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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby pipes » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:14 pm

I would assume Paulus was there checking out Josh Smith...

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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby Eagle » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:52 pm

Josh Smith

19-20 Varsity Basketball
P/G: 21.8
Ast/G: 2.5
Reb/G: 12.1
Stl/G: 1.7
Blk/G: 2.9

https://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/josh-s ... efault.htm

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Monrovia's Smith blossoms into an intriguing prospect, but hits adversity in July
Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, July 14, 2019

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/2 ... 729143001/

A scene from the July basketball recruiting period:

Josh Smith played for his Men of the Family grassroots team at the Adidas Invitational. Smith, a 6-7 senior-to-be at Monrovia, played well. He knocked down a couple 3-pointers late in the game. He started a fast break with a pinpoint, one-handed outlet pass from 40 feet away. He made a few nice moves around the basket, maneuvering his way through traffic to score.

A few minutes after Saturday morning's game at Warren Central, the only loss for Men of the Family in five tournament games, coach Derrick Williams addressed the team in a hallway. Smith then tightened a boot on his left foot, gathered his crutches and made his way down the hallway.

This is not how Smith envisioned his July. His foot had been bothering him for about a month. On Friday, the day before his first game at the Adidas Invitational, his doctor told him he had a “stress reaction” in the navicular bone of his foot.

Talk about terrible timing. Smith is one of those players who is something of an “in betweener.” His college interest ranges from Division I to NAIA. The more opportunities to play in front of college coaches, the better.

“The doctor said I should take five weeks off,” Smith said. “No weight bearing or anything. But this is the biggest tournament of the year, with it being the live period, so he said I could play this tournament and then take the five weeks off. I might just take the rest of the summer off.”

Smith played limited minutes Saturday to limit the wear on his foot. If a stress reaction becomes a stress fracture, the recovery time is usually around three months. He is scheduled to play in the youth developmental camp run by the NCAA from July 23-25 at the University of Illinois, another time period for college coaches to evaluate prospects.
“I’m trying to see what the risk vs. reward will be,” Smith said. “We’ll see if it is worth it.”

Even in limited stretches, it is easy to see why Smith is such an intriguing prospect. He was 5-foot-10 as a freshman before growing 8 inches by the end of his sophomore year. He had always handled the ball a lot as a young player, which translated well once he figured out how to use his 6-7 frame.

“I was always a guard growing up,” said Smith, who is the youngest – but tallest – of his four siblings. “That helped a lot because I was able to transfer my guard skills and now I get a little bit of everything. I was kind of awkward when I grew so fast, but I’m kind of getting it all together now.”

Smith put it together as a junior to help Monrovia to a 19-7 record and its first sectional title in 19 years for coach Kyle Swafford. Smith averaged 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game to form a tough duo with 6-8 senior Max Newman (20.7 ppg, 10.0 rebounds), who will attend Bethel College.

“I like playing at a small school because you have your whole town behind you,” Smith said. “Sometimes you do get overlooked because you aren’t at a big school where a lot of talented players are. But I like being able to play in front of my friends. Winning the sectional last year was incredible.”

Among the Division I schools that have shown recent interest in Smith are Temple and Ball State. He has made unofficial visits to both and plans to take an official visit to Temple in late August. Smith said Furman and Duquesne have also been in contact and a number of Division II schools, including Bellarmine (Ky.) and Cedarville (Ohio), watched his game on Saturday.

“Playing Division I would be really cool, but I want to really just find the best fit I can,” he said. “I feel like I can match up with anybody in the state. But I just have to find the right place to play.”
That also means making sure he is healthy enough to play when it matters. His father, Chris Smith, said he first heard about a “stress reaction” when he read an ESPN.com story this week about the hazards of overuse in youth basketball.

“It can happen randomly,” Josh Smith said of the injury. “But overuse is definitely part of it.”

