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Title: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2012, 04:17:05 pm
Every year, when we wave farewell to NBA-bound players and begin to analyze the coming season's rosters, we cast our flailing glares at recruiting class rankings.

But there is a big, big difference between that handful of elite freshmen and the rest of the top-100 recruiting rankings. Despite the attention we pay to the number of top-100 prospects in each recruiting class, and the high hopes every fan base has for every player with little "100" icons next to his likeness on recruiting sites, it seems we are at least slightly overrating -- and sometimes drastically -- overrating the latter. (http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/59786/do-fans-overrate-top-100-players)
 
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The No. 46 player in Cannon's list in the class of 2011 was LSU's Johnny O'Bryant, who had a nice season but ranked just No. 45 in Cannon's final appraisal. In 2012, the No. 46-ranked player in the ESPNU top 100 is Villanova commit Ryan Arcidiacono, the No. 6-ranked point guard in the class. The way Arcidiacono's strengths are discussed by scouts ("ultra skilled and super competitive with an exemplary feel for the game and unwavering confidence," "incredible passer who sees absolutely everything," "master of misdirection") might make you think he's a lock for Big East Freshman of the Year. More likely, he will have a season in the range of his ranking; more likely, he'll be a nice player in relatively marginal minutes as a freshman, with a bright future awaiting him in subsequent seasons.

There is always room for pleasant surprises in recruiting, just as there is always room for major disappointment. But odds are, if your recruiting class doesn't contain one of the best 10 or (maybe) 20 players in the country, your team is focused not on the sexy one-year turnaround but rather on the far less sexy, but no less important, long-term improvement.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jamie72921 on June 06, 2012, 05:06:52 pm
Absolutely they do.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: BigSexyHog on June 06, 2012, 05:27:00 pm
Absolutely they do.

yep
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: Breems on June 06, 2012, 09:52:47 pm
I don't think so.  Perhaps it depends on the fanbase.

Look at JaCorey Williams and Michael Qualls, for example.  Both are ranked within the Top 150 (I know the article is about the Top 100) by major recruiting services, yet none of our fans seem to be placing high expectations on them.  The general consensus is that they'll be average players in their first few years, at best.  Then you have the Top 50, a whole different beast that stirs up a fair amount of excitement.  See Bobby Portis/members from last year's class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: SWD26 on June 07, 2012, 07:57:31 am
I don't think so.  Perhaps it depends on the fanbase.

Look at JaCorey Williams and Michael Qualls, for example.  Both are ranked within the Top 150 (I know the article is about the Top 100) by major recruiting services, yet none of our fans seem to be placing high expectations on them.  The general consensus is that they'll be average players in their first few years, at best.  Then you have the Top 50, a whole different beast that stirs up a fair amount of excitement.  See Bobby Portis/members from last year's class.

Very good points Breems. I also think the internet age has helped to add to the hype when it comes to recruiting. In the "old days", we would read something in the sports page of the newspaper about a recruit and didn't really think about rating. If it was a big man everybody started talking about his size, how would he match up against so and so other centers etc. It was a lot of fun talking about them but also led to much speculation and sometimes great disappointment. We just didn't have much information back then.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: Fatty McGee on June 08, 2012, 08:41:55 am
The other thing is that Top 150, or even Top 50, seems like a lofty ranking, and it is.  But the reality of it is that when you consider the Euros coming in as well, maybe 20 of these guys will have even a cup of coffee in the NBA.  Maybe 5 have careers over 5 years?

So while we feel like a recruit at that level should be dominating, Top 50 doesn't mean you're just a small step from pro talent. 

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 15, 2012, 12:22:11 pm
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '08 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

11 SF Scotty Hopson 6-5/180  (University Heights Academy) Hopkinsville, KY  UT via MS
17 PF  JaMychal Green 6-7.5/205  (St. Jude HS) Montgomery, AL  Bama
20 SF  DeAndre Liggins 6-6/180  (Brewster Academy) Wolfeboro, NH  Kentucky 
25 C   Kenny Kadji 6-10/255  (IMG Academy) Bradenton, FL  Florida -> Miami
26 PF  Trey Thompkins 6-8/220  (Norcross HS) Norcross, GA  Georgia
29 C   J'mison Morgan 6-9/265  (South Oak Cliff HS) Dallas, TX UCLA via LSU NLI -> BU 
30 PF  Eloy Vargas 6-9/220  (American Heritage School) Plantation, FL  UF -> jc -> UK
34 SF  Tony Mitchell 6-6/185  (Swainsboro HS) Swainsboro, GA  Bama dismissed
35 SF  Darius Miller 6-6/185  (Mason Co HS) Maysville, KY  Kentucky 
49 PF  Romero Osby 6-8/230 (Northeast Lauderdale HS) Meridian, MS  MSSt -> OU
60 PF  Terrance Henry 6-9.5/185  (Carroll HS) Monroe, LA  Mississippi 
61 PF  Allan Chaney 6-8/220  (New London HS) New London, CT  Florida -> VaTech
65 PF  Steve Tchiengang 6-8/225  (Montverde Academy) Montverde, FL  Vanderbilt
66 SF  Ray Shipman 6-5/204  (Pace HS) Pace, FL  Florida ->
67 SF  Murphy Holloway 6-7/185  (Dutch Fork HS) Irmo, SC  Ole Miss -> SC -> OM
68 PF  Delwan Graham 6-7/210  (Dunwoody HS) Dunwoody, GA  LSU -> juco -> Jax'ville
79 PG  Andrew Steele 6-3/195  (John Carroll HS) Birmingham, AL  Alabama 
82 PF  Lance Goulbourne 6-7/215  (The Hun School) Princeton, NJ  Vandy
94 C   Philip Jurick 6-11/255  (East Ridge HS) Chattanooga, TN  UT -> juco -> OkSt
95 SG  Brad Tinsley 6-3/190 (Oregon City HS) Oregon City, OR  Pepperdine NLI -> Vandy
100 SF  Renaldo Woolridge 6-8/205  (Harvard-Westlake School) N Hollywood, CA  UT -> USC   

Hopson was '11 1st Team Coaches All-SEC and '09 Freshman All-SEC. Left UT after Jr. season. Pro ball in Greece after not being drafted.

Green was '11 1st team and '12 2nd team All-SEC. He awaits the NBA draft.

Liggins was '11 All-SEC Defensive Team. Left UK after Jr. season. Orlando Magic.

Thompkins was '10 and '11 1st Team All-SEC. Left UGa after Jr. season. LA Clippers.

Mitchell was '11 2nd Team All-SEC; '10 All-Freshman Team. Dismissed from Bama in '12. Awaits draft.

Miller was '12 SEC Sixth Man of the Year. Awaits draft.

Henry was '12 Second Team All-SEC. Awaits draft.

Shipman was '10 SEC Scholar-athlete of the year and let go at Florida.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2012, 08:10:52 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '09 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

2  PG John Wall             Word of God       Kentucky
3   C  DeMarcus Cousins  Le Flore Magnet  Kentucky
7  PF  Renardo Sidney  Fairfax      Mississippi State (b/4 and after a long route)
15 SG Kenny Boynton     American Heritage  Florida
17 C  Daniel Orton      Bishop McGuinness  Kentucky
37 PG Eric Bledsoe        Peter Parker         Kentucky
41 SG John Jenkins        Station Camp       Vandy
46 SF Jon Hood             North Hopkins      Kentucky
50 PF Kenny Hall           Redan                 Tennessee
52 PF Erik Murphy          St. Mark's            Florida
63 PF Marshawn Powell  The Miller School  Arkansas
67 SF Lakeem Jackson    Christ School       South Carolina
79 PF Reginald Buckner  Memphis Manassas  Ole Miss
85 PF Jeronne Maymon   Madison Memorial  Marquette -> Vols

Wall was SEC '10 POY, 1-n-done, Washington Wizards

Cousins was SEC '10 FOY, 1-n-done, Sacramento Kings

Sidney left MS St. and was dumped by his agent on 6-14. Awaiting draft.

Boynton was '11 2nd Team and '12 1st Team All-SEC. Returning to UF for '12-13.

Orton, 1-n-done, Orlando Magic.

Bledsoe, '10 All-SEC Freshman, 1-n-done, Clippers/Bakersfield Jam

Jenkins was '11 and '12 1st Team All-SEC. Awaiting draft after leaving as Jr.

Buckner was '11 and '12 All-Defensive SEC. Returns to Ole Miss.

Powell was formerly All-SEC and missed '11-12 due to injury; back at Arkansas.

Maymon was '12 2nd Team All-SEC.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 17, 2012, 08:26:00 pm
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '08 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

94 C   Philip Jurick 6-11/255  (East Ridge HS) Chattanooga, TN  UT -> juco -> OkSt

An Oklahoma State University basketball player's bench warrant for his arrest was recalled Friday afternoon.

Center Philip Jurick, 22, was scheduled to appear in court at 1:45 Tuesday on a driving under suspension charge.  He received a letter to appear May 30.

The state appeared by its legal intern, but Jurick did not appear, according to court records.  Special Judge Michael Stano issued a $500 bench warrant for his arrest, but that warrant was recalled Friday after Stano spoke with an employee from the Payne County Sheriff's Office.

OSU police officers allege that on April 13, a black four-door sedan belonging to Jurick traveled east on the intersection McElroy Road and Knoblock Street at 41 miles per hour.  The speed limit in the area is 30 miles per hour.  Jurick then was pulled over on a traffic stop.

During the stop, Jurick handed officer Kyle McCool his Tennessee driver's license and dispatch personnel told McCool Jurick's license was suspended, according to the affidavit.

Jurick said he was unaware of the suspension and was then given a notice to appear, the affidavit says.

During the 2011-2012 basketball season, Jurick racked up 47 blocks and scored 44 points with an average of 1.6 points per game. (http://www.ocolly.com/update-osu-basketball-player-s-arrest-warrant-recalled-1.2877802#.T96Cqxx6aRh)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2012, 06:41:21 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '09 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

50 PF Kenny Hall           Redan                 Tennessee

It's been about five months since the news broke moments before a meeting between Tennessee and Arkansas at Thomspon-Boling Arena.

Kenny Hall, a 6-foot-8 forward averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Vols, was suspended indefinitely for undisclosed reasons. He missed the season's final nine games, including four postseason affairs.

Hall has rarely been seen or heard from since his Feb. 15 suspension. That is, until Monday night. (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/jun/18/kenny-hall-just-took-my-time-and-matured/)
 
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Anchoring the frontline of Campus Lights on the opening night of the Pilot Rocky Top League, Hall returned to play in front of Tennessee fans. With an array of dunks and a handful of midrange jumpers, the senior-to-be scored a game-high 32 points in a 124-117 loss to Rice Buick GMC at Bearden.

Hall was reinstated by UT coach Cuonzo Martin...

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2012, 01:36:33 pm
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '10 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

3   C  Enes Kanter      Stoneridge Prep  Kentucky
6  PG Brandon Knight  Pinecrest           Kentucky
7  PF  Tobias Harris    Triple-H             Vols
8  PF  Terrence Jones  Jefferson           Kentucky
15 PF  Patric Young     Providence        Florida
20 SF  Jelan Kendrick  Wheeler            Memphis -> Ole Miss -> Indian Hills CC
25 PG  Ryan Harrow    Walton              NC State -> Kentucky
28 SG  Doron Lamb     Oak Hill Academy  Kentucky
38 SG  Jordan McRae   Liberty County   Vols
50 PG  Trevor Releford Bishop Miege    Bama
53  C  Damontre Harris Trinity Christian  SC -> Florida
56 PG  Bruce Ellington  Berkeley          SC
59 SF  Casey Prather   Jackson Northside  Florida
60 PF  Luke Cothron   Flora MacDonald     Auburn -> Southern Idaho
67 SF  Stacey Poole, Jr.  Andrew Jackson  Kentucky -> GaTech
77 SF Matt Derenbecker  Metarie Park CDS  LSU
89 SG  Trae Golden     McEachern            Vols
92 PF  RJ Slawson       Fort Dorchester     SC
99 SC  Mardracus Wade  Chatham           Arkansas
100 SG Charles Hankerson  Coral Reef     Bama -> Wyoming

Kanter was NCAA ineligible, served as practice player; Utah Jazz

Knight, 1st Team All-SEC, 1-n-done, Detroit Pistons

Harris, 2nd Team All-SEC, 1-n-done, Milwaukee Bucks

Jones, SEC Rookie of the Year; '11 All-SEC 1st Team, '12 All-SEC 2nd Team; left after soph. season; awaiting draft

Young, SEC All-Rookie; returning for Jr. season

Kendrick was Ole Miss' first McDonalds' A-A player. He has been released.

Harrow is heir apparent as UK's PG; a sophomore.

Lamb; SEC All-Rookie; '12 2nd Team All-SEC, left after soph season; awaits draft

Releford: SEC All-Rookie, '12 2nd Team All-SEC

Ellington after SEC All-Rookie season is a two-sport star for The Ball Coach
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2012, 04:45:23 pm
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '11 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

PF  1  Anthony Davis  Perspectives Charter  Kentucky
SF  6  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  St. Patrick HS  Kentucky
SG 7  Brad Beal  Chaminade College Prep    Florida
PG 8  Marquis Teague  Pike HS                   Kentucky
SG 12 Kentavious Caldwell  Greenville        UGa
PF 20  Jarnell Stokes  Memphis Central       Tennessee
PG 23 B.J. Young  McCluer North                Arkansas
C  24  Kyle Wiltjer  Portland Jesuit             Kentucky
SF 26 Rodney Hood  Meridian                     MS State -> Duke
SF 27 Dorian Finney-Smith  I. C. Norcom     VaTech -> Florida
SG 32 Levi Randolph  Bob Jones                 Bama
SF 36  Rashad Madden  East Poinsett County  Arkansas
SG 37 Dai-Jon Parker  Alpharetta Milton       Vandy
PF 40  Johnny O'Bryant Cleveland MS East Side  LSU
PF 54  Hunter Mickelson Jonesboro Westside  Arkansas
SG 60  Trevor Lacey  Huntsville SR Butler     Bama
PG 72  Chris Jones Oak Ridge, NC Military Academy  Vols -> NWFlSt. JC
SG 84  David Gardner  Okolona                   MS State -> booted from team
PF  91   Anthony Gill  Charlotte Christian     South Carolina -> Virginia
PF 92    Nick Jacobs  South Atlanta             Bama   
PG 100  Kedren Johnson  Marshall County TN  Vandy

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2012, 08:50:54 am
Bilas scoffed at the notion that college coaches can develop NBA players.

Surely, Calipari is using his familiarity with NBA ways to transform his players into pros. No, Bilas said, neither Calipari nor any other coach is doing any such thing.

"The key phrase is 'developing pros,'" Bilas said the morning of the NBA Draft on Thursday. "Nobody is developing pros.

"It implies that coaches choose. 'I'm going to develop a pro.'" (http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/30/2244303/uk-basketball-notebook-bilas-expounds.html)
 
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"Did John decide not to make Kyle Wiltjer a pro?" Then to extend the logic, Bilas envisioned Calipari thinking, "I'll wait. I'll make him a pro later."

Why didn't Calipari develop more than five first-round picks during his nine seasons as Memphis coach? He matched that total in his first season at UK. After three seasons, there have been 11 UK players taken in the first round.

Bilas contends that these players would be drafted no matter what uniform they wore...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2012, 01:45:26 pm
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '12 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:
 
C  1   Nerlens Noel       Tilton School      Kentucky
SF 7   Alex Poythress  Clarksville, TN NE  Kentucky
SG 14 Archie Goodwin   Sylvan Hills        Kentucky
SF  25 Devonta Pollard Kemper County, MS  Bama
PG 43 Braxton Ogbueze Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy  Florida
C  48  Willie Cauley      Olathe NW         Kentucky
SG 68 Jordan Price       SW Dekalb          Auburn
SF 70 Anthony Cortesia Montverde, FL Academy  Ole Miss
SG 89 Alex Caruso A & M Consolidated HS  A&M
     
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 10, 2012, 10:42:27 am
The Boston Herald is reporting that Nerlens Noel is enrolled in summer classes in an attempt to boost his GPA to meet the NCAA standard. Noel is taking two classes at Everton High School, the school he attended for two years before transferring to Tilton.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2012, 10:55:08 am
bigleadsportsTM ranks the top 50 college basketball players coming into '12-13. (http://www.thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/07/13/50-best-players-in-college-basketball-for-the-2012-2013-season/)
 
5. Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky – Expect a highlight reel’s worth of blocks and dunks as a freshman before he leaves for the pros. Won’t be the game-changer Anthony Davis was, though.

8. BJ Young, G, Arkansas – Best player in the SEC who gets the least amount of publicity. Shot 41 percent on 3-pointers, averaged 15.2 ppg as a freshman.

11. Jarnell Stokes, F, Tennessee – Averaged a modest 9.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg in just 17 games. The SEC lost a ton of talent, and he might be the best returning frontcourt player in the league.

21. Erik Murphy, F, Florida – Quietly emerged as a very good stretch 4 – he shot 42 percent from deep. Smart player who has an underrated handle.

24. Phil Pressey, G, Missouri – Dynamic point guard surrounded by talent should put the Tigers in Final 4 contention.

29. Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky – Freshman might lead the Wildcats in scoring.

32. Alex Oriakhi, PF, Missouri – Don’t read into the transfer from Connecticut’s disappointing junior year (6.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg). The Huskies were a mess. Expect him to improve on his sophomore numbers (9.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg).

34. Kenny Boynton, Florida – Shot 40 percent on 3-pointers. Should take over the Gators with Beal and Walker gone.

35. Rotnei Clarke, G, Butler - Most anticipated transfer (from Arkansas) in college hoops. Shot 43 percent in his last season with Razorbacks.

36. Kyle Wiltjer, F, Kentucky – Wildcats lost six players to the NBA and have a lot of new pieces. Wiltjer should be a 15 ppg glue-guy.

46. Mark Lyons, G, Xavier – [UPDATE: He transferred to Arizona. Replacement - Can we get a judges ruling on Ryan Harrow, G, Kentucky?]
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 21, 2012, 11:26:01 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '11 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

PF  1  Anthony Davis  Perspectives Charter  Kentucky
SF  6  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  St. Patrick HS  Kentucky
SG 7  Brad Beal  Chaminade College Prep    Florida
PG 8  Marquis Teague  Pike HS                   Kentucky
SG 12 Kentavious Caldwell  Greenville        UGa
PF 20  Jarnell Stokes  Memphis Central       Tennessee
PG 23 B.J. Young  McCluer North                Arkansas
C  24  Kyle Wiltjer  Portland Jesuit             Kentucky
SF 26 Rodney Hood  Meridian                     MS State -> Duke
SF 27 Dorian Finney-Smith  I. C. Norcom     VaTech -> Florida
SG 32 Levi Randolph  Bob Jones                 Bama
SF 36  Rashad Madden  East Poinsett County  Arkansas
SG 37 Dai-Jon Parker  Alpharetta Milton       Vandy
PF 40  Johnny O'Bryant Cleveland MS East Side  LSU
PF 54  Hunter Mickelson Jonesboro Westside  Arkansas
SG 60  Trevor Lacey  Huntsville SR Butler     Bama
PG 72  Chris Jones Oak Ridge, NC Military Academy  Vols -> NWFlSt. JC
SG 84  David Gardner  Okolona                   MS State -> booted from team
PF  91   Anthony Gill  Charlotte Christian     South Carolina -> Virginia
PF 92    Nick Jacobs  South Atlanta             Bama   
PG 100  Kedren Johnson  Marshall County TN  Vandy

The top three of course were the top three NBA picks. Number four went at the end of the first round. MS State retained neither of their top 100 signees.
The rest are returning as of this post.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 22, 2012, 06:20:09 am
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Chris woolard just told Ohio UK convention that nerlens noel is fine academically

@Larry Vaught, Danville Advocate-Messenger

Woolard is the Associate AD for basketball operations at UK.


Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 23, 2012, 10:30:52 am
With the verbal of 6-9 PF Chris Walker, Florida has two of the top seven ranked recruits in the Class of '13 and the top two who have committed to anyone.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 26, 2012, 06:59:33 am
Marcus Denmon, who ranks fifth on the Tigers’ career scoring list, has signed a contract to play this season with Elan Chalon, the team announced on its website Wednesday. (http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2012/jul/25/denmon-signs-french-team/?tigerextra)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 30, 2012, 07:24:55 am
Former Florida point guard Erving Walker has signed a professional contract to play for Society Veroli Basket in Veroli, Italy.

The team, also known as Prima Veroli, plays in Serie A2, the second division of Italian Professional Basketball.

Walker will join former UF teammate Alex Tyus as the second Gator playing pro basketball in Italy. (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20120729/ARTICLES/120729555?tc=cr)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 01, 2012, 12:36:14 pm
Here's a way-too-early at some of those Top 100 recruits from the '13 class that have committed to SEC schools:

6  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
7  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
17 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
66  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro              Bama
89 PF  Shannon Hale  Christ                     Bama
97 PF  Derek Willis   Bullitt East               Kentucky
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2012, 07:32:33 pm

An Oklahoma State University basketball player's bench warrant for his arrest was recalled Friday afternoon.

Center Philip Jurick, 22, was scheduled to appear in court at 1:45 Tuesday on a driving under suspension charge.  He received a letter to appear May 30.

The state appeared by its legal intern, but Jurick did not appear, according to court records.  Special Judge Michael Stano issued a $500 bench warrant for his arrest, but that warrant was recalled Friday after Stano spoke with an employee from the Payne County Sheriff's Office.

OSU police officers allege that on April 13, a black four-door sedan belonging to Jurick traveled east on the intersection McElroy Road and Knoblock Street at 41 miles per hour.  The speed limit in the area is 30 miles per hour.  Jurick then was pulled over on a traffic stop.

During the stop, Jurick handed officer Kyle McCool his Tennessee driver's license and dispatch personnel told McCool Jurick's license was suspended, according to the affidavit.

Jurick said he was unaware of the suspension and was then given a notice to appear, the affidavit says.

During the 2011-2012 basketball season, Jurick racked up 47 blocks and scored 44 points with an average of 1.6 points per game. (http://www.ocolly.com/update-osu-basketball-player-s-arrest-warrant-recalled-1.2877802#.T96Cqxx6aRh)


OkStU basketball player Philip Jurick [originally a Vol Top 100 signee] arrested on drug complaints (http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/OSU/article.aspx?subjectid=93&articleid=20120805_93_0_Oklaho715876)
 
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Oklahoma State basketball player Philip Jurick was arrested Saturday night in Stillwater on complaints of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A senior center, the 6-foot-11 Jurick averaged 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 points last season. He also was the Cowboys' second-leading blocker after transferring from Chattanooga State.

Jurick is scheduled to appear in Payne County District Court on Aug. 20 in a separate case. He was charged in June with driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2012, 08:24:40 am
Is Shaq Johnson the best dunker in Georgia (high school) basketball history? (video access via the link) (http://)
 
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Johnson is an Auburn signee.

Surely, we have some old-timers who saw Darrin Hancock, Jeff Sheppard, Kenny Walker, and Herb White.

But how can 2.3 million page views and counting be wrong?

Johnson is just outside the Top 100 of at least one service.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2012, 10:19:43 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '12 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:
 
C  1   Nerlens Noel       Tilton School      Kentucky

Noel got word from UK's compliance department that he was cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center to play in '12-13.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2012, 11:08:10 am
Here's a way-too-early at some of those Top 100 recruits from updated '13 class rankings that have committed to SEC schools:

6  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
7  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
13 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
35 PF  Derrick Griffin  BF Terry                  A&M
60  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro              Bama
95 PF  Shannon Hale  Christ                     Bama

Note: Hill, Walker, and Portis are the top three commits to any school in the nation at time of this post.

Note: Bullitt East PF Derek Willis who gave a verbal to Kentucky, fell out of the Top 100. His high school coach claims Willis was playing out of position in the interior due to an injury to a teammate. Says Willis will play his natural position on the perimeter this season. Willis was Co-Region Player of the Year with Moore's Mekale McKay in '11-12.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2012, 11:32:50 am
Here's a way-too-early at some of those Top 100 recruits from updated '13 class rankings that have committed to SEC schools:

6  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
7  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
13 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas

Chris Walker hints strongly at playing only a year in Gainesville, and then entering the draft. (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20120814/ARTICLES/120819815?p=1&tc=pg)
 
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“NBA draft people have said I'm like a sick mix of Kevin Garnett and Perry III,” Walker said.

“What I want to do is be my own guy,” said Walker, who turns 18 on Dec. 22. “I wanted to show them A.I.P. — anything is possible. I wanted to stay in Bonifay. I turned down 30 offers and stuck with my home team. Even if you're at a little school, you can do your own thing and go for it.”

Walker's mother, Jeneen Campbell, is a single parent living on disability. Walker acknowledged that life never has been easy, and he said he draws strength from watching his mother battle through her own adversity.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2012, 08:44:27 am
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is not expected to receive eligibility clearance from the NCAA in time for the Bruins' trip to China and will not play during the Aug. 22-29 trip, according to sources close to the situation.

The NCAA is investigating whether Muhammad, the crown jewel in UCLA's top-ranked recruiting class, received improper benefits during his recruitment. The organization has not made any determinations on Muhammad's eligibility, but the team does not want to take any chances, sources said. (http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/ncb/story/_/id/8270516/shabazz-muhammad-sit-ucla-bruins-trip-china-sources-say)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2012, 07:01:49 am
Have times changed since John Wall faced an eligility situation that Shabazz will be under more scrutiny? (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/08/15/timing-has-changed-for-shabazz-muhammad-john-wall/#)
 
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Back in 2009, Wall ended up being suspended for two games — an exhibition game and UK’s season opener against Morehead State — and ordered to fork over $787.58 to charity when the NCAA ruled that non-family members [Cliftons associated with Baylor] had improperly paid for Wall’s unofficial visits to various schools.

The NCAA is also looking into whether Muhammad benefited from similar expenses being paid by Benjamin Lincoln, the brother of an assistant high school coach at Muhammad’s alma mater in Las Vegas.

As well, the NCAA is investigating whether Muhammad may have also received extras from Ken Kavanagh, a financial advisor in New York who helped fund Muhammad’s summer team.

