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La Salle gets a commitment from 2014 Guard Johnnie Shuler
Wednesday, 06 November 2013
ImageTotal Sports Live: You can keep on calling La Salle “Guard U” as today they picked up their first commitment from the 2014 class. According to Marcus Helton of DMVElite.com, guard Johnnie Shuler out of Theodore Roosevelt (DC) has committed to La Salle.

Shuler also had offers from Fairfield, Quinnipiac, and Seton Hall. This is a great pick up by the Explorers as their offense is based around guard play. According to Roosevelt’s head coach Rob Nickens, he said about La Salle is that “they came to see him several times here in the city, and came to visit Roosevelt a couple of times.”

Shuler also visited La Salle over the weekend and enjoyed his time.

"I like the way that the coaches coach there and help the players out, and I liked the atmosphere there, too."

 
Richmond snags Minnesota product
Friday, 20 September 2013
ImageScout: Over the past few years Richmond has shown the willingness to recruit all over the country. They did it again in 2014 on Wednesday night when they landed New Prague (Minn) power forward Paul Friendshuh.

At 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, Friendshuh is a stretch power forward who can shoot the ball and is also capable of using his skill to get to the rim using the bounce. For Friendshuh he feels that Richmond was the perfect fit.

"Richmond was everything I wanted," said Friendshuh. "They play in the Atlantic 10, and you can't go wrong with A-10 and also Richmond is a great academic school."

He continued, "I went down there on a visit and they have great team chemistry and the coaching staff is great. I felt like it was the right fit."

 
Paul Jorgensen to George Washington
Friday, 06 September 2013
ImageZags Blog: Paul Jorgensen, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound point from Don Bosco Prep in North Jersey, verbally committed to George Washington Thursday night.

“I chose to commit to GW over Fairfield, Harvard, Lehigh and Quinnipiac because I loved the city of DC,” Jorgensen told SNY.tv.

“The coaching staff was amazing and I feel my game can grow there.”

New Heights coach Chris Alesi said Jorgensen can help coach Mike Lonergan’s club.

“Paul is a true point guard with an innate ability to break defenses down off the dribble,” he said. “He lives in the lane. Paul also has an reliable stroke which can allow him to play off the ball some.

 
2014 forward Justin Tillman commits to attend VCU
Saturday, 31 August 2013
ImageNBC Sports: With mainstay Juvonte Reddic and Florida State transfer Terrance Shannon both entering their senior seasons, VCU head coach Shaka Smart needed some additional bodies in the front court for the 2014 season and beyond. 

On Friday the Rams received a boost in that department, as 2014 forward Justin Tillman (Pershing HS, Detroit) verbally committed to attend the Atlantic 10 school.

Tillman helped lead the Doughboys to a 25-1 record and a spot in the Michigan Class A state quarterfinals this past season, where they fell to eventual champion Romulus High School by two points. 

Two of the players on that Romulus team, Wes Clark (Missouri) and E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island), are expected to be key contributors on their respective college teams this season.

 
Taqqee A-10 Bound
Monday, 26 August 2013
ImageNERR: Cushing Academy senior swingman Idris Taqqee made a verbal commitment to St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon. 

Taqqee was coming off a successful grassroots and EYBL season with Expressions Elite, emerging as a critical part of their rotation thanks to his versatility. 

One thing that Taqqee does as well as almost anyone in New England is defend the perimeter.  With long arms and good instincts, he’s capable of checking any of the three perimeter positions, and also a good perimeter rebounder. 

While his individual offense, and specifically his shooting range, had improved in recent months, he differentiated himself from other swingmen with the maturity and unselfishness to accept a complimentary role on the offensive end, but proving himself invaluable defensively.  

 
Lonergan lands another local for GW
Friday, 23 August 2013
ImageCSN Washington: Upon arriving on the George Washington campus, coach Mike Lonergan stated the Colonials would aggressively mine the D.C. area for recruits. He continues to be a man of his word.

