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Tennessee celebrates holiday weekend with 2nd pledge

It was a busy weekend for the Tennessee men’s basketball program. Not only did they host an elite camp, they also landed two verbal commitments for the 2015 recruiting cycle. Combo forward Admiral Schofield popped on Sunday, and wing guard Shembari Phillips committed to Tennessee on Monday, according to multiple reports. Phillips played at Tucker (GA) last season, and ...
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Standout 2016 wing Jayson Tatum’s top ten is set

Over the course of the past year, Jayson Tatum of Chaminade (MO) has established himself as a legitimate contender for the No. 1 player slot in the 2016 class nationally. As such, he’s the type of prospect that has his pick of any college basketball program. Tatum trimmed his list to ten schools over the weekend, ...
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Top 15 senior Carlton Bragg has five finalists

6′-9″ power forward Carlton Bragg of Villa Angela-St. Joseph (OH) is a top 15 prospect nationally in the incoming senior class. On Labor Day, Bragg trimmed his list of college basketball programs under consideration to UCLA, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona. Perhaps the most surprising cut from Bragg’s consideration is his in-state program, Ohio State. Bragg ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 52 – Danjel Purifoy

52. Danjel PURIFOY Height: 6’-6” Weight: 200 Position: SF High School (State): Hargrave Military (VA) Club Team (Affiliation): Atlanta Xpress (Under Armour) Commitment: Auburn Tigers Breakdown: Purifoy was the first commit in an impressive haul for Auburn assembled in a short time, in which five highly-regarded prospects all committed to head coach Bruce Pearl’s squad. Purifoy, ...
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Elite wing forward Brandon Ingram names six favorites

6′-8″ forward Brandon Ingram of Kinston (NC) has established himself as one of the elite prospects nationally over the course of the spring and summer. To no surprise, many of the nation’s elite college basketball programs have heavily pushed to land Ingram, but only six finalists were named when Ingram released his list on Sunday ...
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Kansas State keeps formidable forward Dean Wade home

One of the fastest rising players in July was 6′-9″ power forward Dean Wade of St. John (KS). Wade went from being relatively unknown nationally, to just outside to the top-100 players in the nation, according to Rivals.com. On Sunday, Wade announced he’ll be staying in the Sunflower State for college, as he announced his verbal ...
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Top 75 guard Glynn Watson commits to Nebraska

Nebraska landed the first top 100 incoming freshman product in head coach Tim Miles’ tenure for the Cornhuskers, as 6′-0″ point guard Glynn Watson announced his commitment. Watson, ranked the No. 76 prospect in the nation by Hoopniks.com, picked Nebraska over Tennessee and Creighton. He’s the second member in Nebraska’s 2015 recruiting haul, joining frontcourt player Michael...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 53 – Marquese Chriss

53. Marquese CHRISS Height: 6’-7” Weight: 200 Position: PF High School (State): Pleasant Grove (CA) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Superstar (Under Armour) Commitment: Washington Huskies Breakdown: When USA Basketball announced their roster for a U18 national team, perhaps one name was the most surprising on the try-out roster, Chriss. Simply put, USA Basketball is known for well-vetted ...
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Incoming sophomore Connor McCaffrey picks Iowa

Though he has just one season of high school basketball at Iowa City West (IA) under his belt, incoming sophomore Connor McCaffrey has already made his college decision. His grassroots team, the Iowa Barnstormers, announced McCaffrey committed to his father Fran McCaffrey, the head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night. According to TheGazette.com, Connor McCaffrey ...
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Tennessee lands first ’15 recruit, Admiral Schofield

Donnie Tyndall didn’t have much time to secure his 2014 class after taking over the Tennessee Volunteers program in the spring, so his ’15 effort will help show the direction he expects to take the program. 6′-6″ combo forward Admiral Schofield of Zion-Benton (IL) became the first recruit to volunteer to join Tyndall’s effort on Sunday. ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 54 – KeVaughn Allen

54. KeVaughn ALLEN Height: 6’-2” 1/2 Weight: 176 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-5” High School (State): North Little Rock (AR) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Penny (Nike) Commitment: Florida Gators Breakdown: The Gators are off to the races in the 2015 recruiting cycle, and Allen of North Little Rock was the second commit in the class. Allen had a tremendous junior ...
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Auburn continues impressive recruiting with a “New” guard

Any doubts about how head coach Bruce Pearl would recruit coming off of his show-cause penalty are now a mere distant memory. In just over a week’s time after the penalty expired, Auburn has landed five recruits, one for each position going forward. Sunday’s pledge was Nuwr’iyl “New” Williams, a 6′-2″ guard likely to play point ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 55 – Jimmy Whitt

55. Jimmy WHITT Height: 6’-4” Weight: 190 Position: SG High School (State): Hickman (MO) Club Team (Affiliation): KC Run GMC (Under Armour) Commitment: Arkansas Razorbacks Breakdown: The Missouri Tigers had sought to keep Whitt in-state, but Arkansas landed a dandy when they wrested him away. Razorbacks head coach Mike Anderson established a relationship with Whitt early on, and ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 56 – D.J. Williams

