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Michigan adds second big man to 2016 class, Austin Davis

The Michigan Wolverines added a second member to their 2016 recruiting class, picking up a commitment from 6′-10″ in-state prospect Austin Davis of Ostego (MI). Davis joins Ohio prospect Jon Testa in the early haul for the Wolverines. Michigan was one of the worst rebounding teams nationally during the 2014-2015 season, and it’s clear the coaching staff is putting ...
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UNLV keeps top 10 player Stephen Zimmerman in Vegas

Realistically, 7′-0″ center Stephen Zimmerman of Bishop Gorman (NV) could have had his pick of any college basketball program in the nation. In the end, Zimmerman found what he needed close to home, as he announced on Thursday night he’ll stay in Las Vegas, as a pledge to UNLV. Zimmerman is currently ranked as the No. ...
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Washington State signs two more for rebuild

When head coach Ernie Kent took the position at the helm of the Washington State Cougars program, the state of things in Pullman were in disarray, to say the least. After a year in which Washington State stumbled to a 13-18 record, the Cougars are adding five newcomers to the fray to attempt to turn ...
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Sophomore center Mohamed Bamba draws elite offers

Every time a spring live weekend tips off, it’s assured that several recruits nationally will blow up in a way they previously had not. From the first April weekend in 2015, sophomore center Mohamed Bamba of Westtown (PA) may have been the most prominent of “blown up” prospects. Bamba, in playing for the PSA Cardinals in the ...
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Conference Recruiting Update – Patriot

Top newcomer: Matt Holba, Lehigh – A first-team All State pick and state champion in the talent rich state of Indiana, Holba has great size and skill for a wing forward. Name for the future: Delante Jones, American – Plucked from nearby to campus, Jones could be a breakout scorer as he acclimates to the college level ...
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2015 Jordan Brand Classic preview

Now in its 14th year, the Jordan Brand Classic will return to Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday with games showcasing the top boys, girls and international basketball players. For the third consecutive year, Barclays Center will host the top boys in the nation on Friday, April 17, as part of a quadruple-header event. These future stars follow ...
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Colorado signs two international talents to bolster team

Colorado hasn’t exactly been known as a hotbed destination for international signees in men’s college basketball, but two signees as the regular signing period kicked off buck that trend. The Buffaloes inked guard Thomas Akyazili and power forward Kenan Guzonjic on Wednesday, adding depth to a team which will seek to have a turn-around season in 2015-2016. At ...
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National Champs add interior player for 2015

Facing several departures from their reigning National Championship team, which didn’t have much depth to begin with, the Duke Blue Devils are starting to get busy on the recruiting trail. 6′-10″ center Antonio Vrankovic of Pine Crest (FL) verbally committed to Duke on Wednesday, joining top 25 prospects Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard in the class thus far. Vrankovic is ...
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Center Michael Edwards has Georgia on his mind

6′-10″ center Michael Edwards of John Glenn (MI) ended his recruitment on Monday night, pick Georgia over a variety of D-1 offers and interest, including from Nebraska, SMU, Pittsburgh and more. Edwards is the fourth member of the Bulldogs’ 2015 recruiting class and part of a burgeoning crop of young and promising big men in Athens. ...
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Centerpiece: Cal lands Ivan Rabb over Arizona

6′-9″ post player Ivan Rabb of Bishop O’Dowd (CA) will play college basketball close to home, as the nation’s No. 9 prospect nationally picked his local California Golden Bears over the Arizona Wildcats on Monday night. Rabb immediately provides a centerpiece to Cal’s 2015-2016 team, and will start from day one on the interior. Assuming Cal’s guard ...
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Conference Recruiting Update – Big Sky

Top newcomer: Walter Wright, Montana – An Honorable Mention junior college All-American pick at Snow College, Wright was a two year standout in a tough junior college league. Name for the future: Nick Blair, Idaho – A high-flying wing prospect, Blair played behind superstars in high school and may unlock his full potential in college. Eastern Washington ...
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World wins 2015 Nike Hoop Summit behind Jamal Murray

Some of the world’s top youth basketball players assembled on Saturday for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit game in Portland, Oregon. After the talented titans clashed, World won a hard-fought game over the United States, 103-101. The World team demonstrated a long and defensively-strong frontline and scored the first 10 points of the game. The United ...
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One-time La Tech pledge Jeremiah Martin picks Memphis

After capturing a state championship as a senior at Mitchell (TN), a high school in Memphis, combo guard Jeremiah Martin decided to stay home for college and announced his verbal commitment to the Memphis Tigers on Saturday. Martin was formerly pledged to Louisiana Tech. At 6′-2″, Martin is expected to provide depth and compete for time ...
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Cal continues building ’15 class with wing Tyson Jolly