Saint John's College High School product Darian Bryant confirmed with CSNwashington that he would be part of the Colonials' 2014 class. The 6-foot-4 wing broke the good news to Lonergan, deciding to join the Atlantic 10 program over runner-up Delaware.

"GW has been at the top of my list for a while," Bryant said during a phone interview on Thursday. "I've been narrowing my list down for a while every single day, from 10, to eight, to five to two. I just fell in love with GW when I visited. I love the school, the atmosphere. it's just a great fit for me."

 
Rashaan Holloway commits to UMass
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
ImageGazette Net: The University of Massachusetts entered this summer hoping to add at least one big man to the program. The mission appears to have been accomplished as Rashaan Holloway, a 6-foot-9, 285-pound big man from Elmer, N.J., committed after making an unofficial visit to Amherst earlier this month.

Holloway, who attends Schalick High School, made his announcement via Twitter on Monday: “UMass it is.”

Holloway chose UMass over offers from Seton Hall, La Salle, Temple and Drexel. Minnesota was also showing interest.

He joins a freshman class that includes Donte Clark, a guard from North Carolina who is sitting out this season as a nonqualifier. UMass has one scholarship remaining for the 2014 recruiting class.

 
UR notes: Diekvoss in, Piotrowski out
Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Something recently happened to the University of Richmond basketball program that hasn’t happened in a while. The Spiders lost a player with eligibility remaining.

Luke Piotrowski, who’s 6-foot-11 and spent one of his two years at Richmond as a redshirt, is transferring. The Spiders haven’t been bitten by the attrition bug much since early in Chris Mooney’s coaching tenure, which started in 2005.

“I understand his desire to have a better chance to play more minutes. He’s a talented player, and I think he wants to maximize that by being on the court,” Mooney said of Piotrowski. “At the same time, we don’t like to have anybody leave the program.”

The Spiders picked up an oral commitment from 6-6 Chandler Diekvoss, from De Pere, Wisc. He averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds last season as a junior, and shot 44 percent from 3-point distance, at West De Pere High School.

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Shavar Newkirk to St. Joe’s
Saturday, 27 July 2013
ImageZags Blog: St. Joe’s picked up a tough, gritty New York point guard Friday when Shavar Newkirk of Cardinal Hayes pledged to the program.

“I picked St. Joe’s because I created a relationship with the head coach [Phil Martelli],” the 6-foot, 170-pound Newkirk told SNY.tv.

“They extended the reach of communication between my family and Coach Martelli. He felt I would be a great fit for his program and he really wanted me to come to his school. He came to every event and called me every night. I can’t turn down a guy that my best interests.”

Newkirk, Class of 2014, said he also considered Towson, Iona, Iowa State and Providence. He averaged 17 points and 8 assists last team en route to All-City honors.

 
Former Virginia Tech signee Donte Clark headed to UMass
Saturday, 06 July 2013
ImageNBC Sports: On Tuesday it was announced that 6-4 shooting guard Donte Clark was denied admission to Virginia Tech, leaving head coach James Johnson one man short in his quest to account for the graduation of ACC Player of the Year Erick Green.

Johnson’s loss became Derek Kellogg’s gain, as it was reported by Justin Byerly of CarolinaPreps.com that Clark will attend UMass. However, Kellogg may not get to place Clark in the perimeter rotation right away.

According to Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Clark will likely attend UMass as a non-qualifier, meaning that he would have to sit out the 2013-14 season. When news broke that Clark was denied admission to Virginia Tech, it was noted that he had yet to get through the NCAA’s initial eligibility clearinghouse.

But even if Clark has to sit UMass won’t lack for options on the perimeter, with point guards Chaz Williams and Trey Davis and shooting guards Derrick Gordon and Demetrius Dyson on the roster. And in Gordon, the Minutemen have a versatile guard capable of having an immediate impact.

 

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