August 2, 2011

Q & A With 2013 Prospect Geno Thorpe

By: Steve Brodzinski - Pittsburgh Basketball Report

It has been a long but successful off-season for one of Pittsburgh's top returning juniors. Class of
2013, Geno Thorpe, has spent his summer at camps, on college visits, and competing in the highly
Nike EYBL, a league consisting of the top 40 AAU programs in the country. At 6'3"
and running the point guard position, Thorpe has drawn even more interest from college programs
over the past couple of months. His explosive athleticism, and ability to get to the basket, are
things that have contributed to scholarship offers from schools like Pitt, Wisconsin, and Rutgers. I
caught up with Geno to talk about his summer and his recruiting:

SB: What have you been up to this summer?.

GT: I've played in a bunch of tournaments, gone on different college visits, and just keep trying to
get better .

SB: What visits have you taken so far?

GT: I've visited Rutgers and Seton Hall, and I will go to Wisconsin August 15th.

SB: So what schools have officially offered you, and what schools are showing heavy

GT:  I have offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall,  Pittsburgh,  Ohio U, Wisconsin, and St Joes. I am
also being recruited heavily by Kansas State, Davidson, Baylor, and Gonzaga.

SB: Are there any favorites yet..or is it still too early?

GT: There are no favorites at this point.

SB: Are there any schools that you aren't hearing from yet, that you really would like to hear

GT: I would love to hear from Michigan State .

SB: What will be the most important factors for your college decision?.

GT: Definitely, the coaching staff and my mothers take on it .

SB: When do you feel that you will make a decision?

GT: I think it will be this year .

SB: You played for the New Jersey Playaz on the EYBL circuit. How was the talent in
that league, and how do you feel you compared?

GT: It's good competition. It's very fun to play against players who are big time, or that you've
heard about. I think i compared well to the talent in that league. There is a lot you can learn from
playing in the league, in terms of learning your own strengths and weaknesses.

SB: So what are your strengths and what are things you need to improve on?  

GT: My strength would probably be getting to the basket and being more of a bigger guard. Some
things I need to get better at is having a more consistent mid range game, as well as getting a little

SB: Who would you compare your game to (college or NBA player)?

GT: If I had to compare myself to anyone right now, it would probably Shabazz Napier from
Uconn, with a little more athleticism (lol).

SB: There was a lot of talk about you transferring high schools, possibly to a school in
NJ. However you recently stated that you will be returning to Shaler Area HS. Is this still
the plan?

GT: Yes, I will be at Shaler next season.

SB: So what are your goals for this upcoming season?

GT: I'm just trying to win every game we play, with me being more assertive and more aggressive,
and controlling the game more.

SB: After playing against such a high level of competition all summer, are there any
players in the area that you feel can compete with you?

GT: Nah, I dont think so. Not in this area.