Andres Marrero working on his offensive game

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2021 guard Andres Marrero is a smooth shooting combo guard that can just flat out play. Marrero played his AAU ball with the New York Jayhawks (NY) 16U team and ScoopmanTV got the opportunity to see him play a few times.

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Stretch four Jai Smith still available in 2021

2021 forward Jai Smith has flown under the radar for sometime but more than enough interest from high major programs to back up his improving game.

UMass, Rutgers, Saint Louis, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Siena, San Diego, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Temple and Oregon State have all been recruiting him with Hofstra being the most recent to reach out and offer him a scholarship.

“They are great people,” Smith explained. “Who bring a welcoming and friendly vibe.”

Smith is a stretch four that can do a little bit of everything on the floor. According to our advanced metrics on the Nike EYBL circuit last season, Smith was one to watch in the upcoming year following his sudden emergence towards the end of the EYBL season.

He finished last summer with a 67-percent true shooting percentage, while also having a 78-percent effective field goal percentage.

Most of the programs have caught on to his abilities and have paid attention to his improvement throughout the years.

“Coaches like how I’m a tough defender that can spread the floor,” he said. “And athleticism and also my rebounding ability.”

Smith is a player that is still open in his recruitment but will be looking to start narrowing down his list of schools and possibly commit, “sometime this season coming up,” he said. He will be looking for a program that will help him get to his ultimate goal.

“Solid and loyal,” he said of what he’s looking for in a college. “Like a family, who can help me reach my goal of playing in the NBA.”

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2021 guard Kenny Noland picking up interest

2021 Apex Friendship (NC) guard Kenny Noland has played himself onto some coaches radars heading into his final year of high school basketball.

Colorado State recently reached out to express interest, while Army, Davidson, High Point, Winthrop, Eastern Washington and Air Force are also recruiting him.

“Coaches have told me they like my speed and ability to shoot the ball well,” Noland said. “And play good defense and having quick hands.”

With more coaches getting involved, Noland has been working on his game making sure that he’s prepared for the opportunity when coaches can see him again.

“I’ve been working on getting stronger all around and I’ve been lifting everyday,” he said. “I’ve also been working on a lot of jumpers off the dribble.”

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