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Texas hooks combo guard Eric Davis

The Texas Longhorns landed their first recruit for the 2015 recruiting cycle on Tuesday, and it was a big pledge, as 6′-3″ Arthur Hill (MI) combo guard Eric Davis announced he is headed to play for Texas. Davis, a top-40 recruit nationally, is a capable and competent ballhandler and also savvy scorer – two valuable traits ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 41 – Austin Grandstaff

41. Austin GRANDSTAFF Height: 6’-5” Weight: 181 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-4” High School (State): Rockwall (TX) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Texas (Nike) Commitment: Ohio State Buckeyes Breakdown: A long range gunner, Grandstaff originally committed to Oklahoma State, and stuck with the “OSU” acronym when he reconsidered and popped for Ohio State in May. When he ...
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DePaul gets on the board in ’15 with Develle Phillips

Being a fan of DePaul basketball has been largely an up and down affair in recent memory, as the program seems to take a step ahead, followed by steps backward, which seems to repeat. Sunday brought DePaul a stroke of positive news, with 6′-8″ power forward Develle Phillips of Clinton Christian (MD) making a verbal commitment as ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 42 – Derrick Jones

42. Derrick JONES Height: 6′-6″ Weight: 185 Position: SF Wingspan: 6′-11″ High School (State): Archbishop Carroll (PA) Club Team (Affiliation): We-R-1 (Under Armour) Breakdown: One of the elite athletes in the 2015 class, Jones is an above-the-rim dynamo capable of winning most any dunk contest, anywhere. Jones recently narrowed his list to Auburn, Florida, Louisville, North ...
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Arizona adds center to elite ’15 quartet

The Arizona Wildcats put an exclamation mark on their 2015 recruiting class on Sunday, as top-40 center Chance Comanche committed as the fourth prospect for Arizona’s effort. Comanche committed while on an official visit to Tucson. He joins three top-20 players, guards Justin Simon and Allonzo Trier and wing forward Ray Smith in what could turn out as the nation’s ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 43 – Prince Ali

43. Prince ALI Height: 6’-3” 1/2 Weight: 185 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-6” 1/2 High School (State): Sagemont (FL) Club Team (Affiliation): Southern Stampede (Nike) Commitment: UCLA Bruins Breakdown: A one-time pledge to UConn, Ali is a high-energy guard who is currently verbally committed to switch coasts for college, and attend UCLA. Ali  captured the 2014 Class 3A championship ...
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Reigning champions add top-100 center, Steve Enoch

While many considered it a forgone conclusion, it was still a significant addition for UConn to land top-100 center Steve Enoch, an in-state prospect from St. Thomas More (CT). Enoch, who played at Norwalk (CT) previously, has plenty of upside in the post position, and the same can be said for top-30 combo guard Jalen Adams, the ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 44 – Malik Beasley

44. Malik BEASLEY Height: 6’-4” Weight: 185 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-6” High School (State): St. Francis (GA) Club Team (Affiliation): Georgia Stars (Nike) Commitment: Florida State Seminoles Breakdown: Part of what is shaping up as a potentially prolific recruiting class at Florida State, Beasley is a long and lanky Georgia-native with a terrific scoring instinct. Beasley ...
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Oregon bolsters frontcourt with Trevor Manuel

Oregon landed a second top-100 prospect to its 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday, as Sexton (MI) power forward Trevor Manuel announced his pledge to the Ducks. Manuel joins point guard Kendall Small of Mayfair (CA) as the two members of Oregon’s class. Manuel came in it at No. 73 nationally, in our top-100 for the 2015 class. ...
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Top 50 forward Esa Ahmad lands at West Virginia

West Virginia landed the third member of their 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday, as top-50 combo forward Esa Ahmad of Shaker Heights (OH) committed. Ahmad picked the Mountaineers over Maryland, Ohio State, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Given West Virginia’s current deep crop of big men, Ahmad projects to make his impact at small forward when he hits campus ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 45 – Jessie Govan

45. Jessie GOVAN Height: 6’-11” Weight: 266 Position: C Wingspan: 7’-3” 1/2 High School (State): Wings Academy (NY) Club Team (Affiliation): NY Lightning (Nike) Commitment: Georgetown Hoyas Breakdown: Long held as one of the high-potential big men in the 2015 class, Govan continues to improve and develop, and is now certainly one of the elite ...
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Top pure point guard Jalen Brunson to Villanova

Arguably the top pure point guard in the country, Stevenson (IL) lead guard Jalen Brunson, announced his commitment to Villanova over Illinois on Wednesday, bringing a tremendously talented backcourt prospect to a program that has successfully developed many such players in recent years. The son of former Temple standout Rick Brunson, Jalen Brunson absolutely blew up ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 46 – Daniel Giddens

