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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Coming soon to the Lee Amphitheater

Yale's next hoop stars

Here is a look at Yale’s basketball recruits for the 2008-09 season.
Greg Mangano was the Register’s All-Area MVP. He is strong power forward who attended many of the Bulldogs’ games last year.
Mangano will have at least a year to hone his skills as the Bulldogs’ front line is still young. Forwards Ross Morin and Travis Pinick and seniors but don’t fit Mangano’s role. Paul Nelson and Garrett Fidler are athletic big men and underclassmen. Michaels Sands is a smooth 6-7 shooting forward. Mangano looks like he’ll eventually get a shot at center.
Here’s what Scouts Inc. says about Mangano:
"Greg is a player with good size and athleticism, along with a great skill set. He is a very good shooter with deep range. Defenders are hard pressed to contest his shot thanks to his size and high release point.
Despite good hands, footwork, and arsenal of moves with his back to the basket, Greg often shies away from playing on the block. In order for him to maximize his impact at the next level this will have to change as he has the potential to be a major mismatch problem. When he does go to the post he has a jump hook over his left shoulder with a soft touch and good extension along with a variety of moves when facing up with a Sikma pivot.
Greg has some deceptive athleticism and does a nice job of looking to dunk any potential finishing opportunity he has around the rim. Defensively, he does not have the lateral quickness to guard the perimeter and will need to add upper body strength in order to bang in the post. But he is a very good shot blocker, especially when coming from the weak side of the floor."
The Bulldogs reportedly have also received verbal commitments from Connor Frizzelle, a 6-1 point guard from DeSoto H.S. (Texas) and Reggie Willhite, 6-3 sooting guard from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.
Yale was 13-15 overall last year and 7-7 in the Ivy League.

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