Paul Robeson High School (Brooklyn) guard Gary Ervin (right) joined Riverside AAU teammate Gary Forbes in a workout yesterday for several high major programs. Forbes' academic situation is a little stronger but Ervin is just as talented offensively so many schools took a look at both in yesterday's workout.
Connecticut, Mississippi State, and Georgia Tech were among the schools watching Ervin workout. Connecticut and Georgia Tech also were on hand to watch Forbes too.
Ervin, who recently competed at the NIKE camp, had a great early summer. He was instrumental in Riverside Church's title win at the Rumble in the Bronx. He also helped Riverside Church get off to a great start in the tournament with a convincing
opening round win over the Westchester Hawks Friday night at The Rumble in the Bronx.
Ervin contributed 25 points, as the 6-0 pepperpot darted through traffic and collected a slew of points in transition. Ervin staggered opponents off the dribble, using his springs and body control to wriggle through for slashing buckets, but also knocked down the long-range jumper with consistency, as he is capable of doing.
Ervin is blessed with some serious fast twitch muscles, capable of taking it from first to third gear off the dribble in a heartbeat. He is an explosive leaper who can crunch a dunk with relative ease. Ervin possesses good lateral quickness as well as speed and leaping ability. He is a better passer than most give him credit for, a capable playmaker when he is under control.
Ervin has decided to attend Notre Dame Academy in Massachusetts for a post graduate year. Gary lists a top six of Maryland, UConn, Arizona, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, and Miami. All of the Big East schools have offered. Mississippi State appears to be also interested and sources tell us that Alabama might make a run for Ervin.
Gary is going to hold off on visits until the fall. "I won't take visits until before the season starts."
-- Brian Towey contributed a great deal to this report!