Club Transfer is Poppin’! Why?

by

Eric Dixon

Philadelphia, PA:  There are over 800 players in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Transfer Portal (https://247sports.com/Season/2020-Basketball/TransferPortal/). As one local scout likes to say, “Club Transfer” is indeed “Jumpin’”. But why?

Delusion? Accountability? Dishonesty? All of the above according to several coaches, scouts, AAU directors and parents contacted for this article.

The college basketball landscape is changing. For the good and the bad. There have been rule changes that have affected the limitations on when and who can talk to players. Also, the number of people involved with the player has ballooned with trainers, various AAU coaches and runners joining the fray. This provides players with a wealth of resources to go to when making decisions regarding their collegiate career. However it also, according to one coach, “puts a lot of people in a kid’s ear that don’t know what they’re talking about.”

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Maryland’s Ricky Lindo has transferred to George Washington

The growth of social media has also influenced the issue. Many young people live on the adulation and sometimes criticism that comes from having thousands of followers. These followers may hold weight if they are stroking the child’s ego and making him feel as thought he’s arrived. This is particularly dangerous when these followers may be adults seeking to profit in some way from the child’s immediate and/or future success.

This puts kids in a precarious position as they try to navigate through a world they are misinformed or misled about. This misinformation isn’t always intentional from the contributors, but is often a product of coddling a player in an effort to ensure staying in his/her sphere of influence. “They don’t really have hard conversations with kids about where they are because they don’t want to lose a kid,” he intimated.

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Rider’s Dimencio Vaughn has transferred to Mississippi

It is the opinion of many of the people polled that many parents, AAU, high school and now even college coaches are guilty of not holding players accountable for fear of the child cutting them off or leaving the team. “These (players) are being set up for failure from middle school,” said one local coach.

Another coach said it makes it difficult to be honest in recruiting. “You can’t tell a kid it’s going to be a year or two before you get meaningful minutes or you might have to redshirt” because it will take you out of the mix. The truth of the matter is that most freshmen have a long way to go before they can be impactful on a team. Adjusting to the speed of the game, figuring out your role and being physically ready for the college grind all make it difficult for freshman to play a lot. Still, according to a local coach, “we try to get them on the floor to keep them happy”. Many times that effort is made early on during the sometimes less grueling non-conference schedule when the stakes aren’t as high and there is time to recover if freshman mistakes lead to a loss. However, especially for a team making a playoff push, it’s more difficult to do later in the season when rotations are tightened. “Freshmen wear down, experience helps older players push through the grind”, he added.

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St. Peter’s Aaron Estrada has transferred to Oregon

“Man, guys aren’t going to f—ing lose to satisfy their ego,” said one local scout. “But they also ain’t gonna just have a guy sit if they think they can help them either.” It’s really about winning with college coaches. Over the last few years I’ve had the chance to meet some pretty stand up guys in coaching and I realize they have a lot riding on their wins and losses. It’s not just their families they have to worry about. They have assistants and trainers and players that will be impacted if they get canned. So they have a very fine line to walk in recruiting and playing the right guys.

So then it comes down to managing expectations. Most college players, no matter the level D1 or D3 were good high school players used to playing all the minutes they can. That is not realistic as they move up. According to a sample of local kids from the class of 2019 that was pretty highly regarded by the locals, it is apparent that expectations need to be tempered. According to the data, on average, freshmen generally sit out nearly a third of the season, playing in just 23 of a possible 31 games. And when they do step on the court, it usually isn’t for long. On average they log only 15 of a possible 40 game minutes. One saw as little as 18 minutes all season, appearing in just one game!

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St. Joseph’s Chereef Knox has entered the transfer portal

Of  course there were exceptions, like Donta Scott who appeared in all of Maryland’s games, starting 21 of them. However, he had to make significant changes in his approach and his game to see the floor. Also, according to sources, he earned his 21.6 minutes per contest with his “toughness and attitude, and just running dudes outta there”. Scott played with the ball in his hands the last two years of his high school career, playing point guard at 6-7. At Maryland, it’s not been the case so far. He played the majority of his minutes at the “4” this season. “He’s always been a team first player, he’s never been a guy who cared about stats,” said Howard Hudson, his mentor and AAU coach.

