By Matt Bracken
The Baltimore Sun
2:24 PM EST, December 2, 2012
Nineteen players from Baltimore are true freshmen on Division I basketball rosters this fall. There's a good chance this area will produce more DI players in the 2013 class. Below the chart of last year's DI signees is a comprehensive look at which local seniors have already signed, and which prospects remain on the market heading into the spring period.
||Name||Year||Position||High School||Hometown||Prep School / Previous College|
|Florida Gulf Coast||Leonard Livingston||freshman||center||Patterson||Upper Marlboro|
|High Point||Cliff Cornish||freshman||forward||North County||Baltimore|
|Houston Baptist||Cody Joyce||freshman||forward||Southern||Churchton||Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy|
|Lipscomb||J.J. Butler||freshman||guard||Patterson Mill||Abingdon|
|Loyola||Josh Forney||freshman||forward||St. Frances||Baltimore|
|Loyola||Jarred Jones||freshman||forward||John Carroll||Havre de Grace|
|Marist||Phillip Lawrence||freshman||forward||Mount St. Joseph||Baltimore|
|Maryland||Conner Lipinski||freshman||guard||Annapolis Area Christian||Gambrills|
|Morehead State||Jourdan Stickler||freshman||guard||Annapolis||Annapolis|
|Morgan State||Cedric Blossom||freshman||forward||Montrose Christian||Columbia|
|Morgan State||Donte Pretlow||freshman||guard||Dunbar||Baltimore|
|NJIT||Nigel Sydnor||freshman||guard||St. Paul's||Baltimore||Marianapolis Preparatory (Conn.)|
|St. Francis (Pa.)||Greg Brown||freshman||guard||Archbishop Spalding||Odenton|
|St. Joseph's||Isaiah Miles||freshman||forward||Milford Mill||Baltimore|
|UNC-Greensboro||Kayel Locke||freshman||forward||McDonogh||Owings Mills|
|UNLV||Daquan Cook||freshman||guard||St. Frances||Baltimore|
|Wofford||Bryan Harris||freshman||guard||Southern||Oxon Hill||Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy|
Nine local players were expected to sign letters of intent with Division I schools last week. Loyola led the way locally again with commitments from St. Frances combo guard Maurice White and Oakland Mills forward Lavon Long. Central Connecticut State received pledges from two local prospects as well: Randallstown point guard Ahmaad Wilson and Mount Carmel forward Rashard Todd. Two other Baltimore Catholic League products – Mount St. Joseph guard Kameron Williams (Ohio State) and St. Frances guard Tevon Saddler (UNC-Greensboro) – have inked their LOIs.
Outside the city, East Baltimore native Daquein McNeil (Vermont Academy) signed with Florida International, while two locals currently playing for Fishburne Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., are also off the market: former Dulaney forward Will Darley (UMBC) and ex-Milford Mill point guard Chase Cormier (Grambling). Former Patterson guard Aquille Carr, who’s spending his senior year at Princeton Day Academy, remains committed to Seton Hall, but will not sign his letter of intent until the spring.
There’s plenty of talent from this area still remaining heading into the spring, starting with two high-major Nike Baltimore Elite players.
** Daxter Miles, a 6-foot-2 combo guard from Dunbar, has “nine or 10 offers,” according to NBE coach Bub Carrington. Schools from the ACC, Atlantic 10, Ohio Valley and Pac-12 conferences are among those pursuing the former IMG Academy (Fla.) star. Carrington said he expects Miles to be “one of the most sought-after guards in April.”
** Jamel Artis, a 6-7 point forward who’s doing a post-grad year at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., is leaning toward Pittsburgh or La Salle. A commitment could come as soon as he gets a qualifying test score.
** Warren Powers, a 6-foot-5 wing from Glenelg Country School, has been targeted by Fairfield, North Carolina Central and UMBC, according to Carrington. Powers, who missed a good chunk of the AAU season with a high-ankle sprain, recently achieved a qualifying test score.
