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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358950

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That was a very compelling argument/story about McBride.
We should defer to the new coaching team until we see if their
Professional instincts can top our long-established and finely tuned skepticism.
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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358953

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I am the type of person who loves analysis and trying to prognosticate. It probably is why I love handicapping horse races so much. For SJU college basketball, I always look at recruitment through that lens of seeing ahead to the future. However I do not see enough high school or AAU ball to really know who is going to be good at the D1 level other than to study recruiting lists, look at highlight videos and read what others say about a player.

I think that type of methodology for analysis just can not apply here. With this coaching staff they seem to be looking beyond the obvious (4* and 5*) options. They are trusting their years of experience, spending countless hours recruiting, trying to build a specific culture and looking for certain player attributes that they can mold into a cohesive system. Many of the players they are bringing in are guys they have spent a significant amount of time recruiting and looking at. Players like Wusu, McGriff, Sears, Champagnie etc., etc., etc...………. are really unknown to us but, most importantly, not unknown to them.

I believe analyzing this correctly will take a patient wait and see approach from the fan base. When Lavin recruited his first group of nine highly touted players it was easy to get excited and dream of greatness for them. As it played out we saw the rewards and foibles to the prognostication of that talent. Ultimately that group (the ones who stuck) never exceeded the achievements of Norm's group of lesser touted players that Lavin coached in his first year.

For years I have watched under the radar talent light up the NCAAs and wondered how that happened and why SJU never seemed to bag that undervalued gem. With this staff it will be difficult to project how a player being brought in here will work out. Personally I am pretty juiced to see how it plays out. From my perspective bringing in a guy like Dylan Wusu who is excited and committed to being here can only be a good thing.

Welcome aboard Dylan!!!
I am thrilled to see you here and hope that choosing to come to SJU will be among the best decisions of your life.
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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358956

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Dylan is a sample of "The Times They Are A-Changin". Dylan can give the pep band a lot of song options.
Enjoyed Dylan's comments of the reason for choice of SJU in that it felt like a family atmosphere; similar comments by Cole last week. Maybe the Pep Band with have to a new anthem for SJU--like the Pittsburg Pirates--"We Are Family". Would be great theme for us and get everyone up and singing.

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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358970

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Happy wrote: This one for me is a real head scratcher and the staff thinks he can be a solid 4 year player as an upperclassman. There still is a number of better options in my opinion locally in guys like Bryce Harris and Jalen Celestine etc that for me would be a better fit . I have never watched Dylan in a game and said that he is a big east contributor but the staff does apparently because they are the ones who set up the official visit and if a kid wants to commit on an official you always says yes otherwise what’s the point :). I would have loved to wait and monitor him during the school year and don’t see what the rush was because he is a kid I think we could have gotten him at anytime. A great poster on this site mentioned to me this morning that a package of Posh and Max the big from OSL would make more sense and he is 100% correct. . I’m sure this also takes us out of the running for Guess as well but we will have to do the trust the staff thing on this one for now :). Welcome aboard Dylan :).


Well you could be a Big East coach. As I left the gym at noon today I went over to a Big East assistant who was there to watch Mathew Alexander Moncrief of Orangeville Prep. I asked him straight out what do you think of Dylan Wusu ? He looked at me puzzled. The assistant coach from another USD1 school sitting next to him replied «  you know the kid ST John’s signed. » He says oh yah he could be ok. I chime in and state what was the rush to sign this kid ? He replied I don’t know he would have been there for SJU in the spring.
I walk out of the gym and go to the washroom before the drive home and Moncrief is there charging his phone. I ask him where are you going to school. He says I don’t know I am just setting up my visits, Michigan State, Georgetown, Arizona, TCU etc.
So we are recruiting against St. Peter’s, Bryant, Wagner and our competitors are recruiting against Big Ten and PAC 12 schools.

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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358971

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redmannorth wrote:

Happy wrote: This one for me is a real head scratcher and the staff thinks he can be a solid 4 year player as an upperclassman. There still is a number of better options in my opinion locally in guys like Bryce Harris and Jalen Celestine etc that for me would be a better fit . I have never watched Dylan in a game and said that he is a big east contributor but the staff does apparently because they are the ones who set up the official visit and if a kid wants to commit on an official you always says yes otherwise what’s the point :). I would have loved to wait and monitor him during the school year and don’t see what the rush was because he is a kid I think we could have gotten him at anytime. A great poster on this site mentioned to me this morning that a package of Posh and Max the big from OSL would make more sense and he is 100% correct. . I’m sure this also takes us out of the running for Guess as well but we will have to do the trust the staff thing on this one for now :). Welcome aboard Dylan :).


Well you could be a Big East coach. As I left the gym at noon today I went over to a Big East assistant who was there to watch Mathew Alexander Moncrief of Orangeville Prep. I asked him straight out what do you think of Dylan Wusu ? He looked at me puzzled. The assistant coach from another USD1 school sitting next to him replied «  you know the kid ST John’s signed. » He says oh yah he could be ok. I chime in and state what was the rush to sign this kid ? He replied I don’t know he would have been there for SJU in the spring.
I walk out of the gym and go to the washroom before the drive home and Moncrief is there charging his phone. I ask him where are you going to school. He says I don’t know I am just setting up my visits, Michigan State, Georgetown, Arizona, TCU etc.
So we are recruiting against St. Peter’s, Bryant, Wagner and our competitors are recruiting against Big Ten and PAC 12 schools.


