UMass gets commitment from 2015 PG prospect Luwane Pipkins (with video)



Last modified: Saturday, August 02, 2014

After reaching new heights with one undersized point guard, the University of Massachusetts got a commitment from another.

Luwane Pipkins, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Chicago who is completing his junior year, gave the Minutemen a verbal commitment Tuesday. Pipkins said he watched most of UMass’ televised games last year and models his game after graduating guard Chaz Williams.

“I watched their games and really got to see Chaz play. The coaches let Chaz go. I thought it would be a good fit,” Pipkins said. “Chaz is a great point guard. He’s a passer first and he can score. I can play point guard and I can score. It’s a good comparison. I loved the freedom (he had). The coaches just let him ball.”

Pipkins had interest from Big East (Creighton, DePaul), Big Ten (Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois) and several Missouri Valley schools. Scout.com, Rivals.com and 24/7 Sports.com all list him as a three-star recruit. According to Comcast Sports Net Chicago, he’s a good passer, accurate 3-point shooter and strong defender.

“One of the things that make Pipkins unique is his ability to play both sides of the ball,” CSN Chicago’s Scott Phillips said. “He’s also a great on-ball defender with quick hands and the ability to get steals against even the area’s best guards.”

He plays AAU for the Mac Irvin Fire.

“I wanted to choose early and just focus on school more, focus on getting stronger and getting ready for the next level,” Pipkins said. “I’m going to play in the (AAU) tournaments I can (this summer) and work on my game on my own. I just want to get stronger and work on being a better point guard.”

UMass coaches can’t comment on Pipkins until he’s signed a National Letter of Intent. The early signing period is in November.

Pipkins, who attends Bogan Prep, is UMass’ first commitment from the class of 2015. He’ll join a backcourt that will include Jabarie Hinds, Trey Davis, Derrick Gordon, Donte Clarke, Demetrius Dyson and Clyde Santee.

He started two games at quarterback for Bogan last fall before deciding to focus on basketball.

While his final junior stats weren’t available, he was averaging 27 points, five steals, four assists and shot 90 percent from the free-throw line and 46 percent from 3-point range as of February, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was the Tribune’s January athlete of the month.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage


 


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