November 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm #8145
Thought I would start a thread for each of the incoming recruits to track their senior year’s of high schools. I’ll kick it off with Austin and a brief article about his signing with LU.November 27, 2012 at 1:57 am #8156
Really interested in seeing what kind of year AP has. He had a big summer by all reports, and is now the guy for DCDS. Should be a stellar senior campaign for AP.December 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm #8230
DCDS preview from MLive:
Detroit Country Day
In could be another banner year for coach Kurt Keener and the Country Day boys basketball team this season – state championship banner year, that is. Once again, Country Day has that uniquely balanced diversity in its roster that makes it capable of outmatching anyone. Graduating just four players from the team that went to the Class B semifinals last year, Country Day is stacked once again. With all-round force in senior Austin Price (Lehigh) leading the cast, also expect big things from junior Mory Diane who has a great trigger from beyond the arc. Also, 6-foot-6, 280-pound Poet Thomas will be the man under center after seeing a lot of starting time last year.December 5, 2012 at 3:13 am #8314
Price with a nice start, 23 or 25 points depending on different reports tonight.December 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm #8392January 13, 2013 at 12:30 am #8879
I’m trying to be optimistic here but if this was supposed to be Austin Price’s breakout season, I’m not that impressed.
Some have surprised though..let’s hope.January 13, 2013 at 2:35 am #8883
Hear you TMH, but not as worried about #’s. AP is on a good team, with two other good guards. Sumner kid is getting BCS like looks, and AP is glue and leader of team, sacrificing some numbers probably as team I think is either undefeated still or maybe just one loss. I’d have hoped for more #’s, but end of day, his hschool stats are meaningless..I remember prentice small just tore the S**T out of LI his senior season, his numbers was just insane and I got excited about him and he never really blew the roof off the door obviously….January 13, 2013 at 2:56 am #8886
I understand 00 but his lack of offensive #s is not due to lack of shots. He took 13 3s in 1 game 11 in another. He simply doesn’t seem to shoot well and we will definitely be looking for coring options next year.
I remain optimistic.January 13, 2013 at 3:07 am #8888
I hear you, but think of it this way. The 5 guards on the floor today are all back next year, unless BJ bolts which I expect he will. Just saying, as much as I love AP and am high on him, we’ll be okay if he needs some time. I think he can be instant impact, but if he isn’t, we got enough in the stables to be effective. S**T, if Kempton keeps growing and improving and Goldy does the same, with JC back and Whitfield recovered we could have an interesting front court full of potential match-up problems for teams! Haha, that’d be something!January 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm #8897
I too would like to see AP shooting a higher percentage from 3 and in general in his senior year, but I’m not too concerned yet. As hoops mentioned, he has at least 2 other D1 guards on his team. Also, the sample size so far this season is pretty small, although AP has definitely had some ugly shooting nights.
Lastly, last summer in the elite EYBL summer series he shot 42-130 (40%) from 3 against the best high school competition in the country. He absolutely needs to work on finished aroudn the basket, as his 2 pt % was lower than his 3 pt %, but the kid can definitely shoot it.
Hopefully he turns it around a little the rest of the season, and also bulks up to finish better around the rim by the time he arrives in Bethlehem, but all in all I’m still very high on AP.January 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm #8899
It is such a crap shoot with recruiting at this level. Going into this year, I thought DC would be a stud, JC would be very solid, and JG would be a project big man that hopefully helped us late in his career. In reality, we have gotten nothing from DC, and post ACL, who knows what we get, JC hasn’t suited up, and JG will be the biggest contributor this season and has supplanted CB as the first big off the bench. So, hard to project. I worry about AP, as I am not sure he does anything really well. His summary is that he does everything pretty well and is a leader/glue guy, but hard to project that going forward. If he is simply a shooter, I can’t see him making a big impact next year, as he will be buried behind a lot of guys (CS, SC, AD, BB). I was very high on SW, as I liked what he showed against major high school talent. But, now he is off injury as well. At this point, it looks like TK should make the biggest impact. If he is not our starting 5 next year, I will be a bit disappointed. Although, at this point, you might have to pencil in JG at the 5 next year, although he may be better suited as an energy big off the bench. JC, is an enigma at this point, not sure what he will be. Big body, but can he bang or is he content to shoot it from the outside? I still like him for next season. The frontcourt is wide open next season for sure. The backcourt is pretty set, in my opinion, as you are going to get MM at the point or off ball, and he is going to be paired with CS or AD, unless BB in the mix.January 15, 2013 at 2:35 am #8903
We will learn a lot about our backcourt over the next 2 months. My concern was other than MM, there did seem to be an impact scorer on the roster for next year. Kempton may be that guy but as 90 says its a crapshoot. We recruited one guard in this year’s freshman class. He obviously needed some work to break into the lineup and he will get a lot of it during the offseason. There is only one guard in the recruiting class this year too and I am not seeing an impact scorer there yet…but it’s early. Outside of possibly Kempton, I’m not seeing an abundance of points from our bigs..but then again, that is why we play the game.January 15, 2013 at 5:30 am #8904
The way I am looking at next year is we have a known commodity in our back court, whether AP breaks right or not, we know what we have in the following guys who are all definitely returning next year: MM, CS, AD, and SC. We know what we have there, and those 4 alone are a top half PL Backcourt next year. If you throw in BJ, who is a 70/30 no/go in my opinion, you have a really good backcourt in the PL. DC still a wild card, but if he tore his ACL, odds he is ready to play before second semester next year are low, and when he does come back he won’t be ahead of any guard on the team, so he’ll be buried again. So, assuming nothing from BJ and DC, and AP as a wildcard, we can win some ball games with the guards we got next year.
