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Standout center Ivan Rabb expected to pop soon

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6′-10″ big man Ivan Rabb has been a busy man lately. He narrowed his college list to just two contenders, the Arizona Wildcats and California Golden Bears, won a state championship, and will be competing in the McDonald’s All American game on Wednesday. The hometown Golden Bears were the subject of plenty of buzz as many thought Rabb would commit to Cal after buoying his Bishop O’Dowd (CA) team to win the California open division state ... Read More »

Elite post presence Diamond Stone set for Maryland

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After a tumultuous 2014 off-season gave way to a successful 2014-2015 season on the hardwood for the Maryland Terrapins, there is substantial cause for excitement and intrigue as next season approaches. On Friday, Maryland obtained a verbal commitment from 6′-10″ center Diamond Stone of Dominican (WI), a top five prospect nationally. Stone reportedly averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks per game during his senior season. He is unquestionably one of the winning-est players in ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update: Colonial Athletic Association

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Top newcomer: Marquise Pointer, College of Charleston - An experienced winner who has spearheaded more than his fair share of wins at the high school level and on the grassroots circuit, Pointer is the type of lead guard who can make a huge impact in the Colonial. Name for the future: Jeremy Miller, Northeastern – A one-time pledge to Boston College, Miller has quality height and length to be a prospect who can impact as he adds ... Read More »

Blue chip junior forward Omari Spellman set for Villanova

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Interior bruiser Omari Spellman, a 6′-8″ big man from MacDuffie School (MA) by way of Ohio, started Villanova’s 2016 class off with a bang, popping for the Wildcats this week. He is our No. 26 prospect in the 2016 class, and a player who should be physically ready to compete early, given his 250 pound frame. Spellman has the size and skill-level to be a significant factor in the Big East from his initial matriculation to ... Read More »

Maker’s move sets up rankings reshuffle

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The long-expected move by 7-foot center Thon Maker of Orangeville Prep (CAN) to the 2015 class, from the 2016 class, appears to be a certainty at this point. Maker announced via his Twitter account this week he is on track to graduate with the ’15 class. While it remains to be seen if Maker and his adviser are angling for the prospect of becoming an overseas professional instead of college hoops in the United States, the move ... Read More »

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 »