PHILADELPHIA -- In my time coming to the Reebok Breakout Camp, this year's event had the most head coaches in attendance. Upwards of 35 decision-makers, not including over 100 assistants, sat in the bleachers eyeballing this year’s crop of campers. That’s a pretty good turnout considering it was the first day of the July evaluation period and the adidas Invitational is happening in Indianapolis at the same time.
UNLV checking in on Lawrence
Many eyes were on Jermaine Lawrence (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Pope John XXIII) and his heavily-taped wrists. The oft injured -- at least this summer -- power forward indicated he might visit UNLV in a few weeks once the period opens back up. Not surprisingly, UNLV head coach Dave Rice was in the building and he wasn’t alone. Lawrence also likes Syracuse, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Florida and Kansas. However, there was a buzz about North Carolina watching him. Could the Heels jump in?
“I haven’t spoken to them at all,” Lawrence said.
Not out of the Owls' nest yet
Temple lost a commitment last month from shooting guard Josh Brown (Jersey City, N.J./St. Anthony), but the Owls aren't out of the race for his services completely.
“I committed really early in my sophomore year,” Brown said. “They’re still at the top of my list; that’s family.” Actually, they kind of are. His mother attended Temple so you know where she stands.
Memphis, Gonzaga and Rutgers are steady with him, as are the Owls, who aren’t shying away. Virginia, Villanova, St. Joe’s, Richmond and Miami are peeking.
“Coach Fran [Dunphy] was disappointed but I think he understands,” Brown said.
It's pretty obvious the Owls are not done with Brown and he’s not done with them.
One of the local standouts participating in the Reebok Breakout Challenge is point guard Rysheed Jordan (Philadelphia/Vaux Roberts). Will he be local this time next fall? Villanova, Temple, Syracuse, UCLA, Rutgers, Xavier, LaSalle, Maryland and Georgetown like him. Almost all of them had coaches in attendance the first day of the period. Some love him; others will want to see him go get it this month. Jordan said he wouldn’t mind majoring in sports management.
Motley crew for Johnathan
Johnathan Motley (Houston/North Shore) wants to be recruited as a small forward; some may think hybrid. Baylor and Clemson sent head coaches to watch him on opening day and he’s going to visit them in the fall. The remainder of the list reads Houston, Oregon, Oklahoma and Kansas (he’d have to play his way into that one).
When you have grades, you’ve got options. Small forward Wesley Iwundi (Houston, Texas/Westfield) would like to visit Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Lehigh and Drake. Texas Tech and SMU are dabbling. He’s a versatile kid with a measure of shooting skill, which will bode well for his recruitment.
Butler taking notice of Cooke
Coming into the summer, Hallice Cooke (Jersey City, N.J./St. Anthony’s) has a tidy list. Throwing heat his way are Butler, Rhode Island and Oregon State. Each program has offered except for Butler, but Brad Stevens was front and center for his first game of the open period.