According to another local coach, that kind of attitude and approach is not common among scholarship level athletes. “It used to be all about the name on the front, now it’s all about the name on the back”, he lamented.

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Temple’s Josh Pierre-Louis has transferred to California Santa-Barbara

Scott’s scenario also points to another reason why freshmen often struggle and become disillusioned as they adjust to the college level. Role changes are common and student-athletes are often asked to play differently than they did in high school. They are asked to be patient and “wait” their turn to play the main role. Whereas, according to Hudson, Scott took a “whatever you need coach” kind of approach, many young players fight it, insisting that they shouldn’t have to wait.

Another question is whether it’s worth it. Is the allure of Club Transfer Portal just fool’s gold or can a player significantly change his trajectory by changing schools? The data would suggest “No”. According to one A-10 who has done extensive research on transfers, “You are who you are whether you transfer or not”. The numbers bear this out. When a player moves from Mid Major to High Major over the remaining years of his career he sees a drop across the board in points, assists and rebounds. And when a player moves within the same level, the change in production is negligible, no matter if it was D1 to D1 or D3 to D3. Predictably, those moving from low major to high major saw the biggest decrease in production.

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La Salle’s Ed Croswell has transferred to Providence College

So if it really makes little difference whether you stay or go, why are so many kids jumping ship? Are they leaving to flee competition? Or were they simply told by the staff that they weren’t going to play so they might as well pack up? Or are they just not happy living at the school and the reason is not basketball related? One parent of a transfer said 75% of the reason his son decided to transfer was unrelated to actual basketball.

There are a myriad of reasons why players transfer and each situation is different. Still, one set of initials kept resurfacing as the conversations about this topic went on: the NBA. One coach mentioned Matt Haarms, a 7-3 center transferring from Purdue to “go someplace to showcase his NBA skillset”. We all know that chasing the NBA dream, while inspiring and admirable at times, is not the most attainable goal. According to the NCAA, 1.2% (52 of 4181) of draft eligible basketball players go on to play in major pro sports leagues. Now graduation rates are much higher: 86% in D1, 71% in D2 and 87% in D3. You choose which one should be your primary plan.

Bottom line: everyone involved needs to take stock of the truth revealed in the numbers. Everyone needs to assess their level of culpability and change accordingly. 98.8% of the time, lil Johnny is NOT going to the NBA even if he is fortunate enough to be one of the 6% of high school players who garners a D1 college scholarship. We need to stop being fans of kids and start being coaches, mentors, parents and guardians. The truth is most will not play a significant role at the college level the first one or two years. We need to prepare them for that even if they have 15K followers telling them they are “League-bound” everyday. College coaches need to grow a set and realize that if you lie to a kid just to get him in the door it’s going to work for one year and that it isn’t worth the risk to their livelihood. Club Transfer is “jumpin” and the music won’t stop until it’s too late for many student-athletes deluded into thinking accountability isn’t part of the responsibility that comes with accepting a scholarship.

 

Paul Gripper: A Philly Legend!

Paul Gripper lived a legendary life. My man was a a true Philly hoops legend… A legend is defined as an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field. Gripp was both famous and notorious in Philly hoops circles…

He was famous for devoting himself to helping young men improve themselves. Paul was a basketball lifer… He gave the game EVERYTHING he had…

He was notorious for the way he would relentlessly attack and attack all aspects of youth basketball. As a young man, Paul engaged in some of Philadelphia’s “street business” activities… Eventually, he tired of that life and made the switch to working full-time in youth athletics. He brought a level of abrasiveness and bravado that had heretofore been absent. Paul ran up the score… Up 40? Up 50? Paul was pressing, forcing turnovers and talkin’ shit!

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Paul Gripper coaching in summer 2019 at Jefferson University

The totality of his life experiences shaped his outlook and he brought a unique approach to the worlds of grassroots and scholastic basketball. Paul Gripper played HARD and loved HARD!

As a result, he forged extremely strong bonds with the kids that came through his program. He truly loved them and they loved him in return. There was nothing fake about Paul Gripper… He put his feelings on display for all to see… ALL THE TIME!

