February 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm #9627
Looks like Cole Renninger committed to join the program last week, although unclear if he is going to be a preferred walk-on or a scholarship guy. He is a PG, which we know the staff has been after, and he visited during the home loss to Bucknell. Hopefully the situation clarifies in the next couple days. He is also a football player, but his twitter mentions coming to Lehigh to study biology and play hoops with no mention of football. Some links below with more info. He plays for Central Mountain high school which is AAAA (Pennsylvania’s largest classification).
His twitter page with comments about Lehigh and committing – https://twitter.com/coler24 (look at February 22nd)
MaxPreps page where it appears he is averaging 27 points, albeit against mediocre competition – http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/DZuCDI7U6Emtq_HxzKlxPg/basketball-winter-12-13/stat_comparison-cole-renninger.htm
He might not be as sexy a pick-up as Miles Simelton or D’Andre Johnson who had a number of other offers, but we don’t even have confirmation he is a scholarship player. And those numbers are impressive, no matter who you are playing against. The video is a little grainy, but shows a nice stroke and solid athleticism. As I said, hopefully more info emerges in the next few days.February 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm #9631February 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm #9634
Great info Bum. He looks pretty solid in the video. Looks like a very gritty, smart player, excellent vision and passing. Good handle, can pull up off dribble and has range to deep three point area. Quick release on jumper, and plays in the passing lanes on D. He put up some gaudy numbers in high school. Competition may not be the best (he is one of the biggest players in the video at 6’2″), but 2,000 points is a lot of scoring. I like that he is a 54% shooter, 60% on 2s and around 40% on 3s. What is a little worrisome is the 52% from the line. For a PG, that is an area of concern. I question whether he has the quicks or handle to play D1 PG. Maybe he is a combo guy. If he is truly the best player in Central Pennsylvania, and has those numbers, I would think he is on scholarship. His team lost that game that was previewed in the link. He scored 19 in a double OT loss.February 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm #9635
Hard to gauge. Reminds me of AD a bit. Guess he could be a pretty solid sub. eventually.February 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm #9636
For those into combine results. Cole was at the Tirple Threat Prep Hoops Camp.
He had the fastest 3/4 court time of 3.22 seconds and was also the best at a multi-stage hurdle event clearing all 31 hurdles.
Again no indication on how good the competition was.March 1, 2013 at 2:55 am #9641
Wow, interesting, glad we’re bringing in someone, but certainly would like clarification if it is schollie or not. If Duquesne was sniffing then it probably is a scholarship player, weird we heard nothing of him ever and there isn’t a ton out there minus that video mostly from 2009 and 2010. I know nothing about his league from a competition standpoint, so those numbers might not be a great indicator of future success.
Good article below from last spring, talking about ball distribution/passing abilities, so maybe he can play the 1 at this level. Truly a mystery and hopefully this is a guy we get lucky with, looked good in video but all these guys look good in these videos! One of his tweets said he was looking at creigton but they went with a juco so he was fired up to play them now that they didn’t bring him in. Interesting. DOnt see him mentioned on creighton or duquesne boards, so he really appears under the radar, which if his stats are so insane seems weird.March 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm #9644
For me this raises two primary questions:
1) Is Renninger on scholarship? (which would essentially mean our recruiting for the class of 2013 was finished)
2) Who else was recruiting Renninger and did he have any other offers?
Hoops, what do you think of proposing an interview with Chris Masse (see below) who is the journalist from Williamsport who has been tweeting about Renninger? Maybe use your LHN platform for a quick email exchange? Perhaps we could get more info on the above questions.
Renninger finished with 19 points. should receive serious all-state consideration. huge year and lehigh recruit #piaaMarch 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm #9647
It has been my view that most college recruiting is done on the AAU circuit today. I’ve seen a lot of situations over the last few years where very talented ballplayers somehow fly under the radar when they are not involved in high powered AAU programs. This may or may not be the case here. Do we have any indication of where he played AAU ball if at all?
When I talked to Coach a month ago, he said he had a scholarship open and was looking for another CJ (with a big grin). I interpreted it a scorer, something that may be in short supply next year. I very well be wrong.
