It has been a winding road for five-star wing V.J. King. Now King is in his first season at Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI, and the class of 2016 star is ready for a big junior season. Now King is beginning to take a look at his college recruitment. With the move from Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary to Paul VI, there is an obvious adjustment, and according to King’s father, Vince, that is going well. Recruiting wise to this point King has taken things slowly. Schools such as Ohio State, North Carolina, Iowa, Arizona, Louisville, Wisconsin, Kansas, and many others have been in to see King and continue to recruit him hard.
Thomas Bryant is the biggest priority left on the Syracuse basketball recruiting board, a powerful post prospect who would arrive just as the Orange needs him. Bryant’s mother, Linda, said on Monday night that Syracuse should feel pretty good about its prospects with the Class of 2015 center. Linda said that Bryant’s realistic list of potential teams has been trimmed to two, and Bryant’s unofficial visit to Kentucky over the weekend was nothing more than a good time with two high school teammates. “Really it’s down to two,” Linda Bryant said. “Syracuse and Indiana. And it might be down to one soon. Thomas has always told me that Syracuse was the leader.”
Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks is working the recruiting trail, and one target getting Illinois interest is 2015 safety Jay Stocker from Coatesville (Pa.). Stocker (6-foot-2, 180-pound) has a plethora of college offers, but ones currently mentioned the most are Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Illinois and Rutgers. He has visited Rutgers unofficially and has officials tentatively scheduled for Pitt (January 16) and Syracuse (December 5).
Milan making visits: Raby senior defensive tackle Jamal Milan is set to make his second official visit during the first week of December. The 6-3, 267-pounder already made an official visit to Iowa State. He has yet to finalize his final three official visits. “I do have a few in mind — like Iowa State, Indiana, Illinois and Maryland — but there’s no order,” he said.
Harry Giles III led the way for the Trojans, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, and Kwe Parker provided the energy that broke open the game in the third quarter. Giles showed off the skills that drew Kentucky’s John Calipari, among other coaches, to Wesleyan’s gym on Monday night. The Winston-Salem resident particularly enjoyed going against Winston-Salem Prep. “It was like being at home against my other home,” Giles said. “It’s always a great feeling to play against guys you grew up with.”
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