Possessing a very keen basketball mind, Paul was one of the go to guys for honest appraisals of any young middle or high school prospects. He would ALWAYS give it to you raw and uncut… Gripp was NEVER a hater… If he felt a kid was good, he would tell you… Conversely, if he felt a kid was ASS, he would tell you… On most occasions, his assessments were dead on…

He was always colorful, insightful and informative.

 

 

There were exceptions though… Gripp was usually unable to objectively assess the kids he personally worked with… He loved TOO HARD! His love would slip over into his assessments of his guys.

His D3 guys were “sure fire D2” guys… His D2 guys “should be playing D1″… His low D1 guys “belonged at high major programs”… His mid to high major guys were “lottery picks”…

Paul was a fantastic scout… Unless, the kid was one of his, his assessments of a kid’s strengths and weaknesses were on point… You just had to always remember that Paul graded his guys on a heavy curve.

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Selfless to a fault, Paul would literally give a kid his last dollar to get to a tournament or camp… He would REPEATEDLY rob Peter to pay Paul (and St. John Neumman).

He was a real man. If you had a disagreement with Paul, he would not let it fester and simmer. He would call or come by to see you. He was capable of both forgiving your transgressions and acknowledging when he was wrong.

His son is a graduate of Coppin State University. His daughter is completing a PhD. at Harvard University. Their academic success is reflective of their father’s powerful intellect and his commitment to education as a means of improving one’s lot in life.

Paul and I had several arguments and disagreements in this area. I have always been in favor of doing whatever was necessary to help a kid meet NCAA freshman eligibility requirements. Paul disagreed. He was against asking teachers to change grades, he was against taking classes over.

Paul felt that kids needed to deal with the consequences of their actions and inaction in the academic realm. I really respected him for consistently abiding by that position.

His passing is a significant blow the the Philadelphia basketball community. Paul will be missed. There is one less MAN out there loving kids HARD!

Personally, I will miss my friend. Out of respect for Paul, I will now make an effort to repair the few damaged relationships I have in the Philadelphia basketball community. Because, that’s what Paul Gripper would have done.

 

Sam Sessoms Commits to Pat Chambers and the Nittany Lions!

The Philly to State College basketball pipeline was established in 2011. Pat Chambers decided to leave Boston University and take on the tremendous challenge of breathing life into the basketball program at Penn State University. Along with Alabama, Texas and USC, Penn State is one of the premier “football” schools in American.

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Basketball in State College was thought of as something to occupy the space between the Bowl Game in January and the start of Spring football. How would Chambers eek out some space for his program in the mind of the Happy Valley faithful? How would he establish an identity for his program?

Born into the Philadelphia basketball culture, Chambers decided to bet heavily on what he knows. A Philly guard himself, Chambers placed his fate and that of the Penn State program in capable hands of Philly guards. He had an affinity for the guys that endured trials and tribulations. His first recruit, Devonte “DJay” Newbill, was unceremoniously dumped by that scalawag Buzz Williams after committing to Marquette. After enduring a year playing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Newbill agreed to join Chambers at Penn State.

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Newbill would go on to have a wonderful career. He finished with 2105 points, 681 rebounds and 340 assists. Moreover, and more importantly, he paved the way for future Nittany Lions from the 215. John Johnson transferred from Pitt, Shep Garner was a 4-year starter out of Roman Catholic. Big Mike Watkins from MCS joined the squad. Nazeer Bostic, Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr joined the program all at once. John Harrar put down the football pads and decided play a little power forward in the Big 10. Izaiah Brockington left St. Bonaventure and became a key member of the Nittany Lion club that was ranked as high as #9 this past season.

Well… here we go again… another Philly guard that has been through some real ups and downs has decided to join Chambers and the Nittany Lions. Twenty-four months ago, Sam Sessoms had exactly one (1) scholarship offer from Binghamton. In two All-League seasons, Sessoms put up 1151 points, 254 rebounds and 253 assists.

