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GENO THORPE MAKING A MOVE; HAS A FAVORITE
By Matt Whitfield
Shaler (PA) Area High Shool, with sophomore Geno Thorpe leading the way, was 23-3 this past season. Thorpe was named to the ‘Fab Five’ in the Pittsburgh area as he averaged 19 points a game, but Thorpe will be taking his game to New Jersey next season as he told NBE Friday night that he will attending either St. Anthony’s of Jersey City, Hudson Catholic or St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark (NJ).
“It’s a jumpoff between St. Anthony’s, St. Benedict’s and Hudson Catholic,” Throrpe said.
One program that might be considered the front runner to land Thorpe’s services would be St. Anthony’s, especially with the departure of Rutgers bound PG Myles Mack and the championship season the Friars just had.
“I got a chance to have lunch with Bob Hurley and he’s a real good guy and it seemed like a good program, but at the same time St. Benedict’s and Hudson Catholic are still good too…but I’ll have my decision made by the beginning of the summer.”
As far as colleges go an increasing number of schools are going after Thorpe including some of the glory programs.
Thorpe however is still partial to his hometown school and the first school that showed him heavy interest.
“It is [still my favorite school],” Thorpe said of Pitt. “And of course they’re going to be one of the top [schools] because I’m from Pittsburgh, but yea Pitt is high on the list.”
Thorpe added that the Pitt assistant coach Brandin Knight comes to a lot of his games.
“Brandin [Knight] comes to at least ninety percent of my games. He shows support anywhere I go. He’s always there.”
Wherever Geno Thorpe plays next season he will likely contribute greatly to the team in the talent-rich area, but for now Thorpe is trying to improve his jumper.
“Last year it was lacking. It was always up and down. It was never consistent. That’s one thing I’ve been trying to work on and try and add to my game.”