Basketball recruiting: Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham on the mend



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Wed. May 27, 2015 | Bob Putnam | Email

Basketball recruiting: Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham on the mend

Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Feb. 17. The injury usually takes about 10 months to fully recover. Durham, though, has accelerated his timetable, so much that the rising senior could return to full basketball activities as early as August. 

“Juwan’s had tremendous progress,” Terrapins coach Joe Fenlon said. “He’s ahead of schedule.”

Durham continues his rehabilitation three days a week, lifting weights and going through resistance training. He already is in the gym shooting jumpers. 

This summer was supposed to be a big one for Durham, one of the most coveted recruits in the country. The 6-foot-11 power forward is a five-star recruit who has 15 offers from major Division I schools. 

He was supposed to visit UConn, Syracuse and Villanova during his spring break but those trips were pushed back to the fall because of his injury. Last month, Durham went to Louisville and he is going to a team camp June 19-21 at Miami. He also is scheduled to meet with new Florida coach Mike White this summer, but the date has not been set. 

As far as high school action, Fenlon said he hopes to have Durham back by September or October.

“It could be sooner than that the way things are going,” Fenlon said. “But we certainly are not trying to rush anything. Juwan has too much at stake and too much a future ahead of him to push anything too hard. I’d be ecstatic if he were able to be back with us by September or October. Right now, everything is moving in the right direction.”

Separated for the summer: Tampa Catholic has a pair of preeminent scorers in Thomas Dziagwa and Kevin Knox. Both averaged more than 24 points per game last season and each has picked up a number of offers in the past few months.

Dziagwa, a 6-foot-4 point guard who will be a rising senior, has offers from seven schools, including Delaware, Florida Gulf Coast and North Florida. 

“This offseason has been huge for me,” Dziagwa said. “It’s a time where you prepare physically and mentally and get a lot of individual work on the court.”

Knox is a 6-foot-6 power forward and a rising junior. He has offers from major Division I programs such as FSU, Memphis, Miami and Xavier. 

Both should pick up even more offers with a busy summer playing for their respective travel teams. But they will not see each other much. That is due to the affiliations their travel teams have with shoe companies.

Dziagwa plays for Florida Sons, which is sponsored by Adidas and plays in Adidas-sponsored events. Knox is on Each1Teach1, which sponsored by Nike. 

The two could reunite in July for a showcase event in Las Vegas. 

Quick shots: Seffner Christian’s Kent Hegarty signed with Division II Harding in Arkansas. He averaged a team-high 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds and led the Crusaders to the Class 3A region semifinals. …Plant’s Tyler Beale signed with Marymount University. The 6-10 center averaged 6.5 points and 6.1 rebounds this past season. …Hudson forward Kyle Szilagyi signed with Northland College in Wisconsin. The two-year captain will major in environmental engineering.

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