Following my Jim Coleman post, the topic came up about local recruiting for Aggie basketball in general.
Two Oñate senior guards are currently borderline Division I prospects in Tim Jacobs and Terrel de Rouen.
Considering all Aggies, should these kids be looked at for scholarship offers from the program?
From my understanding, both have received interest with de Rouen garnering slightly more. Again, from my understanding, no scholarships have been offered.
Terrel is very athletic, with a long wingspan and high hops. At just over 6-feet tall and wiery, he seems to have a couple more inches to grow in him. He’s a great competitor, which can boil over at times. With that being said, he’s instilled that fiery nature in his Oñate teammates, which all-in-all has been a positive for the program. His jump shot is spotty. He has swagger on the court and is driven.
Jacobs is much more understated — steadier in nature, less flashy on the court. He is a true point guard. He understands the game — he has an innate sense for where all 10 players are on the floor. He has a good feel for the tempo of a game and can affect the outcome without scoring a single point. His jump shot isn’t consistent at this point and his athleticism doesn’t jump off the court. He’s a good kid who steers clear from trouble and seems to do well in the classroom.
Inconsistent shooting is correctable in the offseason simply by getting in the gym and putting up jumpers. I have no doubt both players will work on this craft.
In the end, they’re local kids. Could they make an impact on the Aggies? That’s for coach Marvin Menzies to decide during the recruiting process.
Right now they have one scholarship available which seems will be going to 6-foot-7 wing player Remi Barry. They have a need at point guard — Hernst Laroche will be a senior next season and the team hasn’t had a suitable backup this year. And no matter what a starter will need to step in when Laroche departs.
The team will also need improved shooting — Gordo Castllo, their one classic catch-and-shoot player — is a senior.
They also need to put more fans in the seats — I don’t think anyone would dispute that — and local players will help in that effort, to a point.
Another scholarship or two could open up depending on if the Aggie roster sees any turnover during the offseason. At the end of the day it’s about doing what’s best for the program and getting wins in the process.
I think de Rouen and Jacobs will be fine college players, but at what level and where? Should the Aggies bring them on board?