BasketballElite.com has an interview with Troy Williams (SF, 6’7″, 2013), who has interest from Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgetown. Williams is the nephew of Boo Williams, and he talks about what he’s working on his own game and what he thinks he will be able to bring to a college team.
Good news for Terp fans, Steve Goins (C, 6’10″, 2009) has been deemed eligible to play by the NCAA clearing house.
ACC Basketball Targets
Two players we added over the summer as ACC targets and should have mentioned before now: Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010), with an offer from Duke in hand, and DeMatha’s Victor Oladipo (SF), who has an offer from Maryland, Virginia, Clemson and Virginia Tech, among others. No word yet on who might have the inside track.
The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Isaiah Philmore (F, 6’7″, 2009), once in the ACC mix with offers from Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech, has narrowed his list to nine schools, none of which are in the ACC. We are no longer tracking Philmore as an ACC target.
Philmore’s list as of now is George Washington, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Providence, St. Joseph’s, Temple, UMass, Central Florida and Michigan.
Will Regan to visit Maryland
Will Regan (PF,6’8″,2009) is reportedly going to visit Maryland on November 14-15.
Scout.com is reporting that Virginia Tech has picked up two commits, one in the Class of 2009 and another in the class of 2010.
Cadarian Raines (C, 6’8″, 2009) a big man from Petersburg, VA, committed to the Hokies, and then later in the same day Jarrell Eddie (SF, 6’7″, 2010) committed as well.
John Wall Watch
Despite recent reports that John Wall had narrowed his list to three, apparently Kansas is now in the mix, and NC State is still alive as a finalist.
Wall also is making it no secret that he’d like to be one-and-done, but he absolutely intends to finish his degree as a promise to his widowed mother:
Wall’s father, also named John, died seven years ago of liver cancer. The younger Wall felt he needed to take care of his mother, Frances Pulley, and his two sisters. Pulley said she wants her son to go to the NBA for himself. She also said she has harped on the importance of a college degree since Wall was an eighth-grader, and the message stuck. Wall watched NBA stars Vince Carter and Shaquille O’Neal return to college and finish their degrees, and if he makes it to the NBA, he intends to follow their lead.
Word out of the NC Pro Am at North Carolina Central is that incoming Duke recruit Elliot Williams has looked really good, although summer league games are not the best way to judge players. Several UNC and Duke players are involved, including Ed Davis, Kyle Singler, Justin Watts and Larry Drew. Hopefully we’ll have an in-depth write up soon.
Dee Giger picks Harvard
Dee Giger (SG, 6’6″, 2009) a teammate of Duke commit Mason Plumlee, has decided to play for Harvard, where former Duke player Tommy Amaker coaches. Giger plays for Christ School near Asheville, NC.
Earnest Ross picks up Big 12 Offer
Earnest Ross (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2009), who is being watched by several ACC teams, has picked up an offer from Colorado.