46. Daniel GIDDENS Height: 6’-10” Weight: 233 Position: C Wingspan: 7’-2” 1/2 High School (State): Oak Hill Academy (VA) Club Team (Affiliation): E1T1 (Nike) Commitment: Ohio State Buckeyes Breakdown: Giddens decided to transfer from a strong program at Wheeler (GA) to Oak Hill Academy to finish out high school. One of the elite defensive post players ...
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Boston College starts ’15 with shooter Matt Milon

Boston College is finally on the board in the 2015 recruiting cycle, as Oviedo (FL) sharpshooter Matt Milon became the second addition to the Eagles’ program by new head coach Jim Christian and his staff. After taking over the Boston College program late in the spring, Christian picked up big man Idrissa Diallo, who was originally headed ...
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Texas A&M lands second top-50 pledge, D.J. Hogg

Texas A&M scored a second prospect for the 2015 recruiting cycle Sunday night, garnering a commitment from 6′-8″ combo forward D.J. Hogg of Plano West (TX). Hogg joins his Plano West teammate, 6′-9″ center Tyler Davis, as two top-50 prospects already pledged to the Aggies. Hogg had Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M, as well as Oklahoma State, UCLA ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 47 – Esa Ahmad

47. Esa AHMAD Height: 6’-7” Weight: 222 Position: PF Wingspan: 6’-7” High School (State): Shaker Heights (OH) Club Team (Affiliation): All Ohio Red (Nike) Breakdown: A tremendous junior season at Shaker Heights saw Ahmad selected as the Division I Player of the Year in Ohio, and buoyed his ascent up the recruiting charts. Ahmad impressively posted 26.5 ...
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Rising big man Jonathan Nwankwo commits to Minnesota

Minnesota’s 2015 recruiting class has jumped to three members, as 6′-9″ post Jonathan Nwankwo committed on Friday. Nwankwo is considered a high-potential big man, not unlike another freshman in the program currently. Nwankwo plays at Victory Rock Prep (FL), and is originally from New York. His addition to Minnesota is no surprise, given their coaching staff’s strong ties ...
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Arizona State continues JC recruiting emphasis, lands post

Perhaps more so than any high-major program recently, the Arizona State Sun Devils have shown a high interest in building their program through junior college recruits. Four of their seven newcomers in 2014 were from junior colleges, and now two of the three commits for 2015 hold the same distinction. On Friday, Jordan Washington, a 6′-8″ ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 48 – Bennie Boatwright

48. Bennie BOATWRIGHT Height: 6’-8” Weight: 215 Position: SF High School (State): Village Christian (CA) Club Team (Affiliation): Various Commitment: USC Trojans Breakdown: When Andy Enfield took over as head coach, he brought in well-known assistant coaches and recruiters in Southern California, and it is already paying dividends on the recruiting trail. Two of SoCal’s ...
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Showtime stars announce college pledges

For the last two spring and summer grassroots basketball circuits, Florida’s Showtime Ballers were among the most exciting club teams to watch in the country. Wing Dwayne Bacon and guard Corey Sanders regularly were highlight reel players, scoring points and doing so with flair. In recent days, both players picked their respective colleges, as Bacon popped ...
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Florida State adds a second top-100 guard, Malik Beasley

Florida State landed its second 2015 recruit, and now has two top-100 guards committed to become ‘Noles next season. 6′-4″ scorer Malik Beasley gave a nod to the Florida State program Friday night, while on a visit. He joins Tilton School (NH) wing Terance Mann as two pledges that should help Florida State down the line. Just ...
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Louisville continues recruiting success with elite guard Antonio Blakeney

he Louisville roster is starting to become best described as an embarrassment of riches. Thursday’s commitment of a top-15 prospect, shooting guard Antonio Blakeney of Oak Ridge (FL), is yet another reason the Cardinals are simply loaded for the future. Blakeney, along with fellow 2015 pledge Donovan Mitchell of Brewster Academy (NH), are each among the top ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 49 – Charles Matthews

49. Charles MATTHEWS Height: 6’-6” 1/2 Weight: 180 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-8” 1/2 High School (State): St. Rita (IL) Club Team (Affiliation): Meanstreets (Nike) Commitment: Kentucky Wildcats Breakdown: In late February, Matthews picked Kentucky over a list of finalists which included Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State and Marquette. A one-time top-10 recruit in the 2015...
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Marquette lands third recruit, Haanif Cheatham

6′-5″ shooting guard Haanif Cheatham of Pembroke Pines Charter (FL) picked Marquette on Friday, giving them another top-100 talent going forward in the Steve Wojciechowski-era as head coach of the Golden Eagles program. Cheatham had previously narrowed his list at the end of June to Georgia, Marquette, California, Georgetown, Florida State and Wichita State. Considered the...
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Sharpshooting guard Cullen VanLeer stays in state

6′-5″ shooting guard Cullen VanLeer of Pacific (MO) announced his verbal commitment to the Missouri Tigers on Friday afternoon, becoming the second in-state prospect to commit to the Tigers in the 2015 class. VanLeer joins combo forward Kevin Puryear in the early haul for Mizzou, which is recruiting on the heels of a tremendous 2014 recruiting ...
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