What gives the Muhammad matter a different twist is its timing, coming shortly after Mark Emmert’s crushing crackdown on Penn State football, plus the passage of a new NCAA proposal that would stiffen penalties against rules-violating schools.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2012, 12:31:29 pm
NBC Sports: Which recruits were summer's highest ranking risers. Five incoming high school senior recruits that gained in statue based on their performances in evaluation events include the following: (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/16/which-recruits-were-summers-highest-ranking-risers/)
 
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Bobby Portis, 6-9, PF, Little Rock Hall (Ark.)
When the Arkansas Razorbacks snagged a commitment from Portis last year there wasn’t much known on the national scale about how good Portis actually was. The slender and athletic big man was highly impressive on the recruiting trail for his Arkansas Wings travelling team, and went from being unknown to a legitimate McDonald’s All-American game candidate.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2012, 01:57:42 pm
Just over a month after committing to South Carolina, 6-6 forward Michael Carrera is officially headed to the SEC school after being admitted into the 2012 class... (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/17/2012-forward-michael-carrera-officially-headed-to-south-carolina/)
 
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Carrera’s decision to attend South Carolina was delayed a bit by the need to finish up some coursework, and once that was taken care of South Carolina was able to decide on his admission.

With that hurdle now cleared Carrera is officially a Gamecock, and they can definitely use him in a front court that saw both Anthony Gill and Damontre Harris leave the program at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2012, 07:16:57 am
Keith Clanton, the Central Florida forward who flirted with the idea of leaving school, has decided to stay at UCF, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Central Florida was hit with a post-season ban by the NCAA meaning that as a senior Clanton was eligible to transfer without sitting out a year. It was reported that he was considering a possible move to Florida State or Kentucky.

In the end, Clanton decided to stay with Coach Donnie Jones' program.

“I think to people's surprise I will be returning to UCF for my Sr. season,” Clanton posted

The 6-foot-9 Clanton averaged 14 points and eight rebounds last year. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/08/18/keith-clanton-decides-to-say-at-central-florida/#)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 20, 2012, 02:01:53 pm
Milton Doyle, a prep star out of Chicago, sure didn’t last long in the Kansas program. In fact, Doyle didn’t even make it to the first semester.

As the Jayhawks return from a European trip, it is reported that the freshman out of Chicago is leaving KU and will evaluate his options. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/08/20/report-milton-doyle-leaving-kansas-program/#)
 
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 20, 2012, 04:42:47 pm
UGa beats out Stanford and Memphis for Parker (http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2012/08/19/juwan-parker-uga-beats-out-stanford-and-memphis-for-3-star/)
 
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UGA picked up its second basketball commitment for 2013 with Tulsa, 6-4, SG Juwan Parker this weekend.

Parker is ranked as a 3-star and the nation’s No. 117 overall prospect by Rivals.

UGA’s other 2013 commitment is JJ Frazier, a 5-10 point guard from Georgia’s Faith Baptist Christian Academy.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 26, 2012, 04:58:09 am
Representatives of the NCAA and the University of Kentucky visited a friend of Nerlens Noel two weeks ago to discuss his relationship with UK's freshman center (http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/25/2311143/report-ncaa-visited-friend-of.html)
 
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Ryan Sweeney, 21, who lives in Providence with his parents and was friends with high school stars Ricky Ledo and Noel among other athletes.

The officials met with Sweeney for nearly an hour, Sweeney's father, Providence attorney Michael Sweeney, would not comment when asked what was discussed.

"Nerlens has been at our house many times. He is Ryan's friend," Michael Sweeney said in the report. "I'm not sure why the NCAA wanted to speak with Ryan but we cooperated, and I got the sense that everything was fine when the meeting was over."

Asked if he's ever provided money to Noel, Sweeney said: "Nerlens came to Florida with us once on vacation and he visited Ryan once at college (Florida Atlantic University) and we paid for his ticket. I will say we are not boosters of Kentucky."

UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said Wednesday, in the wake of the Sports Illustrated article, that the school's normal procedure is not to comment on any NCAA matters.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 03, 2012, 11:14:36 am
Class of '11 Top 50 recruit, Dez Wells was expelled from Xavier after a violation of the student conduct code at the Jesuit school. A HamCo grand jury chose not to indict the rising sophomore for an alleged sexual assault.

Wells chose not to land at Kentucky after a visit over the weekend and the WashPost cites a source that claims Wells will transfer to Maryland. Memphis and Oregon were also in the mix.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 03, 2012, 11:38:55 am
The NCAA is investigating UCLA for potential recruiting violations involving Tony Parker... (http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2012/09/02/ncaa-investigating-ucla-for-potential-recruiting-violations-with-tony-parker-per-report/?cxntfid=blogs_recruiting)
 
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Parker, a 6-foot-8, 280-pound center, was one of three highly-touted recruits that signed with UCLA last season, along with shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad and small forward Kyle Anderson – all ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall prospects. Muhammad has been under an NCAA probe for recruiting violations involving his relationship with an AAU booster and is awaiting a ruling on his eligibility. The names of Parker and Anderson were first mentioned on Sunday...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 04, 2012, 04:41:00 pm
Class of '11 Top 50 recruit, Dez Wells was expelled from Xavier after a violation of the student conduct code at the Jesuit school. A HamCo grand jury chose not to indict the rising sophomore for an alleged sexual assault.

Wells chose not to land at Kentucky after a visit over the weekend and the WashPost cites a source that claims Wells will transfer to Maryland. Memphis and Oregon were also in the mix.

Dez Wells announced transfer plans to Maryland for the '13-14 season.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 06, 2012, 06:36:24 pm
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '08 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

35 SF  Darius Miller 6-6/185  (Mason Co HS) Maysville, KY  Kentucky 

Reports that New Orleans signed second round pick Darius Miller. Miller played for small town, Ohio River school Mason County with a 5,000 seat gym that Bruce Pearl once filled on a recruiting trip. Chris Lofton came from the same school. Miller was a must get for Billy Gillispie in the '08 class after Lofton had been passed over by Tubby Smith.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2012, 01:54:50 pm
LSU lands Jordan Mickey, a four-star basketball recruit from Dallas for the 2013 recruiting class (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2012/09/lsu_lands_jordan_mickey_a_four.html#incart_river)
 
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New LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones' busy pre-season has apparently yielded another big prize.

Jordan Mickey, a 6-foot-8, 223-pound forward from the Dallas area committed to Jones and the Tigers on Thursday night after a home visit earlier this week from the LSU coach.

"It's a great day," Mickey said Thursday night. "It's a weight off my chest."

It's also a major pickup for the Tigers.

By adding Mickey, Jones bolsters a 2013 recruiting class that already features two other front-court players: Sudanese forward Deng Deng and Nigerian-born center John Odoh, who is expected to enroll at LSU in January but not play until next season.

What sets Mickey apart from those two is that he is the first high school player Jones and his staff landed for the next recruiting haul.

All three major recruiting services rate Mickey as a top-40 recruit nationally.

"Johnny Jones scored big with Mickey," FOXSportsNEXT.com national basketball recruiting analyst Evan Daniel said. "He's a top-40 recruit and guy that can help LSU out of the gate. These are the type of recruits Jones needs to steal out of the South."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2012, 04:38:50 pm
Harrison twins give a verbal to Kentucky over Maryland and SMU.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 07, 2012, 03:10:03 pm
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '10 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

3   C  Enes Kanter      Stoneridge Prep  Kentucky
6  PG Brandon Knight  Pinecrest           Kentucky
7  PF  Tobias Harris    Triple-H             Vols
8  PF  Terrence Jones  Jefferson           Kentucky
15 PF  Patric Young     Providence        Florida
20 SF  Jelan Kendrick  Wheeler            Memphis -> Ole Miss -> ...

Jelan Kendrick landed at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 10, 2012, 05:29:48 pm
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James Young is announcing his college choice tomorrow. As of today, if it's not Kentucky, I'll be shocked.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2012, 04:43:12 pm
On ESPNU, 6-6 Rochester Hills SG/F, James Young gave a verbal to Kentucky.

ESPN ranks Young as the Number Five player in the nation.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2012, 05:01:26 pm
Here's a way-too-early at some of those Top 100 recruits from updated '13 class rankings that have committed to SEC schools:

2  PG  Andrew Harrison Richmond, TX        Kentucky
3  SG  Aaron Harrison  Richmond, TX         Kentucky
6  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
8  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
9  SG  James Young  Rochester Hills, MI    Kentucky
14 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
20 SG  Robert Hubbs  Dyer Co., TN            Tennessee
22 SG  Sindarius Thornwell  Oak Hill          South Carolina
34 PF  Jordan Mickey  Dallas Prime Prep     LSU
36 PF  Derrick Griffin  BF Terry                  A&M
51  C  Moses Kingsley  Huntington Prep     Arkansas
61  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro, AL         Bama
80 SF  Tim Quarterman  Savannah             LSU
96 PF  Shannon Hale  Christ                     Bama
100 PF Damian Jones  Baton Rouge Scotlandville Magnet  Vandy

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 14, 2012, 02:01:41 pm
The NCAA is still examining the eligibility of Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson. (http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/basketball/la-sp-ucla-shabazz-muhammad-20121013,0,3452605,full.stor)
 
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The UCLA basketball team held its first fall practice Friday in preparation for what was expected to be a season of redemption. The successful recruitment of four of the nation's top freshmen fueled high hopes the Bruins would enjoy a triumphant return to iconic Pauley Pavilion, resplendent after a $136-million makeover.

But with all the anticipation there is worry and frustration.

Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson, the most polished among the gems in that recruiting class, still have not been cleared for competition. The NCAA is examining the eligibility of both players.

Muhammad, who is ranked at or near the top among all freshmen, has faced the most speculation. There are questions about money his family received from Benjamin Lincoln, the brother of an assistant at his high school, that helped pay for unofficial recruiting visits.

Investigators may also be looking at Ken Kavanagh, a New York financial planner who partially funded the summer team Muhammad played for in his hometown of Las Vegas.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 16, 2012, 07:55:40 am
Eamonn Brennan: Let the Harrison twins' hype begin (http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/65360/let-the-harrison-twins-hype-begin)
 
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If former NBA player and personal hoops trainer/aficionado John Lucas (who trained the twins from eighth grade on) is to be believed, the hype on the Harrison twins hasn't been loud enough.

Lucas said that when the twins were in the eighth and ninth grade, they were the only players that young allowed to participate in games with the pros he also helps train, particularly at his annual NBA predraft camp.

Lucas mentioned J.R. Smith, Blake Griffin, Andray Blatche, Tyshawn Taylor, Chandler Parsons, Hassan Whiteside, John Henson and his son John Lucas III as some NBA players or former prospects with whom the Harrisons have shared a court.

“They held their own,” Lucas said.

“They come in, for me, right behind Kobe (Bryant) and LeBron (James) as talents,” Lucas said in a phone interview last week. “… They’ve got a chance to be really good.”


Needless to say, that is incredibly high praise. Probably too high. I mean, sure, the Harrison twins are very good at basketball. But Kobe Bryant and LeBron James? Two of the 10 best NBA players of all time? Global faces of the game? Dominant talents that come along once every 10 years, if that? My instinct tells me that Lucas is exaggerating, because that's what we all tend to do when we see really talented players coming out of the high school ranks. Everybody's always the next big thing. Rarely do the results match the hype.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 16, 2012, 10:14:30 am
6-9 Piney Woods center Dwight Coleby becomes the first 2013 player to give a verbal to Ole Miss. Coleby, just outside the Top 100 is reported to hold scholarship offers from Georgia, Memphis, and Mississippi State.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2012, 08:50:47 am
Marcus Lee, a 6-foot-9 forward ranked by one website as the No. 9 senior in the country, will choose either Kentucky or California. He’s expected to make his decision between 2 and 3 p.m. ET. There is no confirmed TV information as of yet.

He was scheduled to make one more visit to California before making a decision, but that trip has now been cancelled. (http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2012/10/16/marcus-lee-to-announce-his-decision-wednesday/)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2012, 04:29:16 pm
Top 40 recruit Marcus Lee gave a verbal to Kentucky, picking UK over California.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 22, 2012, 08:43:24 am
Andy Katz on the Wooden Award (http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/65756/3-point-shot-15)
 
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In previous years, putting together a top 50 for the preseason Wooden Award has been a chore. There have been so many worthy candidates, even with the odd stipulation that you can’t put a freshman or junior college transfer on the preseason list. But coming up with 50 was a bit more difficult this season. There isn’t as much separation going into the season as we’ve seen in years past. That means the player of the year race is as wide open as I can remember the past 20 years. And that is good for the game because nearly all of them could emerge from a list of 50 and become a first-team all-American.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2012, 09:17:22 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '09 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

2  PG John Wall             Word of God       Kentucky
3   C  DeMarcus Cousins  Le Flore Magnet  Kentucky
7  PF  Renardo Sidney  Fairfax      Mississippi State (b/4 and after a long route)
15 SG Kenny Boynton     American Heritage  Florida
17 C  Daniel Orton      Bishop McGuinness  Kentucky
37 PG Eric Bledsoe        Peter Parker         Kentucky
41 SG John Jenkins        Station Camp       Vandy
46 SF Jon Hood             North Hopkins      Kentucky
50 PF Kenny Hall           Redan                 Tennessee
52 PF Erik Murphy          St. Mark's            Florida
63 PF Marshawn Powell  The Miller School  Arkansas
67 SF Lakeem Jackson    Christ School       South Carolina
79 PF Reginald Buckner  Memphis Manassas  Ole Miss
85 PF Jeronne Maymon   Madison Memorial  Marquette -> Vols

Wall was SEC '10 POY, 1-n-done, Washington Wizards

Cousins was SEC '10 FOY, 1-n-done, Sacramento Kings

Sidney left MS St. and was dumped by his agent on 6-14. Awaiting draft.

Boynton was '11 2nd Team and '12 1st Team All-SEC. Returning to UF for '12-13.

Orton, 1-n-done, Orlando Magic.

Bledsoe, '10 All-SEC Freshman, 1-n-done, Clippers/Bakersfield Jam

Jenkins was '11 and '12 1st Team All-SEC. Awaiting draft after leaving as Jr.

Buckner was '11 and '12 All-Defensive SEC. Returns to Ole Miss.

Powell was formerly All-SEC and missed '11-12 due to injury; back at Arkansas.

Maymon was '12 2nd Team All-SEC.

Three players from the '09 Top 100 made the '12-13 All-SEC media preseason Top 11 players

7 Kenny Boynton is on the media's '12-13 All-SEC Preseason 1st Team and had the second most first place votes.

63 Marshawn Powell is on the media's '12-13 All-SEC Preseason 2nd Team.

85 Jeronne Maymon is on the media's '12-13 All-SEC Preseason 2nd Team.

Note: 2nd Teamer Michael Dixon, Jr. of Missouri was just outside the Top 100.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2012, 09:25:26 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '10 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

3   C  Enes Kanter      Stoneridge Prep  Kentucky
6  PG Brandon Knight  Pinecrest           Kentucky
7  PF  Tobias Harris    Triple-H             Vols
8  PF  Terrence Jones  Jefferson           Kentucky
15 PF  Patric Young     Providence        Florida
20 SF  Jelan Kendrick  Wheeler            Memphis -> Ole Miss -> Indian Hills CC
25 PG  Ryan Harrow    Walton              NC State -> Kentucky
28 SG  Doron Lamb     Oak Hill Academy  Kentucky
38 SG  Jordan McRae   Liberty County   Vols
50 PG  Trevor Releford Bishop Miege    Bama
53  C  Damontre Harris Trinity Christian  SC -> Florida
56 PG  Bruce Ellington  Berkeley          SC
59 SF  Casey Prather   Jackson Northside  Florida
60 PF  Luke Cothron   Flora MacDonald     Auburn -> Southern Idaho
67 SF  Stacey Poole, Jr.  Andrew Jackson  Kentucky -> GaTech
77 SF Matt Derenbecker  Metarie Park CDS  LSU
89 SG  Trae Golden     McEachern            Vols
92 PF  RJ Slawson       Fort Dorchester     SC
99 SC  Mardracus Wade  Chatham           Arkansas
100 SG Charles Hankerson  Coral Reef     Bama -> Wyoming

Kanter was NCAA ineligible, served as practice player; Utah Jazz

Knight, 1st Team All-SEC, 1-n-done, Detroit Pistons

Harris, 2nd Team All-SEC, 1-n-done, Milwaukee Bucks

Jones, SEC Rookie of the Year; '11 All-SEC 1st Team, '12 All-SEC 2nd Team; left after soph. season; awaiting draft

Young, SEC All-Rookie; returning for Jr. season

Kendrick was Ole Miss' first McDonalds' A-A player. He has been released.

Harrow is heir apparent as UK's PG; a sophomore.

Lamb; SEC All-Rookie; '12 2nd Team All-SEC, left after soph season; awaits draft

Releford: SEC All-Rookie, '12 2nd Team All-SEC

Ellington after SEC All-Rookie season is a two-sport star for The Ball Coach

15 Patric Young of Florida is media '12-13 All-SEC preseason 2nd Team

55 Phil Pressey of Missouri is the media '12-13 SEC Player of the Year, 1st Team

Note that 25 Ryan Harrow, UK's transfer PG is not on the 1st or 2nd team.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2012, 09:30:58 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '11 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

PF  1  Anthony Davis  Perspectives Charter  Kentucky
SF  6  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  St. Patrick HS  Kentucky
SG 7  Brad Beal  Chaminade College Prep    Florida
PG 8  Marquis Teague  Pike HS                   Kentucky
SG 12 Kentavious Caldwell  Greenville        UGa
PF 20  Jarnell Stokes  Memphis Central       Tennessee
PG 23 B.J. Young  McCluer North                Arkansas
C  24  Kyle Wiltjer  Portland Jesuit             Kentucky
SF 26 Rodney Hood  Meridian                     MS State -> Duke
SF 27 Dorian Finney-Smith  I. C. Norcom     VaTech -> Florida
SG 32 Levi Randolph  Bob Jones                 Bama
SF 36  Rashad Madden  East Poinsett County  Arkansas
SG 37 Dai-Jon Parker  Alpharetta Milton       Vandy
PF 40  Johnny O'Bryant Cleveland MS East Side  LSU
PF 54  Hunter Mickelson Jonesboro Westside  Arkansas
SG 60  Trevor Lacey  Huntsville SR Butler     Bama
PG 72  Chris Jones Oak Ridge, NC Military Academy  Vols -> NWFlSt. JC
SG 84  David Gardner  Okolona                   MS State -> booted from team
PF  91   Anthony Gill  Charlotte Christian     South Carolina -> Virginia
PF 92    Nick Jacobs  South Atlanta             Bama   
PG 100  Kedren Johnson  Marshall County TN  Vandy

23 BJ Young is on '12-13 Media Preseason All-SEC first team
20 Jarnell Stokes is also on '12-13 Media Preseason All-SEC first team

Young and Stokes both received 3 votes for preseason POY.

12 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is also on '12-13 Media Preseason All-SEC first team
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2012, 09:35:12 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '12 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:
 
C  1   Nerlens Noel       Tilton School      Kentucky
SF 7   Alex Poythress  Clarksville, TN NE  Kentucky
SG 14 Archie Goodwin   Sylvan Hills        Kentucky
SF  25 Devonta Pollard Kemper County, MS  Bama
PG 43 Braxton Ogbueze Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy  Florida
C  48  Willie Cauley-Stein Olathe NW        Kentucky
SG 68 Jordan Price       SW Dekalb          Auburn
SF 70 Anthony Cortesia Montverde, FL Academy  Ole Miss
SG 89 Alex Caruso A & M Consolidated HS  A&M

1 Nerlens Noel (who was recently ruled eligible by the NCAA) received 3 first place votes for preseason POY and is on the '12-13 media preseason All-SEC 1st Team.

7 Alex Poythress is on the '12-13 media preseason All-SEC 2nd Team.

Note: Neither Noel nor Poythress have played an SEC game at this point.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2012, 06:32:58 pm
SEC players on CBS' listing of Top 50 Big Men (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/20656491)
 
3. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

11. Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

14. Alex Poythress, Kentucky

19. Patric Young, Florida

27. Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee

28. Erik Murphy, Florida

35. Alex Oriakhi, Missouri

38. Laurence Bowers, Missouri

41. Marshawn Powell, Arkansas

44. Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2012, 04:37:15 pm
SEC and Former SEC  Players on CBS' listing of the Top 50 Lead Guards (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/20643571)
 
2. Phil Pressey, Missouri

19. Ryan Harrow, Kentucky

20. Rotnei Clarke, Butler

26. Michael Dixon , Missouri

41. Trae Golden, Tennessee



Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2012, 04:42:05 pm
SEC Players on the CBS Listing of the Top 50 Wings (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/20669899)

9. BJ Young, Arkansas

11. Archie Goodwin. Kentucky

15. Kenny Boynton, Florida

25. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia

48. Jabari Brown, Missouri
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Post by: jbcarol on October 26, 2012, 07:25:17 am
By reclassifying from 2014 to 2013 Andrew Wiggins is the new No. 1 recruit in the 2013 class (http://247sports.com/Article/Andrew-Wiggins-reclassifies-to-2013-97829)

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For months there has been speculation that Wiggins, a 6-8, 200-pound small forward at Huntington (W.V.) Prep and originally from Canada, would move up to the 2013 class. On Thursday that speculation became a reality.

Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford has maintained that another year of high school basketball is unnecessary for the exceptionally talented prospect.

Now the No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2013 class, Wiggins has been consistently recruited by Kentucky and Florida State.

Earlier this week he announced that he is not strictly down to those two schools and would welcome being recruited by other schools. Already this week he has been visited by North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and assistants from Kansas and Ohio State.

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Post by: jbcarol on October 26, 2012, 07:29:48 am
Goodwin gets tough criticism from Calipari (http://vaughtsviews.com/goodwin-takes-tough-criticism-from-coach-cal-with-a-positive-attitude/)

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An open court stretched ahead of Archie Goodwin last night, with Julius Mays streaking ahead of him towards the basket.  Goodwin went up for the dunk and brought the house down at last night’s Blue-White game. Although it was an explosive play, it was one that infuriated Coach John Calipari.

“He passed up Julius Mays,” Calipari said. “That’s unacceptable here and I let him know that. I wasn’t real happy. After the game I said, ‘You just took 22 shots, more than anybody on the team. You understand, you don’t ever pass anyone up if you’re going to get shots. The reason is because I’m making people throw it to you when you’re ahead, so you better throw it to them when they’re ahead.’ He understood. It’s not fun when you’re being told in an aggressive way but we don’t have time here. This isn’t for funsies.”

“He (Calipari) always tells us how back at our old schools or AAU teams, we were always the main option and we were only playing for ourselves,” Goodwin said. “But now that we’re here with a lot of guys that can play just as good as us, we’re going to have to share the ball more. That’s not something that I’m dwelling on or that’s going to affect my game because I know that that’s going to make me a better player and it’s going to make every game easy for me as well as others.”

Asked if he has gotten used to Calipari’s occasional verbal aggression, Goodwin just smiled and said he was.

“Coach Cal’s been doing that a lot lately,” he said...

Senior transfer Julius Mays had led all scorers in first half of UK's scrimmage before 12,000 fans on Wednesday.

In the second half, when Mays switched to Goodwin's team, he went scoreless.

Goodwin, albeit wild sometimes, electrified the crowd with his speed and crossover moves en route to a team-high 22 points; Kentucky whoops Rollie Massimino's team in exhibition. It was Massimino's first trip to Rupp since winning the national championship in 1985 over Georgetown Hoyas. (http://www.coachcal.com/17990/2012/11/mixing-and-matching-harrow-and-goodwin-thrive-at-point-in-exhibition-win/)

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Mixing and matching: Harrow and Goodwin thrive at point in exhibition win

Goodwin and Harrow combined for 37 points and 10 assists, performances that led Calipari to believe UK is a little further along than he expected.

“I will tell you that we were better than I thought we’d be,” Calipari said.

“I would just say it’s a matter of me continuing to improve myself playing the two guard and the point-guard position, looking for my teammates because I know looking for them will make my game a lot easier because they will have more focus on them and then it will make me easier for me to find different angles to drive and shoot,” Goodwin said.

After lofting up 22 shots in the Blue-White Scrimmage, Calipari was pleased with Goodwin’s efficiency Thursday, but his five first-half turnovers were a result of him playing too fast and “out of control.”

“You can play fast but don’t be in a hurry,” Coach Cal said. “When he plays fast, he hurries, and there’s stuff he’s learning. I’m all over him."

Goodwin calmed down and posted a turnover-free second half. The freshman showed signs of his developing vision with two sweet passes to Noel in the second half that led to back-to-back dunks. The 6-foot-4 guard finished with five assists on the night.

“He’s a good player,” Calipari said
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Post by: jbcarol on October 26, 2012, 04:55:01 pm
SEC and Former SEC  Players on CBS' listing of the Top 50 Lead Guards (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/20643571)
 
2. Phil Pressey, Missouri

19. Ryan Harrow, Kentucky

20. Rotnei Clarke, Butler

26. Michael Dixon , Missouri

41. Trae Golden, Tennessee

Haith suspends Missouri guard Michael Dixon indefinitely (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/20697184/haith-suspends-missouri-guard-michael-dixon-indefinitely)
 
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Haith announced he has indefinitely suspended the senior guard, along with freshman Bull, for violation of team rules.

Haith did not announce the length of the suspension at a news conference on Friday afternoon. Missouri has two exhibition games and then begins the regular-season with the gauntlet that is Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Alcorn State and Nicholls State. Then the Tigers will head down to the Battle of Atlantic and open with Stanford.
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Post by: jbcarol on October 27, 2012, 04:44:12 pm
John Wilmhoff ‏@wilmhoffCFB
DeAndre Liggins has won the final roster spot for Oklahoma City; Daniel Orton is cut.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2012, 08:11:13 am
Former SEC players in the NBA. [Note the list includes Missouri and A&M players who did not play in the SEC. Also the list includes players who at least had a cup of coffee with an SEC team before transferring.] (http://basketball.realgm.com/ncaa/conferences/Southeastern_Conference/8/NBA_Players)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2012, 09:43:18 am
Reclassification is starting to become a trend. Instead of "toiling in high school", talented juniors are becoming seniors and where they can serve their one-and-done college season, one year earlier (http://zagsblog.com/articles/dakari-johnson-reclassifies-to-2013/)

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Adam Zagoria reports on the reclassification of Dakari Johnson.

Dakari Johnson, one of the best high school big men in America regardless of class, has reclassified to 2013 from 2014.

The 6-foot-10 Johnson is one of several high-profile players to move from 2014 to 2013, [including] 6-8 Huntington (W.V.) Prep small forward Andrew Wiggins, who remains uncommitted...

Syracuse, Kentucky and Georgetown have been involved with Johnson dating to his time at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High School. Johnson’s mother, Makini Campbell, told SNY.tv this summer that Kansas, Florida, Louisville, Ohio State and Stanford were also involved.

Johnson sat out last season at Montverde (Fla.) Academy after transferring from St. Patrick, where he played alongside Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
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Post by: jbcarol on November 11, 2012, 03:49:12 pm
7-foot, 230-pound center Ronald Delph, who attends the IMG Sports Academy in Bradenton, Florida, chose Auburn.

"It's a good team. They're coming up in the SEC," said Delph.

