Several high school basketball players made their college intentions known over the weekend, with commitments to D-1 schools being reported by several news outlets.
Perhaps the most high-profile weekend commitment was 6′-2″ 2011 combo guard Aaron Cosby of Northfield Mt. Hermon (Mt. Hermon, MA), by way of Louisville, KY, making a pledge to Seton Hall during a campus visit. This news was first reported via the Northfield Mt. Hermon team’s twitter account. Cosby is the first Pirates commitment in the class of 2011. Prior to making the move to Northfield Mt. Hermon, Cosby played at Manual (Louisville, KY) and Jeffersontown (Jeffersontown, KY). Cosby averaged 7 ppg and 5 apg for a loaded prep school squad last season, according to his MaxPreps player profile. New coach Kevin Willard has at least five scholarships for the class of 2011, and Cosby is a good piece of the puzzle in rebuilding the Pirates program.
Aaron Cosby – Northfield Mt. Hermon/Seton Hall (Photo credit: BallIsLife.com)
Former Auburn-pledge 6′-8″ power forward Heath Houston has signed with Virginia Commonwealth in the 2010 class. VCU has one of the top 5 incoming mid-major 2010 recruiting classes, and the addition of Houston will certainly bolster that standing. Houston committed to Auburn while Jeff Lebo was head coach, but ultimately decided to part ways with the SEC school. Clearly this is a solid grab for VCU coach Shaka Smart, and what looks to be yet another building block for one of the country’s least-known mid-major powerhouse programs.
While Auburn lost a 2010 player, Alabama gained one over the weekend. Greg Ostendorf of the Tuscaloosa News is reporting that the Crimson Tide has added a 7′-1″ big man from Sweden, Carl Engstrom. Ostendorf is reporting that Engstrom choose the Tide over offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Baylor and Seton Hall. It’s unknown how soon Engstrom will be ready for action, as he’s only played hoops for 14 months. There isn’t much info on Engstrom on the web, with the exception of this scouting report from European Prospects:
“Engström is still a pretty raw player as he started to play basketball only in 2008 after having been a Handball Junior National Team player for Sweden. He played with the Swedish U18 Basketball National Team in 2009 where he averaged 4.1ppg 6.0rpg and 0.6bpg in 21 minutes per game. He features an excellent physical skill set due to his Handball past, but he needs to learn the game from scratch as he never played Basketball on a serious level before. The Swedish federation is of course investing a lot to develop this high potential as you can see in the Video below where Engström works in Training sessions with Per Källman. It looks like the seven-footer is being recruited by several D1 Colleges from the United States which may be a very interesting option for him.”
Lastly, Joe Henricksen of City-Suburban Hoops Report is reporting that 6′-3″ 2011 shooting guard Johnny Hill of Glenbard East (Lombard, IL) made a verbal commitment to Illinois State. Hill’s teammate, point guard Zach Miller, committed to Northern Illinois last week. According to Henricksen, “Hill’s best basketball is clearly ahead of him. What makes Hill so intriguing is the upside he possesses as a prospect as he’s just beginning to come into his own as a basketball player”.--------------------------------------------
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