Four players with Baltimore ties suited up for Notre Dame Prep -- a post-grad basketball program in Fitchburg, Mass. -- this season. Here's Crusaders coach Ryan Hurd's take on the four local standouts.
• Former Lake Clifton forward Cleveland Melvin was one of NDP's headliners, averaging around 13 points on a well-balanced roster. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound fifth-year senior had committed to Connecticut in November, but reopened his recruitment in March.
"I think Cleveland is going to take it slowly and see what's available," Hurd said. "The interest level is ACC and Big East schools. It's just a matter of him making an informed decision. I have no doubt that he'll be [committed] somewhere soon and it'll be a high-major school."
Cecil Kirk coach Anthony Lewis told Recruiting Report last month that Marquette, Pitt, Seton Hall, South Florida, Miami, DePaul and TCU were involved in Melvin's recruitment. Hurd mentioned two additional programs."Duke's involved now, and Clemson was until [Oliver] Purnell left [to take the DePaul job]," Hurd said.
• Melvin's former Lakers teammate, Memphis-bound Antonio Barton, ran the point for NDP. Hurd said Barton initially played the setup role and deferred to his new teammates, but eventually felt more comfortable in taking on a scoring role.
"Antonio Barton was a pleasant surprise with his ability to score," Hurd said. "I knew he was a fantastic player, but he scored a lot better than I anticipated. ... I know he can be a scorer in Conference USA. He went head-to-head with high-major point guards this year and put the ball in the basket. He's a kid we relied on to do that and he answered the challenge."
• Levi Noel, a 6-foot-5 forward from London who spent his junior year at Towson Catholic, plans to visit Maine next weekend and will have "two or three more visits after that," Hurd said. Boise State and Kent State are among the many mid-major schools that have expressed interest.
"He ended up starting a lot more games than I thought he would," Hurd said. "He has a really great feel for the game."
• The last Crusader with Baltimore ties is Antoine Myers, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Forest Park. Hurd said Myers will be in school until June, but he'll have plenty of options.
"The highest level we've heard from is DePaul," Hurd said. "Everybody that needs a point guard [from high-majors] to the lowest level [has expressed interest]. His speed is the X-factor with him. That's what he needs to rely on going forward. We were loaded at guard and he waited his turn and did a great job."