I’ve seen a lot of kids be over recruited with a bunch of “names” attached, who didn’t pan out. Staff sees a kid they think they can develop, pull the trigger. I trust their decision making.

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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358973

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JohnnyFan wrote: I am hoping this doesn't knock Christian Guess off the board. Guess would play right away and clearly play ahead of Wusu for his remaining two years here.


Why would this knock Guess off the board, they're assuming alot of player movement next off season.
If Guess knows he's better then Wusu and would play more then Wusu then why wouldn't he come?
I Guess we'll know more after his October 18th visit.

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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358979

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Big Red wrote:

redmannorth wrote:

Happy wrote: This one for me is a real head scratcher and the staff thinks he can be a solid 4 year player as an upperclassman. There still is a number of better options in my opinion locally in guys like Bryce Harris and Jalen Celestine etc that for me would be a better fit . I have never watched Dylan in a game and said that he is a big east contributor but the staff does apparently because they are the ones who set up the official visit and if a kid wants to commit on an official you always says yes otherwise what’s the point :). I would have loved to wait and monitor him during the school year and don’t see what the rush was because he is a kid I think we could have gotten him at anytime. A great poster on this site mentioned to me this morning that a package of Posh and Max the big from OSL would make more sense and he is 100% correct. . I’m sure this also takes us out of the running for Guess as well but we will have to do the trust the staff thing on this one for now :). Welcome aboard Dylan :).


Well you could be a Big East coach. As I left the gym at noon today I went over to a Big East assistant who was there to watch Mathew Alexander Moncrief of Orangeville Prep. I asked him straight out what do you think of Dylan Wusu ? He looked at me puzzled. The assistant coach from another USD1 school sitting next to him replied «  you know the kid ST John’s signed. » He says oh yah he could be ok. I chime in and state what was the rush to sign this kid ? He replied I don’t know he would have been there for SJU in the spring.
I walk out of the gym and go to the washroom before the drive home and Moncrief is there charging his phone. I ask him where are you going to school. He says I don’t know I am just setting up my visits, Michigan State, Georgetown, Arizona, TCU etc.
So we are recruiting against St. Peter’s, Bryant, Wagner and our competitors are recruiting against Big Ten and PAC 12 schools.


I’ve seen a lot of kids be over recruited with a bunch of “names” attached, who didn’t pan out. Staff sees a kid they think they can develop, pull the trigger. I trust their decision making.


Not saying it will work out but 6 years ago people were probably saying similar things about Desi Rodriquez

Don’t remember big programs salivating over him

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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358980

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Another NYC guard Quincey Douby didn’t have schools knocking down his door either

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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358982

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May be helpful to have Wusu & Posh talking us up to Max Amadasun at OSL. I'd be pretty happy with this class if they added a legit big like Amadasun.
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Dylan Wusu, SG, OSL HS (SJU Commit) 9 months 2 weeks ago #358986

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ghostzapper wrote: I am the type of person who loves analysis and trying to prognosticate. It probably is why I love handicapping horse races so much. For SJU college basketball, I always look at recruitment through that lens of seeing ahead to the future. However I do not see enough high school or AAU ball to really know who is going to be good at the D1 level other than to study recruiting lists, look at highlight videos and read what others say about a player.

I think that type of methodology for analysis just can not apply here. With this coaching staff they seem to be looking beyond the obvious (4* and 5*) options. They are trusting their years of experience, spending countless hours recruiting, trying to build a specific culture and looking for certain player attributes that they can mold into a cohesive system. Many of the players they are bringing in are guys they have spent a significant amount of time recruiting and looking at. Players like Wusu, McGriff, Sears, Champagnie etc., etc., etc...………. are really unknown to us but, most importantly, not unknown to them.

I believe analyzing this correctly will take a patient wait and see approach from the fan base. When Lavin recruited his first group of nine highly touted players it was easy to get excited and dream of greatness for them. As it played out we saw the rewards and foibles to the prognostication of that talent. Ultimately that group (the ones who stuck) never exceeded the achievements of Norm's group of lesser touted players that Lavin coached in his first year.

For years I have watched under the radar talent light up the NCAAs and wondered how that happened and why SJU never seemed to bag that undervalued gem. With this staff it will be difficult to project how a player being brought in here will work out. Personally I am pretty juiced to see how it plays out. From my perspective bringing in a guy like Dylan Wusu who is excited and committed to being here can only be a good thing.

Welcome aboard Dylan!!!
I am thrilled to see you here and hope that choosing to come to SJU will be among the best decisions of your life.


I hadn’t been on the board most of the weekend and signing two players in one day is not something I am used to. I very much agree with Ghostzapper’s point about the highly rated players that were brought in a few years ago. Each one had a wart and that’s why they wound up here and the results showed that. Coach Mike and his staff have a track record of success and I am happy to give them a little time. Next season is the twentieth anniversary of the last time we won an NCAA game. I believe that the staff feels they got a steal in Posh and a very strong player in Cole. Time will tell but I think higher rated players are in our future as well.

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