February 23, 2012

Hoops Recruiting Notebook

Eric Hoffses checks in with some news and notes on BC hoops recruiting. Also, the Eagles have a European business trip lined up for this summer. Find out where they'll be headed.

2012

The Eagles have a scholarship they can still use for the '12 class. With that they are keeping an eye on some forwards:

William Howard
6'8" Forward
New Hope Academy

Howard, who originally from France, is grabbing the attention of recruiting analysts on the East Coast. The forward possesses nice range from the outside and can shoot off the dribble or as a stand still shooter. In addition, Howard is an adequate rebounder for his size.

It has always been rumored that the Washington Huskies are the leaders for Howard, but there have been questions about whether or not they even have any scholarship, especially if some of their freshmen come back for another year and don't go to the NBA.

Jordan Tebbutt
6'5" Forward
Oak Hill Academy

Tebbutt is all of 6'5", 215 pounds. The forward has range from the outside and can stroke a medium range jumper if he needs to as well. When Tebbutt gets in the paint he is pretty effective at using his body to over power defenders.

Tebbutt was a once highly sought after player who has become a role player at Oak Hill Academy, and as such the fanfare around his recruiting has gone down quite a bit recently. Not being a star at Oak Hill isn't a big deal, as they possess many DI players on their roster, similar to some of the powerhouse prep schools in the northeast.

Tony Gill
6'8" Forward
Cosumnes River College (CA)

Gill is a JUCO player that BC is keeping an eye on. Gill has some range from the outside and isn't afraid to bang down low. He would have 2 years of eligibility remaining if he came to BC.

If the Eagles don't secure any of the above players or a transfer, then it's very possible that they will use the scholarship in 2013 instead.

2013

Depending on how things shake out to round out the 2012 class, look for BC to add 2-3 players in the class of 2013. It's a good bet that the staff will look to add a shooting guard that is ideally Matt Humphrey's size, as the team tries to accumulate more three point shooters on the roster. Also, a 4 man is a good possibility in this class. Again, BC already has some targets at the 4 spot in the 2012 class, so there might not necessarily be a need to double up there.

At this moment in time, BC has 4 offers out to players in this class.

Matt Thomas
6'4" Shooting Guard
Onalaska

If Steve Donahue could make a carbon copy of what he envisions his shooting guard to be like, it wouldn't be far off from Thomas. In terms of shooting, there aren't many shots Thomas can't knock down. He's an outstanding three point shooter and has a dangerous mid-range game as well. Not surprisingly, Thomas' basketball IQ is off the charts.

Thomas has a nice list of offers which includes Marquette, Wisconsin, Creighton, and Iowa State to name a few. It's expected that Thomas' recruitment will really take off on the AAU circuit this spring and summer when he gets more national exposure. It's rumored that Iowa State is the leader right now for his services, but Thomas is keeping things close to the vest.Right now, Thomas is without a doubt one of the top targets in the class.

Davon Reed
6'5" Shooting Guard
Princeton Day School

Reed is a long, athletic shooter that is capable of getting to the rim pretty well too. Reed needs to refine his defensive game but has the potential to be a good defender.

Reed is getting looks from tons of schools on the east coast and has offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall, VCU, St. Jospeh's, and West Virginia to name a few.

Darryl Hicks
6'3" Shooting Guard
Trinity (KY)

Hicks' game is very similar to Reed's above, but he is not as long as him.

Kris Jenkins
6'6" Forward
Gonzaga (DC)

Jenkins is the only potential 4 man that the Eagles have offered in the class of 2013 yet. Jenkins is a three star forward that holds offers from George Mason, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Xavier. Right now Jenkins is only 6'6", but he's described as having an aggressive sense to grab rebounds. He does have a decent perimeter game and would fit well into BC's system if he grows another inch or two.

Other Notes

-The Eagles have had a couple of visitors for some big home games recently. 2013 point guard London Perrantes visited for the Florida State game. Perrantes is currently an under the radar point guard that has offers from a couple of West Coast conference programs, including St. Mary's. For the Duke game, 2015 players Chris Baldwin and Jeremy Miller visited.

-BC is scheduled to make a trip to Spain this August to play against some professional teams. It has been 10+ years since the program took a trip overseas. Both Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon will be able to participate on the trip.

-Speaking of Hanlan, he will be in Massachusetts on Friday playing against Worcester Academy at 4pm

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