Delph plans to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday during the early signing period. (http://7-foot, 230-pound center Ronald Delph, who attends the IMG Sports Academy in Bradenton, Florida, chose Auburn.

"It's a good team. They're coming up in the SEC," said Delph.

Delph plans to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday during the early signing period.)

He is not in the top 100.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2012, 07:36:47 am
Harrison twins give a verbal to Kentucky over Maryland and SMU.

The Harrison twins have chosen not to sign a National Letter of Intent with Kentucky during the early signing period which starts today.

Most likely the twins are waiting to see what the roster situation will be given early indications that some UK regulars do not appear NBA-ready. The also mentioned protection against a coaching change. Players of their caliber do not benefit from signing the LOI and giving up their power except perhaps for ending the recruiting contacts from other schools. Former UK PG Brandon Knight never signed an LOI, apparently waiting to see whether Eric Bledsoe would enter the NBA draft.


[Apparently a man of his word, Mr. Harrison intervened.]

Kasey Hill is expected to sign during the early period with Florida.

USA Today's Jason Jordan: Signing Day Lessons (http://www.usatodayhss.com/news/article/signing-day-lessons--1)
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Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2012, 04:34:50 pm
CBS Sports early signing blog (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/recruiting/blog/eye-on-college-basketball-recruiting/20974335/early-signing-day-live-blog)

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2:04 p.m.: LSU announced three letters-of-intent are in, from Jarell Martin, Tim Quarterman and Jordan Mickey. The Tigers have a top-10 class.

1:41 p.m.: I've been told both Kasey Hill and Chris Walker have officially signed with Florida. Walker, though, is supposed to have a ceremony at 3 p.m.

11:18 a.m.: Missouri also received a letter-of-intent from its second top-100 commitment, point guard Wes Clark.

11:15 a.m.: Alabama has its prized big man. Jimmie Taylor has officially signed, according to his Twitter.

10:45 a.m.: Johnathan Williams III took much longer to announce his commitment than to actually sign his papers. He's official to Missouri.

10:33 a.m.: Kentucky's first signature is in. Marcus Lee, ranked No. 43 in the country, tweeted that he has officially signed.

10:17 a.m.: @barroner wants to know about Vincent Hunter, one of the best uncommitted prospects not included in our feature. He fell just outside the top 100...

5:00 p.m.: Overall, it's been a quiet day. There were a couple of noteworthy commitments in Brandon Randolph and Mamadou Ndiaye, but that's about it...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2012, 04:42:39 pm
Where do the 15 uncommitted players in [the CBS Sports] top 100 stand? Here's a look at their recruitments – as well as where we think they will end up. (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/recruiting/blog/eye-on-college-basketball-recruiting/20974266/whos-left-breaking-down-the-top-uncommitted-players)

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1. Andrew Wiggins (No. 1 overall)

•Considering: Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Kansas, Ohio State
•Since reclassifying from 2014, Wiggins has only expanded his recruitment. With that said, Kentucky and Florida State have the edge.
•Prediction: Kentucky

2. Jabari Parker (No. 2)

•Considering: Michigan State, Duke, Florida, BYU, Stanford

3. Aaron Gordon (No. 4)

•Considering: Arizona, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, Kansas

4. Julius Randle (No. 6)

•Considering: Florida, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Kansas, Oklahoma

5. Dakari (No. 8)

•Considering: Florida, Syracuse, Kentucky, Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State

...

7. Keith Frazier (No. 16)

•Considering: Texas A&M, Arizona, SMU, LSU, Texas
•Frazier plans to wait until the spring, and there hasn't been much talked about with him. Texas A&M, SMU and Arizona have done well.
•Prediction: Texas A&M

...

15. Stevie Clark (No. 88)
•Considering: Missouri, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Florida State, UCLA
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2012, 09:19:07 am
Paul Jones ‏@PJ247Sports
2013 point guard I.J. Ready of Little Rock, Ark. tells Bulldawgs247 he signed with Miss State today
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2012, 09:35:40 am
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello
Meanwhile, it appears Mississippi State received NLIs from IJ Ready, Quantel Denson and Travis Daniels today. IJR, QD confimed by @RickRay1.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2012, 02:32:51 pm
The Harrison Twins, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis all sent signed letters of intent to Kentucky.

The least known of the five, Willis was co-region MVP with Mekale McKay last season.
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Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2012, 06:54:15 pm
Super sophomore Karl Towns will commit Dec. 4 and could consider moving to 2013 or 2014 recruiting class (http://vaughtsviews.com/super-sophomore-karl-towns-will-commit-dec-4-and-could-consider-moving-to-2013-or-2014-recruiting-class/)

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Christine Denham, senior account executive with Coyne Public Relations in New York, notified media members Wednesday that Towns — “arguably the nation’s best sophomore in high school basketball and a University of Kentucky recruit” —  would make his verbal commitment live on regional cable network MSG Varsity. The MSG Varsity special will be broadcast from the high school, will air on Optimum TV channel 14 and will be streamed live on www.MSGVarsity.com.

Towns attended Big Blue Madness at the same time the Harrisons, Willis, Young and Lee were on campus. He also visited Duke and Michigan State this fall.

He was on the Dominican Republic national team coached by Calipari last summer and spent time on the Kentucky campus. He was also in Brooklyn when UK opened the season with a win over Maryland.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2012, 07:39:42 am
No. 14 2012 signee Archie Goodwin is called for the charge and no basket

Not a valid youtube URL
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2012, 07:44:36 am
6-9 Damian Jones officially signed his national letter of intent with Vanderbilt on Wednesday
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2012, 12:41:18 pm
6-foot-10, 220 Findlay Prep PF Fallou Ndoye is the fourth player to verbally commit to State and first-year head coach Rick Ray.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2012, 12:50:10 pm
SEC '13 Basketball commits/signed (status not updated since signing day) (http://www.maxpreps.com/basketball-signing-day/conference/sec/basketball/recruits.htm)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2012, 01:31:29 pm
SEC Basketball Players of the Week

Alabama’s Trevor Releford, a 6-foot, 195-pound sophomore guard from Kansas City, Mo., was named SEC Player of the Week after scoring averaging 18.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in leading the Crimson Tide to the 2K Sports Classic championship with wins over Oregon State and Villanova. Releford was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the event. In the semifinals against Oregon State, he connected on 6-of-10 field goals and recorded 14 points and five assists without a turnover, to lift the Crimson Tide to a 65-62 victory. In the championship game against Villanova, Releford, making his first start of the season, went for a career-high 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor and an impressive 5-of-5 from three-point range in the 77-55 victory over the Wildcats.

Kentucky’s Alex Poythress, a 6-foot-7, 239-pound freshman forward from Clarksville, Tenn., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring 21.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in games against 9th-ranked Duke and to Lafayette. Poythress had 20 points and added a team-high eight rebounds in a loss to No. 9 Duke. He then topped that performance with a 9-10 night from the field for a career-high 22 points. He became the first freshman since Brandon Knight in Feb. 2011 to have consecutive 20-point efforts.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2012, 08:08:12 am
CBS Sports: Player of the Year Watch List
Week 1
 (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/21073510/smart-leads-first-player-of-the-year-watch)

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Marcus Smart
G | 6-4 | FRESH | Oklahoma State
The consummate winner and intangibles guy -- and it didn't take him long to show what he's all about. Smart isn't a natural point guard, but Travis Ford moved him there out of necessity. He's thrived. Through four games, he's averaging 14.8 points, eight boards, five assists, three steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Against N.C. State, he went for 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out seven assists, had four steals and four blocks. Oh yeah, the Cowboys blew out the Wolfpack. Smart is the real deal.
 

No SEC players are included in the first listing.
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Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2012, 11:50:57 am
JOHN CALIPARI ON RYAN HARROW’S STATUS: “I guess better. He’s at an academic meeting. He’ll be at practice today. But I guess better. He’s lost weight. He’s got to get some weight back (and we’ll) see from there.”

ON WHAT WAS WRONG WITH HARROW: “They don’t know. All they’re saying is he’s lost seven pounds and must have had something going on. They don’t know what it was. But we will see.”

ON HARROW NOT HAVING MUCH WEIGHT TO LOSE: “No. He looked thin. He looks thin. That’s why I said, I don’t know. I want to see him in a practice setting and start figuring out what we do, what’s the timetable.”

 (http://blogs.courier-journal.com/ukbeat/2012/11/20/calipari-on-woods-comments-harrows-health/)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 22, 2012, 09:51:11 am
(http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1770189/2968faf232ab11e2b44322000a1f92df_7_medium.jpg)

The shin guards of UCLA's Shabazz Muhammed, a top 2012 recruit.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 25, 2012, 02:24:45 pm
Statement from Ryan Harrow as released by UK:

I would like to thank my teammates, the UK coaching staff and administration along with the Big Blue Nation for their support over the last couple of weeks while I was out. I’m feeling much better and it felt really good to get back on the practice court with the guys today. Unfortunately, when I started feeling better, I had an issue to tend to with my family over the holiday break. Everything is good with that now and I’m excited about playing with my brothers again. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/11/25/ryan-harrow-returns)

UK lead guard had missed several early season games including the Duke game.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2012, 08:50:25 am
Kentucky signee is ejected, dejected

After being kicked out of Bullitt East’s game against Lafayette tonight for arguing with officials, UK signee Derek Willis will have to sit out two games

Mrs. Tyler Thompson for http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=122464
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 29, 2012, 06:19:08 pm
South Carolina WR and lead guard Bruce Ellington is scheduled to play two weeks with Frank Martin's basketball team before bowl practice starts up.

Ellington was '11 All-SEC Freshman in basketball.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 04, 2012, 10:11:53 am
http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/recruiting/blog/eye-on-college-basketball-recruiting/21259666

Elite prospect Karl Towns picks Kentucky, reclassifies to 2014

UK fell out of the top 25 on Monday for the first time since John Calipari took over in Lexington. The Wildcats' struggles certainly aren't affecting their recruiting, though.

Karl Towns, formerly the top-ranked sophomore in the country, announced for Kentucky on Tuesday.

"Kentucky is such a great school," Towns told MSG Varsity. "I felt like Kentucky was just the right school at the end of the day."

Towns, a 6-foot-11 power forward from St. Joseph (N.J.), is an elite talent who has been recruited by some of our nation's best for a couple of years. Kentucky has always seemed like the favorite, and Calipari coaching Towns on the Dominican Republic national team didn't hurt. Florida was heavily in the mix for awhile, while Duke was also a frontrunner for some time. Seton Hall, Rutgers, Michigan State and North Carolina made the final seven.

"It was a big battle between Duke and Kentucky," Towns' mother, Jackie, told MSG Varsity.

"It was just such a relieving process," Towns added. "So much stress and so much nervousness was building up over these days."

Towns has the ability to be a matchup nightmare against nearly any opponent.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 04, 2012, 10:50:25 am
Here's an update on some of those Top 100 recruits from '13 class rankings, including Bobby Portis, that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

3  PG  Andrew Harrison Richmond, TX        Kentucky
4  SG  Aaron Harrison  Richmond, TX         Kentucky
7  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
9  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
10 SG James Young  Rochester Hills, MI    Kentucky
13 PF Jarell Martin    Baton Rouge Madison Prep  LSU
16 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
22 SG  Robert Hubbs  Dyer Co., TN            Tennessee
24 SG  Sindarius Thornwell  Oak Hill          South Carolina
33 PF  Johnathan Williams  Memphis Southwind  Mizzou
36 PF  Jordan Mickey  Dallas Prime Prep     LSU
38 PF  Derrick Griffin  Rosenberg, TX BF Terry     A&M
40 C   Marcus Lee  Antioch, CA Deer Valley  Kentucky
53  C  Moses Kingsley  Huntington Prep     Arkansas
63  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro, AL         Bama
82 SF  Tim Quarterman  Savannah             LSU
98 PF  Shannon Hale  Arden, NC Christ       Bama

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2012, 08:25:48 am
Goodman: Most of them can't even recall a year like this, where there is no clear-cut No. 1 draft pick and the overall crop of players is vastly underwhelming. Maybe back in 2006 when import Andrea Bargnani was selected first overall and Tyrus Thomas and Shelden Williams were both somehow taken in the top five. The NBA general managers who dealt away their first-round picks for June 27th's NBA Draft rejoice, while the ones who could end up picking at the top of the lottery are already frustrated and left scratching their heads in disbelief.

"I'd trade the pick for sure," one NBA GM said. "No one wants to pick first this year -- and no one can live up to the No. 1 billing."
 (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/21279385/wholl-go-first-in-nba-draft-good-luck-with-that)

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CBSSports.com polled 35 NBA types, guys who have been out running from tourney to tourney over the first month of the season, on who they would select if picking first. Here's the tally:

Cody Zeller (Indiana): 31 percent
 Nerlens Noel (Kentucky): 23 percent
 Alex Len (Maryland): 11 percent
 Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA): 11 percent
 Alex Poythress (Kentucky): 9 percent
 Rudy Gobert (France): 6 percent
 Tony Mitchell (North Texas): 3 percent
 Archie Goodwin (Kentucky): 3 percent
 Anthony Bennett (UNLV) - 3 percent

"No one excites me this year," one NBA guy said.

Zeller: having short arms hurts him in the eyes of many NBA folks as it did with his brother.

"He'll never be a great NBA player," one NBA scouting director said.

Noel: no one's quite sure whether he's 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-11 because of his flattop.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 10, 2012, 01:44:51 pm
SEC Men's Basketball Players Of The Week

Vanderbilt’s Kyle Fuller, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., was named SEC Player of the Week after scoring 25 points and dishing out five assists to go with four rebounds and three steals in a win at Xavier. The junior guard set a new career high in scoring with 25 points in a 66-64 overtime win at Xavier on December 6 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. Twelve of Fuller’s points came in the overtime period, accounting for all of the Commodores’ scoring in overtime. His three steals also set a new career high, as were his eight field goals and seven free throws made. Fuller's 25-point effort was Vanderbilt's third 25+-point individual game of the season.

Vanderbilt’s Kevin Bright, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound freshman guard from Mannheim, Germany, was named SEC Freshman of the Week after registering 11 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Xavier. Bright notched his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 66-64 overtime win over Xavier on December 6.  Bright is the first Commodore to tally consecutive double-doubles since Festus Ezeli (at Alabama, 1/19/2012; vs. Miss. State, 1/22/2012), and he is the first freshman to have consecutive double-doubles since A.J. Ogilvy in 2007.

Fuller was a Scout *** out of California, not ranked nationally.

Bright was a Scout *** out of Germany. They do not rank the Rhineland.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2012, 12:24:21 pm
Archie Goodwin Drops Out of CBS Freshman Top 5

Archie Goodwin was ranked #3 in the CBS Freshman Player of the Year race but has dropped out of the top 5 in this week’s updated rankings.

There was plenty of shuffling in the rankings this week. With McLemore and Stauskas making their debuts, two players had to drop out: Xavier’s Semaj Christon and Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin. They were also two of the three players last cut.

http://www.nationofblue.com/archie-goodwin-drops-out-of-cbs-freshman-top-5/
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Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2012, 12:53:39 pm
Quantel Denson was out before he ever arrived on Mississippi State’s campus.

Men’s basketball coach Rick Ray announced Tuesday that Denson, a junior college prospect who signed with MSU in November, has been released from his scholarship.

The reason, according to a school release, was a “failure to adhere to rules and regulations set prior to his signing back in November.”

In a statement, Ray added, “We had a zero tolerance policy with Quantel, and he failed to live up to the obligation we had outlined for him.”

While playing for Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, Denson was arrested in April of 2011 after robbing his coach, according to the Hutchinson News.

He had made a verbal commitment to play to Missouri prior to the arrest.

http://djournal.com/view/full_story/21103107/article-MSU-hoops-recruit-released-from-scholarship
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Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2012, 12:55:31 pm
Barbee has dismissed forward Sharief Adamu six games into his Tigers career.

After playing in Auburn's first six games and making two starts, Adamu was suspended before the Tigers' loss to DePaul for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Originally dependent on Adamu to provide a presence at power forward after Kenny Gabriel's graduation, Auburn (2-5) will likely give more playing time to freshman Jordon Granger in the wake of Adamu's dismissal. Granger, a 6-8 forward, has not scored yet this season.

Off-the-court issues have forced Barbee to dismiss or let go of four players in 2012. Former point guard Varez Ward did not return after being investigated in an FBI point-shaving probe...

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/12/auburn_basketball_coach_tony_b.html
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Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2012, 07:20:52 pm
Alabama center Carl Engstrom out for the season following knee surgery

The Alabama basketball team's thin front court just got a little thinner.

Engstrom, a 7-foot-1 center from Ystad, Sweden, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee early in the Crimson Tide's 58-56 loss on Dec. 1 at Cincinnati.

http://www.al.com/alabamabasketball/index.ssf/2012/12/alabama_center_carl_engstrom_o.html
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Post by: jbcarol on December 13, 2012, 04:35:09 pm
Bama guard Steele out for 4-6 weeks after sports hernia surgery

For the fourth consecutive season, Steele will not play a full season. The senior guard will miss the next four to six weeks because of sports hernia surgery that he had Thursday in Philadelphia.

“He’s doing fine, but he’s got an extended recovery,” Grant said.

Grant is confident that Steele still will contribute to the team.

“If there’s anybody that mentally is mature enough to handle that and deal with it, it’s [Steele],” Grant said.

http://www.al.com/alabamabasketball/index.ssf/2012/12/alabama_senior_guard_andrew_st.html
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Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2012, 07:18:16 am
Auburn's Jordan Price ties an SEC record by making 11 straight 3-pointers

Price buried all three of his 3-pointers in Auburn's 81-62 win over Tennessee Tech to extend his streak to 11 straight 3-pointers over the course of three games, a mark that ties the SEC record set by Vanderbilt's Kevin Anglin in 1992.

After his third 3-pointer early in the first half, Price shugged and said something to Tennessee Tech coach Steve Payne that earned a technical foul and a spot on the bench for the Auburn freshman.

"Bad players do what he did. You are hot and you bark at the other teams' coaches?" Barbee said. "Good players know how good they are and they let their game do the talking."

http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2012/12/auburns_jordan_price_ties_an_s.html

...

Here's some of those Top 70 recruits from the '12 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:
 
C  1   Nerlens Noel       Tilton School      Kentucky
SF 7   Alex Poythress  Clarksville, TN NE  Kentucky
SG 14 Archie Goodwin   Sylvan Hills        Kentucky
SF  25 Devonta Pollard Kemper County, MS  Bama
PG 43 Braxton Ogbueze Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy  Florida
C  48  Willie Cauley-Stein Olathe NW        Kentucky
SG 68 Jordan Price       SW Dekalb          Auburn
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Post by: jbcarol on December 20, 2012, 10:09:21 pm
One of the state of Georgia’s top point guards will be on display when state champions collide at Miller Grove High School on Friday.

The Columbia boys play against Miller Grove at 7:30 p.m. Friday, preceded by the girls teams from both schools at 6 p.m. All four teams are defending state champions.

The best player on the court may be Columbia’s Tahj Shamsid-Deen, the 5-foot-9 point guard who has signed with Auburn.

“If Tahj was 6 feet, we wouldn’t be having a conversation about how good he is because everybody would know,” said former Columbia coach Phil McCrary.

ince his freshman year, Shamsid-Deen has led Columbia to three consecutive Class AAA state championships. This year, he’s averaging 21 points and 7 assists, including a 41-point effort against East Memphis a couple of weeks ago.

Shamsid-Deen’s former coach had hoped that he would get a better look from UGA.

http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2012/12/20/guard-is-main-attraction-in-clash-of-state-champions/
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Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2012, 10:21:39 am
Boynton is in the midst of the worst shooting slump of his storied UF career. The 6-foot-2 former McDonald’s All-American said he isn’t pressing despite making just four 3-pointers in his last 32 attempts.

“I’m good,” Boynton said following UF’s 67-61 loss to Kansas State. “I’m not pressing. I know it’s going to come. Coach (Billy Donovan) told me to take open looks and that’s pretty much what I’ve been trying to do.”

Boynton’s lone 3-pointer tied the game at 41 with 13:21 remaining in the second half, but it didn’t get him going. He followed it up with a missed 3-point attempt with 12:25 left and didn’t take a 3-pointer the rest of the game.

Donovan has encouraged Boynton to shoot through his slump. Boynton shot a career best 40.7 percent from 3-point range last season. This season, Boynton is shooting just 27.9 percent (17-61) from beyond the arc.

Mechanically, Boynton said he’s noticed on film that he’s shooting on the way down instead of at his highest release point.

“Somehow, I’ve got to start shooting on the way up,” Boynton said. “I just think I keep shooting on the way down, that’s what it is.”

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20121224/articles/121229833
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 25, 2012, 12:24:33 pm
 Last year Marshawn Powell returned from North Little Rock to Fayetteville on crutches.

Saturday night he returned from the same journey joining Arkansas’ 1,000-point club after scoring 20.

http://www.baxterbulletin.com/article/20121225/SPORTS/312250001/1006/rss02
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Post by: jbcarol on December 28, 2012, 10:31:14 pm
Phil Pressey has surpassed the Mizzou all-time single game assists record with 16 and counting.

Mizzou 74  UCLA 73  10:18
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2012, 10:56:04 am
For the 18 NBA franchises sending scouts or general managers to the KFC Yum! Center today, the game between fourth-ranked Louisville (11-1) and unranked Kentucky (8-3) isn’t about a rivalry or coaching clash or office bragging rights.

“It’s a fantastic matchup of NBA talent,” said Chad Ford, ESPN’s draft analyst. (http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121228/SPORTS0104/312280094/NBA-drops-look-some-top-talent-Louisville-Kentucky?nclick_check=1)

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This game is packed with future pros. There will be six former McDonald’s All Americans on the court — three on each side — not counting Wildcats freshman Nerlens Noel, the nation’s top-ranked recruit a year ago who reclassified from the class of 2013 to 2012 too late for an invitation to the prestigious game.

More notably, eight players in today’s game are ranked among Ford’s top 80 prospects for the next NBA draft — No. 1 Noel, No. 7 Alex Poythress, No. 10 Archie Goodwin, No. 29 Willie Cauley-Stein and No. 77 Ryan Harrow for Kentucky; No. 39 Gorgui Dieng, No. 44 Wayne Blackshear and No. 74 Russ Smith for the Cardinals.

Those eight, along with the Cats’ Kyle Wiltjer and Louisville’s Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan and Montrezl Harrell, are all ranked among the top 25 draft-worthy players in their class by DraftExpress.com.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2013, 03:04:55 pm
Tennessee sophomore Jarnell Stokes on playing just nine minutes against Xavier.   ”I hope it never happens again.”

http://www.mrsec.com/


Here's some of those Top 25 recruits from the '11 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

PF  1  Anthony Davis  Perspectives Charter  Kentucky
SF  6  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  St. Patrick HS  Kentucky
SG 7  Brad Beal  Chaminade College Prep    Florida
PG 8  Marquis Teague  Pike HS                   Kentucky
SG 12 Kentavious Caldwell  Greenville        UGa
PF 20  Jarnell Stokes  Memphis Central       Tennessee
PG 23 B.J. Young  McCluer North                Arkansas
C  24  Kyle Wiltjer  Portland Jesuit             Kentucky

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2013, 07:37:42 pm
al.com's Nick Birdsong
What to watch for in SEC basketball: The maturation of Kentucky PG Ryan Harrow (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/01/what_to_watch_for_in_sec_baske_2.html)

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It's being chronicled more than the life and times of the Kardashians as of late but the seemingly out of nowhere coming of age of Kentucky sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow is one of the most compelling stories as conference play is set to begin in the SEC.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder who is reminiscent of Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings in stature an hairstyle (sic) ...

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He sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules and was expected be the next in a long line of conveyor belt of lead guards to guide a John Calipari-coached team to success.

Harrow failed to score, playing just 10 minutes in Kentucky's 72-69 win against Maryland in the season opener. Then, he missed the next four games, a loss against Duke and wins against Lafayette, Morehead St. and LIU-Brooklyn for undisclosed personal reasons.

In the past four games, all Wildcats' wins, he's picked up the pace considerably going for 16.7 points and 4.2 assists per.

Kyle Tucker:
" Ryan Harrow's season assist-to-turnover ratio is 3.4 to 1. Among the nation's top 100 assist guys, only six have a better ratio"

"Harrow's average of 2.4 steals per game over the last five would rank 23rd nationally. His turnaround is really remarkable.

"Ryan Harrow shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range over the last five games."

Harrow's resurgence has directly affected the production of Archie Goodwin.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2013, 01:40:06 pm
SI's Mannix: NBA Draft Big Board (SEC) (http://m.si.com/893054/kansas-mclemore-among-those-rising-up-big-board/)

1. Nerlens Noel: NBA exec: "he has a motor, and with bigs the hardest thing to find is a motor."

8. Alex Poythress: Consistency a problem, frequent target of Calipari: poor defense and intensity. Scouts love ability in paint but not seeing small forward skills.

10. Archie Goodwin: Scout: pound for pound he's as good as anybody in the NBA right now... When he gets stronger watch out.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2013, 02:51:20 pm
South Carolina starting shooting guard LaShay Page declared academically ineligible for rest of season (http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130105/PC20/130109654/1037/south-carolina-starting-shooting-guard-lashay-page-declared-academically-ineligible-for-rest-of-season)

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Frank Martin had little time to recruit the type of program-changing players he covets. He was, however, able to land a newcomer experienced with winning — something the Gamecocks desperately needed.

From the moment shooting guard LaShay Page arrived to spend his fifth and final season of eligibility playing for USC, Martin praised Page for his leadership of a team with just one other senior. On the court, Page scored 11.7 points per game, second on the team, while playing nine of USC’s first 12 contests. He struggled with shooting recently, but was unquestionably a valuable asset.

With one non-conference game remaining before Martin dives into his first SEC schedule, he will no longer have Page as a transition piece. USC announced Friday that Page was declared academically ineligible for the rest of the season.

The Gamecocks conclude non-conference play by hosting S.C. State today, and they also will not have their No. 3 scorer, wing player Michael Carrera, who averages 10.4 points and will miss his second straight game with a hip injury.

They likely will not have Bruce Ellington, their starting point guard for the past two seasons. Ellington has rejoined the basketball team now that his duties as a football wide receiver are finished for the season. But Martin said he plans to rest Ellington today and have him return to practice Sunday or Monday. USC opens SEC play Wednesday at Mississippi State. Ellington, USC’s No. 2 scorer last season, has played in four games this season.

