August 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm #567
Time to reacquaint ourselves with four young men and take a look at what Coach Reed and ESPN-U Basketball Recruiting (where available) has to say about each. Additionally, you’ll find a brief look at their high school record. This may be, as Bison137 says (gotta respect his views), the best incoming class in the PL.
C. J. MCCOLLUM
http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiti … Id%3d66908
Coach Reed: C.J.McCollum is a 6-1 point guard who attends Glen Oak High School in Ohio. He exploded onto the scene last year as a junior, pumping in 54 points during the season opener versus North High School in Akron. A very accurate shooter, McCollum averaged 25.1 points per game last season and earned Division I Third Team All-State recognition. “C.J. is a smooth and fluid guard who not only possesses the ability to score the basketball but also has solid court vision and passing ability,” Reed said. “He has demonstrated a strong offensive weapon due to his shooting ability but we also expect him to make other teammates better due to his play making skills.”
In High School: two-time First-Team All-Federal League, All-District IV and All-County selection … Federal League, District IV and Stark County Player of the Year … First-Team All-Ohio selection … Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year … leading scorer in school history with 1,405 career points … holds the school and county record for most points in a game with 54 … averaged 29.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a senior … member of DECA, BLAST and E-commerce
Santa Clarita, CA
http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiti … Id%3d57145
In High School: Academic All-American Classic participant … Double Pump West Coast All-Star camp 2: Top-20 Junior Team … helped lead Northfield Mount Hermon Prep to an 18-10 record and top-ten ranking in the country both years of attendance … member of Dean’s List and Honor Roll each semester … Scholar-Athlete each year … Congressional Commendation for athletic/academic performance as a junior … named Student Leader/Resident Advisor at Northfield Mount Hermon … member of the Key Club
http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiti … Id%3d66564
Coach Reed: A 6-8 post player from Waukee Community High School in Iowa, Gabe Knutson averaged 19.8 points per game as well as 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a junior. He also averaged nearly seven free throw attempts per game. A Second Team All-State selection, Knutson led Waukee Community HS to a record of 19-5 and a berth in the state tournament quarterfinals during the 2007-08 season. Knutson is a hard worker who is a matchup problem for opposing defenses with his ability to play both inside and outside. Reed offers his thoughts on Knutson. “Gabe enters our program with strong scoring potential due to his versatility and high skill level. He has demonstrated the ability to make effective moves around the basket as well as the ability to stretch the defense due to his shooting touch.”
In High School: two-time Elite All-CIML Team selection … two-time All-State Class 4A selection … 19U Iowa State AAU MVP … Iowa Senior All-Star Tournament Team member … member of the honor roll all four years … Academic All-State honoree … graduated in the top two-percent of his high school class, which consisted of more than 300 students … member of Ignition Prayer and Fellowship of Christian Athletes … member of Student Advisory committee
Traverse City, MI
Coach Reed: Holden Greiner is a 6-8 forward from Saint Francis High School in Traverse City, Michigan. Greiner finished his junior season averaging 20.8 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.5 steals per game. A very good shooter with a high skill level, Greiner earned First Team All-Lake Michigan Conference accolades, First Team All-State Class C honors, and he is on pace to become his high school’s all-time leading scorer during his senior season. “Holden has a unique combination of size and skill,” explained Reed. “Having formerly been a guard, he possesses strong ball handling ability and shooting touch. As he continues to develop, we anticipate that he could continue to progress as a match-up problem.”
In High School: two-time First-Team All-State as selected by the Associated Press, Detroit Free Press, and Detroit News … team captain in 2009 … All-Region Dream Team (two years) … three-time All-Conference selection … Team MVP as voted on my teammates … graduated Magna Cum Laude … Academic All-State selection … member of the Honor Roll
Could we be looking the succeeding generation of back-court stars in the tandem of McCollum and Peters? Timing appears perfect, as they wait – maybe not so patiently – their turn behind the Hall/Buchberger (both seniors) and Keefer/Small (both juniors) duos. Toss in the streaky yet sometimes dominating play of junior Michael Ojo with the steady contributions one has grown to expect from returning senior Matt Shamis and you’d have to say the only problem Coach Reed might have this year with his back court is playing time.
Press clippings – and there are many – document the on-court talents of these talented young men but they tell only half the story. Check out the other half….."team captain," "academic all-state selection," "team mvp as voted on by teammates," "graduated in top 2% of his class," "scholar athlete of the year," Dean’s List each semester," and "graduated Magna Cum Laude." Just one more thing to like about Patriot League basketball.August 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm #569
Itwould seem we can stack our backcourt up any in the PL
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