Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lincoln Park Standout Attracting Recruiters

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lincoln Park Standout Attracting Recruiters

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Nothing is "mini" when it comes to Lincoln Park basketball star Elijah Minnie.

He's 6 feet 9, has a wingspan of more than 7 feet, and immediately made a giant impact in his first season with the Leopards last school year.

This summer, Minnie has been a standout on the AAU circuit, and his outstanding inside/outside game has it looking like he will be a major pickup for whichever college he eventually chooses.

Football talk will dominate the local high school landscape the next several months, but a few of the area's top senior basketball players will not only be preparing for their final season, but also deciding where they will play collegiately.

Minnie is one of them. He's been on the radar of colleges for a number of years, but the interest in him has picked up considerably since the end of his junior year, as his list of Division I offers has more than doubled.

Minnie said he holds 11 offers, two of the most recent being from Virginia Tech and Temple. Minnie has also been offered by Duquesne, Robert Morris, DePaul, Kent State, Fordham, Liberty, James Madison, Tennessee Tech and Elon.

Minnie said that Pitt is showing a lot of interest, but has yet to offer.

"I was hoping to maybe [make my commitment] midseason or after the season," Minnie said.

Minnie played with two AAU teams the past few months -- PK Flash and Team Adidas. Among his teammates were a pair of his Lincoln Park teammates -- senior Ryan Skovranko and junior Antonio Kellem -- and Hempfield Area junior Kason Harrell. Minnie travelled to tournaments in Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New York City and Atlantic City.

Minnie, who is from Monessen but currently lives in Conway, Beaver County, recently played in the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League, which features many top players from the Mon Valley. Weather permitting, the games are played outdoors at the Mechanic Street Playground in California.

"I love playing outdoors," Minnie said. "It gives me a lot of freedom in my game."

Minnie's team, BeeGraphix, won the title for the second year in a row. …

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