56. D.J. WILLIAMS Height: 6’-7” Weight: 200 Position: SF Wingspan: 6’-9” High School (State): Simeon (IL) Club Team (Affiliation): Commitment: Illinois Fighting Illini Breakdown: Prior to his junior season at one of the top high school basketball programs in Illinois at Simeon, Williams made a verbal commitment to attend an in-state school, Illinois. As a junior ...
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Providence bolsters backcourt with two guard additions

The Providence Friars added two commitments in recent days, one for the incoming freshman class, and another for the 2015 recruiting cycle. Providence nabbed 6′-2″ guard Tyree Chambers of Germany, according to a report on BigEastCoastBias.com, as well as 6′-3″ guard Drew Edwards of Calvert Hall (MD). Adding a guard like Chambers this late in the cycle ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 57 – Noah Dickerson

57. Noah DICKERSON Height: 6’-8” Weight: 244 Position: PF Wingspan: 7’-1” High School (State): Montverde Academy (FL) Club Team (Affiliation): Georgia Stars (Nike) Commitment: Florida Gators Breakdown: Dickerson re-opened his pledge from the Georgetown Hoyas at the beginning of July, and followed up in mid-August by becoming the third prospect in Florida’s 2015 recruiting class. ...
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Elite Wisconsin posts Stone and Ellenson narrow lists

Two of the top-15 prospects in the 2015 class, big men Diamond Stone of Dominican (WI) and Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake (WI) both narrowed their recruiting lists in recent days. Both prospects played on USA Basketball’s U17 Gold medal winning team, and are focusing on only a few college basketball programs going forward. Stone is one of ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 58 – Moustapaha Diagne

58. Moustapaha DIAGNE Height: 6’-8” 1/2 Weight: 241 Position: PF Wingspan: 7’-2” High School (State): Pope John XXIII Club Team (Affiliation): NJ Playaz (Nike) Commitment: Syracuse Orange Breakdown: One of four top-100 prospects committed to Syracuse as the early signing period approaches, Diagne is a major factor in a top-5 rated recruiting class to date. ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 59 – King McClure

59. King MCCLURE Height: 6’-3” Weight: 205 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-5” High School (State): Triple AAA Academy (TX) Club Team (Affiliation): Texas Titans (Nike) Commitment: Baylor Bears Breakdown: McClure picked Baylor over Kansas, SMU, Baylor and Arkansas when he announced at the end of April, 2014. McClure has been a standout in the Dallas-area for his ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 60 – Chimezie Metu

60. Chimezie METU Height: 6’-8” Weight: 215 Position: PF High School (State): Lawndale (CA) Club Team (Affiliation): Oakland Soldiers (Nike) Commitment: USC Trojans Breakdown: During head coach Andy Enfield’s brief tenure, the Trojans have markedly improved on landing prospects from their natural SoCal recruiting base, and Metu follows that trend. Metu, is originally from Nigeria, ...
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Second top-50 weekend commit for Auburn, Horace Spencer

To say it’s been a big weekend for the Auburn Tigers would be putting it mildly. The Tigers haven’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2003, but presumably new head coach Bruce Pearl has designs on getting back there quicker than most anyone could expect. In a weekend’s time, Pearl came off of his show ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 61 – Damon Wilson

61. Damon WILSON Height: 6’-5” Weight: 190 Position: PG High School (State): Our Savior New American (NY) Club Team (Affiliation): Game Elite (adidas) Commitment: Pittsburgh Panthers Breakdown: Capable of playing on and off the ball, Wilson was a valuable pledge to Pitt when his verbal commitment was announced last November. Wilson started out high school ...
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2014 Elite 24 game recap

Press Release Team Liberty willed their way to a 127-116 victory over Team Freedom in the 9th Annual Under Armour Elite 24, led by co-MVPs Jaylen Brown (23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Duke Blue Devils pledge Chase Jeter (17 points, 15 rebounds). Jeter’s performance also cemented his place in Elite 24 history; his 15 ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 62 – Ted Kapita

62. Ted KAPITA Height: 6’-9” Weight: 230 Wingspan: 7′-2″ 1/2 Position: PF High School (State): Huntington Prep (WV) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Texas (Nike) Breakdown: A native of Congo, Kapita transferred over the off-season from Florida Air Academy (FL) to Huntington Prep, where he will finish out high school. Broad-shouldered, strong and active, Kapita is nothing less than a ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 63 – Brevin Pritzl

63. Brevin PRITZL Height: 6’-3” Weight: 175 Position: SG High School (State): De Pere (WI) Club Team (Affiliation): Wisconsin Playground Warriors (adidas) Commitment: Wisconsin Badgers Breakdown: A first team all-state standout as a junior, Pritzl made his commitment to the Badgers in May. The first recruit for Wisconsin in the 2015 recruiting cycle, Pritzl also had ...
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