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Desirous of an opportunity to compete at the highest level, Sessoms has decided to join a Nittany Lion club that was ranked in the top 25 most of the last season. He will redshirt a year have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

When asked why he chose Penn State over Rutgers, Wichita State, Marquette, Clemson and 50 other suitors, Sessoms said “It’s a great school, degree from Penn State will be huge for a boy from the Bottom section of West Philly. And, the Penn State alumni family is huge, I look forward to becoming a part of the network. As far as basketball is concerned, I think it’s a nice fit. I can see myself growing as a player and person under Coach Chambers and the coaching staff. Most importantly after basketball, a degree from Penn state would be good for me for the rest of my life.”

One of the most entertaining and competitive players in college basketball, Sessoms will provide Chambers with yet another Philly guard with a chip on his shoulder. Expectations will be high and Sessoms will exceed them.

Welcome home to the City 7 Sam Sessoms!

 

Get in Front of College Coaches. Get Your NCP Scouting Report Today!

We are currently experiencing a health crisis unlike anything we have ever seen before. Virtually all colleges and high schools across the nation have shut down and eliminated all direct instruction and shifted to online delivery of educational services.  As a result, athletic competition at both the collegiate and scholastic levels has come to a screeching halt. No NCAA tournaments or state HS championships for winter sports like basketball. Moreover, and perhaps more importantly, the recruiting process has been drastically altered.  Many rising high school seniors, unsigned seniors and 5th year prep prospects find themselves in the worst imaginable situation.

Thousands of boys and girls across the nation were expecting to play in AAU/grassroots Live Period events in front of college coaches in April. They were prepared to take unofficial visits to campuses far and wide in hopes of landing coveted athletic scholarships. They expected to see scores of college coaches coming through “open gyms” to evaluate them and their teammates. None of this is happening. For the first time ever, the college recruitment process has been drastically altered midstream by external and unforeseen forces.

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It has to be tough for kids to see their peers accepting scholarships and committing to play in college. Well-known and established Division 1 prospects that have been on the radar screen for a while continue to receive offers, calls and texts. College coaches are even conducting virtual unofficial and in-home visits for the top prospects on their lists.

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But, what about the late bloomers? What about the kids that were depending on the April “Live Periods” and “High School Live Periods” to demonstrate what they could do?

For years, Black Cager Sports Media has facilitated communication between elite basketball prospects and Division 1 college coaches. We have entered into an agreement with National College Preps (NCP) to distribute NCP 2K Men’s Basketball Scouting Reports to Men’s and Women’s College Coaching staff across the country.

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NCP 2K Scouting Report
The NCP 2K Scouting report puts student-athletes and parents in the driver’s seat. They have full access to the information that is in their recruiting profile. Additionally, The NCP 2K Scouting Report allows them the freedom to share their report with the schools of their choosing with the NCP branding that captures the attention of college coaches.

Over the past seven years, Black Cager Sports Media has established solid relationships with college basketball coaches across the country. Black Cager Sports Media will contact and forward your NCP 2K Scouting Report to five (5) colleges recommended by NCP proprietary software program.

 

Contact:

Delgreco Wilson

http://www.nationalcollgepreps.com

800.424.6753, ext. 702

 

 

 

Top Unsigned Seniors (2020) in Southeastern PA

by Amauro Austin

The Best

*Lynn Greer III, Kai Champion & Jackson Piotrowski have all noted that they plan to attend prep school in the fall..

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Tyreese Watson 6-4 175 PG Bonner-Prendie — most improved player in the state, checks all the point guard boxes, size, IQ, athleticism, ect.. Elite defender.. (Mid Major)

Robert Smith 6-1 180 2G/PG Bishop McDevitt — True definition of tricky lefty, Plays downhill, hardnosed, sturdy frame, dogged defender.. (Low to Mid)

Erik Timko 6-4 180 2G Methacton — Classic late bloomer, Premier 3-point shooter in the area, 73 made 3-point baskets, underrated off the bounce.. Still improving.. (Low to Mid)

Gediminas Mokseckas 6-4 185 2G/SF Archbishop Ryan — Eastern Euro import is an athletic 3-point shooter, led team to CL Semis & State Quarters without team’s top scorer, great grades.. (Low Major)

Andrew King 6-7 225 Str4 Downingtown East — Big, Mobile forward, 4-year starter, Drains 3s and puts it on the floor, best days ahead.. (High D2 to Low 1)

