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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: 2013 GUARDS THORPE, LEWIS & SAMUEL CHECK IN ON RECRUITMENTS
NBE caught up with a trip of guards in the Class of 2013 as college coaches hit the road in September to get a look at prospects across the country. Geno Thorpe of Shaler Area High School near Pittsburgh and New York City guards Terrence Samuel of South Shore High School and Isaiah Lewis of Christ the King touched base late last week to give us the latest on their recruitment as the busy month of September unfolds.
THORPE SET TO VISIT KANSAS STATE; SCHOOLS COMING BY SHALER
Geno Thorpe had an impressive summer playing with the NJ Playaz 16U squad on the AAU circuit. The athletic 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard had toyed with the idea of transferring from Shaler Area High School to a few different programs in New Jersey, but he is staying put this season and looking forward to a big season in front of friends and family.
“Just being around my family so they could always come see me play,” said Thorpe about what was the biggest factor in staying at Shaler for his junior season. “I’m looking forward to going to states and making a run and trying to win it all [this season].”
Like the Western Pennsylvania area, Shaler is not known as a big basketball producing hot spot. However several college coaches have already found their way to the Pittsburgh-area school, including assistants from Kansas State (Lamont Evans) and Penn State (Brian Daly) with assistants from Baylor (Jerome Tang) and Wisconsin (Lamont Paris) expected this week. One unofficial visit has already been scheduled to this point.
“October 29th to Kansas State,” said Thorpe when asked if any visits were set. “That’s all so far.”
Those four schools are certainly in the mix, along with three schools from what is currently the BIG EAST.
Thorpe, who has been closely following the BIG EAST news of the past weekend as he has grown up a fan of the conference, says he currently has no leaders with the schools recruiting him.
“No favorites at this point [as] everyone is doing a great job recruiting me,” he said.
ISAIAH LEWIS CONSIDERING A LIST OF 8
Christ the King junior guard Isaiah Lewis had a strong summer and is now looking forward to seeing what colleges come to New York City to see him work out.
“Coaches haven’t came to see me yet because workouts start this week coming up,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing who comes out.”
It has been a steady progression up the ranks of recruits in the Class of 2013 for Lewis, who started his Christ the King career with little fanfare as a freshman. After a very good sophomore season being thrust into a major role alongside UConn (tickets) commit Omar Calhoun right from his first varsity game through now, where he enters his junior year as one of the top players in the class.
“The best part about attending CTK is that I’ve gotten better each year,” said Lewis. “I came in my freshmen year not ranked [and with] no offers, nothing, [and] kept working and now I’m top 50 in my class, so its paying off.”
Lewis is looking forward to a big year with goals of a City Championship and a run at a State Title with the Royals. With the success on the court has also brought plenty of recruiting attention and Lewis has impressive list of eight schools currently under consideration.
“I’m considering eight: Memphis, Kansas, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida, Louisville (tickets) [and] Arizona,” said Lewis. “I haven’t visited any [of the] eight yet but I will as the school year goes on.”
The first planned visits are for Georgia Tech and Arizona for some time this month. Lewis noted that Kansas is standing out to him right now, along with Georgia Tech.
IOWA STATE CHECKS IN ON TERRENCE SAMUEL
6-foot-3 guard Terrence Samuel out of Brooklyn’s South Shore High School had a strong summer with the New Height’s AAU program. The physical lead guard recently took an unofficial visit to Iowa State with teammate Shamiek Sheppard and a Cyclone staff member recently watched a workout at South Shore. Samuel hopes to make a couple more visits this month.
Samuel is very proud to be part of the group, along with Sheppard, that has turned around the basketball fortunes at South Shore. He is hoping to cap that turnaround with a championship this season.