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  • FYI - If you know of a promising young player, please pass it on!

    For Boys Entering Grades 9-12

    Reminder: WLU Elite Camp:
    12 noon to 5 PM July 19, 2020
    Sign up by Jul 10.
    - 11 Days Left to Sign up for Camp
    - 30 Campers from 5 States confirmed. Room for 75
    - 12 D3/NAIA Coaches Confirmed Attending

    Here is sign up form with info. Call Coach Lamberti with questions.
    https://hilltoppersports.com/documents/2020/6/15//WLU_2020_Elite_Camp.pdf?id=1744
    Last edited by Columbuseer; 06-30-2020, 09:12 PM.

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    • Originally posted by Columbuseer View Post
      FYI - If you know of a promising young player, please pass it on!

      For Boys Entering Grades 9-12

      Reminder: WLU Elite Camp:
      12 noon to 5 PM July 19, 2020
      Sign up by Jul 10.
      - 11 Days Left to Sign up for Camp
      - 30 Campers from 5 States confirmed. Room for 75
      - 12 D3/NAIA Coaches Confirmed Attending

      Here is sign up form with info. Call Coach Lamberti with questions.
      https://hilltoppersports.com/documents/2020/6/15//WLU_2020_Elite_Camp.pdf?id=1744
      Due to COVID-19, The WLU Elite Camp has been cancelled.
      Hopefully, it will return in 2021.

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      • IMHO, Unless everyone, especially young people, get serious about wearing masks and social distancing, the statistics are not in favor of having a football or basketball season, with or without fans. Furthermore, if we don't take these measures, insurance rates are going to skyrocket for everyone next year because of the cost of hospital stays with COVID-19. One guy spent 29 days in ICU - bill was $1.1M.

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        • FYI – Here are the Ohio HIgh School all-time state records associated with WLU recruit Zach Rasile.
          He could be a serious zone-breaker. But make no mistake, he is much more than just a great shooter.



          BTW, Ben Howlett is #18 with 36 consecutive free throws made across multiple games.

          Here are Zach’s JUNIOR year highlights:
          https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j7b...x5rPU97If/view

          Zach Rasile stats:
          #1 in Three-point shots made in a career at 485. This may be very difficult to surpass as #2 is 329.
          # 1, #2, #5 and #11 in Three-point shots made in a season with a high of 140.
          #2 in career points at 3,013.
          #9 (ties) in most three-pointers made in a game at 12 (record is 17). He is listed 5 times. No one else is listed more than once (minimum of 11 shots made to qualify). He made 12 on three separate occasions and 11 on two other occasions.
          #6 most field goals made in a season at 331

          #7 in points in one season at 987
          #10 most steals in a career at 314

          #11 in consecutive free throws made in a game at 18
          #11 most free throws made in a career at 528
          #14 highest three point shooting % in a career 44.0% 485/1103
          Last edited by Columbuseer; 07-13-2020, 12:14 PM.

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          • Disregard...bad info.

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            • It is a slow day. As I was looking up Zach rasile’s records, I saw a lot of famous names like jerry Lucas, bob Huggins, etc.
              brought back a lot of memories. Also updated stats for zach. He hit 44% of his threes for his career!
              anyhow FYI here is the link to the current basketball records
              https://ohsaa.org/sports/staterecords/boysbasketball
              Last edited by Columbuseer; 07-12-2020, 02:13 PM.

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              • Originally posted by Columbuseer View Post
                It is a slow day. As I was looking up Zach rasile’s records, I saw a lot of famous names like jerry Lucas, bob Huggins, etc.
                brought back a lot of memories. Also updated stats for zach. He hit 44% of his threes for his career!
                anyhow FYI here is the link to the current basketball records
                https://ohsaa.org/sports/staterecords/boysbasketball
                There were some other familiar WLU-centric names on the list of Career Points Leaders:

                2. Zach Rasile
                18. Luke Powell
                19. Beau Justice
                23. Dan Monteroso

                And I noticed throwback WLU name on the Career 3FG List: Jerry Ammirante

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                • Luke Powell is #10 in three pointers made in a season at 105!
                  He may be the surprise of this class. He is very athletic and can hit contested 3 point shots due to great elevation. Just needs to get familiar with the WLU style with its emphasis on passing, movement without the ball and defense.

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                  • Originally posted by Columbuseer View Post
                    Luke Powell is #10 in three pointers made in a season at 105!
                    He may be the surprise of this class. He is very athletic and can hit contested 3 point shots due to great elevation. Just needs to get familiar with the WLU style with its emphasis on passing, movement without the ball and defense.
                    He'll have plenty of time before the next game in November of 2021.

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                    • Starting to look more and more like no season this fall. Having a hard time believing athletes buy into a condensed season (25-50%) while using an entire year of eligibility. Some poor kid is going to miss 1000 points by a field goal or breaking a school record due to lack of attempts/min. Games played.
                      Last edited by wheelingtopper62; 07-15-2020, 05:03 AM.

