Gerald “JR” Inman, a versatile forward out of St. Joseph’s High School in Montvale, New Jersey, is receiving a lot of early interest and looks to be one of the better combo forward prospects in the 2005 recruiting class. Inman has received seven scholarship offers in the early going according to Head Coach Michael Doherty.
“St. Joseph’s, Virginia, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, Boston College, and Rutgers are just some of the schools that jump to mind that have shown a lot of interest,” Inman said. “They have all offered. Maryland and Georgetown have shown interest. He has a lot of interest from Big East and ACC schools.”
Doherty indicated that Inman does not have any favorites at this point and has not real timetable on a decision.
“Gerald’s just meeting every coach and he’s been impressed with every coach so far,” Inman said. “It’s a process we’re working through. I haven’t really sat down with him to discuss who he likes right now…I think he’s very wide open. I’m sure he’d like to make a decision before our season starts next year, but I think he also knows how important this decision is and he will take as much time as he needs.
“He and his family will pare the list down. He’ll take some official visits, but first and foremost I think he’s looking forward to having a good summer [on the AAU circuit].”
As a junior, Inman averaged 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He plays the power forward position in high school, but could end up as a small forward on the next level.
“JR is 6-7, close to 6-8, 200 pounds,” Doherty said. “He’s a little lanky, but he’s agile and he runs the floor really well. What’s attractive to coaches is his versatility. He can play with his back to the basket and he has a good shooting touch. He’s got solid ball-handling skills. Defensively, he’s an excellent defender on the perimeter, and I think that’s make him more attractive as well.”
Inman is a solid student and should easily qualify academically according to Doherty.
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