Now, the Gamecocks will not have Page, whose ineligibility leaves juniors Brenton Williams and Brian Richardson to take on larger roles.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2013, 07:45:47 pm
Monteverde Academy C Dakari Johnson picks Kentucky over Georgetown and Syracuse.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2013, 08:08:38 pm
Here's an update on some of those Top 100 recruits from '13 class rankings, including Bobby Portis and Kingsley, that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

3  PG  Andrew Harrison Richmond, TX        Kentucky
4  SG  Aaron Harrison  Richmond, TX         Kentucky
7  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
9  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
10 SG James Young  Rochester Hills, MI    Kentucky
13 PF Jarell Martin    Baton Rouge Madison Prep  LSU
15 C  Dakari Johnson  Montverde Academy Kentucky
16 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
22 SG  Robert Hubbs  Dyer Co., TN            Tennessee
24 SG  Sindarius Thornwell  Oak Hill          South Carolina
33 PF  Johnathan Williams  Memphis Southwind  Mizzou
36 PF  Jordan Mickey  Dallas Prime Prep     LSU
38 PF  Derrick Griffin  Rosenberg, TX BF Terry  A&M
39 C   Marcus Lee  Antioch, CA Deer Valley  Kentucky
52  C  Moses Kingsley  Huntington Prep     Arkansas
62  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro, AL         Bama
81 SF  Tim Quarterman  Savannah             LSU
97 PF  Shannon Hale  Arden, NC Christ       Bama
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2013, 03:16:58 pm
Missouri gets pledge from juco Post player

The Tigers landed a verbal commitment from junior college center Keanau Post yesterday. Post is a 6-foot-11, 260-pound sophomore at Southwestern Illinois College.

Rivals.com doesn't give him a rating, and he's listed as a three-star prospect by Scout.com. But Harrington said he has improved his game significantly in the past year.

A native of Victoria, British Columbia, he enrolled at SWIC after attending Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix.

Post had surgeries on both knees in August 2011...

The Tigers will lose seniors Laurence Bowers and Alex Oriakhi from the frontcourt after this season.

PRESSEY HONORED BY SEC
Point guard Phil Pressey was named the Southeastern Conference player of the week

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2013/jan/07/missouri-gets-pledge-from-juco-post-player
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2013, 03:24:23 pm
John Calipari can't have it both ways

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/71949/calipari-cant-have-it-both-ways
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2013, 09:06:10 am
UK Soph Kyle Wiltjer was a top 25 prospect from his class and is now in Calipari's dog house after being picked on as the weak link by Vandy.

http://ukbasketball.bloginky.com/2013/01/11/vandy-cal-target-wiltjers-defense/

“Unacceptable.”

That’s the word Kentucky Coach John Calipari used to describe Kyle Wiltjer’s defense — or lack thereof — in UK’s 60-58 victory at Vanderbilt Thursday night.

Calipari said that Vandy scored 14 of its 24 first-half points against Wiltjer.

Vandy players Rod Odom, Shelby Moats and Kedren Johnson exchanged self-conscious smiles when asked if Wiltjer was targeted.

After a pause, Moats said that Vandy talked in several timeout huddles about trying to get points from the player guarded by Wiltjer.

When asked how often Vandy targeted an opponent in such a way, Johnson said, “Not every game. We just felt we had an advantage.”

Said Johnson of Wiltjer, “He’s not too quick sideways.”
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Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2013, 09:10:10 am
UK Fr. Alex Poythress, a top 10 prospect in the '12 class is in Calipari's doghouse.

http://ukbasketball.bloginky.com/2013/01/11/charging-calls-complicate-homecoming-for-poythress/

Poythress, who grew up in Cooksville, Tenn., fouled out of UK’s 60-58 victory at Vanderbilt.

UK Coach John Calipari noted a lack of aggressiveness at times. Vandy grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and won the boards 42-37.

“You can’t let it happen,” Calipari said of gettable rebounds that eluded Poythress. “It’s unacceptable.”

Calipari suggested Poythress adopt an attitude of “I have to make it a point: I’m not getting outworked.”

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2013, 03:48:08 pm
2008 4-star SG Elston Turner had 25 points in the first half for A&M in Rupp. Turner trailed UK's team by only six. Turner finished with 40 to lead A&M to a road win.

(http://cdn2.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/6473049/20130112_ajw_sf6_067.0_standard_730.0.jpg)
USA Today Sports
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2013, 10:43:01 am
SEC Men's Basketball Players of the Week

A&M’s Elston Turner, a 6-foot-5, 212-pound senior guard from Sacramento, Calif., was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 27.5 points on 64.5 percent shooting to go with seven rebounds and three assists in wins over Arkansas and at Kentucky. He made an incredible 14-of-19 shots in the win at Kentucky, including 6-of-10 from beyond 3-point range, to become the first Aggie to reach the 40-point plateau since Jan. 5, 1985. Additionally, Turner became just the third opponent to score 40 or more points against the Wildcats at Rupp Arena. Earlier in the week, Turner tallied 15 points and a career-best eight rebounds in a win over Arkansas, Texas A&M’s first-ever SEC win.

Mississippi State’s Craig Sword, a 6-foot-3, 189-pound freshman guard from Montgomery, Ala., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 17 points, 3.5 rebounds and two steals in wins over South Carolina and at Georgia.

http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/240776/sec-mens-basketball-players-of-the-week.aspx
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Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2013, 03:42:15 pm
Vanderbilt could be without starting point guard and leading scorer [and top 100 recruit from the '11 class] Kedren Johnson when it hosts Ole Miss on Tuesday night.

Johnson suffered another partial dislocation of his right shoulder in the second half of a 56-33 loss to Arkansas on Saturday night. The sophomore from Marshall County had a similar injury in December.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130114/SPORTS0602/301140055/Kedren-Johnson-s-status-unknown-Tuesday
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2013, 09:51:39 am
He’s like Kentucky’s Tim Tebow, but with better hair.

Our thanks to @nerlensnoel3 for stopping by our Lexington Basketball League tonight. Always great to see him.twitpic.com/bvbqpt

— Special Olympics KY (@sokentucky) January 15, 2013

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=125540
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2013, 09:56:43 am
Top 40 recruit and Deer Valley big man Marcus Lee is averaging 19 points, 22 rebounds and 7 blocks a game.

(small sample of the competition is included in the video at the link)
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=125550
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: sasnakrafan on January 17, 2013, 10:58:34 pm
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/prep-superstar-karl-towns-jr-records-quadruple-double-223503260.html


Most likely Kentucky. He is from the Dominican Republic and plays on their national team and attends school in New Jersey. His name is Karl Towns Jr. Coach Calipari is coaching the Dominican National Team.. wonder if he spotted the kid so early on that he set his sites on that team so he could get a leg up in recruiting- not that he needs it.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jry04 on January 18, 2013, 12:18:32 am
Didn't Qualls have a quadruple double? Or was it a triple double and a few blocks away from a quadruple?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 19, 2013, 09:39:57 pm
Top 2013 prospects that list an SEC school:

SF Andrew Wiggins  Huntington Prep (WV)   Kentucky among others
PF Julius Randle  Plano Prestonwood Christian  Florida, UK among others
PF Aaron Gordon San Jose Archbishop Mitty  Kentucky and others
SG Keith Frazier  Dallas Justin F Kimball        A&M, Auburn, et al.
PF Demetrius Henry  Fort Pierce, FL Faith Baptist  South Carolina and host of others

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 20, 2013, 07:08:55 pm
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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 20, 2013, 07:18:23 pm
Poll: What player is most vital to the success of UT men's basketball the rest of the season?

RESPONSE      PERCENT   
Jarnell Stokes   36%   
Trae Golden   29%

http://www.govolsxtra.com/polls/2013/jan/0121gvxpoll/results/
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Post by: jbcarol on January 20, 2013, 08:22:15 pm
Blackman point guard picks Vanderbilt

6-foot-4 Darius Blackman point guard and son of Cumberland coach Lonnie Thompson committed Saturday to Vanderbilt, . (sic) (http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130119/SPORTS0602/301190025/Blackman-point-guard-Darius-Thompson-picks-Vanderbilt)

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“I wanted to wait and see what place I felt most comfortable,” Thompson said. “When I went to Vanderbilt, I felt really comfortable. I just knew this is where I wanted to go.”

Thompson can’t sign until the regular signing period, which begins April 17. Several other schools recruited him since the early signing period. Auburn, Butler, MTSU, N.C. State, Purdue and others made offers. Texas A&M also recruited Thompson.

Blackman coach Barry Wortman said MTSU recruited Thompson harder than any other school. MTSU offered Thompson a scholarship during his junior year.

“Darius had many great opportunities including Murray State, Butler, Tennessee and MTSU,” Wortman said.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2013, 07:38:04 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello
Just did a radio show in Arkansas. Radio host there loves him some I.J. Ready, says Bulldogs got 'em a big-time guard for next fall.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2013, 02:34:52 pm
http://vaughtsviews.com/uk-signee-derek-willis-getting-more-comfortable-on-and-off-the-court/

Willis was '12 co-Region MVP (Louisville area) with Mekale McKay. He had fallen out of the Top 100 for '13. Willis will have to wait to see if his performance in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions will help his case.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2013, 09:46:34 am
Marshall Henderson was a Scout 3-star in the 2009 class before committing to Utah.



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Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2013, 01:58:49 pm
SEC Players of the Week

Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin, a 6-foot-2, 176-pound junior guard from Gainesville, Fla., was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 15 points, six assists and two rebounds in wins at Georgia and at Mississippi State...

The Rock PG was a two-star in the 2010 class out of Gainesville.

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 244-pound freshman forward from Everett, Mass., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging nine points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks against Alabama and LSU. Noel logged a career-high eight blocks in a set-back at Alabama before stretching his streak of six or more blocks in a game to five-straight games with six against LSU. He has now logged 83 blocks on the season which ranks as the second-most in a single-season in UK history...

Noel was #1 in the 2012 class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2013, 05:11:05 pm
Marcus Lee will be a participant in the 2013 McDonald’s All-American game, his high school coach told Ben Roberts at the H-L today.  The rosters won’t officially be announced until Valentine’s Day, but the Deer Valley High basketball coach leaked out the exciting news this morning.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=126643

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2013, 11:03:32 am
Nerlens Noel has blocked one of every nine shots put up against the Wildcats in Southeastern Conference play.

http://www.aggiesports.com/mens_basketball/article_ee5464d9-8217-5404-8f1a-3d973564e907.html

Noel had six blocks against Ole Miss after he picked up his fourth foul on the road against a Top 20 team with All-SEC players on the blocks.

I don't think I have seen that in a college game in the modern error.

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2013, 07:01:10 pm
Here's an update on some of those Top 100 recruits from '13 class rankings, including Bobby Portis and Kingsley, that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

3  PG  Andrew Harrison Richmond, TX        Kentucky
4  SG  Aaron Harrison  Richmond, TX         Kentucky
8  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
9  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
10 SG James Young  Rochester Hills, MI    Kentucky
14 PF Jarell Martin    Baton Rouge Madison Prep  LSU
17 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
18 C  Dakari Johnson  Montverde Academy Kentucky
21 C   Marcus Lee  Antioch, CA Deer Valley  Kentucky
22 SG  Robert Hubbs  Dyer Co., TN            Tennessee
29 SG  Sindarius Thornwell  Oak Hill          South Carolina
32 PF  Johnathan Williams  Memphis Southwind  Mizzou
36 PF  Jordan Mickey  Dallas Prime Prep     LSU
39  C  Moses Kingsley  Huntington Prep     Arkansas

70  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro, AL         Bama
74 PF  Derrick Griffin  Rosenberg, TX BF Terry  A&M
80 SF  Tim Quarterman  Savannah             LSU
86 PG  Wes Clark       Romulus Sr.             Mizzou
100 PF Shannon Hale  Arden, NC Christ       Bama
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2013, 08:13:31 am
Strange: Tennessee, Georgia battling for wins and men's basketball recruits

UT's roster includes two scholarship players from Tennessee and four from Georgia.

Will the outcome of Wednesday's game between the Vols and Georgia Bulldogs at Thompson-Boling Arena have any impact in shaping the future of these two SEC rivals?

Tennessee assistant coach Tracy Webster doesn't think so.

Vols have three Georgians on the roster who were Rivals Top 150 recruits.

"Georgia recruited me,'' junior Jordan McRae of Midway, Ga., said Monday, "but I was pretty sold on Tennessee.''

The Bulldogs recruited senior Kenny Hall in Stone Mountain. Hall, however, was looking north to UT, which was then deep into a 10-game winning streak against the Bulldogs.

"I enjoyed the atmosphere at Tennessee a lot more than I did Georgia,'' Hall said. "I just really wanted to get out of Georgia.''

Junior Trae Golden of Powder Springs had Georgia on his mind and his shortlist, but ultimately picked Tennessee.

Freshman Armani Moore is UT's fourth Georgian. He attracted only mild interest from the Bulldogs, he said.

November signee A.J. Davis of Buford, Ga., will replace Hall on the roster next year.

The Atlanta metro area is important to UT because it's closer to campus than Memphis. Then again, it's important to a lot of schools.

Georgia (20) is the leading producer of SEC players, edging Texas (19) and Tennessee (17). (Those figures include walk-ons.)

The ACC schools also work Georgia hard.

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/feb/04/mike-strange-tennessee-georgia-battling-for-wins/
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Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2013, 10:01:49 pm
2009 Top 50 Recruit Kenny Hall is arrested

Tennessee forward Kenny Hall was arrested this week on driving on a suspended license.

It's unclear at the moment what, if any impact, the incident will have on Hall's playing status this week and going forward. He was previously suspended for a violation of team rules last spring, missing the Vols final 11 games of the 2011-12 season before being allowed to rejoin the roster this offseason.

Cuonzo Martin did not return a phone call (nor will he). (http://tennessee.rivals.com/barrier_noentry.asp)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2013, 01:17:38 pm
Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel took a much-needed break from glorifying online relationships between two Samoan dudes to weigh in on the recruitment of Andrew Wiggins:

Multiple people around Wiggins hinted that there’s a chance he’d choose Florida State, where both his parents attended, for a more low key college experience. Fulford said that Huntington Prep played six games in the state of Kentucky this year and drew nearly 35,000 people total in those games.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=127100
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2013, 07:52:10 pm
Does LSU's basketball or football team have a better recruiting class? (http://www.nola.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2013/02/does_lsus_basketball_or_footba.html)

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LSU's men basketball team picked another commitment for its 2013 class in 7-footer Darcy Malone. Malone is part of an LSU basketball recruiting class that included Madison Prep's five-star forward Jarrell Martin and is also highly ranked. 
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 11, 2013, 08:57:04 pm
Access to 2014 Scout rankings (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=127294)

1. Jahlil Okafor, Center
Previous rank: 3
Considering: Arizona, Arkansas, DePaul, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky,...

2. Tyus Jones, Point Guard
Previous rank: 1
Considering: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,...

3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Point Guard
Previous rank: 2
Considering: Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Texas, A&M

4. Trey Lyles, Power Forward
Previous rank: 5
Considering: Butler, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, ...

5. Cliff Alexander, Center
Previous rank: 4
Considering: Kentucky, Michigan State, DePaul, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee...

8. Karl Towns, Center — Committed to UK
Previous rank: 7

11. D’Angelo Russell, Shooting Guard
Previous rank: 10
Considering: Cincinnati, Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri...

13. Rashad Vaughn, Shooting Guard
Previous rank: 14
Considering: Baylor, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky...

17. Stanley Johnson, Small Forward
Previous rank: 26
Considering: Arizona, Kentucky...

20. Leron Black, Power Forward
Previous rank: 19
Considering: Arkansas, Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt

25. Jalen Lindsey, Small Forward
Previous rank: 22
Considering: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Providence, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2013, 03:43:03 pm
bigleadsportsTM ranks the top 50 college basketball players coming into '12-13. (http://www.thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/07/13/50-best-players-in-college-basketball-for-the-2012-2013-season/)
 
5. Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky – Expect a highlight reel’s worth of blocks and dunks as a freshman before he leaves for the pros. Won’t be the game-changer Anthony Davis was, though.

8. BJ Young, G, Arkansas – Best player in the SEC who gets the least amount of publicity. Shot 41 percent on 3-pointers, averaged 15.2 ppg as a freshman.

11. Jarnell Stokes, F, Tennessee – Averaged a modest 9.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg in just 17 games. The SEC lost a ton of talent, and he might be the best returning frontcourt player in the league.

21. Erik Murphy, F, Florida – Quietly emerged as a very good stretch 4 – he shot 42 percent from deep. Smart player who has an underrated handle.

24. Phil Pressey, G, Missouri – Dynamic point guard surrounded by talent should put the Tigers in Final 4 contention.

29. Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky – Freshman might lead the Wildcats in scoring.

32. Alex Oriakhi, PF, Missouri – Don’t read into the transfer from Connecticut’s disappointing junior year (6.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg). The Huskies were a mess. Expect him to improve on his sophomore numbers (9.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg).

34. Kenny Boynton, Florida – Shot 40 percent on 3-pointers. Should take over the Gators with Beal and Walker gone.

35. Rotnei Clarke, G, Butler - Most anticipated transfer (from Arkansas) in college hoops. Shot 43 percent in his last season with Razorbacks.

36. Kyle Wiltjer, F, Kentucky – Wildcats lost six players to the NBA and have a lot of new pieces. Wiltjer should be a 15 ppg glue-guy.

46. Mark Lyons, G, Xavier – [UPDATE: He transferred to Arizona. Replacement - Can we get a judges ruling on Ryan Harrow, G, Kentucky?]

Noel will not get the chance to finish strong after ACL injury.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2013, 05:58:45 pm
Hill, Kasey 6’1” PG Montverde Academy Florida
Walker, Chris 6’9” C/F Holmes County Florida
Johnson, Dakari 6’10 C Montverde Academy Kentucky
Harrison, Andrew 6’5” PG William B. Tavis Kentucky
Harrison, Aaron 6’5” G William B. Tavis Kentucky
Martin, Jarrell 6’8” F Madison Prep LSU
Young, James 6’7” C/F Rochester High Kentucky
Portis, Bobby 6’9” C Hall High Arkansas
Lee, Marcus 6’9” C Deer Valley High Kentucky

http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/aag/en/home.html
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: RAZ FAN on February 14, 2013, 06:34:09 pm
Hill, Kasey 6’1” PG Montverde Academy Florida
Walker, Chris 6’9” C/F Holmes County Florida
Johnson, Dakari 6’10 C Montverde Academy Kentucky
Harrison, Andrew 6’5” PG William B. Tavis Kentucky
Harrison, Aaron 6’5” G William B. Tavis Kentucky
Martin, Jarrell 6’8” F Madison Prep LSU
Young, James 6’7” C/F Rochester High Kentucky
Portis, Bobby 6’9” C Hall High Arkansas
Lee, Marcus 6’9” C Deer Valley High Kentucky

http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/aag/en/home.html
KY may have a problem with #of scholarships next yr. Wonder who Cal will run off. Only 1 player could possibly go pro from this yr team and he tore his ACL tues. I think only 1 senior if that on the team.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: JackJohnson on February 14, 2013, 07:33:19 pm
KY may have a problem with #of scholarships next yr. Wonder who Cal will run off. Only 1 player could possibly go pro from this yr team and he tore his ACL tues. I think only 1 senior if that on the team.

They only have 6 former signees  on their team this year.  I am sure Harrow and Mayes the two transfers have one as well.  They likely awarded the rest to Walkons to help the RPI and will take them back if needed.

They only carried 7-8 last year as well.  Cal actually has a genius idea- so long as no one gets hurt...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: RAZ FAN on February 14, 2013, 07:39:06 pm
They only have 6 former signees  on their team this year.  I am sure Harrow and Mayes the two transfers have one as well.  They likely awarded the rest to Walkons to help the RPI and will take them back if needed.

They only carried 7-8 last year as well.  Cal actually has a genius idea- so long as no one gets hurt...
didnt realize that. Guess they will have their scholarships pulled. What a piece Cal is. Cal only cares about Cal
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: GoHogs1091 on February 14, 2013, 11:03:41 pm
KY may have a problem with #of scholarships next yr. Wonder who Cal will run off. Only 1 player could possibly go pro from this yr team and he tore his ACL tues. I think only 1 senior if that on the team.

Goodwin and Noel will probably go Pro.  There is a chance that Wiltjer will also go Pro.  Assuming that Wiltjer stays (which could very well happen), the following will probably be who they will have on Scholarship next season.

Point Guards

Ryan Harrow   6'2"
Andrew Harrison   6'5"
Jarrod Polson   6'2"

Shooting Guards

James Young   6'6"
Aaron Harrison   6'5"
Jon Hood   6'7"

Small Forward

Kyle Wiltjer   6'10"

Power Forwards

Alex Poythress   6'7"
Willie Cauley-Stein   7'0"
Marcus Lee   6'9"
Derek Willis   6'8"

Center

Dakari Johnson   6'10"

Willie Cauley-Stein is listed as a Forward on their Roster on their Athletic Web Site.  Until they get better play at PG, and until they get better play from Poythress at PF, they won't be as good as they could be, but Andrew Harrison may make them some better at PG, and Marcus Lee may make them some better at PF.     





Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 15, 2013, 02:37:10 pm
Anton Beard ‏@yolo_Ton33
Me and my family have decided to reopen my recruitment and uncommitted from the Missouri university

Anton Beard ‏@yolo_Ton33
I put uncommitted lol it's decomitted ! Lol

Zone Real inc. ‏@RodWinkler
Parkview guard junior Anton Beard decommits from university of mizzou shocking!

Anton Beard ‏@yolo_Ton33
Who cares how you haters feel ?

Anton Beard ‏@yolo_Ton33
So ready for aau
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2013, 10:37:30 am
Forward Marcus Thornton is expected to play again for the Georgia basketball team, but Mark Fox doesn’t think it will be this season.

Thornton, a junior, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and hasn’t played for two months.

“This kid has been through a ton,” Fox said. “We had a nice talk in Oxford (Miss.), and we fully anticipate Marcus Thornton will return to the court and play for us again. I don’t think that we can put a timetable on that. He is still eligible for a medical redshirt if he cannot make it back this season. I’m not anticipating that he’s going to be able to come back this year. He’s not yet returned to practice. He just hasn’t been cleared.”

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Thornton started 20 games last season and seven of the nine games he played this season. He was averaging 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game before his latest surgery. He’s had three knee surgeries while at Georgia.

http://dogbytesonline.com/fox-not-anticpating-thornton-will-play-again-this-season-68476/

The namesake of a former SEC player of the year at LSU, Thornton was a 3-star and ranked #34 at the PF position in the 2010 class out of Westlake.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2013, 12:09:42 pm
Scout finally updated its 2013 Class Rankings

1. UK
6. Florida
8. LSU
13. Hogs
22. Mizzou

http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/1267888.html
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 22, 2013, 08:41:48 am
While not Top 100, Murfreesboro Blackman PG Darius Thompson has decommitted from Vandy.

He is reported to have an SEC offer from Auburn as well as Purdue, MTSU, NC State, and of course Butler.

Dillon Holt ‏@dillonholt_6
All I'm saying is Fayetteville could use a point guard like @dthomp15, we need shooters bad!!!!!

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 25, 2013, 06:47:02 pm
Some of those Top 100 recruits from '13 class rankings, including Bobby Portis and Kingsley, that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

3  PG  Andrew Harrison Richmond, TX        Kentucky
4  SG  Aaron Harrison  Richmond, TX         Kentucky
8  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
9  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
10 SG James Young  Rochester Hills, MI    Kentucky
14 PF Jarell Martin    Baton Rouge Madison Prep  LSU
17 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                          Arkansas
18 C  Dakari Johnson  Montverde Academy Kentucky
21 C   Marcus Lee  Antioch, CA Deer Valley  Kentucky
22 SG  Robert Hubbs  Dyer Co., TN            Tennessee
29 SG  Sindarius Thornwell  Oak Hill          South Carolina
32 PF  Johnathan Williams  Memphis Southwind  Mizzou
36 PF  Jordan Mickey  Dallas Prime Prep     LSU
39  C  Moses Kingsley  Huntington Prep     Arkansas

70  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro, AL         Bama
74 PF  Derrick Griffin  Rosenberg, TX BF Terry  A&M
80 SF  Tim Quarterman  Savannah             LSU
86 PG  Wes Clark       Romulus Sr.             Mizzou
100 PF Shannon Hale  Arden, NC Christ       Bama
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2013, 08:22:16 pm
Andrew Wiggins named the Naismith National High School Player of the Year. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/25/andrew-wiggins-named-naismith-high-school-player-of-the-year/)

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The bigger question surrounding Wiggins is where he will spend his collegiate days. No one wants to bet against Kentucky, but over the past couple of months, the rumbling has been that Florida State is the favorite. Wiggins doesn’t like the spotlight. He doesn’t want the attention.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2013, 11:16:24 am
Zagsblog: College predictions for Wiggins, Randle and Gordon

Wiggins (Florida State)
Randle (Kansas)
Gordon (Washington)

http://zagsblog.com/andrew-wiggins/college-predictions-for-wiggins-randle-gordon
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2013, 11:24:53 am
UF signee Walker shines on way to state title

For Bonifay Holmes County center Chris Walker, his last game as a Blue Devil on Wednesday couldn’t have ended any better, winning the school’s first state title in boys basketball.

And the 6-foot-10, 195-pound senior certainly had a lot to do with it — 30 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks — in a dominating 59-40 win over Greensboro West Gadsden for the Class 1A championship.

Now the Florida signee shifts his attention to the Gators and the work needed to be done before he steps on campus in Gainesville.

“I have to work on getting stronger,” said Walker, who along with fellow UF signee Kasey Hill of Montverde Academy is a McDonald’s All-American. “I will be working on my footwork, my post moves, my jump shot. I will be working on a lot of the basic things.”

http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20130301/ARTICLES/130309941/1056/gatorsbasketball
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2013, 06:03:24 pm
Harrison twins lead team to Texas 5A State Championship (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=129134)

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“It makes it sweeter because we lost last year,” said Andrew Harrison after the game. “Every great player wants to win a state championship. I felt it was our duty to do that.” Andrew scored 16 points while grabbing 9 rebounds, earning him MVP honors in the 46-38 victory over South Grand Prairie.

Aaron was gimpy for the entirety of the game, turning his ankle in the opening minutes and only managing to score 8 points. “It’s been a long, long road. We finally made it. Losing this game wouldn’t have defined our high school career, but it ended it the right way.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2013, 08:13:52 am
Sporting News All-Freshman Team

Marc Smart, OK State (FOY)

Shabazz, UCLA

Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

Ben McLemore, KU

Anthony Bennett, UNLV

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2013-03-11/sporting-news-freshmen-team-marcus-smart-nerlens-noel-shabazz-muhammad
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2013, 10:12:09 am
2013 Coaches First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Erik Murphy, Florida – F/C, 6-10, 238, Sr., South Kingstown, R.I.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia – G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, So., Cleveland, Miss.
Phil Pressey, Missouri – G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-5, 178, Jr., Midway, Ga.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M – G, 6-5, 209, Sr., Sacramento, Calif.

