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Pair of player updates from Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic
Thursday, 05 January 2012

by Alex Schwartz
CHESTER, Pa. – Recruit Recon was on hand at Widener University on Friday for the fourth and final day of the 2011 Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with a couple class of 2013 standouts.

Jeremiah Worthem, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound small forward out of Math, Civics & Sciences (PA) helped lead his team to an upset win over Patterson (MD). MCS blew out the Clippers, leading by about 25 for most of the game and winning by a final score of 81-63.
Worthem has a handful of schools on his trail at this point, listing offers from Temple, La Salle, Drexel, and St. Joseph’s. In addition, he said he is hearing from Marist, Rice, Delaware, Boston University, and Harvard.

The junior from the City of Brotherly Love said he does “not really” have any favorite or a timetable for a decision.
Thus far, he has taken unofficial visits to Temple and La Salle, both in the summer. He does not have any trips planned at this point.
“Somewhere that runs transition, fits my game and somewhere I’m gonna play,” Worthem said of what he is looking for in a school.
Although almost half the schools he listed are quite local, that does not necessarily mean Worthem wants to stay close to home for college.
“That don’t really matter right now,” Worthem said, “I’m not sure yet, but that’s what [schools] I have [recruiting me].”
Asked if there are any particular coaches with whom he has developed the best relationship, Worthem replied, “Temple, St. Joe’s. I like both [of] their coaches.”
Worthem noted that he is being recruited by the head coach of both the Owls and the Hawks.
“Attack the rim aggressively,” Worthem said of the strongest point in his game. “Getting to the rim, it’s what I do best.”
As for his chief weakness, he remarked, “Weakest? Ball handling, gotta work on that.”
Like Worthem, BJ Johnson also helped lead his team to a win on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound small forward was a key cog in a 71-61 victory for Lower Merion (PA) over St. Joseph’s Prep (PA).
After the game, Johnson told Recruit Recon that he is being recruited by Temple, Rutgers, Boston University, St. Joseph’s, Delaware, Albany, Penn State, and “a lot of A-10 schools.”
At this point, Johnson only lists scholarship offers from BU and Albany. He said that all of the schools he listed except for Albany have been in the gym to see him in workouts.
“No, not right now,” Johnson said of whether he has any favorites at this point in his recruitment.
Johnson might not make his college decision for a while, as the junior said, “I’m not in a rush.”
On what he is looking for in a school, Johnson said, “Whatever feels like it’s the best for me.”
The 2013 prospect mentioned that he is “not sure” if location will be a factor for him and said that there are no coaches in particular with whom he has developed the best bond.
Johnson, who compares his game to that of Kevin Durant, said “probably my shot” when asked what the strongest part of his game is. He list his handles as his top weakness right now.

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