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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: ANTHONY BENNETT HOLDING LIST STEADY, CHINONSO OBOKOH TAKING VISITS & SCHOOLS WATCH YOUNG LAMONTA STONE
The big news of the college basketball recruiting world was delivered by St. Anthony’s senior guard Kyle Anderson who ended the speculation of his college destination with a simple announcement via twitter:
RT @KyleAnderson5 -Had a great family meeting. I’ve decided to be a UCLA BRUIN!!
Anderson’s announcement came on the eve of his birthday, the planned date of his college decision. Seton Hall (tickets) head coach Kevin Willard had made one last pitch to Anderson and his family with an in-home visit, but it was not enough in the end for the Pirates to land the recruiting coup of the early Fall.
BENNETT HOLDING LIST AT 9 SCHOOLS
There was some recent speculation that Findlay Prep senior power forward Anthony Bennett was in the process of narrowing the list of schools he was considering. Last night Bennett refuted those rumors to NBE saying he is holding steady with his current list of schools.
“Right now I’m just going to leave it at nine,” said Bennett. “They are all good schools and it’s very hard to cut the list down.”
Bennett told NBE that the schools in contention for his impressive talents remain UNLV, Florida, Washington, Ohio State, Kentucky, Pittsburgh (tickets), West Virginia (tickets), Connecticut (tickets) and Oregon.
On the court Bennett is a beast. He is every bit of the size he’s listed at (6-foot-7, 235 pounds) and uses his strength to dominate the paint. He loves contact and has no problem finishing right through it inside. Not just a banger, Bennett also has a clean jump out past the three-point line, can put the ball on the floor, and runs in transition like a wing player. He has exploded on the national scene this past spring and summer and it’s easy to see why with his combination of power and skill.
Bennett has stayed consistent with his plan to commit late in the process and sign in the spring. He currently has no visits planned and gave NBE his reasoning for looking to sign late.
“I think it gives me more time to see what’s going on with these colleges and coaches and players,” he said.
In the meantime Bennett will have his sights set on a big year with a powerful FIndlay team that will be a big draw wherever they play nationally this season ahead.
“Findlay is nice right now,” said Bennett. “Everyone is working and pushing each other to get better. Hopefully we can win a national championship this year.”
CHINONSO OBOKOH TAKING VISITS
Class of 2013 big man Chinonso Obokoh is an intriguing player of of Rochester (NY) – Bishop Kearney High School. His high school coach, Jon Boon, updated Matt Whitfield earlier today on the latest in his recruitment.
Obokoh continues to work on developing his face-up game on the offensive end, especially the 15-foot jump shot. While still raw offensively, Obokoh is an active rebounder and is not afraid to mix it up in the paint. He is very active big with an explosiveness than many big men do not have. He uses his length well and runs the floor extremely well for his size. His upside potential is extremely high which makes him a very promising recruit in the 2013 class that will have college coaches making trips to Rochester (NY) this fall and winter.
COACHES ALREADY CHECKIN IN ON LAMONTA STONE II
LaMonta Stone II is the son of a coach, his father LaMonta is a long-time assistant coach at Bowling Green. As a true point guard, the younger Stone is already gathering college interest as he begins his high school career at Bowling Green HS. The Class of 2015 prospect excelled at the Jr. Phenom Camp in San Diego at the start of the summer where he was ranked the #1 point guard in the camp.
Ray Mernagh learned from a source that coaches from Cincinnati (tickets), Davidson, Toledo and Bowling Green was Stone II work out in an open gym last night. This weekend Stone II will be in East Lansing (MI) to take in a Michigan State football game.