November 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm #4013
There is a lot of video of him on Youtube playing last summer for his AAU team from Boston (Metro Boston). Apparently, he missed his entire Junior season at Kimball Academy in New Hampshire with an illness. He looks like an unbelievable physical specimen. Various sites list him from 6’6" to 6’8", but he has a body, unlike most kids in the PL. In the various videos, he is a dominant shot blocker, and strong rebounder. He runs the floor like a gazelle. His offensive game looks limited, but he did show range out to the 3 point line, which was surprising. He can finish on the block, but does not possess a lot of post moves at this point. He is from England, only coming to US in last couple of years, with time on England’s Under 18 National Team. He is just learning the game, with a ton of potential, based on his size and athleticism. I think he will be a factor next season on the defensive end and in the paint. He looks like a smaller Adonal Foyle. Curious to see how he does in his senior season.
Here is a writeup from a national prep showcase:
Jesse Chuku – The most impressive overall prospect at the event, the six-foot-eight England-native possesses supreme length and athleticism that makes him a game-changing presence on both ends of the floor as an elite low-block finisher and natural shot-blocker. With a developing offensive skill-set that appears to be rapidly catching up to his natural physical ability, Chuku runs effortlessly rim-to-rim, rebounds the ball in high volume in and out of his area, and showed impressive hands while catching and finishing well above the rim in traffic on multiple occasions.November 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm #4015
We will have oneheck of a front linenext year both in size and talentNovember 24, 2011 at 3:01 am #4020
I’ve got Chuku in my backyard here in New England, just checked his schedule, and I should be able to make one of his games. If I do, I’ll report back.November 30, 2011 at 1:49 am #4060
Article on lehighsports.com with reed announcing next year’s class….and the big missing piece, no stahl. I thought he had given a verbal, but maybe he reopened his recruiting as maybe some of those bigger schools that were rumored to have been interested pursued even harder post his verbal.
Anyone have any updates?November 30, 2011 at 2:51 am #4061
Good observation. According to the following link, Zach Stahl signed a LOI for Lehigh on 11-12-11.
http://stevenssports.blogspot.com/2011/ … -have.html
Perhaps it is just a matter of available scholarships since I only know of Adams, Hamilton and Maneri graduating.November 30, 2011 at 3:48 am #4062
I’m not sure about the above link. According to Stahl’s high school he was not among 10 student athletes who signed during the period: http://www.hopkinsschools.org/national-signing-day
Doesn’t look to me like he signed. None of the recruiting sites show him de-committing however. Maybe he thought he could get better offers if he waited till springtime. By all reports he has been playing extremely well this fall.
Still unsure of the scholarship situation. It wiuld be great to have an insider who could clear that up for us. Would love to see Stahl suit up next year but we shall have to wait and see.November 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm #4064
Stablerbum – that is my fear, that he is in for huge senior year and is going to wait and parlay that into bigger offer. Luckily, LU on court so far should only help keep him interested with the start we have had, but perhaps this is a numbers game with the whole bj scholly total uncertainty. This is definitely something to pay attention to, as I was really geared up for stahl.November 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm #4065
We are going to have a lot of depth in the frontcourt next season. GK, HG, CB, KM returning, then add the two big freshmen (Chuku, Goldsborough) coming in, who both sound like players. I think for the first time in many years, Lehigh will be really strong in the paint, on the boards and blocking shots. Also, the frontcourt size will be athletic, unlike a lot of past big guys who were just big and slow. I am hopeful that Devon Carter will add some backcourt quickness on the perimeter. That is where the current team is deficient. They will need him, Bailey, CJ and Mackey to push tempo and guard out front. The big guys should be able to run for their size as well. Then you have some wings who can shoot it. Hopefully, it all gels in CJ’s senior season.
Here is some video on Carter. Looks like he has a lot of talent, nice handle, good shooter, good vision and passing, quick, shifty, and left-handed.
Also curious as to Stahl? Scholarships next year are these 3 replacing outgoing Adams, Manieri and Hamilton, then GK, MM, CJ, HG, CB, AD, SC, CS, KM (back from redshirt), BB. Staggers can’t be on scholarship, and he plays walk-on minutes. They can’t possibly have room for Stahl, can they?November 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm #4066
No schollies , unless B somehow now classified as a walkon??Very confusing.
Stahl a pretty athletic slasher would be nice to see him but still a pretty good class with McCarthy coming backNovember 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm #4068
"RichH" wrote: No schollies , unless B somehow now classified as a walkon??Very confusing.
Stahl a pretty athletic slasher would be nice to see him but still a pretty good class with McCarthy coming back
Stahl definitely decommitted. He’s exploring other alternatives for the spring.
In any case, I don’t think LU has room to sign him anyway.November 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm #4069
Hey 137, don’t doubt your report at all, but just wondering how you are so sure? did you read something or know someone? I’m just curious about the situation.
For those who are interested, our decommit from last year’s class, Ricky Johnson Jr., is a spot starter for a pretty bad Bethune-Cookman team. He’s averaging about 21 mpg, shooting terribly, but playing a pretty decent floor game (19 A to 10 TO). I’d take Schaefer, his replacement, over him at this juncture.November 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm #4070
I think bison is just making assumption that based on the three factors that we know for sure right now: he wasn’t mentioned in lu press release, want mentioned in hopkins signing loi day article, and our scholly math being fuzzy to say the least. Bison, if you have any other info outside those three let us know.
Next year will be insane deep. You lose JA and JM in front court but get KM JG and JC coming in or returning off injury. To me, if KM alone is healthy that is an upgrade and if one of the two frosh bigs clicks right away we are solid up front. Add in another year of strength for CB and we solid. Same deal with backcourt, I have watched ton of carter highlights and he impresses me a lotam strong kid, plus athlete, has shot at being top 5 in all of ohio this year. Add him and a full offseason for BJ and we are loaded.December 1, 2011 at 1:33 am #4071
"StablerBum" wrote: Hey 137, don’t doubt your report at all, but just wondering how you are so sure? did you read something or know someone? I’m just curious about the situation.
I have two very good sources on this one, both of whom know the situation well. Not internet stuff or assumptions.December 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm #4073
Too bad, but still a nice group of recruits. Of course you wonder whether Stahl backed out and then we went after Carter or we got Carter and Stahl forced out?
Now how does this group stack up against othe PL recruits? Eh, Bison?December 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm #4074
"Bison137" wrote: I have two very good sources on this one, both of whom know the situation well. Not internet stuff or assumptions.
Thanks for the info Bison. It did seem like Stahl really wanted to go to the biggest program possible. It seemed like a coup when we landed him but he reported a great rapport with the coaches and the chance for immediate playing time which I thought gave LU a shot. Still an intriguing class.
As for the Bucknell class, I’m excited to see what Chris Haas is all about. Hoffman sounds like a PL level stud.
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