Trevor Wall 6-1 170 1G St Joseph’s Prep — Crafty lead guard, heady veteran.. (High D2 to Low 1)

Isaac “Zeke” Marshall 6-3 175 2G/SF ANC — unorthodox, plays for keeps, loves defense, sticks open jumpers, Winner/Warrior.. (High D2)

Yasir Stover 5-11 165 2G Simon Gratz — Pub Player of the Year, Sugar sweet jump shooter, plays within himself, efficient, great without the ball, High IQ, defends.. (High D2)

David Robinson 6-8 220 C Springside-Chestnut Hill — Rim Runner, Loves to rebound, beats other bigs up and down the floor, protects the paint.. (High D2 to Low 1)

Manir Waller 6-3 175 2G Abington — SLEEPER! Many skills, confident, scores from.all 3 levels, Could be the next Abington college star.. (High D2)

Jeremiah Alexander 6-4 190 SF Bensalem — Best athlete I’ve seen all season and plays with his pants on fire, best basketball is ahead.. Humble & Hungry.. D1/D2 qualified.. (High D2)

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Amauro Austin

Other Scholarship Level Talent

Shaquil Bender 6-2 2G Lincoln
Ross Carter 6-5 SF Simon Gratz
Sean Emfinger 6-4 2G-SF Cheltenham
Champ Hammonds 6-1 2G Constitution
Ahmir Harris 6-0 PG Bishop McDevitt
D’Maio Massey 6-5 SF John Bartram
Siddiq McNair 6-0 1G Olney Charter
Semaj Oliver 6-6 SF M.L. King
Caelen Peters 6-2 2G/PG Plymouth Whitemarsh
Tym Richardson 6-4 2G West Chester East
Donovan Rodriguez 6-1 2G Bonner-Prendie
Kam Roundtree 6-6 Str4 Imhotep
Duane Satchel 6-9 C Simon Gratz
Akeem Taylor 6-4 SF Chester
Naadir Woods 6-8 C MCS Charter

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Lynn Greer, III

Small College Stalwarts

Izayiah Adams 6-5 SF-PF Frankford
Kasiem Andrews 6-5 PF Dobbins Tech
Jarik Baker 6-5 SF Frankford
Nymier Brooks 6-7 C Sankofa
Zahmir Carroll 6-5 PF Chester
Jalen Cassidy 6-1 2G Academy Park
Aaron Dixon 6-5 SF Southern
Conner Eagan 6-2 2G Bonner-Prendie
Darius Ellis 6-7 C Dock Mennonite
Kyyon Gordon 6-4 SF Simon Gratz
Eddie Harris 5-8 PG Simon Gratz
Delonce Hines 5-10 PG Springside-Chestnut Hill
Tyler Howard 6-9 C Chester Charter
Tajmir Hunt 5-7 1G M.L. King
Oluwdara Idowu 6-9 C Lincoln
Christian Isopi 6-6 C Archbishop Ryan
Tvon Jones 6-4 SF/PF MCS Charter
Markus Lowry 6-1 2G Harriton
Drew McKeon 6-2 2G Pope John Paul II
Shamir Mosley 6-2 2G Bishop McDevitt
David Pope 6-6 SF Cheltenham
Johnathan Proctor 6-4 SF Coatesville
Yasir Rowel 5-7 1G Simon Gratz
Brandon Scott 6-2 2G/SF Cheltenham
James Simples 6-4 G/F Lower Merion
Kyier Smith 6-0 1G George Washington
Acquil Stewart 5-6 PG Girard College
Jake Timby 5-11 2G La Salle College High
Shymar Wiggins 6-6 PF Southern
Sam Wylie 5-11 2G/PG Imhotep

Jamir Watkins: Basketball Spotlight NJ Player of the Year

After heavy thinking and evaluating. Basketball Spotlight has determined that the Mike Melton 2020 NJ State Player of the Year is Jamir Watkins from Trenton Catholic Academy and here’s why.

