More Midnight Visitors | Friday, October 12th, 2007

More Midnight Visitors

Yesterday we told you that Mike Marra was expected to be on hand for the Midnight Madness festivities at Providence College.  Well Marra wasn’t alone as he was joined by a number of other talented recruits from around the country.  Among those players was 6’3” small forward Darryl Cato-Bishop (pictured) from Lawrence Academy. 

Bishop has many similarities to a current Friar in Geoff McDermott, a 6’8” junior who is expected to do big things this year.  Both players are powerful wing players who can see the floor and pass the ball, guard multiple positions on the defensive end, and make plays in transition.  In fact, Bishop is such a dominating physical presence that he appears to have a major decision on the horizon, as he is likely going to have to chose between playing college football and college basketball. 

Not far down the road the University of Rhode Island hosted several local talents.  At the top of the list was the St. Mark’s duo of Nate Lubick and Rhode Island native Erik Murphy.  While both players have earned scholarship offers from a variety of high-major programs and presumably had opportunities to visit any number of Midnight Madness celebrations, they chose to be in Kingston to help kick off what appears to be a very promising season for the Rams. 

Also in attendance was a trio from Worcester Academy.  Junior big man Ben Crenca who secured an offer from the Rams earlier in the summer was joined by skilled post-graduate Genesis Maciel and sharp-shooting junior Austin Carroll.  Lawrence Academy sent a similar contingent led by Stevie Mejia, who is already committed to URI for next year.  Mejia brought with him Denzel Brito, a sophomore who appears poised for big things in the future. 

A host of big men were also in the house as Dartaye Ruffin, Jordan Williams, Rashad Wright, and Darryl McCoy all made the trip.  Ruffin and Williams are two of the best bigs the region has to offer in the class of 2009, while McCoy is coming on strong as of late and Wright shows a great deal of upside.