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Nice analysis. Two additional players, plus a comment:

1. Holy Cross also signed Chris Morgan, a 6’6″ (maybe 6’7″) forward from the Norfolk area of VA. Plays for a terrible team in a good league. Seems like he has a suspect outside shot but is good in the paint. When he committed in June of last year, it appears that HC was the first school to give him an offer.

2. AU also signed 6-4 SG Billy Dooley from Chestnut Hill (PA) Academy. Supposedly had offers from Colgate and Monmouth. Dooley is a good 3-point shooter and supposedly well-schooled by his Dad, who used to be Richmond’s head coach, but he is not a high-ranked player. Could easily help AU as a 3-point sniper. Dooley missed the latter part of the season with an injury.

AU also has offers out to several different PG’s. I expect them to sign one of them in the spring signing period and maybe also a forward. It appears they have five available scholarships for this year.

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3. AU’s Reed had offers at one point during his true H.S. senior year from Robert Morris and St. Francis (PA) but they were pulled when they got commitments from other players.

4. Link to the NERR rankings of New England players referenced above. In addition to the BU, LU, and HC signees, there is also an LC center on the list:

5. I think your evaluation of the Bucknell players is accurate. Two of the three committed by Christmas of their junior year and the third (Hoffman) by March of his junior year, so I hope the BU coaching staff evaluated them accurately. I’d hate to sign up average PL players that early in the game.

Hoffman, btw, had an offer from LaSalle midway through his junior year. The way he has played this year, he might have received a lot of A-10 offers and perhaps some from higher programs. Hoffman had 24 points and 12 rebounds against Mater Dei, then ranked #7 in the U.S., and he also went for 22 and 10 against another nationally ranked team. Numbers like that against strong opposition make me optimistic about him. OTOH, I’m not sold on Frazier – although I have not seen him in person. All I know is that his shooting pct, including shots from beyond the arc, is mediocre at best. Hopefully he knows how to run a team and is quick enough to stay in front of small, fast opposition PG’s.