Tharpe Getting Visitors; Sledge to Iowa State

There is no shortage of visitors to Brewster (N.H.) Academy to watch senior point guard Naadir Tharpe.

“Oklahoma has offered,” Brewster coach Jason Smith said. “Coach [Jeff] Capel will be here today [Monday]. Kansas is involved and Coach [Bill] Self] will be here on Thursday. UCLA and Villanova have been in contact, too. St. John’s is still a school Naadir is interested in.”

N.C. State has also offered. To read more of this story, click here

Turner Lists 7 Schools, Louisville Visit Up Next

Josiah Turner of the Drew Gooden Soldiers is in high demand as the No. 3 point guard in the nation.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Turner is currently considering seven schools as options for 2011.

“I’m at seven schools,” he said by phone from the Nike Global Challenge in Portland, Ore., where Team USA lost to France Friday night.

“Kansas, UConn, Louisville, Oregon, Oklahoma, UCLA and Arizona.”

Turner has just one official visit set.

“I’m going to Louisville on Sept. 4,” he said. “I don’t have any others planned.” To read more of this story, click here

Naadir Tharpe Waiting to Cut List

After a long July on the recruiting circuit with the New England Playaz, Naadir Tharpe has a list of schools in mind but plans to wait until he gets back to Brewster (N.H.) Academy to cut his list.

“I don’t have any top schools,” Tharpe, who previously decommitted from Providence, said Monday morning. “I’m basically looking at everybody until I get back to school and talk to my coach [Jason Smith] about what schools fit me the best.”

The 6-foot, 170-pound Tharpe listed St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Minnesota, Iowa State, Marquette, Providence and Oklahoma. To read more of this story, click here

Jabarie Hinds to Cut List in August

Mount Vernon (N.Y.) has churned out a slew of Division 1 players in recent years, from Jonathan Mitchell to Mike Coburn to Kevin Jones to Sherrod Wright.

The latest is rising senior point guard Jabarie Hinds, ranked No. 23 at his position nationally by Rivals.

Hinds recently added Boston College to a long list of suitors that also includes Cincinnati, Florida State, Iona, Louisville, Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, St. John’s, UConn, UNLV, Villanova, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

“He’s just taking everything in,” Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said. “He will chop the list the first week in August and make plans for official visits.”

Hinds will be in Orlando beginning Friday with the Westchester Hawks for the AAU Nationals.

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Stock Rising for Team Takeover Stars; Final Peach Jam Leaderboard

Team Takeover lost in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Peach Jam, but head coach Keith Stevens believes his squad should have won the whole thing.

A year later, his Washington, D.C.-based team went a perfect 8-0 en route to winning the inaugural Elite Youth Basketball League at the Nike Peach Jam with a 70-62 victory over the St. Louis Eagles.

The game was taped Thursday and shown nationally on ESPNU.

“It’s definitely a good experience being that it’s the first time that they ever had this particular league,” Stevens said. “To be able to accomplish something like this in such a short time was definitely a good experience.”

Junior point guard James Robinson went a perfect 10-of-10 from the line and finished with a team-high 24 points. Duke-bound wing Michael Gbinije added 19 points. To read more of this story, click here

Coaches Swarm to Watch Oakland Soldiers

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, a Who’s Who of college  coaches assembled in Gym 1 here at the Riverview Park Activities Center to watch the Oakland Soldiers 17U AAU team.

Sitting courtside were Roy Williams (North Carolina), Bill Self (Kansas), Gary Williams (Maryland), Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech), Ben Howland (UCLA), Fran McCaffery (Iowa), Craig Robinson (Oregon State), Tony Bennett (Virginia), Tony Barbee (Auburn), John Beilein (Michigan), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Kevin O’Neill (USC), Mike Montgomery (Cal) and Dana Altman (Oregon), among others.

“It’s pretty good,” said Nick Johnson, a senior guard with the Soldiers and Findlay (Nev.) Prep. “Just coming from LeBron [James Skills Academy], that was the big stage. All of them were there so I kind of got used to it. It takes some getting used to, but I think I’m used to it now.” To read more of this story, click here

Rakeem Christmas Opens it Up

Rakeem Christmas, the No. 1 center in the Class of 2011, is now a free agent.

As first reported here Tuesday, Christmas and his aunt, Amira Hamid, visited Rutgers earlier this week.

Now it appears that the 6-foot-8 Christmas, who had earlier cut his list to five schools, is wide open in his recruitment.

“His recruiting is open again. No list,” said Kevin Givens, head coach at Academy of the New Church. To read more of this story, click here

Christmas, Sanders Visit Rutgers

Another day, another group of stud recruits at Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights hosted Rakeem Christmas, a 6-8 center ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2011 at his position; Jermaine Sanders,  a 6-5 wing from Manhattan Rice; Greg Lewis, a 6-9 center from Baltimore St. Frances ranked No. 10 at his position; Kevin Smith, a 6-1 point guard from Baltimore Huntington Prep; and Aaron Brown, a 6-5 wing from Penn Wood (Pa.) High.

Christmas, out of Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pa., visited with his aunt, Amira Hamid, from 11-2 p.m, but did not run with the team.

Christmas had cut his list to Georgetown, Florida, Florida International, Texas and Oklahoma, but Rutgers is now trying to break into the mix. To read more of this story, click here

Perry Ellis Weighing Options

Perry Ellis is from Kansas, but he grew up a Duke fan.

“I actually grew up liking Duke but not [any] more,” the 6-foot-8, 212-pound rising junior said by phone from the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Chicago. “That’s what I liked growing up more.”

Now a member of the USA Developmental National Team and one of the top small forwards in the nation, Ellis has a slew of elite programs after him — but he isn’t counting Duke among them.

Ellis lists Kansas, Memphis, Kentucky, Kansas State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Stanford, Oklahoma and Wichita State as college options.

“Nobody has a an edge. I’m just looking,” said Ellis, who carries a 4.0 GPA. To read more of this story, click here

LeBryan Nash Has a Top 5

LeBryan Nash has a top five but says he’s “wide open” beyond that.

A 6-foot-7, 225-pound small forward from Dallas Lincoln, Nash lists Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Syracuse  and Kentucky as his top five.

“I’m wide open to everybody. They are all equal,” Nash, the No. 2 small forward in the Class of 2011, said by phone from the USA U18 trials in San Antonio, Texas.

The Texas native has taken unofficials to Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

“I’m taking my officials to Kentucky and Syracuse in September,” he said.

Nash said he wants to “be a big fish in a big pond,” wherever he goes. To read more of this story, click here