Recruiting: Kadeem Jack

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Recruiting
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There is still recruiting that can be done for the class of 2010 and Providence is staying involved, and as always Adam Zagoria at Zagsblog.com is right on top of it.  Providence is in pursuit of 6’8″ power forward, Kadeem Jack.  Jack is a senior and well known Manhattan High School in New York.  Having spent ten years in Trinidad and Tobago, Jack has only been playing basketball competively for 4 years and is more of an athlete right now than a basketball player, but everybody around him sees the great upside in him.  His coach at Rice, Maurice Hicks, had this to say about Jack:

“Kadeem hasn’t been playing basketball for a long time.  I think it’s a great thing because you can teach him. He doesn’t have the bad habits. As soon as you tell him to do something he does it right away.  He’s a kid that loves to play and I think his upside is tremendous.”

At the moment Jack is being recruited by a number of schools.  The most interest has been shown by Arizona, St. John’s, Providence, Miami, and Seton Hall.  UConn, Arkansas, and Georgia have also shown interest according to Jack.  Jack will wait to take remaining official visits until after Rice has completed their season.  As to who may be leading the recruiting race?… Arizona appears to be in front, but Jack had this to say:

“I wouldn’t say it’s one school.  All of them showed me love. Each school has a different way to recruit players.”

The recruitment of Jacks has been developing lately.  Assistant Coach Rodell Davis made the trip down to Brooklyn see Jack at the 3rd Annual SNY Invitational.  Jack had a good tournament, but Davis was joined by assistants from Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Miami.

We are glad to see that Providence is still in the recruiting mix.  We missed out on Devon Collier, but we haven’t ended our pursuit of another big body.  At 6’8″ and 210 lbs.  Jack isn’t the biggest player around but he is solid enough and very athletic, which fits in with what Cocah Keno is doing here at Providence… energetic players, who can run the floor, and have good instincts in transition.

He has been given a 90 overall scout rating by ESPN and has room to keep improving.  We don’t expect too much to happen in regards to Jack until his season is over.  He will most likely take an official visit here at some time in the early spring.  We don’t know too much else about Jack, except that he would be a nice way to round out an already strong incoming class, and would add much needed size and depth to our thin front court.  Getting him might be a stretch at this time, but we will not rush to conclusions about where he will go before he starts to take the majority of his official visits.  So in the mean time we will keep an eye on him as closely as we can.

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