The Winners of Summer 07
1. Allan Chaney – as we previously reported the New London big man entered the summer with offers from a variety of Atlantic 10 schools as well as Providence College. Now you can count Florida, Boston College, Virginia, Connecticut, Texas A & M, Ohio State, & West Virginia among those who have either offered or showed serious interest.
2. Ben Crenca (pictured) – the big man was as consistent of a low post scorer as we saw this month. He used his body well to back down defenders and then showed a soft touch around the basket while picking up a scholarship offer from the University of Rhode Island.
3. Stevie Mejia – Mejia is already committed to URI and he made them look good this summer. He was absolutely unstoppable at the Hall of Fame National Invitational Tournament and was said to be equally effective throughout the remainder of the month.
4. Janzy Cruz – Cruz made a big impact playing alongside Terrell Halloway in the New England Playaz backcourt. The Springfield native is said to be heading to Winchendon next year where he is bound to continue to hear from a variety of mid-major programs.
5. Brian Hanuschak – Had a great start to July when he stood out at session II of Eastern Invitational. The skilled face up four man will likely have his pick of division I suitors.
6. Jamee Jackson – Came into the month as a relative unknown for college coaches. But those of us who had seem him in May and June were not surprised to hear that he now has scholarship offers from the likes of James Madison and Fairfield.
7. Shane Gibson – For a player who attends one of the smallest high schools in Connecticut the AAU live period is even more important than it is for most as it is a rare opportunity to see that player compete with and against good competition. Shane Gibson made the most out of his opportunity as he impressed throughout the month, especially during his team’s trip to Las Vegas.
8. Patrick Saunders – Started the period by earning an invitation to Reebok U where he more than held his own against some of the best players in the country. With several other impressive stops during the rest of the month he was one of the most consistent players from the region.
9. Greg Mangano – Any 7 footer (well almost) who bombs away from the three-point line is bound to catch the attention of college coaches and that is exactly what Mangano did, especially during the 1st half of the month. The skilled big man now holds a long list of offers beginning with the likes of Northeastern, Fairfield, and Quinnipiac.
10. Sam Martin – The rising junior did a great job of marketing himself to division I coaches during the month. He shined for all three days of Hoop Mountain’s Academic All-American camp and was equally good in Las Vegas and at Eastern Invitational last week. Bucknell, Yale, Brown, Boston University, and St. Francis are some of the schools who noticed the sharp shooting guard.
Honorable Mention: Nyheem Sanders, Corey Wright Jr., Vytas Kriskus, Tevin Baskin, Chris Prescott, Mike Myers-Keitt, Kinard Dozier, Jordan Williams, Adrian Satchell, Mike Accaoui, Tyrone Gardner, Billy Baron, D.J. Campbell, Lucas Croteau