July 14, 2010

Worcester Native Likes BC

At first, Naadir Tharpe's situation was simple. The point guard was committed to Providence and everything was set. Then came change in the rising senior's life. He reopened his recruitment from the Big East school after then Providence assistant coach Pat Skerry left for a job at Pitt. Tharpe is not back on the market and this summer is a big one for him.

Tharpe attends Brewster Academy in New Hampshire where his squad won the National Prep title this season. The talented point guard has been exposed to some great talent around him including Markus Kennedy, Austin Carroll, CJ Fair and Will Barton at the high school level, and Alex Murphy, along with Kaleb Tarczewskiion the AAU circuit with the New England Playaz. This summer is a big one for Tharpe.

The 5-foot-11 point guard runs the show. He is a master of the pick and roll. Tharpe can drive to the hole and find his teammates to make plays, and is also a leader. The game runs around him for his squad. Tharpe's shooting is decent but still needs work on, as well as his defense, although a coach who has closely followed Tharpe's career recently said that his shooting has been improving drastically over the last year. The floor general can make or break a team with his play but most of the time, the top 150 player in the class of 2011 does it big.

Through this has come a huge reward in payment. "My list is Miami, Wake Forest, Boston College, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, UNC Charlotte, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Hofstra, Indiana, Marquette, UNLV and Virginia," stated Tharpe. "Providence is still on the list but I am wide open at this point."

The undersized, yet aggressive, guard has taken a few visits recently. He took one to Rutgers and had one planned for Boston College.

"I was going to visit Boston College but I didn't have the chance to because something came up," he said. "Hopefully I can visit sometime."

The Eagles and their new staff are showing Naadir tons of love and he likes them back.

"I like how close they are to home," said the Massachusetts native. "The new coaching staff has also been great to me and I really like how they run their offense. It fits my style."

Tharpe certainly does fit that type of offense. Could the Eagles new staff land him?
While Naadir focuses on gaining more respect and exposure on a national level, he hopes to take his New England Playaz team as far as possible. The squad is stacked and so is Tharpe's potential and skill level. The future is sky high for Naadir Tharpe as he looks to take his game to the next level.


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