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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Recruiting updates on local ballers

By ESPNBoston.com

ESPN's Dave Telep and Eamon Brennan check in today with an update and thoughts on the Class of 2012's top uncommitted players. Locally, of course, that includes St. Thomas More's Andre Drummond, Brewster Academy's Mitch McGary, and St. Mark's Kaleb Tarczewski.

Here are their thoughts below:



Andre Drummond, 6-10, C (Middletown, Conn.)

Telep: "This is the top post talent in the class. Drummond has an NBA body, talent and size. He doesn't turn 18 until later in the summer. There's been chatter involving him enrolling in the fall, but it looks now like Connecticut, West Virginia, Kentucky or Georgetown will get him."

Brennan: More Kentucky talk, which is something you should probably get used to; it seems every player on this list is considering the Wildcats either casually or seriously. Any of three Big East schools in play would be ecstatic to land him, especially the home-state Huskies, who have enjoyed a recruiting resurgence of late. But you could argue Georgetown -- which has suffered from the lack of a true post presence since Greg Monroe left for the NBA last summer and may be headed for a holdover year in 2011-12 -- needs him more than most.

Mitch McGary, 6-10, PF (Chesterton, Ind.)

Telep: "He may be college basketball's next Tyler Hansbrough; he's that intense an individual and a more diverse offensive player. McGary isn't doing much talking to colleges this summer, but schools are nonverbally communicating with him. Head coaches from Purdue, UConn, Florida, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas are omnipresent at his games."

Brennan: First of all, I love the idea of nonverbal recruiting communication. Does the NCAA have rules on telepathy? (I've always said Dr. Charles Xavier would make a great hoops coach. OK, I've never said that. But it's definitely true.) Second of all, if there's one clear underdog on that list, it's Purdue. For all the progress the program has made under Matt Painter, it's never been a recruiting power, while the rest of those teams are annual 800-pound recruiting gorillas who seem to pick and choose from the best talent in the country each and every year. This would be a coup for the Boilermakers. If it doesn't work out for Purdue, in 2012 Painter will be contending with the delayed loss of Robbie Hummel and staring at a lineup with a handful of solid post pieces but no true star to carry the program after the departures of Hummel, E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson.

Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0, C (Claremont, N.H.)

Telep: "Surely we thought Mike Krzyzewski would be all over this Polish center. However, it's the other residents of Tobacco Road that made Tarczewski's list, North Carolina. The Tar Heels are locked in a battle with presumed leader Kansas and Arizona to snag him -- and Kentucky was recently eyeballing him in Vegas. He'll play in the NBA one day and will be a major piece for an elite program."

Brennan: Choosing among Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina is a little like choosing between filet, lobster and foie gras; whatever you choose, you're probably going to be happy with the choice. Zona might not need the big man quite as much as the other two, though. Kansas might well be dealing with the loss of Thomas Robinson, who is primed for a lottery-pick-worthy breakout this season. North Carolina likely will be stuck trying to replace John Henson, Tyler Zeller and Harrison Barnes (and maybe James Michael McAdoo). The Wildcats, on the other hand, have already snagged power forward Grant Jerrett in this class and have a pair of ESPNU 100 big men starting school this fall, although none are true centers like Tarczewski.