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                      • Also think we need to be more realistic with our expectations for Rasile IF there is a season in the spring. Not trying to minimize any of his high school accolades but adjusting to college basketball is still such a tremendous change. Hoping for an easy transition but we know about the West Lib learning curve. Gotta think Conley Hiles Robinson McKinney Dyer have the advantage on a LOADED guard team in that aspect. Definitely could benefit Rasile though if the season is PPD.

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                        • Originally posted by wheelingtopper62 View Post
                          Starting to look more and more like no season this fall. Having a hard time believing athletes buy into a condensed season (25-50%) while using an entire year of eligibility. Some poor kid is going to miss 1000 points by a field goal or breaking a school record due to lack of attempts/min. Games played.
                          Not saying personal accolades are more important than team results, but we should remember those goals allow individuals the opportunity to rightfully recognize the countless hours of hard work and determination these student athletes have put in; many since their youth. Claiming a school record is a special honor that usually stands for a generation and should be shared with family, friends, and teammates alike. In a sport that emphasizes teamwork over individuality moreso than others, it’ll be interesting to see how these honors are held to the same standard.

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                          • Originally posted by wheelingtopper62 View Post
                            Also think we need to be more realistic with our expectations for Rasile IF there is a season in the spring. Not trying to minimize any of his high school accolades but adjusting to college basketball is still such a tremendous change. Hoping for an easy transition but we know about the West Lib learning curve. Gotta think Conley Hiles Robinson McKinney Dyer have the advantage on a LOADED guard team in that aspect. Definitely could benefit Rasile though if the season is PPD.
                            I agree with you that nothing is guaranteed with predicting college success for great high school players. However, I would be very surprised if Zach starts (of course I was surprised when David Dennis started as a freshman). I will also be surprised if he redshirts.
                            From watching him play well against WLU players in open gym, he just needs to get stronger and adjust defensive angles to guard much bigger and quicker college guards.
                            But he drilled numerous threes against WLU players and showed a high basketball IQ. I thought he was a college transfer when I watched him as he was not intimidated by the college players.
                            IMHO if he were 6-7 and not 6-0, he would be at Duke or Kentucky, given his skill set.

                            He has several advantages compared to the average incoming freshman:

                            1) McDonald played the same style as WLU, only without the depth to platoon 10 players
                            2) He has tremendous aerobic conditioning
                            3) Coach's son, high IQ and unselfish
                            4) Lives basketball - shoots 60,000 shots a summer.
                            5) Has the whole repertoire of shots - deep three, step back three, dribble drive, floaters inside, jump stop, fall away jumper, reverse layups, etc.
                            5) Unbelievable range - Like the Salem U legend Archie Talley, or more recently Steph Curry, anywhere inside half court is in range. Hit 44% of his threes for his career!
                            6) Moves well without the ball and makes great passes, after facing many junk defenses designed to stop him.
                            7) #10 all time Ohio in career steals at 331, so he can play some open court defense.

                            From Ben's comments in the article below, he does not seem to anticipate a redshirt.

                            “The good thing he’s got going for him is he’s smart,” Howlett said. “I think he’ll pick things up pretty quickly. Obviously, putting on some weight. You can say that about every freshman. He’ll put on weight when he’s here.

                            “He’s got to be competitive. He’s got to come out here and say, ‘I’m not going to use the crutch of being a freshman and take the back seat.’ Zach has to come in here with the mentality of ‘I’m going to beat guys out. I don’t care if I’m a freshman or senior, whatever. I want to beat guys out.’ I think with him, with how competitive he is, he’ll come in here with that mentality. I’m really looking forward to coaching him.”


                            https://www.vindy.com/sports/high-sc...looking-ahead/

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                            • According to former West Liberty G Mason Shifflett’s FB page, he underwent surgery for broken leg, ruptured ligament in his ankle suffered during a pro-am game in his hometown of Louisville. According to the LPA, he had 32 points when he was carted off the floor early in the 4th quarter. Post also noted he dealt with ruptured ligaments in his shooting hand that required surgery last summer before enrolling at WLU. Seems he was behind the 8 ball early @WLU. Hate to hear that but seems the injury bug has followed him early during his collegiate career. I had a pleasure to speak with mason a few times before games on his way to the weight room and after games at the ASRC last season and really enjoyed his outlook. Kid works hard and was constantly in the gym. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

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                              • Originally posted by wheelingtopper62 View Post
                                According to former West Liberty G Mason Shifflett’s FB page, he underwent surgery for broken leg, ruptured ligament in his ankle suffered during a pro-am game in his hometown of Louisville. According to the LPA, he had 32 points when he was carted off the floor early in the 4th quarter. Post also noted he dealt with ruptured ligaments in his shooting hand that required surgery last summer before enrolling at WLU. Seems he was behind the 8 ball early @WLU. Hate to hear that but seems the injury bug has followed him early during his collegiate career. I had a pleasure to speak with mason a few times before games on his way to the weight room and after games at the ASRC last season and really enjoyed his outlook. Kid works hard and was constantly in the gym. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
                                That is terrible news! Nice young man. Was looking forward to watching him play at montevallo. Has a beautiful three point shot that is deadly.

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