Recruiting: Central's Bing gets 1st offer

Chris Bing will participate in the Unsigned Senior Showcase on April 12 at Imhotep Charter.
Chris Bing will participate in the Unsigned Senior Showcase on April 12 at Imhotep Charter.
Posted: March 06, 2014

Chris Bing is the Public League's most valuable player in boys' basketball and is three months from graduation.

But it was not until Tuesday afternoon that the Central High senior received his first college scholarship offer.

Bing must be a little nervous about an uncertain future, right?

"No," the 6-foot-7 forward said. "I was never a highly recruited guy to begin with, so I can live with the little attention I get."

Bing became Central's primary offensive option this season after the team lost its top scorer to graduation. He relished the role, averaging 18 points and leading the Lancers to an undefeated Division C regular season.

He has an offer from Florida A&M and has received interest from Sacred Heart and NJIT. Bing said he is looking to find the perfect school and is starting to plan visits.

"I think I proved that you don't have to be a stud since your freshman year to get colleges to look at you," Bing said. "You have to work hard, and I did."

He will be one of the key players at the Unsigned Senior Showcase on April 12 at Imhotep Charter. The event is open to all senior boys' basketball players who have yet to sign a college scholarship, and it's expected to draw around 50 college coaches.

The event's co-organizer, Rasool Hajj, said he wants to help players such as Bing get the exposure they need.

Hajj said that Public League players often do not have game footage that out-of-area colleges need to see. He helped Bing get a highlight tape edited, and that yielded the offer from Florida A&M.

The event costs $30 per player, and each player is guaranteed to play 20 minutes in front of college coaches.

Along with Bing, the event will feature Philadelphia Electrical's James Suber. The 6-6 senior forward has been an integral part of the Chargers' run to the PIAA state playoffs, which will begin this weekend.

Colleges after McIlwain. Council Rock North sophomore quarterback Brandon McIlwain added scholarship offers Friday from Auburn and Clemson.

A week earlier, the 6-1, 205-pounder received an offer from Florida to go along with ones from Penn State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Boston College, and others.

Murphy visits Temple. West Chester East defensive end Kevin Murphy visited Temple's football complex last week after picking up an offer from the Owls. The 6-3, 240-pound junior is planning to visit Villanova this weekend.

Miller staying active. Shareef Miller's busy winter rolled right along, as the Frankford defensive end added a scholarship offer last week from Arizona State. He canceled this past weekend's planned visit to Notre Dame because of the weather but will visit Rutgers this weekend.

Miller received an offer from Penn State at February's junior day and said the Nittany Lions are at the top of his list.

Miller will be joined at Rutgers this weekend by Imhotep Charter sophomore tight end/defensive end Naseir Upshur.


mbreen@phillynews.com

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