Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cain putting up big numbers

By Dan McDonald

Pontiac (Mich.) Cornerstone Health and Tech wing Jamal Cain may not be a big name nationally yet, but if he keeps putting up the numbers he has been lately, he will be soon. At this point in his junior season, he’s averaging roughly 27 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists per game.
Washington, Georgia, Oregon, Marquette, Washington State, Xavier, Memphis and Michigan have been involved in his recruitment to this point. He’s been on campus at Northern Kentucky and Xavier.


Cain offered his opinion on some of the schools recruiting him.
Washington: “I like Washington. Their coaches talk to me about how they play and how I could still be on top of my academics if I go there. “
Georgia: “I like how Georgia gets up and down. They got a couple guys from up here the last couple years. I don’t know them personally, but I know who they are.”
Marquette: “I like Marquette a lot. I like how they get players to the next level.”
Xavier: “I like how Xavier plays. I liked their campus when I visited there. It’s not that big, so you can’t get lost. It’s all in one little spot.”


Cain is working on setting up visits to take in the upcoming months. He likely won’t make a commitment until sometime during his senior year in order to focus on finishing up his junior year strong as well as his last season on the travel circuit.


This doesn’t sound like a kid that is anywhere near making a commitment. Xavier seemed to impress him on his visit there. Georgia is a serious player here too and have done well in Michigan lately. Memphis also appears to be heavily in the mix.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Freshman Mobley holds early offers

Isaiah Mobley
CHATSWORTH, Calif. -- Saturday night at the Super Showcase at Sierra Canyon High School, 2019 standout Isaiah Mobley showed why he's generating buzz. Though his Temecula (Caif.) Rancho Christian team lost 74-58 to Immanuel, the 6-foot-7 freshman power forward registered 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Almost all of his points came in the second half, and they did not come easy. He was double-teamed in the low post whenever he touched the ball, but made the right pass out of the trap consistently. As a freshman playing varsity, he’s sometimes undersized in the post but works hard to pin his opponent on the skip pass and is very good off the screen and roll.
Arizona State, UCLA, USC, New Mexico State, Utah State, San Diego State, and Nevada have all offered Mobley. He has been to UCLA and USC and they've made an impression. However, Mobley is in no hurry to make a decision and he embraces the pressure of playing in front of coaches.
"I really like that USC and UCLA have both good football and basketball programs and their facilities are really nice. I have a good relationship with the coaches." ... "I’m not looking at anything specific in a college program. I’m just trying to find something that fits me and I’ll wait until the best opportunity comes around." ... "I like the pressure of playing in front of coaches. It makes me want to play better and work even harder. It’s also very humbling."

Mobley is enjoying the recruiting process and will continue to get offers once he enters the grassroots season with the Compton Magic. Mobley said his main focus after the high school season is getting stronger and more athletic and hopefully win some championships with the Magic.


There’s no doubt that Mobley is an impressive freshman and he's already the first option for his high school team. There’s a lot of room for his game to grow as he puts on the weight and gets stronger in the post. One area in which he needs to improve is facing the basket and driving when he catches in the high post or off the block instead of turning his back on his defender as soon as he puts the ball on the floor. He is already very good at finishing around the rim for his size. His game is somewhat similar to that of California star freshman Ivan Rabb's at the same age.