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Michigan adds second big man to 2016 class, Austin Davis

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The Michigan Wolverines added a second member to their 2016 recruiting class, picking up a commitment from 6′-10″ in-state prospect Austin Davis of Ostego (MI). Davis joins Ohio prospect Jon Testa in the early haul for the Wolverines. Michigan was one of the worst rebounding teams nationally during the 2014-2015 season, and it’s clear the coaching staff is putting a pipeline of big men into place so that doesn’t happen again. As a junior, Davis averaged 27 points, 17 ... Read More »

UNLV keeps top 10 player Stephen Zimmerman in Vegas

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Realistically, 7′-0″ center Stephen Zimmerman of Bishop Gorman (NV) could have had his pick of any college basketball program in the nation. In the end, Zimmerman found what he needed close to home, as he announced on Thursday night he’ll stay in Las Vegas, as a pledge to UNLV. Zimmerman is currently ranked as the No. 10 prospect nationally, and was a part of four Nevada state championship squads in the Silver State’s pre-eminent high school ... Read More »

Washington State signs two more for rebuild

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When head coach Ernie Kent took the position at the helm of the Washington State Cougars program, the state of things in Pullman were in disarray, to say the least. After a year in which Washington State stumbled to a 13-18 record, the Cougars are adding five newcomers to the fray to attempt to turn things around, including two prospects who signed on Wednesday, junior college point guard Charles Callison and in-state combo guard Viont’e Daniels. Callison and ... Read More »

Sophomore center Mohamed Bamba draws elite offers

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Every time a spring live weekend tips off, it’s assured that several recruits nationally will blow up in a way they previously had not. From the first April weekend in 2015, sophomore center Mohamed Bamba of Westtown (PA) may have been the most prominent of “blown up” prospects. Bamba, in playing for the PSA Cardinals in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball 16U League, was tendered scholarship offers from the Arizona Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks, Florida State Seminoles, Syracuse ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update – Patriot

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Top newcomer: Matt Holba, Lehigh – A first-team All State pick and state champion in the talent rich state of Indiana, Holba has great size and skill for a wing forward. Name for the future: Delante Jones, American – Plucked from nearby to campus, Jones could be a breakout scorer as he acclimates to the college level in time. American Eagles James Washington | 6′-1″ | PG | Price (CA) Lonnie Rivera | 6′-4″ | SG | Don Bosco ... Read More »

Colorado signs two international talents to bolster team

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Colorado hasn’t exactly been known as a hotbed destination for international signees in men’s college basketball, but two signees as the regular signing period kicked off buck that trend. The Buffaloes inked guard Thomas Akyazili and power forward Kenan Guzonjic on Wednesday, adding depth to a team which will seek to have a turn-around season in 2015-2016. At 6′-2″, 180 pounds, Akyazili may not be physically ready for extended Pac-12 minutes, but does have extensive experience at the ... Read More »

National Champs add interior player for 2015

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Facing several departures from their reigning National Championship team, which didn’t have much depth to begin with, the Duke Blue Devils are starting to get busy on the recruiting trail. 6′-10″ center Antonio Vrankovic of Pine Crest (FL) verbally committed to Duke on Wednesday, joining top 25 prospects Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard in the class thus far. Vrankovic is expected to join senior posts Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson, sophomore transfer Sean Obi, and guards Matt Jones and Grayson ... Read More »

Center Michael Edwards has Georgia on his mind

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6′-10″ center Michael Edwards of John Glenn (MI) ended his recruitment on Monday night, pick Georgia over a variety of D-1 offers and interest, including from Nebraska, SMU, Pittsburgh and more. Edwards is the fourth member of the Bulldogs’ 2015 recruiting class and part of a burgeoning crop of young and promising big men in Athens. It also marks the second year a Michigan prospect went south to Georgia, as Yante Maten signed as part of the 2014 ... Read More »

Centerpiece: Cal lands Ivan Rabb over Arizona

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6′-9″ post player Ivan Rabb of Bishop O’Dowd (CA) will play college basketball close to home, as the nation’s No. 9 prospect nationally picked his local California Golden Bears over the Arizona Wildcats on Monday night. Rabb immediately provides a centerpiece to Cal’s 2015-2016 team, and will start from day one on the interior. Assuming Cal’s guard Tyrone Wallace doesn’t enter the NBA draft, the Golden Bears have enough talent in place to be a pre-season Top ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update – Big Sky

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Top newcomer: Walter Wright, Montana – An Honorable Mention junior college All-American pick at Snow College, Wright was a two year standout in a tough junior college league. Name for the future: Nick Blair, Idaho – A high-flying wing prospect, Blair played behind superstars in high school and may unlock his full potential in college. Eastern Washington Eagles Michael Wearne | 6′-2″ | PG | Box Hill (AUS) Ty Gibson | 6′-3″ | SG | Issaquah (WA) Jesse ... Read More »

One-time La Tech pledge Jeremiah Martin picks Memphis

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After capturing a state championship as a senior at Mitchell (TN), a high school in Memphis, combo guard Jeremiah Martin decided to stay home for college and announced his verbal commitment to the Memphis Tigers on Saturday. Martin was formerly pledged to Louisiana Tech. At 6′-2″, Martin is expected to provide depth and compete for time at both guard slots. Given the inconsistent play the Tigers had at point guard during the 2014-2015 season, it wouldn’t ... Read More »

Cal continues building ’15 class with wing Tyson Jolly

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The California Golden Bears nabbed a second recruit for the 2015 recruiting cycle on Saturday, garnering the verbal commitment of 6′-4″ wing Tyson Jolly of Putnam City West (OK). Jolly joins Our Savior New American (NY) wing forward Davon Dillard in the class for the Golden Bears, and both are considered Top 150 caliber players nationally. The addition of Jolly comes on the heels of losing top 15 center Caleb Swanigan on Friday, as Swanigan picked Michigan ... Read More »