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Weekend basketball recruiting news catch-up

Troy Baxter (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Troy Baxter (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

6′-7″ forward Troy Baxter was considered a borderline top-100 prospect in the 2016 class, and a very promising athlete when he signed with South Florida.

Now, Baxter is no longer matriculating to South Florida, according to a Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

Daniels reported that Baxter has turned an eye directly towards the West Coast, and is down to Arizona State, UCLA and UNLV.

A tremendous finisher and athlete in transition, Baxter starred at Oldsmar Christian (FL) last year and for Team Breakdown on the grassroots circuit.

He would presumably see the most early playing time in the complete rebuild going on at UNLV, though the Pac-12 certainly has its own appeal.

Baxter is not the only 2016 prospect to recently become available though, as wing forward KeJuan Johnson reportedly parted ways with Rutgers and is available as well.

News and Notes

  • It’s been a big week for talented wing Jordan Tucker. Formerly a New York high school prospect, Tucker (a top 100 senior) announced he was transferring to the powerhouse program at Wheeler (GA) for his senior season, and also named eight finalists for his college services. Duke, Villanova, Louisville, Indiana, USC, Syracuse, Arizona and Maryland made the cut to land Tucker.
  • Another Atlanta-area prospect, Rayshaun Hammonds (the No. 55 prospect nationally) trimmed his recruitment list on Sunday. The Norcross (GA) power forward included Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Western Kentucky, Texas, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Miami and Georgia State among his finalists.
  • Colorado landed the equivalent of a 2017 recruit, in Netherlands native Alexander Strating, a 6′-7″ forward. BuffZone.com reported Strating will enroll as a walk-on this year (Colorado’s scholarship allotment is full) and be on scholarship for the 2017-2018 year and beyond. Strating played at the Canarias Basketball Academy prior to coming to Boulder.
  • Anthony Polite (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
    Anthony Polite (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

    An in-state duo consists of the finalists to land Florida guard Anthony Polite of St. Andrew’s (FL). Polite announced he’ll pick either Miami or Florida State on Tuesday, after averaging 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists per game as a junior.

  • The recruitment of top 20 wing Lonnie Walker has been narrowed down to five programs. Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova, Arizona and Miami are the finalists for the blue chip shooter.
  • Another 2017 wing, Devondre Perry trimmed his list to include Temple, Virginia Tech, USC, Kansas State and Seton Hall.
  • Though his impact may not be felt for a few years, Rocky Mountain (ID) center Kolby Lee could end up as a solid addition for BYU. Lee is expected to take a church mission for two years before landing at BYU for the 2019 season, but showed himself to be one of the better big men regionally.

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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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