Top Prospects Taking Visits
Some of New England's top prospects in the classes of 2017 and 2018 have used the holiday break in the prep school schedule to take their latest round of visits.
Putnam Science Academy's Hamidou Diallo, the top ranked player in the region's 2017 class, has been in the news lately. He visited UConn just before Christmas and immediately following his team's trip to Florida for the prestigious City of Palms event as well as their match-up against IMG Academy. Diallo was on UConn's campus on the 22nd and then in attendance for their game against Auburn on the 23rd. There was speculation in the media that a commitiment to the Huskies could be imminent and that he may even elect to join the team at mid-year since he had graduated from PSA the previous June. A few days later though, Diallo was on another official visit, this time to Kentucky. That visit went tremendously well according to various reports, many of which were fueld by Diallo's tweet on December 28th which read "Great Official Visit to Kentucky !!!" There has also been speculation that Diallo could visit Arizona, perhaps as early as this week, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Swider began the week with a trip to Villanova to see the defending national champions. A couple of days later the St. Andrew's forward was in Omaha on an unofficial visit to Creighton, and took in their highly anticipated match-up against Villanova on Saturday. Swider was just one of several recruits the Bluejays had on campus that day as he was joined by nationally ranked senior Brian Bowen and nationally ranked sophomore Tyger Campbell among others.
Ryan was also on Villanova's campus earlier this week as the Wildcats hosted the Milton Academy guard for the first of four unofficial visits. He subsequently took trips to a pair of Ivy League schools in Penn and Yale. The Quakers were the first division I school to offer Ryan two summers ago. Yale is the alma mater of both of his parents while his older brother is currently a sophomore on the team as well. Ryan finished the week with a trip out west to get his latest look at Stanford's campus. This was his second trip in the last few months after attending the Cardinal's Elite Camp over the summer.