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Conference Catch-up: Big East

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Best Player: Henry Ellenson, Marquette Best Potential: Henry Ellenson, Marquette Best Scorer: Jalen Brunson, Villanova Best Shooter: Sean McDermott, Butler Best Rebounder: Alex Owens, Providence Best Passer: Jalen Brunson, Villanova Best Defender: Haanif Cheatham, Marquette Best Glue Guy: Kaiser Gates, Xavier Best Athlete: Haanif Cheatham, Marquette 1. Marquette Golden Eagles Nick Noskowiak | 6′-2″ | PG | Sun Prairie (WI) Haanif Cheatham | 6′-5″ | SG | Pembroke Pines Charter (FL) Matt Heldt | 6′-10″ | C | Neenah (WI) Henry Ellenson | 6′-10″ | C ... Read More »

Four touted 2016 prospects come off the board

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The majority of the top talent in the 2015 class is signed with their college of choice now, and depth in the 2016 class also dropped significantly in recent days, as three top 100 players verbally committed, and fourth member of the class reclassified and joined the 2015 class. Memphis will get Broddie early The Memphis Tigers already had our top class in the American Athletic Conference for the 2015 recruiting cycle, and they bolstered ... Read More »

Programs add depth as early period closes

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College basketball’s early signing period ended Wednesday, November 19, and many programs added additional depth into their programs as the signing period closed. St. John’s, Georgia and Houston all made notable additions to help their programs going forward. St. John’s missed out on a big prize when Isaiah Briscoe opted for Kentucky over the Red Storm for college, but responded quickly in popping 6′-3″ guard Samir Doughty of Math, Civics and Sciences (PA). Doughty is more than just ... Read More »

Conference Catch-up: ACC

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Best Player: Chase Jeter, Duke Best Potential: Chase Jeter, Duke  Best Scorer: Dwayne Bacon, Florida State Best Shooter: Luke Kennard, Duke Best Rebounder: Moustapaha Diagne, Syracuse Best Passer: Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech Best Defender: Moustapha Diagne, Syracuse Best Glue Guy: Chris Clarke, Virginia Tech Best Athlete: Malik Beasley, Florida State 1. Louisville Cardinals Donovan Mitchell | 6′-4″ | SG | Brewster Academy (NH) Deng Adel | 6′-7″ | SF | Victory Rock (FL) Raymond Spalding | 6′-9″ | PF ... Read More »

Conference Catch-up: American Athletic

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Best Player: Jalen Adams, Connecticut Best Potential: Dedric Lawson, Memphis Best Scorer: K.J. Lawson, Memphis Best Shooter: Trey Lowe, Temple Best Rebounder: Steven Enoch, Connectict Best Passer: Sedric Barefield, SMU Best Defender: Tacko Fall, Central Florida Best Glue Guy: Jacob Evans, Cincinnati Best Athlete: Jalen Adams, Connecticut 1. Memphis Tigers K.J. Lawson | 6′-6″ | SF | Hamilton (TN) Dedric Lawson | 6′-8″ | PF | Hamilton (TN) The brothers Lawson will join their hometown program, and play for their father, Keelon Lawson, ... Read More »

Auburn adds another during quiet Friday of signing period

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After the fireworks involved in four top 100 prospects declaring their intentions on Thursday, Friday was a quiet day during the early signing period. Auburn adds former Charlotte commit The Auburn Tigers recruiting class somewhat surprisingly jumped to six members on Friday, as 6′-2″ guard Bryce Brown of Tucker (GA) signed a letter of intent. Brown was formerly committed to Charlotte before re-opening his recruitment just weeks ago. Brown is the third guard in the class for the Tigers, ... Read More »

Kentucky, VCU win big on Thursday during signing period

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After a relatively quiet open to college basketball’s early signing period on Wednesday, Thursday provided fireworks in the form of four top-100 players announcing their verbal commitments. The quartet of top prospects coming off the board leaves only 16 players remaining uncommitted in top 100 rankings. As the dust settled, the Kentucky Wildcats and VCU were the clear winners of the day, as each added two significant recruits to their programs. Additionally, UNLV added an ... Read More »

Dozier headlines quiet start to signing period

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Wednesday was the opening day to college basketball’s early signing period, and things went relatively according to status quo, though there is some intrigue expected for the second day of the signing period, Thursday, with ESPN’s planned basketball recruiting television special. The South Carolina Gamecocks were the big winners on Wednesday, keeping versatile combo guard P.J. “Perry” Dozier in-state, as they had to beat out Louisville and others to keep Dozier home. Dozier is a quality guard with ... Read More »

Welcome Newcomers – Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class

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The following is an excerpt from the 2014 College Basketball Newcomers Guide, written and published by Kellon Hassenstab of Hoopniks.com. For breakdowns of the top 100 incoming high school recruits, junior college standouts and a look at every men’s D-1 recruiting class nationally, purchase the book in paperback, Kindle (only $2.99!) or Nook format! D’Angelo Russell | 6′-4″ | SG | Montverde Academy (FL) Jae’Sean Tate | 6′-5″ | SF | Pickerington Central (OH) Keita Bates-Diop | 6′-7″ | SF | University (IL) David Bell | ... Read More »

Junior point guard Payton Pritchard set for commit

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The spotlight is on class of 2015 prospects that are signing letters of intent with their college basketball programs of choice this week, but at least one underclassmen recruit, junior point guard Payton Pritchard of West Linn (OR), is also set to come off the board, according to a report on OregonLive.com. A heady and skilled lead guard, Pritchard will be making his college choice next week, and deciding from a list which includes Gonzaga, Michigan, Michigan ... Read More »

UNC lands first ’15 recruit, Luke Maye

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After having missed out on all the elite post prospects they targeted in the 2015 class, North Carolina landed their first verbal commitment of the 2015 recruiting cycle on Monday, striking with 6′-8″ in-state power forward Luke Maye of Hough (NC). Maye announced his verbal commitment to the Tar Heels via his Twitter account. Maye is a top 150 prospect, and considered a smart and skilled interior player, albeit not an athletically gifted interior player. ... Read More »

Welcome Newcomers – North Carolina’s 2014 recruiting class

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The following is an excerpt from the 2014 College Basketball Newcomers Guide, written and published by Kellon Hassenstab of Hoopniks.com. For breakdowns of the top 100 incoming high school recruits, junior college standouts and a look at every men’s D-1 recruiting class nationally, purchase the book in paperback, Kindle (only $2.99!) or Nook format! Joel Berry | 6′-1″ | PG | Lake Highland Prep (FL) Theo Pinson | 6′-6″ | SG | Wesleyan Christian (NC) Justin Jackson | 6′-7″ | SF | HCYA (TX) ... Read More »