Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Saturday was a huge day for a lot of area players in the Class of 2015, as college coaches became able to call and text rising juniors per NCAA recruiting rules. Interest and offers for quite a number of players came in from across the country throughout the day, kicking off what should be a busy summer for what is clearly a strong class in the CoBL coverage region.
–It was quite a busy day for Del. wing Donte DiVincenzo (Salesianum/Team Final), who’s largely been an under-the-radar prospect but that seems sure to change. DiVincenzo picked up his first D-I offer early in the day when La Salle called, and though he doesn’t know much about the school he was excited to get that first scholarship.
“It was just a big weight lifted off my shoulder,” he said. “I can relax now and just start playing, being more comfortable when I’m playing now and just try to reel everybody else in.”
DiVincenzo also heard from an impressive list of schools who are tracking his recruitment; Villanova, Georgia Tech, Marist, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, St. Joseph’s, Delaware, Syracuse and Virginia Commonwealth all called the athletic 6-foot-4 guard. A few schools in particular caught his attention.
“When VCU called, when he said ‘Shaka Smart will give you a call on Monday or Tuesday,’ I said ‘Darn, Shaka Smart, I see him on TV all the time,” DiVincenzo said. “I like their tempo, how they get up and down the floor, shoot a lot of 3s, scrambling, I like that.
“I want to visit Cincinnati…I want to visit Syracuse,” he added. “St. Joseph’s, that seems like a really good school to visit…when you hear St. Joe’s, you just think of the history of the school and the coach.”
–Shawn Alston (Haverford School/Team Final) picked up offers from Rhode Island and La Salle, upping his offer total to four (along with St. Joseph’s and Penn State). The 6-foot-3 combo guard also heard from Penn, VCU and Harvard and got texts from Miami (Fl.), Yale and Towson; Temple is also interested in the son of the former Owl, Levan Alston Sr.
–Sean Lloyd (Haverford School/Team Philly) got calls from Penn State, Old Dominion, St. Joseph’s, Miami (Fl.), Georgetown and La Salle. The strong 6-4 wing is still awaiting his first D-I offer, and projects at the CAA/A-10/AAC level.
–Trey Lowe (Ewing, N.J./WE R1) got an offer today from Boston University, as the Patriot League school was first to offer the skinny 6-foot-4 shooting guard. Lowe also heard from St. Joe’s, Seton Hall, Temple and Holy Cross.
–One Philadelphia Catholic league player who’s impressed with his improvement over the last few months has been 6-4 wing Chris Clover (St. Joseph’s Prep/Philly Pride), and colleges have noticed. Clover picked up offers from Drexel and Villanova today, his first two, while Penn also called.
“I really proud of myself because a Big East school offered me so that means a lot,” he told CoBL by text. “All this hard work is paying off.”
–Markis McDuffie (St. Anthony’s, N.J./Sports U IZOD) picked up his first offer today from Buffalo despite having yet to see any serious time at the varsity level at the Jersey hoops powerhouse. The 6-foot-6 wing also heard from La Salle, Cincinnati, Oregon State and St. Joseph’s.
“It feels great,” he told CoBL by text about getting his first offer. “Looking forward to more, just gotta keep working hard and stay consistent.”
–Samir Doughty (Philadelphia Electric/Philly Pride) picked up a quartet of solid mid-major offers as Rhode Island, Temple, La Salle and St. Joseph’s all checked in with good news.
–Tim Delaney (Pitman, N.J./WE R1), a 6-9 center who already has a number of high-major offers, picked up some more from Rutgers, Oregon St. and Penn State.
–Matt Penecale (Abington/PA Renegades), a 6-4 wing, heard from Holy Cross.
–Sam Lindgren (Germantown Ac./PA Renegades), a 6-5 wing, heard from Colgate and Holy Cross.
–Per The Recruit Scoop’s Alex Kline, Traci Carter (Life Center/WE R1) picked up offers from Pittsburgh, La Salle and Iowa. Those three schools join offers from Xavier, St. Joseph’s, Temple, Penn State, and Villanova.
–Jake Silpe (Cherry Hill East/Jersey Shore Warriors) heard from Virginia Tech, Brown, Colgate, Yale, Towson, Northeastern and Penn. The 6-2 point guard already got one offer, from Colgate; he said Northeastern, Penn and Yale invited him on campus for visits.
–Ahmad Gilbert (Constitution/Team Final) tells CoBL he heard from Temple, St. Joseph’s and Hofstra on Saturday. The 6-7 wing is still waiting on his first D-I offer.
–One of the top prospects in the 2015 Class not just in the region but nationally is 6-6 guard Malachi Richardson (Roselle Catholic/Team Final). His list of schools that reached out on Saturday: Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Stanford, Indiana, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Georgetown, Syracuse and Villanova. Richardson should have his choice of any of those schools by the time he makes his decision–in the last week-and-a-half, he’s picked up offers from Arizona, Minnesota, Georgetown, Florida and Connecticut.