A solid number of commitments at every spectrum of college basketball programs have popped off in recent days, here’s a quick recap of the notable pledges:
UNLV snagged California power forward Christian Wood. The 6′-8″ big man is firmly ranked by most sources as a Top 50 prospect in the Class of 2013. Wood hails from Palmdale, CA, and runs with Southern California All-Stars on the AAU circuit. He’s the first recruit that Dave Rice has landed since becoming the Running Rebels new head coach. UNLV previously had Nigel Williams-Goss committed in the 2013 class, but he re-opened his recruitment with the departure of coach Lon Kruger to Oklahoma. Clearly, this is a huge additionn for UNLV.
Penn landed a dandy Class of 2012 guard from the nation’s capital in Jamal Lewis, a 6′-2″ prospect from Sidwell Friends (DC), multiple sources are reporting. He is the DC Assault summer program, and is capable of playing either guard position for the Quakers. He averaged 16 points and four assists per game as a high school junior.
The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that Utah State landed Sky View (UT) incoming junior Jalen Moore, who’s said to be a 6′-7″ shooting guard, and the son of a former Aggie star.
Radford scored 6′-6″ shooting guard Kyle Noreen, a 2011 prospect from Minneapolis. His brother Kevin, plays at West Virginia.
Cleveland State dipped into the Class of 2012 for in-state big man Malik London, a 6′-8″ interior prospect from Chillicothe (OH). London plays on the grassroots circuit for the Ohio Basketball Club.
John Simons, a 6′-8″ 2012 PF from Cadillac (MI) pledged to Central Michigan. Simons, who plays for the Grand Rapids Storm during spring and summer, received a scholarship offer in conjunction with a team event on campus, and didn’t take long to accept.
There wasn’t much question that coach Pat Skerry could recruit while an assistant in the Big East. When he accepted the head coaching position at Towson, that track record has continued, as Skerry is rebuilding the program with a quickness. The latest player on the hit parade is 5′-11″ Frank Mason, a scoring point guard from Petersburg (VA). Mason averaged 27 points per game as a high school junior, and plays for Team Loaded alongside NC State pledge Tyler Lewis.
For those fans that wish college basketball was a year-round sport, the College Basketball Newcomers Guide paperback and Kindle book previews the incoming recruits for every team nationally. There’s no need to wait until Fall to learn about the new names in college basketball that will be starring on the hardwood.
Kellon Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.