James Padgett to play basketball at Maryland

September 27, 2008

Just a few days after Maryland received good news regarding center Steve Goins, they get another win:James Padgett (PF,6’8″,2009) has given a verbal commitment to the Terps:

Padgett, who transferred to Lincoln from Xaverian, said he chose Maryland over the University of Pittsburgh. He said the Panthers were not able to offer him as much playing time because they had just signed two players at his position.

Big time pickup for Gary Williams.


Brandon Jennings inks Under Armor deal

September 27, 2008

Brandon Jennings (PG, 5’11”, 2008), the flashy point guard who wowed coaches and scouts last year with his pyrotechnic passing has signed a deal with Under Armor that is “multi-year” and “incentive based”.

Jennings, who signed with Italian basketball team Pallacanestro Virtus Roma, it is the first major basketball player signing with Under Armor, who currently doesn’t have a basketball shoe on the market.


Durand Scott Basketball Recruiting Update

September 25, 2008

Durand Scott (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2009), a player who you might have seen recently playing in Rucker Park has a list of eight schools, including some ACC colleges.

Alex recently interviewed Scott, who confirmed his list of eight, including a ‘mystery’ school:

“UCLA, Tennessee, UConn, Memphis, Virginia, Miami, . . . Xavier [and] . . . [Pause] I can’t remember the last one . . .”

Shortly after this interview, Scott cut his list to five, eliminating Virginia and Xavier, but keeping Pitt (which Alex correctly guessed as the mystery school).

So, Scott’s current list still includes Miami.

More on Derrick Favors

I also wanted to follow up on a story we recently shared about Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009), where the Atlanta Journal-Consitution reported that Favors was listing six schools. Favors was not actually quoted as saying that he had eliminated anyone, but it is important to note that Connecticut was also listed. Many services have UConn as completely out of it, so for now it seems like a bit more mystery.


Boo Williams’ McAdoo Swings Through the ACC

September 23, 2008

James McAdoo (PF, 6’8″, 2011) is big time, already on the big schools’ radar as a sophomore. UCLA and Florida have made no secret that they want the prolific big man, already extending offers according to Scout.

However, this weekend, McAdoo visited the campuses of UNC and Duke (not a bad idea OR difficult given the mere eight mile distance between the two) and will swing through Wake Forest this weekend. Business as usual for Wake, who by some reports was planning to host Noel Johnson (SF, 6’7″, 2009) and got a commitment from Ari Stewart last weekend. Johnson committed to USC, which had seemed to be where he was leaning. I would speculate that Johnson felt getting playing time at Wake might have been difficult with Al Farouq-Aminu and Ari Stewart, if Farouq-Aminu stays for more than one year. He also considered Georgia Tech, but recent moves led him to conclude that USC was the best fit for him.

At any rate, McAdoo, a player from Norfolk, Virginia, seems to really like Duke and UNC, although he does not have offers from them yet. He was on the Chapel Hill campus as was 2010 UNC commit Kendall Marshall.

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Josh Selby goes with the SEC

September 22, 2008

With Josh Selby (PG, 6’2″, 2010) committing to Tennessee recently, we are obviously no longer tracking him as an ACC target. Bruce Pearl has gotten a couple of recruits from the 2010 basketball recruiting class recently. Although Pearl has built competitive teams, we’re yet to see that breakthrough of talent in the overall recruiting landscape that Memphis has recently experienced.

Kenny Boynton

Meanwhile, here’s a good read on Duke target Kenny Boynton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009), who is going through his on campus and in-home visits now:

One asset … that most overlook when evaluating Boynton, is that he has physique that is well equipped to handle the rigors of the college ranks, another would be his incredible leaping ability. He can also fill up the stat sheet by contributing with his scoring, defense, and surprisingly his rebounding ability at the guard spot.

Boynton is a very physical player, and it’s true that a lot of high school players are too slender to compete at the college level. Many of them are put on heavy weight programs over the summer before their freshman season, but some players do not put the value into these programs that they should. However, Boynton is already strong enough to play at the college level and should be able to focus almost entirely on his game.


Ari Stewart picks Wake Forest

September 21, 2008

After narrowing his choices to Wake Forest and Oregon, Ari Stewart (SF, 6’7″, 2009) has decided on the Demon Deacons, joining C.J. Harris in the class of 2009. I think that if Wake was able to keep some of their big time players around for a couple more years, they would be a real powerhouse, but that’s a tall order.

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Terrence Shannon Commits to Florida State Basketball

September 20, 2008

Terrence Shannon (PF, 6’7″, 2009), the tough rebounder who plays AAU ball with Derrick Favors has decided to play his college ball at Florida State. At one time, Shannon was in the mix with Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as Memphis and Maryland.

In the end, it came down to the ‘Noles.


Isaiah Philmore out of the ACC basketball recruiting mix

September 18, 2008

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.


Miami gets Garrius Adams

September 16, 2008

The Hurricanes gotten good news from Garrius Adams (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2009), a player who held several ACC offers, including Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and NC State. However, Miami wasn’t battling any ACC teams at the end for Adams, it was down to the Hurricanes and the South Carolina Gamecocks, with Miami getting the solid prospect.

Adams plays his high school ball in Apex, NC and is a solid perimeter shooter when he can get his looks. I expect him to be effective at the SF spot, but if he can improve on his guard skills, he could conceivably play SG at the college level. Miami likes quick slashing guards, so only time will tell if Adams will see much time at the guard spot.


Michael Snaer: No Lock for Florida State

September 13, 2008

Despite one rumor that rounded the internet a few weeks ago that said Michael Snaer (SG/SF,6’5″,2009) has committed to Florida State, he has not made any decision. However, he is about to visit the ‘Noles, and then follow up with a visit to Marquette:

About a month ago, reports circulated on the Internet about an oral commitment to Florida State. He denied the rumors, but apparently, will be checking out Tallahassee on Friday. Beyond that, a trip to Marquette looms in two weeks for Snaer, who put in the hard work when he needed to and is now reaping the benefits.

Seems like things are moving right along just as Michael said they would, and he is taking his time to make his decision. Nothing wrong with that.