It is Friday so you know what that means…
1. Breon Pass to Decide Saturday
Reidsville, NC point guard Breon Pass is going to make his college choice this Saturday, which happens to be his late father’s birthday. Pass will pick between PC, NC St, Georgia Tech and ECU but it appears to be a two man race between the Wolfpack and Friars. BOC broke down each finalist earlier this week.
NC State does appear to have a leg up as they are the local school and he’s been racking up crystal ball picks for the Wolfpack. The Crier isn’t ready to give up just yet. For a kid looking to focus on hoops and not football PC would be the perfect place for that. Regardless we will find out Saturday.
2. Donovan Clingan Updates Recruitment
Donovan Clingan, a big man in class of 2022, met with Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers to discuss his recruitment.
While the Bristol, CT native does mention PC as one of the schools after him there isn’t much intel on his interest in the Friars. What stood out to me in this piece is that Dan Hurley told him picking UConn “would be the best decision of his life”. Pump the breaks pal, UConn is in the middle of nowhere and you’ve literally accomplished nothiNg but hype so far. I could think of several other choices that would be a better decision.
3. PC Makes Rafael Castro’s Top 3
Rafael Castro, a 6-10 wing from Dover, NJ, released his top 3 a few days ago.
I’m not going to lie pretty surprised Castro included the Friars on his list, with Miami and Dayton. It’s mainly because he has kept his recruitment pretty close to the vest and we hadn’t heard anything about him and the Friars in a while. If Castro doesn’t pick PC I would like him to choose Dayton over Miami. I find it so annoying that Friar alumn Jim Larranaga keeps landing guys we are after, especially considering no one cares about hoops at the U. I’m sure Anthony Grant are making the next you could be the next Obi Toppin pitch and it makes sense. Castro would have to add some muscle but they do have similar games.
4. The Asheville Invitational
Well it’s official, after weeks of rumors the Maui Jim Maui Invitiational announces that they’d move the tournament to Asheville, NC due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While I totally get it, it saddens me that the Friars won’t get to partake in the true fanfare of the Maui Invitational. Hopefully they will extend an invite to these schools again shortly down the line, to be able to fully experience Maui. At least the event isn’t canceled and offers the Friars the opportunity to get resume building wins. Also Tate Frazier of Titus & Tate insured me that Walton will still be in his element in Asheville.