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Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
While the 2010 Breakfast of Champions fall basketball league took most of our attention over the weekend, the national recruiting scene saw a flurry of commitments as a number of Top 100 national prospects like Bruce Barron came off the board. Today we’ll take a look at everyone who came off the board this past weekend in our news & notes…
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS FALL LEAGUE UPDATE
2012 G Zak Showalter of Germantown H.S. (WI) captured Player of the Week honors this past weekend during week 2 of the annual Breakfast of Champions ("BOC") fall basketball league. To view the Top 10 performances from this past weekend CLICK HERE
The 2010 Generation Next Tip-Off will take place November 12-14, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tournament is open to boys 9u-14u teams (i.e. 3rd grade – 8th grade) and will feature elite and competitive divisions for grassroots travel teams and school feeder teams and programs alike. A host of teams are already committed to attend from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. The tournament features a 3 game guarantee with all 1st and 2nd place teams in each division receiving customized individual trophies/medals and t-shirts. There are multi-team discounts for programs with more than one team entering. For more information on the upcoming tournament including registration forms CLICK HERE
Speaking of upcoming events, the annual NY2LA Sports Classic is set to tip off November 26-27, 2010 with boys and girls varsity games as well as boys junior varsity and freshman games. The event is annually the top high school event to tip off the season in the state of Wisconsin with a loaded field of teams once again set to compete on both the boys and the girls sides. Highlights of this year’s event include Louisville bound McDonald’s All-American candidate 2011 SG Wayne Blackshear and Morgan Park (IL) taking on Iowa State bound 2011 G/F Elgin Cook and Head Coach Tom Diener’s Milwaukee Hamilton as well as a strong in-state contest between Wauwatosa East and Whitefish Bay Dominican featuring the likes of 2012 F Darrell Bowie, 2011 SG Jamall Taylor, 2013 G/F Anthony Carroll, and 2013 PG Duane Wilson Jr. The girl’s side features its fair share of excellent programs as well with one of the many highlights of the weekend to be a matchup between Nicolet and Beaver Dam. For more information on this year’s event including a complete rundown of the schedule CLICK HERE
2011 PG Bruce Barron of Brehm Prep (IL) verbally committed to Oregon over the weekend. The long athletic scoring talent took off this past July with an explosive effort at the NY2LASports.com Next Level Invitational with the Illinois Titans grassroots travel program and followed that up with a number of scintillating efforts during the backend of July with the Mac Irvin Fire.
2011 G Norman Powell of Lincoln H.S. (CA) verbally committed to UCLA this past weekend. Powell is an explosive athletic perimeter talent who shined this past spring/summer with the Dream Vision grassroots travel program. He turned in a number of solid efforts at the 2010 NY2LASports.com Summer Jam this past July.
Indiana struck big on the recruiting trail in the 2014 class yet again as the Hoosiers landed a verbal commitment from 6-9 Center Trey Lyles of Arsenal Tech (IN). Lyles is a top 10-15 national prospect in the 2014 class and based on upside and potential this is a huge grab for Indiana. He played with the Spiece Indy Heat program this past summer.
2011 F Ross Travis of Chaska H.S. (MN) is headed to the Big Ten after offering up a verbal commitment to Penn State this past weekend. Travis was one of the highly regarded 2011 prospects left on the board in the Midwest. He played with the 43 Hoops program during the grassroots travel season.
Oregon didn’t just strike once this weekend, the Ducks also landed 6’1” G Brett Kingma of Henry Jackson H.S. (WA). A sharpshooting instinctive combo guard, Kingma played with the Washington based Friends of Hoop grassroots travel program this summer.
Rutgers continues to make their presence felt as the Scarlet Knights landed 2011 SG Michael Taylor of Boys & Girls (NY) over the weekend. Taylor played with the Metro Hawks during the grassroots travel season.
The recruiting saga of 2011 PF Jernard Jarreau of McDonogh 35 (LA) finally appears to have come to an end as the long lean interior talent verbally committed to Washington over the weekend. He played with the New Orleans Elite D1 Ambassadors this past summer.
Minnesota struck on the recruiting trail as well and this time it was in-state as 2011 SG Joe Coleman of Hopkins (MN) verbally committed to the Gophers. Coleman is an explosively athletic wing talent who shined for the Howard Pulley Panthers program during the grassroots travel season.
Texas Tech added their second talent in a week the past few days as 2011 G Toddrick Gotcher of Garland Lakeview H.S. (TX) verbally committed to the Red Raiders. He played with the LBA Seawolves during the grassroots travel season.
UW-Green Bay got in the mix on Friday as Coach Brian Wardle grabbed a commitment from 5-9 2011 PG Keifer Sykes of Chicago Marshall. Sykes was one of the top 2011 prospects left on the board in the state of Illinois.
Vanderbilt made sure their name popped up in the recruiting game this weekend as they collected a commitment from 2011 PF Shelby Moats of Waconia (MN). Moats played with the Minnesota based Pump N’ Run program during the grassroots travel season.
Gonzaga struck on the recruiting trail as well this past weekend as 2011 PF Ryan Spangler of Bridge Creek H.S. (OK) dropped his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs. He played with the Athletes First program during the grassroots travel season.
2011 F Seth Hinrichs of Maccray (MN) turned out to be the 4th prospect from Minnesota to commit over the weekend as the sharpshooting forward committed to Lafayette. He played with the Minnesota Comets during the grassroots travel season.
A few other random commitments dropped last week we need to catch up on as well. They are as follows…
BYU landed a commitment from 2011 C Isaac Nielson of Mission Viejo (CA).
Drexel did the same with 2011 F Tavon Allen of Worcester Academy (MA).
2011 PF Edson Avila of Thomas Jefferson (NY) came off the board with a commitment to Manhattan last week.
2011 G Kyle Anderson of Newark (IL) is headed to Delaware.
Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM, GENERATIONNEXBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a national consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.