Derrick Favors narrows it down

September 23, 2008

Basketball recruiting’s top prize for 2009, at least by some opinions, is Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009), and several programs have been anxiously waiting for him to start cutting his long list of potential schools.

Looks like the rumors that Georgia and Georgia Tech are the teams to beat still will be around, as Favors new list includes both the Bulldogs and the Yellow Jackets, as well as Kentucky, Memphis, Connecticut and Florida State.

It seems like Georgia Tech is the likely place for the probable pro player, but some schools, like Georgia, have been recruiting Derrick for some time.


Derrick Favors Update

August 27, 2008

Alex caught up with big man Derrick Favors (PF, 6’10”, 2009), where he talks about the current thinking that he might stay in the state of Georgia, and whether he will be one-and-done:

NB: How long do you plan on going to college for?
DF: Hopefully for a year, for one year, but if I have to do two, three, [or] four [years], I’ll do it.

Favors is echoing the common idea now that if you can blow up enough in your freshman year, or your sophomore year, you make the leap. Florida State, NC State and Georgia Tech are all still being listed by Derrick, and it looks like even though Duke attempted to get involved, that seems not to have materialized…although it’s important to note that Duke’s Coach K and much of the Duke assistant coaching staff have been focused on the Olympics over the summer period.


ACC Recruiting Roundup, Volume 2

August 17, 2008

Alex has an article on Wake Forest basketball commit Tony Chenault (PG/SG,6’1″,2010), where the scorer talks about his recent commitment to the Deacs:

“[It’s a] great school. They [are] known for producing great point guards like Chris Paul. They let their players play . . . [and are in] one of the best conferences in the country,” said Chenault as to why he picked Wake, an ACC power in the 21st century.

Thanks to Alex for the heads up on the future ACC player.

Derrick Favors cuts his list

Derrick Favors (PF, 6’10”, 2009) has cut his list to ten schools, and both Georgia Tech and NC State are still in the mix. Popular opinion seems to be that GT is still the leader, but Favors has not publicly said that.

Dexter Strickland Dunks Away Critics

The Adidas Nations camp takes current high school prospects and pairs them with an “NBA Mentor” during the camp. Not sure if Dexter Strickland, who played the camp after a somewhat light summer schedule was paired with former Carolina players Antwan Jamison or Raymond Felton (both of whom are repped by Adidas), but he was able to answer some of his critics with the camp highlight dunk. To be fair to Dexter, the critics are foolish in this case; Dexter is getting knocked because he chose to rest after an injury, did not play a heavy summer schedule and since he was MIA from the big time events, his stock supposedly slipped. That is laughable and hurts the credibility of a ranking system that pulls that stunt. It’s an old GM joke about a scout who’s favorite player is always the last player they saw.

Anyway, here’s a pretty good rundown of the Adidas event.

Kyrie Irving has ACC interest

You might have heard about Kyrie Irving (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2010), and you might have known that he plays for the same high school team as Dexter Strickland, and maybe you even knew that he had a whole bunch of interest from the Big East. But you probably didn’t know that he also has interest from Maryland, Virginia Tech and UNC.

Irving is officially on our ACC watch list.

Dominic Cheek’s List

Dominic Cheek is expected to announce a preliminary college list in September, and Wake Forest appears to be right in the mix.


ACC Basketball Recruiting Roundup

July 30, 2008

Lots and lots of news today…

Earnest Ross video

Several ACC teams are watching NC player Earnest Ross (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2009), including Boston College and Clemson. Here’s some video of the player from Panther Creek:

Meyers Leonard commits

Just a couple of days ago we added Meyers Leonard (PF/C,6’11”,2010) to our ACC Targets list, and now he’s already committed to Illinois.

Michael Snaer: down to two?

Rumors abound that west coast guard Michael Snaer (SG, 6’5″ ,2009) is no longer considering UCLA, and that Mizzou and FSU are the two contenders.

John Langford commits

Josh Langford (SG, 6’6″, 2010) also has decided not to play in the ACC and committed to Louisville. I’m not sure how seriously Langford was considering any ACC schools.

Doron Lamb

By all accounts, Doron Lamb (SG, 6’4″, 2010) is going to be one of the best players in the class of 2010 and will get a whole bevy of offers. However, Alex is reporting that at this time, only Duke has not offered. (Updated: corrected)

Cody Shuffler

While Meyers Leonard is being taken off the board, we’re adding Cody Shuffler (SF/PF, 6’7″, 2009) to the list, as NC State has expressed interest. Shuffler is somewhat under-the-radar for ACC fans, but he’s one to keep an eye on.

Kenny Boynton

Duke fans are in a holding pattern on Boynton, where Florida and Duke seem to be the only two Boynton is considering

Aaron Dotson with Miami offer

USA Today is reporting that Aaron Dotson (SG/SF, 6’4″, 2009) has an offer from Miami. (It’s at the bottom of the Derrick Favors article, which is also a good read.)


