One player who helped his stock at the Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament was 6-2 senior shooting guard Abdi Lidonde of St. Andrew's H.S. in Barrington, R.I.
Lidonde was one of the top three point shooters at the Slam, helping the Saints to a 1-3 record at the loaded tournament. He converted 18 of 38 three point attempts in four games, and averaged 16.7 points per game.
St. Andrew's Head Coach Mike Hart told Rivalshoops.com that Lidonde has been offered scholarships by Manhattan and Rider. Penn is Lidonde's top choice, although Abdi will need to boost his test score in order to get admitted to the Ivy League school. He has a qualifying test score already, but Ivy League schools typically require higher test scores than do non-Ivy League programs.
Rhode Island and Xavier also expressed some preliminary interest in Lidonde this winter.
"Abdi has proven himself everywhere we've gone," Hart said. "He's only 17 years old and will be a four-year guy, and he really shoots it."
St. Andrew's, which played in both the Slam Dunk to the Beach and the City of Palms in Fort Myers, Fla., is playing a very aggressive schedule this winter. Lidonde will have more chances to show his wares to college coaches over the coming weeks and months, and Rivalshoops.com will be on hand to see him in action again this winter.
We'll keep you abreast on any changes in his recruitment, so keep it here for top coverage of recruiting on the internet.