Brewster Academy (NH) has one of the most talented prep school teams in the country, with two Top 25 prospects in the Class of 2012 as the biggest names on a star-studded roster. 6′-10″ power forward Mitch McGary and 6′-7″ small forward TJ Warren both had good summer performances, and are considered among the elite prospects in the country. While numerous high-major programs have been involved in McGary and Warren’s recruitments, they are set to make verbal commitments this week, leaving only two schools happy with their respective choices.
McGary, who writes a diary on ESPNHS.com, wrote this week that he will declare “next week sometime” according to his latest entry. He’s considered by many to be the #2 recruitin the 2012 class, behind Bishop Gorman (NV) wing Shabazz Muhammad.
The blur of interior activity mentioned that he is down to Florida, Duke and Michigan, though the latter two are considered the primary favorites. In recent days, there’s a growing amount of speculation that Michigan may be the team to beat here. The Chesterton, IN, native would join his SYF Players teammate Glenn Robinson if he popped for the Wolverines, but Duke and Florida are legitimate players after Maryland and North Carolina were cut from the list.
Raleigh, NC, native TJ Warren may head home for college, as NC State and Georgetown are his final two. Unlike McGary, Warren has set a date for his declaration, and it is Wednesday. For what it’s worth, McGary apparently believes it’s more likely than not that Warren will commit to NC State. Like McGary, Warren was also considering North Carolina, prior to Brice Johnson committing. Warren has the makings of a college star, as he’s a strong wing with good size at 6′-7″ that can shoot from deep. He’s got all the potential in the world.
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- In an era of specialization, 6′-4″ shooting guard Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern stands out. He’s starring on the gridiron this fall, before returning to the hardwood, where he’s a Top 25 national prospect. His recruitment has been relatively secretive, and quite frankly there hasn’t been much leaked out of his camp. Apparently, the current plan is for Harris to sign in the early signing period, which is less than two weeks away, with trips already taken to Purdue, Indiana and Kentucky, and a final visit scheduled with Michigan State.
- Tennessee has their second pledge in the Class of 2012, D’Montre Edwards. The 6′-6″ forward from Brevard CC (FL) averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds as a freshman last year, and was also reportedly considering Texas A&M, Mississippi State, DePaul and the College of Charleston. Edwards is a native of South Carolina that should be able to make an impact when he hits campus.
- Former Michigan State signee Dwaun Anderson has apparently landed at Wagner. The 6′-4″ wing is an elite athlete, that dealt with personal tragedy in the death of his mother, prior to deciding not to matriculate to play in East Lansing. Last year’s Michigan Mr. Basketball will reportedly join the hoops team at Wagner next season. Since taking over the reins at Wagner, coach Danny Hurley has seriously upgraded the talent level, but Anderson rates as an exceptional score, if he is able to mentally get back into the game of basketball. Anderson could potentially be an NBA prospect, a definite rarity at Wagner.
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- Texas Tech picked up an interesting commitment in 6′-10″ center Rodrigo Silva, a native of Brazil. Silva plays at Laramie County CC, but it’s been reported that the big man will redshirt this year, and have three seasons of eligibility for the Red Raiders. He was good for 13 points and 9 rebounds per game as a freshman in a strong junior college basketball league.
- Well-traveled JC prospect Elijah Pittman has pledged to Marshall, according to Brian Snow of Scout.com. The power forward is a native of Kentucky that played at Chipola JC (FL), prior to moving on to Lamar State (TX). At 6′-9″, he’s talented but needs to avoid off the court drama.
- David Laury, 6′-8″, JC, PF, Iona
- Kyprianos Maragkos, 6′-9″, 2012, C, George Washington
- Telvin Falzon, 6′-7″, 2012, F, Sacred Heart
- Beau Beach, 6′-6″, 2012, F, North Florida
- John Burke, 6′-3″, 2012, G, UMKC
- Ben Millaud, 6′-3″, 2012, G, Saint Francis (PA)
- Chris Reyes, 6′-7″, 2012, F, St. Mary’s
- Justin Sears, 6′-7″, 2012, F, Yale
- Ben Freeland, 6′-10″, 2012, C, Lafayette
- Isaiah Baker, 6′-7″, 2012, F, Holy Cross
- Marcellous Bell, 5′-11″, 2012, G, Binghamton
- Kevin Creschenzi, 6′-2″, 2012, G, Dartmouth
- Alex Phillips, 6′-2″, JC, G, Eastern Illinois
- CJ Neumann, 6′-7″, 2012, F, Wofford
- Elijah Ray, 6′-6″, 2012, F, IUPUI
- Blake Hibbits, 6′-6″, 2012, F, Samford
- Caleb Dressler, 6′-10″, 2012, C, Hawaii
- Cole Huff, 6′-7″, 2012, F, Nevada
- LC Cooks, 6′-1″, 2012, Hampton
- Dionte Adams, 6′-7″, 2012, Hampton
- DJ Mason, 6′-5″, 2012, F, Campbell
- Malik Garner, 6′-5″, 2012, F, UMBC
- Jordan Montgomery, 6′-3″, 2012, G, Kennesaw State
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