Second Team All-SEC
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
BJ Young, Arkansas – G, 6-3, 180, So, St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
^Mike Rosario, Florida – G, 6-3, 183, Sr., Jersey City, N.J.
^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 175, Jr., Hurst, Texas
Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss – F, 6-7, 240, Sr., Irmo, S.C.
Laurence Bowers, Missouri – F, 6-8, 227, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

SEC All-Freshman Team
Michael Frazier II, Florida – G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-4, 205, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga.
^Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky – G, 6-4.5, 198, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
^Alex Poythress, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 189, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.
^Gavin Ware, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 270, Fr., Starkville, Miss.
Michael Carrera, South Carolina – F, 6-5, 212, Fr., Anzoátegui, Venezuela

SEC All-Defensive Team
^Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 185, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Anthony Hickey, LSU – G, 5-11, 178, So., Hopkinsville, Ky.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-9, 235, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

^-Ties are not broken

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky


2013 AP All-SEC Team

FIRST TEAM
 
u-Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, G, 6-5, So.
Erik Murphy, Florida, F/C, 6-10, Sr.
Trevor Releford, Alabama, G, 6-0, Jr.
Jordan McRae, Tennessee, G, 6-5, Jr.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, F, 6-10, Fr.
 
SECOND TEAM
 
Marshall Henderson, Mississippi, G, 6-2, Jr.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M, G, 6-5, Sr.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, F, 6-8, So.
Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU, F, 6-9, So.
Murphy Holloway, Mississippi, F, 6-7, Sr.
Phil Pressey, Missouri, G, 5-11, Jr.
 
HONORABLE MENTION
 
Laurence Bowers, Missouri, F, 6-8, Sr.; Kenny Boynton, Florida, G, 6-2, Sr.; Alex Oriakhi, Missouri, F, 6-9, Sr.; Marshawn Powell, Arkansas, F, 6-7, Jr.; Mike Rosario, Florida, G, 6-3, Sr.; Scottie Wilbekin, Florida, G, 6-2, Jr.; BJ Young, Arkansas, G, 6-3, So.; Patric Young, Florida, C, 6-9, Jr.
 
___
 
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
 
COACH OF THE YEAR — Billy Donovan, Florida
 
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Marshall Henderson, Mississippi

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 16, 2013, 04:12:55 pm
During Thursday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game practice, all 12 players on the Alabama roster were asked to cast a hypothetical Mr. Basketball vote, and 10 said they'd give it to Wenonah's De'Runnya Wilson.

"He led his team to a three-peat," said Mountain Brook guard Jeremy Berman of Wilson. "He's always hustling and doing the little things. He's a winner, and he's been doing it a long time."

Wilson, who is signed with Mississippi State's football team, averaged 18.4 points and 15.8 rebounds per game this season (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/03/who_should_win_mr_basketball_f.html)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 19, 2013, 10:38:45 pm
Five-star Dallas-area power forward Julius Randle – a consensus top-five player in the 2013 class and a top recruiting target of Kentucky – will make his college decision Wednesday during a 1 p.m. EDT program on ESPNU. (The actual announcement, which will be during an assembly in the gymnasium of his school, Prestonwood Christian Academy [Sao Ming] in Plano, is expected at about 1:10.)

Randle is down to UK, Kansas, Florida and Texas.  (http://blogs.courier-journal.com/recruiting/2013/03/19/julius-randles-coach-talks-about-his-recruitment-on-eve-of-college-announcement/)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 20, 2013, 01:06:29 pm
Julius Randle gave a committment to Kentucky over Kansas, et al.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 21, 2013, 11:32:27 am
Julius Randle gave a committment to Kentucky over Kansas, et al.

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Post by: jbcarol on March 22, 2013, 09:31:29 am
“Our class isn’t going to be judged until you see how we play in college,” Randle told reporters following his announcement. “And our goal is to win it, go undefeated, whatever we want to do. Once we do that, then you can judge our class. But right now, we’re just great recruits.”

Randle’s correct. His class hasn’t accomplished anything in college, which will lead to debates over whether this is an Anthony Davis-type class or just another 2012 class full of disappointment.

http://www.mrsec.com/2013/03/sec-recruiting-notebook-kentucky-will-get-the-last-laugh/

Also, is Cal setting up Kentucky for another disappointing 2014-15 season?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 25, 2013, 10:03:32 am
Recruiting Ratings for 2013 AP and Coaches All-SEC First Team Guards

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia – 2011 #3 SG, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Trevor Releford, Alabama –              2010 #10 PG, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kansas City
Jordan McRae, Tennessee –              2010 #9 SG, 6-5, 178, Jr., Midway, Ga.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2013, 01:27:01 pm
Recruiting Rankings for 2013 AP and Coaches First Team All-SEC Bigs

Erik Murphy, Florida – 2009 #12 PF, 6-10, 238, Sr., South Kingstown, R.I.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – 2012 #1 overall, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 28, 2013, 09:44:14 pm
Today was Andrew Wiggins Day in Huntington.  He is the top prospect in the Class of '13.

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/BGdqqU_CUAAdunB.jpg_large-e1364494877487.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2013, 05:43:58 pm
Auburn basketball lands commitment from 3-star power forward Matthew Atewe (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2013/03/auburn_basketball_lands_3-star.html)

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Matthew Atewe, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., committed to Auburn Saturday.

Atewe fills a big hole for the Tigers, who played without a true power forward in the lineup after junior college transfer Sharief Adamu was dismissed from the team just seven games into the season.

Freshman Jordon Granger also played the power forward spot, but he's a developmental player who couldn't give the Tigers many minutes, leaving Allen Payne and Noel Johnson to play out-of-position at the power forward spot.

But Auburn head coach Tony Barbee has targeted the position aggressively in the 2013 recruiting cycle, adding signee Benas Griciunas, a power forward who can stretch teams' defenses with his shooting ability, and now Atewe, a more traditional power presence inside, to compete with Granger.

Atewe is the fifth signee for the Tigers for the upcoming recruiting class, joining Griciunas, point guard Tajh Shamsid-Deen, center Ronald Delph and shooting guard Dion Wade.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2013, 10:11:57 pm
Aaron Gordon chose Arizona over Oregon, Kentucky and Washington.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2013, 10:23:47 am
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=130941

McD's All-American Game Box Score



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Post by: jbcarol on April 06, 2013, 02:20:35 pm
Future SEC players Kasey Hill (UF) and Dakari Johnson (UK) led Monteverde to a come from behind win over St. Benedict's in the high school National Invitational championship.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 10, 2013, 08:17:08 am
Madison Central point guard Dominique Hawkins – Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball winner – announced Wednesday morning that he has committed to play for the University of Kentucky, providing depth and home-state flavor to a recruiting class that’s already ranked far away as the nation’s best.

Hawkins, a 6-foot-1, is a lifelong UK fan who has said multiple times that it was his dream to play for the Wildcats, but it was only during Wednesday’s assembly in the MCHS gym that he revealed he has a definitive scholarship offer from coach John Calipari that he could accept.

He  turned down offers from Western Kentucky – which has recruited him consistently for months – South Carolina, Purdue, Tennesssee Tech and Morehead State. Hawkins has said for the past several weeks that he would wait to see whether UK had an offer for him before he considered committing to another school.

Hawkins will play his college home games at Rupp Arena, where he led Madison Central to the state title in last month’s Boys’ Sweet 16. Calipari watched Hawkins in three consecutive state tournament games. His memorable week of clutch play earned him Most Valuable Player honors and piqued Calipari’s interest more and more as a highly competitive player who could thrive on a big stage.

Hawkins becomes the eighth member of UK’s class, and he and Bullitt East forward Derek Willis are the only players in it who are not six McDonald’s All Americans.

http://blogs.courier-journal.com/recruiting/2013/04/10/dominique-hawkins-commits-to-kentucky/
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Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2013, 09:32:40 am
Donovan addressed eligibility concerns about incoming McDonald’s All-American Chris Walker, saying, “I think in looking at our incoming freshmen, certainly they are in the right courses, taking the right classes and doing all of that stuff, but I think that stuff will end up playing itself out whenever he graduates.”

http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2013/04/11/billy-donovan-wants-gators-to-be-nastier
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Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2013, 05:26:22 pm
Rivals 150

1. Andrew Wiggins SF TBD
2. Julius Randle PF UK
5. Andrew Harrison G UK
6. Chris Walker C UF
7. Aaron Harrison G UK
9. Dakari Johnson C UK
10. Kasey Hill G UF
11. James Young SF UK
13. Jarell Martin F LSU
15. Bobby Portis PF Hogs
19. Marcus Lee PF UK
23. Robert Hubbs G UT
41. Jordan Mickey F LSU
42. Johnathan Williams III F MU
43. Sindarius Thornwell G SC
63. Moses Kingsley C Hogs
69. Jimmie Taylor F Bama
71. Tim Quarterman G LSU
72. Wesley Clark G MU
77. Damian Jones C VU
98. Shannon Hale F Bama
115. Derek Willis F UK
123. Torren Jones F MU
142. Juwan Parker G UGa
149. Jarius Thompson G UT

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/rankings/rank-2752
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Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2013, 01:17:36 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDanielsFOX 27m
Algie Key, a two time Junior College All-American, just verbally pledged to Alabama, per a source.

Decatur, Ga. SG graduated HS in 2011.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2013, 03:11:47 pm
Small forward Chris Griffin signed a letter of intent to play at Auburn next season.

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Griffin played at Wabash Valley College in Illinois and had been committed to Rutgers but decommitted following the recent scandal that led to the firing of coach Mike Rice.

With eight players currently on scholarship, Auburn would be one player over the 13-scholarship limit next fall if the roster remains intact and power forward Matthew Atewe and small forward Dion Wade sign with the Tigers.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/04/chris_griffin_signs_letter_of.html
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Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2013, 03:52:22 pm
6-foot-10, 250-pound Indian Hills CC center Rawane Ndiaye commits to Tennessee basketball; Vols now two scholarships over limit.

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/apr/16/rawane-ndiaye-commits-to-tennessee-basketball/
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Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2013, 04:06:42 pm
Kenny Paul Geno, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward from Booneville, Miss., committed to UGA on Wednesday.

“Georgia had been recruiting me for a while,” Geno told the AJC. “They had two scholarships open, and had been telling me that if Kentavious was to go to the NBA, that would probably be my scholarship. That is what happened. As soon as he declared, they called me.”

UGA extended an offer on Tuesday night, and Geno took less than 24 hours to pick the Bulldogs over Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas State and Jacksonville State, among others. He also had serious interest from South Alabama, Troy and Mississippi State.

http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/college-recruiting/2013/apr/17/commit-uga-closes-deal-hurry-recruit/
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Post by: jbcarol on April 20, 2013, 10:36:49 am
Small forward Chris Griffin signed a letter of intent to play at Auburn next season.

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Griffin played at Wabash Valley College in Illinois and had been committed to Rutgers but decommitted following the recent scandal that led to the firing of coach Mike Rice.

With eight players currently on scholarship, Auburn would be one player over the 13-scholarship limit next fall if the roster remains intact and power forward Matthew Atewe and small forward Dion Wade sign with the Tigers.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/04/chris_griffin_signs_letter_of.html

Auburn has received a national letter of intent from power forward Matthew Atewe, the sixth member of the Tigers' incoming basketball class.

Atewe, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., is a rebounding, shot-blocking presence underneath who continues to add size to the Tigers' incoming class. Auburn has already signed 7-foot center Ronald Delph, 6-11 forward Benas Griciunas, 6-7 forwards Chris Griffin and Dion Wade, plus point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen, to a six-member recruiting class. (http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2013/04/auburn_signs_power_forward_mat.html)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2013, 09:17:11 am
Update on 2013 number one prospect Andrew Wiggins:

Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanCBS 11m
Been told Andrew Wiggins has canceled his home visits with Kansas, UNC and Florida State early this week
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2013, 09:50:15 am
Cameron Forte, a 6-foot-7 forward, announced on Twitter that he has pledged to the Bulldogs.

He’s from Howard junior college in Texas, and averaged 22.5 points and 8 rebounds this past season. He originally signed with Texas Tech out of high school, and will have three years of eligibility at UGA.

UGA will finish with four signees in this year’s class.

http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/college-recruiting/2013/apr/21/uga-picks-basketball-commit/
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Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2013, 08:11:50 pm
Former Kentucky C Nerlens Noel on his ACL recovery, the NBA draft and more (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/04/former_kentucky_c_nerlens_noel.html)

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"The knee is doing good. I have been working hard in rehab. My physical therapist has been telling me I am ahead of schedule and I'm coming along really well."

On interacting with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews ... "He (told) me when I had the surgery that it went very well. He's told me to make sure I take things slow and stay focused on physical therapy. That's the key thing."

On his decision to declare for the NBA Draft ...

"There was a consideration about coming back, but anybody that gets injured is probably going to have the consideration and think about it. I sat there with my family and saw the extent of my injury. I thought it wasn't going to affect me in the draft too much. I've definitely been tackling the rehab. My decision with my family was probably the best decision for me."
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Post by: jbcarol on April 25, 2013, 09:20:27 pm
A former Rutgers recruit, Shane Rector (Bronx, N.Y./South Kent, Conn.) gave a verbal to Mizzou...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 29, 2013, 10:07:18 am
Too early look at some of those Top 100 recruits from '14 class that have verbally committed to SEC schools:

8  C    Karl Towns         St. Joseph, Metchuen, NJ   Kentucky

66 PG  Anton Beard       North Little Rock               Arkansas

98 PG  Marcus Stroman  WJ Keenan, Columbia, SC   South Carolina

 
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2013, 12:48:52 pm
http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/order/true

ESPN's final 2013 basketball recruiting Top 100 rankings
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Post by: jbcarol on May 04, 2013, 12:45:26 pm
Decourcy: Andrew Wiggins' decision worth the wait

If you’ve followed college basketball recruiting long enough, you remember the days of waiting for Xavier Henry or Patrick Patterson or Charlie Villanueva. Compared to Andrew Wiggins, though, waiting for those guys was like waiting for Godot.

OK, it’s true that each of those players was a big-deal recruit at the time. And, in fact, each became a capable college player. Patterson was one of the top scorers on John Calipari’s first Kentucky team, which won 35 games and dual Southeastern Conference championships. Villanueva won a championship ring with Connecticut as a freshman reserve in 2004 and helped the Huskies to a Big East co-championship the following season. Henry’s only college team became the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. All three of them became top-20 NBA draft picks.

With Wiggins, however, we are talking about someone truly extraordinary.

On the day Wiggins steps on an NBA court, and that’ll happen sooner rather than later, he’ll become one of the greatest athletes ever to play in the league... (http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2013-05-02/andrew-wiggins-update-decision-unc-kentucky-fsu-kansas-recruiting-nba)

Looking at the CBS Sports' Too Early but in their eyes, not Way Too Early '13-14 All-American Teams, Wiggins is on the First Team.  SEC has no representative on their First Team unless Wiggins chooses Kentucky or a big surprise.

We -- we being CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman -- assumed, on the night of the national title game in Atlanta, that Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart and Creighton's Doug McDermott would enter the NBA Draft. We also figured Louisville's Russ Smith would follow, mostly because his father said he would. But now look. All three returned to school. And all three are sure-bet preseason First-Team All-Americans.

That's our opinion, at least. (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22172296/all-americans-watch-list-bank-on-smart-mcdermott-and-smith)

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We sat down after Sunday's deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA Draft and determined that Smart, Smith and McDermott should be locks for all preseason All-American teams, and that Andrew Wiggins must join them even though it's still unknown whether the incoming freshman will play at Florida State, Kentucky or somewhere else. He's just too good not to include, evidence being that Wiggins is projected as the consensus top pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

The other big?

That's Michigan's Mitch McGary, we decided.

Possible Second-Team All-Americans
F: Julius Randle (Kentucky)
F: Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky)

Possible Third-Team All-Americans
G: Andrew Harrison (Kentucky)

Twenty other players worth monitoring
Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss); Jordan McRae (Tennessee); ...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2013, 08:39:22 am
6-4 Brother Martin SG Jordan Cornish is Tennessee's first '14 verbal.

He is currently 128 on 247's list.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 08, 2013, 08:40:26 am
Amid constant speculation about whether Andrew Wiggins will choose Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina or Florida State, what if he shocked the world and picked Louisville?

Well, calm down, because the nation’s top basketball recruit is almost certainly not going to pick Louisville. But if the woman who has put a roof over his head for the past two years had any say, she would point Wiggins toward the Cardinals.

“If it was my choice, I’d say he should go to Louisville,” said Lesley Thomas, who has been Wiggins’ host mom in West Virginia since he enrolled at Huntington Prep. “Yes, I would have, because I love Coach Pitino’s program.”

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130507/COLUMNISTS02/305070106/1029/sports/If-mom-had-her-say-Andrew-Wiggins-would-play-basketball-Louisville

Maybe more than Sypher.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 08, 2013, 09:03:31 am
Maryland hoops star Jerron Martin uses Vine to announce commitment to Ole Miss

Martin used Vine to announce (can see via link) his college decision earlier today.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard chose Ole Miss over Loyola (Md) his only other offer. This past season, he played in the same back court with flashy point guard Aquille Carr, who originally committed to Seton Hall, but will take his talents overseas, where he'll play professionally...

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/05/maryland_product_jerron_martin.html

"I guess if y'all ain't know. Yeah, it's kind of official. I'm a Ole Miss Rebel. Hotty Toddy."

His use of social media has exceeded his resume' so far.

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Post by: jbcarol on May 12, 2013, 03:49:18 pm
The number one prospect in the '13 class, Huntington Prep SF Andrew Wiggins, may make his college choice on Tuesday.

Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford told the Herald-Leader on Saturday night that a Tuesday announcement is not out of the question, following a tweet from 24/Sports analyst Jerry Meyer that said he was “expecting” a decision from Wiggins on that day.

Both of Wiggins’ parents, who live in Toronto, are expected to arrive in Huntington on Monday. Fulford has said several times in recent weeks that Wiggins would decide no later than Wednesday, which is the final day of the regular signing period.

Wiggins — the No. 1 rated player in the class of 2013 — is considering Florida State, UK, North Carolina, and Kansas.

Both of the 6-foot-8 forward’s parents were standout athletes at Florida State. (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/05/11/2636984/wiggins-watch-tuesday-announcement.html)
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Post by: jbcarol on May 12, 2013, 05:29:32 pm
There are various reports that Andrew Wiggins could actually shock the world and pick a college on Tuesday finally ending the greatest saga in college basketball recruiting since, well, the last great sage (sic) in college baksetball recruiting.

In fact, were I Wiggins, no way I sign a national letter-of-intent. What's the point of doing that? Any school in the country would make room for his talents. And what if he signs with a school whose coach then departs for some reason, or something (sic) other factor changes.

http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2013/05/12/andrew-wiggins-may-or-may-not-decide-tuesday

There could be a motorcycle accident, an NCAA investigation, a ...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 13, 2013, 09:42:08 am
Wiggins' coach Fulford confirmed that Wiggins will make his decision tomorrow at 12:15 PM EDT in a private ceremony with only one local sports reporter present, Grant "Tractor" Traylor of the Herald-Dispatch.

Traylor has covered the high school basketball beat in Huntington for several years.  He doesn't think the head coach knows what the player will do. 25% chance for each of Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Plans to tweet the choice and maybe a couple of pictures from the simple ceremony.




Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 14, 2013, 08:40:42 am
The son of former Vandy all-conference big man Frank Kornet has signed with Vandy in the '13 class.

Luke Kornet, who played in the Texas private school system, is reported to have had offers from KState, TCU, and Purdue.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 14, 2013, 11:23:35 am
The nation's number one recruit, Huntington Prep SF Andrew Wiggins chose Kansas over his parents' alma mater Florida State, UK and UNC.

Noted that coach Leonard Hamilton came in second on two of biggest announcements at the time: Ralph Sampson to Virginia in 1979 when Hamilton was top assistant and recruiter for UK and today as head coach of Florida State.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 21, 2013, 11:46:40 am
SEC Team Recruiting

Kentucky  Scout's #1 C, PF, PG, SG; #3 C; #4 SF; #30 PF; NR SG (in-state Mr. Basketball)

LSU: #5 PF; #12 PF; #18 SF; JC C and PF; NR C and PF (3-star)

Florida:  #2 PG; #4 PF

Arkansas : #6 PF (5-star); #5 C (4-star)

Mizzou: #9 PF; #16 PG; NR PG (3-star); NR PF (3-star)

Vols:  #2 SG; NR SG (3-star), NR SF (3-star)

Bama:  #10 C: #22 PF; JC SG

A&M:  NR C (3-star); JC SG; NR PF; NR SF
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2013, 09:50:02 am
Top 30 2013 Centers committed/signed by SEC schools

1. Dakari Johnson  UK

3. Marcus Lee       UK

5. Moses Kingsley  Hogs

10. Jimmie Taylor   Bama

26. Dwight Coleby  OM

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2013, 11:53:38 am
Top 30 2013 Power Forwards committed/signed by SEC schools

1. Julius Randle         UK

4. Chris Walker          UF

6. Bobby Portis        Hogs

9. J. Williams            MU

12. Jordan Mickey     LSU

19. Demetrius Henry  SC

22. Shannon Hale    Bama

26. Damian Jones      VU

30. Derek Willis        UK
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 04, 2013, 07:55:33 am
Top 30 2013 Small Forwards committed/signed by SEC schools

4. James Young        UK

18. Tim Quarterman  LSU

29. Juwan Parker      UGa
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 07, 2013, 07:20:46 am
Top 30 2013 Shooting Guards committed/signed by SEC schools

1. Aaron Harrison        UK

2. Robert Hubbs          UT

5. Sindarius Thornwell  SC
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 08, 2013, 11:08:10 am
Top 30 Point (Lead) Guards committed/signed by SEC schools

1. Andrew Harrison  UK

2. Kasey Hill           UF

16. Wes Clark         MU

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 08, 2013, 11:10:37 am
ABC-11 reports that UNC's PJ "Sad" Hairston had gun found near rental SUV stopped at checkpoint with drugs onboard

Hairston was driving a rented 2013 GMC Yukon that was stopped at a license checkpoint Wednesday night. He and both passengers were subsequently charged with marijuana possession, and that seemed to be the end of the story until ABC11 reported Friday morning that police are running forensics on a gun found outside of the SUV, the implication being that somebody in Hairston's vehicle might've tossed the weapon -- a 9mm with nine rounds of ammunition -- while approaching the checkpoint. If so, this development would obviously complicate Hairston's situation.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22369506/police-found-loaded-gun-outside-of-pj-hairstons-vehicle
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Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2013, 07:57:20 pm
Here's an update on some of those Top 100 recruits from '13 class rankings, including Bobby Portis and Kingsley, that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

2  PF   Julius Randle Prestonwood Christian Kentucky
5  PG  Andrew Harrison Richmond, TX        Kentucky
6  SG  Aaron Harrison  Richmond, TX         Kentucky
8  PF  Chris Walker   Holmes County          Florida
9  PG  Kasey Hill      Monteverde Academy  Florida
11 SG James JT Young  Rochester Hills, MI Kentucky
14 PF Jarell Martin    Baton Rouge Madison Prep  LSU
16 PF  Bobby Portis  Hall                         Arkansas
17 C  Dakari Johnson  Montverde Academy Kentucky
20 SG  Robert Hubbs  Dyer Co., TN           Tennessee
24 C   Marcus Lee  Antioch, CA Deer Valley Kentucky
30 SG  Sindarius Thornwell  Oak Hill          South Carolina
34 PF  Johnathan Williams  Memphis Southwind  Mizzou
37 PF  Jordan Mickey  Dallas Prime Prep    LSU
40  C  Moses Kingsley  Huntington Prep     Arkansas

70  C  Jimmie Taylor  Greensboro, AL       Bama
80 SF  Tim Quarterman  Savannah          LSU
86 PG  Wes Clark  Romulus                     Mizzou
91 PF  Demetrius Henry  Faith Baptist       South Carolina
98 PF  Shannon Hale  Arden, NC Christ     Bama

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2013, 09:38:00 pm
Incoming freshman McDonald’s All-American Florida power forward Chris Walker still has work to do to ensure initial eligibility for the 2013-14 season. (http://brockway.blogs.gatorsports.com/12084/walker-still-working-on-eligibility)

Ranked number four PF in the '13 class.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2013, 09:32:42 am
Kentucky Class of '13 Recruiting Guide

Capsules compiled by The Herald-Leader's Ben Roberts | Scout.com analysis provided by Evan Daniels
 (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/06/16/2680530/next-cats-summer-recruiting-guide.html)

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Julius Randle

Position: Power forward

Height, weight: 6-9, 245 pounds

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Rivals ranking: 2

Scout ranking: 2

ESPN ranking: 3

24/7 Sports ranking: 2

■ The highest-rated prospect in UK's top-ranked recruiting class, Randle will likely assume a leadership role from the beginning. He missed almost all of his senior season with a broken foot, but came back to lead his school to a state championship and was one of the most dominant players on the post-season all-star circuit. Randle chose Kentucky over Kansas, Florida and Texas.

Scout's take: "Randle is a strong, physical presence in the post, a guy who can really score through contact. I think he's one of the best rebounders in the 2013 class. He's also a guy who's skilled enough to step out and attack guys off the bounce and make mid-range jump shots.

"I think he'll be one of the best players and one of the best long-term prospects in college basketball next year. He's a guy who will have a major impact right away."

Andrew Harrison

Position: Point guard

Height, weight: 6-5, 215 pounds

Hometown: Richmond, Texas

Rivals ranking: 5

Scout ranking: 5

ESPN ranking: 5

24/7 Sports ranking: 3

■ The unanimous pick as the top point guard in the class of 2013, Harrison had long been a top priority for Calipari before he committed to the Cats last fall. A confident, fiery court leader, Harrison missed several games last season with nagging injuries but helped his school win an elusive state title after years of disappointing finishes.

Scout's take: "What sticks out about Andrew is his ability to facilitate and create opportunities for others. He's a tremendous passer. I think when he's surrounded by so many weapons, his game will shine even more. To go with his point guard skills, he's a guy who can really score the ball. Not only at the rim and mid-range, but also well beyond the three-point stripe.

"He's the complete package from the point guard spot, and he's also a physical guard. He's tough, he's hard-nosed and he can defend."

...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2013, 10:22:12 am
The need to recruit nationally while reserving spots and opportunities for top in-state stars

The Commonwealth of Kentucky used to be fertile ground for top college talent (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/06/15/2680406/kentucky-all-stars-regain-some.html)

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Twenty-four hours after being pummeled by 54 points, the Kentucky All-Stars picked themselves up and gave one of the best bounce-back performances in the history of this series with Indiana.

