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Conference Recruiting Update: Patriot League


American Eagles Alex Paquin | 6′-0″ | PG | Champlain St. Lambert (CAN)| George Langberg | 6′-5″ | SG | The Peddie School (NJ)| The Eagles added a prospect for each guard slot during the ’14 recruiting cycle. Alex Paquin was considered one of the top lead guards in Quebec, as a pass-first game manager. Assistant coach Nate Philippe was hired starting for the 2013 season, and he has deep ties to grassroots basketball in Canada. Given the growth ... Read More »

COMMIT: 2015 SG Franklin Howard to Syracuse


Syracuse obtained a third verbal commitment from a top-100 prospect on Monday, as 6′-4″ shooting guard Franklin Howard of Paul VI (VA) announced his verbal commitment. The Orange are the only program in the nation with three top-100 juniors at the present time. Howard ranked as the No. 42 prospect nationally in our 2015 rankings, but he missed his entire junior year due to injury. Howard picked Syracuse over numerous other scholarship offers, including from other ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update: MAAC


Canisius Golden Griffins Raven Owen | 5′-11″ | PG | St. Joseph (NJ)| Cassidy Ryan | 6′-5″ | SF | Our Lady of Mount Carmel (CAN)| Jamal Reynolds | 6′-5″ | SG | Mott CC (MI)| The Golden Griffins addressed their backcourt needs with this class, landing a trio of players capable of playing in the backcourt or on the wing. Playing on one of the nation’s top high school teams, lead guard Raven Owen is reportedly a quick ballhandler ... Read More »

Weekend Recruiting Trail Notebook


Graham gets released, gains attention For over a year, an on-going dispute occurred between point guard Devonte Graham and Appalachian State. When Graham signed a letter of intent to play for the Mountaineers as a senior at Broughton (NC), it seemed like a steal at the time. For whatever reason, Graham reconsidered his decision and wanted to re-open his recruitment, but former head coach Jason Capel refused to release him from his letter of intent. Fast ... Read More »

COMMIT: JUCO PF Cinmeon Bowers to Auburn


Newly hired head coach Bruce Pearl’s first recruit for the Auburn Tigers is a major one, power forward Cinmeon Bowers of Chipola JC. Considered one of the top junior college forwards in the nation, Bowers is the first recruit to cast his lot for Pearl’s program. After a standout freshman season at Chipola, Bowers inked during the early signing period with Florida State. Off the court troubles led the Seminoles to release Bowers from his letter ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update: Big South


Campbell Fighting Camels Troy Harper | 6′-1″ | PG | Neumann-Goretti (PA)| Curtis Phillips | 6′-5″ | SF | White Station (TN)| Tony Toplyn | 6′-6″ | PF | Neumann-Goretti (PA)| Campbell will receive a duo of players that are no strangers to a winning culture, as two of their three recruits accumulated multiple state championships in high school from Philadelphia’s Neumann-Goretti. Guard Troy Harper and forward Tony Toplyn each were starters on a 27-4 Pennsylvania AAA state championship squad. Harper was ... Read More »

COMMIT: 2014 PG Avery Johnson Jr. to Texas A&M


The Texas A&M Aggies added to their backcourt depth on Saturday, landing a verbal commitment from Avery Johnson Jr. of Plano West (TX). Johnson is the fourth guard in the Aggies’ 2014 recruiting class. The son of a former NBA player and coach, Johnson Jr. played one season at Plano West, and was previously in the Houston area. He ran with the Texas Titans on the summer circuit, with Aggies signee Alex Robinson, a top-100 prospect. Johnson Jr. ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update: Mid-American


Akron Zips Antino Jackson | 5′-11″ | PG | Cypress Springs (TX)| Jimond Ivey | 6′-3″ | SG | Glenville (OH)| The Zips were quiet during the early signing period, and nabbed two guards for the regular signing period. In-state guard Jimond Ivey had the ability to play both guard slots as  a high schooler. Ivey is reputed to be a scorer that has strong athleticism. He was an honorable mention all-state player that may be somewhat of a ... Read More »

Georgia doubles up post pledges


As one of only a few high-major college basketball programs with no committed recruits for the 2014-2015 season, it was imperative for the Georgia Bulldogs to land some incoming talent. They did just that on Saturday, securing verbal pledges from two recruits in short order, as 6′-8″ power forward Yante Manten and 6′-11″ center Fred Iduwe both reportedly committed. Of the two, Manten is regarded as the better prospect. He had a tremendous senior season, netting ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update: Ivy League


Note: The Ivy League does not participate of the national letter of intent program, so this commitment list is based primarily on media reports and other resources. Brown Bears Tyler Williams | 6′-1″ | PG | Lakota West (OH)| Patrick Triplett | 6′-4″ | PG | Bayless (MO)| Jason Massey | 6′-5″ | SG | American Heritage (FL)| Kyle Haber | 6′-6″ | SG | Dubuque (IA)| Miki Ljuboja | 6′-8″ | PF | Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)| The Bears ... Read More »

COMMIT: 2014 PF Terrell Miller to Central Florida


Central Florida added their third in-state recruit for 2014 on Thursday, as 6′-8″ power forward Terrell Miller Arlington Country Day (FL) verbally committed. Miller was the team MVP of the 30-5 squad, which was one of the nation’s best during the 2013-2014 season. Miller joins two local guard recruits in the class in Adonys Henriquez and B.J. Taylor. Henriquez averaged 14 points and 4 assists per game during the season, while Taylor led the state in scoring at 34.5 ... Read More »

COMMIT: 2014 SF Cameron Oliver to Oregon State


The Oregon State Beavers landed the fourth member of their 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday, as 6′-7″ forward Cameron Oliver of Grant (CA) verbally committed. The commitment came on the heels of a weekend visit to campus, and was announced via Oliver’s twitter account. Oliver is a much needed athletic addition to Oregon State’s class, which also includes legacy recruit Gary Payton II at point guard, shooting guard Chai Baker and center Isaiah Manderson. With a calling card of being an ... Read More »