After playing an average of just 4.4 minutes per game as a freshman, point guard Shane Rector made the decision to leave the Missouri basketball program. A product of St. Raymond’s HS in the Bronx, Rector’s chances of earning more playing time under new head coach Kim Anderson didn’t look too promising with the addition of Hawaii transfer Keith Shamburger and the return of fellow rising sophomore Wes Clark.
However now that the decision to find a new school has been made, Rector’s begun the process and according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.comfour schools stand out in the eyes of the point guard. Those schools: Boston College, Drexel, La Salle and St. John’s. Rector said the following to Zagoria regarding those four programs:
“Those are the four I’m considering right now,” he said. “I’m still open to new stuff, though.”
Obviously based upon that quote the four schools mentioned above shouldn’t be considered the “finalists” for Rector, with the player himself noting that he’d be open to conversations with other schools. But clearly they stand out at present time, and each team could use Rector with an eye towards the 2015-16 season as he’d likely have to sit out the 2014-15 campaign per NCAA transfer rules.
Boston College returns Olivier Hanlan this season after he considered entering the 2014 NBA Draft, so there’s obviously the need to prepare for the possibility of Hanlan moving on to the next level after his junior campaign. As for Drexel the Dragons lost both Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat from the 2013-14 team, leaving Tavon Allen and Damion Lee (who missed all of last season with a torn ACL) as their best perimeter options.
La Salle also lost key contributors on the perimeter at the end of the 2013-14 season with Tyreek Duren, Tyrone Garland and Sam Mills all out of eligibility. But the Explorers add some key transfers to the rotation, including Jordan Price (Auburn) and Cleon Roberts (Georgia Southern). And St. John’s has three seniors in its expected perimeter rotation, including D’Angelo Harrison, so the Red Storm will have some holes to fill as well.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
Florida freshman will miss the season with stress fracture
Bassett will require surgery in his right foot and his projected recovery time will be four-to-six months. The injury will force Bassett to redshirt the 2016-17 season.
A three-star recruit coming out of Oldsmar Christian in Florida, the 6-foot-9 forward wasn’t expected to be a big contributor during his first year with the Gators, but his loss does hurt some of the team’s frontcourt depth. With John Egbunu, Devin Robinson, Justin Leon and Kevarrius Hayes all returning, the Gators should have plenty of players to use in the frontcourt this season without Bassett.
Once Bassett is healthy and able to play next season he showed good athleticism and an ability to hit the glass hard while he was in high school. Bassett should be able to join Florida’s rotation as an energy defender and rebounder right away.
Iowa State lands four-star Class of 2017 guard Lindell Wigginton
Iowa State has its point guard of the future as four-star Class of 2017 prospect Lindell Wigginton pledged to the Cyclones on Friday.
The 6-foot-1 Wigginton is regarded as the No. 40 overall prospect on Rivals.com as the Canadian has spent the last few seasons at powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. With an ability to play both guard spots and defend a few spots, Wigginton is a valuable addition to head coach Steve Prohm’s ballclub as Wigginton could help replace Monte Morris after he exhausts his eligibility.
Wigginton is going to need to improve his consistency on his perimeter jumper, but he’s a good pull-up scorer who can make plays for himself or others off the bounce. Iowa State’s Class of 2017 recruiting haul now includes Wigginton, four-star wing Terrence Lewis and three-star guard Darius McNeill.
This commitment is huge for Prohm as Wigginton is the most highly-regarded recruit that he has landed with the Cyclones. With Prohm’s point guard history with guys like Isaiah Canaan at Murray State and Monte Morris now with Iowa State, Prohm did a nice job of finding his next young guard to mold for the future.