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NATIONAL HOOPS FESTIVAL RECRUITING REPORT
On Saturday, Matt Whitfield made the trip to Hyattsville (MD) and DeMatha High School for the 2011 National Hoops Festival event. The early season event is typically one of the favorite stops for NBE on the December schedule and this year did not disappoint with several powerhouse programs headlining the event with a very solid day of action on the court. Here is the scoreboard from Saturday’s contests:
–Bullis 62, Riverdale Baptist 59
–Episcopal 44, Benedictine 38
–Paul VI 65, West Charlotte 58
–Oak Hill 68, Grace Prep 59
–DeMatha 83, Jamesville-Dewitt 57
NBE was able to catch up with players such as Kennedy Meeks, Beejay Anya, Stanford Robinson, Jordan Mickey, RJ Curington, Emmanuel Mudiay and more. See below for the latest in recruiting updates form many of the top uncommitted players participating on Saturday…
Beejay Anya, Class of 2013 – DeMatha: The burly post player told NBE that he has recently lost 40 pounds and the body change is very noticeable. On Saturday Anya gave a list of Texas, Syracuse, Kansas, UCLA, Indiana, North Carolina State, Maryland, Georgetown, Florida, Florida State and Louisville as schools figuing most prominently in his recruitment.
“I already took an unofficial to UCLA,” he told NBE’s Matt Whitfield.
One big draw west for Anya is the 2012 commitment of Kyle Anderson to UCLA.
“Kyle [Anderson] is my friend,” said Anya Saturday. “He’s a good dude and he talked to me about coming there a couple of times… so well see. Kyle is a great passer. I know he’d get me the ball when I need it. And he can score himself.”
Anya is not sure at this time what other visits he will likely be taking and indicated he is not looking to narrow the recruiting focus in the near future either.
Stanford Robinson, Class of 2013 – Paul VI: The do-everything G/F was solid in the 65-58 win for Paul VI over West Charlotte, scoring 10 points and adding 6 rebounds. After a very good summer with Team Takeover DC his recruitment continues to expand and he recently added another ACC offer to his collection from Virginia, which had head coach Tony Bennett on hand for his game Saturday.
“I just received an offer from Virginia,” said Robinson. “South Florida has been in contact with me. Virginia Tech, Syracuse (SU Tickets), Marquette, Villanova, NC State, Miami, Pittsburgh and schools like that [are involved].”
While Robinson declined to name any favorites or put any schools out in front of the others, he did sound like he is building a very solid relationship with UVA.
“I feel like Virginia will be a tough team to beat next year especially with Justin Anderson coming in. Me and Justin Anderson we have conversations now and then. He’s a very talented player and if I ever had the chance to play with him I think it would be a good setup,” said Robinson. “I’ll definitely keep an eye on Virginia.”
Robinson still plans to go through the season and the AAU circuit next spring and summer before making a college deicison. In the meantime he will continue to work to improve the consistency of his perimeter jump shot and other nuances of the game, like controlling tempo and scoring in all three zones: going to the basket, in the midrange and beyond the arc.
Kennedy Meeks, Class of 2013 – West Charlotte: The 6-foot-9, self-described physical rebounder had a quiet game offensively in the loss to Paul VI. Much of the ACC is after Meeks, who counts offers from all the schools in the conference outside of North Carolina and Duke, with the Tar Heels showing a high amount of interest. Outside of the ACC Georgetown (Hoya Tix) remains very much involved as well as Syracuse (SU Gift Zone).
Jordan Mickey, Class of 2013 – Grace Prep: Mickey was very impressive for Grace Prep against Oak Hill, scoring in the paint, in the mid-range with a face-up game and hitting the boards on his way to a double-double. The 6-foot-7 forward told NBE he has offers from Texas A&M, Providence, Houston and Kansas.
“I probably want to go [take a visit] to Kansas, Texas A&M and Providence (PC Tix),” he told Matt Whitfield on Saturday. “I describe myself as a good post player. I can step out, shoot the ball, spread the defense.”
RJ Curington, Class of 2013 – Oak Hill: The native of Dyer (IN) mentioned Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, Virginia, North Carolina, Stanford, Harvard and Cornell as schools currently on his list.
While he is almost a year away from taking official visits, Curington already knows he wants to take an official to Indiana.
“I really like it [there]. That’s one of my top schools right now,” he said Saturday. “They show a lot of love and I love their fans. They’ve offered and I really like that program. I like the coach and everything.”
Has taken unofficals to Indiana, Northwestern, Stanford recently, North Carolina, Virginia and is supposed to visit Harvard unofficially as well.
Ike Iroegbu, Class of 2013 – Oak Hill: The 6-foot-2 guard gave a list of Arizona, Washington State, USC and Oklahoma State as schools he is considering in the recruiting process at this time.
Emmanuel Mudiay, Class of 2014 – Grace Prep: The point guard looks to be a star in the making and early recruiting list mirros that sentiment with everyone in the country taking notice.
“I’ve got North Carolina, Baylor, Kentucky, and most of the Big 12, Pac 12, and some of the Big East,” he said of his early recruiting interest, mentioning that UNC has offered and UK is showing high interest.