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Weekend basketball recruiting news catch-up

As summer turns to fall, it’s hard to imagine the sneaker wars still being on-going without a respite, but the weekend’s events were a perfect illustration of the high-stakes world of elite recruits.

Under Armour’s longtime Elite 24 event was once again televised on ESPNU, but like last year, Nike decided to offer an alternative to its stable of players, taking them to the Bahamas for an exhibition game against a local team. While the Elite 24 offered a high-quality roster of players, the group of prospects Nike took to the Bahamas certainly could have bolstered the game.

As expected, the locals in the Bahamas didn’t offer much resistance to Nike’s EYBL select team, as guards Collin SextonMatt Coleman and Troy Brown all looked good, and Wendell Carter, P.J. Washington and Mitchell Robinson (Western Kentucky) all had terrific moments in the paint.

On the Under Armour side of things, Trevon DuvalZion WilliamsonIsaiah WashingtonAustin Wiley (Auburn commit) and Hamidou Diallo all performed well under the bright lights.

News and Notes

Ira Lee (Under Armour)
Ira Lee (Under Armour)
  • After narrowing his list to nine schools just two weeks ago, the picture is getting clearer for big man Ira Lee of California. Multiple reports indicated Lee will trek to Texas, Oregon and Arizona for his official trips, so it could be likely the Prolific Prep (CA) post ends up in the Pac-12 when its all said and done.
  • Cincinnati got a second recruit on the board for the 2017 recruiting cycle, as Canadian big man Eliel Nsoseme reportedly popped for the Bearcats on Sunday. He reportedly places on the grassroots circuit for the Northern Kings, and joins Texas shooting guard Trevor Moore in the class so far.
  • TCU received a boost as 6′-8″ forward Kouat Noi is set to reclassify from the ’17 class to join the Horned Frogs this year. Hailing from Australia, Noi is capable of contributing in either post slot. He has honed his game playing at famed Montverde Academy (FL) and looks to be a significant part of the rebuilding effort for head coach Jamie Dixon and his crew.
  • Fast-rising Texas guard Jase Febres was one of the revelations of the summer, and his recruitment certainly reflects that status. In recent days, Febres named Houston, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M and Stanford all made the cut to land Febres.
  • Touted forward Aamir Sims also trimmed his list. Notre Dame, Miami, Clemson, VCU, Pittsburgh and Iowa State are all in the mix to land Sims now.

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About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, 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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