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June 30, 2013
WE R1 Summer Classic Recap
MIDDLETOWN, Del. -- Heading into the most important month of the year for young basketball players -- July -- recruits prepared on the court at the WE R1 Summer Classic. Here's a recap of the top performers at the event.
2014 power forward Ben Bentil of WE R1 (DE) - After not getting much attention this spring, Bentil will be back playing on the Under Armour circuit, and at Reebok Breakout Camp this July after a strong performance at NBPA Top 100 camp. His game remains the same, and his ranking dropped due to his spring. Now at No. 74, he has some room to make up and a chip on his back. The four-star recruit is hearing from Georgetown, UCLA, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Marquette the most. With Mikal Bridges to Villanova, that likely takes them out of contention for Bentil, who is still not set on a school just yet, but could be ready once the July Live Period ends.
2014 forward Emmanuel Omogbo of Force One (MD) - At the moment, Omogbo is committed to Robert Morris, but has not officially signed with them after deciding to take a postgrad year instead of going into Andy Toole's class of 2013. He will attend Kiski Prep (PA) with the intentions of working on his game in order to become a small forward as opposed to being a power forward at 6-foot-7. This, however, does not mean he is officially set on the NEC school for now as he will see what happens this summer and in the fall.
2014 small forward Kyle Kuzma of Rise Academy (PA) - What a difference a year makes for Kuzma, who is now playing very similar to UCLA rising sophomore Kyle Anderson. A wing prospect who can play on and off the ball, Kuzma has gotten much stronger and quicker on the court, and is no longer relying on his outside shot. Kuzma's recruitment has benefited and boosted from low and mid-major attention to high-majors calling on him. Seton Hall, Penn State, Texas A&M, VCU, Rhode Island and Florida State have offered with Florida, UConn and others inquiring. He also has a little Kyle Wiltjer in his game with his elite size and skill set. Kuzma has visited Penn State, Seton Hall, West Virginia and Rhode Island, but believes the Pirates and Nittany Lions are putting in the most work recruiting him. A decision will come sometime in late August or early September.
2016 combo guard Jagan Mosely of New Jersey Playaz - Rarely is a freshman presented the opportunity to play major minutes, nonetheless start, at St. Anthony (NJ) under coach Bob Hurley. Mosely was an exception, and for good reason. With a ridiculously strong upper body, a good shot, and an ability to handle the ball, Mosely is going to be a pretty good guard going forward. He already has plenty of experience against older competition, and knows how to play defense. It is still very early but Virginia, Houston and Seton Hall have inquired, among others. His older brother, Cheddi Mosely, makes his college choice in the fall. His future school will certainly recruit the younger Mosely.
2014 wing Paul Rowley of Virginia Elite (VA) - A shooter with length, handle, passing ability and a little elusiveness, Rowley showed why he is a heavily coveted high-academic recruit. He is versatile, as well, and can guard most positions on the court. Rowley holds offers from Harvard, Yale, Bucknell, Lafayette, William & Mary, George Mason, Mount St. Mary's, St. Francis (NY), Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell and Loyola (MD). The Crimson, Colonials and Bison are standing out to the wing prospect, who has visited most of the schools on his list. He will play through the fall, see if any other schools come into play and decide in the fall.
2014 power forward Jose Campo of Philly Pride (PA) - A Columbian important who has been in the country for one year, Campo plays at Arlington Country Day (FL), and could end up having a breakout summer at 6-foot-10. A long, lanky prospect who moves well, he is still raw and full of potential but will be one the mystery men on the summer circuit. Already fielding interest from UCF, Arizona, La Salle, UConn and Kentucky, it will be interesting to see who winds up offering him in July.
2015 point guard Traci Carter of WE R1 (DE) - Far from a finished product, Carter has a chance to be very good because of his explosiveness and passing ability. His size still hurts him a bit, but Carter is fearless in getting to the rim and drawing some contact. His style of play is somewhat similar to St. John's incoming freshman Rysheed Jordan because of the way he accelerates the offense with the ball in his hands and looks to score or get his teammates in position to score. Carter, who transferred from Roman Catholic (PA) to Life Center Academy (NJ), holds offers from Pittsburgh, DePaul, La Salle, Villanova, St. Joseph's, Iowa, Penn State, Temple and Georgetown. The Blue Demons and Wildcats are pursuing him the hardest at the point. Carter will have to learn to work with other guards around him and not settle for jumpers heading into a pivotal junior year.
2014 Philly Ballhawks (PA) small forward Basil Thompson is being targeted the hardest by Quinnipiac, Niagara, LIU, Wagner, Hofstra and Florida Atlantic; all of whom stand out. He visited Hofstra last week and will visit Quinnipiac this coming week.
2016 WE R1 (DE) power forward Sedee Keita has a long way to go but will soon attract many suitors. The first school who will recruit him hard will be VCU, who hired what would have been his prep school coach, Jesse Bopp, to be their director of operations. Keita will attend Vermont Academy in the fall and has the size, skills of a guard, and athleticism to be very good.
2016 Philly Pride (PA) forward DeAndre Hunter has a lot of similarities to Syracuse incoming freshman Tyler Roberson and could be very good. Still raw, the locals of Villanova, Temple, La Salle, St. Joseph's are looking at him, along with St. John's. Look for many more to begin recruiting him this summer as he steps onto a national stage.
For the latest in college basketball recruiting, head to TheRecruitScoop.com for the latest details and notes on offers, visits, commitments and more. To contact Alex Kline, you can reach him by email at MaryKlineClassic@gmail.com or on Twitter at TheRecruitScoop.