Class of 2019 guard Al-Amir Dawes is one of the most sought after guards in the northeast. The Patrick School (N.J.) prospect recently cut down his list to Clemson, Connecticut, La Salle, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, TCU and Wichita State. Dawes will move forward with the process by taking an official visit to Providence starting tomorrow and Clemson the following week from September 27-29th.
“I’m going to start by taking an official visit to Providence starting this Thursday,” said Dawes. “The week after that I’m going to take an official visit to Clemson. We haven’t locked up anything just yet with UConn, but they will get an official visit after Clemson.”
Dawes is looking forward to his first official to see how he fits in with Providence’s program.
“I’m looking forward to the fan support over there,” said Dawes. “I want to see their style of play when I’m there for practice. I want to see how I would fit in there as an athlete and a student. I just want to get the feeling of being an athlete on campus.”
The Clemson coaching staff has built up a close relationship with him and have gotten Dawes familiar with their school.
“The conversations I’ve been having with them is what it would be like if I were to go there,” Dawes said. “We have been talking about how comfortable I’d be there, how the fans are and the people who will be around me. They’ve just been talking about making me feel comfortable there.”
UConn looks like they will be the next school to receive an official visit from him. Head Coach Dan Hurley wants him to come in and do what he does best.
“Coach Hurley loves playing guards and he has been telling me that I am very tough,” Dawes said. “He tells me that he needs a tough and smart guard. He wants me to make plays and make people better. He thinks I fit in there and he would love to have me.”
La Salle recently had an in-home visit with Dawes. Ever since Head Coach Ashley Howard got the job this year, he has been recruiting Dawes hard.
“They’ve been recruiting me since Coach Ashley Howard got the job,” he said. “He has been recruiting me hard since then and he really trusts in me. As soon as I were to get there I would have the point guard role. The whole staff shows a lot of love and they love me.”
His most recent visit to a school was an unofficial visit to St. John’s, which he found to be a bit eye opening.
“It was great and surprising for me,” he said. “It’s in Queens, but when you step onto the campus you see the arena and where people are staying. It has its own identity, which is cool. Coach Mullin and Coach Abdelmassih believe in me as well.”
Seton Hall has been involved with him for a long time. They are looking to keep him in-state for college.
"Shaheen Holloway was the first to offer me when he was there," he said. "Coach Willard has been the only head coach that's been involved with me for all four years of high school. He really believes in me."
He sees six schools being the most active with him right now and it looks like all of these programs are strong contenders to land him.
“I would say Clemson, UConn, La Salle, Seton Hall, St. John's and Providence have been the most active with me,” he said.
It looks like a final decision could from him sometime next month.
“It would definitely be before the season starts,” said Dawes. “If I were to pick a month, I would probably say the beginning or middle of October.”
Bensley Joseph, a class of 2021 PG from Cushing Academy (MA), has picked up an offer from Richmond.
‘19 Joel Kabimba & ‘20 Ben Li from Middleburg Academy (VA) are both on unofficial visits to LIU-Brooklyn.