Signing Day Recap

Yesterday was the start of the early signing period and a number of area schools got National Letters of Intent (NLI) from incoming recruits. Here’s the rundown for five schools that either sent out a release or were tweeted about by the relentless Adam Zagoria.

Iona (source):

De’Shawn Gomez: A 6’1″ point guard from Inglewood, California. Here’s a little more on his recruitment. He will have played two seasons at Antelope Valley College, so he’ll be a junior in terms of eligibility next season.

Grant Ellis: A 6’5″ small forward from Newark, New Jersey. He was also recruited by Fairleigh Dickinson, Manhattan, Florida Atlantic and Charleston according to ESPN.

Wagner (source):

Mike Aaman: A 6’8″ power forward from Hazlet, New Jersey. ESPN also noted in his scouting report that Aaman could make an immediate contribution at Wagner. He sounds like he could be a very good rebounder early on in his collegiate career.

Kameron Mitchell: A 6’1″ point guard from Jacksonville, Florida. It sounds like he likes to play more off the ball than on it and is a good shooter. He’ll probably need some time to develop, but should help in the backcourt. He’s got an 82 grade on ESPN, which is a good one for an NEC recruit.

Note: The Seahawks are also hoping that Dwaun Anderson can get a waiver to play in the fall of 2012. The former Michigan State recruit is a huge get. Also, Eric Fanning hadn’t sent in his NLI when Zagoria tweeted. Will need to follow up and make sure it got in.

Hofstra (source):

Jimmy Hall: A 6’8″ power forward from Jersey City, New Jersey. He’s from St. Anthony High School. A number of area schools, including Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Siena and Stony Brook showed interested in Hall. He’s a lengthy prospect who should help immediately on the interior.

Dallas Anglin: A 6’1″ point guard from Jersey City, New Jersey. He had interested from a number of schools that showed up on Hall’s list, including Penn State, Siena and Saint Joseph’s, plus Manhattan and Richmond. He needs to refine is game and body at the collegiate level, but he should be a big contributor in the future.

Long Island (source):

Taurean Waller-Prince: A 6’7″ forward from San Antonio, Texas. He sounds like a perfect fit for the Blackbirds. He’s the No. 25 player in Texas according to Rivals.com. Other teams who recruited him included Iona, Colorado State and Wichita State.

Eric “E.J.” Reed: A 6’5″ forward from Mesquite, Texas. He likes to play in the paint, even at that size.

The addition of these two players will mean that six players on the Blackbirds’ roster in 2012-13 will be from the state of Texas. Jim Ferry obviously has a good thing going with the Lone Star State, as it has provided LIU with stars like Julian Boyd and Jason Brickman.

Stony Brook (source):

Ryan Burnett: A 6’4″ wing from Richmond, Virginia. According to Rivals.com, Burnett apparently had offers from a number of smaller southern schools before committing to the Seawolves. This looks like a good pickup.

Carson Puriefoy III: A 6’0″ point guard from Wenonah, New Jersey. He’s a scorer who averaged 21.4 points per game during his junior season.

Jameel Warney: A 6’7″ power forward from Plainfield, New Jersey. Warney was rated the 49th best forward in the nation by ESPN.com. He’s an 89 overall prospect according to ESPN, which makes him an impressive recruit for an America East school like Stony Brook. This is a great get by Steve Pikiell.

Note: This post was updated to reflect Stony Brook having sent out a release.

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