Hurricane Florence is doing more in South Carolina sports than scuttling the college and high school football schedules. Basketball recruiting, which now is in open season, also is being impacted. 6-11 Malcolm Wilson of Ridge View had to postpone his Georgetown official visit this weekend and 6-6 Josiah James of Porter-Gaud is facing a similar concern with his Clemson visit.
“We don’t know yet,” Porter-Gaud coach John Pearson said about the plans for the official visit this weekend. “We’re going to leave that open. Hesitant to say we’re going to complete that visit this weekend because there is so much happening. We are sort of leaving it open and if he visit can happen, we’ll make it happen. If not, we’ll look at another time.”
Pearson said James will be staying in Charleston to sit out the storm because his home is situated in an area that won’t be too affected.
In home visits for James are being affected. Duke was scheduled to be in either today or tomorrow but with the traffic situation in the Charleston area, that’s been postponed until next week.
However, Clemson coach Brad Brownell and assistants Steve Smith and Dick Bender got in Monday for their visit.
“They met Josiah’s father and then they came over to the school and hung out, and then they met at Josiah’s house,” Pearson said.
James did get in his first official visit this past weekend at Tennessee. Pearson joined him on that visit and he said the Vols did all the right things to impress James.
“They did a very good job of taking us around the school and letting us meet key people. Josiah did some of those meetings and he hung out with the guys. I think it was very, very positive meeting for Josiah and he really enjoyed it. Coach (Rick) Barnes is A plus. He’s a top notch coach. He’s been around the block. He’s very charismatic. He’s funny and he knows his basketball. I think that really made an impact on Josiah.”
Tennessee is going up against a pair of ACC schools in this recruiting battle and Barnes had a plan ready to show him how he could excel in the SEC and reach the next level.
“They want to land a kid like that because first he’s a good kid, smart kid, gets along with their guys,” Pearson said. “They plan for him to blossom as a point guard and they just want to make sure they develop him so that he can reach his dreams. I think they have his best interest in mind. Josiah loved it (the visit).
James is scheduled to take his third official visit to Duke on September 27th.