Led by the sensational play of Dominique Hawkins, Kentucky pulled to within three points of Indiana four times in the closing minutes before falling 84-77 in front of 6,209 fans in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

"We had to come out and show some pride," said Hawkins, who poured in 33 points.

Hawkins, Mr. Basketball, shone the brightest of all the all-stars.

"He was fresher tonight. He didn't have two workouts this morning like he did Friday (at UK)," [Coach Allen] Feldhaus said.

Bosley (14 points) and UK signee Derek Willis (12 points, nine rebounds) provided support.

Indiana has won last the last 11 games against Kentucky, and 18 of the last 19.

Kentucky has four Kentucky high school players, freshmen Hawkins and Willis plus seniors Jarrod Polson and former Mr Basketball Jon Hood. They will start the season occupying spots 10 through 13 among Calipari's scholarship players.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2013, 08:02:19 am
Robert Hubbs, Darius Thompson, A.J. Davis becoming Tennessee's 'Three Amigos'
Incoming UT freshmen make Knoxville debuts in Rocky Top League (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/jun/17/robert-hubbs-darius-thompson-aj-davis-becoming)

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There’s no more need for nametags. Tennessee’s basketball freshmen have moved past that stage.

“We’re starting our brotherhood,’’ Darius Thompson said Monday night as the Rocky Top League got underway in the relative cool of Christian Academy of Knoxville’s gym.

Thompson, A.J. Davis and Robert Hubbs made their Knoxville hoops debuts, although in three different games.

Thompson scored 21 points on an array of shots and moves as Rice Buick fell to Campus Lights, 124-99.

Davis scored nine in DeRoyal’s 109-105 loss to the News Sentinel.

“They’ve got us doing everything together,’’ said Hubbs, who had 19 points in Next Level’s 97-87 loss to Choice Spine, “so we’re like the Three Amigos.’’

Junior college transfer Pops Ndiaye also played in a mélange that featured current Vols, past Vols, an assortment of area small-college players and the odd hoops celebrity like Josh Selby.

Rocky Top league is a summer league that features past, current, and near-future Vol players and other notable players in the area.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 21, 2013, 12:35:35 pm
Lawyer for former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward to seek delay in point-shaving case

“We are going to file an unopposed motion to continue the trial date from July 22,” attorney Everett Wess said today. He said no new date was set. (http://blog.al.com/montgomery/2013/06/lawyer_for_former_auburn_baske.html)

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Wess said he received information from prosecutors today about their case, including who prosecutors say took part in the alleged conspiracy. Wess had filed a motion last week asking the court to order prosecutors to provide the names of alleged co-conspirators. None were named in the May 30 indictment.

“I’d rather not disclose who the co-conspirators are at this point,” Wess said. “I’m not saying how many are out there and not saying who they are.”

Wonder if other players will be named?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2013, 11:00:33 am
ABC-11 reports that UNC's PJ "Sad" Hairston had gun found near rental SUV stopped at checkpoint with drugs onboard

Hairston was driving a rented 2013 GMC Yukon that was stopped at a license checkpoint Wednesday night. He and both passengers were subsequently charged with marijuana possession, and that seemed to be the end of the story until ABC11 reported Friday morning that police are running forensics on a gun found outside of the SUV, the implication being that somebody in Hairston's vehicle might've tossed the weapon -- a 9mm with nine rounds of ammunition -- while approaching the checkpoint. If so, this development would obviously complicate Hairston's situation.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22369506/police-found-loaded-gun-outside-of-pj-hairstons-vehicle

Arguably the two biggest stories of the college basketball offseason collided on Friday afternoon when The Big Lead broke the news that the NCAA was investigating a potential link between PJ Hairston and Rodney Blackstock.

Hairston, North Carolina’s leading scorer a season ago, was arrested earlier this month when he was pulled over in a rented SUV driving on a suspended license with 43 grams of weed in the car. A gun was found outside the car, but it is unclear who that gun belonged to. Blackstock, who is now a certified NBA agent, is the runner at center of the Ben McLemore scandal.

On Friday night, UNC AD Billy "Bubba" Cunningham confirmed to the Raleigh News & Observer that the school is aware of connection and have been in touch with NCAA officials about the case. (http://ollegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/22/report-unc-ad-confirms-communication-with-ncaa-about-hairston-agent)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2013, 08:55:47 am
ESPN 100 guard Brandone Francis (Jacksonville, Fla./Arlington Country Day) committed to Florida on Thursday.

He chose the Gators over Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota and West Virginia. (http://espn.go.com/college-sports/recruiting/basketball/mens/story/_/id/9430423/no-34-prospect-brandone-francis-commits-florida-gators)

UF moves to number five in the much too early ESPN '14 team rankings.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2013, 03:52:34 am
Mizzou's first commitment in the Class of 2014 Friday, as 6-4 shooting guard Chris Sandifer (Gardena, Ca.) verbally committed to attend the SEC school while on a visit. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/28/2014-guard-chris-sandifer-verbally-commits-to-missouri)

Sandifer is 85th on 247's composite ranking.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2013, 01:24:41 pm
His people were convinced Cleveland was taking him with the No. 1 overall pick.

Instead, five general managers went in different directions. And despite costing Noel about $4.4 million dollars and a measure of pride, it may have been a blessing in disguise for the 6-foot-11 big man.

Noel thought he wanted to go first overall, but he didn't want that label. Nobody in this draft is prepared to handle those expectations. (http://espn.go.com/nba/draft2013/story/_/id/9431783/slide-blessing-disguise-nerlens-noel)

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Sure, there were red flags. Plenty. There was the torn ACL and meniscus in February that will almost certainly force Noel to have to sit and watch the NBA season opener from the bench.

There were concerns with the "people" he chose to surround himself, questions about how his narrow shoulders and lithe frame would hold up while battling with grown men in the NBA. Let's not forget to toss in the fact that he doesn't have much of an offensive game.

But Noel was the front-runner to be selected No. 1 overall leading up to Thursday night. There was no chance he'd slip lower than fourth, not when just about everyone knew Charlotte was going with size. However, the look on Noel's face was that of sheer bewilderment when NBA commissioner David Stern called out the name of another near-7-footer in Cody Zeller.

Then, to make matters worse, new Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough -- who basically hails from down the street from Noel -- followed it up by passing in favor of another big man, 7-footer Alex Len.

Noel was still on the board at No. 6. The only solace he could take from his slide was that he could glance a couple of tables over in the Barclays Center and see former Kansas star Ben McLemore with the same baffled look on his face.

However, just moments later, Noel was informed he would remain in the Northeast -- part of a trade to Philadelphia that also delivered a highly coveted 2014 first-round draft pick in return for Jrue Holiday and a second-rounder (which wound up being Pierre Jackson).

No one knows for certain why Noel fell. One general manager who passed told ESPN that it was likely due to the ACL injury and those he decided to surround himself with throughout the draft process.

Another executive responded with the following text message: "The knee looks bad."

The fall certainly cost Noel a few bucks in his first contract, but the second deal is the one that truly matters. Now Noel has a chance to be far more marketable in a city like Philadelphia than in Cleveland. He'll also come in with a chip on his shoulder again, similar to when he arrived at Kentucky a year ago with no shortage of skeptics.

Noel was a PR dream at UK, making good choices and non-arranged visits to the Children's hospitals including taking the ill kid to the Kentucky Derby as his guest.

His hangers-on, not registered NBA agents, got a representation for shielding him from front offices and that is a bad combo with an ACL injury. Players today may not be students of the past but Sam Bowie is not long forgotten by NBA brass.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2013, 04:37:57 pm
I expect Calipari's recruiting run to slide from the baseline with the '14 class.

He will need a lead guard and SF, but the other positions will be in flux with respect to who will be back, especially during the early signing period.

Top Ten C Karl Towns from his involvement with the DR National Team is UK's only commit to-date.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2013, 08:31:41 am
2013 NBA Draft Selection and Recruiting Rating

Nerlens Noel, one-n-done, Draft: 6th overall, 2012 No. 5 overall, No. 1 Center

Caldwell-Pope, Soph, Draft: 8th overall, 2011 No. 12 overall, No. 3 SG

Archie Goodwin, one-n-done, Draft: 29th overall, 2012 No. 11 overall, No. 3 SG

Erik Murphy, Sr., Draft: Second round, 2009 No. 12 PF, 4-star, NE Playaz

Alex Oriakhi, Sr., Draft: Second round, 2009 No. 5 C, 5-star, Tifton School
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2013, 09:01:41 am
Noel tries to keep it light after draft slide (http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130628/SPORTS03/306280136/Nerlens-Noel-keeps-positive-despite-disappointment-NBA-draft)

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Nerlens Noel hoped Thursday night to become the University of Kentucky’s third No. 1 NBA draft pick in four years. Instead, he slid to No.6.

He planned to be picked early enough to start partying with family and friends in New York long before the draft was finished. Instead, he sat — and slept — for four hours in the “phone room” while every other player in attendance came and went.

“A few years down the road, when I’m established in the NBA,” he said, “I’ll say this is the night that gave me the motivation I needed to be the player I wanted to be.”

As if his draft slide wasn’t bad enough — and Forbes Magazine estimates it could cost Noel as much as $10 million in the value of his ­rookie contract — he was sequestered in a well-guarded bunker inside the Barclays Center until long after midnight. The phone room is where the NBA shuttles draftees who’ve been traded and holds them until the details are worked out.

Noel was being shipped from New Orleans, which picked him, to Philadelphia. That was another draft-night surprise. He’d never spoken to the 76ers before Thursday, and no one told him the trade was imminent as he approached the podium for his initial post-draft press conference.

So he showed up wearing a Pelicans hat and started talking up his excitement about New Orleans until a reporter tipped him to the trade news. Noel appeared shell-shocked. He stumbled through a few questions he was too confused to properly answer, then was whisked away to the now-infamous phone room.

There were apparently snags in the deal between New Orleans, which originally picked Noel, and Philadelphia. So he waited. And waited. Dozed off on a couch and waited some more.

“I think I handled it well,” Noel said. “I got a little sleepy, but I definitely stayed positive about it and just waited it out.”

In his book, Michael Oher stated he was confused by the initial questions he got about how far he slid in the NFL draft. He thought he had done pretty well for himself considering the circumstances.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2013, 10:26:54 am
Arkansas has the fifth best SEC recruiting class, and Meyer lists Kingsley as the "biggest sleeper" in the 2013 SEC recruiting class.

Obviously, Kentucky dominates (again).

http://247sports.com/Article/Hoops-Recruiting-SEC-Breakdown-137346

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Biggest sleeper: Moses Kingsley, Arkansas
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2013, 08:06:37 am
ESPN Insider Dave Telep on the importance of July:

Three five day live evaluation periods lay the foundation for the process leading into the signing periods.

Notes that coaches, players and families and media hit the road for the month.

Dave Telep at ESPN (http://search.espn.go.com/dave-telep/)

In 2011, Kidd-Gilchrist (then Michael Gilchrist) chose not to play. His single mom had been ill and he chose to spend time with her rather than play the game. (He was already committted to Kentucky and no joke, his godfather is William Wesley.)

The majority of recruiting reporters busted his rating to some level for not playing the game. They lost credibility with me on their ability to evaluate talent and more importantly desire and for those I don't have a shred of respect.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2013, 09:52:42 am
Here's a look some of those Top 100 recruits from the '09 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools and where are they now:

2  PG John Wall             Word of God       Kentucky
3   C  DeMarcus Cousins  Le Flore Magnet  Kentucky
7  PF  Renardo Sidney  Fairfax      Mississippi State (b/4 and after a long route)
15 SG Kenny Boynton     American Heritage  Florida
17 C  Daniel Orton      Bishop McGuinness  Kentucky
20 C  Alex Oriakhi         Tifton School       UConn -> Mizzou
37 PG Eric Bledsoe        Peter Parker         Kentucky
41 SG John Jenkins        Station Camp       Vandy
46 SF Jon Hood             North Hopkins      Kentucky
50 PF Kenny Hall           Redan                 Tennessee
52 PF Erik Murphy          St. Mark's            Florida
63 PF Marshawn Powell  The Miller School  Arkansas
67 SF Lakeem Jackson    Christ School       South Carolina
79 PF Reginald Buckner  Memphis Manassas  Ole Miss
85 PF Jeronne Maymon   Madison Memorial  Marquette -> Vols

Wall was SEC '10 POY, 1-n-done, NBA 1st pick Washington Wizards, toiling in NBA

Cousins was SEC '10 FOY, 1-n-done, 6th pick Sacramento Kings

Sidney left MS St. and was dumped by his agent on 6-14-12. Passed over by Draft. Working out in Hawaii.

Boynton was '11 2nd Team and '12 1st Team All-SEC. Returned to UF for '12-13. Was not drafted.

Orton, 1-n-done, last pick, first round Orlando Magic. Got more $ out less playing time in last five years than any person on planet

Alex Oriakhi transferred from UConn to Mizzou for senior year. Late 2nd round draft pick.

Bledsoe, '10 All-SEC Freshman, 1-n-done, 18th Pick Clippers; traded to Phoenix 7/2/13 to join Archie Goodwin

Jenkins was '11 and '12 1st Team All-SEC. Entered draft as a Jr. Reserve Guard for Hawks.

Hood returns for his fifth season (medical redshirt) as Calipari's 13th man.

Hall was involved with dismissed Vol Admin Jenny Wright. Hoping to play overseas.

Jackson, a Sr. averaged 7.5 and 6 for SC in '12-13. He was Horn's 1st commit.

Buckner was '11 and '12 All-Defensive SEC. Returned to Ole Miss. Was not drafted

Murphy returned to Florida for senior and was a late second round draft choice. Bounced back from breaking and entering incident as a freshman.

Powell was formerly All-SEC and missed '11-12 due to injury; Was not drafted.

Maymon was '12 2nd Team All-SEC. Missed '12-13 due to knee injury. Returned to Vols.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 03, 2013, 12:52:47 pm
Anxiety in Lexington over twin guards the Harrisons and James "JT" Young not having moved on campus to take summer classes and bond with the team. An explanation given is that all of their high school terms ran late. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=136077)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/harrisons-500x500.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 05, 2013, 07:08:11 am
Looking back at the Class of 1999

THE TOP 20

1. Donnell Harvey: Harvey enrolled at Florida where he averaged 10.2 points and 7.0 boards as a freshman, helping the Gators make the the 2000 national title game, losing to Michigan State. Harvey would enter the 2000 NBA Draft and was selected by the Knicks with the 22nd pick. He started all of 39 games in the NBA and has been out of the league since 2005.

2. Keith Bogans: Bogans, who was a high school teammate of Joe Forte, would go on to have a stellar four-year career at Kentucky, averaging 17.0 points as a sophomore and getting named an All-American as a senior. Bogans was the 43rd pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and has hung around the league ever since...

5. Marvin Stone: Stone joined Keith Bogans at Kentucky, but in two-and-a-half seasons with the Wildcats, Stone averaged just 5.3 points and 4.2 boards. He ended up transferring to Louisville in 2002-2003, where he averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 boards and [schooled UK in their rivalry game after UK blocked his transfer attempt.] He passed away in 2008 after suffering a heart attack at halftime of a game in Saudi Arabia. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/01/looking-back-the-1999-recruiting-class)

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7. Brett Nelson: Nelson joined Harvey at Florida, where he helped lead the Gators to the National Title game in 2000. Nelson was an all-league player, but he had a disappointing senior season. Coaching since 2005. He’s now at Ball State [after a stint with Arkansas].

8. Jonathan Bender: The Picayune, MS, native skipped college [Stansbury and State] and was the fifth pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He never lived up to those expectations...

11. Damien Wilkins: The son of Gerald Wilkins and the nephew of Dominique Wilkins, Damien played his first two college seasons at NC State before transferring to Georgia. Wilkins went undrafted in 2004, but he latched on with the Sonics and has been a rotation player for the last nine seasons.

15. Jason Parker: Parker ended up spending the 1999-2000 season at prep school, but he averaged 8.6 points and 4.7 boards as a freshman at Kentucky. But that the end of his college career...

OTHER NOTABLE PLAYERS

25. Joe Johnson - After '12-13, Johnson is now second only to Shaq among total NBA salary earned among former SEC players since Arkansas and SC joined the league.

38. Matt Bonner

84. Marquis Daniels

Josh Howard was not ranked in this composite Top 100.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 05, 2013, 02:35:27 pm
Al Jefferson has signed a two-year, $27 million contract with Charlotte.

In nine NBA seasons, Jefferson has 16.5 points and nine rebounds.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2013, 11:41:34 am
Gameplans for replacing lottery picks  (http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/9451615/gameplans-replacing-2013-lottery-picks-men-college-basketball)

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No. 6: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

Before tore his ACL in February, Noel was considered the top defensive post player in college basketball. ESPN's Jay Bilas even referred to him as a "defensive savant." Still, when Noel announced he was leaving school after one season to enter the NBA draft, the Wildcats hardly flinched.

"It's a next-man-up philosophy," Telep said. "There's no concern about replacing guys. This is what they do. When you walk through the doors, you're expected to replace the next guy."

Kentucky returns projected first-round draft pick Willie Cauley-Stein in the paint. A 7-footer, Cauley-Stein made tremendous strides as a freshman but is still incredibly raw. He'll have the luxury of playing alongside incoming freshman Julius Randle, a 6-9, 225-pounder who is almost certain to be a top-five pick in next summer's NBA draft.

"They have a rim protector on their roster in Willie Cauley-Stein and they have another rim protector in Marcus Lee, who's going to have to figure out a way to get on the floor as a freshman," Telep said.

No. 8: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia

Pope was named SEC Player of the Year after averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds last season. Bulldogs coach Mark Fox was hopeful the wing would return for his junior year, but he was also realistic.

"We tried to prepare ourselves in recruiting for an early departure," the coach told ESPN.com.

According to Fox, the No. 1 candidate to replace Pope is Kenny Gaines, who averaged 10.3 minutes per game as a freshman backup last season. Gaines was a Parade All-American in high school.

"Kenny got a lot of experience last season," Fox said. "Was it enough? I'm not ready to say that. But he definitely got a big chunk of it.

"Usually you want your lead role players to be juniors and seniors, but with the days of early entry, that's not always the case..."

Those were the SEC lottery picks in 2013. 

King provides the backfill plan for the rest including Anthony Bennett in the article at link.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2013, 07:13:21 am
ABC-11 reports that UNC's PJ "Sad" Hairston had gun found near rental SUV stopped at checkpoint with drugs onboard

Hairston was driving a rented 2013 GMC Yukon that was stopped at a license checkpoint Wednesday night. He and both passengers were subsequently charged with marijuana possession, and that seemed to be the end of the story until ABC11 reported Friday morning that police are running forensics on a gun found outside of the SUV, the implication being that somebody in Hairston's vehicle might've tossed the weapon -- a 9mm with nine rounds of ammunition -- while approaching the checkpoint. If so, this development would obviously complicate Hairston's situation.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22369506/police-found-loaded-gun-outside-of-pj-hairstons-vehicle

North Carolina’s leading scorer last basketball season, P.J. Hairston, was cited for speeding May 13 while driving a Hertz rental car that was paid for by a woman who shares a Durham address with Haydn Thomas, a convicted felon whose rented sports utility vehicle Hairston was driving when he was arrested last month.

Hairston was cited for speeding while driving a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS with Virginia license plates, a Durham County District Court clerk said. The Camaro was paid for by a woman named Catinia Farrington, whose Durham address matches that of Thomas, according to the Hertz receipt obtained by USA TODAY Sports. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/06/report-another-hairston-to-haydn-thomas-link-emerges)

Thomas has claimed he does not know Hairston, and that a series of coincidences resulted in Hairston driving his rental car. This second link, as circuitous as it may be, throws some doubt on that statement.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2013, 07:36:15 am
A report from the Raleigh News & Observer on Friday offered up details regarding Thomas that could contradict his statement to USA Today. The newspaper reports Thomas is a convicted felon who "has business ties to an adjunct faculty member at the UNC School of Dentistry."

The News & Observer's Laura Keeley also spoke with Thomas, and he admitted to casually getting to know some UNC athletes by way of hosting parties. The details of his past encounters with the law include:

Thomas, 39, has four aliases, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Thomas also has an extensive criminal background, with arrests in Wake, Durham, Orange, Alamance, and Guilford counties, according to public records. Many of his charges are drug and gun related. He has never served time in jail or prison, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Thomas, who has three active corporations registered under his aliases with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, also has business ties to Spencer B. Howard, a graduate and adjunct faculty member at the UNC School of Dentistry, according to his biography. Thomas said Howard is his “blood related,” cousin.

The report also notes Thomas' most recent arrest, which came in December and had three charges attached to it, all related to drugs and guns. (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22661069/reports-man-who-rented-car-in-hairston-case-has-aliases-arrest-background)

Former COY Williams indicated he will let the legal system play itself over the years before taking any action against Hairston.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2013, 05:48:09 pm
Looking Back at the 2000 Recruiting Class thru an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/01/looking-back-the-2000-recruiting-class)

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4. Gerald Wallace: Wallace averaged 9.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Alabama, and he’s put together a solid NBA career that’s still ongoing...

8. Mario Austin: Austin played three seasons at State, averaging 13.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest for the Bulldogs. Like Duhon, Austin was a second round pick of the Bulls (in 2003) but he never played a minute in the NBA. He spent this past season playing for Al Kuwait SC in Kuwait.

13. Jerome Harper: Harper’s issues off the court proved to be problematic, as his scholarship offer to Cincinnati was rescinded when the 6-5 guard was arrested on the day he was named a McDonald’s All-American. After two years at Indian Hills CC, Harper signed with Iowa State but was ineligible to play. In 2008 Harper had to turn himself in to Columbia, S.C. law enforcement to face charges regarding a murder committed in 1999. Harper most recently ran afoul of the law in March, when he was charged with attempted murder.

17. Abdou Diame: Diame went from Oak Hill Academy to Auburn, where he played two seasons before finishing up at Jacksonville State (career averages: 5.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg). Diame, a native of Senegal, is currently a member of Steve Smith’s coaching staff at Oak Hill.

20. Rolando Howell: Howell played four seasons at South Carolina, averaging 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a Gamecock. Howell played for the Dacin Tigers in Taiwan this past season, posting averages of 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

UNRANKED

UR: Gerald Fitch
UR: Dwyane Wade
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 08, 2013, 02:38:57 pm
Kyle Benzion@kylebenzion
At the NBA Summer league, sources from the USA Today saying #UF commit Chris Walker will be ineligible. NBA D-League is an option. #Gators
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2013, 06:46:23 am
'14 6-6 Carver SF Demetrius Houston has given a verbal to State. He has offers from Bama, Auburn, and of course Seton Hall.  He is a three-star who transferred from Tuscaloosa and has played AAU ball for the Atlanta Celtics.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2013, 07:09:40 am
Top JuCo fighting for life after shooting (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/08/junior-college-player-shot-in-head-following-argument/related)

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Leon Watkins, a sophomore-to-be at Mineral Area (Mo.) College, was shot several times in the head and upper body following an argument that turned violent in north St. Louis.

The 6-2 Watkins, a St. Louis native, averaged 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season while shooting 41.3 percent from trey-ville.

Authorities have arrested 20-year-old Matt Peebles and charged him with assault and armed criminal action in relation to the case.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2013, 09:21:05 pm
Marcanvis Hymon (Whitehaven/Memphis, Tenn.), a four-star 2014 forward, committed to Ole Miss on Tuesday evening. He picked the Rebels over Mississippi State, Memphis, Arkansas, Tennessee and Auburn. He also held offers from Cincinnati, Missouri, UMass  (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/09/four-star-2014-forward-marcanvis-hymon-commits-to-ole-miss)and the Murray State Mafia.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: Swinesong1 on July 11, 2013, 09:32:28 pm
http://highschoolsportsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/07/report-ncaa-declares-former-prime-prep-basketball-players-jordan-mickey-lsu-and-karviar-shepherd-tcu-non-qualifiers.html/
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 13, 2013, 05:41:58 am
Official police report: PJ "Sad" Hairston stated that Hadyn “Fats” Thomas rented a GMC Yukon for Hairston. No word yet from COY "Roy" Williams. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/12/haydn-fats-thomas-rented-gmc-yukon-for-p-j-hairston-according-to-police-report)

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“Mr. Hairston stated that ‘Fats’ rented the vehicle for Mr. Hairston because he was planning on traveling to Atlanta this weekend to see some friends,” the report said.

Thomas told USA Today in an interview last week that he doesn’t know Hairston, but he told The N&O later that he knows UNC athletes through parties. He could not be reached. The Yukon and other vehicles Thomas has rented have turned up on UNC’s campus, a parking ticket database shows.

That local press doesn't really press Roy Williams for comment.

The Yukon has been the vehicle of choice for benefactors of college basketball players. Derek Anderson leased a Yukon for Rajon Rondo at Kentucky, the difference being the two had a "pre-existing" relationship out of Louisville. The Rondo had not placed on the market at the time.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 13, 2013, 09:11:05 am
Official police report: PJ "Sad" Hairston stated that Hadyn “Fats” Thomas rented a GMC Yukon for Hairston. No word yet from COY "Roy" Williams. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/12/haydn-fats-thomas-rented-gmc-yukon-for-p-j-hairston-according-to-police-report)

That local press doesn't really press Roy Williams for comment.

The Yukon has been the vehicle of choice for benefactors of college basketball players. Derek Anderson leased a Yukon for Rajon Rondo at Kentucky, the difference being the two had a "pre-existing" relationship out of Louisville. The Rondo had not placed on the market at the time.

A source told CBSSports.com on Friday that the NCAA is expected to get involved [since UNC apparently is not]. (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22734387/report-pj-hairston-told-cops-convicted-felon-loaned-him-car)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2013, 03:11:10 pm
Good luck pinning Okonoboh down: He won't say who's his favorite (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/07/12/2712793/uk-recruiting-good-luck-pinning.html)

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As the bullet entered the body, it nicked the heart of a taxi driver. Fate had placed Sylvester Okonoboh on the wrong end of a gun.

"He wasn't supposed to live," his son said. "But he did live.

"The next week I was born."

Hence, the father named his son Goodluck Okonoboh. Good luck, indeed. The son grew up to become a 6-foot-9 basketball player.

Okonoboh, a former high school teammate of Nerlens Noel, figures to follow the former Kentucky star into the top ranks of college basketball.

Okonoboh knows the recruiting process well enough to be noncommittal at this stage of the journey. He says he's keeping open his options, which include Indiana, Duke, Florida and Louisville.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2013, 06:20:31 pm
Ryan Harrow has been cleared to play at Georgia State. The NCAA granted Harrow’s hardship waiver to be closer to his ailing father, and he will be able to play immediately. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=136923)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 22, 2013, 10:17:09 am
Reports that all charges against North Carolina’s P.J. "Happy" Hairston have been dismissed.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 22, 2013, 06:14:26 pm
Brennan: The biggest concern for North Carolina was not the actual legal incident itself, but the connections to Haydn “Fats” Thomas, the aforementioned convicted felon whose name and address popped in Hertz rental receipts obtained by USA Today in July. … [It's] unclear whether the NCAA is already actively investigating the situation. Given enforcement precedent, it would be shocking if that were not the case.

