Local Standouts Gain Interest, Offers
by Alex Schwartz
After the first session of the July Live Evaluation period I took the time to catch up with a few players from the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area to see where their recruitment stood. Many players garner more interest and add offers in the month of July after coaches see them play. I was able to get in touch with a half dozen players from some of the top AAU teams in the area for updates.
One player who really helped his stock in the first set of 10 days this July was Jabril Trawick ’11 of Abington Friends (PA) and Team Phenom. Trawick, an athletic 6’6 wing, currently claims offers from 24 programs: La Salle, Drexel, Penn, Robert Morris, VCU, Northeastern, Delaware, Alabama, Virginia, Florida State, Cincinnati, Marist, Marshall, Charlotte, Murray State, North Carolina State, Wagner, St. Francis (PA), Richmond, UNC-Wilmington, Boston College, Old Dominion, and East Tennessee State. “Not yet. I’ll think about [that] after all the basketball is done,” said Trawick on whether he has any favorites. Trawick noted that many of the schools have just recently gotten involved and that all of his offers besides Drexel, La Salle, Delaware, and Robert Morris are fairly recent.
Another player who attends Abington Friends and runs with Team Phenom on the AAU circuit is Joey Gripper ’11, a 6’1 point guard. Gripper rattled off a list that included Harvard, Penn State, St. John’s, Providence, Quinnipiac, Charlotte, Georgia Tech, George Mason, Elon, Howard, UNC-Greensboro, Appalachian State, and Davidson. He claims offers from Harvard, Penn State, Quinnipiac, Howard, UNC-Greensboro, Appalachian State, and Davidson. At this point, Harvard, Penn State, and Quinnipiac are Gripper’s leaders. The most recent schools to get involved are Appalachian State, UNC-Greensboro, and Howard, all of whom saw him play in South Carolina.
Kazembe Abif ’11, a 6’6 combo forward who will attend Lawrenceville School (NJ) for a post-grad year, has really boosted his stock this spring and summer due to his play on the circuit with Team NJABC. He currently has a list of Penn State, Richmond, Fordham, Drexel, Rice, Florida Atlantic, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Robert Morris, VCU, St. Joseph’s, New Hampshire, Boston University, Niagara, Lafayette, Boston College, Xavier, Dartmouth, Iona and others. Abif claims offers from Fordham, Drexel, Rice, Florida Atlantic, La Salle, Robert Morris, New Hampshire, Boston University, Niagara, and Lafayette, amongst others. “No favorites, but plan on committing in the fall,” Abif said. He noted that Rice, Xavier, Dartmouth, Iona, and Boston College have recently entered the picture. Abif “doesn’t’t want to be too close to home” for college, so some of the MAAC and Patriot League schools will have their work cut out.
Abif’s Team NJABC teammate Khalid Lewis ’11, a 6’3 combo guard from Trenton Catholic (NJ), also has a long list of schools. Lewis is being recruited by Rider, Delaware, Rice, Robert Morris, Florida Atlantic, Fairfield, Marist, Wagner, Fordham, Quinnipiac, Boston University, La Salle, Drexel, and others. While he was not certain, Lewis was under the impression that all of them have offered a scholarship. “Not really, door is wide open,” said Lewis as for whether he has any favorites. Some schools that have more recently entered the picture for Lewis are VCU, St. Bonaventure, Loyola (MD), Monmouth, and Niagara after seeing him play in West Virginia.
Ryan McCoy ’11 of Montgomery (NJ) did not see his stock rise as much as fellow Team NJABC teammates Abif and Lewis, but he does have a solid list that is growing. The 6’6 small forward has an offer from Robert Morris to go along with interest from Lafayette, Boston University, Robert Morris, Colgate, Tulane, and Quinnipiac. McCoy has no favorites at this point in time and mentioned that Colgate is the most recent school to join the mix, having seen him play at Hoop Group Elite Camp to kick off the month.
Playing with the Pennsylvania Playaz, Arron Goodman ’12 of Council Rock North (PA) is teammates with big-time stock booster Ryan Arcidiacono ’12 and that seems to have helped his recruitment. Goodman, a 6’6 power forward, is receiving interest from La Salle, Albany, Oregon State, Elon, Rider, Bucknell, Siena, Appalachian State, St. Francis (PA), Mount St. Mary’s, Fordham, Princeton, Monmouth, James Madison, St. Peter’s, and Penn State. While none of the schools have offered, all of those programs have either contacted Goodman or his AAU coach. “Not right now, it will depend on who offers me, then I will start to make a favorite list on schools who offer, but I’m focusing on working hard right now to get to that point,” Goodman said. James Madison and Monmouth have gotten involved after seeing him play in July in either West Virginia or Neptune.
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