Boston High School: Kentucky

Ledo's recruitment still wide open

April, 27, 2011
ESPN's Adam Finkelstein checks in today on his recruiting blog with Notre Dame Prep swingman Ricardo Ledo, who has yet to list any favorites among the many schools that are lining up for his services.

Kentucky is among the most notable on the list, and was thought to be the favorite before the Providence native gave then-PC head coach Keno Davis a phone call Christmas Eve to give his commitment. The pledge to the Friars lasted a little over a month before he decided to open up his recruitment again.

"I don't have any favorites right now," he told Finkelstein. "I'm just trying to feel the process out and take some visits."

All that said, the Friars and new head coach Ed Cooley are still very much in the mix here. As Finkelstein writes:

Don't expect that to discourage new Providence coach Ed Cooley though because he shares similar roots to Ledo, who has made his top recruiting target since taking over the Big East program last month. That's fine by Ledo as he says the Friars are still very much an option for him.

"I like Coach Cooley," he said. "He actually knows a lot of my family. They're definitely still on my list."

Outside of Providence's campus, Ledo says he had only seen Syracuse and West Virginia, having attended the Orange's Team Camp two years ago and played in the West Virginia Jam Fest last summer, before seeing UConn's campus unofficially last week.

"I want to see more places and get a feel for the schools," he said.

Another place Ledo says he definitely wants to see this time around is Kentucky.

"UConn is recruiting me hard, Kentucky is coming hard, and Providence hard," he said. "West Virginia, Texas, Florida, UCLA, and Louisville too."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's blog.

Tilton's Noel weighing his options, no favorites

April, 19, 2011
ESPN's Adam Finkelstein checks in today with Tilton (N.H.) big man Nerlens Noel, who refuted various internet reports that surfaced over the weekend claiming he had come out with any sort of recruiting list.

The sophomore and Everett native, rated the No. 1 center and No. 3 overall player in the Class of 2013 by ESPNU, told Finkelstein he's waiting "until the fall to make my list."

In the meantime, numerous high-major Division 1 coaches have come by the Tilton, N.H. campus to take in the Rams' talented group. Last week, Kentucky head coach John Calipari made a visit, and extended an offer to both Noel and freshman Wayne Selden shortly after leaving.

Most recently, Georgetown head coach John Thompson III was in to visit. Noel told Finkelstein he was told by his head coach Marcus O'Neil that North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse would be among the most notable to visit the next few weeks.

Noel told Finkelstein he's looking for "A coach who cares about his players and can develop them for the next level." As for his own game, his offense seems to be improving. As Finkelstein writes:

In terms of his own development, Noel is best known for his dominance on the defensive end of the floor but his offensive skills have been blossoming at a steady rate as of late with the emergence of a dependable face-up game and signs of a jump hook on the block. Noel is also a good passing big man.

"I'm just working on my all-around game right now and trying to get stronger," Noel said. "Offensively, I'm just trying to establish a go-to move and working on my strength around the basket."

While his offense continues to develop, his defense will always be his claim to fame. Perhaps the best shot blocker in the entire country, Noel's ability to erase mistakes at the rim led his BABC team to the AAU U-16 national championship last year and had them atop virtually every defensive category after Week 1 of this spring's Nike EYBL.

It's not just his length and quick bounce that make him so dominant turning shots away around the rim, it's a combination of other factors that can't be taught with his timing, mobility and instincts that are absolutely off the charts.

Put it all together and Noel is as dominant a defensive big man as there is in the country with a consistently evolving offensive game and a long line of college coaches vying for his services.

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's blog, as well as his New England Recruiting Report.

W&M's Anderson commits to Kansas

April, 10, 2011
Citing multiple sources, ESPNU is reporting that Wilbraham & Monson post-graduate power forward Braeden Anderson gave his verbal commitment to sign with Kansas earlier today.

The 6-foot-8, 222-pound Anderson, a Calgary native, initially signed a Letter of Intent with DePaul University during the early signing period last November. He asked out of his release last January, and committed to the Jayhawks today over interest from Arizona, Kentucky and Mississippi State.

Anderson will join another player in the New England prep school ranks -- ESPNU100 point guard and Worcester native Naadir Tharpe of Brewster Academy (N.H.) -- in Bill Self's incoming recruiting class.

Selden shines at Nike EYBL Camp Day 1

April, 9, 2011
ESPN's Mike LaPlante checked in from day one of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Va. Among the most impressive standouts on the first day were Boston native Wayne Selden, a Class of 2014 guard/forward playing for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club.

Of the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Selden, who is picking up interest from Kentucky and UConn, LaPlante writes the following:

Selden easily could have been the leading scorer of the day as he plays on both the U-17 and U-15 teams (he played two games to everyone else's one). He is an impressive specimen for a player his age and also has a mature game to match. He has a scorer's mentality and can knock down perimeter shots or power it to the rim. He made a big-time athletic play finishing a two-handed dunk in traffic through contact. The elite schools have already taken notice as the offers are starting to come in. His play this weekend should only intensify the competition.

Vonleh lands second high-major offer

December, 14, 2010
ESPN's Adam Finkelstein is reporting today on his recruiting blog that Haverhill High sophomore forward Noah Vonleh has picked up another scholarship offer today, this one from the University of Pittsburgh.

Vonleh, a 6-foot-7 point forward who is the No. 26 overall player nationally in ESPN's Class of 2013 rankings, got a visit this week from Pitt assistant Pat Skerry, who first made a name for himself on the recruiting trail as an assistant at Providence before moving on to Jamie Dixon's staff in Pittsburgh this season and landing a commitment from Khem Birch two months ago.

Boston College was the first to offer Vonleh this summer, and the offers should only pick up as schools like North Carolina, Syracuse and Kentucky have shown interest.

The No. 12 Hillies open the 2010-11 season tonight at No. 8 Andover, which lost last Saturday to unranked Lowell. Be sure to check out Finkelstein's blog for updates on all of New England's top basketball recruits.