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Weekly College Basketball Recruiting Beat (11-27-11) – NBA Draft Entry Awaiting Finalization

News broke in the early morning hours Saturday that the NBA and its players had reached an agreement going forward to start a shortened professional season on Christmas Day. While that’s well and good for fans of the game, it still remains to be seen how the new collective bargaining agreement will affect the NBA draft age, and thus college basketball and recruiting.

Nothing is finalized at this point, as the draft age is a so-called “B” issue. Clearly, salary and revenue-sharing the chief issues at hand, and the draft will be sorted out after the resolution of monetary issues for current players and team owners.

As it stands now, the latest from Yahoo! is that the current “one-and-done” rule will remain until a committee can be formed to study the issue. There seems to be, at least anecdotally, some interest in high school players being allowed to declare for the draft as in the past. If that is allowed, there is also information floating around that some would like to see two yeas of college play for athletes that do not enter the draft. On the other hand, the current setup allows NBA teams to mostly forgo the time and expense of scouting high school players, and in turn allows them to use college basketball to vet the prospects and see if they will produce at a higher level.

There isn’t anything concrete that has been settled for now, and the draft appears to be beyond the top peg of the bargaining totem pole. While it’s probably good for the game, overall, to have the NBA back, college basketball fans will have to wait and see the ultimate impact on the college game. For now, it would seem most likely that things will stay the same for the 2012 draft, with any changes being out in the future.

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Quick Notes

  • Could fans see 6′-8″ Jarnell Stokes in the college ranks sooner than they expected? After being denied the opportunity to play at Southwind (TN) this year following a transfer from Central (TN), it is apparently “an option” that the talented big man may enroll in college in January, according to a report in the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. Stokes is probably rusty, having not played a competitive game since the summer, but his combination of size and strength would be a welcome addition to a college team, if he chooses that route. For awhile, Stokes has been expect to pick between Memphis and Arkansas, with Kentucky also involved. This may be a situation worth closely monitoring over the next month or so, as he’s good enough to contribute this year for the schools on his list, as a reserve.
  • UNLV’s Saturday night win over the top ranked team in the country, North Carolina, certainly couldn’t hurt their pursuit of a tandem of top-10 ranked prospects in the Class of 2012, 6′-6″ wing forward Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (NV) and 6′-8″ power forward Anthony Bennett of Findlay Prep (NV). In particular, Muhammad and his Bishop Gorman teammates were in attendance at the game, according to Ryan Greene of
  • Nate Britt is set to make a decision on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. The 2013 point guard from Gonzaga Prep (DC) is expected to decide between a list that includes North Carolina, Maryland, Duke, Arizona and Georgetown. Many consider Britt to be the second best point guard nationally in his class, behind Andrew Harrison of Fort Bend (TX). He’s the type of lead guard that teammates love to play with, as he has the ability to set the table for his squad, but can also score and act like a coach on the floor.
  • A report came out earlier in the week that Denver native Chris Thomas, a 6′-5″ guard from the 2013 class, is down to three schools, Kentucky, Xavier and Florida. While it’s too early in Thomas’ recruitment to say he’s “down” to any amount of schools, especially as he works to resolve off the court and academic issues, being on the short list certainly is promising for the listed schools. With that said there’s plenty of time for new schools to get involved, as well as for Thomas to mature and be recruitable for more programs.
  • North Carolina’s sole 2013 commit at this time, live body power forward Isaiah Hicks, hasn’t hit the hardwood just yet this year. After transferring from Body of Christ (NC) to Webb (NC), Hicks is waiting on paperwork and eligibility issues, according to reports. In the long run, it appears to be a positive move, as Hicks should be able to get on track to play as a freshman for the Tar Heels.
  • If you could pick any high school basketball player in the country and make a “dream team”, who would be on it? Check out the squad we put together for SlamOnline. One surprise is that the team includes more underclassmen starters, than it does upperclassmen. The elite talent at the top of the 2013 class found their way into the starting lineup on our dream team, which illustrates how much potential and production this class is already known for.
  • There won’t be any “swoosh” in view at this year’s McDonald’s All America games, as adidas has outbid Nike for the rights, according to Darren Rovell of CNBC.

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  • Sajae Pryor, 6′-4″, 2012, SF, Long Island
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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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