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Weekly Recruiting Beat (4-25-11) – College Basketball Recruiting News & Notes

Ware Will Kevin End Up?

After being released from his letter of intent to Tennessee, the recruitment of 6′-4″ guard Kevin Ware was expected to be hot and heavy. In-state Georgia, Louisville, UCLA and others were thought to be the major players for Ware’s college services.

After a quick trip to Central Florida, Ware has made his surprising pledge. As some have noted, due to NCAA regulations, Ware cannot sign a letter of intent. Prior to making his Central Florida pledge, Ware was selected to play in the Derby Festival game. His appearance in Louisville, KY, raised some interesting questions as to whether the Cardinals would try to get back in the picture.

Ware did end up playing in the Derby Festival, after lukewarmly affirming his commitment. The stress of his recruitment may have gotten to Ware, though, as he put up equal turnovers and assists in the game, with 8 in both categories.

In theory, Ware is not technically bound to any school at this point — and it does seem too early to close the door on his recruitment just yet.

Quick Notes from the Recruiting Beat

  • New Mexico was probably pleased to win out in the battle for 6′-8″ forward Jarion Henry’s services. He pledged to the Lobos last night in a televised announcement. Despite the controversy regarding his YouTube proclamation that he’s a “one and done”, Henry is likely to be a solid contributor to New Mexico for several seasons.
  • Kansas State landed one of the best JUCO guards left in the country in Jeremy Jones. The former Simeon (IL) star was a Wildcats lean for awhile, and could be a nice impact player next year.
  • Midland CC (TX) has pumped out numerous high-major prospects this year, and put another into the D-1 ranks, as 6′-5″ wing Guy Landry pledged to Gonzaga. The courtship was short, as the Zags reportedly only pursued Landry for a couple weeks.
  • Drake grabbed 6′-2″ 2012 guard Micah Mason. The Highlands (PA) guard drew national headlines during the high school season, after he put up a 64 points in a game.
  • While it remains to be scene if every player hits campus in fall, Texas Tech now has nine players locked up for next season, with the pledge of Mervyn Lindsay, a 6′-5″ wing forward from Canyon Springs (CA).
  • It didn’t take 6′-9″ wing Dwight Meikle long to find a collegiate home after being released from his letter of intent to St. John’s. He signed with Hampton, along with Quality Education Academy (NC) teammate Keron Brown.
  • 6′-8″ forward Casey Carroll of Kiski (PA) picked Drexel over Northeastern.

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