Fairmont High School’s twin towers, Makayla Waterman and Kathryn Westbeld, have been known commodities for some time. They’ve heard the sales pitches, seen basketball coaches following them around the country and researched the schools recruiting them.
Still, they’re not close to making a decision, per former Firebirds coach Tim Cogan.
“They’ll probably do it late-summer or early fall,” said Cogan, now the boys coach at Carroll but still close to his star pupils.
While both players are 6-foot-2 forwards, their differing skills allow them to complement one another. Even the experts seem to have grouped them together – ESPN rates Westbeld No. 31 in the nation and Waterman No. 32 – and many recruiters would like to score a package deal.
“If that’s something that fits both of them, it’ll happen, but they’re both looking [for the best individual fits],” Cogan said.
Almost every Big Ten school is recruiting both players, as is Miami (Fla.). National power Baylor also recently inquired about the pair, Cogan said.
William Green is used to being overlooked. He played sparingly as a sophomore at Dunbar, and during his junior season the Wolverines were overshadowed by a dominant Thurgood Marshall team. So when the AAU season arrived, along with the college scouting, Green knew it was time to make his name.
So far, so good. Green, who plays for the Cincinnati-based Ohio Phenoms, has steadily been adding new suitors. Northern Kentucky and UNC-Asheville have offered scholarships, while DePaul, Illinois State, Bowling Green and Toledo are showing interest. While AAU basketball is regarded by some as glorified pick-up, Green knows it’s also an opportunity to boost his profile.
“I want to have fun with it,” said Green, whose dream school is Tennessee, “but I want to get as many offers as a I can.”
There’s no questioning Green’s athleticism. But at 6-foot-1 and 153 pounds, he knows he won’t be able to leap over opponents in college. So he’s fine-tuning his game.
“They play off me because they know I’m not a good shooter,” Green said. “So I’m working on my jump shot and hitting the weight room.”
For Frank Catrine, the decision whether to play football or basketball might come down to opportunity.
Catrine, who stars in both sports for Bishop Fenwick, has been getting letters from basketball coaches at smaller schools like Findlay (Ohio) and Centre College (Ky.). On the football side, he’s receiving heavy interest from Ivy League schools.
But Catrine, who was sixth in the GCL in scoring and third in assists, can’t shake the hoops bug and would love to play in college. He’s playing this summer with the Dayton Metro AAU club and hopes to impress the scouts.
“I still play as hard as I can, even if it’s someone as simple as Akron or somebody like that,” he said.