHWELL ON HIS INDIVIDUAL GAME:

My game has changed. I put on a couple of pounds. I think I gained some strength. My jump shot has gotten better. My defense has gotten way better.. My whole game has gotten better."

Southwell will compete with the New York City Gauchos this spring and summer.

-- Brian Towey contributed to this story


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