The California Golden Bears nabbed a second recruit for the 2015 recruiting cycle on Saturday, garnering the verbal commitment of 6′-4″ wing Tyson Jolly of Putnam City West (OK). Jolly joins Our Savior New American (NY) wing forward Davon Dillard in the class for the Golden Bears, and both are considered Top 150 caliber players nationally. The ...
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Under Armour Association New Orleans – Friday top performers

Courtesy of UAA Big Stage in the Big Easy A few notable performances from Day 1 in New Orleans… Josh Jackson, 2016 (1 Nation 17U) 28 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists (13-16 FG) in a 77-68 win over Mo Williams Elite Joey Brunk, 2016 (Indy Hoosiers 17U) 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists (3-4 FG, ...
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Conference Recruiting Update – Sun Belt

Top newcomer: Jerekius Davis, Lousiana-Lafayette – A double-double performer in the Jackson, Mississippi-area, Davis has the chops to make an impact early for the Cajuns. Name for the future: Shaquille Calhoun, South Alabama – After missing the season with torn ACL, Calhoun may be off the radar, but based on his freshman season that shouldn’t be the case. ...
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Michigan State lands a Biggie

Following an unexpected run to the Final Four, fans of the Michigan State Spartans have plenty to be excited about. The state of head coach Tom Izzo’s program got even better on Friday, as 6′-9″ center Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan of Homestead (IN) verbally committed, bolstering their recruiting class to top-10 status nationally. Swanigan is currently ...
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Conference Recruiting Update – Summit League

Top newcomer: J.T. Gibson, Nebraska-Omaha – The selection for Mr. Basketball in Minnesota, Gibson’s high school team only lost one game during his senior campaign, which saw him become the all-time scoring leader at Champlin Park (MN). Name for the future: Brandon Gilbeck, Western Illinois – A near-7 footer on an upward trajectory, Gilbeck reportedly continues ...
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Elite junior Jayson Tatum considers bluebloods, local school

6′-9″ junior forward Jayson Tatum of Chaminade (MO) is unquestionably one of the most talented players in high school basketball. On Friday, where he may play his college basketball in the future became more clear, as Tatum named a quartet of contenders for his services. Tatum announced he’ll considered three traditional college basketball powerhouses, the Duke Blue ...
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2015 Nike Hoop Summit game is loaded

Press Release The 2015 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 12 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, April 11 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The game will be televised on ESPN2. Elite center Caleb Swanigan of Homestead (IN) is expected to announce his college decision in conjunction with the game. The Nike Hoop Summit is ...
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Conference Recruiting Update: Big West

Top newcomer: Brandon Smith, UC Irvine – With a unique package of strength, athleticism and skill at the small forward slot, Smith could be a standout for the strong Anteaters program in time. Name for the future: Menno Dijkstra, UC Riverside – A skilled 7-foot center with a variety of scholarship offers, he may become a ...
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Conference Recruiting Update: Atlantic Sun

Top newcomer: Rayjon Tucker, Florida Gulf Coast – A tremendous athlete who had SEC and ACC schools tender him scholarships, Tucker could develop into a star. Name for the future: D’Andre Bernard, North Florida – Considered a fast rising prospect, Bernard was considered by some as one of the top players in Canada. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles ...
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German forward Mortiz Wagner declares Michigan

Only a handful of college basketball programs didn’t have a verbal commitment or signing for the 2015-2016 season going into Sunday, and now there’s one less school on that list. 6′-9″ forward Moritz Wagner of Germany announced he would join the Michigan Wolverines for next season, via his Twitter account. With almost its entire 2014-2015 team ...
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Montverde Academy captures three-peat DICK’S Nationals championship

The clear top two high school basketball teams in the nation, Oak Hill Academy (VA) and Montverde Academy (FL), faced off at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, and Montverde Academy emerged as the champion. The title was the Eagles third consecutive DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals championship. Montverde Academy won 70 to 61 over Oak ...
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Indiana nabs blue chip center Thomas Bryant for 2015

6′-10″ center Thomas Bryant of Huntington Prep (WV), considered by Hoopniks.com as the No. 34 prospect nationally in the 2015 class, committed to the Indiana Hoosiers over the Missouri Tigers on ESPN on Saturday. The Kentucky Wildcats and Syracuse Orange were also involved in Bryant’s recruitment. Bryant joins O.G. Anunoby and Juwan Morgan in a recruiting class which should ...
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