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In a year which we have no McDonalds All American, TOC winner or State Champions factor in. I had to look at what I saw on the floor. When I saw Watkins face the Top 3 teams (Camden, Roselle Catholic and Patrick School) in the state he was undeniably “THE BEST PLAYER” on the floor even in defeat. Secondly, if you switched him with any other player in consideration their team would become better while TCA would actually lose more games. Finally, no other player dominated in the way he did. He handle the rock, scored from all three levels and played about the rim better than anyone else. Some might not agree but hes my pick! Jamir Watkins was the best player in the State of NJ!

Interview With Delgreco K. Wilson, Newly Appointed National Director of Basketball Scouting

Delgreco K. Wilson recently joined National College Preps (NCP) as the National Director of Basketball Scouting. We sat down with Mr. Wilson to discuss his thoughts as he begins his work with NCP.

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NCP: You’ve had a scouting service and recruiting platform for over 5 years and it’s been very well received, why did you decide to join the NCP team?

DKW: I think it was primarily because I’ve had some success that I’ve decided to join NCP. Over the years, I’ve worked with young men like Jameer Nelson (Chester HS/St. Joseph’s/NBA), Dionte Christmas (Lutheran Prep/Temple/NBA), Samme Givens (ANC/Drexel/FIBA), Delonte West (Elanor Roosevelt/St. Joseph’s/NBA), Markeiff Morris (Prep Charter/Kansas/NBA), Marcus Morris (Prep Charter/Kansas/NBA), Dion Waiters (Life Center Academy/Syracuse/NBA), Derick Jones (Archbishop Carroll/UNLV/NBA), Savon Goodman (Constitution HS/Arizon St/FIBA), Austin Tilghman (Archbishop Carroll/Monmouth/FIBA), Langston Galloway (Christian Life Academy/St. Joseph’s/NBA) and Charlie Brown (George Washington HS/St. Joseph’s/NBA) as they transitioned from high school to college. In addition to those Philadelphia area kids, I’ve built strong relationships with Omhar Carter (Mississippi Basketball Association) in Mississippi, Ron Bailey in Washington, DC (HoyaReport), Tony Chiles in New York City (Bishop Loughlin), Jimmy Salmon and Marcus Toney-El in North Jersey (Immaculate Conception/NJ Playaz) as well as Rod Harrison (Mt. Zion Prep), Julian Brown (Team Melo) and Nick Myles (St. Frances Academy) in Baltimore, Maryland.

The simple truth is Black Cager Scouting Service was a small boutique firm and it really only focused on a select group of male elite mid to high major Men’s Basketball prospects. I want to serve far more student-athletes than was possible through Black Cager Scouting Service.

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Delgreco K. Wilson and Traci Carter, Hartford University Senior PG

NCP: What was it about NCP that led you to join forces with them?

DKW: First and foremost, it was the leadership team. Greg Hood and Christian Lockhart have done an excellent job establishing NCP as the pre-eminent Black-owned college recruiting platform in America. These brothers are Clemson alums. Greg was running back for the Tigers. They have worked hard to position NCP as one of the top football recruiting platforms in the country. NCP’s reputation is outstanding among SEC, Big 10, ACC and other D1 football programs. Moreover and more importantly, they have developed and refined an outstanding computer-based scouting system. Their state of the art software will allow me to quickly share more information on more student-athletes than I ever could have through the Black Cager Scouting Service. Whereas, I have had to limit the number of prospects I could scout in the past, that is no longer the case.

In fact, I really look forward to working with low Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and NAIA programs to match them up with qualified prospects. Additionally, we are really excited to give the girls as much attention as we give the boys.

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Delgreco K. Wilson and JaQuan Newton, University of Miami alum

NCP: You’ve never worked with the girls?

DKW: Yes, I have… But it’s always been limited. Again, as a boutique firm, I kinda focused on elite players. For example, a few of my favorite girls were Ashley Rosario (nee Louge), Alliya Butts, Nelli Perry, Aja Ellison and Tamyra “Mookie” Laws. Ashley Rosario was named Most Valuable Player for the Saint Joseph’s University Women’s Basketball team in 2010. She was one of the top post players in the Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big 5 during her career. Alliya Butts finished her career at Temple with 1,936 points, 420 assists, 292 threes, and 280 steals. She ranks second all-time at Temple in points. Alliya owns the all-time career records for threes and steals. She finished her career ranked fourth in assists. Alliya is the only player in Temple women’s basketball to be named All-Conference four times and is just the second player in Temple history to be named to four All-Big 5 teams. Nelly Perry scored over 1,000 points over a career that started at Clemson and ended at South Carolina. Nelly finished high school career with 2,091 points to become her school’s all-time leading scorer and the 24th player in South Jersey to score 2,000 points.

