Deshawn Corprew decommitted from Arkansas-Little Rock and his stock soared in recruiting circles.
Deshawn Corprew, a 6’5″ (6’6″ by some sources) 190 pound Swingman from Hampton, Virginia seems to be interested in knowing more about Georgia if the interest list according to his Rivals profile is correct. Corprew attends Quality Education Academy and is on the Boo Williams AAU squad that is associated with the Nike EYBL. The possibility of Juwan Parker or Houston Kessler not returning to play next season opens up an interesting possibility for the Georgia coaching staff as far as approaching the Class of 2016 in the Spring. As much as the staff has focused on 2017, the 2016 Class is far from finished and it may leave Jonas Hayes and Mark Fox considering another tandem deal.
Deshawn Corprew has offers from the following schools:
- Arkansas-Little Rock (decommitted)
- East Carolina
- Florida State
- North Carolina State
- Virginia Tech
- Washington State
- Wichita State
- Kansas State
According to the recruiting sites, he has the following ratings:
- Rivals: 4 stars, #112 overall prospect,
- Scout: 3 Stars, #24 Ranked Small Forward
- 247: 4 stars, #18 Ranked Small Forward, #6 Ranked in Virginia, #91 overall prospect
- Future 150: 4 stars, #17 Ranked Shooting Guard, #57 overall prospect
- ESPN: 4 stars, #20 Ranked Small Forward, #4 Ranked in Virginia, scored as an 80 out of 100
He’s an unsigned darling for the Spring recruiting classes of 2016. He has received interest from Florida, VCU and South Carolina in the wake of his decommitment.
Breaking Down Corprew’s Game
The first thing that stands out is that it is obvious that Corprew is a recovering Point Guard. This video actually proves it, he was about two inches shorter when he was a Sophomore in High School. Corprew is not a natural Point Guard and asking him to play that position would be a major mistake, he’s not even a Power Guard. Corprew is a 2/3 mix that has a solid handle, but horrible vision. Corprew does not utilize his length like he should, but he’s certainly not E’Torrion Wilridge as far as length is concerned.
Watching Corprew, he plays like a larger Malik Newman/Isaiah Whitehead hybrid. His growth in height is playing games with him as he is not quite sure what sort of a role he plays on the floor, but he certainly can shoot and drive on the offensive end. He’s judicious, but deadly from beyond the arc, but he will need to mature into a wing that plays within himself and not force up shots within the perimeter.
Hardly any freshmen are prepared for the defensive rigors of College Basketball and Corprew is not an exception. A coach that can teach Corprew to defend effectively without fouling and get the most out of Corprew on the glass can turn him into a pro within three years. Corprew is NOT a one-and-done talent and certainly is not a candidate to leave after his second season either.
After reading all this, there was a twist that was hinted at the very beginning. If Corprew is interested in Georgia, which if Rivals is to be believed, then there is a possibility that Georgia could try to land his high school teammate, Papa N’Diaye, in a tandem deal. N’Diaye also attends Quality Education Academy and would fit in very well as a combo forward at Georgia.
Georgia does not currently have two spaces open, but the possibility is out there due to Juwan Parker’s indefinite injury status and early graduation as well as Houston Kessler being set to graduate and attend Law School. Two spots may be available by April 2016. Georgia has one tandem in Crump and Harris, but this one could also develop as well and is worth following.