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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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Frontcourt shooter Aaron Falzon to Northwestern

Northwestern nabbed the third prospect for its 2015 recruiting class on Monday, as 6′-8″ Aaron Falzon of Northfield Mt. Hermon (MA) picked the Wildcats over Harvard. Falzon had also been considering Boston College until recently, as well. Falzon is arguably the top power forward long-range pure shooter in the country, which makes him a unique addition ...
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College Basketball Recruitcast: October 12, 2014

Welcome to the inaugural College Basketball Recruitcast, hosted by Kellon Hassenstab of Hoopniks.com. The College Basketball Recruitcast is a podcast covering national college basketball recruiting. Items mentioned:  The Top 25 recruiting classes as the early signing period approaches in a month. Marquette landed an elite wing forward, Henry Ellenson from Rice Lake (WI). Wake Forest has ...
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Update: Class of 2015 Team Recruiting Class Rankings

The first opportunity for prospects from the Class of 2015 to sign a letter of intent with the college basketball program of their choice (if they are going to) is just a month away, as November 12 marks the beginning of the early signing period. With that in mind, it was time to put our ...
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Temple keeps Ernest Aflakpui close to home

Temple landed two Top 100 caliber guards early in the recruiting cycle, nabbing pledges from wing Trey Lowe and guard Levan Alston, who both can be very good starters in the American Athletic Conference down the line. The Owls went to the frontcourt for their third pledge, adding Archbishop Carroll (PA) post Ernest Aflakpui. In contrast to skilled wings ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 37 – Chance Comanche

37. Chance COMANCHE Height: 6’-10” Weight: 200 Position: C High School (State): Beverly Hills (CA) Club Team (Affiliation): Earl Watson Elite (Under Armour) Commitment: Arizona Wildcats Breakdown: In mid-September, Comanche committed to become the fourth member of Arizona’s currently ranked No. 1 recruiting class. Comanche is a near 7-footer who will be finishing out high ...
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Texas Tech starts recruiting cycle with legacy recruit

The Texas Tech Red Raiders have gotten on the board in the 2015 recruiting cycle, as 6′-3″ guard Jordan Jackson of St. Pius X (TX) made a verbal commitment, according to multiple reports. Jackson is the son of Sheryl Swoopes, one of the most decorated women’s basketball players in history, and a former Texas Tech standout. As ...
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S. Florida lands second ’15 forward, Tulio Henrique da Silva

Going into the 2014-2015 season, it’s apparent South Florida lacks depth on the interior as new head coach Orlando Antigua attempts to engineer a turnaround in the program. The first two recruits for South Florida have already addressed that need, as the Bulls added Tulio Henrique Da Silva to Luis Santos on Sunday as 2015 commitments. Da Silva ...
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Pure point guard Justin Robinson picks Va. Tech

New head coach Buzz Williams isn’t wasting any time building the Virginia Tech Hokies program in his image, as he has overhauled the majority of the roster since taking over last spring. Virginia Tech landed perhaps another important building block on Sunday, as pure point guard Justin Robinson of St. James (MD) announced his verbal commitment, ...
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