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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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Minnesota nabs 2nd guard for ’15, Dupree McBrayer

Minnesota now has two recruits verbally committed for the 2015 recruiting cycle, as shooting guard Dupree McBrayer committed, according to multiple reports. A left-handed scoring guard, McBrayer joins top-100 point guard Kevin Dorsey in the early class for Richard Pitino and his staff. McBrayer has made his college decision, but still needs to announce where he’ll be ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 64 – Marcus Derrickson

64. Marcus DERRICKSON Height: 6’-8” Weight: 250 Position: PF Wingspan: 7’-1” High School (State): Brewster Academy (NH) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Takeover (Nike) Commitment: Georgetown Hoyas Breakdown: An early pledge to Georgetown (in October, 2013), Derrickson is finishing out high school in arguably the most talented prep school program in the nation at Brewster Academy. ...
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Talented power wing Danjel Purifoy to Auburn

The time frame for the Auburn Tigers to gain success in the SEC seems to be decreasing. With his show cause time served, head coach Bruce Pearl is free to get on the recruiting trail and build Auburn’s program up. Before he could do so, the Tigers landed top-50 talent Danjel Purifoy, a native of Alabama ...
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Top-30 prospect Tyler Davis pledges Texas A&M

The Texas A&M Aggies landed their most highly-touted recruit since DeAndre Jordan in 2007 on Friday, as 6′-9″ center Tyler Davis of Plano West (TX) announced via Twitter he was set for the Aggies. Davis is the first recruit for Texas A&M in the 2015 class. Davis is a top-30 prospect nationally, and played on the Texas ...
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Touted Texas guards Gilder and Mitchell announce lists

High school basketball talent in Texas is seemingly off the charts as of late, with an absolute bevy of elite prospects. Two shooting guards in the Lone Star State are among that category, having received attention as potential top-100 prospects this spring and summer, Wendell Mitchell of Rockdale (TX) and Admon Gilder of Madison (TX). Both prospects narrowed their ...
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Mizzou defends its borders to land Kevin Puryear

After losing out on one of the top in-state prospects earlier in the week, when Jimmy Whitt of Hickman (MO) committed to Arkansas, the Missouri Tigers rebounded on Thursday as they started their 2015 recruiting efforts by landing Whitt’s AAU teammate, 6′-7″ forward Kevin Puryear of Blue Springs South (MO). According to KansasCity.com, Puryear picked the Tigers over Nebraska ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 65 – Haanif Cheatham

65. Haanif CHEATHAM Height: 6’-5” Weight: 175 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-6” High School (State): Pembroke Pines Charter (FL) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Florida (Nike) Breakdown: As a junior, Cheatham was named the 6A Player of the Year in Florida, due to averaging 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game for an 18-6 team. Cheatham ...
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Indiana closes out ’14 class with forward Emmitt Holt

The Indiana Hoosiers finalized their 2014 class by snaring 6′-8″ power forward Emmitt Holt of Webster Schroeder (NY), who announced his verbal commitment to the Hoosiers on Wednesday. Holt was previously expected to do a post-graduate year at Vermont Academy (VT), before the Hoosiers. He had mid-major scholarship offers prior to the Hoosiers seeking him out to ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 66 – Tyler Lydon

66. Tyler LYDON Height: 6’-9” Weight: 200 Position: PF High School (State): New Hampton School (NH) Club Team (Affiliation): Commitment: Syracuse Orange Breakdown: Somewhat of a surprise selection to USA Basketball’s Gold medal winning U18 team, Lydon is a sweet shooting big man. Lydon filled a role of being an outside spot up shooter for the ...
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Florida State gets its Mann to start ’15 class

6′-6″ wing Terance Mann of Tilton School (NH), the No. 92 prospect in the 2015 class, announced his commitment to the Florida State Seminoles on Wednesday night. Glad to announce that I have committed to Florida State! Feels great to be a Seminole! #GoNoles !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — Terance (@TeranceMann) August 21, 2014 Mann is the first member of ...
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2014 Nike Global Challenge International teams recap

The 2014 Nike Global Challenge included four foreign teams in the four day tournament held in Chicago, IL. Teams from Brazil, Canada, China, and Africa were all invited to compete amongst each other as well as against the four USA teams in the event. Overall, the foreign teams struggled when faced with competition from the ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 67 – Admon Gilder

67. Admon GILDER Height: 6’-3” Weight: 180 Position: SG High School (State): Madison (TX) Club Team (Affiliation): Dallas Mustangs (Reebok) Breakdown: While not physically imposing, one Gilder gets into the flow of a game, he’s as productive as anyone could ask for on the hardwood. On the court, Gilder led his Madison team to a ...
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Top-100 guards Whitt and Williams commit

Tuesday saw the verbal commitments of two top-100 prospects, shooting guards Jimmy Whitt of Hickman (MO) and Kenny Williams of LC Bird (VA). Whitt popped for the Arkansas Razorbacks, while in a surprise Williams picked VCU. Whitt is capable of playing in both guard slots at Arkansas, and was a strong pick-up in that regard, especially given the ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 68 – Matthew McQuiad

68. Matthew MCQUIAD Height: 6’-4” Weight: 173 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-3” High School (State): Duncanville (TX) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Texas (Nike) Breakdown: Simply put, McQuiad is one of the elite shooters in the 2015 class nationally. A one-time commit to SMU, McQuiad’s recruitment has been re-opened and he’s a hot target for school’s desiring ...
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Three 2015 high-major prospects narrow their lists

Three prospects being pursued by high-major programs, Kaiser Gates of St. Francis (GA), Chris Silva of Roselle Catholic (NJ) and Landry Shamet of Park Hill (MO) each substantially trimmed their college lists in recent days. Gates, a face-up 6′-8″ forward that can shoot, has eight programs remaining on the list, as Missouri, Texas Tech, Georgia, Cincinnati, Xavier, LSU, ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 69 – Stephen Thompson

69. Stephen THOMPSON Height: 6’-3” 1/2 Weight: 155 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-6” High School (State): Bishop Montgomery (CA) Club Team (Affiliation): Superior Athletes (Reebok) Breakdown: The son of a new Oregon State Beavers assistant coach and Syracuse player by the same name, the lithe and long guard is one of the best prospects on the ...
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Nebraska strikes twice on the recruiting trail

Commitment lightning struck twice in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Monday, as the Cornhuskers picked up pledges from two players who figure to have an extensive role in the future of the Nebraska program. Incoming sophomore Aguek Arop and Kansas Jayhawks transfer Andrew White both cast their lot with head coach Tim Miles and the Nebraska program. At top-100 ...
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