Monday, July 5, 2021

Colleges taking notice of Finley Bizjack's all-around game


Dan McDonald • Basketball Recruiting

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 emerged this travel season as one of the top prospects in the 2023 class in Texas and one of the nation's top guards in his class. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Bizjack has a dangerous perimeter stroke but can also play great defense and excels in the transition game.

High-major college coaches are starting to take notice of his abilities. Scholarship offers have come in from DePaul, SMUStanfordTCU, Saint Louis and George Washington. Texas TechUtah and Wisconsin have shown serious interest.

Since the dead period ended on June 1, Bizjack has visited George Washington, SMU and Wisconsin. Next up is a visit to Stanford on Aug. 11.


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SMU: “SMU has an incredible campus, incredible school and an incredible team. I love the head coach there. He’s really nice and it seems like he really understands my game.”

Stanford: “I think Stanford is amazing. I have a friend, 

, who is going there. I’ve only heard great things about it, and watching their games this season it seems like a good program.

TCU: “It’s close, right near home, about 30 minutes away. I know a lot of players that played there. 

 is one of the guys I’ve gotten to know really well, and he loved it there.”

Wisconsin: “I love Wisconsin. It’s a really good program that I could fit into. I watched a lot of their games this season and it seems like a system I could play in and fit into.”


Coming off a great weekend in the live period with his high school program, look for Bizjack’s recruitment to continue to take off as he goes back to playing with Southern Assault in July on the Adidas 3SSB circuit. Guards with his all-around game and lethal shooting stroke are always in high demand, especially when they come with a strong academic background. SMU, Stanford, Wisconsin and Saint Louis all seem to be in good shape early on, although Bizjack says he has no favorites and is still open to all schools.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Four-star Aidan Shaw weighing his options

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 Aidan Shaw  is the No. 50 prospect in the recent Rivals150 2022 rankings making the standout small forward the No. 9 player at his position, in his class.

“I am a player who is dominant on both sides of the ball. I can defend anyone no matter the position. Plus, on the offensive end I have the ability to score at three levels. A lot of people have said I play like 


With this type of notoriety, Shaw has piqued the interest of numerous Power Five programs across the country.

“I currently have offers from VanderbiltTCUMissouriOklahoma StateKansas StateKansas, Wichita State, ArkansasTexasSouthern CalCreightonIowaNebraskaWake Forest and Iowa State. All of my offers stay in contact with me pretty evenly, but my last five offers were from Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa State and Wake Forest.”


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2023 Rankings: Top 30



Wake Forest: “They are in the ACC, which is a very good conference filled with competition. They are also turning it around; they have a good incoming class coming next season.”

Kansas: “I have enjoyed getting to know some of their coaches. What really sticks out to me about Kansas is the amount of NBA players that have produced and continue to put out.

Iowa State: “I haven’t been to Iowa State on any sort of visit yet, but I’ve gotten to see their play style, which I like and I been getting to know some of their staff.”

Arkansas: “Arkansas is a nice program and I really like their five-out offensive style of play. I have gotten to know their coaches well too.”

Creighton: “I really like the spacing and pace of the Creighton offense and recently their ability to get through the adversity that’s been going through over there.”

“All the schools are telling me they can help me develop my game to reach my goal, which is getting to the NBA.”

Friday, January 22, 2021

Toughness stands out for junior prospect Darren Buchanan Jr.


The District of Columbia State Athletic Association (DCSAA) has yet to start its high school basketball season, but that has not slowed things down for 

 His recruiting is still going, and he has spent a lot of time improving his game.

“It’s been kind of stressful to be honest, not being able to do something I love and compete for a championship is devastating," he said. "I have been staying true to myself and working on my craft every day. I have been hitting the weights more and just getting better as an overall basketball player.”



VCU: “They are a great school, one of the top teams in the A-10, and they play a very fast tempo.”

Seton Hall: “They contact me often, and they’re really on me hard. I like their coaching staff a lot and have created great relationships with them.”

Xavier: “They are on me pretty hard. Coach (TravisSteele says he wants to build the class around me and he just loves my overall game and what I would bring to their program.”

Rutgers: “Very good program. I’m in contact with their coaches often. They show my family a lot of love and say I will be a difference-maker in their program.”

Rhode Island: “They praise me really high and say I will be able to make an impact right away with them as a freshman.”



As expected of a high-level junior, there are a couple of schools who are keeping a close eye on Buchanan but have yet to step forward with an offer for him.

West VirginiaGeorgetown and Virginia Tech are in contact. They are talking about their program, introducing me to it and saying they want to see me play more.”

Buchanan is in no rush to commit or to end his recruitment.

“As of right now I do not have a specific timeframe, but I am looking to commit some time after my senior year of high school,” he said.

Buchanan knows who he is as a player, and he knows that his versatility is the most intriguing aspect.

“I’m a versatile wing," he said. "I share the ball, I am a team first player. I can guard the one through five and can score and rebound. Honestly, I just think I can do it all. Whatever the coach needs me to do for the team, for the win.”

At the end of the day, all Buchanan cares about is winning.

“Most people say I play unselfish," he said. "But really, I just want to do whatever it takes to win basketball games.”



The first thing that pops off the page when you watch Buchanan is his toughness, his ability to guard up and down a lineup, his willingness to go rebound and his nonstop motor on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he is great with the ball in his hands as he touches the paint and makes a play. He is able to knock down a shot off the catch and can finish at the rim, through contact. On the bench, Buchanan is on his feet cheering for his teammates.