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April 25, 2013

A Little More Severe

Filed under: Basketball,Recruiting — Chas @ 1:10 pm

The Severe post yesterday came from my phone, because I was in the midst of work. Just wanted to get the news out so I didn’t have time to get into it.

As I wrote back in March, late in the game recruiting, is a bit of a strange things. Kids like Severe who are borderline recruits between high mid-major to fringe-major get elevated as coaches have open scholarships to fill and limited choices.

That was the situation with Severe. A good, but undersized shooting guard at 6-2 (officially). He doesn’t play great defense. And he went from most of his offers being from the lower-half of the A-10 to getting offers from Pitt, K-State, Wake Forest and WVU. Yes, he was named Mr. Basketball for New York, but the runner-ups were not exactly 4-star recruits. His game didn’t get that much better from November, just the supply of available players went down.

It is the same thing we are seeing with the pursuit of transfers — 5th year and other wise. Coaches have the open scholarships. The same way that nature abhors a vacuum, coaches hate to leave those scholarships sitting on the table. So they try to fill them, and you see them willing to reach on kids.

Remember Jai Lucas? Son of John Lucas. A 5-10 point guard who was somehow considered a 4-star player. He was even a McDonald’s All-American (don’t tell me that politics don’t come into play with the selections) who finally chose the Gators and then transferred to Texas for more playing time and to run point after one year. Even at Texas he never averaged more than 12 minutes a game.

Yet, the longer Lucas waited to decide, the better and more offers he got so that in 2007 the best programs in the country were coming at him and it took on a weird intensity. That’s the sort of thing Severe was getting, and the reaction from Pitt fans (and Wake and WVU) over this kid deciding to stay local is outsized to the likelihood of how important a recruit he was.

I would have liked Pitt to get Severe, but it hardly seemed like a big loss if he went elsewhere. The odds of him actually helping immediately at Pitt (or any of the other major schools recruiting him) were slim. Yes, Jamie Dixon went hard after him (and is now working hard on Eli Carter, the Rutgers transfer who I fully expect to go to transfer to Florida). Big surprise. There aren’t many kids to go after at this point, and he’s got three extra scholarships. It’s why he (and others) are going so hard after Josh Davis. And Joseph Uchebo. There aren’t many other options and some help (especially if they can play immediately) is better than none.

Players like Josh Davis and Tarik Black are especially valuable. Not just because of the position they play. But because they are low risks. These are 5th year graduate transfers. The scholarship is not tied up for more than that one season. If the player doesn’t pan out or only provides spot minutes, it’s not like a coach has to force him out after one season. The kid is done regardless.

Just because a coach is hotly pursuing a player in April does not mean he will make or break the team (Trey Zeigler, anyone?). It just means they are getting a lot more attention because there aren’t any other players to pursue.

Did Lennard Freeman get out of town without
committing ?

If so, he’s going somewhere else as well I would imagine.

Comment by EMel 04.26.13 @ 2:24 pm

Joseph Uchebo averaged 12.3 ppg and 12.3 rpg in his only season in JUCO.

Yes, that’s right he scored the same amount of points as he grabbed rebounds. Exactly.

If nothing else we need a backup center as let’s pretend Zanna’s light is finally going to come on and he doesn’t disappear when the conf. games start(which would be a first). He can’t play all 40 minutes and he will be in foul trouble ocasionnally.

Most of the experts are saying if you’re PITT, you take the chance on Uchebo, as ALL of these kids are chances. If we haven’t learned this by now with Sleepy, Diggs, Birch, Johnson, etc. when will you. Oy Vey !

Comment by EMel 04.26.13 @ 2:38 pm

Did DW have any players get arrested for drugs ?

Comment by EMel 04.26.13 @ 2:41 pm

EMel good points at this point i would even like to have had the one duquesne got .
you know the old saying a bird in hand is better
then 2 in the bush.
and yrs freeman has left with out signing.

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.26.13 @ 3:11 pm

Uchebo wasn’t playing in the JC tourney games at the end of the season, does anyone know why? I don’t think he has completed a season anywhere since he came to this country. I think it is sad that we are this desperate for some size inside. I remember Villanova doing pretty well with 4 guards.

Comment by spiritofsection 22 04.26.13 @ 4:20 pm

he played his first year had 13 points and 13 rebounds per game which is very good.
last year he was hurt and was healing a bad knee
they say he is better now.

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.26.13 @ 4:32 pm

when he came out of high school he was rated the in
top 100 ball players was rated 83rd best player i think could have went to ncs or kentucky.
but did not have the grades
this is what i remmber to lazy to go back and look it up.

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.26.13 @ 4:40 pm

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