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Weekly Recruiting Beat (1-29-12) – Seton Hall dips into familiar overseas academy

Seton Hall has built a recruiting niche with their relationship with the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands. With three players that previously were at the Canarias Basketball Academy on the current roster in guard Haralds Karlis, and posts Patrik Auda and Aaron Geramipoor, the Pirates added a fourth player to the quartet according to South Orange Juice, a Seton Hall basketball site.

The newcomer is lead guard Tom Maayan, a native of Israel. The South Orange Juice report indicates that Maayan is already enrolled at Seton Hall, and is recovering from an ACL injury until mid-July. Maayan told South Orange Juice,”I enjoy the states and life on Seton Hall campus. I got good teammates, hope they will keep on playing good for the rest of the season and we will be successful this year.”

Prior to the addition of Maayan, Seton Hall seemed to have a mixed picture with a few options at point guard for next season. Current freshmen Sean Grennan and Freddie Wilson  haven’t had the opportunity to showcase their skills this year as Jordan Theodore is averaging better than 36 minutes per game and playing well. Additionally, dynamite 2013 point Aquille Carr is also committed to join the Pirates’ roster.

Maayan participated in the FIBA Europe U18 tournament over the summer for Israel, averaging 4 assists, to go with 3 points and 3 rebounds. He reportedly had other high-major interest.

The Canarias Basketball Academy is currently on a tour of the United States and will be playing a number of games, allowing their players to be evaluated by college programs, through February 5th.

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Quick Notes

  • Arik Armstead, of Pleasant Grove (CA), is undoubtedly most well-known as a prodigious football prospect at 6′-7″, 280 pounds. But there is another side to Armstead, as he is a physical presence with deft touch on the hardwood. He was the “inside” to Arizona signee Gabe York’s outside for much of the summer in running with the Compton Magic, and showed a developed post game with natural instincts that cannot be taught. There is apparently a least a plan for Armstead to test his prowess on the basketball court at Oregon, and if he ever seriously devotes himself to the sport, Pac-12 opponents would be wise to watch-out for the behemoth post player.
  • Numerous reports out of SoCal indicate that wing forward Anthony January of Taft (CA) has officially re-opened his recruitment. This move was rumored for awhile when January did not sign with UTEP in the early signing period, despite his verbal commitment. Expect plenty of interest for January, as he is currently playing very well.
  • It’s bad news for bouncy 2013 guard Solomon Poole, whose on court behavior in garnering two ejections at Terry Parker (FL) has precipitated a suspension for the remainder of the basketball season. Poole is the younger brother of Stacey Poole, a recent transfer from Kentucky to Georgia Tech, and the younger Poole is perhaps the best athlete at guard in his class nationally. He’s been at several different high schools already in his early school years, so this hopefully can be a wakeup call for him to capitalize on his enormous talents before it is too late.
  • If you would have given recruiting analysts a list of Washington, DC, high school basketball players and asked them to predict who would have the best season this year, it’s not likely that 6′-6″ forward Kris Jenkins of undefeated Gonzaga (DC), a junior, would have come up. That’s exactly the case so far, as Jenkins has been huge in several enormous games for the traditional power this year, and colleges have responded, according to a report on ZagsBlog. The report quotes DC Assault coach Nate Britt Sr. (father of 2013 North Carolina pledge Nate Britt) as saying that Jenkins holds offers from Xavier, Richmond and Seton Hall, with ACC and Big East interest picking up.
  • Colleges looking to land an immediate impact defensive presence in the 2012 class don’t have too far to look, as there’s only a handful remaining. 6′-9″ center Chris Obekpa of Our Savior New American (NY), a top-100 prospect, is one of that group, and he has taken his first official trip, as he visited DePaul. Still, this recruitment could take awhile as most expect Obekpa to use all his visits before making a decision.

Commitment Tracker

  • Alex Anderson, 5′-11″, 2012, G, Jacksonville State
  • Jeremy Major, 5′-10″, 2013, G, Pepperdine
  • Enouma Ebinum, 6′-9″, 2012, C, Navy
  • Carson Puriefoy, 6′-0″, 2012, G, Stony Brook
  • Marko Gujanicic, 6′-8″, 2012, F, George Mason

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