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Any word on trip down under NJJ? Got enough players registered and practices under belts?
I'm not sure why you keep intimating there's going to be a problem. The men's bball Twitter feed said last week that they were prepping for the trip and have three games scheduled down there in August. If you know something different, please share it with the rest of us.
Independence Day weekend should have a special place in the hearts of everyone associated with American University. From our location in the capital of the free world, to our motto referencing our focus on God and Country, the July 4 Holiday is particularly meaningful as the start of something very special. To everyone on this board - i wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Post by notjuanjones on Aug 4, 2017 19:17:07 GMT -5
Per Phenom Hoop Report, AU has offered 2019 point guard J.C. Tharrington, from Charlotte Christian (NC) HS. Listed two-star by VC, which lists offers from Navy, Campbell, Appalachian State and Liberty. Multiple schools have reportedly expressed interest, including Lafayette, Harvard, Davidson, Elon, Middle Tennessee, Furman, Dartmouth, Denver and others. Currently listed at 6-feet, 150. MaxPreps lists stats of 8.9 points and 7 assists per game last season (remember: we're talking about a sophomore in high school), shooting 47 percent (!) on threes (52 of 111). Looks like he has a chance to be a very good college player.
Tharrington is a true lead guard that has a tight handle. He is a good passes with matching court vision. He does not hesitate to advance the ball on the break and is a good drive, draw, and kick passer. Look for Tharrington to pick up several more offers during the early evaluation period.
Phenom Hoop Report:
We’ve watched JC Tharrington countless times, in camp settings, travel ball settings, and for his high school team. One thing is for certain; time and time again JC Tharrington produces wins for his team. In today’s high stakes basketball recruiting, length, speed and athleticism are the buzzwords that are often used to describe D1 prospects. That being said, we strongly believe fundamentals, basketball IQ, and making others better are also key components to play at the collegiate level and these are all strong qualities of JC Tharrington...(w)e're talking about a point guard that has an advanced understanding of the game and is constantly making winning plays. In our opinion, Tharrington is the consummate point guard. He has a long list of intangibles and his ability to make correct reads and shots is unmatched for his age/grade. The cerebral point guard simply knows the game and is rock steady at the lead guard position. He plays with tremendous poise and maturity and in our opinion will be a very successful point guard at the collegiate level.
Post by notjuanjones on Sept 13, 2017 21:49:57 GMT -5
Listed at 5-10, 140 (!). Averaged 9.4 points and 2.1 assists as a sophomore last year in 14 games. Definitely a deep shooter. We are his first offer; won't be his last. And we know how these things usually turn out. But looks like the whole staff was at Georgetown Prep so hopefully he was impressed by the full-court press.
Post by notjuanjones on Sept 18, 2017 9:58:18 GMT -5
2019 PG Xavier Johnson, from Episcopal (VA) HS, announced yesterday that AU had offered. We are his first D1 offer, but he's already on the radar of many mid-highs, so I wouldn't hold my breath. Already has taken an unofficial to George Mason; reported interest from GW, Columbia, UAB, Central Florida and Mount St. Mary's, as well as Holy Cross. Georgetown and Mason were among the schools at his workout last week, along with us, New Hampshire, Sacred Heart and others. Richmond and Rice also reportedly engaged, though they haven't offered yet. So, we'll see. But he's very talented and he'd be a huge pickup for us if we pulled it off. MaxPreps lists averages of 13.4 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Listed at 6-feet, 165. Can shoot the you know what out of the ball.
In today’s game, the term “old school floor general” doesn’t get thrown around as often, but that’s exactly what Xavier Johnson is. A rising junior point guard at Episcopal High School, Johnson has started and been a major contributor for the Maroon since his freshman year.
“I would describe myself as a pass first guard, and I like to make my teammates better. I am a good defender on and off the ball. I also have the ability to shoot the ball,” said Johnson, who on a VISAA D1 state title as a freshman. “I think one thing people don’t see is my true ability to score the ball.”
Last season, we saw Johnson erupt for a personal-best 30 points in a win over IAC rival St. Stephens & St. Agnes. He recorded 8 steals, four assists, hit three trey’s, and went 5 of 5 from the line in that game. Two things we admire about Johnson is that he shoots a high percentage from the foul line (made 91 of 101 attempts), and rarely turns the ball over. He’s very unselfish, and can also defend at a very high level.
Post by notjuanjones on Sept 28, 2017 22:18:35 GMT -5
Per MADEHoops, AU has offered 2019 PG Rob Higgins, from Middletown North (NJ) HS. Listed two-star by VC, which shows offers from Wagner and St. Peter's. Listed at 5-10, 150. Ranked #14 statewide in NJ for '19 by NJ Hoops. NJ.com lists an average of 23.4 points per game last year, but I'm a little skeptical about those numbers, as the website says he had no rebounds and no assists last season. Even unrepentant gunners fall into a dime or a board every once in a while. Also says he made more than four threes a game for Middletown, which went 15-12 last season.
Post by notjuanjones on Oct 5, 2017 22:46:13 GMT -5
Per Prep Hoops Illinois, 2019 SG Collin Dietz, from Metamora (IL) HS, will visit AU on Saturday. Listed at 6-6. Averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds as a sophomore last season for Washington HS in Illinois before transferring to Metamora this summer. Reported interest from Marist but don't know if anyone's offered yet.
Post by notjuanjones on Jan 24, 2018 13:10:58 GMT -5
Per HSBB Prospect, AU has offered 2019 SG Gibson Jimerson, from St. Christopher's (VA) HS. Plays AAU for the D.C. Blue Devils. VC lists earlier offers from Cincinnati and Kansas State, and he took unofficials to VCU and Richmond last year, with reported interested from N.C. State. I'm guessing he's dropped down to MM level if we're now offering, but that sort of thing can quickly change if one HM gets serious. High Point has also offered. Averaging 25.3 points (!), second in the Richmond area, for St. Christopher's, which is currently 9-5 this season. Scored 34 in St. Christopher's last game, including five threes. Certainly has deep shooting range and can put it on the floor. Worth keeping an eye on; kid can put the ball in the bucket.
Post by notjuanjones on Feb 21, 2018 11:00:10 GMT -5
Per PrepHoops Maryland, AU has offered 2019 small forward Charlie Weber, from Bishop O'Connell (VA) HS. Listed at 6-8. Averaging 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds for 23-6 O'Connell, which plays in the WCAC, probably the best conference in the D.C. area, and which is currently ranked sixth in the Washington Post high school top 20 rankings. (Three WCAC schools--Paul VI, DeMatha and Gonzaga--are one, two and three respectively in the Post poll, which tells you how good the conference is.)
Evan Buckley 2019 Stone Bridge point guard who models his game after Bobby Hurley mentioned in Washington Post Sports section today. Has offers from GMU, JMU and Bucknell among others and his coach predicts more high mid-major interest after summer league play. Glad that we are in on a guy like this and we will see how it plays out.