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NBPA TOP 100 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP: RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (SINA, LAWRENCE, MUDIAY & MORE)
By Matt Whitfield
Throughout the day on Friday NBE Basketball Report caught up with many of the top players at the 2012 NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camp on the beautiful campus at Virginia University. Here are some of the recruiting notes gathered from conversations with the players.
Jermaine Lawrence Indicated a Top 3 School List
Jermaine Lawrence has had an impressive spring on the AAU trail and may people were excited to see him in action against other top players in the Class of 2013. Unfortunately Lawrence is out of action because of a wrist injury, but he expects to be back in action at full health by the time July rolls around.
Entering the camp there was some murmurs that Mike Rice and Rutgers had positioned themselves into the lead for his services. While Lawrence said that was not quite the case, Scarlet Knight fans should rest assured they are very much in the mix for the 6-foot-7 forward who attends Pope John XXIII.
“They’re up there probably, top three,” said Lawrence of RU, adding that Florida and Syracuse would also populate that list of three.
It sounds as if Rutgers will have a chance very soon to strengthen their position as Lawrence also told NBE Sports that he plans to visit their campus soon as well as making a trip out to check out UNLV soon.
Jaren Sina Looking Hard at Big East
Jaren Sina, a 6-foot-1 sharpshooting point guard from Gil St. Bernard’s in New Jersey was a one-time commitment to Alabama. Now his recruitment seems to be more concentrated closer to home, specifically among Big East schools.
“Obviously Alabama is still in the mix,” he told NBE Sports on Friday. “We have Virginia, we have a couple Big East schools that are pretty heavy. I mean Rutgers, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, [then there’s] Northwestern and some Big Ten schools. Just a lot of Big East/ACC schools.”
His high school coach, and father, Mergin Sina is counseling him through the recruiting process. They plan to cut the list of schools down after the busy July period. Sina did hint that staying in the Northeast is a strong possibility.
“There’s a pretty good chance I stay in the area with Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Seton Hall,” he said, adding that Northwestern and Virginia were also recruiting him pretty hard, which in the end will make them intriguing options too.
The changes in the Big East is something Sina is watching closely, but he knows the conference will still be a top-notch destination for basketball.
“It’s still going to be a great conference no matter what,” said Sina.
MORE RECRUITING LISTS
Goodluck Okonoboh, an athletic 6-foot-9 big man from Tilton (NH) School gave NBE a working list of “West Virginia, Missouri, Syracuse, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Gonzaga, Seton Hall, Temple, and a few more,” he said on Friday.
Okonoboh is a cousin of former UConn and current Missouri C/BF Alex Oriakhi.
One of the elite prospects in the Class of 2014 is Emmanuel Mudiay from Grace Prep in Arlington (TX). The 6-foot-3 point guard is getting plenty of attention from some of the top programs in the country already.
“Right now I got Baylor, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Kansas, and Kentucky,” he said Friday, adding “and a lot more from the Big 12.”
He is high on Kentucky as an attractive option, but definitely too early to make any call in his recruitment.
“It’s a great school,” said Mudiay of UK. “I like their system. It fits my system. It’s a running system, but I don’t know if that’s the place I’ll end up.”
Another Class of 2014 guard that has been turning heads at the NBPA Top 100 High School Camp as well as throughout the spring AAU period is Ja’Quan Newton out of Philadelphia’s Neumann-Goretti High School. Newton is an early priority for Big East and ACC programs.
As several other outlets have reported, Villanova is in very strong with the local guard as he has spent a lot of time on the campus.