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Wilson to Seton Hall; Meikle to St. John’s; Reischel to Announce Wednesday
Freddie Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard from New Haven (Conn.) Hillhouse, signed with Seton Hall, according to Hillhouse coach Ty Sullivan.
Wilson, who averaged 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds, also considered Fordham and Drexel.
“He’s a combination guard,” New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said. “Very high energy. Quick, very aggressive. Never takes a step backward. He attacks the basket and is always in attack mode. Not a pure point, not a pure shooter, but very high energy. He can be a very good press player.”
Said Sullivan: “He’s a pass-first point guard but if you need him to score he can do that also.”
Wilson joins 6-2 point guard Aaron Cosby of Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon and 6-6 shooting guard Haralds Karlis of the Canarias Basketball Academy in Seton Hall’s 2011 recruiting class.
The Pirates have up to six scholarships to give and head coach Kevin Willard said he will make an announcement when the fall class is complete.
MEIKLE TO ST. JOHN’SDwight Meikle, a 6-foot-9 Uniondale, N.Y. native now playing at Quality Education (N.C.) Academy, committed to St. John’s coach Steve Lavin while Lavin was “walking the yard” at Alcatraz.
“Yes, he committed before he ever visited,” Quality Education coach Isaac Pitts said by phone. “He was familiar with St. John’s from being born there [in New York]. Dom Pointer committed and that’s his roommate. He knew a lot about it. Sometimes it’s players recruiting players.”
Pitts said Meikle chose the Johnnies over Seton Hall and Rice.
“I kind of felt like he was going to go to Seton Hall,” Pitts said. “I guess when Dominic committed and signed, they’re really good friends.”
Pitts said Meikle can help the Johnnies in the frontcourt with his skill-set. He’s averaging 17.5 points and eight rebounds as the team is off to a 5-0 start.
“He’s very, very skilled and long,” Pitts said. “He’s 6-9 and can stretch the defense and shoot the 3. He can put it on the floor. He’s got an inside/outside game. He’s a tremendous offensive skilled player.”
“Dwight is a New York native returning home,” Lavin said. “He is a long, highly-skilled athlete who really shoots it well for his size. His versatility and ability to play the power and small forward positions make him a great fit for the future of our program, in terms of our game-planning.”
The Johnnies now have seven commits for 2011: Meikle, Pointer, Maurice Harkless, D’Angelo Harrison, JaKarr Sampson, Norvel Pelle and Nurideen Lindsey.REISCHEL TO ANNOUNCE WEDNESDAY
Point Pleasant (N.J.) wing Jarelle Reischel will announce Wednesday between Seton Hall, Penn State and Rice.
“He hasn’t made up his mind yet,” Point Pleasant coach Nick Catania said. “As of last night [Monday] he hadn’t decided. He still said he would be ready by Wednesday.
“He came over from Germany with nothing. It’s not that they’re not good enough [schools], they’re all very good to him. That’s why he goes back and forth.”
(Photo courtesy New Haven Register).
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.