Monday, February 1, 2010
Nick Johnson (6'3" Combo Guard 2011) has been having a fantastic season for the Findlay Prep Pilots: the #1 ranked team in America. ESPN.com ranks Johnson, who is the nephew of NBA legend Dennis Johnson, as the #19 prospect overall in the 2011 class and he has an impressive overall ESPN Scouts Inc. rating of 96/100. Johnson is a big time athlete with a versatile game, and can play both guard slots very affectively. In this interview Nick talks about the best players he has faced this season, his basketball bloodline, of course we go in depth about recruiting (he is considering Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky and more), and don't think we didn't leave a little time at the end for shoutouts... for more info email DanielPoneman@gmail.com
Nus Kahn (6'0" G) may not be a household name, but he has quietly put together quite a resume through his career at Maine East. The CSL conference is one that is headlined by big time recruits on the wing and in the front court (Jereme Richmond, Duje Dukan, Alex Dragicevich etc), but there aren't many guards in the CSL, or any conference in Illinois for that matter, who can go toe to toe with The Indian Iso. A high scoring combo guard, Nus has a tight handle, an explosive first step, and a nack for finding a way to get to ball in the basket. Nus is still not committed to play anywhere in college yet, but theres no doubt that he should have some pretty good options to play at the next level when decision time comes... for more info email Danielponeman@gmail.com
George Marshall (6'0 PG Chicago Brooks 2011) has been at the front and center of the Chicago basketball stage since he was a middle schooler getting national recognition for his tight handle, potent mid range jumper, and his gritty effort and desire that covered every inch of every court he stepped onto. When Marshall entered Gwendolyn Brooks High School of the Chicago Public League he started on varsity from the first game of his freshman season, because even when he was 14 it was clear that he had the poise and fundamentals necessary to compete at such a high level. Now in his junior season, Marshall is nationally ranked and has more than solidified his reputation has one of the elite players in the city, and it is looking like he will be next in a long line of legendary point guards to come out of the city he loves. A true leader in every sense of the word, Marshall recently decided to pull the trigger and commit to play for Coach Bo Ryan's Wisconsin Badgers. He will join a program that is known for making the NCAA tournament every year because of the value they put in the concept of team- groups of kids that give extraordinary effort, buy into Coach Ryan's coaching, and play to win games- not to win individual awards or to be "one and done" (though Coach Ryan has produced his fair share of NBA draft picks.) Anyone who knows George can tell you that there couldn't be a better fit for this talented young Chicagoan who already plays with a mid set and maturity well beyond his years. This video features an interview with George, as well as a couple of highlights from a recent win over Von Steuben at the Whitney Young Shootout...For more info email DanielPoneman@gmail.com.
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