Recruiting notes: Carroll's Aflakpui getting local offers

Ernest Aflakpui
Ernest Aflakpui
Posted: November 26, 2013

Ernest Aflakpui is the most popular kid in school.

"Or at least he's one of the most popular," said Paul Romanczuk, boys' basketball coach at Archbishop Carroll.

A lot of people expected the Ghana native to be shy, Romanczuk said, when Aflakpui moved in September 2012 from Africa to live with a host family a short drive from the Radnor campus.

"He's someone that has opened up and let the whole Carroll community know who he is," Romanczuk said.

As he continues to win over his classmates, Aflakpui is doing the same with local college coaches.

Temple offered him a scholarship - his first - in April, and the Owls were followed over the summer by La Salle and St. Joseph's. Penn State has shown interest, and Aflakpui said he expects an offer soon.

The junior forward said he "would love" to stay local for college.

"Because of the good people around me here," he said. "I came here with no family, but I was able to fit in because of the good people around me."

Aflakpui measures himself at 6-foot-91/2, an inch and half taller than he was last season. And he likely still has room to grow.

Romanczuk said Aflakpui's play during last season's PIAA playoffs caught recruiters' eyes. He teamed with Derrick Jones to lead the Patriots to the Class AAA state final. Aflakpui averaged 11 points and nine rebounds.

Also for the Patriots, newcomer Austin Tilghman is weighing college offers as he decides what sport he wants to pursue.

The junior point guard is the football team's starting running back and was the Catholic League Class AA MVP.

He has offers from Villanova and Coastal Carolina to play football. La Salle, Quinnipiac, and Fairfield have offered basketball scholarships.

"It's going to be tough, but whatever is best for me to succeed in college is where I'll go," said Tilghman, who transferred before the school year from Delaware's St. Andrew's.

Romanczuk said he talked to Tilghman's AAU coach, who told the Carroll coach that he thought Tilghman would play basketball in college.

But that was before Tilghman's MVP football season, which Romanczuk said has the junior thinking again about football. He is built like a running back - 6-foot-1, 215 pounds - but Tilghman has the vision and pace to run a basketball offense.

"It kind of sounds like it's going to be whatever he has a passion for and sees where he could enjoy himself the most and have the most success," Romanczuk said.

Fords backcourt. Haverford School's Shawn Alston and Lamar Stevens had strong summers on the AAU circuit and watched their stock rise.

La Salle, St. Joseph's, and Temple made offers to Alston in June, along with Rhode Island. His father, Levan Alston, played under John Chaney at Temple, and that could make the Owls a favorite to land the 6-3 junior shooting guard.

Stevens, a 6-7 sophomore guard, received an offer earlier this month from Villanova. He plays AAU for Team Final, one of the area's premier programs.

Philly connection. Robert Morris coach Andy Toole, who played at Penn, continues to reach into the city, offering a scholarship to Neumann-Goretti's Lamarr Kimble. The junior point guard also has offers from Towson, Hofstra, Drexel, and St. Peter's.

Robert Morris has three Philadelphia players, more than every Philly school except La Salle. The Colonials are targeting Chester senior Conrad Chambers and Math, Civics, and Sciences forward Nazeer Bostick.


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