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Conference Recruiting Update: Southern Conference

Chattanooga Mocs Jacolby Mobley | 5′-10″ | PG | East Mississippi CC (MS)| Brandon Maxwell | 6′-1″ | PG | Orlando Christian Prep (FL)| Shaquille Preston | 6′-3″ | SG | East Jefferson (LA)| Anthony Ethridge | 6′-5″ | SF | South Georgia Tech (GA)| The Mocs will have a new look for the 2014-2015 season, bringing in four ...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Recruiting Update: Big Sky

Eastern Washington Eagles Will Ferris | 6′-1″ | PG | Newport (WA)| Kyle Reid | 6′-7″ | PF | LA Trade Tech (CA)| With an experienced crew expected to return, it isn’t as if Eastern Washington needed a huge 2014 recruiting class. They picked their spots, and signed two newcomers to fill open scholarship slots. Junior college ...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Recruiting Update: Ohio Valley

Austin Peay Governors Chris Porter-Bunton | 6′-4″ | SG | Warren Central (KY)| Domas Budrys | 6′-4″ | SG | Parkview Christian (NE)| Josh Robinson | 6′-4″ | SG | Saint Mary’s (MO)| Assane Diop | 6′-8″ | PF | Cloud County CC (KS)| After signing a sole incoming recruit during the early signing period, the Govs were active ...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan pops Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman on visit

The departures of Glenn Robinson and Nik Stauskas to the NBA have left several open roster slots going into next season for the Michigan Wolverines. With two ’14 prospects on campus for weekend visits, wings Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Aubrey Dawkins, it stood to reason that Michigan could add another body to their squad. Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman announced his commitment...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indiana adds under the radar 7-footer

When 7′-0″ center Jeremiah April of Westwind Prep (AZ) announced on Friday night that he committed to the Indiana Hoosiers, a common reaction among Indiana fans might have been to ask exactly who is April is. While it was well known that the Hoosiers wanted to add a big man to the other three members of their ’14 class, ...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

JC National Champ Johnny Zuppardo is a Bulldog

The Mississippi State Bulldogs announced they signed interior junior college standout Johnny Zuppardo. Zuppardo starred for Jones County JC (MS), which won the NJCAA National Championship. Zuppards averaged 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds on the season. In a release, Jones County JC head coach Jay Lander said,“I think Mississippi State is getting a real steal. He’s ...
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G’ Tech adds Senegalese center Abdoulaye Gueye

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets signed the third member of their ’14 class on Thursday, as they received a national letter of intent from Abdoulaye Gueye of Central Park Christian (AL), via Dakar, Senegal. Gueye is a 6′-10″ big man, with a 6′-3″ wing span. Head coach Brian Gregory said the following about Gueye: We’re ...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Standout Euro Domantas Sabonis signs with Gonzaga

The Gonzaga Bulldogs notched easily one of the most intriguing signings during college basketball’s early signing period on Thursday, as 6′-10″ Domantas Sabonis, who is currently playing for a professional team in Spain, signed a letter of intent for Gonzaga. Sabonis is the son of long-time Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis, and still only 17 years old. ...
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Elite junior post Chase Jeter lists six

6′-10″ post Chase Jeter, considered by many to be a top-25 caliber prospect in the 2015 class nationally, narrowed his recruiting list to six on Thursday. The talented big man from Bishop Gorman (NV) announced that the Duke Blue Devils, UCLA Bruins, UNLV Running Rebels, Oregon Ducks, Arizona Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks were the finalists for ...
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25 JUCO transfers who could make a big impact in 2014-2015

The proliferation of prep schools has perhaps diminished the notoriety of being an elite junior college basketball recruit. Still, there are plenty of high major programs that harvest the top prospects at the two-year level each recruiting cycle. The following list of 25 potential impact junior college players is alphabetical only, and no doubt not ...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Recruiting Update: Patriot League

American Eagles Alex Paquin | 6′-0″ | PG | Champlain St. Lambert (CAN)| George Langberg | 6′-5″ | SG | The Peddie School (NJ)| The Eagles added a prospect for each guard slot during the ’14 recruiting cycle. Alex Paquin was considered one of the top lead guards in Quebec, as a pass-first game manager. Assistant coach Nate Philippe ...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

COMMIT: 2015 SG Franklin Howard to Syracuse

Syracuse obtained a third verbal commitment from a top-100 prospect on Monday, as 6′-4″ shooting guard Franklin Howard of Paul VI (VA) announced his verbal commitment. The Orange are the only program in the nation with three top-100 juniors at the present time. Howard ranked as the No. 42 prospect nationally in our 2015 rankings, but ...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Recruiting Update: MAAC

