By Daniel Benjamin
Rondae Jefferson (Chester HS; Chester): The 6-7, 215-pound small forward is very athletic and strong. He can create offense for himself as well as for others.
Jefferson has whittled his college choices down to Arizona, Florida, Memphis, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Texas.
Mike Young (Pittsburgh): The 6-8, 225-pound native Pittsburgher will play for St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ in 2012-13. Young has a high motor to go along with legitimate post moves. He favors the spin move when he is in the low post.
Young verbally committed to Pittsburgh on August 4, 2012. He also received offers from Baylor, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, Rutgers, Seton Hall and West Virginia.
Brandon Austin (Imhotep Charter, Philadelphia): The 6-6, 180-pound guard has the ability to play three positions. Austin is very good around the rim especially in transition where he can use his speed and athleticism. He also possesses good ball handling skills and is an able passer.
Austin de-committed from Penn State from July 22, 2012. He has offers from Georgetown, Miami (FL), Penn St., Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee and Villanova. Austin has also garnered interest from UCLA, Baylor, Ohio St., Florida, Temple, Rutgers, Xavier and Kentucky.
Rysheed Jordan (Vaux Roberts HS, Philadelphia): The 6-4, 180-pound point guard likes to get to the hoop where he can use his length and athleticism to play above the rim. Jordan is excellent in transition and a very good distributor.
Jordan has received offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Kansas, Rutgers and Villanova. He also has drawn interest from UCLA, Temple, Syracuse, St. John’s, St. Joseph’s and La Salle.
Stephen Vasturia (St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia): The 6-5, 190-pound guard can play either the one or two. Vasturia has the ability to pick defenses apart with his ball handling and precise passing. He makes good decisions and possesses a nice mid-to-long range game.
Vasturia committed to Notre Dame on October 31, 2011. He also had offers from Boston College, Davidson, Drexel, La Salle, Northwestern, St. Joseph’s and Temple.
B.J. Johnson (Lower Merion HS; Ardmore): The 6-6, 180-pound small forward is very athletic and has the ability to knock down long distance shots. Johnson still needs to work on his ball-handling and decision-making skills.
Johnson has received scholarship offers from Boston College, Clemson, Dayton, Rutgers, St. Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova. Cincinnati, Penn St., Pittsburgh and Providence have also shown interest in Johnson.
Julian Moore (Germantown Academy, Philadelphia): The 6-9, 220-pound power forward is fairly mobile and has a soft touch around the hoop. While Moore possesses quality low post moves, he also has the ability to pop out to the perimeter and drain 15-to-18 footers on a regular basis.
Moore verbally committed to Penn St. on July 27, 2012. He also had offers from La Salle, Drexel, James Madison, Boston University, VCU and Duquesne.
Andrew Dallier (Northfield-Mount Hermon School, Wexford): The 6-6, 190-pound small forward is very versatile and possesses a high basketball IQ. Dallier can score inside and outside as well as from the three-point line. He is also a gifted ball-handler and talented passer.
Dallier verbally committed to Yale on August 9, 2012. He also had offers from Brown and Cornell.
Miles Overton (St. Joseph’s Prep, Chester, PA): The 6-3, 195-pound shooting guard has a strong body which allows him to absorb contact when he attacks the rim. Overton is a knock down three-point shooter with deep range. He has a good mid-range game and handles the ball with confidence.
Overton has received offers from La Salle, St. Joseph’s, Temple and Pennsylvania. He has also garnered interest from James Madison, Rutgers, San Francisco, Seton Hall, Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Xavier.
Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh): The 6-3, 175-pound point guard transferred from Shaler HS to West Oaks High School in Orlando for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. Thorpe has some versatility to his offensive game but is at his best when slashing to the hoop.
Thorpe verbally committed to Penn State on November 8, 2011. Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Seton Hall also showed interest in Thorpe.