Charges or no charges, those cars were still rented to Thomas’ address, and that’s what will earn the NCAA’s attention. For an athletics program already mired in three years of football mess and widespread suspicion over its role in academic scandal, the idea of an NCAA investigation into potential improper benefits provided to its star player by a well-known local felon is the real nightmare. That process would be long and arduous and unforgiving, and carries the possibility — however remote — of serious penalties against one of the college game’s marquee programs. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=137220)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 26, 2013, 07:24:10 am
Here is a recap of of each ex-UK WildCats’ Summer League performance: (http://www.coachcal.com/22994/2013/07/former-coach-cal-stars-make-good-impressions-in-nba-summer-league)

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Archie Goodwin (Phoenix Suns)
Stats: seven games, 24.6 minutes per game, 13.1 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 50.0 field-goal percentage (26 of 52), 57.1 3-point field-goal percentage


Terrence Jones (Houston Rockets)
Stats: four games, 27.5 mpg, 15.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 assists per game, 42.2 FG% (19 of 48), 36.4 3-point FG% (4 of 11)

Jones was the seventh-leading scorer in Orlando Summer League action.


Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte)
Stats: three games, 27.7 mpg, 10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 steals per game, 54.2 FG% (13 of 24).

Charlotte brought in former Georgia Tech sharpshooter Mark Price to help Kidd-Gilchrist with his jump shot.


Doron Lamb (Orlando Magic)
Stats: three games, 25.0 mpg, 11.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.0 spg, 50.0 FG% (10 of 20), 66.7 3-point FG% (6 of 9)

Last two games, averaged 29.5 minutes of action while averaging 14.5 points on 5-of-7 3-point accuracy.


Marquis Teague (Chicago Bulls)

Stats: four games, 30.5 mpg, 18.3 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.8 rpg, 44.0 FG% (25 of 56), 39.1 3-point FG% (9 of 23)

Teague simply had a highly productive summer, checking in as the eighth-leading scorer and fifth top assist man in Las Vegas.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2013, 01:41:32 pm
Coleman commits to play in Coleman

5-10, buck-fifty Wenonah point guard Justin Coleman has committed to Bama.

The 2013 Class 5A All-State point guard led the Dragons to a rare third consecutive Class 5A state championship at the BJCC earlier this year.  Coleman averaged 21 points, eight assists and 4.2 steals per game this year at Wenonah.

He is believed to be Alabama's first verbal commitment for the Class of 2014.

He's not the most physical point guard by any means...

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/07/wenonah_point_guard_justin_col.html

Too early to tell if at the higher levels Coleman will pan out to be more like Chris Paul or Cliff Paul.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2013, 10:36:36 am
Looking back at the 2001 recruiting class thru an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/02/looking-back-the-2001-recruiting-class)

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To reinforce a point: recruiting rankings are not a guarantee. Top ten recruits flame out and unranked players make the NBA. The only thing that is a given is that hard work will be talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Keep that in mind while tracking where a kid is ranked and who is recruiting him.

We’ll be looking at the Class of 1999-2008, the last 10 classes that have finished the five years they are allowed to use their four seasons of eligibility:

10. David Lee: Lee played four years at Florida, averaging 13.6 points and 9.0 boards as a senior. He was the 30th pick in the 2005 draft, playing five years in New York and the past three seasons in Golden State. He’s become a consistent double-double threat, a two-time all-star and one of the more valuable big men in the league.

16. Mo Williams: Williams went to Alabama and lasted with the Crimson Tide for two seasons, averaging 16.4 points and 3.9 assists as a senior. He went pro and was picked 47th in the 2003 NBA Draft. He’s been a starter in the league since his second season with Milwaukee, and played with Utah last season. Williams was an all-star in 2009.

46. Chuck Hayes: ["All he does is win," was UK's mantra for Hayes during their Wooden Award campaigns. He was the kid you wanted your daughter to marry until he had a bizarre incident with a cougar groupie after his last game that was handled wrong in every way including Tubby Smith directly calling the groupie. Bouncing back from the date rape accusation and abnormal heart, Hayes is still in the NBA.]

87. Lawrence Roberts: [It was murder at Baylor and Robin Roberts' nephew not having to sit out for a season, Lawrence was SEC POY, 1st Team All-American, and 3rd for National Player of the Year as a junior at State. Choosing to return for one more season, he had his nose broken but still managed to get State's first triple double in school history with 12 assists as part of the stat line. The second round pick got two seasons in the NBA and played last season in Germany.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2013, 01:21:42 pm
6-1, 165 Springfield Lanphier point guard Larry Austin gave a verbal to the Vols for the 2014 class.

Austin is ranked as the No. 100 overall recruit in the 247Composite... (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/aug/01/illinois-point-guard-larry-austin-commits-to-for)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2013, 01:05:32 pm
State basketball signee Fallou Ndoye will not be eligible to play for the Bulldogs until the 2014-15 season.

Ndoye, a 6-foot-11 center from Senegal and Findlay Prep, was ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA's academic certification office. After receiving what is known as an initial eligibility waiver, he can be on scholarship and participate in practice and offseason workouts, but cannot play this season.

 "The NCAA Eligibility Center did the right thing by granting Fallou this waiver," Mississippi State coach Rick Ray said.

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-sports/2013/08/basketball_mississippi_state_s.html

Ndoye is not a Top 100 recruit, but you can't teach size.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2013, 08:48:08 pm
After a three-year commitment to Indiana during his early high school career, 2014 shooting guard James Blackmon Jr. is now back on the open market after decommiting from Indiana earlier this week.

A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Blackmon averaged an Indiana-high 33.3 points per game last season for Fort Wayne Bishop Luers before making a transfer to Marion, Indiana this summer to join his father, James Blackmon Sr., who was hired as the head coach there. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/10/james-blackmon-jr-has-a-bevy-of-suitors-after-decommitment-from-indiana)

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Blackmon, a 6-foot-2 guard who will be coached by his dad at Marion (Ind.) High School, has new offers from UK, North Carolina State, UCLA, Michigan State, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Florida, Connecticut, Purdue, Minnesota and Marquette.

James, Sr. played for Joe B. Hall at Kentucky.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: Dwight_K_Shrute on August 13, 2013, 10:53:43 am
This article explains a lot about the Manziel family.  They have a history of taking shortcuts and not necessarily playing by the rules.  Didn't see this in the other Johnny threads and wanted it to be easy to find.  SIAP.

http://deadspin.com/the-long-con-how-the-manziels-conquered-america-1040593220
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: Hawgon on August 13, 2013, 11:12:31 am
I forgot about them being from Syria originally.  It all makes sense now.  You know what Johnny Manziel is?  He is a Gypsy.  I'll bet you a hundred dollars he is from the Dom people of Syria.  They are basically Gypsies and are known in Syria to be heavily involved the drug, prostitution rings there and in the rest of the old Ottoman Empire. 

If you actually know any Gypsies, then Johnny's behavior and the shady past of his family, right down to their love of cockfighting is easily explained.  And further, they love, I mean LOVE money.  If one of them has $10,000 in his pocket, he'll break you're arm to beat you out of ten dollars lying on the table.  And they are all about conspicuous consumption as well.

Further, this article puts to rest the "they're wealthy" lie as well.  Yeah, the family may have money, but it probably isn't as much as is let on and what there is, appears to be tied up in a family limited partnership in which Johnny's dad isn't a managing partner.  That means that he basically has no say over the money and how it is distributed or the amount that he receives.  It may as well be someone else's money.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: z-pak on August 13, 2013, 03:48:55 pm
I forgot about them being from Syria originally.  It all makes sense now.  You know what Johnny Manziel is?  He is a Gypsy.  I'll bet you a hundred dollars he is from the Dom people of Syria.  They are basically Gypsies and are known in Syria to be heavily involved the drug, prostitution rings there and in the rest of the old Ottoman Empire. 

If you actually know any Gypsies, then Johnny's behavior and the shady past of his family, right down to their love of cockfighting is easily explained.  And further, they love, I mean LOVE money.  If one of them has $10,000 in his pocket, he'll break you're arm to beat you out of ten dollars lying on the table.  And they are all about conspicuous consumption as well.

Further, this article puts to rest the "they're wealthy" lie as well.  Yeah, the family may have money, but it probably isn't as much as is let on and what there is, appears to be tied up in a family limited partnership in which Johnny's dad isn't a managing partner.  That means that he basically has no say over the money and how it is distributed or the amount that he receives.  It may as well be someone else's money.
BROUGHTEN!
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2013, 06:49:41 pm
Looking back at the 2002 recruiting class thru an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/02/looking-back-the-2002-recruiting-class)

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16. Anthony Roberson: Roberson and Matt Walsh arrived at Florida with high expectations, but it would be the group that came in after them (Joakim Noah and co.) that would lead the program to two national titles. In three seasons at Florida Roberson averaged 15.8 points and 2.6 assists per game, and he’s played with 11 professional teams (four in the NBA) since going undrafted in 2005.

18. Antoine Wright: Wright played three seasons at Big 12 A&M (15.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg) before being selected 15th overall by the Nets in the 2005 NBA Draft.

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES

27. Andre Iguodala: Iguodala initially signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Arkansas.

86. C.J. Watson: Played for the Tennessee Volunteers for 4 seasons. His best season came during his senior year. He averaged 15.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He earned Second Team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press and the league coaches. He finished his collegiate career as Tennessee's second all-time leader in assists (577), second in steals (198), and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.396).
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2013, 09:05:15 am
North Carolina’s leading scorer last basketball season, P.J. Hairston, was cited for speeding May 13 while driving a Hertz rental car that was paid for by a woman who shares a Durham address with Haydn Thomas, a convicted felon whose rented sports utility vehicle Hairston was driving when he was arrested last month.

Hairston was cited for speeding while driving a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS with Virginia license plates, a Durham County District Court clerk said. The Camaro was paid for by a woman named Catinia Farrington, whose Durham address matches that of Thomas, according to the Hertz receipt obtained by USA TODAY Sports. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/06/report-another-hairston-to-haydn-thomas-link-emerges)

Thomas has claimed he does not know Hairston, and that a series of coincidences resulted in Hairston driving his rental car. This second link, as circuitous as it may be, throws some doubt on that statement.

UNC AD Bubba Cunningham confirmed that PJ "Happy" Hairston will play, not just not all of the games.


Not Jerry Tipton ‏@NotJerryTipton 14 Aug
Roy Williams says he's "tired" of talking about PJ Hairston. Because how do you expect him to ignore this if folks keep asking him about it?

Not Jerry Tipton ‏@NotJerryTipton 14 Aug
Roy Williams said PJ Hairston will face "serious consequences" for his misdeeds. As punishment, Roy is making him play against Kentucky.

Not Jerry Tipton ‏@NotJerryTipton 19h
UNC AD Bubba Cunningham says P.J. Hairston will play this year. (However, he will not attend class.)

Not Jerry Tipton ‏@NotJerryTipton 13h
UNC announces PJ Hairston will "miss some games." This includes 1 game of Twister in the locker room & the premier of "Game of Thrones."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2013, 01:00:07 pm
Marcus Smart vs. Julius Randle in an impromptu dunk contest in Texas
(video at link)
http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/23159618/marcus-smart-vs-julius-randle-in-an-impromptu-dunk-contest
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2013, 01:03:14 pm
Gregg Doyel ‏@GreggDoyelCBS 33m
Future college hoops player Zach Hodskins was born without one hand. That's not the most remarkable thing about him http://cbsprt.co/14RQu5c

Offered a preferred walk-on spot at Florida.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2013, 07:28:07 pm
Nope.  He chose 'Zona.

While many people changed their views in the last week, the most important person in Craig Victor's decision had not. And that person was Craig Victor.

The 6-foot-8 former St. Augustine forward committed to Arizona on Saturday afternoon in front of his AAU program, New Orleans Elite.

He chose the Wildcats over LSU and Oklahoma State by selecting an Arizona hat at the table where he was sitting along with AAU teammates Tyree Griffin and Blake Jones. [Or was it Tyree Jones and Blake Griffin?] (http://www.nola.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2013/08/craig_victor_commits_to.html)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2013, 10:29:34 pm
Top 10 PF JaKeenan Gant chooses Missouri over Alabama, Georgia among others (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/08/top_10_pf_jakeenan_gant_choose.html)

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The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Springfield, Ga. native committed to the Tigers Sunday, spurning offers from Alabama, Georgia and defending national champion Louisville among others.

"Whatever they say is going to happen will," Gant told ESPN. "They're down-to-earth people."

The rising senior is rated No. 37 overall in the ESPN 100  and No. 7 at his position in in the Class of 2014.

He's ranked No. 48 in the nation by 247 Sports and No. 44 by Rivals.com and is considered the state of Georgia's top recruit by some.

Gant averaged 17 points and nine boards at Effingham County...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 20, 2013, 09:27:48 pm
Sam Cassell Jr., son of the 15-year NBA veteran point guard, is once again trying to get into the Division I ranks, after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA last year.

Cassell Jr. has scheduled visits for Marquette and Missouri in September, according to SNY.tv. He will be in Columbia, Mo. from Sept. 7-9, and then in Milwaukee, Wisc. the next weekend. According to SNY.tv, he is also looking at Connecticut, Pittsburgh, A&M, USC, West Virginia, Xavier and Florida State — his father’s alma mater. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/20/former-maryland-commit-sam-cassell-jr-visiting-missouri-marquette)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2013, 10:55:33 am
Was Tubby's recruiting that bad at UK?

I was actually surprised to see Tubby had over 50 million in NBA dollars to his credit.  Prince, Bogans, Hayes, Meeks, and Rondo were all Tubby recruits and have many years left in the NBA.  So, was Tubby’s recruiting really that bad?

Is having 59% of your freshman recruits as Top 100 good enough?  Well, it was good enough to win 76% of his games.

Individual Classes:
ABOVE AVERAGE: 1999, 2000, 2004
AVERAGE: 1998, 2001, 2006
BELOW AVERAGE: 2002, 2003, 2005

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=138925
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2013, 07:13:40 pm
Emmanuel Mudiay, the third ranked recruit for the class of 2014 from Texas chose Southern Methodist University tonight at the Under Armour Elite 24 game. Kentucky was thought to be the front runner for the highly touted point guard, but after taking five visits in the past few months to legendary Larry Brown’s Mustang team, Mudiay had a change of heart (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/emmanuel-mudiay-picks-smu)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2013, 09:29:19 pm
Missouri basketball program landed its third commitment in the class of 2014, as 6-4 wing Ronnie Suggs verbally committed to attend the SEC school. However Suggs, whose older brother Scott wrapped up his career at Washington this past spring, will attend prep school and not enroll at Missouri until 2015. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/25/2014-wing-ronnie-suggs-commits-to-missouri/related)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2013, 07:01:09 pm
Kasey Hill ‏@KaHill11 23h
Dang I wish my bro @cwalkertime23 was here with me! Miss my bro mannn

Chris Walker ‏@cwalkertime23 23h
@KaHill11 miss you to tho bro , hold down the #Gatornation tho I will be there soon to join you  !!


Walker was not able to enroll at UF for the fall semester.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 17, 2013, 12:14:43 pm
Point guard JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, Ind. and Huntington Prep) became the second lead guard to decommit from UofL since July following Quen Snider.

Lyle's up for grabs.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 19, 2013, 06:52:12 pm
UK commitment Tyler Ulis is considered the No. 29 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com. (http://)

The point guard is 23rd of Calipari's 29 commits/transfers since moving to UK.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2013, 03:30:05 pm
Look back at the 2003 recruiting class thru an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/03/looking-back-the-2003-recruiting-class)

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THE TOP 20

1. LeBron James: Duh.

12. Brandon Bass: Bass played two seasons at LSU before going pro, averaging 17.3 points and 9.1 boards as a sophomore. He was the 33rd pick in the 2005 Draft, and has carved out a career for himself as a hard-working, scrappy power forward. He’s played for Dallas, Orlando and, most recently, Boston.

13. Olu Famutimi: Famutimi played for two seasons at Arkansas before questionably entering the 2005 NBA Draft. He wasn’t picked, and has played in Turkey, France and Germany since.

14. Travis Outlaw: Outlaw never went to college [signed with State], but he’s managed to carve out a nice career for himself since being the 23rd pick in the 2003 Draft.

OTHER NOTABLE PLAYERS

39. Ronnie Brewer,  recently made a big donation to Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club

43. Chris Richard  Florida, sixth man on national championship team

80. Renaldo Balkman  South Carolina, 1st round pick of the Knicks

UR: Joakim Noah  Florida, Son of tennis pro Yannick Noah, got two championship rings and an NBA career
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2013, 05:43:01 pm
Aaron Epps, a 6-9 forward out of Tioga High School, became the first Class of 2014 pledge for the LSU men’s basketball team late Sunday night.

Epps was also a standout track athlete, finishing second at the state track meet in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 6 inches... (http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/7139066-123/aaron-epps-commits-to-lsu)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 29, 2013, 02:50:18 pm
Look back at the 2004 recruiting class thru an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/03/looking-back-the-2004-recruiting-class)

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THE TOP 20
3. Al Jefferson: Like [Dwight] Howard, Jefferson is on the free agent market this summer. Jefferson went straight from high school to the NBA, and in nine seasons as a pro the 15th selection in the 2004 NBA Draft is averaging 17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

10. Randolph Morris: Morris played three seasons at Kentucky (12.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg), and ended up joining the New York Knicks five days after Kentucky was eliminated from the NCAA tournament. (Per NCAA rules Morris was allowed to return to school as a junior since he wasn’t selected in the 2006 NBA Draft, and with the NBA prohibiting players from re-entering the draft the Knicks were able to sign him as a free agent.) Morris has played with the Beijing Ducks since 2010, and this past season he teamed up with Stephon Marbury to lead the franchise to its first-ever league title.

11. Glen Davis: “Big Baby” was one of the SEC’s best players during his three seasons at LSU, and he was one of the leaders for a team that reached the 2006 Final Four. Davis was a second round pick in 2007 (Seattle), and he was part of the deal that sent Ray Allen to Boston. Davis has played in Orlando the last two seasons with 2012-13 being his best as a pro (15.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg).

14. Joe Crawford: Crawford spent four seasons at Kentucky, where he would average 11.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest as a Wildcat. Drafted by the Lakers in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft, Crawford seen the majority of his action as a pro in China (Beijing Ducks) and Israel (Maccabi Rishon). His last NBA action (regular season) came in 2009, when he finished the season with the New York Knicks.

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES
21. Rajon Rondo

25. Corey Brewer

48. Al Horford

72. Joakim Noah

UR: Taurean Green
UR: Tyrus Thomas
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 03, 2013, 01:20:35 pm
Rick Pitino is sufficiently impressed with Kentucky’s historic recruiting class, but isn’t certain if the Wildcats should be the preseason No. 1.

“Best recruiting class in 20 years,” the Louisville coach told SNY.tv by text. “As far as No. 1, I’m not sure.”

Freshman forward Julius Randle is projected as the No. 2 pick next year, followed by freshman point guard Andrew Harrison at No. 8, sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein at No. 16 and sophomore forward Alex Poythress at No. 28.

Freshmen Dakari Johnson, Aaron Harrison and James Young are projected to go 21-23 in 2015.

“Two top six picks, three other potential first-rounders,” Pitino said, counting Andrew Harrison as a top-six pick. “It’s not as good as some of the UCLA teams but they stayed in school. They had to stay in school because of freshmen teams.”

Ironically, longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv last year that Lew Alcindor alone going to UCLA was the greatest recruiting class in history.

http://zagsblog.com/articles/pitino-says-kentucky-has-best-recruiting-class-in-20-years

UofL travels to Rupp to play UK on Dec. 28.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2013, 03:07:23 pm
Myron Medcalf: Welcome to the year of the freshmen

"I don't really feel any pressure because I still look at myself and my team as underdogs," said Nigel Williams-Goss, ranked 19th in the 2013 class by RecruitingNation and headed into his first year at Washington. "We just have a whole bunch to prove this year."

For Williams-Goss and the other decorated freshmen who've collectively become the preseason storyline of the 2013-14 season, the hype storm that has been brewing in recent years could quite easily become a crescendo of criticism if they fail to meet expectations.

Kansas' prospects were more modest before the best player in the freshmen class, Andrew Wiggins, signed to play for Bill Self. Duke's Jabari Parker, previously the top recruit in the 2013 class, was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in high school. Arizona's Aaron Gordon was the MVP of the USA Basketball U-19 squad that won a world championship this summer.

Coach John Beilein's effort to help point guard Derrick Walton Jr. avoid the hype could be doubly complicated because of the role the freshman likely will play for a Michigan team that could enter the season as a top-10 squad just months removed from a Final Four run.

Some young players are asked to fill shoes. Walton would have to fill a crater to match the success of Trey Burke, who won the Wooden Award last season and was an NBA lottery pick.

Beilein hopes Walton, ranked 30th in the 2013 class by RecruitingNation, will ignore whatever Burke comparisons this season and concentrate on his own development.

Arkansas' Mike Anderson is confident that Bobby Portis, No. 16 in RecruitingNation's 2013 class, will adjust well to college basketball after competing on the elite AAU circuit throughout high school. The 6-foot-10 forward will give Anderson the size his Razorbacks missed last year.

"Playing against some of the best players in the country has really helped him elevate his game," Anderson said. "Now at the collegiate level, you're going to see some of the same things, you're going to see some of the same guys."

Anderson cautioned that Portis doesn't have to be the "savior" of the program.

That's a common response from coaches who don't want their top freshmen to be overwhelmed. The reality, however, is that the best incoming players in 2013-14 will play vital roles this season.

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/9730293/welcome-year-freshmen

One wag said this was the best class since UCLA landed Lew Alcindor.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 08, 2013, 02:10:03 pm
Johnny Jones continued his strong work on the recruiting trail as the LSU head coach picked up a commitment from Texas native Elbert Robinson, the biggest player in the Class of 2014.

Robinson, who is ranked 51st by Rivals, is listed at 7-foot-0 and 320 pounds... (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/08/the-biggest-recruit-in-the-class-of-2014-elbert-robinson-commits-to-lsu)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 12, 2013, 09:32:07 am
Top prospect Kelly Oubre chose Kansas over Kentucky, et al.  His father wanted to talk about it. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/kelly-oubres-father-says-his-comments-were-not-meant-against-kentuckycalipari)

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“That’s one of the reasons behind choosing Kansas. Coach Self doesn’t kick you out if you are not ready. I don’t care too much for it (one-and-done) because if you look at it over the last couple drafts, the success of the guys one-and-done is few and far between. Every once in a while you find guys who can make it through. I’m more concerned about his education after maybe a two-year stint or three-year stint. How close is he to that degree and having a greater business mind going into the next level, whatever that is?” added Oubre Sr. “I think the first year in college as well as the pros, maybe two, is a learning curve. That learning curve can be cut considerably if he stayed and developed in college.”

Matt Jones contacted Oubre, Sr.:

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“It was not a statement at all in reference to Kentucky. Eight schools were in the running for my son. The media turned into the big two. But some of the other schools were talking about one and done but Calipari was not one of them. Me and Calipari share the same view on the one and done situation. We both don’t think it is a good idea.

“I wanted a coach who was the head of his ship and ran his own program. Those three, were the ones that I saw do that. And they didn’t spend their time talking about “one and done” but talked about their programs.

“What pushes the kid out is the money. Other schools talk about why my son shouldn’t go to Kentucky or to another school and focused on the other places, but the two schools in question right now (UK and KU) don’t talk about the other guy. They weren’t little guys getting in a big dog fight, they were big guys comfortable in their own skin. And that is what I wanted to see.

“The lure at the next level is the money. If you are know you are going to be a lottery pick, then at that time we sit down and re-evaluate that thinking. But as of now, I am not a big proponent of it, because I believe the first year is a learning curve.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2013, 09:08:00 am
Jeff Rabjohns @JeffRabjohns 
Kentucky will not be James Blackmon Jr's final visit and he has moved back his tentative Oct. 22 decision date.


A former Indiana commit, his father started at UK as a freshman 30 years ago.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2013, 01:22:29 pm
Not Jerry Tipton ‏@NotJerryTipton 4h
Florida's Patric Young suggests UK's freshmen won't live up to hype. And if anyone knows about not living up to hype, it's Patric Young.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2013, 01:41:53 pm
Delph will sit out the '13-14 season for Auburn

7-foot center Ronald Delph will take a redshirt season with the aim of gaining full eligibility.  He last played at IMG Academy.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 20, 2013, 03:53:42 pm
Jarrod Polson wears No. 3 this season. His former number, No. 5, now belongs to another UK point guard, freshman Andrew Harrison.

Ironically, a possible confusion about numbers played a part in how Harrison and his twin brother, Aaron, came to wear Nos. 5 and 2, respectively.

When a reporter noted that Nos. 5 and 2 are almost mirror images of each other, father Aaron Harrison Sr. said he had that very strategic reason in mind when he encouraged his identical twin sons to wear those numbers since grade school.

"I thought they'd mess one defender up," he said... (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/10/19/2884859/uk-basketball-notebook-for-harrison.html)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 20, 2013, 03:55:23 pm
CBS Sports reported that rival recruiters were trying to persuade a prospect to steer clear of Texas A&M because Coach Billy Kennedy had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

This seemed like a low blow even for coaches, who publicly abhor so-called negative recruiting but apparently are willing to say anything to succeed.

"Recruiting is recruiting," Kennedy said at the SEC Media Days in trying to downplay the story. " ... You've got people who are going to do what they're going to do."

Kennedy recalled advice he received as a 20-year-old novice from then Auburn Coach Sonny Smith.

"Sonny Smith said all's fair in love, war and recruiting," he said. " ... There's a lot of truth to that." (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/10/19/2884859/uk-basketball-notebook-for-harrison.html)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 22, 2013, 08:15:57 pm
Looking back at the 2005 recruiting class through an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/04/looking-back-the-2005-recruiting-class)

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1. Gerald Green: Went pro out of high school...

3. Monta Ellis: Ellis was a high school legend in Mississippi, but the diminutive scorer skipped college and dropped to the 40th pick in the 2005 draft.

6. Tyler Hansbrough

9. Richard Hendrix: Hendrix went to Alabama, where he teamed up with a talented-but-disappointing team coached by Mark Gottfried. After a junior season in which he averaged 17.8 points and 10.1 boards, Hendrix went pro. He was the 49th pick in 2008, but never set foot on an NBA court.

