- Last Updated: 1:44 AM, March 31, 2012
- Posted: 12:52 AM, March 31, 2012
One of the best players in the city is down to three potential colleges.
Wings Academy's Justin Jenkins will attend either Fairfield, Siena or Florida Atlantic, he told The Post following Friday night’s NYC Mayor’s Cup all-star game at CCNY. Which one remains to be seen.
“I’m basically trying to see the place I’ll have the best future at,” he said. “I’m looking for a school where I can get better, play the most and I’m comfortable with the coaches.”
The 6-foot-2 combo guard will take an official visit to Florida Atlantic of the Sun Belt conference next week and also plans a trip to Fairfield officially, although he has been to the MAAC school a few times unofficially.
“When I feel is the right time, I’m going to decide,” he said.
Jenkins is not fully qualified as he needs to raise his SAT score by 100 points the next time he takes the test, which will be May 5.
Jefferson's Hall has no favorites: Jefferson star Thaddeus Hall said reports that he is leaning toward St. John’s are untrue. While he likes the Red Storm, “everyone is equal” right now, the 6-foot-5 southpaw said. He plans to take visits in April and decide at some point later that month.
Hall has offers from South Carolina, Kansas State, St. John’s, TCU, Fordham, Hofstra and Texas Tech. Of the schools not located nearby, he said he will definitely visit South Carolina and Maryland.
“When I take some visits and meet coaches, I’ll have a few favorites,” Hall said.
‘B’ star shines: Oge Uwanaka puts up incredible numbers for Morrisania in PSAL Class B, but the 5-foot-11 senior put all questions about her ability to rest Friday night playing with some of the best girls in the city, including a few Division I players.
Uwanaka had seven points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots, showing off her relentless defense and rebounding skills – even in an all-star game. Her Bronx/Queens team beat Brooklyn/Manhattan/Staten Island, 65-60.
“I don’t know how we would have been in the game without Oge,” Bronx/Queens co-coach Steve Tsai of Francis Lewis said.
Added co-coach Bill Mann of Mott Haven: “She has quality characteristics you can’t teach.”
Uwanaka has terrific options for college on an academic level. She is choosing between NYU, Williams, Middlebury and Bates and Amherst could also be in the picture. On the Division III level, she could likely make an impact right away. Just like she did in the NYC Mayor’s Cup.
“I’m not used to the competition in the ‘B’ league,” Uwanaka said. “It was great to play against the best in the city.”
Room for growth: In its second year, the NYC Mayor’s Cup was bigger and better in 2012. Under Armour donated more than $10,000 in gear – jerseys, socks, sneakers and bags – to the players, according to Mike Hopper, the vice president of sports marketing for NYC & Company, the event organizer. Hot 97 also had a presence at CCNY.
The one notable absence, of course, was the CHSAA. The Catholic school league participates in NYC Mayor’s Cup events like boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, track & field and lacrosse. Hopper said the CHSAA has not reached out to NYC & Company about participating in basketball.
“They know what events we have,” Hopper said. “The PSAL is a phenomenal partner. They go above and beyond.”
Recruiting notes: Health Professions standout Gelvis Solano, an explosive 6-foot-2 combo guard, has recently picked up heavy Division I interest from St. Peter’s College and Marist to go along with an offer from Division II dynamo Adelphi College. He plans to visit Adelphi on Thursday and said Marist and St. Peter’s are coming to see him at school this week. “I’m just focused on getting a scholarship and going to a place that will pay for my education,” he said. … CSI/McCown forward Quamaine Tomlin holds scholarship offers from Division II schools Adelphi, College of St. Rose and American International, coach Ray Palma said. Division Is St. Peter’s, Monmouth and FDU have all expressed interest in the 6-foot-6 post who is fully qualified, according to Palma. ... Transit Tech swingman Richard Williams is headed to prep school, he said. The versatile 6-foot-5 forward has heard from local Division I schools St. Peter’s, St. Francis, LIU and Central Connecticut State. He is considering Avon Old Farms, South Kent and Wilbraham & Monson, among others, he said. ... Truman girls star Krystal Pearson just got back from an official visit to Cleveland State. She'll decide between that school, VCU and Towson when she returns from a school trip to Ireland next month.Follow @NYPostsports