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Weekend basketball recruiting news catch-up

Point guard play is always at a premium, and that axiom is perhaps more true in the 2017 class due to the absence of premium quality backcourt prospects.

With that in mind, Makai Ashton-Langford, a recent transfer to the elite prep program at Brewster Academy (NH) is an even more valued recruit in the Northeast and beyond.

His play for one of the top grassroots teams on the circuit impressed many, running the show for the Mass Rivals. Ashton-Langford now has trips set to Connecticut, Louisville and Providence. If none of those three programs can lock him down, Ashton-Langford will be able to make a couple more trips.

News and Notes

  • Michigan forward Jamal Cain narrowed his list to a final four schools, with the in-state Wolverines, along with Marquette, Georgia and Florida State making the cut.
  • Norcross (GA) forward Lance Thomas has decided where he’ll take his official visits during the fall, according to multiple reports. The Top 100 prospect will head to the Sunshine State to visit Florida and Miami, followed by trips to Louisville and USC.
  • Canadian point guard Lindell Wigginton has proven his game playing at Oak Hill Academy (VA), one of the premier high school basketball programs nationally. A top 50 prospect in the ’17 class, he named a top seven schools of Arizona State, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Baylor, Texas and Louisville.
  • After narrowing his list to eight programs at the end of July, Las Vegas guard Troy Brown now has official visits set. He’ll be out on the road in September and October, taking in Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, Kansas and Georgetown.
  • Along with Brown, another top 20 prospect is making some headway in his recruitment. La Lumiere (IN) forward Brian Bowen has a dozen of college basketball’s premier programs left under consideration, as Arizona, UCLA, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Kentucky, Oregon, Creighton, Kansas, UNLV and NC State were announced as his finalists.
  • Five schools remain in the mix for Top 100 forward Tyler Polley, a prospect from Florida. He announced Pittsburgh, UConn, Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Dayton are his finalists.
  • Florida forward RaiQuan Gray, a top 100 prospect, is set to announce his decision on Monday. Just a week ago, Gray narrowed his list to six programs: Mississippi, Maryland, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Baylor.
  • A Tuesday announcement is in the works for Terrence Lewis, a 6′-6″ forward from Milwaukee. The pledge will come on the heels of Lewis trimming his list to four programs a week ago, Marquette, Illinois, UNLV and Iowa State (where he recently visited).
  • Prolific Prep (CA) forward Abu Kigab, by way of Canada, has a top six programs. Illinois, Tennessee, USC, UCLA, Oregon, and California all made the cut for the top 100 prospect.
  • East Carolina snagged a 2017 shooter in KJ Davis.
  • Rutgers was able to add depth for the 2016 season by adding Canadian big man Eugene Omoruyi.
  • Anthony Gaines also got into the act of trimming his list, as Butler, Dayton, Michigan, Northwestern, Cincinnati, and George Washington were all named as his finalists.
  • Minnesota power forward Theo John has his first two official visits set up, as John will trek to California at the end of August, and Marquette at the beginning of September.

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About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. 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.

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