Wednesday, August 25, 2010

St. Peter's Men/Women Recruiting Recap

Here's the latest in the series looking at incoming recruits to conference teams.

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Chris Burke, 6-5 forward, Willingboro (N.J.) High School.

Senior season statistics not available, but he averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as a junior.

A number of internet reports indicate that Burke is an athletic, multi-talented player.

Xavier Brown, 5-10 point guard, Paul Robeson H.S. of Philadelphia

No senior season stats available.

Brown is a recipient of a Gates Milenium Scholarship and does not count against the Peacocks' 13 athletic scholarship. Reports are that he is a prototypical point guard.

Blaise Ffrench, 6-1 guard, transfer from UTEP

French averaged 0.3 points and 0.4 assists playing an average of 4.7 minutes per game at UTEP in the 2008-09 season. He practiced with the Peacocks last season and is has three remaining seasons of eligibility. He is a graduate of Holy Cross H.S. in New York City.

Chris Prescott, 6-2 guard, transfer from St. Joseph's

Prescott transferred after the 2009-10 season so he is not eligible until the 2011-12 season. He will practice with the Peacocks this season. He is a graduate of Northwest Catholic H.S. in West Hartford, Conn.

ANAYLSIS: French will be an immediate contributor, capable of playing either guard spot and will likely be the first guard off the bench in support of seniors Nick Leon and Wesley Jenkins. Brown is likely to get into the playing group as a back-up point guard in preparation for a bigger role two years from now. Burke will provide bench support behind returning starters but is likely to have a bigger role after the current season. Prescott is a nice piece who had offers from larger programs coming out of high school. He and Ffrench appear to be the team's potential starting backcourt in 2011-12.


Teresa Manigrasso, 5-7 guard, St. John Vianney H.S. of Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

No senior season statistics available. Manigrasso was a key performer on a strong high school team as a shooting guard, but suffered a knee injury in January and missed the remainder of the season.

Bianca Martinez, 6-3 center, Christ The King H.S. in New York City

No senior season statistics available. She is reportedly a much-needed inside presence for a program that has lacked height in recent years.

Aziza May, 5-3 point guard, Brush H.S. of South Euclid, Ohio

She averaged 10.2 points per game as a senior and was a four-year starter at point guard for her high school program. Reports indicate she is a quick player with good point-guard skills.

Khadjah Young, 5-3 point guard, Revere H.S. of Copley, Ohio

No senior season statistics available. Reports indicate she is extremely quick with a good long-range shooting touch.

Brittany Howes, 6-2 forward/center, Colts Neck (N.J.) High School.

No senior season statics available. Howes broke a foot early in her senior season but returned in January and played well the rest of the season. A strong defender and good rebounder who averaged double figures in rebounds last season.

ANALYSIS: A strong recruiting class that bodes well for the Peahens' future. Martinez and Howes will provide the height and inside play, eventually, that most MAAC teams lack. May and Young have the type quickness that the program has relied upon on both ends of the court in recent years. And Manigrasso should be a nice piece at the shooting guard spot. This class's impact might not be evident immediately, but it will be at some point.

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