AAU season is over time for visits and commits. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting Recap 1/3: Rashard Figures, Elijah Long, Eric James

As we turn the page into 2014, we’ll start to see more action on the recruiting front. Players will begin taking unofficial visits during home games and official visits when school gets back in session. Coaches will hit the road to watch prep players live. The remaining spring recruits will decide to wait for the bigger offer or settle for the schools who have recruited them all along.

My update on Rashard Figures reads like a week in tweets.


That was good but then there is this



Here comes Duane Notice all over again, right? But more good news.



But wait he forgot


Figures is one of those players that I irrationally want badly to commit to Duquesne even though I know nothing about him besides  his college interest and a rating on rivals. I’m ignoring everything that I’ve ever written about recruiting. Instead, I’m watching sophomore year highlight films and getting sucked into star gazing.  Of course, I don’t know much about any of the prospects we sign before I see them in the summer unless I somehow acquire live game film. With Big East and A-10 offers already on the table, he’s caught the eye of some teams we want to compete with. I suppose that alone gives reason to get a little excited.

That said, only four of the schools he has listed have space available for the class of 2014 according Verbal Commits, Duquesne, Providence, Rhode Island and Oklahoma. The Sooners likely haven’t offered and are pursuing a couple of bigger, higher profile wings at the moment. Provided a better offer doesn’t come in from left field, I like Duquesne’s chances.

Cory Evans also linked the Dukes to 2015 Canadian point guard Elijah Long. Long still has some time to decide but I like that the staff haven’t limited recruiting to 2014.


Eric James Update

James dropped 34 including five threes in a blow out win against Olentangy last Sunday. The win took Westerville Central’s record to 6 – 1 and a 4-0 start in conference.

Tags: Duquesne Dukes Elijah Long Eric James Rashard Figures

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