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Last Night's Visitor

A number of you asked about the recruit who was at the game last night. He was
Torin Francis. Here are some comments from other sources about him.

Brick Oettinger at Nike:

Another of the very best junior big men was on the same camp team as
Stoudemire, and that made them doubly tough. Torin Francis (6-9,
Massachusetts) is a terrific athlete for a rising junior, but he runs
great, blocks shots, commands the boards, and has some pretty good
tools. If it weren't for him being on same team with Stoudemire, he
probably would stand out a little more. Going in, we had Francis among
the top 30 junior prospects, and he's better than that.

Maine Basketball Report:

Torin Francis 6'9" power forward, BABC:
Torin is developing into one of the top big men in the country for the
class of 2002. At 6'9" Torin is extremely athletic, and is constantly
developing quality low post moves. On several occasions he showcased a
quality drop step move, and a running jump hook. He is also developing
into a very good rebounder on both the defensive and offensive glass.

NPSI Tournament:

Northeastern University's Cabot Gym was the site of the 2000 National
Prep School Invitational (NPSI) Tournament. The tournament featured some
the best prep schools in the country, many of whom are in the New
England area as it has long been a hot bed for prep school basketball.

In terms of individual talents, this tournament was loaded. It featured
more than a dozen seniors who had already signed with Division I
schools, several
more who will later sign with Division I schools, as well as several top

Torin Francis (6'9" So. PF-C, Tabor Academy) Strong, athletic post
player is a good shot-blocker and rebounder who runs the floor very

Offensively, he can score from the foul line on occasion but needs
improvement on post scoring.