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Reports from the Recruiting Trail

As we trolled the Net for news on Nova’s recruiting targets, we found the following updates on Tony Wroten, Michael Gilchrist, Rakeem Christmas, Amile Jefferson, and JayVaughn Pinkston: reports that Villanova 2011 target, Tony Wroten Jr (6-4 PG), is expected to make a full recovery from a torn ACL injury sustained while playing football in September. He is projected as the starting PG for Team USA at the inaugural U17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, which will be held in July.

Fresh off the USA Basketball U16 Mini-Camp in Colorado in mid-October, ESPN updated its assessment of Michael Gilchrist calling him “one of the few players who automatically raises the intensity and quality of play when he’s in the game.” For a fuller assessment, see VUHoops’ synopsis of’s report on Gilchrist posted on October 13.

NBE reports that 2012 Nova target, Amile Jefferson(6-5 SG) was one of the marquee players at last week’s Eddie Griffin Challenge, featuring some of the top players from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. NBE said “Jefferson” stood out due to his length and athleticism. He blocked shots, grabbed rebounds and attacked the glass, ran the floor and even showed solid ball-handling ability. Moreover, Jefferson knocked down threes and posted up defenders well. Jefferson recently attended Midnight Madness at Georgetown and the ‘Hoops Mania’ at Villanova. In addition to Nova, he has offers and/or interest from West Virginia, Wake Forest, Temple, Penn State, Duke, Syracuse, Saint Joseph’s and Drexel.

Not much in the news concerning 2011 Nova big-man target, Rakeem Christmas, other than he attended Georgetown’s Midnight Madness event a couple weeks ago. All “JT3″ wants for Christmas is, well Christmas.

With a hat tip to Paul’91, Zagsblog posted a story today featuring Nova recruting target JayVaughn Pinkston (6-6 PF). Zags asserts that Pinkston is clearly the best player in NYC after inspired 29 and 30 point efforts in the is8 tournament, where he was named MVP.