Four underrecruited players from the Latitude Longitude Classic @thegrindsession
The Latitude & Longitude Classic was a great starting event for our coverage in the West and teams from all over North America made their way to the Phoenix area to compete. These four players jumped off the page as breakout guys and prospects that warrant a more active recruitment.
When we look at the class of 2022 as a whole, the big men in this class got swept up in a hurry and the good ones were pulled into recruiting classes during this early signing period week. Now, with things going back to a bit of a reset for recruiting purposes, Foumena could be a player that jumps more into recruiting meeting conversations at the collegiate level. He’s all kinds of long and plays well vertically as a defender, rebounder and at the iron defender. Foumena has high-major length and plays purposefully around the rim. The native of Paris, France said he’s heard from Washington State (who was at the event and saw him), Georgetown, Seton Hall, Florida State, Oregon and Maryland.
Watch closely and you’ll see him leading his team in the huddle, rallying the troops in timeouts and directing traffic when he’s on the floor. In two games of action, Monegro posted 24 points, 7.5 rebounds and three assists a contest. He was efficient In his delivery on the floor and welcomed a good challenge. Monegro said he’s heard from Washington State, Oklahoma State, Memphis, SMU and Wake Forest in various degrees of interest.
If there was a big revelation on Saturday afternoon - at least for us - it was the play of Jones. The 6-foot-4 guard played with a great pace to his game, knowing how and when to push the tempo on offense. The long lefty did a nice job of keeping the floor spread out of his backcourt mate in Jaquan Sanders. Jones did a great job of finding the hot hand when it was called for and knew how to get him the rock. In this setting, he looked like a guard who could have the Big East in hot pursuit in at a consistent rate.
The more I watch the 6-foot-2 guard from San Diego play, the more I appreciate the way he competes and produces. He’s a good shooter with a good feel and a good understanding of what he can and can not do. His smarts put him in a position to have a clean look for a shot and he’s always founded with a good base for a technically sound attempt. This narrative has rang true every time I’ve seen him play. I’d like to hear good reasons why he couldn’t warrant an offer from a Big West level school.