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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 27 – Jalen Adams

27. Jalen ADAMS Height: 6′-2″ Weight: 190 Wingspan: 6′-6 1/2″ Position: PG High School (State): Cushing Academy (NH) Club Team (Affiliation): Mass Rivals (adidas) Commitment: Connecticut Huskies Breakdown: At the end of June, Adams committed to play at his “dream school”, the defending NCAA champion Connecticut Huskies. He held offers from Louisville, Kansas and many ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 28 – Deng Adel

28. Deng ADEL Height: 6’-7” Weight: 185 Position: SF High School (State): Victory Rock Prep (FL) Club Team (Affiliation): Florida Elite (adidas) Commitment: Louisville Cardinals Breakdown: A terrific athlete that is as dangerous as any wing forward in the class in transition, Adel popped for Louisville in mid-July. A native of Sudan who also lived ...
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Texas A&M achieves elite status for ’15 with Elijah Thomas

Things can and do change quickly on the college basketball trail and 6′-9″ center Elijah Thomas of Lancaster (TX) may be a case in point of that. Just last week, Oklahoma State and Illinois were believed to be frontrunners in landing Thomas for college. When Thomas’ friend Admon Gilder picked Texas A&M last week, the Aggies begin generating ...
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Virginia and Memphis add top 100 junior guards

On a busy Monday of high-major college basketball programs accepting verbal commitments, the Virginia Cavaliers and Memphis Tigers each accepted their second pledge in the 2016 recruiting cycle, taking an eye towards the future with current high school juniors. Both Kyle Guy and Randall Broddie made their way to Virginia and Memphis midnight madness events over the weekend, ...
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Maryland strikes with weekend visitor Jaylen Brantley

The Maryland Terrapins are on the board in the 2015 recruiting cycle, as they snagged a verbal commitment from 5′-10″ point guard Jaylen Brantley, a weekend visitor to their Midnight Madness event. Brantley started college at Marshall, but did not play there and transferred to Odessa College (TX) for his upcoming freshman season. Brantley will fill ...
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Daily double shores up Washington’s post play

Post play has been a bit of a question mark for the Washington Huskies basketball program, and it’s fair to say the question was addressed by the coaching staff on Monday, as Washington added verbal commitments from two prospects. Junior college center Malik Dime picked Washington over Iowa State, and prep school power forward Devenir Duruisseau also ...
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Florida keeps Keith Stone in state

For quite awhile, it seemed very likely that 6′-7″forward Keith Stone of Zion Lutheran (FL) would commit to Florida after he made his official visit. On Monday, that was fulfilled, as Stone announced his verbal commitment to the Gators as a member of the 2015 class. The addition of Stone gives Florida four pledges in the ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 29 – Perry “P.J.” Dozier

29. Perry “P.J.” DOZIER Height: 6′-6″ Weight: 185 Position: SG High School (State): Spring Valley (SC) Club Team (Affiliation): Upward Stars Breakdown: An ACL injury may have slowed Dozier’s exposure to scouts nationally as he missed his junior season of high school, but wise college basketball programs never strayed from their pursuit of his college ...
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College Basketball Recruitcast: October 19, 2014

Welcome to the College Basketball Recruitcast, hosted by Kellon Hassenstab of Hoopniks.com, for October 19, 2014. The College Basketball Recruitcast is a podcast covering national college basketball recruiting. Items mentioned: Sports Illustrated has projected the top 50 incoming freshmen, in terms of production on the hardwood. We breakdown our thoughts on the top 10 players ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 30 – Donovan Mitchell

30. Donovan MITCHELL Height: 6’-3” Weight: 180 Position: SG High School (State): Brewster Academy (NH) Club Team (Affiliation): The City (Under Armour) Commitment: Louisville Cardinals Breakdown: Mitchell was unquestionably one of the summer’s fastest rising prospects, due to his athleticism and scoring ability. His profile blew up while playing for his grassroots team, The City, ...
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Texas Tech strikes with Fla. guard C.J. Williamson

The original plan was for 6′-5″ wing C.J. Williamson of Evans (FL) to visit Virginia Tech, and decided between the Hokies and Texas Tech on October 27. That plan changed on Saturday night, as Williamson announced his verbal commitment to head coach Tubby Smith and the Red Raiders. Williamson joins shooting guard Jordan Jackson, the son of ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 31 – Malachi Richardson

31. Malachi RICHARDSON Height: 6’-5” 1/2 Weight: 193 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-11” High School (State): Trenton Catholic (NJ) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Final (Nike) Commitment: Syracuse Orange Breakdown: A cornerstone of top 10 national recruiting class in the 2015 recruiting cycle at Syracuse, Richardson committed to the Orange in December, 2013. Richardson has ideal size for ...
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Skilled forward Kaiser Gates decides on Xavier

Xavier got on the board with a verbal commitment for 2015 on Thursday, as St. Francis (GA) forward Kaiser Gates picked Xavier over Central Florida and Texas Tech. Gates is a 6′-8″, 190 pound forward with a high skill level and the capability to hit long range shots. As a junior on a strong high school ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 32 – Thomas Bryant

