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Post by notjuanjones on Sept 22, 2018 9:17:35 GMT -5
Per his AAU team, 2019 SF Mattia Morini, from Bishop Eustace (PA) HS, is on an unofficial visit to AU this weekend. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.8 assists in 26 games last season. No reported offers I could find.
Interesting writeup from City of Basketball Love earlier this summer on Morini during AAU play in Philly:
"The junior came from Italy to play for Bishop Eustace this past winter. Following the school season, he joined Team Speed for this summer as the big man prepares to spend his senior year in the United States.
This all is a part of a six-year plan where Morini plans on playing American basketball, getting as he put it “the English, the degree, the diploma” before he heads back to Italy to play professional basketball. Currently, Morini named close to a dozen Division I schools who have shown interest, though he’s still waiting on his first Division I offer.
However, the plan did take some time to grow on him.
“It was hard,” Morini said. “I was scared for like one month and then my Italian coach talked to me and I then I decided to come here.”
Morini credits both his teammates at Bishop Eustace and on Team Speed for helping him get settled in off the court. On the court, the forward has had to adjust to a whole different brand of basketball and a new way of speaking about the game.
In spite of English being taught to him since first grade, Morini’s basketball knowledge has always been in Italian. After a few communication lapses early on, he believes he has grasped the concepts and begun to develop his game to be more than just a shooter.
“Last year when I was in Italy, I was mostly a shooter,” Morini said. ”But now when I have the ball, I don’t have it in my mind just to shoot, but I can drive, make a pass, make a move, go rebound the ball. That’s the idea.”
Ultimately, he hopes to take the new skills and fuse them into a combination of the Italian game and American game to give himself an advantage over those who have only experienced one type of basketball.
The challenge and his American life are both things that the forward is enjoying, but there is one thing he wishes he could get from Italy.
Post by notjuanjones on Sept 26, 2018 19:59:20 GMT -5
Per VC, AU has offered 2019 SF Jake LaRavia, from Lawrence Central (IN) HS. Listed two-star by VC. D1 offers from Army, IUPUI and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, along with several D2 offers.
From Prep Hoops Indiana:
Laravia burst onto the scene this month after a strong Spring. He’s a long, lean forward with guard handles and a solid jumper. Mechanics are solid but if he can bring up his release point, he could be even better. Add in his stellar rebounding ability and aggressiveness at the rim and he has a ton of upside moving down the line..
Laravia is a faced-up forward who can play around the rim while still being able to play on the wing. More comfortable moving inside the arc where his athletic ability and length play up well. Really solid finisher against contact and can be difficult to defend in the post. Hit a solid spot up three with a low release but was in rhythm.
Post by notjuanjones on Sept 30, 2018 10:24:27 GMT -5
Holy Cross got a potential good one over the weekend in 2019 CG Ryan Wade, from Skyline (MI) HS. Two-star by VC, but had offers from a whole bunch of mid-majors: Toledo, Kent State, Central Michigan, Detroit, Air Force and San Diego, along with Lehigh. But, Lehigh already got Reed Fenton for '19, so they may have pulled out before Wade committed.
Cross already got a three-star PG prospect for '19 in Drew Louder, from Pioneer (MI) HS. Carmody is putting a good class together for next year to go with his young guys this year. Recruiting battles never sleep!
Post by notjuanjones on Oct 4, 2018 15:32:59 GMT -5
Per Phenom Hoop Report, AU has offered 2019 SF Nate Dunlop, from Augusta Christian (GA) HS. Listed two-star by VC at 6-7, 200. Only other offers on VC are D2, but per Big Shots, Navy has offered. Rumored interest from Wofford and Winthrop as well. Averaged 27.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals last season for Augusta Christian, Independent Boys' Player of the Year by the Augusta Chronicle. Made the SCISA 1-3A All-Region team by The State (SC). MVP of the Garden City Classic last December. Was named MVP of the Big Shots Southeast Top 150 Tournament last week.
From ESPN college basketball recruiting expert Paul Biancardi:
Another Biancardi Tweet: College coaches this kid is a no brainer for a scholarship. Nate Dunlap. Had a great day of drills and games. Hard nosed, finishes, skilled and tough! A winner both on & off the court
From Big Shots:
His motor and willingness to win led all scorers at 28 ppg and earned 2019 MVP honors. Dunlop is a pure shooter with size at 6’7. He is an underrated athlete as he had a good showing at Big Shots Southeast Top 150 with ESPN’s Paul Biancardi Dunk Contest. A hard nosed player who plays with a high motor produced scoring outputs of 31 points and 25 to averaged 28 ppg for the camp. Dunlop isn’t afraid of playing down low seeking out contact. Has above average ball-handling allowing him to put the ball on the deck off the wing to get into the paint. Paul Biancardi on Nate Dunlop, “Note to college coaches, that guy deserves a scholarship.”