Feb. 9, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; Loyola Marymount Lions head coach Max Good talks with his team during a timeout against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first half at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Fans of the Loyola Marymount basketball team were blessed with some very good new this morning. Class of 2014 guard Alex Rifkind committed to LMU this morning, making him the first 2014 commitment for the Lions. Rifkind plays his high school ball at North Browar Prep in Coconut Creek, Florida, and played his AAU ball for Each 1 Teach 1. Back in 2012, Five Star Basketball named him one of its breakout players, along with Goodluck Okonoboh and Jordan Bell.
Rifkind is one of the type of player that will absolutely punish you if you leave him open. Rifkind is a phenomenal outside shooter, and can shoot from all over the court. He has a fairly quick release, and an extremely smooth overall shooting motion. His ability to shoot allows him to score in bunches. To make matters worse for opposing teams, he has a knack for getting open and gives himself a lot of great opportunities to score. He is also an able passer, and could possibly pan out to be a point guard at the college level. Rifkind has shown he can drive and knock down off balanced jump shots, but he will need to get quicker to do that at the division I level. He won’t wow anyone with his athleticism, but this kid can really shoot.
Rifkind was not on a lot of people’s radars this recruiting season, but this turns out to be a solid commitment for the Lions. It is tough to find recruits that can shoot it the way Rifkind can. The LMU coaching staff now needs to go out and land some more contributing pieces to the 2014 class to make it truly complete.