Brandon Knight Still Wide Open

March 15, 2010

The biggest prize still on the board for 2010 is probably Brandon Knight (PG/SG, 6’3″, 2010) , who is still considering Miami, Florida, Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and Connecticut. Knight is a fierce scorer who can put up big numbers and cause problems for the defense, a sure fire big time scoring machine. However, he plays much more like a shooting guard than a point guard, so he still needs to improve his PG skills.

Of the six schools on his list, Knight has visited five, including Kentucky, Miami, Connecticut, Kansas and Florida. It’s hard to say where Knight will fit in best, but it does seem that his chances to play early will be better if he can play the point depending on where he goes. I’m sure Miami would love to be able to play Knight at the point with Durand Scott at the 2, and Kentucky could either move Bledsoe to the 1 (assuming John Wall goes league after this season) and put Knight at the 2 or vice versa. Florida could be interesting, with Boynton playing point and Knight at SG, especially because they played AAU together with that exact strategy.

If Kemba Walker is still at UConn running the point, you could see Knight getting time at the SG spot there as well. At Syracuse he’d probably have to help shore up the loss of Andy Rautins at SG. Xavier Henry could leave for the NBA after this season at Kansas, creating SG playing time there, although the current Kansas PG, Sherron Collins, is a senior and definitely gone for next season. So even though long term it will help Knight to be able to play the point (6’3″ shooting guards often have a tough time landing in the pros), there are several possible scenarios where he could get some big minutes off the ball right from day one.

For me, Knight moving to PG might be a mistake considering how effective he is at off guard. He reminds me somewhat of Dexter Strickland, a player who is incredibly dynamic at the SG spot but could be limited when running the point. Of course, with a player of his talents, it all remains to be seen.

Here’s some recent video of Brandon, much of which at point:

Here’s some video of Knight showing off his stupifying scoring abilities and near-impossible-to-guard quicks:

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10 Basketball Recruiting Faces of the Future

November 30, 2008

Slam Online has a list of 10 Faces of the Future, and it’s probably a familiar list to anyone who follows college basketball recruiting, especially ACC basketball recruiting.

Topping the list is one the prizes of the 2010 class is Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010), a player who is being recruited by Duke and UNC, along with hometown Iowa State, Kansas, UCLA and Florida. Barnes is obviously one of the top players of the class.

Barnes has a very polished offensive game, smooth and always under control. He can handle the ball, shoot outside and slash to the rim. He’s not a burner or speedster, he’s definitely a very gifted small forward.


ACC Basketball Recruiting Roundup

October 7, 2008

Jamil Wilson (SF/PF, 6’7″, 2009) eliminates the ACC, and according to Scout.com, he’s cut his list to Oregon State, Marquette, Texas and Michigan State. Wilson had at one time listed Duke as a possible destination, but did not receive a reported offer and Duke is no longer an option. Thus, we’re no longer tracking Jamil as an ACC prospect.

Trae Golden

Trae Golden (PG/SG,6’1″,2010) the player who de-committed from Ohio State over the summer, seems to have completely fallen out of touch with the Buckeyes, but has Georgia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest and now Virginia Tech following his recruitment. Kentucky has also been in the mix for Golden. North Carolina and Florida State have also been mentioned as possible options.

Clemson and Georgia Tech have reportedly already offered Golden, as has Kentucky.

Ryan Kelly

Rumors abound that Ryan Kelly (PF, 6’10”, 2009) will make a decision this week.

Elijah Johnson cuts list

Elijah Johnson (PG/SG,6’2″, 2009) is another player cutting his list and had eliminated the ACC some time ago, but we’re making it official as he’s trimming his list to Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

Derrick Favors, Derrick Favors

Has Derrick cut his list to five. His recent comments to Alex sure seem to indicate it:

Georgia Tech, Georgia, Memphis, North Carolina State, and Florida State

If you didn’t spot the missing school…it’s Kentucky. In fact, Favors tells Alex that reports of him considering Kentucky are inaccurate.

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Matt Vogrich close to committing?

October 5, 2008

Matt Vogrich (SG,6’3″,2009), who has offers from Wake Forest and Miami, apparently has a short list of Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford, according to the Illinois Prep Bullseye:

Vogrich, meanwhile, is completing an official visit to Michigan this weekend and will choose soon between them, Notre Dame or Stanford.

Looks like the ACC is on the outside looking in for Vogrich, who admittedly has focused his interest elsewhere.

Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010), who has interest from…well, everybody in the world of basketball recruiting, will be visiting Late Night at Kansas, along with ACC target Dominic Cheek (SG, 6’5″, 2009). Barnes also reportedly has an official visit at Duke lined up.


Michael Snaer: Basketball recruit to visit kansas

September 21, 2008

Micheal Snaer (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2009) a player who Florida State has been heavily recruiting, will visit Kansas for their Late Night event. The ‘Noles basketball recruiting has been on the upswing lately, but the battle for Snaer is one where he is carefully considering several schools.


Basketball Recruiting at Kansas: Wall, Orton & Robinson

September 19, 2008

Two ACC basketball recruiting targets will be visiting Kansas this weekend, including John Wall (PG,6’4″,2009), a player who we’ve written quite a bit about and Thomas Robinson (PF, 6’8″, 2009), a player who still lists Miami as an option, although he seems to be leaning toward Kansas, Memphis or USC since those are the only schools he’s set up visits with at this point.

Daniel Orton (C, 6’9″, 2009) has been out of the ACC mix for some time, with a lot of rumors pointing him towards Kentucky, including a rumor that he and Wall would both up in Wildcat blue. Hard to say if that would actually happen, but both of them visiting Kansas almost makes it seem like they are looking at playing together. If a team – Kansas OR Kentucky – were to have a Wall-to-Orton passing combo, it would be a great pairing, only lacking outside shooting.