Our first installment that covered the July Live Period orbited around the celestial recruit that is Kyle Anderson. Part 2 will start with guess who: Mr. Anderson.
On July 12th, Kyle decided that he will announce his college decision on September 20th -- his 18th birthday. Anderson will turn 18, the age that marks the beginning of being an adult. It seems fitting as he wants his announcement to be small, modest - that mini-decision reeks of maturity. His potential suitors are four big time schools and one more modest small school: Seton Hall. Will the small-time decisions in Anderson's recruitment up to this point parallel his impending college decision?
We left off the morning of the Nike EYBL Peach Jam - an event where Anderson excelled but his AAU squad, NJ Playaz, faltered in the quarterfinals. NJ Playaz went 2-0 on the first day - Anderson put up 27 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists against The Family in their first game and 12 points, 11 assists and 11 boards against Cali Supreme during their second.
These tweets from Evan Daniels of Scout.com and Gary Parrish of CBS Sports pretty much sum up Anderson's play at the Peach Jam:
Anderson finished the Peach Jam with an impressive stat-line of 20.2PPG, 54.4FG% (80-147), 7.9RPG, 6.0APG, 2.3SPG. The Playaz lost 79-73 in the quarterfinals to Oakland Soldiers. Anderson nearly had a triple-double in the loss with 20 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds.
This piece by Adam Zagoria (must read) has some interesting quotes on how Kyle and his father, Kyle Anderson Sr., expect head coaches and not their assistants to be in attendance when watching Kyle. Interestingly enough, St. John's assistant Tony Chiles has filled in for Steve Lavin quite a few times, including the early portion of the Peach Jam.
2013 PG target Tyler Ennis of St. Benedict's (NJ) and CIA Bounce also played well at the Peach Jam - he posted game high 37 and 19 points in two of his games - Tyler's recruitment has since skyrocketed. Adam Zagoria tweeted that Seton Hall, Cincinnati and Iowa State are showing the most interest in Ennis. Ennis can flat out play and just about every high-major is finding that out - Ennis made Eric Bossi's (Rivals.com) list of '2013 Risers'.
The staff will need to be commended if they reel in this local talent.
For much more info on the rest of the July Live Period, follow the jump.
While the Nike Peach Jam was in full swing, the Hoop Group was putting on one of their Elite Camps in Reading, Pennsylvania. Alex Kline covered the event and mined plenty of relevant recruiting information including new Seton Hall targets.
2012 G Lionel Greene of Cecil Kirk (Baltimore AAU team) told Kline that Seton Hall, Miami (FL), DePaul, South Florida, St. Joe's, George Mason, UMass and Virginia Tech are on his current list.
Greene is likely a backup guard option and based on him being from the DC area, I would guess that Chris Pompey is involved here. Lionel will play his senior season at Lake Clifton (MD).
Seton Hall is expressing interest in 2012 PF Chris Obekpa of Our Savior New American (NY). Per Alex Kline, he is also hearing from high-majors such as Texas, Providence, Maryland, St. John's, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Washington, Florida State, Miami (FL) and Georgia Tech.
Obekpa certainly fits the need for a power player in the 2012 class and he is being heavily recruited by plenty of high-major schools.
Kline reported that Seton Hall offered another 2012 power forward in Devin Thomas of Central Dauphin (PA). Thomas has since visited Virginia Tech, James Madison, Wake Forest and Penn State. His current top four are Wake Forest, Temple, Penn State and Marquette.
Seton Hall has expressed mild interest in Brandon Taylor, a power forward from Trenton Catholic (NJ) and Team Philly (AAU). Taylor has since received an offer from Penn State while on an unofficial and holds offers from Miami (FL), George Mason, Hofstra and several more mid-majors.
Following the Peach Jam and Hoop Group Elite camp, there was a week long dead period sandwiched between the two July Live Periods. The second session began on July 22nd with three events in Las Vegas (Adidas Super 64, BigFoot Hoops Vegas Live & Las Vegas Fab 48.) Kevin Willard and assistant coach Shaheen Holloway flew to Las Vegas to watch, you guessed it, Kyle Anderson.
Anderson competed in both the Adidas Super 64 and the Fab 48 before traveling to Arizona for the Desert Duel (July 27th-28th), Willard and Holloway weren't far behind.
Outside of just following Anderson, the staff was seen watching some of the Long Island Lightning's games. The Lightning have targets such as 2012 F Daniel Dingle and 2012 PG Kareem Canty on their team. Daniel Dingle's older brother, Dana, is an important person for the staff to establish a relationship with for current and future targets -- he is the head coach of the LI Lightning, who are one of the top AAU teams from New York City, as well as the mentor of Kareem Canty.
During the Desert Duel, it was discovered by NBESports that Seton Hall has offered 2013 G Will Ferguson of DC Assault. Ferguson is another name in a long list of high-major guards being targeted in that class.
While Anderson and the LI Lightning were being watched closely, assistant coach Dan McHale was down in Florida at the AAU Super Showcase (July 24th - 27th). He watched 2013 G target Stephan Vasturia and offered 2013 SF Jared Nickens of St. Patrick's (NJ) after taking in the NJ Celtics - Florida Rams game.
After the Desert Duel and AAU Super Showcase wrapped up, the staff bee-lined it to Reading (PA) for the first annual Hoop Group End of Summer Classic, which closed out the July Live Period.
Kevin Willard was seen watching New Heights 2013 trio Terrence Samuel, Shameik Sheppard and Jordan Washington at the event.
Fittingly, the Live Period ended with a NJ Playaz triple overtime win over New Heights. Kevin Willard, John Thompson III, Billy Donovan and St. John's assistants Tony Chiles & Rico Hines were in attendance to watch Kyle Anderson score 14 points and take home the MVP award.
As for the missing coaches, Steve Lavin wasn't able to attend the event because he was stuck in California after reportedly losing his wallet. Despite no UCLA coaching staff at the Hoop Group Classic finale, sources stated that UCLA is still in the running for Anderson, but we all know how much it means to Anderson and his father for head coaches to be present during games.
After a grueling month of crisscrossing the country watching current targets and discovering new ones, the staff started the month of August by hosting 2013 targets Mike Young, Kavon Stewart and Reggie Cameron of Hudson Catholic (NJ) as well as Jared Nickens and Deandre Bembry of St. Patrick's (NJ). Read more here.
Stay tuned for continued Seton Hall recruiting coverage from South Orange Juice throughout the rest of the summer and the 2011-12 season.