April 8, 2013

Donahue Recruiting New England

There is no question that Boston College hoops is making a concerted effort to recruit in their backyard-especially after they pulled in underrated recruit Olivier Hanlan out of New Hampton (NH) last year. Despite not being highly-touted, Hanlan developed into the ACC freshman of the year under head coach Steve Donahue-Hanlan's success could very well be the start of a trend for the Eagles. That being said, we break down Boston College's top New England recruits-including their offers and which AAU programs they'll be running with this summer:

Kaleb Joseph, 6-foot-2 2014 PG, Mass Rivals
Offer: YES
Analysis-
Joseph emerged this past winter season at Cushing Academy (MA) as one of the best point guards in the country. A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, Joseph is a fearless floor leader with great athleticism and finishing ability off the dribble. His game is very refined, and with his pass-first mentality, Joseph has proven to high major coaches that he can be a true point guard. Notable offers include Maryland, Pittsburgh, Providence, Syracuse, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Jared Terrell, 6-foot-4 2014 SG, Expressions Elite
Offer: YES
Analysis-
Terrell spent a lot of the season recovering from a leg injury, but when he was at 100%, he was one of the best guards in the area. Imagine an NFL fullback with a 30+ inch vertical and a three-point stroke-and there you have Jared Terrell. He played on a loaded team this past year at Brewster Academy (NH), and will be the Bobcats' go-to perimeter scorer next year. He's from Weymouth, Mass. Notable offers: Cincy, Connecticut, Iowa State, Miami, Penn State, Providence, St. John's, Virginia Tech, Xavier.

Abdul Malik Abu, 6-foot-8 2014 PF, Expressions Elite
Offer: YES
Analysis-
An athletic freak who will be an immediate culture-changer at a college program because of his leadership and high character. Abu flat out overpowers opponents with high-rising dunks, but has also shown in the past that he has great footwork in the post and possesses the ability to step out and shoot the three. Great rebounder--Duke, Ohio State, and Kansas are in regular contact. Notable offers include: Connecticut, Iowa State, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Providence, and Wisconsin.

Sam Dingba, 6-foot-6 2014 PF, Riverside Hawks
Offer: YES
Analysis-
Dingba garnered first-team all NEPSAC Class A honors this past year at Salisbury School in Connecticut-standing out as one of the better forwards in the whole league. Despite being a bit undersized for a power forward, Dingba makes up for it with his defensive presence and aggressiveness on the offensive glass. He's a prototypical glue guy who understands his role. Notable offers include: Boston University, Saint Joseph's, St. Bonaventure.

Matt Cimino, 6-foot-10 2014 SF/PF, Mass Rivals
Offer: YES
Analysis-Cimino can flat out stroke from long-range. Even at 6-foot-10, Cimino has stood out as one of New England's best outside shooters. He's a consistent rebounder whose interior defense has greatly improved; his one-on-one offensive game in the post is still very much a work in progress. Notable offer: Kansas State.


Jacquil Taylor, 6-foot-8 2014 PF/C, Expressions Elite
Offer: No
Analysis-
A torn ACL will leave Taylor sidelined for a couple more months potentially, but when he's back and healthy, he will be one of New England's best shotblockers-starring most recently at Beaver Country Day School in Brookline, Mass. Taylor was one of the biggest stock-risers in the region last summer, showing that he can be a go-to guy in the post. As with any other Division 1 program, Taylor's offer list going forward will rely entirely on how he recovers from his serious knee injury. Notable offers: Maryland, Providence, UMass, Siena, St. Joseph's.

Chris Baldwin, 6-foot-8 2015 PF, Expressions Elite
Offer: No
Analysis--
Baldwin is the only player on this list who does not attend/has not committed to attending a school in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference. The sophomore forward starred this year at Springfield Central (MA), where he averaged 15 points per game on one of the best public school squads in Massachusetts. He had his best game of the season at the Hoophall Classic, putting up 23 points, 18 rebounds, and eight blocks-BC assistant Akbar Waheed watched the dominant performance from the sidelines. Notable offers: Boston University, UMass.

Aaron Falzon, 6-foot-8 2015 SF/PF, Expressions Elite
Offer: YES
Analysis-
Falzon picked up an offer from BC on Thursday afternoon, the Newton (MA) native's second offer from a high major program. There is no question that he can stretch the floor and shoot from outside, but his offensive progression in the last year has put him on the radar of several big time college programs-including UConn. Expect a big summer from the St. Mark's School product, playing for Expressions Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit. Notable offers: Providence.

Jeremy Miller, 6-foot-9 2015 PF, Mass Rivals
Offer: YES
Analysis-
Miller's offensive versatility has made him one of the nation's most sought-after recruits in the 2015 class. Like Cimino, he is known primarily as an outside shooter and rebounder, but in the past few months his low post defense and scoring on the block have greatly improved. Notable offers: Maryland, Providence.

Terance Mann, 6-foot-5 2015 SG, BABC
Offer: YES
Analysis-
Mann is another highly-talented recruit whom the Eagles were the first to jump on. He had a very good season at Tilton School (NH), learning from McDonald's All-American Wayne Selden and proving that he can be Tilton's go-to man going forward. He's long and lanky with a lot of bounce-his ability to drive to the rim is undoubtedly his best asset. Notable offers: none.

Jonathan Joseph, 5-foot-9 2015 PG, BABC
Offer: No
Analysis-
Talented young point guard who has the potential to blossom into a pass-first floor general. He has a very quick first step that gives him the ability to get into the paint and create for his forwards. His outside shots needs work, but he'll get plenty of opportunities to show off his improved jumper this summer playing for BABC. Joseph plays point guard at Tilton and is from Brockton, Mass. Notable offers: none.

Josh Sharma, 7-foot 2015 C, Mass Rivals
Offer: YES
Analysis-
Sharma is a project, but he's 7-feet tall and runs the floor like a deer for a player his size. Right now his production mainly comes in the form of rebounding and shot blocking. Several high major programs, including Duke, have inquired about the Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) center. Like Falzon, Sharma received his offer from BC on Thursday. Notable offers: Providence.

Ian Sistare, 6-foot-3 2016 SG, Rhode Island Hawks
Offer: No
Analysis-
BC has already made successful efforts to get Sistare on campus several times for unofficial visits. He shot the lights out this season, proving to be one of the best shooters in the NEPSAC while becoming a steady contributor on a national prep championship team. The Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) guard is from Manchester, New Hampshire. Notable offers: none.

AJ Brodeur, 6-foot-8 2016 PF, Rhode Island Hawks
Offer: No
Analysis-
Brodeur spent this year at Algonquin High School (MA), but, you guessed it, will transfer to Northfield Mount Hermon to play for head coach John Carroll in the fall-reclassifying to 2016. As a sophomore, like Baldwin, Brodeur was one of the MIAA's premier big men-blocking shots, scoring around the rim, and rebounding at a high rate. The Northboro, Mass. native registered several triple-doubles for Algonquin this year-he visited BC unofficially last fall. Notable offers: none.


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