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Home arrow Recruiting News arrow Level and Lane updates from Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest
Level and Lane updates from Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest
Monday, 21 May 2012

by Alex Schwartz

HAMPTON, Va. -- Recruit Recon was back at Boo Williams Sportsplex for the second time in four weeks. This time it was was for The Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest over this past weekend.

The event mostly featured teams from Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, allowing us to again see some players from outside the Northeast. We were once also able to catch up with a couple of players from that region to talk recruiting.

One of those players was Josh Level, a 6-foot-5, 197-pound shooting guard in the class of 2014. Level is a talented wing who runs with the Team Loaded (NC) U16 squad and attends the Christ School (NC).

Level said he holds scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Charlotte and Cleveland State. He is also hearing from VCU, Clemson and Wake Forest.

"Wake, that's in my backyard, so I really like Wake," Level said of his current favorite. He also mentioned that his sister current attends the ACC school.

He noted that he grew up a fan of the Demon Deacons and that his dream schools were Wake Forest and North Carolina.

VCU and Wake Forest are the two schools that Level said are coming at him the hardest. He has been on a pair of college trips thus far.

"I went to a Wake Forest basketball game and I went to an unofficial [visit] at Clemson," Level said.

He noted that he has no visits scheduled right now, but added that he will likely plan some for the summer.

The rising junior cited Wake Forest assistant Rusty LaRue, VCU assistant Will Wade and ex-Clemson assistant Rick Ray as the coaches with whom he has the strongest relationship. However, Level said he has not spoken with Ray since he was named the head coach at Mississippi State, though he mentioned his father may have.

Level is in no rush to make his college choice and plans to wait things out.

"No, not really," he said of whether he has a timetable. "I'd like to probably see what other schools offer me in the future, but not yet."

While he may not have an idea of when he will commit, Level does know what he is looking for in a school.

"Great campus and that's really it," he said. "A great campus and good place to be, a good city."

One other factor that will come into play for Level is proximity to home.

"Yeah, I'm a middle child of seven, so I don't wanna go too far [from home] for family [reasons]," Level explained.

In addition to Level, Recruit Recon was also able to catch up with class of 2013 prospect Khris Lane of Trinity Episcopal (VA). A 6-foot-6, 230-pound power forward who was with Virginia Assault Gold, Lane is a rugged interior presence who gets things done in the paint.

Lane said he holds scholarship offers from East Carolina, James Madison, Northeastern, La Salle, Rider, and High Point. He also has interest coming from Wake Forest and others.

There are a couple of schools standing out to Lane at this point.

"I like La Salle and I like JMU," Lane said. "Those are probably my favorites, for real."

Lane noted that James Madison, Northeastern and La Salle are the schools coming at him the hardest. Thus far he has taken unofficial visits to James Madison, Wake Forest and High Point. He said he is going to try to get up to La Salle in June.

"Probably trying to maybe commit sometime in the fall then sign in November," Lane said of his recruitment plans, adding that he will take all of his official visits first.

Lane mentioned that he actually only has four official visit left, as he took one to VMI when he was in the class of 2012 before reclassifying. However, VMI is no longer in the picture for him.

Although he was with Virginia Assault this weekend, Lane said that he will normally be continuing to play for DC Assault on the AAU circuit.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 May 2012 )
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