Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rosco Allen highlights The League - ESPN

Update- UNC got a commitment from Brice Johnson, the 25th ranked recruit in the 2012 recruiting class to enter college. That will now be 4 recruits out of the top 65 players in the ESPNU 100. The class is ranked #2 so far behind only Arizona and the Tar Heels may still have spots open depending on who decides to enter the NBA next season. This could be reminisent of the year UNC won the title after dominating the regular season with a host of returning big time recruits and mixing in a few fab freshmen like Marvin Williams who ended up a lottery pick and he didn't even start for UNC.

If North Carolina can secure a committment for Rosco Allen after his visit the end of this month that will be the 4th recruit in the top 65 players this upcoming 2012 class. They already have a pg, c and sf coming in but wings are what UNC is short on if anything so there's always room for another blue chipper on Roy's roster. While the recruiting services say that it's a 2 horse race between UNC and Stanford there is a gap about the size of the grand canyon between the two in terms of basketball prowess. While he may get increased playing time and be guaranteed a starting spot if he plays for "the cardinal", he's going to get much much more national exposure playing for the Tar Heels obviously, especially since the ACC has now turned into the best conference in the country with the addition of Pitt and Syracuse and UConn possibly looking to come also. Roy Williams turns college prospects into NBA lottery picks at a higher rate then any other coach in the country, yes even the John Calipari at Kentucky. While coach cal may end up with the number 1 pick 3 of the last 4 years UNC puts more players in the first round then anyone. PERIOD. And this year with the likely stars that will be leaving in Henson, Zeller, Barnes, and even possibly Kendell there plenty of room on the roster. COME ON DOWN TO CHAPEL HILL MR ALLEN, WE'D LOVE TO SEE YOU IN THAT CAROLINA BLUE.

Rosco Allen highlights The League

FranciscoBy Joel Francisco
ESPN Recruiting
CORONA, Calif. -- The League by Compton Magic was chock full of talented teams from all over Southern California as well as a couple of out-of-state contenders in Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and Basha (Chandler, Ariz.). The Class of 2015 was represented well by 6-foot-10 Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) and possibly the most polished scoring guard in 6-5 Tyler Dorsey (Los Angeles/Ribet Academy). Overall, though, it would be the continued improvement of 6-9 senior Rosco Allen (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) that caught our eye throughout the day.

Standout players

Rosco Allen
2012, WF/PF, 6-9, 200 pounds
Allen is one of the more unique prospects in the country. The multi-skilled 4/3 is difficult to contain on the offensive end due to his shooting ability and desire to get to the rim. His basketball IQ is high, as demonstrated by a few of the nifty dimes he handed out during the event. He is still undecided as to where he'll play his college basketball (he'll decide after his North Carolina visit Oct. 29) but it appears it will be a two-horse race between the Tar Heels and Stanford, with Oregon and UNLV still hanging on.
Tyler Dorsey
2015, SG, 6-5, 180 pounds
If there is a more skilled 2-guard in the Class of 2015 than Dorsey, we haven't seen him. He pushes the ball at a relentless pace (slick handle) while weaving through traffic and he delivered some high-level assists, as well. He can knock down midrange pull-ups or finish through contact with a solid amount of dexterity. He still has a tendency to over-handle the ball and take too many contested shots, but that should improve with experience.
Grant Jerrett (La Verne, Calif./Lutheran)
2012, 6-9, 210 pounds
College: Arizona
After a pedestrian performance (was double-teamed and didn't get many clean touches) against Windward, Jerrett came out with a vengeance against Long Beach Poly. He drained jump shots, rebounded in traffic, swatted shots and had a couple of monster jams as his team dominated the Jackrabbits from the beginning. One of the more underrated aspects of his game is his passing ability. Jerrett is the most skilled big in the country and is only going to get better with added strength and experience.

Surprise player

Jaron Hopkins (Chandler, Ariz./Basha)
2013, SG/WF, 6-4, 180 pounds
Hopkins is a high-level athlete with an ideal basketball frame for the Division I level. He plays hard and has a knack of getting into the lane due to his burst and slashing style. However, we are still questioning his position at the next level. He needs to swish jump shots at a much more consistent rate and he has a tendency to use too many dribbles to break down defenders. With improved skill development and efficiency, he has all the physical intangibles to be a sought-after recruit.

Two to watch

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Courtesy of Joel FranciscoMcKay Anderson can knock down long-range jump shots off the catch or in transition, and he has the ability to finish above the rim in transition.
McKay Anderson
(La Verne, Calif./Lutheran)
2013, WF, 6-5, 180 pounds
Anderson is a terrific all-around basketball player who is improving with each evaluation period. The lanky lefty moves well without the ball, knocks down shots, and is deceptively bouncy. He plays with a blue-collar mentality and will crash the boards despite his slight frame. Anderson is a late-blooming prospect who will catch the eye of college coaches this upcoming season.
Isaiah Bailey (Compton, Calif.)
2014, 6-5, 180 pounds
There may not be a prospect out West with a better looking frame than Bailey. He is that prototypical wing-type with broad shoulders and very long arms. His basketball skill and overall savviness are just beginning to blossom, but he does affect the game with his energy and athleticism. He is tough to stop in the open court due to his bouncy nature and slashing ability. Once his ball skills and fundamentals improve, he has high-major potential.
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