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Weekly Recruiting Beat (5-30-11) – College Basketball Recruiting News & Notes

Kentucky, Oregon Land Quality Transfers

Both Oregon and Kentucky scored nice additions via the transfer route this week, as both programs added impact players.

6′-7″ forward Olu Ashaolu had a stellar season at Louisiana Tech, averaging 14 points and 9 rebounds last season for a solid team. He considered entering the NBA draft, but has ultimately landed at Oregon, picking the rising Ducks over Texas, San Diego State and Xavier. Ashaolu has only one season remaining, but should be an immediate impact player in a Pac-12 that seems relatively open.

Ashaolu should step an immediately gain a starting role. Given the way coach Dana Altman exceeded expectations with a decimated roster in his first year in Eugene, Oregon seems to be a program on the rise.

The constant addition of talent at Kentucky ensures the Wildcats are in the upper echelon of college basketball for the conceivable future. A dearth of elite prospects are uncommitted at point guard in the Class of 2012, which makes the addition of Ryan Harrow, a 6′-0″ freshman transfer from NC State, all the more important.

Harrow is ideally skilled for the dribble drive motion offense, and is a lithe and quick guard that can penetrate and distribute. Harrow was solid in averaging 9 points and 3 rebounds as freshman in the ACC. If he can get stronger and more durable during his transfer season, Harrow, formerly the #23 nationally ranked player in the Class of 2010, will make a big splash in the SEC.

A scan of our Top 60 prospects in the Class of 2012 doesn’t show a true and uncommitted point guard considering Kentucky, with the exception of 6′-2″ LJ Rose of Texas, and Harrow effectively ensures the vaunted Kentucky offense will have a quality distributor in place, if incoming recruit Marquis Teague follows in his predecessors, Brandon Knight and John Wall, and enters the NBA after his freshman season.

Quick Notes

  • If you missed it, we’ve posted our Top 25 Team Recruiting Class rankings for the Class of 2011.
  • Connecticut, the reigning national champion, is in big on two of the top big men in the Class of 2012. Brewster Academy (NH) center Mitch McGary, a native of Chesterton, IN, made an unofficial trip to campus over the weekend. Additionally, there’s still the matter of St. Thomas More (CT) center Andre Drummond. The Huskies are still presumed to be the leader in a recruitment that has been tightly held to the vest of Drummond. Should the Huskies land both Drummond and McGary they would hold two of the top five post prospects in the 2012 class.
  • The third session of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball Season was in Los Angeles, CA, this weekend. We have stories, stats and rosters linked.
  • Maryland lost 2012 WF commit Justin Anderson, but will face him in ACC league play. The athletic wing has swapped the Terrapins for Virginia.
  • Former Tennessee signee Kevin Ware is now headed to Louisville.

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Kellon 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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