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6′-7″ forward Troy Baxter was considered a borderline top-100 prospect in the 2016 class, and a very promising athlete when he signed with South Florida. Now, Baxter is no longer matriculating to South Florida, according to a Evan Daniels of Scout.com. Daniels reported that Baxter has turned an eye directly towards the West Coast, and is down to Arizona State, UCLA and UNLV. A tremendous finisher and athlete in transition, Baxter starred at Oldsmar Christian (FL) last …

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Ohio State hits daily double with two ’18 commits

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Ohio State joined Arkansas as one of two high-major programs with three commitments in the 2018 class (incoming high school juniors), after hitting the daily-double on Saturday. Two in-state forwards and grassroots teammates for King James, Justin Ahrens and Darius Bazley both committed to the Buckeyes according to multiple reports. Ahrens and Bazley join Upper Arlington (OH) shooting guard Dane Goodwin (who committed as a freshman in high school) in the class for Ohio State. Ahrens already has ties to …

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Villanova lands top 50 wing Jermaine Samuels

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The reigning National Champions, Villanova, locked up a second top 100 commit for the 2017 class on Saturday, as 6′-6″ wing Jermaine Samuels announced his pledge to the Wildcats. Samuels picked Villanova over Duke (after landing a recent scholarship offer), Kansas, Indiana, and Georgetown and joins Philly big man Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree in the class to date. Samuels is a top 50 prospect, while Cosby-Roundtree is also a top 100 player. A great fit for Villanova’s system, Samuels is coming …

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Alex Barcello stays in-state and pops for Arizona

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6′-3″ guard Alex Barcello of Corona Del Sol (AZ) won’t be going far for college, as the talented lead guard announced his pledge to Arizona on Friday. Barcello is a top 100 prospect in the 2017 class, and Arizona’s first recruit for the 2017 cycle. In early August, Barcello narrowed his list to Butler, Indiana, Stanford and Virginia, along with the Wildcats. The Wildcats likely have plenty of perspective on what Barcello can contribute, as he starred …

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Legacy recruit Alex O’Connell picks Duke

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Duke landed their first verbal commitment for their 2017 recruiting class on Friday, as 6′-6″ wing Alex O’Connell of Milton (GA) announced his pledge to play hoops for the Blue Devils. O’Connell was offered a scholarship by Duke on Wednesday. He currently ranks as the No. 67 prospect nationally in the 2017 class. A good outside shooter with quality athleticism given his skill set, O’Connell is a nice all-around prospect who should find a role at Duke as …

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Elite Oklahoma guard Trae Young sets official visit dates

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6′-2″ guard Trae Young of Norman North (OK) announced he was down to six college choices near the end of July, and has now set official visit dates for most of his finalists. A pre-eminent scoring point guard in the ’17 class, and the No. 16 overall prospect, Young is set for the following trips: Oklahoma – September 16-18 Texas Tech – September 29 – October 1 Kentucky – October 14-16 Kansas – October 21-23 With trips not …

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No. 40 prospect Makai Ashton-Langford down to two

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6′-2″ Brewster Academy (NH) point guard Makai Ashton-Langford is down to two finalists for his college services. Ashton-Langford, the No. 40 prospect in the 2017 class, is down to UConn and Providence, after eliminating Louisville (which recently landed a point guard for the 2017 cycle, Darius Perry). After recently transferring from Cushing Academy (MA) to Brewster Academy on the heels of a huge summer, Ashton-Langford is considered one of the better available point guard prospects nationally in …

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Iowa State lands second commit for ’17, KeyShawn Feazell

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Iowa State nabbed their second pledge in the 2017 class on Wednesday, as 6′-8″ forward KeyShawn Feazell announced his commitment to the Cyclones. Feazell joins Wisconsin wing forward Terrence Lewis in the class to date for Iowa State. Facing many expected departures from the 2016-2017 roster, the 2017 recruiting class is expected to be large at Iowa State. The Lawrence County (MS) reportedly had offers from several high-major programs, including the in-state Mississippi State Bulldogs and Baylor. He’s considered …

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Weekend basketball recruiting news catch-up

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As summer turns to fall, it’s hard to imagine the sneaker wars still being on-going without a respite, but the weekend’s events were a perfect illustration of the high-stakes world of elite recruits. Under Armour’s longtime Elite 24 event was once again televised on ESPNU, but like last year, Nike decided to offer an alternative to its stable of players, taking them to the Bahamas for an exhibition game against a local team. While the …

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Backcourt scorer Trent Frazier picks Illinois

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Illinois continued its hot streak in the 2017 recruiting cycle, landing a verbal commitment from 6′-4″ guard Trent Frazier of Wellington (FL) after a visit to campus. Frazier is the third top-125 prospect committed to Illinois in the 2017 class, in what is currently ranked as a top-5 class nationally. Blue chip center Jeremiah Tilmon is the centerpiece to the class, which is also very strong in the backcourt. In-state point guard Da’Monte Williams and wing Javon Pickett were also previously pledged. …

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Arkansas strikes again for ’18 with Desi Sills

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On the heels of a trip to Arkansas’ campus, 6′-2″ combo guard Desi Sills of Jonesboro (AR) joined his grassroots teammates Reggie Perry and Isaiah Joe as 2018 commitments to Arkansas. Perry committed to the Hogs just days ago. The Razorbacks also hold a pledge from point guard Justice Hill in the 2019 class, and have locked down 4 of the starting members of the Arkansas Hawks squad. The remaining starter, big man Ethan Henderson is still being recruiting by Arkansas. …

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Top-30 incoming junior Carte’Are Gordon announces contenders

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6′-8″ power forward Carte’Are Gordon of Webster Groves (MO) is currently ranked No. 26 nationally in the 2018 class. Given that status there’s no surprise that as he narrowed his list of contending college basketball programs to eleven, it contains many of college basketball’s blue bloods. Notre Dame, Kansas, Oklahoma State, USC, Kentucky, SMU, Missouri, Texas, Illinois, St. John’s, and Saint Louis made the cut to land Gordon, a bullish 250 pound big man, according to …

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