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Post-Season Class of 2015 Player Rankings update

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Due to perhaps an unprecedented number of reclassifications, it took awhile to put the final stamp on the Class of 2015 Top 100 player rankings. In fact, a check of the top 25 players on the final list indicates 3 prospects were in the Class of 2016 last year around this time. A handful of other late changes in class are sprinkled throughout our final list. What isn’t in dispute, at least for Hoopniks.com, is that ... Read More »

St. John’s signs top 100 guard Marcus LoVett, Jr.

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Press Release On Friday, the St. John’s men’s basketball program received a National Letter of Intent from four-star point guard Marcus LoVett, Jr. The 6-foot southpaw from Chicago is a consensus top-25 point guard according to major national recruiting services and rated as high as No. 11 at his position in the Class of 2015. “We are excited to welcome Marcus to our basketball family,” said head coach Chris Mullin. “Marcus has an instinctive playmaking ... Read More »

Sharpshooter Kenny Williams connects with North Carolina

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As a team arguably poised to be a contender for a pre-season No. 1 next year, the North Carolina Tar Heels have a talented roster set to return to Chapel Hill. Still, the departure of J.P. Tokoto to the professional ranks left a gap on the roster, and North Carolina wanted to add an additional player to next year’s team. They did so on Saturday with a verbal commitment from top-100 prospect Kenny Williams, a 6′-3″ shooting guard ... Read More »

Nation’s best wing forward Jaylen Brown to California

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It’s safe to say California Golden Bears head coach Cuonzo Martin has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride over the last year or so. After an tenuous situation at Tennessee saw him jump to the west to take over in Berkeley, Martin has come up with two of the nation’s top 10 prospects in the 2015 recruiting cycle (his first full class at Cal), and is poised to have a pre-season top-15 ... Read More »

Top 10 post Cheick Diallo picks Kansas

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A high-energy interior player, 6′-9″ Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American (NY), via Mali, announced where he’ll play college hoops on Tuesday. The top 10 prospect picked the Kansas Jayhawks over the Kentucky Wildcats, among other suitors. Diallo joins a solid crop of interior players on the Jayhawks’ roster. His undeniable motor, ability to crash the boards and score at close range are nearly unparalleled in the 2015 class nationally. Kansas now has two elite ... Read More »

Duke’s ’15 class moves to No. 1 with Brandon Ingram

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After the Kentucky Wildcats held a multiple year stranglehold on the status of having the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, the Duke Blue Devils appear to be set to reach that achievement for a second year. The reigning national champions all but solidified that status on Monday, garnering a verbal commitment from consensus top 10 recruit Brandon Ingram of Kinston (NC). Ingram, a lithe wing forward with serious skills, picked Duke over a litany of suitors, including ... Read More »

In-state wing shooter Dominic Green picks Washington

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After popping early for Arizona State, Hazen (WA) wing forward Dominic Green played out his senior season with the expectation he’d play Pac-12 hoops in Tempe. The change in coaches at Arizona State allowed for a change in plans for Green, as he re-opened his recruitment prior to consider new suitors. Green’s heart was close to his home, though, as he popped for the Washington Huskies, over Washington State, on Sunday. Green announced his decision via ... Read More »

Iowa State nabs top 100 recruit Nick Noskowiak

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In recent years, the Iowa State Cyclones have focused on talented transfers from four year schools to fill its roster holes and make a positive impact. Sunday’s verbal commitment of 6′-2″ point guard Nick Noskowiak of Sun Prairie (WI) departed from head coach Fred Hoiberg’s usual plan, though, as Noskowiak is a top 100 recruit nationally from the high school level. Noskowiak announced his pledge to Iowa State, via his Twitter account. Noskowiak signed with Marquette during ... Read More »

Top scorer Malik Newman stays in-state at Mississippi State

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It’s not clear exactly what new head coach Ben Howland’s plans are for the Mississippi State Bulldogs next season, but an educated guess is that 6′-3″ guard Malik Newman of Callaway (MS), and incoming freshman, will likely lead the squad in points scored and shot attempts. A consensus top 10 recruit nationally in the 2015 class, Newman picked Mississippi State on Friday over a litany of other contenders, including Ole Miss, Kentucky, Kansas, LSU and others. ... Read More »

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 »