32. Thomas BRYANT Height: 6’-10” Weight: 230 Position: C Wingspan: 7’-5” High School (State): Huntington Prep (WV) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Scan (Nike) Breakdown: In the midst of an effective transition from a “prospect” to a “player” Bryant could end up as one of the most fearsome big men in a class that has a ...
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Dallas-area dominance for Texas A&M; Admon Gilder commits

It’s no secret that the Dallas-Fort Worth area produces some of the finest college basketball recruits in the country, in an area almost overflowing with talent. With that said, the talent is usually widely dispersed among many programs that compete in the area, though the 2015 recruiting cycle has had a clear winner, Texas A&M. ...
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SMU goes north to land Oklahoma guard Shake Milton

6′-5″ guard Malik “Shake” Milton, the No. 85 prospect nationally, announced a verbal commitment to SMU on Wednesday, picking the Mustangs over Oklahoma and Indiana. Milton had a banner junior season at Owasso (OK) which saw him earn recognition as a rare Gatorade Player of the Year as an underclassmen. He exploded to averaged 28 points, 6 rebounds and ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 33 – Raymond Spalding

33. Raymond SPALDING Height: 6’-9” Weight: 200 Position: PF High School (State): Trinity (KY) Club Team (Affiliation): The Ville Commitment: Louisville Cardinals Breakdown: A starring member on what should be one Kentucky’s top high school basketball teams, Raymond Spalding decided he liked the environs of Louisville so much, he picked the Louisville Cardinals to play college ...
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Wisconsin adds another prospect to Top 25 class

The Wisconsin Badgers currently have a top 25 recruiting class in the 2015 recruiting cycle, with two top 100 prospects, power forward Alex Illikainen and guard Brevin Pritzl both pledged. The Badgers added a third prospect, as 6′-7″ power forward Charlie Thomas of River Hill (MD) picked Wisconsin as well. The news was first reported by Marcus Helton ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 34 – K.J. Lawson

34. Keelon “K.J.” LAWSON Height: 6’-6” Weight: 196 Position: SF Wingspan: 7’-0” High School (State): Hamilton (TN) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Penny (Nike) Commitment: Memphis Tigers Breakdown: Memphis fans will be hearing the name Lawson quite a bit over the course of upcoming years, as Keelon “K.J.” Lawson and his younger brother Dedric Lawson are incoming ...
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Under the radar wing O.G. Anunoby picks Indiana

Indiana snagged an under the radar wing forward on Tuesday, as Ogugua “O.G.” Anunoby announced he was committed to the Hoosiers, over Mississippi, Iowa and Georgia. Anunoby, who hails from Jefferson City (MO), drew attention in July playing Tennessee-based Team Thad, and is regarded as raw but athletic. It may be awhile before Anunoby impacts the ...
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Wing scorer Jacob Evans announces for Cincinnati

One associates tough-minded defenders with the Cincinnati Bearcats basketball program, but that didn’t stop their pursuit of a talented wing scorer, Jacob Evans of St. Michael (LA). The Bearcats’ attempts to land Evans, a 6′-5″, 210 pound prospect, paid off on Tuesday, as Evans announced he verbally committed. Evans picked Cincinnati over the South Carolina Gamecocks, ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 35 – Eric Davis

35. Eric DAVIS Height: 6’-3” Weight: 181 Position: PG/SG Wingspan: 6’-6” High School (State): Arthur Hill (MI) Club Team (Affiliation): The Family (Nike) Commitment: Texas Longhorns Breakdown: Davis announced he is headed to play for Texas in mid-September. He is a capable and competent ballhandler and also savvy scorer – two valuable traits needed by every college basketball ...
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Utah, Washington State snag JUCO commits

Two Pac-12 programs added verbal commitments from junior college programs in recent days, with the Utah Utes and Washington State Cougars each nabbing guards from the two year college ranks. Utah snagged City College of San Francisco (CA) wing Gabe Bealer. The last player from that junior college worked out extremely well for Utah, as current ...
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Athletic guard Dazon Ingram announces for ‘Bama

6′-4″ guard Dazon Ingram of Theodore (AL) announced his verbal pledge to Alabama on Monday evening, becoming the third prospect in the Crimson Tide’s 2015 recruiting class. Alabama has focused on in-state prospect during the 2015 recruiting cycle, as Ingram joins fellow Alabama natives power forward Danta Hales and wing Brandon Austin. According to multiple reports, Ingram picked ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 36 – Aaron Holiday

36. Aaron HOLIDAY Height: 6’-1” Weight: 187 Position: PG Wingspan: 6’-6” High School (State): Campbell Hall (CA) Club Team (Affiliation): California Supreme (Nike) Commitment: UCLA Bruins Breakdown: It’s a family affair for Holiday and the UCLA Bruins, as his brother Jrue and his sister Lauren both picked UCLA to play college basketball. In Aaron Holiday, ...
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