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Mitch Henderson's first two three recruits!

According to ESPN senior recruiting analyst Dave Telep, Mitch Henderson has received verbal commitments from his first two recruits as Princeton head coach.

Update: While I was out at a memorial service this afternoon/evening word broke that a third player has committed to Coach Henderson. Crazy, unprecidented day.

Information added after the jump.

The first is Edo Lawrence, a 7'1" English center from the Canterbury School in New Milford, CT who took an official visit to Princeton last month. He had also made an official visit to Yale and an unofficial visit to Holy Cross.

The second is a 6'8", 230 lb power forward playing at prep powerhouse The Hill School named Hans Brase.

Brase claims offers in addition to Princeton from North Florida, Charlotte and Penn among others.

According to Brian Snow from Scout you can add 6'3" guard Michael Washington Jr. (#13 above) from Oak Harbor High School just north of Seattle to Henderson's first recruiting class. As I gather more information, read an interview with Washington here. I see mention of an offer from Seattle with interest from a variety of schools.

Nice steal and a dunk at this end of these more recent highlights.

Washington has also made a name for himself on the football field.

All three are members of the class of 2012. I've reached out to these recruits' coaches so expect profiles of each on the site ASAP.

Stuart Schulman said,

October 6, 2011 @ 11:44 am

Excellent. Harvard is reloading with a well-regarded class there are top-rated recruits coming to Penn and elsewhere, so it is critical that we keep up with the pack.

Looking forward to hearing more. And looking forward to seeing Connolly, Fabrizius and Lawrence on the court at the same time, a front court that could average seven feet.

Jon Solomon said,

October 6, 2011 @ 11:49 am

I had both prospects on my radar for a while now, so I am glad Princeton was able to secure the services of priority players with different types of upsides.

While getting two commitments in one day is bad for my plan of going offline all Thursday, it is certainly good for the program.

Lawrence will be the tallest player to ever suit up for the Tigers, no?


Stuart Schulman said,

October 6, 2011 @ 11:52 am

As far as I know you are correct.

Rodney Johnson said,

October 6, 2011 @ 11:54 am

Great new.

Thanks for the clip of Lawrence. We all know the shortcomings of highlight clips, but I liked what I saw: shot a baby hook with the left hand, and quick hands on defense. He blocked a shot with his left hand agains a right-handed shooter, rather than crossing over his body with his dominant right hand. Looks like he has been well coached.

Jon Solomon said,

October 6, 2011 @ 11:59 am


I will not claim to "see" what coaches see, but there's something to the way Lawrence squares his body that looks promising. He hasn't been playing organized basketball very long (3-4 seasons), but more on Lawrence once I talk to his coach.

Interesting that recruiting services give Brase much more attention but there isn't any footage out there that I've found (yet). Should be chances to watch him play at Hun and The Lawrenceville School this season.


Jon Solomon said,

October 6, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

Last season Brase was teammates with Craig Robinson's son Avery. Small world.

Daniel Mark said,

October 6, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

I'm glad the Ivy standings are finally reset to zero here. Despite Princeton's better overall win percentage and the playoff at Yale, Harvard was listed first among the two 12-2 teams the entire time.

PS - Remember "The Shot"?

Jon Solomon said,

October 6, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

I think the program that does the standings uses "alphabetical order" as the first tiebreaker.

Actually think I found a NEW ANGLE of "The Shot" (or at least one I don't remember seeing previously). Will post soon.


Mark Disler said,

October 6, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

Jon: I think you are right. Tom "Too Tall" Young was a mere 6'11" as I recall.

He sometimes started at center with Bobby Roma at forward. Pete then declared that experiment over, Roma played center and Young backed him up. But this was over 30 years ago and I may not be correct on this.

Brian Martin said,

October 6, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

Scout has a 3rd commit today - Michael Washington Jr, 6'3" guard from Oak Harbor, WA.

Andrew Hoffman said,

October 6, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

I saw Edo Lawrence in a summer league game a few months ago. I would classify him as a "project", to put it charitably. But he is all of 7'1". He looks better in these highlights than what I saw in person. They did some careful editing.

Jon Solomon said,

October 6, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

Thanks, Brian! I have added information on Washington above.

Daniel Mark said,

October 7, 2011 @ 12:28 am

Re: alphabetical order - Excuses, excuses. This is PRINCETON basketball dot com.

Daniel Mark said,

October 7, 2011 @ 12:31 am

PS - There's no such thing as alphabetical order as a "first" tiebreaker since alphabetical order is also always the final tiebreaker, unless the two teams have the exact same name. But this is still the best site on the Internet, byte for byte. Can't wait for the new video of The Shot. #dougdavisstyle

Brian Martin said,

October 7, 2011 @ 8:48 am

Three commitments in one day would not appear to be a coincidence. I'm guessing these may have been on hold waiting for nods from admissions.

Jon Solomon said,

October 7, 2011 @ 8:52 am

"Re: alphabetical order - Excuses, excuses. This is PRINCETON basketball dot com."

True, but the database I use to power the standings is part of what used to be IVY basketball dot com...

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