College programs are seemingly moving quickly to load, or in some cases reload, their programs with talent via 2011 recruiting classes. As top 100 players have been flying off the board lately, we thought it would be appropriate and interesting to check up on the remaining top 100 talent available. All rankings are taken from the post-summer class of 2011 consensus rankings. By our count, 27 of the original 100 remain on the board as class of 2011 recruits. Here is a brief update on the progression these player’s recruitments have taken, with recently written articles linked in most cases.
- #3, Quincy Miller, 6′-8″, PF, Westchester Country Day (NC) – Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported that Miller is down to Baylor and Louisville as his finalists. It’s unclear how Baylor’s current strife within its program will effect Miller’s recruitment. Miller may be a package deal with #36 Bello.
- #8, Adonis Thomas, 6′-6″, SF, Melrose (TN) – Attended last night’s Memphis Madness, and long thought of as a Memphis player to lose. Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and UCLA are all on the list for now, but none seem especially likely at this point.
- #9, LeBryan Nash, 6′-7″, SF, Lincoln (TX) – At Kansas last night, with #23 McLemore and #47 Chol. Nash is a tough read with Oklahoma State and Baylor in hot pursuit.
- #19, DeAndre Daniels, 6′-8″, SF, IMG Academy (FL) – Was scheduled to attended NC State’s “Red Rally” last night. Daniels has fallen off the radar screen after moving to Florida to finish high school. The sense is that Daniels is wide open to persuasion at this point, after decommitting from Texas.
- #21, Cody Zeller, 6′-10″, C, Washington (IN) – Another very interesting recruitment. Indiana fans have been increasingly confident in recent times that they will land him, but North Carolina is still heavily in the mix. One would think if the Tar Heels play well and brother Tyler excels, that would help as well. Butler is also on the list.
- #22, Quinn Cook, 6′-1″, PG, Oak Hill Academy (VA) – The popular belief is that Cook will decide between Duke and North Carolina, with Villanova and UCLA trailing. Cook’s connection to Duke appears stronger with the DC Assault player history at Duke, and Nolan Smith also present. Cook was in the house at Duke last night. Naadir Tharpe to Kansas and Josiah Turner to Arizona presumably crossed those schools off Cook’s list.
- #23, Ben McLemore, 6′-5″, SF, Oak Hill Academy (VA) – As mentioned above, McLemore tripped to Kansas. McLemore has long been believed to be a Kansas/Missouri two horse race.
- #32, Rodney Hood, 6′-7″, SF, Meridian (MS) – Reported to be making a decision next week. Louisville and Florida State are believed to be the leaders, though Hood has made official trips to Marquette and Alabama as well. Mississippi State and Georgetown are also on the final list.
- #36, Deuce Bello, 6′-3″, SG, Westchester Country Day (NC) – Baylor and Louisville are both pursuing Bello and AAU/high school teammate Miller. Bello’s list also included Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest and Clemson, as of September.
- #37, Nick Faust, 6′-5″, SG, City College (MD) – Faust was in the house at Maryland last night, as will reportedly announce on October 28 on ESPNU. The other finalists are Florida State and Villanova. Oregon State and Marquette are also in the picture.
- #38, Michael Chandler, 6′-10″, C, Lawrence North (IN) – The former Louisville commit was at Providence last night with AAU teammate #63 Ryan Boatright. Presumably both Chandler and Boatright would see pretty immediate playing time in their first year at PC. Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana are reportedly finalists.
- #39, Trevor Lacey, 6′-3″, SG, Butler (AL) – The believed 5th member of Kentucky’s 2011 recruiting class, Lacey will most likely be a spring signee. Lacey’s list is said to include Auburn, Alabama, Kansas and UConn.
- #40, Amir Williams, 6′-10″, C, Detroit Country Day (MI) – Williams has been relatively under-publicized. It is known that Williams hosted Michigan, DePaul, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Purdue and Florida in his home.
- #42, Adjehi Baru, 6′-9″, PF, Steward School (VA) – The finalists for Baru are North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and College of Charleston.
- #47, Angelo Chol, 6′-8″, C, Hoover (CA) – Chol has Washington, Alabama, North Carolina, Kansas and Alabama under consideration.
- #48, Dai-Jon Parker, 6′-3″, SG, Milton (GA) – Parker has quite the geographically diverse list of schools at this point. Georgia, Vanderbilt, Rhode Island, Oregon State, Florida and Charlotte are believed to be in the hunt.
- #51, Chasson Randle, 6′-1″, PG, Rock Island (IL) – City/Suburban Hoops report updated folks on Randle, Shaw and Boatright. Purdue, Illinois and Stanford are all salivating at the prospect of getting Randle on campus.
- #55, Norvel Pelle, 6′-8″, PF, Price (CA) – As of late September, Pelle told Zagsblog that his list consisted of “St. John’s, UTEP, UConn and the whole PAC 10 except Arizona.”
- #63, Ryan Boatright, 5′-10″, PG, Aurora East (IL) – City/Suburban Hoops report updated folks on Randle, Shaw and Boatright. Providence and West Virginia appear to have the best shots.
- #64, Mike Shaw, 6′-8″, PF, De La Salle (IL) – City/Suburban Hoops report updated folks on Randle, Shaw and Boatright. DePaul, Illinois, Marquette and West Virginia all are positioning for Shaw.
- #69, Amir Garrett, 6′-5″, SF, Findlay Prep (NV) – Reported via Twiitter that he has decided his college choice but has not announced it. St. John’s and Oregon were believed to be the finalists.
- #74, Nick Jacobs, 6′-8″, PF, South Atlanta (GA) – Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Florida are duking it out for Jacobs.
- #80, Dom Pointer, 6′-6″, SF, Quality Education Academy (NC) – Pointer will make his decision between St. John’s and Michigan.
- #81, Jabarie Hinds, 5′-11″, PG, Mount Vernon (NY) – UConn is believed to be the leader, with West Virginia and UNLV also in the mix.
- #91, Shane Larkin, 6′-0″, PG, Dr. Phillips (FL) – Larkin has an eclectic list that includes, South Florida, George Mason, Colorado, Central Florida, Boston College and others.
- #92, David Gardner, 6′-7″, SF, Okolona (MS) – Gardner was in the house at Memphis last night. The Tigers are on Gardner’s list with Mississippi State, Auburn and UTEP.
- #93, Desmond Hubert, 6′-9″, PF, New Egypt (NJ) – Hubert is considering Georgia Tech, Maryland, Princeton, Villanova, and Wake Forest.
Note: #95 Myles Davis, a 6′-3″ shooting guard from Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA) has reclassified to the class of 2012.--------------------------------------------
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