With the NCAA Late Signing Period about a month away, several of players in the Class of 2011 have yet to sign an NCAA Letter of Intent which is required when accepting a scholarship offer. Several players decided to attend a school on the mainland with hopes of increasing their exposure and playing against the top players in the country.
Carmelo Betancourt, Gary Browne Ramirez, Rasham Suarez, Gabriel Anglero and Roy Moreno all decided to leave PR and attend school on the mainland while other top players like Giancarlo Santiago stayed and had great seasons playing for local schools.
Suarez who has been attending schools in the states since his Freshman year signed early with Georgia Southern. Both Browne and Betancourt have garnered a lot of interest from top 20 colleges and universities yet neither has secured an offer. Anglero did not get the playing time he expected but had a solid year and is getting looks by several D2 and D3 schools. Moreno got injured during the season after having a strong start. IPRB spoke with a high school recruiting expert, who said, " Both Browne and Betancourt proved they can play at a high level and compete against the best players in the country. Big East power, West Virginia has shown serious interest in Browne and Miami, Mississippi State and Alabama recently expressed in interest as well. There is a long list of mid major schools interested in Browne. Betancourt had a very solid season at Montrose and schools like Georgetown, Davidson, and UCF have expressed interest in Betancourt along with a long list of mid majors.
Since both of these players were not on the recruiting scene until this year coaches have been paying close attention to both. Both of these guys are fantastic players and should be considered a steal for any program that signs them.
"Gary and Melo had great years and played for Top 20 programs. This was an important experience for them, to compete at the highest level and get accustomed to competing for playing time. We try to tell all of our guys that this is going to be a reality for them moving forward. When players advance from one level to the next they encounter a higher level of competition. For a lot of our players in PR they have been "the man" since they were like 9 or 10 years old. They have never competed for playing time and are accustomed to being one of the best players on the court every time they play. Making that transition is not easy but it is necessary if they are going to play D1 ball. The same is true for guys like Anglero and Moreno. All four of these guys are great players and fantastic young men. They have all improved, matured off the court and learned a tremendous amount spending a year away from home."