Which stinks for Smith because his body cannot quite do what he wants it to do right now. He is unable to get much lift off his left foot and his cuts are not quite as sharp as he would like.
“It is frustrating,” Smith said. “But I feel like (college) coaches saw me enough during June to see what I can do. I’m still talking to quite a few of them.”

July might not look exactly like Smith wanted it to. But a little rest could be a big benefit in the long run.

Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6644.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby numatt » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:39 pm


The @hp_boysbball senior will surpass 2,000 career points TOMORROW

Anthony has an offer from Milwaukee and is hearing form UNC Asheville, IUPUI, Niagara, UT-Chattanooga, Holy Cross and Incarnate Word
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby Eagle » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:12 pm

NU signee Tah-Jae Hill scores 37, leads Hilton past Penfield
By Paul Gotham on February 10, 2020


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A delayed start didn’t temper the Hilton boys’ basketball team. A Penfield zone defense nearly did.

Tah-Jae Hill scored 13 of his game-high 37 points in the opening stanza, but the senior saved his best for last as the Hilton Cadets downed Penfield, 59-55 in Monroe County Division I action, Monday night.

Trailing 51-50 with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter, Hill hit from long range on back-to-back possessions to lift the Cadets (10-7) to their third straight win...."

Story: https://pickinsplinters.com/2020/02/10/ ... -penfield/

Verbal commits: http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/tah-jae-hill

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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby Suge » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:29 am

pipes wrote:I would assume Paulus was there checking out Josh Smith...

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Smith to Stetson.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby Eagle » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:30 pm

NU lands senior Touba Traore 6’10, 240 lbs, 2020 Massanutten Military Academy, VA

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Touba Traore 6’10 240 2020 Massanutten Military Academy, VA / Boo Williams EYBL

Touba not only offers good size, strength and athleticism but has a great motor and a high IQ that combine to make him an impact presence on both ends of the floor.

He has been coached up nicely demonstrating solid footwork and finishing skills. Touba has great instincts both as a shot blocker and rebounder and in the way he moves off the ball making himself available as a scoring option in and around the paint. He has a great deal of coordination, sure hands, fluidity, length and an impressive degree of explosiveness pursuing rebounds and blocking shots.

A very good repeat jumper he stays engaged and powerful as asserts his physicality to punish opponents around the basket. Very comfortable facing the rim, Touba has demonstrated the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim on short, straight line drives and also shows a fluid and mechanically sound stroke on the jumper in the 12-15 foot range.

He attacks the basket with powerful, quick strides and physicality and is an imposing figure with his strong, chiseled frame. Touba is productive on the glass on both ends of the floor especially as an offensive rebounder combining instincts with his high motor and tools to make him a force on the offensive glass. Defensively he moves his feet nicely and gets good defensive position, really works hard for position and pursuing the basketball.

Also transitions nicely and runs the floor with good quickness and fluidity. Touba outworks people and is an opportunistic scorer who converts missed shots and lose balls into points because of his hustle and finishes shots around the rim in the flow of the offense.

He suffered a shattered patella in November but has worked his way back and looks bouncy, quick, confident and decisive in his movements on the floor. His hard work has paid dividends in his return to 100% and in a high profile program at Massanutten Military Academy has captured the eye of a number of Division I coaches.

A native of Mali, Africa, Touba is a projected mid major prospect who should see his stock skyrocket as a key member of a talented Boo Williams EYBL team that has its sights set on the 2019 Nike Peach Jam Championships.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby MICKEY » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:36 am

No news but I wonder if recent events will make it tougher to find JC transfers assuming post season tournaments and showcases will likely be cancelled.
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Re: 2020 Hoops recruiting

Postby Suge » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:05 pm

MICKEY wrote:No news but I wonder if recent events will make it tougher to find JC transfers assuming post season tournaments and showcases will likely be cancelled.

One JUCO showcase(end of March) has already been canceled. Won't be easy to recruit with the restrictions so it is good we are ahead of the game. It'll be interesting to see what the next target is. FWIW, the transfer list already has 260+ names on it.
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