June 30, 2014
NEW YORK – The national college basketball recruiting analysts agree that BIG EAST schools have excellent incoming classes for 2014-15. Add some quality transfers to the group of recruits and BIG EAST teams look poised for another successful season.
Recruiting is an inexact science, of course, and every school will tout its newest student-athletes. But the biggest and most respected services all say that the BIG EAST has done extremely well.
Scout.com, ESPN.com, and Rivals.com have BIG EAST schools among their top-rated classes nationally. The classes for Georgetown, Seton Hall, Xavier and Providence have received the most national accolades. Additionally, ESPN.com gave seven of the 10 BIG EAST schools recruiting grades of A or B.
Scout.com has 15 of its top 100 players headed to BIG EAST schools. ESPN.com has 13 of its 100 going to the BIG EAST. Rivals.com has 14 of its top 100 headed to the BIG EAST.
Here is a school-by-school roundup of recruits and transfers.
Jackson Davis, F, 6-8, Lexington, Ky./Lafayette H.S.
*Austin Etherington, F, 6-6, 215, Cicero, Ind./Indiana U.
Kelan Martin, G-F, 6-6, Louisville, Ky./Ballard
Tyler Wideman, F, 6-8, Lake Central, Ind./Lake Central
The Bulldogs used their recruiting class to get stronger in the frontcourt. Davis is one of the top prep prospects in Kentucky and Martin is also a Kentucky prep standout. Coach Brandon Miller likes Martin’s versatility. The 6-8 Wideman should help the Bulldogs have more of a physical presence. Martin and Davis will be on the Kentucky All-Star Team this summer and will play against Wideman, who will be on the Indiana squad. Etherington is a transfer from Indiana who is expected to contribute on the wing.
Leon Gilmore III, G-F, Fr., 6-7, Manvel, Texas/Manvel
Ronnie Harrell, G-F, Fr., 6-7, Denver, Colo./East
The Bluejays, who have to replace four senior starters including national Player of the Year Doug McDermott, are bringing in a pair of quality 6-7 wing players who should mesh well with coach Greg McDermott’s style of play. Gilmore is a versatile performer who is a good passer, ballhandler and shooter. Harrell has deep shooting range and also is considered a strong ballhandler.
Raymond Doby, F, Fr., 6-7, Cahokia, Ill./Montrose Christian (Md.)
*Myke Henry, F, Jr., 6-6, 210, Chicago, Ill./U. of Illinois
*Aaron Simpson, G, Jr., 5-11, Chicago, Ill./Lincoln JC
*Rashaun Stimage, F, Jr., 6-8, Chicago, Ill./Daytona State JC (Fla.)
*Darrick Wood, G, So., 6-5, North Bridgton, Maine/Hutchinson JC (Kan.)
The Blue Demons have brought in three junior college players, a freshman and a transfer. Henry is a transfer from Illinois who has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He was a consensus top 100 recruit at Chicago’s Orr H.S. Wood is a junior college transfer who will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. He is expected to contribute at shooting guard. Simpson is a high-scoring guard who can play the point. Stimage is an athletic 6-8 wing. Doby, the lone high school recruit, is expected to help at power forward. He played on the same Chicago AAU team as current DePaul standouts Billy Garrett, Jr., and Tommy Hamilton IV.
Tre Campbell, G, Fr., 6-2, 170, Washington, D.C./St. John’s College H.S.
Isaac Copeland, F, Fr., 6-9, 220, Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
Trey Mourning, F, Fr., 6-9, 217, Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades
L.J. Peak, F, Fr., 6-5, 215, Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney
Paul White, F, Fr., 6-8, 228, Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young
The Hoyas have a group of highly-regarded freshmen who will vie for playing time. Coach John Thompson III, who values all-around skills, welcomes the versatile Copeland and Peak, who may compete at more than one position. White played closer to the basket as a prep standout, while Campbell is a backcourt candidate. Mourning is the son of Alonzo Mourning, an all-time Hoya great from the early ‘90s.
*Matt Carlino, G, Sr., 6-2, 175, Arcadia, Calif./BYU
Sandy Cohen, G, Fr., 6-6, 180, Seymour, Wisc./Seymour
*Luke Fischer, C, Fr., 6-11, 230, Germantown, Wisc./Indiana U.
