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BIG SHOTS – DCA RECRUITING NOTEBOOK
By Matt Whitfield
On the last two days of the July live evaluation period some of the top AAU programs on the East Coast converged near the nation’s capitol for the Big Shots – DC Assault event. Many college coaches used the chance to get one last look at their top recruiting targets as well. Below are some of the recruiting updates NBE gathered during their time Sunday at the event…
Long Island Lightning forward Daniel Dingle continues to be a player many programs are keeping a close eye on. The 6-foot-6 combo forward out of St. Raymond’s in NYC also added a new scholarship offer recently.
“Right now my recruitment is going good,” Dingle said Sunday. “I just got a scholarship offer from Maryland. [As well as interest and offers from] Arizona, Temple, Dayton, Miami, Florida and Texas.
Dingle is starting to think about where he will visit in the coming month.
“I’ll probably visit Arizona or go back to Auburn again,” he said.
Dingle has noticed the attention schools have paid him during July and it will be interesting to see if that effort from those coaching staffs pay off with a commitment from him when it is time to pick a school.
“I’m paying attention to who’s been watching me…Temple, Miami and Auburn. I think those are the three that I’ve seen probably pretty much every game. Seton Hall is in there as well.”
Another Long Island Lightning member could be headed to the BIG EAST as Kareem Canty says his current leader resides in the conference.
Canty responded with a “yes” when asked if Seton Hall was his favorite. Canty visited Kevin Willard’s program in early spring and likes what he saw.
“I went to visit the school in March,” Canty told NBE on Sunday, “and I enjoyed myself…They have a cool coaching staff. Shaheen Halloway was a McDonald’s All-American and I admire that. And he’s real cool.”
Canty hopes to make a decision “real soon” and probably before the month of August is over. While a “bunch of others” are also involved, Canty singled out Miami, Florida State and Xavier as schools standing out currently along with the Pirates.
Kris Jenkins of DC Assault tells NBE he plans to take a visit to Xaiver in the near future. He will also look at the schools showing him the most interest to plan at least another visit in the coming month or two. Jenkins is a Class of 2013 prospect that attends Gonzaga HS in DC.
Jenkins’ Gonzaga and DC Assault teammate Nate Britt was sidelined on the final day of the live period because of an ankle injury suffered during the Desert Duel in Arizona. Still, the highly recruited Class of 2013 point guard was there to support his teammates and friends competing. His recruitment is still moving forward as he singled out a couple schools showing the most interest.
“Virginia, Maryland, Villanova, Arizona [and] Georgetown,” said Britt when asked what schools were recruiting him the hardest.
Duke and North Carolina are also showing interest, but have not offered as of yet. Britt is looking to take some unofficial visits to schools recruiting him that he has yet to see the campuses of.
Kuran Iverson drew a crowd playing for Long Island Lightning on Sunday and shared with NBE that some big names are recruiting the Class of 2013 forward out of Northwest Catholic (CT) High School.
“Syracuse, Louisville, Kentucky, all the Big East,” said Iverson on what schools are recruiting him the hardest. “I might take an unofficial to Syracuse in August”
“I like the school but I didn’t say it was dream school,” said Iverson Sunday about Georgetown.
Iverson also talked about Connecticut as a school recruiting him hard. He expects Jim Calhoun and his program to be in the mix until the very end, saying he could see UConn being one of his five official visits when it comes time for the Class of 2013 prospect to narrow things down in the future.
Ethan Telfair will be joining Kuran Iverson next season at Northwest Catholic and the younger brother of Sebastian Telfair is a player that many schools are keeping an eye on, but at this point the young point guard prospect is not concerning himself too much with recruiting.
“Right now I don’t know anything,” said Telfair. “My coach said keep playing there’s a lot of coaches that got their eye on me.”
Kamari Murphy has had an impressive summer and told NBE Sunday he is currently considering Miami, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Missouri, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa and Iowa State. The lone BIG EAST school on his list recently got involved in his recruitment following his strong stretch of play this month.
“At the schowcase [UConn head] Coach [Jim] Calhoun was watching my game. He contacted Coach Dana [Dingle] saying he like my game, but I don’t know if it’s an official offer yet.”
Currently Oklahoma State, Florida and Miami are recruiting him the hardest, but Murphy will be attending IMG Academy this year and is looking forward to seeing if any new interest develops with the change in scenery.
“I’m going to go to IMG and see what IMG gets me,” he said. “If it’s nothing new I’ll probably make my decision in the near future.”
Oklahoma State and Miami are two schools that Murphy plans to take official visits to of the five he is allowed.
Aquille Carr, the electric 5-foot-6 point guard in the Class of 2013, draws a crowd whenever he plays. His recruitment will likely be one with many twists and turns, but it will be certainly one to follow.
Carr is hoping to visit Syracuse and Wake Forest in the near future.