If BJ decides to leave after this year, does that open up yet another scholarship? The roster seems to indicate that.March 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm #9648
BJ, according to reports, not on scholarship, so he doesn’t seem to factor. On Renninger, I agree that if he had an A-10 school interested (Duquesne) and perhaps Creighton, scored 2,000 points, and was “the best player in Central PA”, he would be on scholarship. Although, with CG graduating, you would have a walk-on spot open as well. I would think Lehigh would have a press release, however, if another scholarship athlete was added to the incoming class. This kid did play 4A basketball, and Central PA, although not full of urban areas, is a big geographic area. I don’t really know the strength of PA high school basketball outside of the Philly area. I feel better about 4A PA than a kid from a tiny Christian Academy in some remote outpost playing at the smallest state level (that is not a basketball superpower). He is in Bucknell’s backyard, and no indication they ever were looking at him, so that is not a great sign. But, they have 3 PGs on their roster, all back next season and are bringing in Azzinaro. So, he would not fit a need for them.
Kid looks to have been a pretty solid football player, so maybe being a 2 sport athlete, he was not as active in offseason basketball. You can never have too many ball handlers, as we saw at VCU. Next year, you could see Renninger, MM and CS finding time on the wing, as all 3 can shoot it pretty well from 3. I would say he looks more athletic than AD, CS, and SC, but not as athletic as MM.March 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm #9649
I can see BJ not getting a scholarship last season but with one to give this season why would they not elect to give it to him?
I see Baltimore, Carter, Chuku, Stefan C.D’Orazio,Goldborough McKnight, Schaefer returning plus 4 recruits. That only makes 12. I’m fairly sure but not positive that Reed has the full arsenal of 13 scholarships available.March 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm #9650
Even if LU does have the full complement of 13 scholarships, I don’t see the staff bringing in 5 freshman in a year, as it would throw off the balance of the classes for years to come. I agree that there is a solid chance that Renninger is on schollie, I’m just waiting for some sort of confirmation. It is odd that he is literally nowhere on the recruiting sites with even a token profile, and there numerous local articles and game reports featuring Renninger never name any schools recruiting him. A few years back LU brought in the best player in the Lehigh Valley, Brian Hunter (from Emmaus, also 4A), as a preferred walk-on. He lasted a year at Lehigh before he transferred to Desales where he was an all-region player at the D3 level. This situation somewhat reminds me of the Hunter situation, although Hunter did not average anywhere near 2k points. I find the Creighton interest a little hard to believe, and the Duquesne interest was just a single mention – that could mean a letter, a phone call, an offer to walk on, we really have no idea.
I did find one mention of AAU, where it sounds like he played on a team coached by a former Penn State player that included a number of kids from State College. Doesn’t sound like a big-time AAU team and there.
Renninger and multiple Little Lions play together on an AAU team coached by former Penn State standout Glenn Sekunda.
Read more here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:r1-HxXa8aqwJ:www.centredaily.com/2012/02/25/3103127/little-lions-bank-on-swarming.html+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us#storylink=cpy
When I searched for Glenn Sekunda, it looked like he was involved with the NJ Roadrunners AAU program, but I could find no mention of Renninger on their website or in any game write ups.
Hopefully there are some newspaper articles coming down the pipeline that would shed some light on this. Any maybe Hoops can get us an early scoop!March 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm #9651
I grew up in Central Pa.’s Susquehanna Valley (Milton) and can attest to it’s historic lack of quality h.s. basketball. The only great college player ever, to my knowlege, to come out of that area is Tom McMillen (Mansfield-Maryland-NBA-Congress). Williamsport is the only semi-urban area that is competitive state wide. The Millionairs as they are called, are ranked state wide this year and beat Central Mountain (non-league game) by 20. Renninger had 20. Central Mountain did play two other bigger schools (Altoona & State College) with mixed results. The rest of the schedule is against AA & AAA competition in a very dead basketball region.March 2, 2013 at 1:35 am #9652
SBum, no promises, but we’ve sent some questions over to Chris Masse regarding Cole, hopefully he can shed some light for us on Cole.
I am really intrigued at this, this still seems to be rather mysterious given lack of coverage and late signing….will be interesting to see how this plays out, hopefully we got a steal.
My only hunch is that perhaps he was signaling football only at the next level so he never did big aau circuit and hoops teams didn’t really pursue him cause they thought it was a done deal that he’d do football at the next level, and perhaps in last 12-18 months his hoops game took off and he realized that should be his focus….regarding duquesne and creighton, who knows if offerse were really made, or if it was just the typical interest/calls/letters.
Hopefully more to come..March 3, 2013 at 1:37 am #9664
Billy Owens and Jeff Lebo came out of Carlisle and both were great college players at major programs, Cuse and UNC. Owens had decent pro career and I think was third overall pick. So, Central PA has produced some players.March 3, 2013 at 6:33 am #9671
Don’t know if this means anything but it was between Lehigh, Duquesne and Penn State
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