** Carrington also mentioned Taysean Scott, a point guard from McDonogh, and big men Christian and Mike Owona as DI prospects who played for NBE. Mike Owona has “significant mid-major interest,” according to John Carroll coach Tony Martin.
** A third JC senior is primed to sign with a DI program in the spring. Rodney Elliott, a 6-foot point guard and the son of the former Terps player with the same name, has plenty of DI interest, according to Martin.
** Elliott teamed up with several future DI signees over the summer with Under Armour B’more’s Finest. Isaiah Tripp, a point guard from Edmondson, is being heavily recruited by Ohio University, College of Charleston and Florida Gulf Coast, according to Dwayne Wise, the AAU program’s general manager. Tripp has also heard from East Carolina and Miami (Ohio). He is fully qualified.
** Three other UA B’more’s Finest players to watch: Princeton Day Academy forward Anton Waters. The 6-foot-5 forward, who came to PDA from Forest Park, has significant interest from Quinnipiac; Rodney Hawkins, a 6-foot-7 forward doing a post-grad year at Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore. The Lake Clifton grad had offers from Loyola and UMBC, according to Wise; and Myreek Lee-Fowlkes, a former Patterson forward who has resurfaced at Edmondson for his senior year.
** Several Cecil Kirk players at post-grad programs are on the DI radar. Former Lake Clifton point guard Aaron Parks, who’s now playing for Notre Dame Prep, has received interest from Arkansas, DePaul, Seton Hall and Tennessee, among others, according to Cecil Kirk coach Anthony Lewis. James Boone, another former Lake Clifton guard at Notre Dame Prep, has heard from several DI schools in Baltimore and “some of the MAAC,” Lewis said.
** Lionel Greene, yet another former Lake Clifton guard, is playing for Mont Clare Academy near Philadelphia. The 6-foot-4 prospect is hearing from several Big South and MAAC schools. Former Milford Mill guard Kyle Thomas, meanwhile, is playing for a prep school in New Jersey and fielding inquiries from several Baltimore DIs and some MAAC programs, including Marist and Iona, according to Lewis.
** Other local players with DI potential that are still on the market: former Patterson forward Shakir Brown, who’s now playing for Action Sports Academy in Georgia; Archbishop Spalding guard Earl Potts; McDonogh guard B.J. Andrews; Forest Park guard Rysheed Corbin; Forest Park wing Wayne Hill; Edmondson guard Darius Walker; and South Carroll wing Gavin McTavish.
** Finally, several junior college players from Baltimore are good bets to sign with DI programs this spring. The headliner is Ronald Scott, a former John Carroll star who’s currently playing for Frank Phillips Community College in Borger, Texas. The 6-foot guard is ranked the No. 109 prospect nationally by JUCOJunction.com.
** Kareem Storey, a former Princeton Day Academy and Towson Catholic point guard, spent his freshman season at Utah. He moved on to the College of Southern Idaho for his sophomore season, and is now ranked the No. 129 junior college prospect in the country by JUCOJunction.com. Juwan Newman, a 6-foot-7 forward from Lake Clifton, also plays with CSI and is a likely DI player.
** Former Dunbar point guard Corey Spence has resurfaced at Casper College in Wyoming. Spence, who spent his freshman year with South Plains (Texas) College’s national-championship team, is being recruited by several DI programs on the West Coast.
** Karee Watson from Lake Clifton has exhausted his eligibility at Wallace State in Hanceville, Ala., but he remains at the school finishing up his coursework. Watson, according to Cecil Kirk’s Lewis, is a Bethune-Cookman lean.
** Baltimore City Community College features several local standouts, per usual. Shooting guard Sean Farr (Dunbar) and forward Justin Kuntz (Glen Burnie) are ones to watch.
** Leron Fisher, a 5-foot-11 guard from Lake Clifton, is starring for Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif. A full qualifier out of high school, Fisher is drawing interest from low- and mid-major programs.
** Former Aberdeen guard Gerrae Williams is at Cloud County Community College in Kansas. He has several low- and mid-major offers, according to his uncle.
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