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2011 ORLANDO AAU NOTEBOOK (PART 9): BRANNEN GREENE, TYLER CAVANAUGH, LANDRY NNOKO & THEO PINSON
By Alex Schwartz
BRANNEN GREENE SETS LOUISVILLE VISIT; PLANNING OTHER TRIPS
Pushing 6-foot-7, Brannen Greene is a mismatch on the wing due to his height and refined skill set. The Monroe (GA) native is a solid athlete with a good build who can do quite a bit with the ball in his hands. Greene has a high basketball IQ and good court vision, allowing him to hit the open man in position to score. His handle is superb and he can get through the defense on the way to the rack. Greene finishes pretty well at the rim and is crafty down low against the big bodies. He has nice form on his jumper, though he has yet to become a truly consistent shooter from deep. Greene puts in effort at the defensive end and can cause problems on the perimeter due to his length.
Greene has seen his stock explode as much as anyone in the Class of 2013 this summer and he a school list to prove it. He said that he has offers from Louisville, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Marquette, Florida State, Florida, Connecticut, Kansas, Ohio State, Memphis, South Carolina, the equivalent of such from Harvard as well as “a lot more.”
In addition, he is hearing from Duke and Kentucky. He claims no favorites at this point.
As for who is coming at him the hardest, he said, “Pretty much everybody, but I’ve–Ohio State, Memphis, [Georgia] Tech, UConn, FSU, and Florida I’ve probably been contacted by the most.”
Thus far, Greene has visited Alabama, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Duke. He has other trips planned, though.
“The third I’ll be visiting Louisville, August [third, that is],” Greene said.”[On the] 28th of September I’ll be visiting Harvard . . . I plan to visit Ohio State and Florida sometime too, but I’ll visit anybody.”
On when he plans to commit: “Late November, early December is when I’m gonna make a short list and then shortly after that I’ll decide.”
Greene said he does not know of any schools that will for sure make the cut. He also said, “It won’t be anymore than probably eight [schools on the list] though.”
CAVANAUGH AWAITING HIGH MAJOR OFFERS
When talking about face-up four men in the Class of 2012, Tyler Cavanaugh is one of the first names that should come to mind. The 6-foot-7 power forward is a knockdown 3-point shooter with a smooth stroke and he is also a superb finisher around the basket. The Jamesville-DeWitt product near Syracuse (NY) has a great basketball IQ and rarely makes bad decisions with the rock. He is tough defensively and his motor is always running at full force. A good enough athlete, Cavanaugh can handle the ball and get to the hoop off the bounce. A great teammate who does all the little things, Cavanaugh is truly talented player. If he improves his quickness and agility, he could develop into a big-time player.
Cavanaugh said over the weekend in Orlando has offers from Fairfield, Vermont, Davidson, Canisius, Siena, Bucknell, Lehigh, Lafayette, Colgate, George Washington, and other mid-major programs. He is also hearing from Syracuse, Notre Dame, Providence, Cincinnati, Michigan, Boston College, Penn State, Clemson and Wake Forest.
Cavanaugh has no favorites, but said Davidson, Siena, George Washington and Syracuse are recruiting him the hardest.
He has visited Davidson, Colgate, Fairfield, Syracuse and Boston College. In addition, Cavanaugh’s parents visited George Washington.
He has no other trips plans and said he will “do that in August.” Cavanaugh has no timetable for a commitment.
On whether it would be tough to turn down a Syracuse offer, Cavanaugh said, “Obviously it’s gonna be something I really think about, but I gotta find the best fit.”
NNOKO BREAKS OUT IN ORLANDO; LANDS MAJOR OFFERS
Landry Nnoko has been very impressive in Orlando. He has only been in the United States for about 10 months and thus is not a big name, but the 6-foot-10 center is a talented player who is a no-brainer high-major in the Class of 2012. Long and athletic, Nnoko is a great shot blocker and even tossed away three on one play. He can pin shots against the glass and also bat away midrange jumpers. Nnoko is very good on the boards and does not try to do too much at either end, playing to his strengths. He finishes well at the rim and while he does need to keep developing his low post game, he looks to be a kid who will become at least a solid low post scoring threat.
At this point, Nnoko has yet to visit any schools, but said, “I’m probably gonna visit UCF.”
On who is recruiting him the hardest: “I would say Clemson,” Nnoko said.
There is no timetable for a commitment from Nnoko.
THEO PINSON SETS UP AS AN ELITE 2014 RECRUITING TARGET
Theo Pinson said he is being recruited be Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, UConn, Tennessee, “and some other schools that I can’t remember right now.”
Of the five he listed by name, Pinson said all but UNC have offered.
Although he said he grew up a Duke fan living in Greensboro (NC), Pinson said that will “not really” play a part in his decision and noted that he has no favorites.
Thus far the Class of 2014 shooting guard has taken visits to Duke, North Carolina and Tennessee. He said those three plus Kentucky are coming at him the hardest.
“Either start of my senior year or end of my junior year,” Pinson said of when he plans to commit.
On whether he would like to stay in-state, Pinson said, “It really is not a big part, but I guess it would be nice.”