Florida State Basketball Recruiting: The Rundown

July 25, 2008

In the ACC, the news surrounding recruits tends to either be basketball or football related, depending on the school. Florida State falls into the latter, with football being the number one newsmaker in the Sunshine State, but let’s try to offer some balance by taking a quick look into what’s been going on in Seminole hoop land:

Breakdown Point 1: it seems almost unnoticed that FSU really is in the mix for Derrick Favors (PF, 6’10”, 2009), even though UNC and Florida have been eliminated by all reports. Favors seems more and more likely to stay near his native Georgia, although Georgia Tech certainly would seem like the team to beat at this point.

Breakdown Point 2: while GT, UNC, Duke and Virginia Tech have been signing players from the class of 2009, FSU has been unfortunately was on the outside looking in as Glen Rice, Jr. (SG/SF, 6’4″, 2009) committed to the Yellow Jackets and has no official commitments reported at this time.

Breakdown Point 3: FSU is reportedly in the mix for west coast guard Michael Snaer, but he is getting recruited hard by UCLA and gets a lot more press on that side of the country.

Breakdown Point 4: Probably the highest rated player (besides Favors) where FSU legitimately has a shot is Terrence Shannon (PF, 6’7″, 2009), a skilled but somewhat underrated big forward who has not reportedly narrowed his list, and plays AAU ball with Favors. Shannon plays very hard, consistently, and would be an excellent get if FSU could convince him to commit. However, Shannon also has offers from Georgia and Georgia Tech, and once again, FSU is going head to head with GT.

Breakdown Point 5: Despite the fact that several guards are on the radar for FSU, the next most likely prospect they have a real shot at might be Torin Walker(C, 6’10” 2009), another Georgia player who will have to decide between football schools in the SEC or the ACC on his basketball future. Walker is a pure center who will be able to bang in the paint, after he gets some experience. Probably the kind of player who really contributes his junior and senior years.

So, in short, FSU doesn’t really have any locks or even much attention at this point, but we must remember that FSU brings in a big 2008 class and probably hopes they don’t need to load up in the class of 2009. This strategy might work if they can land a big time prospect like Favors to come in next year, but it looks like the Seminoles are hoping the newest players just arriving on campus will be enough for now.


Derrick Favors to trim list

July 12, 2008

Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009) has said recently that he probably won’t select a school until next spring, with recent reports having at least fifteen schools in the running for the top big man’s services.

However, it now is likely that many of those schools won’t have to wait that long, as Favors is expected to trim his list to six by August 11.

Favors is a five-star player whose likely destination is the NBA, in the not-too-distant future, and one of three ACC targets in the state of Georgia that could wind up at Georgia Tech. With Noel Johnson(SG/SF, 6’6″, 2009) and Mfon Udofia(PG, 6’2″, 2009) also considering Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jacket fans are holding their breath to see if they bring in a phenomenal 2009 class to join already-committed Brian Oliver (SF, 6’6″, 2009).

Lute Olsen chimes in on Brandon Jennings

Lute Olsen, not one to remain silent while the entire basketball media froths into hyper analysis over his former recruit Brandon Jennings, who has decided to try his luck and play in Europe for a year, has chimed in, per the L.A. Times:

“It’s a situation now that if someone’s a ‘one-and-done,’ we’re not going to pursue them anymore, no way,”

“Jerryd [Bayless, who left after one year at Arizona and was a lottery pick in this year’s draft] said all along he wanted to stay here two years, but then you get the agents working on the kids and parents all year. You might have the kid in your controlled environment for some time, but when [outsiders are] on the parents, you have no idea what’s going on.”

Lute might not have completely stated the real issue, but his meaning is pretty clear. There are a lot of people, besides the players themselves, who will benefit financially if they can convince the NBA to remove the one-year rule or convince the players to leave early. Every time someone comes out for or against the rule, we should step back and see who is making the statements and what benefit they may get from their position. Agents, promoters and the like who latch on to some of the players will benefit enormously if they can get rid of the rule. The NBA feels it will make more money if it keeps the rule and possibly extends it. College basketball fans want players to stay in for four years, often blasting players who leave early. A good coach must do what’s right for his players, but that doesn’t mean all coaches want their players to leave early.

We must take all statement with a “grain of salt”. The situation is different for different players, in different years, for different teams.


Derrick Favors Recruiting

June 3, 2008

Recently it was reported that Derrick Favors (6’10”, PF, 2009) has a list of fifteen schools. The Fayetteville Observer reports that Favors probably won’t decide until April 2009, and that his current list includes ACC schools Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and Miami.

J.T. Terrell, John Wall at the Pangos

CSTV discusses the play of several ACC recruits at the Pangos All-American, including J.T. Terrell (6’3″, SG, 2010) who has a Wake Forest offer:

J.T. Terrell 6-foot-4 SG (2010) Burlington Cummings (N.C.) – This solid shooting wing guard can score from three or take it to the rim and finish with thunderous dunks. He is a long and rangy defender and rebounder who does little things to help squad win.

John Wall, who has solidified his status as the highlight PG to follow up Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings:

John Wall 6-foot-4 PG Raleigh Word of God (N.C.) – He has dominated everyone he’s faced off the dribble with his explosive quickness. He has left them shoeless with his crossover and spin move and confuses opponents when he sets it up with solid jumper from beyond the arc.