To me, what is fascinating, is the frontcourt potential. It is going to be quite versatile, I think(again crapshoot). Another thing about that frontcourt, while it will be “young” in terms of what class everyone is in, it is not “young” in terms of age. Whitfield is a PG this year, in fact, he just turned 19 a few days ago, so he’ll play half his frosh year as a 20 year old. Also, from what I hear it is broken fibula, still no confirm on ligaments or not, but if its just fibula, he’ll be ready for preseason camp. JC, turns 20 in about 8 weeks, so he is old for his class as well. Obviously CB will be a JR, JG a true soph, and TK a true frosh. What excites me though is the potential versatility. I think JC can slide into the HG role, being perhaps a better rebounder but maybe a step down on the jump shooting ability. I think he is more athletic then HG from what I see, and perhaps has ability to guard the bigger 4’s better then HG cause of his 7’3 wingspan. I’m high on JC, but again, crapshoot. I think he has a versatile game in that he can get up and down in transistion and finish above the rim, while hitting an open jumper as well. SW, from what I have read, does a bit of everything, I envision more of a slasher/go to work with the ball in his hands and break down a big while attacking the rim..he and JC both have pretty broad frames, and good bodies for PL….both should be solid PL athletes. I think the jury is still out on JG, but man if we see more of what we saw vs HC, we got a nice little rebounding machine, a guy who gets 8 points a game and who the coach runs zero plays for, but cleans up the mess and gets his own on put backs….JG is so quick and long, and a really good athlete, his development is huge for the program, he could be really good by time he is down at LU. Then you got TK, son of a NBA player, still growing and filling out, but taller then GK and 227 lbs already. Labeled by espn as a good spot up shooter, will be interesting to see how he handles big boys down low and physicality of college game. Going into next year clearly we would need 2 of the SW, TK, JC trifecta to go right, and if 2 of the 3 go REALLY right, we should be in contention next year…Let’s say JC is immediate 10 ppg/5 rbg guy/25 mpg guy, that will be huge. Then hope you get something out of TK, in particular, and you got a pretty decent frontcourt. Tell you what, with JG, JC, and SW we’ll be pretty freeking athletic…will be fun, but next year is next year, and we got business to handle this year..I ain’t conceding sh*t to Bucknell, no one go off and crown their a** right now…January 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm #8907
The guy who I wonder about next year is SC. He obviously is the best pure scoring wing coming back next season. That jump shot is pure. I would like to see more game off the dribble, but he can stroke it. Yet, I am not comfortable penciling him in as my starting 3, although I probably should be. I would like my 3 to be a little more athletic, somebody who can comfortably guard fairly quick guys on the perimeter, but at the same time not get posted up and dominated on the box. And, he should be able to rebound a bit. SC gives us scoring, but can he defend well enough to start and can he rebound well enough to get the starting nod at the 3?January 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm #8909
I just saw some 2013 video on Price playing for DCDS. Boy, he is really small and slight. He is mostly shooting the 3 in the videos (made baskets), with a few drives to the rim. Unless this guy grows in both directions, he is going to have real trouble attacking the rim in college. He has a PG frame for sure. Doesn’t like overly quick either, not much of a burst off the dribble. I think he is my #3 recruit in this class.
I think we need to find another player in 2013 for sure. We seem awfully short on the scholarship front. MM, AD, CS, SC, CB, JG, JC, DC plus only 3 coming in. Only 11 for next season? Plus 2 coming off injury, one, DC, a major injury. Could we really start next season with 10 scholarship athletes?
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