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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2014 McDonald’s All-American game recap

In front of a hometown crowd that included a reported 17,116 people in attendance, Chicago-native and Duke Blue Devils-bound center Jahlil Okafor was named the game’s co-MVP as his West squad won the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game over the East team, 105-102. In the losing effort, future North Carolina forward Justin Jackson was named co-MVP as ...
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COMMIT: 2014 SF Cameron Oliver to Oregon State

The Oregon State Beavers landed the fourth member of their 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday, as 6′-7″ forward Cameron Oliver of Grant (CA) verbally committed. The commitment came on the heels of a weekend visit to campus, and was announced via Oliver’s twitter account. Oliver is a much needed athletic addition to Oregon State’s class, which ...
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Conference Recruiting Update: Horizon League

Cleveland State Vikings Terrell Hales | 6′-4″ | PG | Douglass (MI)| Kenny Carpenter | 6′-5″ | SG | Cass Tech (MI)| Jonathan Janssen | 6′-9″ | PF | Mount Zion Prep (MD)| With two early period signees, Cleveland State addressed needs on their roster early on. Terrell Hales brings a serious reputation as a no-nonsense defensive player. Head coach ...
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Conference Recruiting Update: Colonial Athletic Association

College of Charleston Cougars Evan Bailey | 6′-6″ | SF| Jackson (OH)| Donovan Gilmore | 6′-7″ | PF | Wesleyan Christian (NC)| Nick Harris | 6′-10″ | C | Saint Pius X (GA)| The Cougars signed three targets during the early signing period, which will bolster their frontcourt for the future. Inside-outside forward Evan Bailey was a consistent shooter in ...
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McDonald’s All-American Tuesday practice recap

The second day of practice for the McDonald’s All-American teams was short and sweet. Both teams went at it for just over an hour, before they played a closed scrimmage later in the afternoon. Yesterday, it was the West team that came out with the intensity in drills and scrimmages, but today the East squad ...
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Conference Recruiting Update: Atlantic Sun

This article reflects the composition of the Atlantic Sun next season, and not the schools that were present for the 2013-2014 year. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Zach Johnson | 6′-2″ | PG | Norland (FL)| Christian Terrell | 6′-4″ | SG | Providence School (FL)| Eric Moeller | 6′-11″ | C | Central Florida CC (FL)| The first ...
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McDonald’s All-American Monday practice recap

The McDonald’s All-American week has begun. While the skills competition, three-point shootout, and slam dunk contest will be broadcast on ESPNU this evening, the players showcased their skills to the media and NBA personnel in the morning. Both the East and West teams went through an hour and a half practice session at the Quest ...
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World team set for Nike Hoop Summit

The 10-member World Select Team, featuring four players who play for U.S. high schools, was announced Monday for the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit, which features many of the world’s leading basketball players age 19 years old or younger. The 17th annual Nike Hoop Summit will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at ...
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Weekend Recruiting Trail Notebook

Secondary market materializes The complete dearth of unsigned prospects in the 2014 class could see a few additions to it – names that will be hotly, if briefly recruited by college basketball programs seeking to add a late pick-up. The “secondary market” of prospects released from their letters of intent that materializes in conjunction with ...
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COMMIT: JUCO PG Aaron Simpson to DePaul

Just a day after news broke that the DePaul Blue Demons lost an incoming combo guard recruit in Jon Davis, DePaul landed his replacement in junior college guard Aaron Simpson. Simpson, a native of North Chicago, pledged to Detroit just over a week ago, but has apparently switched to DePaul. Simpson was originally headed to Illinois State out ...
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