Belmont evaluating PG
According to his father, P.J. Pipes (Illinois) is being evaluated by Belmont and Northern Illinois today.
A 6-foot-0 guard from a southern suburb of Chicago, Pipes is a staunch defender. He can be a bit of a streaky outside shooter. He scores well in the mid-range. Pipes plays predominately on the ball for Lemont High School. With his AAU team, Illlinois Stars he shared time. They dealt with several injuries in July, so their team success did not match the preseason goals.
Pipes showed he will be at least an average point guard at the next level. His ceiling is probably mid-major, so the Belmont evaluation will be important.
During his sophomore season (2014-2015) he scored 13.6 ppg for Lemont High, while shooting 41.7% from the field. His free throw shooting was encouraging at 76.8%.
“He has interest from Stanford, South Dakota State, Air Force, Western Illinois, and Colorado State,” said Shawn Pipes Sr. back in May. Since then a few regional teams have jumped in, like Northern Illinois, UIC, and Belmont.
Pipes took a visit to Stanford in June. That was an unofficial visit along with the ELITE camp.
He did an unofficial visit with California.
It is a great time of year for 2017 players. College coaches are heading out to evaluate them in gyms across the country. These generally leads to new interests and offers. Pipes is no exception. Just this week he landed new interest from Cal Poly, SLU, and William & Mary.