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Minnesota lands early in-state commit, ’16 Michael Hurt

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Minnesota landed their first recruit in the 2016 recruiting cycle on Saturday, garnering a commitment from in-state forward Michael Hurt, who is considered by some to be a top 100 prospect nationally. Hurt, a standout from Marshall (MN), reportedly selected the Golden Gophers over scholarship offers from fellow Big Ten rivals Nebraska and Northwestern, among others. At 6′-8″, Hurt has solid size for his position and really raised his profile with a tremendous spring and summer ... Read More »

Kansas adds someone to Bragg about for ’15

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Another blue chip prospect is off the board. 6′-9″ power forward Carlton Bragg, the No. 14 ranked prospect nationally in the class of 2015, committed to the Kansas Jayhawks over Kentucky and Illinois. Bragg is the first member of Kansas’ 2015 recruiting class, but the Jayhawks are also in the mix for several of the remaining top 100 prospects, including top 10 standouts Malik Newman and Stephen Zimmerman. Bragg has made his mark as an elite prospect due ... Read More »

Maryland makes mid-season addition, Ivan Bender

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Press Release Maryland men’s head basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Thursday that forward Ivan Bender (pronounced EVEN) will join the Maryland basketball program and will be eligible to play immediately. Bender (6-9, 230) played with KK Split in the Junior Euroleague. He was also a member of the U-18 Croatian National Team and is slated to participate in the U-20 Croatian National Team next summer. “We are excited to have Ivan join our program,” said Turgeon. “He ... Read More »

Oregon adds immediately eligible ’14 signee Roman Sorkin

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Courtesy: GoDucks.com Israeli Junior National Team player Roman Sorkin has signed an agreement of aid and will join the Oregon men’s basketball team this week, head coach Dana Altman announced Monday. Sorkin, 18, will be a freshman and eligible to play immediately. The 6-10 forward from Minsk, Belarus, averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Israel at the 2014 U-18 European Championships. He shot 51.7 percent from the field and 81.2 ... Read More »

Battle-tested point guard Terrence Phillips to Mizzou

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Missouri landed a verbal commitment from 5′-10″ point guard Terrence Phillips of Oak Hill Academy (VA) in conjunction with an official visit to campus on Saturday. Phillips is the third recruit in the 2015 class for the Tigers. Phillips is the brother of NBA lead guard Brandon Jennings, and has crafted his game in the system at Oak Hill Academy, arguably the nation’s No. 1 high school basketball team. He’s a savvy guard who is known for distributing ... Read More »

2015 Team Recruiting Class Rankings for the New Year

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As the calendar turned over to 2015, it was time for Hoopniks.com to update our recruiting class team rankings. Thirteen top 100 prospects (including 6 of the top 10) remain uncommitted in the class overall, which will unquestionably have a strong impact on the final rankings formulated in the summer. Still, as it currently stands two Wildcats teams, Arizona and Kentucky stand at the head of the class, followed by Texas A&M, LSU and Louisville. Arizona built ... Read More »

Elite scoring guard Antonio Blakeney picks LSU

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One of the most prolific scorers in the 2015 class nationally, Oak Ridge (FL) shooting guard Antonio Blakeney, announced his decision on Friday, electing to play college basketball with AAU teammate and No. 1 overall prospect Ben Simmons for the LSU Tigers. Blakeney, the No. 12 prospect nationally, now forms the highest-touted duo of committed recruits with Simmons, of any college basketball program nationally. Previously committed to Louisville, Blakeney re-opened his recruitment and eventually picked LSU over the Kentucky ... Read More »

Third ’16 pledge for Virginia, Sacha Killeya-Jones

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It’s fair to say things are going quite swimmingly for the Virginia Cavaliers, as of late. A terrific 2013-2014 season has been followed up on by a yet to be defeated 2014-2015 squad, and it’s fair to assume head coach Tony Bennett has the Virginia program headed towards a deep NCAA tournament run this year. The Cavaliers have found time to look towards the future, though, as they landed their third commitment from a high ... Read More »

Super sophomore Jalek Felton picks UNC

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While the decision may not have been a surprise, the timing certainly was. 6′-3″ guard Jalek Felton of Mullins (SC) announced for the North Carolina Tar Heels as 2014 ended, though Felton still has two and a half years of high school hoops before he heads to Chapel Hill. Felton is the nephew of Raymond Felton, and long considered to be a heavy lean to the Tar Heels. He’s a highly-touted prospect even early on in ... Read More »

Conference Catch-up: Horizon

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Top newcomer: Josh McFolley, Detroit – While there’s no clear top player headed into the Horizon at this point, McFolley is a crafty left-handed lead guard who can score and seems like a great fit for the Titans program. Name for the future: Derrik Smits, Valparaiso – The son of a former of NBA player and a true 7-footer with skills, Smits both has the name and game to be a high-profile center in the Horizon as ... Read More »

Tulane pops Chi-town guard Kain Harris

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Tulane has the fourth member of its 2015 class locked down, as 6′-4″ shooting guard Karl Harris of St. Rita (IL) announced he committed to the Green Wave after notching a huge victory over Simeon (IL), one of the nation’s best high school teams. Harris joins in-state wing forward Maxwell Starwood in committing to Tulane after the early signing period, in which Tulane inked big forwards Taron Oliver and Blake Paul. Tulane has an solid quartet in play now ... Read More »

Rankings refresh – Class of 2017, Top 20

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The 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas was a more than adequate preview of the abilities of the elite sophomores in the 2017 class nationally. Center DeAndre Ayton and point guard Troy Brown, the heads of the class presently, more than held their own against the elite upperclassmen in the 2015 class nationally. With that in mind, there’s plenty of reason to have high hopes on the long terms potential of this cohort of talented basketball ... Read More »