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More Notes From High School Basketball And The College Basketball Recruiting Trail

Brian Stinnette
April 27, 2004

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Here are a few more notes from high school basketball and the college basketball recruiting trail.

Mike Davis did meet with Julian Wright and his mom on Monday night. Indiana has long maintained an interest in Wright, but it now appears to have intensified. Wright played point guard for Homewood-Flossmoor a year ago, and led the team to a runner-up finish to Shaun Livingston and Peoria Central in the Class AA state tournament. While Wright is highly versatile, and an advanced passer, make no mistake about the fact that he can put points on the board. He sacrificed his offense during the season for the good of the team, but when tournament time came, and his team needed him most, his scoring numbers surged. Indiana loves long, athletic and versatile forwards. Wright is very high on Indiana’s priority list for 2005.

Illinois State made the trek down to Hillcrest High School on Monday to visit with Hillcrest’s star point guard Maurice Acker. Acker, who teams with Jerel McNeal to form one of the top backcourt duo’s in the state, was terrific over the weekend at the Kingwood Classic in Houston, Texas.

Florida A & M has landed West Aurora star Jaeh Thomas. Thomas, a 6-2 guard, was a four-year starter for the Blackhawks, and joins teammates Shaun Pruitt (Illinois) and Justin Cerasoli (Seton Hall) as Division I recruits.

Oswego’s Mark Gant will be playing college basketball next year for Illinois Wesleyan. Gant, a 6-5 forward, played on the AAU circuit with Larry Butler’s Illinois Warriors.

Marcus Green of Leyden, remains a prospect that we think could really take off this summer. The 6-4 shooting guard explodes off the floor. He is a prospect to keep an eye on. He plays on the AAU circuit with Full Package.

Also on the prospect watch is 6-3 Emmanuel Gaiter of Waukegan. Gaiter is both strong and versatile, and another Class of 2005 prospect to pay close attention to. He plays on the AAU circuit with Mike Weinstein’s Rising Stars.

Last week, Jim Whitesell and Loyola added Pierre Parker. to their 2004 recruiting class. Pierre is the brother of San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker.