Two standout point guards made their intentions known, as a 2011 standout point guard picked Mississippi State, and a sought after 2010 prospect became the first member of the University of Oregon’s 2010 recruiting class. Oregon and Colorado were the only remaining schools in the power six conferences without 2010 prospects to date, and that luckily ended today.
Johnathan Loyd, a 5′-9″ point guard from Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) committed to Oregon, after a weekend visit. Loyd becomes the initial member in the 2010 recruiting class at Oregon, which recently named Dana Altman as its head coach. Loyd was reportedly considering UNLV and Northwestern as well. Loyd was the team leader for a 30-2 state championship team at Bishop Gorman, and the Gatorade State Player of the Year. Oregon is reportedly in the mix for several other late deciding prospects to fill out their class.
Jon Loyd – Bishop Gorman (Photo credit: Kevin Clifford/Las Vegas Review Journal)
Mississippi State has to be pleased after gaining the verbal commitment of 2011 standout point guard Deville Smith. The Bulldogs gain the future services of a guard considered to be among the elite point guards in the class of 2011. Smith was a first team all-state player at Callaway (Jackson, MS), and averaged 23 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds per game last season in leading Callaway to a 5A state championship.
Butler also scored the services of 2011 prospect Roosevelt Jones, a 6′-4″ wing, over the weekend. Jones plays for the juggernaut St. Louis Eagles AAU team, and lead his O’Fallon (O’Fallon, IL) team to the state semi-finals in Illinois big school basketball, where they lost to eventual state champion Simeon (Chicago, IL).
Other than Oregon, Colorado was the last college in the big six conferences to not have a pledge in the 2010 class. That changed today, as the Buffaloes picked up two recruits. New coach Tad Boyle, formerly of Northern Colorado, welcomes a needed infusion of talent that includes Carlos Brown, a transfer from Utah, and 2010 prospect Andre Roberson. Roberson was ranked the #14 best player in the class of 2010 in Texas, by TexasHoops.com. Roberson is a 6′-7″, 190 pound forward that played on a loaded Wagner (San Antonio, TX) team that flirted with national ranking throughout much of the season. Boyle described Roberson in a press release as, “Andre is long athletic combo forward who has developed into one of the top prospects in the state of Texas. A complete player; he has the athleticism and length to be a game changer on both ends of the floor.” Roberson reportedly selected Colorado over Penn State.--------------------------------------------
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