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Monday, November 05, 2007

ESPN Reviews Big East Recruiting

ESPN observes that the Big East has been doing exceptionally well on the recruiting trial--highlighting Cinci, DePaul, L-ville, UConnvict, and the Hoyas. For the whole article, click here.

Big East recruiting displays high level of intensity

The Hoyas had a top-10 recruiting class in 2007 complete with three ESPN Top 150 recruits -- 6-3 combo guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va.), 6-10 C Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md.) and 6-8 PF Chris Braswell (Chatham, Va.). However, this class transformed from good to great, potentially vaulting into the No. 1 spot, when coach John Thompson III received a verbal pledge from top-10 prospect 6-10 PF Greg Monroe (Gretna, La.). Greg Monroe moved up to the No. 4 ranking in the latest ESPN 150.Monroe became the fourth ESPN 150 recruit to join the Hoyas and has the ability to easily perform any task on the basketball court. He has great ball-handling skills for a player of his size and can connect on the jump shot consistently out to about 15 feet, though he can knock down the 3-point shot. The lefty can also score in the post, though he likes to operate in the mid-post to utilize his superior athleticism on bigger, slower defenders. Monroe also blocks shots very well and runs the court adeptly. Sims and Braswell also block shots and rebound at a high rate. Monroe, along with Sims and Braswell, provide the Hoyas with a talented triumvirate of big men who can make an immediate impact, which JT3 will need with the 2008 departure of Preseason Big East Player of the Year C Roy Hibbert. Monroe has the ability to develop into the top prospect from the 2008 class as well as the best NBA player from this recruiting class. Preseason All Big East pick PG Jonathan Wallace will also graduate in 2008, therefore the explosive Clark should make early contributions to Georgetown in 2008. Clark has the offensive skills to create his own offense, deftly scoring off the bounce. He also rebounds the ball well for a guard and plays intense pressure defense. With this talented crew coming to Georgetown, Thompson has the talent to lure even more highly coveted prospects to Washington, D.C., including Top 150 player Chris Singleton (Duluth, Ga.).


donald said...

Watch it with the UConnvict comment. :)

While we've had our fair share of convicts (Caron Butler), we've also had our fair share of class acts.

Let's just agree to get after Cincinnati or Bob Huggins.

Diamond_Mike said...

That's really just a reminder about laptop-gate. There are very few schools that wouldn't have expelled Price and Williams for that. And I was surprised UConn didn't. Granted, Huggins was probably looking for them to transfer has UConn kicked them out!