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Recruiting Roundup: UMass Lands Flowers; Molloy Kids Receiving Interest; Oak Hill Point Guard Talks Recruiting
UMass landed a pledge on Monday night from Tyrn Flowers, a 6-foot-9 left-handed forward from Waterbury (CT) Sacred Heart High School and the Rens AAU program.
Flowers also considered Providence and Maryland.
“From the time I first went to the school, I fell in love with it and the new facility at first site,” Flowers told ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein, who first reported the commitment. “I got to know the players well, they became like my brothers, and getting to know Coach [Derek] Kellogg and Coach [Adam] Ginsburg, who they really are, has been a great experience.”
Flowers played alongside Rawle Alkins and Mustapha Heron on the Rens team that won the Adidas Gauntlet championship in Atlanta this past July.
“Ty is a 6-9 wing with excellent length,” Rens coach Andy Borman told SNY.tv. “He is a phenomenal shooter with deep range. Ty also has great court vision and is constantly making the right play in the half court and the open floor. I think UMass is a terrific decision and is a place where he will thrive at immediately.”
Flowers joins guard DeJon Jarreau, forward Chris Baldwin, forward Brison Gresham and guard Unique McLean in coach UMass’ 2016 class. Luwane Pipkins, a Chicago guard who is sitting out the year as an academic non-qualifier, will also join the program next season.
Flower is the sixth Ren player to commit D-1 this year, following Heron (Auburn); Tyrique Jones (Xavier); Devonte Green (Indiana); Kai Mitchell (Iona); and Tyrone Cohen (Holy Cross)
MOLLOY PLAYERS DRAWING INTEREST
Archbishop Molloy is loaded with talented young players, including 2019 point guard Cole Anthony, the son of former NBA point guard Greg Anthony; 2018 6-6 wing Khalid Moore; and 2018 7-footer Moses Brown.
Maryland and Florida are among those recruiting Moore and Brown, Molloy assistant John Magna said. Maryland assistant Bino Ranson invited both players to their game with Ohio State on Saturday, while Florida’s Dusty May has also been in touch. Brown holds offers from St. Peter’s, Manhattan and Iona, while Iona has also offered Moore.
Meantime, St. John’s coach Chris Mullin and assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen and Villanova’s Kyle Neptune have been out recently to see Anthony, who holds an offer from Iona and is said to like Kentucky, Duke and Michigan.
OAK HILL POINT GUARD SAYS A FEW WORKING HARDLindell Wigginton, a 6-1 2017 point guard from Oak Hill (VA) Academy, says a couple of schools are working the hardest for him.
“Oregon and Tennessee are the ones that are working really hard,” he said.
Florida State, Missouri, Louisville and Georgia are also involved for Wigginton, who has no visits planned at the moment.
“He’s a combo guard with great 3-point range,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said. “He’s good off the dribble and sees the floor well. He can create for his teammates or himself. He’s a very strong physical guard and an excellent on-ball defender. His confidence is growing daily.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.