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Texas hooks combo guard Eric Davis

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The Texas Longhorns landed their first recruit for the 2015 recruiting cycle on Tuesday, and it was a big pledge, as 6′-3″ Arthur Hill (MI) combo guard Eric Davis announced he is headed to play for Texas. Davis, a top-40 recruit nationally, is a capable and competent ballhandler and also savvy scorer – two valuable traits needed by every college basketball team. With his size and scoring instinct, it’s not hard to project Davis potentially leading ... Read More »

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 41 – Austin Grandstaff

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41. Austin GRANDSTAFF Height: 6’-5” Weight: 181 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-4” High School (State): Rockwall (TX) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Texas (Nike) Commitment: Ohio State Buckeyes Breakdown: A long range gunner, Grandstaff originally committed to Oklahoma State, and stuck with the “OSU” acronym when he reconsidered and popped for Ohio State in May. When he becomes a Buckeye, he’ll play alongside Dallas-area prospect Mickey Mitchell and others. The top-ranked member of Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class, ... Read More »

DePaul gets on the board in ’15 with Develle Phillips

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Being a fan of DePaul basketball has been largely an up and down affair in recent memory, as the program seems to take a step ahead, followed by steps backward, which seems to repeat. Sunday brought DePaul a stroke of positive news, with 6′-8″ power forward Develle Phillips of Clinton Christian (MD) making a verbal commitment as the first member of the 2015 recruiting class. Recently, DePaul lost expected returnee Charles McKinney as well as incoming recruit forward Raymond ... Read More »

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 42 – Derrick Jones

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42. Derrick JONES Height: 6′-6″ Weight: 185 Position: SF Wingspan: 6′-11″ High School (State): Archbishop Carroll (PA) Club Team (Affiliation): We-R-1 (Under Armour) Breakdown: One of the elite athletes in the 2015 class, Jones is an above-the-rim dynamo capable of winning most any dunk contest, anywhere. Jones recently narrowed his list to Auburn, Florida, Louisville, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, UConn and UNLV. A first team all-state selection as a junior in Pennsylvania, Jones is no ... Read More »

Arizona adds center to elite ’15 quartet

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The Arizona Wildcats put an exclamation mark on their 2015 recruiting class on Sunday, as top-40 center Chance Comanche committed as the fourth prospect for Arizona’s effort. Comanche committed while on an official visit to Tucson. He joins three top-20 players, guards Justin Simon and Allonzo Trier and wing forward Ray Smith in what could turn out as the nation’s top effort in the cycle. Given Arizona’s proclivity for early entries to the NBA Draft, they certainly may not be ... Read More »

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 43 – Prince Ali

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43. Prince ALI Height: 6’-3” 1/2 Weight: 185 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-6” 1/2 High School (State): Sagemont (FL) Club Team (Affiliation): Southern Stampede (Nike) Commitment: UCLA Bruins Breakdown: A one-time pledge to UConn, Ali is a high-energy guard who is currently verbally committed to switch coasts for college, and attend UCLA. Ali  captured the 2014 Class 3A championship in Florida. He plays at breakneck speed, as a high-motor and energy player. He has no problem throwing athletic dunks down, and ... Read More »

Reigning champions add top-100 center, Steve Enoch

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While many considered it a forgone conclusion, it was still a significant addition for UConn to land top-100 center Steve Enoch, an in-state prospect from St. Thomas More (CT). Enoch, who played at Norwalk (CT) previously, has plenty of upside in the post position, and the same can be said for top-30 combo guard Jalen Adams, the other member of the class to date for the Huskies. Virtually unknown outside of his region as a high school ... Read More »

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 44 – Malik Beasley

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44. Malik BEASLEY Height: 6’-4” Weight: 185 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-6” High School (State): St. Francis (GA) Club Team (Affiliation): Georgia Stars (Nike) Commitment: Florida State Seminoles Breakdown: Part of what is shaping up as a potentially prolific recruiting class at Florida State, Beasley is a long and lanky Georgia-native with a terrific scoring instinct. Beasley lit up Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League during the spring and summer, scoring 19.6 points per game (though his efficiency ... Read More »

Oregon bolsters frontcourt with Trevor Manuel

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Oregon landed a second top-100 prospect to its 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday, as Sexton (MI) power forward Trevor Manuel announced his pledge to the Ducks. Manuel joins point guard Kendall Small of Mayfair (CA) as the two members of Oregon’s class. Manuel came in it at No. 73 nationally, in our top-100 for the 2015 class. Other finalists for Manuel’s services included Michigan State, Northwestern, Florida State, Wake Forest, USC and Kansas State. A long and skilled frontcourt player, ... Read More »

Top 50 forward Esa Ahmad lands at West Virginia

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West Virginia landed the third member of their 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday, as top-50 combo forward Esa Ahmad of Shaker Heights (OH) committed. Ahmad picked the Mountaineers over Maryland, Ohio State, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Given West Virginia’s current deep crop of big men, Ahmad projects to make his impact at small forward when he hits campus in Morgantown. Hoopniks.com recently named Ahmad the No. 47 prospect in the country, so he’s clearly a huge score for ... Read More »

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 45 – Jessie Govan

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45. Jessie GOVAN Height: 6’-11” Weight: 266 Position: C Wingspan: 7’-3” 1/2 High School (State): Wings Academy (NY) Club Team (Affiliation): NY Lightning (Nike) Commitment: Georgetown Hoyas Breakdown: Long held as one of the high-potential big men in the 2015 class, Govan continues to improve and develop, and is now certainly one of the elite big men prospects in the ’15 class, and seemingly an ideal commit to Georgetown. Govan issued his pledge to the ... Read More »

Top pure point guard Jalen Brunson to Villanova

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Arguably the top pure point guard in the country, Stevenson (IL) lead guard Jalen Brunson, announced his commitment to Villanova over Illinois on Wednesday, bringing a tremendously talented backcourt prospect to a program that has successfully developed many such players in recent years. The son of former Temple standout Rick Brunson, Jalen Brunson absolutely blew up as a junior, achieving two 56 point games, and ended up posting 26.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per ... Read More »