Division I coaches paying attention to 2023 forward Isaiah Miranda

2023 Phelps School (PA) forward Isaiah Miranda will be heading into his second year of high school basketball with two scholarship offers, and maybe more, once the season starts.

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Plenty of schools making calls to 2022 forward Bube Momah

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Since college coaches were able to speak to prospective 2022 recruits, Phillips Andover (MA) wing Emmanuel ‘Bube’ Momah‘s phone hasn’t stopped ringing.

Bryant, Manhattan, Siena, Quinnipiac, Marist, Holy Cross and Arkansas Little Rock have all offered scholarships with the latest coming from the staff at Dartmouth.

“My relationship is good. I talked with [David McLaughlin] over the phone and he said they like my game and have heard great things about me. Ideally they want me to come up to campus when things settle down,” Momah explained. “And I talked with [Justin Bradley] and he was excited to build a relationship with me moving forward.”

George Washington, California, Georgetown, East Carolina, Harvard and Stanford, among plenty others, have also reached out to express interest.

Momah is an athlete that has a lot of tools in his tool box and coaches appreciate his all around game.

“A lot of coaches have commented on my unique athleticism and size for my age,” he said. “Also they like my versatility and ability to play on the wing and post up.”

Right now, without basketball being played in most places, Momah is working hard on his game. He’s paying special attention to one part of his offensive game that should help his game moving forward.

“I’m working on becoming more consistent shooting the ball,” he said.

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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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