John Wall says ‘Not So Fast’ on Baylor

August 15, 2008

Everybody thinks Wall is headed to Baylor, but he says no decision has been made, and Alex spoke with Wall to get the scoop, and he says he is still open:

There was thought that the Bears hired Clifton specifically to got Wall, but John says that he thinks Scott Drew and Co. hired him because “they . . . thought he was a good man.” Regardless of the reason why Baylor hired Clifton, does that give the program a major lead to land the talented point guard from Word of God (NC)? “No, no, they’re not the top choice,” said Wall of Baylor, also adding, “I’m still wide-open.”

Tristan Spurlock is a Cavalier

August 14, 2008

A big get for Virginia and the ACC, Tristan Spurlock (SF, 6’7″, 2009) has committed to the Virginia Cavaliers.

Assistant coach Bill Courtney led the Cavaliers’ pursuit of Spurlock, who also had scholarship offers from such schools as Georgetown, Wake Forest, Louisville, N.C. State and Florida State.

Spurlock is a pure SF, has the size to really be effective and can shoot from deep. He can and will play from the perimeter, can rebound and handle the ball. Should easily be a starter and star for Virginia.

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Jamil Wilson Update: Duke still in the mix

August 11, 2008

A lot of people have been saying that Jamil Wilson (SF,6’7″,2009) is leaning heavily toward Michigan State, but he has not completely eliminated other schools, including Duke:

HSH: What’s the latest on recruiting?
JW: I released my top seven last Monday. It’s Michigan State, Duke, Texas, Kentucky, Purdue, Marquette and Oregon.

Ryan Kelly Relaxes; Clemson gets Hill

August 10, 2008

Ryan Kelly (PF, 6’10”, 2009) has played a lot of ball recently, so he’s relaxing at the beach as he mulls over his eventual college destination.

As we discussed previsouly, Kelly recently trimmed his list:

Last week, Kelly trimmed his list of potential colleges to six.

The finalists are (in no particular order, he stressed): North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.

“They are all great academic institutions, and I believe I would fit in well at any of them whether I was playing athletics or not,” Kelly said.

Kelly has really come on over the past few months into a player with a shot at a pro career. I am not sure which school Kelly would fit into the best.

Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris (PF,6’8″,2010) Has so many offers that it would be unfair to say that he’s primarily an ACC target, but with offers reported from Maryland, Virginia, Wake and Miami, it’s safe to say he’s on the ACC radar.

Clemson gets commit from Donte Hill

Donte Hill (SG, 6’5″, 2009) has committed to the Clemson Tigers. Hill is listed as a SG on several sites but at this point plays more like a SF. Several places list him at SG because his height is listed between 6’3″ and 6’5″, so the ‘formula’ would seem to dictate that if he’s 6’3″, he’ll play SG and if he’s 6’5″, he’ll play SF.

Right now, I’d say he’s a SF, but he still has another year to go to develop his guard skills. He can handle the ball very well, especially in transition.

Brandon Knight Video

August 9, 2008

Okay, so Brandon Knight (PG/SG,6’3″,2010) is on a lot of college radars, and it’s not surprising if you’ve seen him play, especially his extremely accurate jumper in transition. He’s got offers from Duke and Florida (which sounds a lot like the battle for Kenny Boynton, Knight’s AAU teammate).

Here’s over five minutes of Brandon Knight video so you can see his silky smooth j for yourself:

Michael Snaer is Still Looking; Robinson Trims List

August 7, 2008

Maybe you heard that Michael Snaer (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2009) was about to make a decision to play for Missouri. Or maybe you heard that he was about to choose Florida State. You probably also heard that UCLA was out of it.

None of it is apparently accurate:

There have been rumors in the past week that Snaer had already reached a decision. One had him headed to Missouri, where he’s attended the Tigers’ Elite Camp the past two seasons and where AAU coach with Inland Reebok, Elvert “Kool-Aid” Perry, has a long-standing relationship with associate head coach Melvin Watkins. Another had Snaer heading to Florida State.

“He’s emphatically denied both of those,” Showalter said. “They just got started somewhere, and I don’t even think it was anything that he said to anybody. I think somebody just got it going.”

Note that Snaer is going to visit UCLA to talk with Ben Howland as well.

Thomas Robinson down to five

Thomas Robinson (PF, 6’8″, 2009) has cut his list to five and the only ACC school still being considered is Miami, along with Memphis, USC, Kansas and Texas. Robinson does have an offer from the Hurricanes.

The Obligatory John Wall Update has an interview with John Wall (PG, 6’4″, 2009), everybody’s top choice to be one-and-done in 2010. The interview is lenghthy, does not mention the current thinking that he’s a Baylor lock, but does offer this tidbit which gave me a chuckle:

Q: OK, you’re playing a 3-on-3 tournament at Rucker Park and you can take any two teammates to run with you. Who are you running with?