New coach Steve Wojciechowski has a group of newcomers that includes two transfers and a freshman. Carlino is a double-figure scorer from BYU who will have one year of eligibility and is expected to contribute immediately. Fischer is a center who sat out last year and will be eligible Dec. 14. Cohen is considered a strong wing player.
Ben Bentil, F, Fr., 6-8, 225, Middletown, Del./Middletown
Kyron Cartwright, G, Fr., 5-11, Compton, Calif./Compton
Pachal Chukwu, C, Fr., 7-2, Westport, Conn./Fairfield
Jalen Lindsey, G-F, Fr., 6-7, Murfreesboro, Tenn./Huntington Prep (W.Va.)
Coach Ed Cooley has assembled another heralded class. Three of the four newcomers, who will strengthen the Friars in the frontcourt, have received significant national attention. Chukwu and Bentil will operate close to the basket while 6-7 Jalen Lindsey may see action at both forward spots. Kyron Cartwright will provide depth in the backcourt.
Adonis Delarosa, C, Fr., 6-11, 265, Middle Village, N.Y./Christ the King
Keith Thomas, F, Jr., 6-8, 230, Mount Vernon, N.Y./Westchester JC
The Red Storm added two newcomers who will help fortify their frontcourt. Last season, Thomas led all junior college players nationally with a 15.7 rebounding average. He shot 65.4 percent from the floor, which ranked eighth nationally. Thomas also averaged 15.3 points. Delarosa was a first team All-City selection and the Queens Player of the Year. He averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds as a senior and played in the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center.
*Cher Ajou, C, So., 7-2, Awell, South Sudan/Northwestern Univ.
Khadeen Carrington, G, Fr., 6-3, 185, Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin
Angel Delgado, F, Fr., 6-9, Bronx, N.Y./Patrick School
Michael Nzei, F, Fr., 6-8, Centereach, NY/Our Savior New American
Desi Rodriguez, F, Fr., 6-6, Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln
Ismael Sanogo, F, Fr., 6-7, 190, Newark, N.J./East Side
Isaiah Whitehead, G, Fr., 6-4, Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln
The Pirates signed six newcomers – all from the New York Metropolitan area – and added one transfer. Shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead is among the nation’s most heralded recruits. Angel Delgado, a 6-9 forward, is also highly-regarded nationally and will help bolster the rebounding. Whitehead’s prep teammate Desi Rodriguez will help on the wing where Ismael Sanogo will also play. Carrington is a backcourt candidate who is known as a scoring guard. The 7-2 Ajou, a transfer from Northwestern, will be eligible by the second semester.
Phil Booth, G, Fr., 6-3, 170, Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph’s
Mikal Bridges, F, Fr., 6-7, 180, Malvern, Pa./Great Valley
Booth is a combo guard who is expected to push to make coach Jay Wright’s regular rotation as a rookie. He was the 2013-14 Baltimore Metro Player of the Year. Bridges is a versatile forward who was a Class AAAA first-team all-state selection. The Wildcats have to replace only one starter, All-BIG EAST First Team pick James Bell.
Remy Abell, G, Jr., 6-4, Louisville, Ky./Indiana
Larry Austin, G, Jr., 6-2, Sprinfield, Ill./Lanphier
Trevor Bluiett, F, Fr., 6-7, Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor
Makinde London, F, Fr., 6-10, Nashville, Tenn./Montverde Academy (Fla.)
J.P. Macura, G, Fr., 6-5, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville
Sean O’Mara, F-C, Fr., 6-9, Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy
Edmond Sumner, G, Fr., 6-4, Detroit, Mich./Birmingham Country Day
The Musketeers are bringing in six freshmen and one transfer for 2014-15, a group of newcomers that has been reported as the highest ranked class in school history. The most heralded newcomer is Trevon Bluiett, a high-scoring 6-6 forward who is considered an elite recruit nationally. Sumner is known as an explosive combo guard and Macura is expected to be a valuable perimeter shooter. Austin is another strong shooter who is also considered a good floor leader. London is a versatile 6-9 forward and O’Mara is a physical post player who hits the boards. Abell, a transfer from Indiana, has earned a reputation as an elite defender who has improved his offensive game.
*Transfer who will be eligible in 2014-15