Aja Ellison played 3 seasons at Maryland and finished her collegiate career at Texas A&M where she set season career-highs for minutes played, points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage. Tamyra is one my favorites. She a gritty tough girl from “Norf” Philly. A 5’8” guard her toughness was on full display when while playing for Frederick (Md.) Community College, pulled down 42 rebounds in a game against Howard CC. That season she averaged 21.9 points and 18.8 rebounds per game. She would finish her college career at Immaculata.

So yes… I’ve worked with girls, but not enough of them. There are so many girls that need the push that a good scouting service can provide.

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Delgreco K. Wilson and Tazir Cantey, ’21 D1 Prospect from Lindewold HS (NJ)

NCP: Can you name a few girls that college coaches should be paying attention to right now?

DKW: Because (South Carolina Women’s Head Coach) Dawn Staley is a good friend of mine, I always make mental notes when I see girls that can play at the highest level. I make sure to pass the names off to Dawn whenever we talk. A few of the high level girls I have noticed recently are Hannah Hidalgo a freshman guard from Paul VI HS (NJ), Cire Worley a freshman guard from Abington HS (PA), Ava Sciolla a sophomore guard from Pennsbury HS (PA) and Destiney McPhaul a junior guard from West Catholic Prep HS (PA). These girls are all destined to play Division 1 basketball. If we can work with the families to give them the exposure and push that gets them where they want to be, my objectives will be more than satisfied.

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Delgreco K. Wilson and Malik Hines, McNeese State (LA) Alum

NCP: When can we expect to see you out and about representing NCP?

DKW: I told Greg and Christian, I’m gonna start right away. While we deal with this horrific coronavirus situation, I can’t go watch live basketball. But, I am developing the NCP basketball prospect database. I am taking calls from college coaches, high school players and parents. We are reviewing films. We are making referrals and establishing connections.

More than ever before, I’ve been in touch with my friends that coach at the small college level. These guys are always looking for good players and they work at some strong programs. I stay in touch with guys like Gerald Holmes, Bloomfield College, Dan Burke, Wilmington University, Tim McDonald, Cabrini University, Damien Blair, West Chester University, Alfred Johnson, Elizabeth City University, Brian Gorman, Becker College (MA) and Jim Rullo, Neumann University. More than ever before, I’ll be able to help them identify good small college players.

NCP: We are excited to have come aboard our team and we look forward to helping a lot of kids transition from high school to college.

DKW: We will be the number 1 and the dominant Basketball Recruiting Service in the mid-Atlantic region by this time next year.

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Delgreco K. Wilson and Dimencio Vaughn, Rider University, Junior Forward

Basketball Spotlight’s New Jersey All-State Team 2020

Trenton, NJ – March 20, 2020: Mike Melton, Founder and Director of Basketball Spotlight, the nation’s leading Middle School age basketball organization announced the members of the Basketball Spotlight All-State team for 2020.

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Jamir Watkins, Trenton Catholic (VCU commit)

1st Team
Lance Ware (Camden)
DJ Wagner (Camden)
Jamir Watkins (Trenton Catholic)
Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep)
CJ Wilcher (Roselle Catholic

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Taj Thweatt, Wildwood Catholic (West Virginia commit)

2nd Team
Taj Thweat (Wildwood Catholic)
Jayden Pierre (Elizabeth)
Will Richardson (Bergen Catholic)
Ben Roy (Manasquan)
Cliff Omoruyi (Roselle Catholic)

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Taquan Woodley, Camden (undecided)

3rd Team
DJ Woodbury (Burlington City)
Adama Danago (Patrick School)
Taquan Woodley (Camden)
Alex Galvan (Manasquan)
Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep)

 

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