A: Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant. Nobody would beat us.

Heck, if I had Iverson and Bryant, I think I could play anyone, too. I can pass and set screens as well as anyone.

UConn Makes a push for Cheek

August 6, 2008

Dominic Cheek (SG, 6’5″, 2009) has a lot of colleges who would love to have him, including Wake Forest. The latest team to get their crack at the New Jersey prospect is UConn, who are still in the mix for Cheek. Cheek attended the elite camp at UConn this week, along with other top players on the Huskies’ radar such as Daniel Orton (C, 6’10”, 2009). A typical way for schools to recruit is by having their NBA alumni drop by, and UConn did exactly that:

Monday morning at Gampel Pavilion, the second and final day of Jim Calhoun’s Connecticut Elite camp. As about two dozen of the top recruits in the country milled about, one of the gym’s side doors swung open and in walked Rudy Gay.

“The minute he walked in the door,” UConn assistant coach Andre LaFleur noted, “one of the kids was saying, ‘I can’t believe he’s standing right there.’”

Gay, who averaged 20.1 ppg for the Memphis Grizzlies last year and, perhaps just as notably, provided ESPN regular fodder with posterizing dunks, went on to run in a bunch of scrimmages with most of the players. He missed a few 3-pointers (some of them badly), but also threw down some rafter-shaking dunks.

I’m not sure if Cheek would be that impressed with an NBA player at a camp, after already seeing and playing with them dozens of times already. But the point is that UConn very much would like to add the deep range shooter to their roster, and they are pursuing him as hard as they can.

Cheek and several other ACC targets, including Derrick Favors (PF, 6’10”, 2009) will next play at the Adidas Nations Global Basketball Experience in Dallas. Also note that the article in the link states Cheek is 6’7″, but I haven’t confirmed that. The last measurement I’d seen from a reasonably reliable source was 6’6″, and we’d previously listed him at that height; Scout and Rivals still have him at 6’5″, and so does USA Basketball, where he played a couple of weeks ago, so we’re inclined to think that’s his actual height. It’s very common for player’s heights to magically creep up, a 5’10” player suddenly starts getting listed at 6’0″, then 6’1″…then you see the player in person and he’s 5’9″ in sneakers. So until I get a chance to walk up to Dominic with a tape measure, I’m going to assume that he’s still a 6’5″ shooting guard, which is still a great size for a shooter.

Tony Chenault commits to Wake Forest

August 5, 2008

Well, just a few days ago we posted some great video of Tony Chenault (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2010) and today he’s the newest Wake Forest commit:

Tony Chenault broke some hometown hearts today when he announced his intentions to play basketball at Wake Forest.
Chenault, a 6-2, 170-pound guard, will be a junior this season at Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia and plans to arrive at Wake Forest in time for the 2010-11 season.

This is a very good player who we will see a lot of in the ACC. A big time scorer and a versatile combo guard.

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Under the Radar: Rodney Blount

August 5, 2008

To be honest, it’s a little surprising that Rodney Blount (PG/SG, 6’0″, 2009) isn’t listed on any of the major recruiting sites, despite having played at the 2008 Reebok All American Camp and regularly training and working out with Mr. Reebok Pump himself, former NBA player Dee Brown.

Rodney Blount

Blount has the size to play guard at the college level, can handle the ball and shoot. A skilled combo guard, Blount is apparently completely under the radar with only a couple of schools really following him. He’s got good court awareness as well, and plays his high school ball at Ocoee High School in Ocoee, FL. A player that could play for a lot of schools, but hasn’t gotten the looks he should be getting.

With looks from American University and Brevard already, he’s also interested in Alabama, Ole Miss,Auburn, FSU, UCF, Jacksonville, Villanova, Maryland and Michigan.

Here is some video of his solid play:

Noel Johnson Update

August 4, 2008

According to most sources, Noel Johnson (SF, 6’7″, 2009) is down to three:Louisville, Georgia Tech and USC. However, at least one source now claims that Louisville is no longer recruiting Johnson. Is this foreshadowing for Georgia Tech fans?

A few weeks ago it looked as if Johnson was the most likely to finish off the recruiting class however Louisville has quit recruiting Johnson after a few tough outings in a row.

It seems more likely, if true that U of L is no longer pursuing Johnson, that Johnson has either made his decision or the story is inaccurate. It’s highly unlikely that Louisville would watch Johnson enough to decide to recruit him,then eventually offer him a scholarship, and then suddenly after a couple of bad games retract the offer. Just a hunch, but we’ll see what happens.

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