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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting / DOBO & Ass't Coach ?

Postby Suge » Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:43 pm

According to hoopdirt.com, NU is finalizing deals for the staff openings. One spot is rumored to be going to Kevin Devitt, former AC at UAB.

https://hoopdirt.com/daily-dirt-8-13-20/
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting / DOBO & Ass't Coach ?

Postby le » Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:26 pm

Good news !

One spot is rumored to be going to Kevin Devitt, former AC at UAB.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting / DOBO & Ass't Coach ?

Postby jhart » Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:34 am

Zach Braziller at NY Post has a piece today on Iona having first practice yesterday. In person classes start Monday, August 24, same as NU.
I sent a text to Simon about the article and asked if we have started practice and asked about the two MBB positions.
I observe The Post gives much more ink to Iona than Manhattan which is actually within the NYC limits.
Iona is two miles north of the city.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting / DOBO & Ass't Coach ?

Postby Suge » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:44 pm

NU offers 2021 PF Nick Spinoso. Spinoso goes to the Canterbury School and is from Uniondale, NY. According from verbalcommits, Spinoso has offers from Albany, New Hampshire and Drexel.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting / DOBO & Ass't Coach ?

Postby jhart » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:46 pm

Uniondale is on L.I. five minutes from where I grew up and in Mihalich's hood at Hofstra.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting / DOBO & Ass't Coach ?

Postby Suge » Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:03 pm

NU offers 2021 PG Kyle Duke. Duke, at 6'3, is a Toronto native but plays for The Rock of Gainesville. According to verbal commits, Duke has offers from NC A/T and Towson.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby Suge » Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:45 pm

Suge wrote:NU has offered 2021 combo guard Jared Billups, according to his Twitter page. Plays at the McDonough School in Maryland.


Billups to Siena.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby Suge » Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:02 pm

Suge wrote:NU has offered 2021 PF Sam Sherry, according to his twitter page. Sherry is a 6'9 lefty out of Mechanicsburg, PA. Has a handful of other offers.



Sherry to Elon
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby Eagle » Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:41 am

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Center of Attention: Massanutten’s Touba Traore
By Massanutten Military Academy | January 3, 2020

It’s only fitting that one of the most international prep schools on the east coast should have a 6-foot-11 player from Africa as the centerpiece to its postgraduate basketball team.

Touba Traore, who is from Bamako, Mali, isn’t just the tallest player for Massanutten Military Academy’s PG team, he’s also the captain of HQ company and an honor roll student. Though he’s excelled at Massanutten Military Academy, success was not preordained.

When he arrived in the country in January 2017, Traore didn’t speak any English.

“It was tough being away from my parents for the first time,” he said. “I spoke no English at the time. It was very tough learning English. I could not learn it by myself.”

With an uncle living in Minnesota as his closest family member, Traore lived with a foster family while he attended Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in Stephens City, Virginia. To learn English, Traore said he used subtitles to movies and began listening to popular American music. While most basketball pregame gyms are filled with hip hop music, Traore said he prefers R & B more, with his favorite musician still being Salif Keita, a singer-songwriter from Mali known as the “Golden Voice of Africa.”

Just as his musical tastes harken back to his homeland, so, too, does his choice for favorite meals. Asked what he misses most about Mali, Traore didn’t hesitate.

“I love fried plantains with beef, that’s my favorite,” he said.

When pressed to identify his favorite food in this country, the towering center didn’t drift too far from his first love.

“I’d have to say steak,” he said, laughing. “I’m a beef guy.”

By the time he was 14 years old, Traore said he could dunk. Guessing he was about 6-foot-3 at that time, the 18-year-old now commands attention whenever he enters the room. Of course, that’s going to happen when you’re less than an inch from being 7 feet tall.

“It does feel weird sometimes going into a room and everyone is just looking at you because you’re so tall,” he said.

The tallest person in his family by far, Traore said both his parents are more than 6 feet tall, but that none of his relatives – not even a distant cousin, uncle or aunt – come close to the cloud-scraping height he’s attained.

With that size has come attention. Several schools have inquired about Traore including James Madison University, George Mason University, Radford University, and Hampton University. After the Holtzman Invitational in early December, seven more schools contacted Massanutten coach Curtis Peery to ask about the Malian center.

“I try to be aggressive on the boards with rebounds both offensively and defensively,” Traore said when asked to describe his playing style. “Running up and down the court. I have a good shot out to 15 feet. And I just keep working to get the shot.”

It should be no surprise that Traore’s favorite players in the NBA are all big men like himself: Giannis Antetokounmpo, who plays with former Massanutten Military Academy guard Frank Mason III in Milwaukee, the Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, who is also from Africa (Cameroon).

Though having all eyes on him when he enters a room may feel “weird” at times, Traore conceded that knowing coaches across the state and region and paying attention to him is a pretty nice thing.

“That,” he said with a deep laugh, “feels great!”

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