News & Notes from the Final Two Days of the Live Period
Those teams who were still in action on the 14th and the 15th were in one of three places for the most part: BABC was at the Nike Peach Jam Tournament; CBC, CT Select, and Lone Wolf at the Joe Brown Memorial; and New England Playaz, Expressions Elite 17’s, Connecticut Elite 17’s, Connecticut Gold, and MB Nation in West Virginia at the Triple S Harley Davidson Classic. Here’s a look at what we’re hearing from those three spots.
• BABC went 3-0 earlier in the period at the Big Shots Tournament in South Carolina and recently finished up at 2-2 down at the Nike Peach Jam, dropping their first two but then closing with back to back wins.
• Nerlens Noel appears to be the big winner for BABC as he reportedly now claims scholarship offers from North Carolina, Florida, Connecticut, and UCLA among others.
• Mike Carter-Williams also had a strong first half of the live period as the St. Andrew’s guard is said to have picked up offers from Florida State and Providence.
• Suffield Academy’s Xavier Pollard had a big day for New Heights at the Joe Brown Memorial. He knocked down five three-pointers and finished with 21 points in their final game of the day. Pollard is such an explosive slasher that his shot making prowess may come as a surprise to some, but Tuesday’s performance was no fluke.
• Connecticut Select was also in action at the Joe Brown, and Josh Turner played to rave reviews for the second consecutive day as he scored the ball at will just as he did at the Super 16 Showcase. Jakarri McCallop also showed well, capturing the attention of college coaches.
• New Jersey ABC, who were in action on Monday at the Super 16 Showcase, was one of four teams to advance to Wednesday’s semi-final round at the Joe Brown and ended up winning the championship by defeating the New York Panthers in the semi’s and Team Philly in the final.
• Tharpe and Lubick (just in case…but he is still committed to Georgetown at the moment despite internet reports to the contrary) were followed by Wake forest, North Carolina, Boston College, Arizona, Florida State, Michigan State, Purdue, Providence, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma.
• Anthony Ireland has played well and is being followed by a host of schools from the Atlantic 10.
• Tyler Olander was once again on Dave Telep’s mind as Scout.com’s National Recruiting Director singled out Olander as one of the top performers in W.V. for the second consecutive day.