Justin Watts commits to UNC

May 21, 2008

The 2008 recruiting period is not over, and yesterday UNC signed Justin Watt (SG, 6’5″) out of Durham (reported by Scout.com). Watt is a four-year player who will probably help shore up the deficit left by Wayne Ellington.

Watts is listed as a forward by most sites, but his ballhandling is strong and he can slash to the basket. I would assume that would make him more of a Marcus Ginyard type player than an Ellington player, but I have not seen enough of him to really make that assessment. Time to tap my buddy’s player database again, I think.

Emmanul Negedu has Georgia Tech in his new list

May 21, 2008

Emmanul Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008), who originally commited to Arizona, asked for and received a release from his LOI and has now officially opened his recruiting again. However, he already has a list of four schools: Georgia Tech, Indiana, Memphis and Tennessee.

Georgia Tech could turn a small recruiting year into a solid one with Negedu, who would join GT commit and Mickey D’s AA Iman Shumpert (6’4″, SG). Negedu is a Top 100 player who picked Arizona over Indiana and Tennessee previously, so those two schools would seem to be the two leaders, but no clear leader from Negedu yet.