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Elite guard Trae Young down to six

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Five star guard Trae Young of Norman North (OK) has been among the most touted prospects in the 2017 class early on in high school. Now, fans of several prominent college basketball programs are hopeful he’ll attend their school of choice after high school. Young released a list of six finalists on Wednesday night, naming Kentucky, Oklahoma, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Washington and Texas Tech as the contenders. Of that group, it’s believed that Kentucky and his home-state …

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Touted big man Malik Williams has a top eight

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Despite playing on an under the radar grassroots team, Snider (IN) big man Malik Williams attracted plenty of attention for Team Legit. As he continues to improve, progress and become more widely known, Williams plenty of upside as a top-50 and improving prospect in the 2017 class nationally. A touted shot-blocker and presence as a 6′-11″ center, Williams named UCLA, Louisville, Purdue, Indiana, Georgetown, Michigan State, Iowa and NC State as his top eight programs. 😼🙌🏾🙏🏾💪🏾🤔 …

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Top 100 senior Naji Marshall planning Friday announcement

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Roosevelt (DC) forward Naji Marshall is apparently ready to move things along and end his recruitment. He announced on Monday a finalist list of seven high-major college basketball programs, and followed it up by indicating he’ll announce his college commitment on Friday. Marshall, who starred in the Under Armour Association for DC Premier, on the way to becoming a consensus top 100 prospect nationally, named Maryland, Xavier, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, TCU and Rhode Island …

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Class of 2016: Final Top 10 Class Rankings

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As a reminder, the Hoopniks recruiting class rankings are based on the following criteria: 1) Overall talent 2) Average talent of each player in the class 3) Fit of the class with the projected returning players 4) Positional diversity, i.e. it is better to have players in a variety of positions; a class of a center, forward and guard will score higher than a class with three guards. The class rankings include players with eligibility …

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West Coast forward Tyler Bey names a top six

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Among 2017 forward prospects on the West Coast, 6′-8″ forward Tyler Bey of Middlebrooks Academy (CA) has been known as a fast riser during the spring and summer due to his performances with the Las Vegas Knicks. On Sunday, Bey named a “top” six programs recruiting him. Four Mountain West and two Pac-12 programs made the cut for Bey, including Colorado and Arizona State, as well as Fresno State, New Mexico, Wyoming and San Diego State. …

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Top-50 wing Brandon Randolph considers twelve

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6′-6″ wing Brandon Randolph of Westtown School (PA) emerged as one of the nation’s most talent shooting guards on the spring and summer circuit. On Sunday, Randolph narrowed his list to just twelve suitors, among the dozens who previously tendered him a scholarship offer. Alabama, Syracuse, Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Xavier, Oregon, Miami, Arizona, Notre Dame, and Indiana are among the largely blue blood programs still in the hunt to land Randolph. In playing …

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Auburn adds to elite ’17 class with Chuma Okeke

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The Bruce Pearl-era as head coach at Auburn has seen a steady upgrade in talent on the roster, though it hasn’t been without its hits and misses. The Tigers nabbed 6′-8″ power forward Chuma Okeke on Sunday night, giving Auburn a third top-50 prospect in the class, which is currently the most talented in the nation. It’s certain that other schools will bypass Auburn, but they certainly have the ability to finish as a top-10 overall class …

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Baker’s dozen in contention for Quade Green

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6′-1″ point guard Quade Green of Neumann-Goretti (PA) is unquestionably one of the top 5 point guards in his class nationally. The 2017 class overall is devoid of a deep talent pool of lead guards, making Green’s value even more significant in the class overall. On Sunday after capturing the FIBA Americas U18 gold in Chile, he “narrowed” his list of potential colleges to 13. The remaining colleges in the mix, as announced via Green’s Twitter …

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Nation’s No. 1 junior Marvin Bagley names six

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The consensus No. 1 player in the 2018 class, Marvin Bagley of Sierra Canyon (CA), has cut his recruiting list to just six programs. The 6′-10″ big man announced Pac-12 stalwarts Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, and UCLA, along with blue blood programs Kentucky and Duke made the cut for his college services. Bagley announced his list via Twitter: It's about that time❗️#final6 pic.twitter.com/RFcpnmo3IP — Marvin Bagley III (@MB3FIVE) June 3, 2016 Bagley is currently starring for …

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Five star post Jarrett Allen stays home at Texas

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The first full recruiting class at Texas landed by head coach Shaka Smart looks terrific. The addition of top-25 prospect Jarrett Allen, a 6′-10″ big man, to three other players with top-100 caliber talent gives the Longhorns a deep and talented base to build from in the future. “We couldn’t be more excited about Jarrett joining our basketball family,” Smart said in a press release. “Jarrett’s tremendous character as a person and special talent as a …

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No. 1 senior prospect Josh Jackson commits to Kansas

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The recruitment of the No. 1 player and prospect in the 2016 class according to Hoopniks.com, Josh Jackson of Prolific Prep (CA) via Michigan, is over. Jackson announced via Twitter on Monday that he is headed to Kansas to play college basketball. Jackson’s final three programs before making his decision were Arizona, Kansas and Michigan State. If all goes as expected, Jackson’s tenure in college will be extremely brief. A top tier wing prospect, with both offensive …

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Oregon adds elite JC center Kavell Bigby-Williams

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For a second straight season, Oregon has dipped into the junior college ranks and plucked out one of the nation’s elite post prospects. 6′-11″ Kavell Bigby-Williams, a native of England, announced his committed to Oregon on Sunday. Been a lot of hard work and a tough decision but doing my research on every school I feel Oregon is the best fit 🐥🐥🐥 https://t.co/mJKrTrZfji — Kavell Bigby (@Kavell6ft10) April 10, 2016 After originally inking with Montana State …

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