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Weekend basketball recruiting news catch-up

Pittsburgh added a servicable big man to new head coach Kevin Stallings’ first class for the Panthers. 6′-10″ post Terrell Brown was arguably the most important pledge of the weekend when he committed to Pitt, per multiple reports.

Brown joins Paul VI (VA) point guard Aaron Thompson as pledges to Pitt for 2017 at this point. Brown should hit campus with an extra year of maturity, as he finished out high school at St. Andrew’s (RI) and is doing a post-graduate year at Tilton School (NH).

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Brown also had scholarship offers from Purdue and DePaul, among others.

Brown should bring size and versatility to the frontline at Pitt, as he is a quality passer and above-average shooter for his position. For the future, Brown could add to his offensive versatility by developing in the paint.

News and Notes

  • Andre Rafus, a top 125 forward, is down to four schools, including TCU, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Kansas. Rafus, a native of Baltimore, plays at Roselle Catholic (NJ).
  • Just a week after narrowing his list to 10 schools, point guard Trevon Duvall trimmed UCLA of his list, in a public twitter post. Duvall is the consensus top point guard prospect in the country.
  • The nation’s No. 30 prospect, 6′-4″ Bishop Gorman (NV) guard Charles O’Bannon set four official visit dates. The son of the former UCLA great has trips set to the Bruins (Sept. 30 to Oct. 2), USC ( Oct. 7-9), NC State (Oct. 21-23), and Texas (Nov. 11-13).
  • Baylor got on the board early in the 2019 class, snaring a pledge from 6′-3″ guard Jordyn Adams of Silsbee (TX).  Adams reportedly already had other Big-12 interest averaged 13 points and 4 assists per game for a team which reached the Texas 4A state championship game during his only high school season to date.
  • St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) guard David Beatty, a borderline top 100 prospect, has Maryland, Indiana, Georgetown, UConn and LaSalle as his five finalists.
  • While Harvard has traditionally drawn much of the recruiting attention in the Ivy League, there are plenty programs getting it done as well. Florida post Paul Atkinson, a 6′-8″ prospect, pledged to Yale over the weekend and projects as a multi-year starter in the paint. The same can be thought of 6′-4″ guard Jelani Williams, who will add versatility to Penn, where he committed over th weekend. The Washington D.C. guard can play in either backcourt slot.
  • One time Texas Tech commit Shawntrez Davis is expected to be a top notch player in the junior college ranks this season at Palm Beach State JC (FL). After a quality freshman season, he committed to Nevada, where he could play right away as a junior.
  • California reportedly parted ways with 2017 guard commit Alec Hickman.

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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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