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Looking All Over to Find Players

National Christian Coach Trevor Brown looks all over to find players. He has perhaps the area's top senior this year in Pittsburgh-bound forward Dante Taylor and a talented surrounding cast. Junior Ayobeji Egbeyemi (say that one a few times) is a 6-4 guard from Nigeria who arrived in October; like several other Nigerian players who are playing locally, he was brought over by former Georgetown player Godwin Owinje.

"That's the real one right now," Brown said. "He's a high-major kid. ... He's better than all of [the other Nigerians playing locally]. He can shoot it, is ultra athletic, has a nice strong body, all that stuff."

Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Charlotte and West Virginia are among the schools that have been to Fort Washington to see Egbeyemi, Brown said.

Then there is 7-1 sophomore center Robel Hurui. He is a work in progress, Brown said, but he believes that Hurui will become a top prospect. Not a bad find, considering Brown was put in touch with Hurui after a friend saw the tall teenager walking around a Home Depot and asked if he played basketball. Hurui attended Woodbridge High last year but did not play, Brown said.

"The U-Conn. coach [assistant Patrick Sellers] was there the very first day the kid came and said, 'You've got a lot of work to do, Trev,' " Brown said. "But once he sees him now, I guarantee he is going to start sending him mail."

By Josh Barr  | December 3, 2008; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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