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February 3, 2013

Final Day of NPSI Reveals Talent

Providence, RI - On Sunday, the final day of the National Prep School Invitational took place at Rhode Island College. With numerous high-major recruits in action, one unsigned postgrad made the biggest impression the crowd with his 31-point performance.

Zabo Finding His Spot

The debate around New England is whether or not 2014 Canadian import Kevin Zabo, ranked No. 56 in the Rivals150, is a true point guard or a combo guard.

Recently, due to the injury of 2013 point guard Martez Harrison, Zabo has had to take over duties of being the full-time point guard, but with a scoring approach. He has the asset of being a new age type of point guard, who can facilitate the offense but also score when needed to. Nevertheless, Zabo gets his teammates involved and has been shooting it well.

West Virginia, Iowa State, George Washington and Illinois have offered him, while Ohio State, Marquette and Arizona State have kept in touch.

With no focus on his recruitment right now, he may take a visit or two in the spring, but has no intentions just yet.

The true question going forward will be whether more college coaches offer him to play the point, or to be a combo guard.

Hearlihy Makes A Statement

As he impressed on Saturday, 2013 Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) combo forward Josh Hearlihy made major strides on Sunday in his game Sunday against Tilton (NH). The versatile 6-foot-7 player looked his best when slashing to the basket and finishing around the basket. His physical play helped boost his productivity on the court. Hearlihy also passes really well for his size, and has a very filled out body.

He put in a 31-point performance on Sunday.

Being recruited as someone who can play the 2, 3 and 4, the California native is a former Utah signee who was injured. From there, he got out of his letter of intent and pledged to come east for prep school. Now, his stock is on the rise once again.

Offers have been fielded from Santa Clara, Portland, Rice, Drake, Brown, Old Dominion and Elon, with inquiries from Pittsburgh, Maryland and Boston College. Without a doubt, he can play at any level as his versatility truly makes him a special player.

As he plans to make a college decision based on the right fit, he knows the right academic situation will come his way and that he will not have to search specifically for that dimension.

"A fit is a fit," he told Rivals.com. Location will not matter, and he plans on taking official visits after the season completes.

Six Remain for Atewe

2013 Notre Dame Prep (MA) power forward Matthew Atewe didn't play on Sunday, but did make the decision to narrow his college list to six schools.

Auburn, Charlotte, Nevada, Wake Forest, Clemson and Nebraska remain in the fold for Atewe, who has two official visits remaining. He has been to Auburn, Kansas State (spot filled) and Nebraska, but remains wide open with the intention of using the remainder of his visits.

A big body, Atewe is talented on the defensive end, and it developing his forte on the offensive side of the game.

Hussein Gaining Attention

While he is far from his ultimate goal of becoming a small forward, 2014 Vermont Academy prospect Hassan Hussein is starting to improve and become more active.

The Maryland native is hitting his open shots, and has also done a great job of spacing the floor to the best of his ability. With his goal of becoming a wing something he aspires to do, it will take a lot of work on his handle, which is just not there yet. For now, though, he remains a highly coveted power forward with some work to do.

Schools such as Holy Cross, Boston and High Point have offered, while others like DePaul and Stanford have shown a whirlwind of interest in him. Most schools are recruiting him as a stretch-four for the time being.

With this in mind, if a school were to offer him the opportunity to develop his perimeter game, it could intrigue Hussein. His development over the next half year should be very interesting to track.

Mid-Major Notes

After losing four players at the beginning of the season, Hofstra hit the recruiting trail looking to fill scholarships. The Pride picked up commitments from Iverson Fleming, Rich Williams, Amadi Udenyi and Gervelle Kidd recently. Now, they are close to filling two more spots. 2013 St. Thomas More (CT) point guard Marquis Moore could commit to the squad soon, and that would give them the lead for 2013 St. Thomas More (CT) power forward Gabe Levin. Ultimately, Mo Cassara's program could end up with a very strong recruiting class after dealing with termoil.

Putnam Science Academy (CT) has a pair of unsigned senior guards in Jemal Mosley and Joel Angus. Neither has an offer yet, but Mosley holds interest from LIU, Wofford, Fairfield, Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac and New Hampshire. Angus, on the other hand, is being carted by Dartmouth, Brown, Fairleigh Dickinson and New Hampshire.

For the latest in college basketball recruiting, head to TheRecruitScoop.com for the latest details and notes on offers, visits, commitments and more. To contact Alex Kline, you can reach him by email at MaryKlineClassic@gmail.com or on Twitter at TheRecruitScoop.


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