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Weekend basketball recruiting news catch-up

After the third college basketball recruiting “live” period in July concluded, commitments and narrowed recruiting lists have come in a steady clip over the last week.

Naji Marshall (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Naji Marshall (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Arguably the most notable news was Washington bypassing Auburn (who bolstered the previous top ranked group by adding Chuma Okeke just a week ago) for the No. 1 recruiting class in the 2017 cycle to date, by adding big man Mamoudou Diarra. Not far behind Washington’s success is what Xavier accomplished over the course of a couple days, as the Musketeers landed two top-100 caliber players in wings Elias Harden and Naji Marshall.

In terms of elite prospects narrowing their lists, Las Vegas guard Troy Brown is down to eight schools, while Norman North (OK) scorer and U18 gold medalist Trae Young has six contenders left. Also, two standouts from the Under Armour-sponsored Indy Hoosiers trimmed their lists, as Paul Scruggs is down to five and Kris Wilkes has eleven programs on his mind.

There was also some buzz in the ACC as Clemson added a prospect for both 2016 and 2017, and North Carolina struck early (again) in the 2018 class, keeping point guard Coby White at home.

  • Talented point guard Lavar Batts, who had a strong spring and and summer on the CP3 team has seven contenders remaining for his services. Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Georgia and VCU have made the cut to land him.
  • It’s like to be a Big Ten battle for 6′-5″ top-100 wing forward Kyle Young of Jackson (OH). Young trimmed his list of suitors to Big Ten programs Ohio State, Michigan, and Purdue, along with Butler and Clemson.
  • New head coach Steve Pikiell undoubtedly has an uphill battle to revive the moribund Rutgers program, but it never hurts to have a point guard on board for the future. The Scarlet Knights landed Proctor Academy (MA) prospect Geo Baker earlier in the week. At 6′-1″, Baker had mostly mid-major suitors.
  • Brandon Rachal, a powerful wing from Louisiana, narrowed his list to nine college programs. According to a Tweet from Rachal, Auburn, LSU, NC State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane, VCU and Stephen F. Austin are the remaining schools he is considering.
  • Winter Park (FL) combo forward Wyatt Wilkes announced his top five school consist of Butler, Creighton, Missouri, Georgia Tech and Florida State.
  • One of the most sought-after forward prospects in the Northeast, Andre Rafus (a Baltimore native) named his “final” seven programs in recent days. According to a video Rafus posted, Kentucky, Kansas, NC State, TCU, Georgetown, Seton Hall, and Butler.
  • It never hurts to a have a true seven-footer on board, and top 100 center Victor Uyaelunmo of Florida has had no shortage of college basketball programs in hot pursuit. Uyaelunmo named in-state programs Florida and Miami, along with Illinois, Connecticut, USC, Tennessee and Vanderbilt as remaining in contention.
  • McKinley Wright, a solid 6′-0″ point guard from Minnesota named his in-state Golden Gophers program, along with Memphis, Iowa State, Dayton, and Xavier as his finalists.

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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