Canisius Golden Griffins Raven Owen | 5′-11″ | PG | St. Joseph (NJ)| Cassidy Ryan | 6′-5″ | SF | Our Lady of Mount Carmel (CAN)| Jamal Reynolds | 6′-5″ | SG | Mott CC (MI)| The Golden Griffins addressed their backcourt needs with this class, landing a trio of players capable of playing in the backcourt or ...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekend Recruiting Trail Notebook

Graham gets released, gains attention For over a year, an on-going dispute occurred between point guard Devonte Graham and Appalachian State. When Graham signed a letter of intent to play for the Mountaineers as a senior at Broughton (NC), it seemed like a steal at the time. For whatever reason, Graham reconsidered his decision and wanted ...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

COMMIT: JUCO PF Cinmeon Bowers to Auburn

Newly hired head coach Bruce Pearl’s first recruit for the Auburn Tigers is a major one, power forward Cinmeon Bowers of Chipola JC. Considered one of the top junior college forwards in the nation, Bowers is the first recruit to cast his lot for Pearl’s program. After a standout freshman season at Chipola, Bowers inked during ...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Nike Hoop Summit recap

The USA Junior National Select Team earned an 84-73 win over the World Select Team at the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. Three future Duke Blue Devils had a huge impact on the win, as forward Justise Winslow led the USA team with 16 points, and also collected 6 rebounds. His future teammates Tyus Jones ...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Recruiting Update: Big South

Campbell Fighting Camels Troy Harper | 6′-1″ | PG | Neumann-Goretti (PA)| Curtis Phillips | 6′-5″ | SF | White Station (TN)| Tony Toplyn | 6′-6″ | PF | Neumann-Goretti (PA)| Campbell will receive a duo of players that are no strangers to a winning culture, as two of their three recruits accumulated multiple state championships in high ...
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COMMIT: 2014 PG Avery Johnson Jr. to Texas A&M

The Texas A&M Aggies added to their backcourt depth on Saturday, landing a verbal commitment from Avery Johnson Jr. of Plano West (TX). Johnson is the fourth guard in the Aggies’ 2014 recruiting class. The son of a former NBA player and coach, Johnson Jr. played one season at Plano West, and was previously in the Houston ...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Recruiting Update: Mid-American

Akron Zips Antino Jackson | 5′-11″ | PG | Cypress Springs (TX)| Jimond Ivey | 6′-3″ | SG | Glenville (OH)| The Zips were quiet during the early signing period, and nabbed two guards for the regular signing period. In-state guard Jimond Ivey had the ability to play both guard slots as  a high schooler. Ivey is reputed to ...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Mary Kline Classic preview

On Wednesday, April 9th, the Mary Kline Classic announced its star-filled roster for the 4th annual charity event, which takes place on Saturday, May 31 at West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ. Following a tremendous third year in which $27,000 was raised for cancer research, and featured Mary Kline Classic alumni Jermaine Lawrence, Kuran Iverson, Tyler ...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

NY2LA Sports Swish N’ Dish recap

The AAU basketball season kicked off this past weekend with the NY2LA Swish N’ Dish located in Mequon, WI. Not only does this event serve as the unofficial opener for AAU play, but it also brings together some of the top teams in the Midwest regardless of shoe affiliation. Teams from Nike, Adidas, and Under ...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

WCE Scout Camp Colorado recap

West Coast basketball impresario Ryan Silver held his West Coast Elite Scout Camp in the Denver suburb of Parker, Colorado, on Sunday, April 6. The event mixed a handful of “national” level prospects with a greater balance of in-state players, for a solid day of spring hoops. Big men make their presence felt A quartet ...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Georgia doubles up post pledges

As one of only a few high-major college basketball programs with no committed recruits for the 2014-2015 season, it was imperative for the Georgia Bulldogs to land some incoming talent. They did just that on Saturday, securing verbal pledges from two recruits in short order, as 6′-8″ power forward Yante Manten and 6′-11″ center Fred Iduwe ...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Recruiting Update: Ivy League

Note: The Ivy League does not participate of the national letter of intent program, so this commitment list is based primarily on media reports and other resources. Brown Bears Tyler Williams | 6′-1″ | PG | Lakota West (OH)| Patrick Triplett | 6′-4″ | PG | Bayless (MO)| Jason Massey | 6′-5″ | SG | American Heritage (FL)| ...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

COMMIT: 2014 PF Terrell Miller to Central Florida

Central Florida added their third in-state recruit for 2014 on Thursday, as 6′-8″ power forward Terrell Miller Arlington Country Day (FL) verbally committed. Miller was the team MVP of the 30-5 squad, which was one of the nation’s best during the 2013-2014 season. Miller joins two local guard recruits in the class in Adonys Henriquez and B.J. Taylor. Henriquez ...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss
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