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King-size center Udoka Azbuike is Kansas-bound

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Imposing center Udoka Azbuike, a 6′-11″, 260 pound big man from Potter’s House (FL) has announced his college choice. The No. 32 prospect in the 2016 class, and without question one of the most physically dominant players nationally, has picked the Kansas Jayhawks. North Carolina and Florida State were also involved in Azbuike’s recruitment. A native of Nigeria, Azbuike has a ceiling as a top 10 player nationally and for that reason is a very promising …

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Highly-touted guard Kobi Simmons announces Arizona

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Elite 6′-5″ guard Kobi Simmons, the No. 17 prospect in the 2016 class nationally, committed to Arizona on a Saturday ESPN broadcast. With Simmons off the board, only seven top 100 prospects remain uncommitted at this juncture. Simmons picked the Wildcats over Kentucky, Ohio State and UNLV. Arizona loses standout guard Gabe York from its 2015-2016 team, and Simmons will certainly be a solid options to pick up some of the scoring slack. Due to his …

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Superb sophomore Rechon Black to North Carolina

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North Carolina is way ahead of the game in the 2018 class, as they landed a verbal commitment from 6′-7″ guard Rechon Black of Concord (NC) on Friday. There’s no doubt it’s extremely early, but Black’s promising start to high school has resulted in him being ranked as the No. 10 prospect nationally in the 2018 class. The Tar Heels backcourt looks nothing short of stacked in the near future, with 2017 lead guard prospect Jalek Felton, …

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Touted ’17 wing J.J. Smith pledges Ole Miss

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With their 2016-2017 team set up through recruiting, Ole Miss was able to place an increased emphasis on the 2017 class. That intensity paid off in a big way on Saturday, as according to multiple reports, 6′-5″ wing Jatrious “J.J” Smith verbally committed to the Rebels. Smith is a top 100 prospect who is at Pebblebrook (GA) this year, but played his first high school seasons in North Carolina. He starred as a sophomore at EE …

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Indiana nabs point guard with NBA bloodlines, Devonte Green

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Indiana has a fourth recruit in place for the 2016 recruiting cycle, point guard Devonte Green of Long Island Lutheran (NY). Green is the younger brother of NBA wing Danny Green. Green is solid point guard with the ability to hit 3-point shots. He figures to compete with fellow incoming guard Curtis Jones for reserve minutes in the backcourt as a freshman. Also in the ’16 recruiting class for the Hoosiers is in-state wing Grant Gelon and top 50 …

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Class of 2019 – Early Watch-List

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The 2015-2016 high school basketball season is in full swing, and some major games have already been played on significant national stages. With that in mind, it seemed like with the New Year here, it is time to mention some players who have already made their names from a national perspective. Our list of 10 players to know from the freshman class unsurprisingly features players with significant size, like 7′-0″ center Balsa Koprivica (shown in the above …

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Cal adds second guard for ’17, Jemarl Baker

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Cal nabbed a second guard for the 2017 recruiting cycle on New Year’s Eve, as Roosevelt (CA) guard Jemarl Baker announced his pledge to the Golden Bears. Baker joins fellow SoCal talent Alec Hickman in the class to date for California, as head coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff brace for the expected graduation departures of several wings on the current roster. Baker has already started his 2015-2016 high school season, with a bang as he has …

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JC standout Bashir Ahmed to St. John’s

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A thin and inexperienced roster has led to a difficult 2015-2016 season in head coach Chris Mullin’s inaugural season at St. John’s. It’s clear that the Red Storm needs to significant upgrade the talent on their roster for a rebuild of the program to work in the ensuing seasons. St. John’s may have added a piece towards that end on Saturday, scoring touted juco wing Bashir Ahmed, an elite two-year prospect. Ahmed, a one-time Iona …

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2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: Conference USA

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Best Player: Quentin Jackson, Charlotte Best Potential: Raekwon Long, Florida International Best Scorer: A.J. Lawson, North Texas Best Shooter: Nate Darling, UAB Best Rebounder: Oliver Powell, Louisiana Tech Best Passer: Ako Adams, Rice Best Defender: Alassane Kane, Old Dominion Best Glue Guy: Tim Harrison, Rice Best Athlete: Javien Williams, UAB 1. Rice Owls Ako Adams | 6′-2″ | PG | Bishop O’Connell (VA) Tim Harrison | 6′-8″ | PF | Francis Parker (CA) Austin Meyer | 6′-9″ | C | Mustang (OK) Rice nabbed a …

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2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: Atlantic 10

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Best Player: De’Riante Jenkins, VCU Best Potential: DeJon Jarreau, Massachusetts Best Scorer: De’Riante Jenkins, VCU Best Shooter: Nick Sherod, Richmond Best Rebounder: Kevin Marfo, George Wasington Best Passer: Jeff Dowtin, Rhode Island Best Defender: DeJon Jarreau, Massachusetts Best Glue Guy: Chris Baldwin, Massachusetts Best Athlete: Unique McLean, Massachusetts 1. Massachusetts Minutemen Unique McLean | 6′-1″ | PG | MacDuffie School (MA) DeJon Jarreau | 6′-5″ | PG | McDonogh 35 (LA) Chris Baldwin | 6′-8″ | PF | Notre Dame Prep (MA) Brison …

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Texas hooks top 50 in-state guard Andrew Jones

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The Texas Longhorns hooked one of the top available guard prospects in the country on Monday, as 6′-4″ guard Andrew Jones of MacArthur (TX) announced his pledge. Jones is a top 50 prospect nationally who has been shooting up the recruiting charts over the last several months. Jones’ commitment comes on the heels of knocking off North Carolina at home over the weekend, an absolutely tremendous win for Texas during head coach Shaka Smart’s first season. …

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2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: SEC

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Best Player: De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky Best Potential: Wenyen Gabriel, Kentucky Best Scorer: Malik Monk, Kentucky Best Shooter: Terrance Ferguson, Alabama Best Rebounder: Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, Kentucky Best Passer: J.J. Caldwell, Texas A&M Best Defender: Abdulhakim Ado, Mississippi State Best Glue Guy: Braxton Key, Alabama Best Athlete: Malik Monk, Kentucky 1. Kentucky Wildcats De’Aaron Fox | 6′-3″ | PG | Cypress Lakes (TX) Malik Monk | 6′-4″ | SG | Bentonville (AR) Edrice “Bam” Adebayo | 6′-9″ | PF | High Point Christian (NC) Wenyen …

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