Summer Classic East Recruiting Notebook

Summer Classic East Notebook

– The Arkansas Hawks entered Hoop Group’s Summer Classic East as one of the favorites to win the 17U bracket. Point guard Imara Ready is already committed to Mississippi State, but he’s not the most well-known player on the roster. That title goes to Trey Thompson, who is ranked among the top 50 players nationally in the Class of 2014. Thompson recently added an offer from Mississippi State to go along with Memphis, Florida and his home-state Arkansas Razorbacks.

– Thompson’s not the only other Hawk to pick up an offer from Mississippi State. Thomas Alexander, a 6-foot-7 wing with length and athleticism, said he was offered by the Bulldogs as well. Crazier still is that he said that is the only offer that he currently holds. A Class of 2013 prospect, Alexander played well in front of the likes of Pitt, Wagner, Siena, LIU and St. Bonaventure, to name just a few.

– The Mid-Atlantic Select stocked quite a bit of talent on their roster at the Summer Classic East. We’ve already told you about Garland Owens, who has gotten himself interest from West Virginia, Miami and LSU with his play in July. He’s far from the only scholarship player with the Select, however. Lavon Long is a 6-foot-6 combo-forward from Baltimore, MD, that is strong and athletic. He’s also now in shape, as he’s dropped about 15 pounds to streamline his body. VCU, Dayton, and Rider had offered him prior to this month, and he’s since picked up offers from Binghamton and Siena.

Mike Wolfe is a 6-foot-8 power forward that is a high-flyer. He’s lanky and could stand to add the 15 pounds that Long lost, be calling him athletic is an understatement. Holy Cross, Bucknell, Kennesaw State, Radford and Quinnipiac have offered him, while Iona is starting to show some heavy interest.

Abdul-Malik Abu and Jared Terrell are both ranked in the top 75 in the Class of 2014. They are also teammates on the Expressions 16U team, something they want to continue at the next level. Temple, Iowa State, Providence, Rutgers, Cincinnati and Temple are among the schools that have offered both of them. Abu also holds an offer from Michigan State, while Terrell — who sprained his ankle pretty badly at the event in King of Prussia, Pa. — is getting some interest from Syracuse and Florida.

Eric Anderson is 6-foot-6 forward from the Haverford School that is currently player with the Jersey Shore Warriors. He’s currently got offers from Davidson, Fairfield and Princeton, but he’s taken an unofficial visit to St. Joe’s as well. Academics are a priority for him, and he said he’d like to stay around Philly.

– The guy that everyone came to see on Mass Rivals is Class of 2014 stud Noah Vonleh. While the top five recruit was out from much of the weekend while he battled an ankle sprain, it allowed top 60 recruit Kaleb Joseph to shine. Joseph said he’s been offered by Boston College, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Tennessee, Maryland, and Providence, and is also drawing interest from Cincinnati, Kansas State, and others.

– But the Rivals, who played in the 17U Division despite having just a single Class of 2013 member on their roster, have plenty of other talent as well. Idris Taqqee was one guy that stood out at Summer Classic East. He has offers from UVM and Boston U. and he’s made some unofficial visits to see Boston College, Tennessee and St. Joe’s.

Jalen Jenkins is a 6-foot-7 forward that is currently in the Class of 2012 and committed to George Mason. But Jenkins is considering going to prep school for a year as well. He just turned 17, making him one of the youngest players in his class.

– Also on the New Heights roster is Alex Wolfe, a 6-foot-9 center that spent his first two years at Blair Academy. Wolfe is transferring to Greenwich HS in Connecticut for his junior year. Yale is among the schools that have offered him, according to Wolfe, but he’s starting to get some interesting from the likes of Vanderbilt, Iowa State, USC, Tennessee and Marshall. Hassan Martin also updated his recruitment. The 6-foot-6 lefty has offers pouring in, including Iowa, Iowa State, Providence, Kansas State, UMass, Fordham, St. Joseph’s and Rhode Island.

Roland Nyama is the sleeper on the Westchester Hawks team, but the star may be Samuel Dingba. Dingba moved to the States from Cameroon two years ago, and while his english isn’t great, his game is. The 6-foot-5 forward is athletic and strong, with the kind of frame that can get much stronger. His offensive repertoire has a ways to go, but as a member of the Class of 2013, he has plenty of time to develop it. Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Boston College, Boston U. and St. Bonaventure have all offered Dingba, while NC State, Western Kentucky and West Virginia have started to show some interest in the last week. Like Nyama, Dingba is a very good student that takes academics seriously. He said he wants to go into business when his basketball career is over because he wants to make some money.

Rob Dauster is a national contributor for NBC Sports and Sports Illustrated. Follow Rob Dauster: @RobDauster

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