Lions247 hit the road again to attend the Mary Kline Classic, one of the biggest AAU showcases of the season. An event put on by Alex Kline in memory of his late mother, the 17-year-old raised over twenty thousand dollars in the process, with the night’s proceeds going towards brain cancer research.
Thorpe is looking for a new AAU team to catch on with.
Featuring senior and underclassmen games, in addition to dunk, three-point shooting, and skills contests, some of the games most talented high school players came together in a small gym in Pennington, N.J., to put on quite a show.
A number of Penn State commits and targets took the court to help raise money for the cause, including incoming freshman Brandon Taylor and 2013 guard Geno Thorpe.
Taylor said he was excited to get to campus and will be enrolling for the second summer session, starting June 27th. When the season starts in the fall, get to a game early and watch this kid warm-up shooting threes. Great stroke, and knocks them down one after the other. He also doesn’t believe his signature dreads will have to be cut, in case anyone was wondering.
Thorpe had some interesting news regarding his AAU status. After playing the first stop on the Nike EYBL with the King James Shooting Stars, the 6-foot-3 junior is no longer running with the team.
“It just wasn’t the right fit,” Thorpe said on Saturday. “I'm looking to get on another team soon to finish out the season.”
Look for Team Philly to be a likely landing point for the Pittsburgh native, who would be fostering the relationship between he and fellow 2013 commit Brandon Austin. Thorpe will also be taking a visit or two to Penn State this summer, where he will be able to play some pickup ball with his future teammates.
Moving on to uncommitted prospects, the most noteworthy news came from 2013 guard Davon Reed, who informed Lion247 he has cut Penn State from his list.
“I'm not really looking at Penn State anymore, they have a bunch of guys at my position and I'm not scared or anything like that, but I'm just looking elsewhere,” said the 6-foot-5 guard. “UConn recently got in touch with me, so I'm trying to head up there for a visit.”
After taking verbals from Austin and 2014 guard Isaiah Washington earlier this year, there is merit in where Reed is coming from. One could argue there is room for all of them but he seems to have moved on, already having taken a visit to Wake Forest a little over a month ago. Harvard and Georgetown are involved as well.
Sticking with Team Final, two prospects who have been associated with Penn State in the past also didn’t have many glowing remarks about where the Nittany Lions stand. Local product and one of the top 2013 players Rondae Jefferson said he had heard from Penn State a bit but the Lions aren’t very high on his list. Temple looks to be a player here, but it didn’t seem like any sort of commitment was imminent.
2013 big man Austin Colbert had similar remarks, saying the Penn State staff had been in contact but didn’t list them when asked for a list of schools.
“Florida, I've been hearing from Baylor, Georgetown, Seton Hall,” said the 6-foot-8 Colbert, who hails from New Jersey but plays his high school ball in Connecticut. “Harvard and Temple too, those are all the schools I’ve been hearing from the most.”
The fourth and newest member of Team Final Jaren Sina took home MVP honors in the underclassmen game for his 10 point, 14 assist performance. The 6-foot-1 point guard has been trying to get things going on the Nike Eybl circuit, but was running things on Saturday.
Sina’s father Mergin coaches the high school team but felt it was good for his son to have a different voice in his ear.
Penn State is still in the mix here, but as the elder Sina explained, it has been hard to cut the list of potential suitors. Pittsburgh has been involved of late, and the Panthers might get a visit in the near future. Sina visited Northwestern earlier this year and still hasn’t ruled Alabama out, in addition to a number of other schools in the running. Sina visited Penn State in the fall and doesn’t have a timetable on when he plans to decide.