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Standout Euro Domantas Sabonis signs with Gonzaga

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs notched easily one of the most intriguing signings during college basketball’s early signing period on Thursday, as 6′-10″ Domantas Sabonis, who is currently playing for a professional team in Spain, signed a letter of intent for Gonzaga. Sabonis is the son of long-time Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis, and still only 17 years old. At 210 pounds now, he’ll turn 18 in May. Head coach Mark Few of Gonzaga said, regarding signing Sabonis: Domas ... Read More »

Elite junior post Chase Jeter lists six

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6′-10″ post Chase Jeter, considered by many to be a top-25 caliber prospect in the 2015 class nationally, narrowed his recruiting list to six on Thursday. The talented big man from Bishop Gorman (NV) announced that the Duke Blue Devils, UCLA Bruins, UNLV Running Rebels, Oregon Ducks, Arizona Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks were the finalists for his services. Jeter also noted that he is “planning a commitment before July.” Of note, he took a trip to ... Read More »

Class of 2014: Top 25 Impact JUCOs

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The proliferation of prep schools has perhaps diminished the notoriety of being an elite junior college basketball recruit. Still, there are plenty of high major programs that harvest the top prospects at the two-year level each recruiting cycle. The following list of 25 potential impact junior college players is alphabetical only, and no doubt not inclusive to many other potentially impactful prospects. Kadeem Allen | 6′-3″ | 180 | SG | Hutchinson (KS) | Arizona A ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update: Patriot League

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American Eagles Alex Paquin | 6′-0″ | PG | Champlain St. Lambert (CAN)| George Langberg | 6′-5″ | SG | The Peddie School (NJ)| The Eagles added a prospect for each guard slot during the ’14 recruiting cycle. Alex Paquin was considered one of the top lead guards in Quebec, as a pass-first game manager. Assistant coach Nate Philippe was hired starting for the 2013 season, and he has deep ties to grassroots basketball in Canada. Given the growth ... Read More »

COMMIT: 2015 SG Franklin Howard to Syracuse

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Syracuse obtained a third verbal commitment from a top-100 prospect on Monday, as 6′-4″ shooting guard Franklin Howard of Paul VI (VA) announced his verbal commitment. The Orange are the only program in the nation with three top-100 juniors at the present time. Howard ranked as the No. 42 prospect nationally in our 2015 rankings, but he missed his entire junior year due to injury. Howard picked Syracuse over numerous other scholarship offers, including from other ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update: MAAC

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Canisius Golden Griffins Raven Owen | 5′-11″ | PG | St. Joseph (NJ)| Cassidy Ryan | 6′-5″ | SF | Our Lady of Mount Carmel (CAN)| Jamal Reynolds | 6′-5″ | SG | Mott CC (MI)| The Golden Griffins addressed their backcourt needs with this class, landing a trio of players capable of playing in the backcourt or on the wing. Playing on one of the nation’s top high school teams, lead guard Raven Owen is reportedly a quick ballhandler ... Read More »

Weekend Recruiting Trail Notebook

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Graham gets released, gains attention For over a year, an on-going dispute occurred between point guard Devonte Graham and Appalachian State. When Graham signed a letter of intent to play for the Mountaineers as a senior at Broughton (NC), it seemed like a steal at the time. For whatever reason, Graham reconsidered his decision and wanted to re-open his recruitment, but former head coach Jason Capel refused to release him from his letter of intent. Fast ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update: Big South

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Campbell Fighting Camels Troy Harper | 6′-1″ | PG | Neumann-Goretti (PA)| Curtis Phillips | 6′-5″ | SF | White Station (TN)| Tony Toplyn | 6′-6″ | PF | Neumann-Goretti (PA)| Campbell will receive a duo of players that are no strangers to a winning culture, as two of their three recruits accumulated multiple state championships in high school from Philadelphia’s Neumann-Goretti. Guard Troy Harper and forward Tony Toplyn each were starters on a 27-4 Pennsylvania AAA state championship squad. Harper was ... Read More »

COMMIT: 2014 PG Avery Johnson Jr. to Texas A&M

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The Texas A&M Aggies added to their backcourt depth on Saturday, landing a verbal commitment from Avery Johnson Jr. of Plano West (TX). Johnson is the fourth guard in the Aggies’ 2014 recruiting class. The son of a former NBA player and coach, Johnson Jr. played one season at Plano West, and was previously in the Houston area. He ran with the Texas Titans on the summer circuit, with Aggies signee Alex Robinson, a top-100 prospect. Johnson Jr. ... Read More »

Conference Recruiting Update: Mid-American

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Akron Zips Antino Jackson | 5′-11″ | PG | Cypress Springs (TX)| Jimond Ivey | 6′-3″ | SG | Glenville (OH)| The Zips were quiet during the early signing period, and nabbed two guards for the regular signing period. In-state guard Jimond Ivey had the ability to play both guard slots as  a high schooler. Ivey is reputed to be a scorer that has strong athleticism. He was an honorable mention all-state player that may be somewhat of a ... Read More »

NY2LASports Swish N’ Dish recap

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The AAU basketball season kicked off this past weekend with the NY2LA Swish N’ Dish located in Mequon, WI. Not only does this event serve as the unofficial opener for AAU play, but it also brings together some of the top teams in the Midwest regardless of shoe affiliation. Teams from Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour went head to head during the event, but it was two Nike programs that advanced to the championship game. ... Read More »

Georgia doubles up post pledges

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As one of only a few high-major college basketball programs with no committed recruits for the 2014-2015 season, it was imperative for the Georgia Bulldogs to land some incoming talent. They did just that on Saturday, securing verbal pledges from two recruits in short order, as 6′-8″ power forward Yante Manten and 6′-11″ center Fred Iduwe both reportedly committed. Of the two, Manten is regarded as the better prospect. He had a tremendous senior season, netting ... Read More »