10-T. Mario Chalmers

10-T. Tasmin Mitchell: Mitchell had a solid four-year career at LSU, making a final four and averaging 16.8 points and 9.4 boards as a fifth-year senior. He played one season in the D-League after graduating, but has been in Israel and Russia since then.

16. Greg Paulus: Paulus was Duke’s point guard for three and a half years before losing his starting spot to Nolan Smith. A two-sport star in high school, he transferred to Syracuse to play quarterback as a fifth-year senior. When he graduated, Paulus went into coaching and is now on staff at Ohio State.

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES

84. Jeremy Pargo

Tasmin Mitchell and Richard Hendrix were the SEC players in the Top 100.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2013, 07:26:38 am
Foretold the decline of the SEC in the postseason just after Florida's back-to-back championships.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2013, 07:28:59 am
One-handed wonder Zach Hodskins verbally commits to Florida

Florida offered him a "preferred" walk-on spot in mid-August.

Hodskins over the weekend accepted the offer and verbally committed to the Gators.

He'll be a freshman next season. Hodskins is taking the Gators' offer despite what would likely be more playing time at the D-II or D-III level, where he's gotten plenty of attention.

(video at accessible at link)

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24116702/onehanded-hodskins-accepts-florida-scholly-offer-verbally-commits
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2013, 12:18:24 pm
Moss Point Guard Devin Booker, one of the top prospects in the nation, is dealing with the anxiety that goes with choosing between five colleges that badly want him -- Missouri, Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky and Florida.

As he has for the last year, Booker is giving little hint on where he plans to go. Booker does plan to have an announcement made before the Nov. 13 start of the NCAA's early signing period.

"It definitely has taken a toll on me," Booker said. "It's tough making a decision, but I'm trying to get it done soon by the November signing period.

"I'm trying to get a date where I can get my family from Michigan down here."

http://www.sunherald.com/2013/10/22/5051711/booker-watson-combo-could-lead.html
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 25, 2013, 07:45:35 am
"I'm jelling with the guys very well on and off the court," the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Barton said before Tennessee's practice at Pratt Pavilion on Thursday. "More so off the court because that's what matters the most, bonding together. But on the court, everything seems to be falling in place perfectly.

"The off-the-court relationship affects the on-the-court relationship. If you've got a bunch of guys who doesn't like each other off the court, then it's not going to work on the court. Building a relationship off the court is what matters the most."

Though the Vols like what they've seen already from freshman Darius Thompson, a spring-signing-period addition from Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Barton likely will slide into Trae Golden's vacated spot as the starting point guard.

Barton played both guard positions during his three-year career at Memphis, and though he considers himself a combo guard, he and Thompson figure to share the primary ball-handling duties for Tennessee.

"He's been good," third-year Vols coach Cuonzo Martin said. "Starting last week, midway through last week and this week, you start putting more set plays in, and he does a great job adapting to plays. We'll do more of a motion offense where there's a lot cutting and moving and reading, reading the defense, but he's done a good job so far.

"He's better than I thought he'd be at this point."

On a team with leading scorer Jordan McRae back along with two All-SEC forwards in Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon, Barton's blend of defensive toughness, shooting ability and experience is a nice fit.

As a freshman in 2010-11, Barton averaged 8.2 points in about 10-12 minutes per game

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/oct/25/barton-fitting-in-perfectly-for-vols
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 25, 2013, 02:48:35 pm
College Basketball Preview: Top 30 freshmen

1. Andrew Wiggins

Kansas

Vitals: 6-8 | F

Comment: Is Wiggins going to average 20 a game? Probably not. But by the time conference play heats up, it's going to be clear the Canada native is the best player in the country. He's that good.


2. Julius Randle

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-9 | F

Comment: An absolute physical specimen, Randle has the ability to be unstoppable around the basket.


5. Andrew Harrison

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-5 | G

Comment: The next in a long line of tall, aggressive point guards under John Calipari, Harrison can get into the lane at will.


6. James Young

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-6 | G

Comment: It's hard to say a top-10 prospect was forgotten, but Randle and the Harrison twins have received most of the attention at Kentucky. Meanwhile, NBA scouts continue to fall in love with Young.


8. Aaron Harrison

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-5 | G

Comment: The lesser-heralded of the Harrison twins (even only by a little), Aaron might be the better pure scorer.


12. Jarell Martin

LSU

Vitals: 6-9 | F

Comment: If LSU is to make a run to the NCAA tournament this season, Martin will be a key reason.


13. Kasey Hill

Florida

Vitals: 6-1 | G

Comment: ... he's extremely athletic and quick...


16. Dakari Johnson

Kentucky

Vitals: 7-0 | C

Comment: Johnson won't start, as Willie Cauley-Stein is ahead of him in the pecking order. But there aren't many players Johnson's size who can get position on the block and then score consistently.


17. Robert Hubbs

Tennessee

Vitals: 6-6 | G

Comment: He didn't become an elite prospect until the spring after his junior year, but Hubbs has the ability to fill it up quickly


28. Bobby Portis

Arkansas

Vitals: 6-9 | F

Comment: The Razorbacks' first McDonald's All-American in a decade, it would be a surprise not to see Portis get big minutes immediately. He has a variety of skills and brings an impressive motor.


29. Damian Jones

Vanderbilt

Vitals: 6-10 | F

Comment: Head coach Kevin Stallings said Jones has a chance to be the best post player he's ever had

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24128683/college-basketball-preview-top-30-freshmen

SEC much better represented this season than they 10-12 years ago.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 25, 2013, 07:20:26 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 3h
LSU's Johnny Jones making waves on recruiting trail. So much that ex-Tiger Collis Temple told me that "We're going to kick Kentucky's #$%"
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 26, 2013, 09:36:11 am
Stefan Moody, a 5-foot-10 guard from Kissimmee, Fla. gave a verbal to Ole Miss. He averaged 15.7 points while shooting 35.4 percent from 3-point range and 81.5 percent from the free throw line for Florida Atlantic University last season with 2.24 assists per game.

He is currently enrolled at Kilgore (Texas) Community College. (http://Stefan Moody, a 5-foot-10 guard from Kissimmee, Fla. gave a verbal to Ole Miss. He averaged 15.7 points while shooting 35.4 percent from 3-point range and 81.5 percent from the free throw line for Florida Atlantic University last season with 2.24 assists per game.

He is currently enrolled at Kilgore (Texas) Community College.)

Moody was 2013 Sun Belt Conference freshman of the year and All-Conference Third Team. He will have two to play two beginning in 2014-15.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2013, 09:31:03 am
Hello, Derrick Willis. The least heralded of UK’s mega-class had a huge game before the 15,000+ at Rupp. Willis buried five of six three-pointers and scored 21 points. As Jerry Tipton points out, Willis’ final three was well beyond NBA range. On the liveblog, someone joked that it was Willis who forced Kyle Wiltjer to pack his suitcase and head to Gonzaga. And Alex Poythress needs to pick up his game.

http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2013/10/30/three-spot-from-uks-blue-white-basketball-scrimmage

Willis was the best scoring option on the team composed of reserves during the scrimmage

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2013, 07:40:19 am
Highly touted small forward Devin Robinson announced his commitment to the Gators on Wednesday, joining fellow top prospects Brandone Francis and Chris Chiozza in Florida’s recruiting class of 2014.

Robinson chose the Gators over Indiana, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame. The 6-foot-8 prospect from Virginia is considered a top-30 recruit by every major recruiting service.

Francis and Chiozza — both guards — are also ranked in the top 30 by 247Sports.

http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2013/10/30/sec-news-florida-gets-a-big-commitment-for-2014
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2013, 10:28:40 am
Moss Point Guard Devin Booker, one of the top prospects in the nation, is dealing with the anxiety that goes with choosing between five colleges that badly want him -- Missouri, Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky and Florida.

As he has for the last year, Booker is giving little hint on where he plans to go. Booker does plan to have an announcement made before the Nov. 13 start of the NCAA's early signing period.

"It definitely has taken a toll on me," Booker said. "It's tough making a decision, but I'm trying to get it done soon by the November signing period.

"I'm trying to get a date where I can get my family from Michigan down here."

http://www.sunherald.com/2013/10/22/5051711/booker-watson-combo-could-lead.html

Devin Booker, one of the nation’s top high school shooting guards and a Mizzou legacy, plans to announce his college choice at 3 p.m. today at his high school in Moss Point, Miss, he announced on Twitter Tuesday.

Booker, son of former Missouri All-American guard Melvin Booker, will choose between Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/booker-to-announce-college-choice-mizzou-a-finalist/article_111b842f-7340-584d-bbc9-a41e110a7605.html

Reported that Booker was on the Mizzou campus each of the last two weekends.

His father's Big 8 championship team was honored during one of the exhibition games.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2013, 05:06:28 pm
Moss Point's Devin Booker verbally commits to Kentucky (with photo gallery) (http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-sports/2013/10/basketball_recruiting_moss_poi_3.html)

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Devin Booker resisted the lure of his home state and his father's legacy on Thursday, and cast his lot with arguably the most historic college basketball program in the country.

Booker, Moss Point High School basketball superstar and Mississippi's Gatorade Player of the Year last season, verbally committed to Kentucky during a packed ceremony at Arthur Haynes Gymnasium. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard chose the Wildcats over Michigan and Michigan State --- he lived with his mother in Grand Rapids, Mich., until two years ago --- as well as Missouri, where his father was a star in the early 1990s.

"I'd like to announce that I will play in college at ... the University of Kentucky," Booker said as he pulled a blue and white Kentucky hat from under a table and placed it on his head. His father, Melvin Booker, and mother, Veronica Gutierrez, flanked him as he made the announcement to thunderous applause from the assembled student body.

(http://imgick.gulflive.com/home/gulflive-media/pgmain/img/mississippi-press/photo/2013/10/-98b04d202f739634.JPG)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2013, 09:14:19 pm
Jeff Rabjohns @JeffRabjohns 
Kentucky will not be James Blackmon Jr's final visit and he has moved back his tentative Oct. 22 decision date.


A former Indiana commit, his father started at UK as a freshman 30 years ago.

Blackmon, Jr. gave a verbal to Indiana on ESPNU.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2013, 09:24:10 pm
James Blackmon Jr. ‏@JBlackmon2 17m
#HOOSIERNATION Stand Up! pic.twitter.com/LkUW0PLpOz

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BX825BcCUAAhNBw.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2013, 07:23:51 am
Night of not following in your father's footsteps

JAMES BLACKMON JR. RECOMMITS TO INDIANA

DEVIN BOOKER COMMITS TO KENTUCKY

If there was anyone with the right to be slightly disappointed in Blackmon and Booker’s decisions, it was their fathers. Both James Blackmon Sr. and Melvin Booker played at schools their sons were considering, Blackmon Kentucky and Booker Missouri. Neither kid chose their father’s alma mater, instead forging their own paths in the sport.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/not-following-in-your-fathers-footsteps-friday-news-and-views
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 03, 2013, 05:23:27 pm
Robert Hubbs shakes off 'butterflies' to score 17 points in exhibition

Robert Hubbs delivered a little showtime. The 6-foot-6 decorated freshman caught a laser pass from Armani Moore directly under the basket, moved from a standstill position and threw down a dunk for his first points for Tennessee... (http://Robert Hubbs shakes off 'butterflies' to score 17 points in exhibition

Robert Hubbs delivered a little showtime. The 6-foot-6 decorated freshman caught a laser pass from Armani Moore directly under the basket, moved from a standstill position and threw down a dunk for his first points for Tennessee...)

5-star freshman for Vols.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2013, 08:09:25 pm
Kentucky's James "JY" Young:


Actually counted as two points for the opponent.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 05, 2013, 11:34:42 am
The shot in the prior post had its own ESPN SportsCenter segment closing the 11AM EST show.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 05, 2013, 12:04:23 pm
Minutes ago, five-star power foward Trey Lyles picked Kentucky over Louisville to become UK’s fourth commitment in the 2014 class. Lyles announced his decision in front of friends and family at Arsenal Technical in Indianapolis.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/trey-lyles-picks-kentucky-do-not-post

The announcement was aired on ESPNU.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 05, 2013, 07:27:45 pm
Hugh Kellenberger ‏@HKellenbergerCL 6h
Oscar Robertson Trophy's 15-man preseason watch list has just one SEC name, Kentucky frosh Julius Randle.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 05, 2013, 07:33:58 pm
Hugh Kellenberger:
The United States Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday released a list of the 15 best players in college basketball.

Just one, Kentucky freshman Julius Randle, plays in the SEC. There were four players from the Big Ten, and three from the ACC. There were even two from the AAC. (http://blogs.clarionledger.com/um/2013/11/05/the-secs-best-are-always-freshmen-and-its-hard-to-build-a-conference-that-way)

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It was yet another reminder that the conference that can do no wrong all fall can just not get it right in the winter. Not that the SEC, or its coaches, will admit to this. The league has done an excellent job in recent years of picking and choosing the “right” news to highlight.

There were five players on the Wayman Tisdale Award watch list, which is given to the best freshman in the country. Ignore that four play for Kentucky.

Along those same lines, nine McDonald’s All-Americans enrolled at an SEC school this season. Less impressive is that five (sic or six) went to Kentucky and two to Florida, with LSU and Arkansas grabbing one apiece. That’s not so much of a talent influx as it is a stacking of the deck.

A year ago the SEC trumpeted that the first three picks in the NBA Draft were all from the SEC. Just ignore that, again, two were from Kentucky and that Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal only spent a year on a college campus. They did not even play in every SEC arena before bolting for the NBA.

It undoubtedly helps the SEC’s cherry-picking that Kentucky continues to be Kentucky (a commitment on Tuesday from top-10 prospect Trey Lyles gives the Wildcats another top-ranked recruiting class), and that Florida remains strong year-in and year-out.

We’re coming off a season in which only three teams made the NCAA Tournament, and the outlook for the 2013-14 season that begins this weekend does not look much better.

The Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list included seven seniors and four sophs.  Not sure what happened to the junior class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 05, 2013, 07:36:31 pm
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 7h
UK's 2014 commits so far in Rivals rankings: No. 8 Trey Lyles (PF), No. 11 Karl Towns (C), No. 30 Devin Booker (SG), No. 33 Tyler Ulius (PG)


Cal still struggling to get a verbal from a top ranked SF.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 07, 2013, 09:36:58 am
ESPN article on UK's Key Recruiter: Calipari believes Orlando Antigua won't be by his side much longer.

Halloween night, 1988. He was 15 years old, on a gurney in the back of an ambulance as it sped down Fordham Road in the Bronx, sirens stacking atop one another like pages in a book.

Fifteen, with a bullet in his head, listening to the paramedics radio ahead to the emergency room. The language of panic: "GSW near left eye. Entry, no exit."

Don't close your eyes.


Antigua's enthusiasm plays well in living rooms and on the practice court. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who as a high school star in Alabama committed to John Calipari and Antigua at Memphis and followed them to Kentucky, says, "When Cal is chewing you out, Coach O is always a guy you can go to." Many of the young men running up and down the floor wearing Wildcats blue are there because of Antigua. It might have been something he saw in them or something they saw in him; it's impossible to say which came first...

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/9893531/kentucky-assistant-coach-orlando-antigua-creates-best-recruiting-classes-ever-espn-magazine

Antigua was also the first Latino to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 11, 2013, 08:19:12 am
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 15h
In his first 2 games at Kentucky, Julius Randle has 45 points and 29 rebounds. Next up: No. 2 Michigan State Tuesday in the @championclassic
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2013, 08:23:47 am
Jay Bilas ‏@JayBilas 2h
Jabari Parker most complete, Julius Randle most physically dominant, and Andrew Wiggins most athletic and best in transition. All terrific.

While we praise the freshmen, and rightfully so, MSU's Keith Appling had 22 pts, 8 rebs, 8 asst and 4 steals. He was truly outstanding.

While we praise the freshmen, KU's Perry Ellis had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and was 9-13. But, he's a grizzled vet. A sophomore.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2013, 09:52:15 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 5h
Mizzou announces signing of Jakeenan Gant, 6-8 forward from Springfield, Ga.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2013, 08:02:20 am
LSU saw three of their commitments sign letters of intent Wednesday during the early signing period and fill the available slots in this year’s class.

The first series of formal pledged came in around 1 p.m. with the documents from Tioga forward Aaron Epps and Montverde (Fla.) point guard Jalyn Patterson. It was followed a little over 90 minutes later by the paperwork from Lakeview Centennial (Texas) 7-0, 320 center Elbert Robinson.

http://theadvocate.com/sports/7575736-32/tigers-3-signees-fill-holes
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2013, 08:04:41 am
With three players inked on the first day of the early signing period, Alabama has likely concluded its work for the early signing period, coach Anthony Grant said.

"You never know what potentially could open up," Grant said. "You always want to keep your options open in terms of what could be available."

Alabama's 2014-15 team will be bolstered by the additions of three freshmen: guards Justin Coleman (5-10, 146, Birmingham) and Devin Mitchell (6-3, 170, Suwanee, Ga.) and forward Riley Norris (6-7, 180, Albertville). Two transfers, guard Ricky Tarrant and Michael Kessens, will also be eligible to play.

First-team all-SEC point guard Trevor Releford is the only scholarship player guaranteed not to return.

In the event of attrition, Alabama will have another chance to add players to its roster during the spring signing period in April.

"Right now, we're at 13 scholarships," Grant said.

http://www.al.com/alabamabasketball/index.ssf/2013/11/alabama_likely_done_with_early.html

The numbers are working themselves out for Bama. They often do.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2013, 08:15:33 am
Ole Miss signed a four-man recruiting basketball recruiting class Wednesday, a group comprised entirely of out-of-state players.

Signing with the Rebels were guards J.T. Escobar (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Stefan Moody (Kissimmee, Fla.), forward Marcanvis Hymon (Memphis, Tenn.) and center Rauno Nurger (Bel Aire, Kan.). Moody played as a freshman at Florida Atlantic and is now at a Texas junior college.

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-sports/2013/11/basketball_recruiting_ole_miss.html

Moody was Sun Belt freshman of the year and last played at Kilgore.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2013, 08:26:52 am
Mississippi State announced its basketball signing class Wednesday, a group that includes two in-state standouts.

The Bulldogs signed forward Oliver Black of Jackson and guard Maurice Dunlap of Greenwood, plus forward Demetrius Houston of Montgomery, Ala. The 6-foot-7 Houston is from the same high school (Carver) that produced current Bulldogs Craig Sword and Roquez Johnson.

"I want to commend Wes Flanigan, George Brooks, and Chris Hollender for their efforts in continually putting in the time and work it takes to sign these special young men," MSU coach Rick Ray said.

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-sports/2013/11/basketball_recruiting_mississi.html

Flanigan a Parkview alum played at Auburn.  Won the SEC Courage Award after bouncing back from cancer.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2013, 06:57:34 am
Wednesday, all four of Kentucky’s 2014 commitments signed their letters of intent. Here are Calipari's thoughts on each: (http://Wednesday, all four of Kentucky’s 2014 commitments signed their letters of intent. Here are Calipari's thoughts on each:)

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Karl Towns:

“Karl, at 7 feet tall, brings great versatility. He can obviously score it inside, but his ability to shoot and handle it like he’s a guard will spread defenses out. His growth from his first stint with the Dominican team until now has been unbelievable, and I’m looking forward to working with him on the collegiate level.”

Tyler Ulis [5-8 PG]:

“Tyler is the ultimate competitor. His heart and his ability to make people better set him apart from his peers. He can score in bunches, and like every point guard I’ve had, he brings a little something different to the table.”

Devin Booker:

“Devin is a scoring machine. At nearly 6-6, he can play three different positions. He’s got great range, which should help us spread the floor a bit when he’s playing. What I like most about him is his confidence.”

Trey Lyles:

“At 6-10, Trey can play both inside and outside. He has the skills to score in both areas. He’s seen what some of our former guys are doing in the pros right now and has said he wants to follow in their path. My hope is he’s our next beast.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2013, 08:02:40 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 4h
Missouri officially adds Los Angeles shooting guard Namon Wright to 2014 class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 16, 2013, 08:48:21 pm
Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 15 Nov
Cross 2014 F Stanley Johnson off UF's wish list. Has committed to Arizona.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2013, 05:11:25 pm
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 6h
Rick Ray concludes teleconference saying he has no plans in signing any players in the second signing period.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2013, 02:03:26 pm
Tuesday is the rare night when the biggest names among this freshman class are all in action. So which one -- Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle or Aaron Gordon -- will have the most impressive performance tonight?

Katz: Randle. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he called the same play for Randle 16 straight times against Michigan State. Calipari will lean on Randle's size and strength advantage to exploit a mismatch against Arlington.

O'Neil: This is like picking the prettiest 10-carat diamond. All are good choices, but because we must pick, I'll lean toward Parker. Why? Because after a night that he scored 21 (as he did against UNC Asheville), his Hall of Fame coach wanted him to shoot even more. Parker has started his career with four consecutive 20-point nights. What's one more?

Brown: Randle will have most impressive performance, but it seems as though we're already starting to take him for granted. He's had a double-double scoring and rebounding in all four of Kentucky's games this season. Posting another will just be Randle doing what is already expected of him.

http://espn.go.com/ncb/notebook/_/page/dailyword131119/daily-word
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2013, 08:49:31 pm
Randle had 22 and 10. UT-Arlington chose to collapse on Randle leaving James "JY" Young open for 26.

Wiggins had 13 and 7 as KU cruised by the Iona Gaels.

Jabari had 21 and 9 with 6 blocks as Duke eased by ECU. State transfer Hood led Blue Devils with 30.

Aaron Gordon plays later.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2013, 01:28:46 pm
On Wednesday, junior college guard Josh Gray made his fifth college commitment – but this one could stick.

Gray pledged to LSU over a slew of schools, including UNLV, Illinois, Texas A&M, Providence, Marquette, Missouri and others. Louisville was interested, but the Cardinals got a signature from Quen Snider last week.

The 6-foot-1 Louisiana native had decommitted from Florida State in late October after committing to the Seminoles in mid-September. He originally committed to Mississippi State out of high school, but head coach Rick Stansbury departed before Gray arrived in Starkville. He then went to Texas Tech, where he averaged 9.3 points as a freshman. However, Billy Gillispie resigned six weeks before the season...

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24251014/lsu-gets-commitment-from-junior-college-star-josh-gray

Gray was quoted as saying he was "looking for a relationship" last summer.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 23, 2013, 10:17:40 am
DeCourcy: Will Duke's one-and-done deep dive end age limit hypocrisy? (http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2013-11-22/duke-2014-recruiting-class-one-and-done-coach-k-kentucky-john-calipari)

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So what will they all say? If Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow and the Duke Blue Devils arrive onstage for the 2015 Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, one year into college careers that very well could last only one year, will their coach, Mike Krzyzewski, face a question ... that includes the phrase “Your best players aren’t here by choice” and suggested winning the championship wouldn’t mean all that much to them?


Will NCAA president Mark Emmert be asked at his annual state-of-the-association news conference to discuss the “Duke-and-done” culture? 


DeCourcy covers college basketball and recruiting for Sporting News.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2013, 12:02:47 pm
Looking at in-state and out-of-state prospects for recent SEC Championship Teams.

Kentucky 2012

Regulars (min. 5 PPG, 10-12 MPG)

In-State
Darius Miller   SF '08 POS Rank #7 4-star  Maysville, KY (Chris Lofton's school)

Out-of-State
Anthony Davis PF '11 POS Rank #1 5-star  Perspectives Charter, Chicago, IL
Terrence Jones PF '10 POS Rank #2 5-star Jefferson, Portland, OR (w/T. Ross)
Kidd-Gilchist   SF '11 POS Rank #1 5-star  St. Patrick, Elizabeth, NJ
Doron Lamb   SG '10 POS Rank #5 4-star  Bishop Tom Loughlin, Brooklyn, NY
Marquis Teague PG '11 POS Rank #1 5-star Pike, Indianapolis, IN (Jeff's bro)
Kyle Wiltjer    C  '11 POS Rank #3 4-star  Jesuit, Portland, OR
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2013, 12:25:31 pm
"The Fence".  Top Kentucky prospects who got away or were not recruited by UK '08-11:

2008 (BCG's last class)
Scotty Hopson  5-star #1 SF  University Hts.  Tennessee, 3 seasons, 17 PPG Jr., Turkey

2009
N/A

2010
N/A

2011
Chane Behanan  5-star #7 PF  Bowling Green HS, NC UofL, 10ppg, 6.5 rpg, Suspended; now back as a reserve
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2013, 11:18:53 pm
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/behanan-ring.jpg)

A High end Auction House (Grey Flannel Auctions) that specializes in sports memorabilia is auctioning off Chane Behanan’s 2012 Final Four Ring. While it is always disappointing to see players auction such items off, if it is done while they are still in school, that is a NCAA violation. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/chane-behanans-2012-final-four-ring-ends-up-at-auction-house)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2013, 01:54:53 pm
Rick Ray ‏@RickRay1 26 Nov
I need our students & Greeks that are staying around to be at The Hump Wednesday, 1pm. We have a VIP recruit coming that needs YOUR love!
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2013, 07:38:54 pm
Looking back at the 2006 recruiting class through an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/04/looking-back-the-2006-recruiting-class)

THE TOP 20

1. Greg Oden
2. Kevin Durant

16. Vernon Macklin: Macklin is the highest rated player on this list to have played at two schools, as he transferred from Georgetown to Florida after his sophomore season. In four collegiate seasons Macklin averaged 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, and he was selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. Macklin most recently played in the Philippines for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES

21. Mike Conley Jr.

57. Jodie Meeks

UR: Russell Westbrook


2005 and 2006 classes laid the groundwork for the years in which the fewest number of SEC teams qualified for the NCAA tournament since they opened it up to non-conference winners.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 01, 2013, 03:20:16 pm
Looking back at the 2007 recruiting class through an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/05/looking-back-the-2007-recruiting-class)

THE TOP 20

1. OJ Mayo

9. Patrick Patterson: Patterson helped Kentucky bridge the Billy Gillispie gap, as he provided Kentucky with a veteran presence as a junior before heading off to the NBA. He was the 14th pick, going to the Rockets...

11. Nick "The Greek" Calathes: Calathes left Florida after two seasons in Gainesville, and while he was the 45th pick of the draft, he left school to play in Greece.

14. Anthony Randolph: Randolph spent one season at LSU, averaging 15.6 points and 8.5 boards, before heading off to the NBA. He was the 14th pick in 2008, and while he’s bounced around four different NBA franchises, he’s yet to really find a good fit.

15. DeAndre Jordan: After one unmemorable year at Texas A&M, Jordan went in the second round of the NBA Draft. He’s actually been able to latch on with the Clippers...

OTHER NOTABLE NAME

46. Chandler Parsons
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2013, 12:34:29 pm
Looking back at the 2008 recruiting class through an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/05/looking-back-the-2008-recruiting-class)

THE TOP 20

1. Brandon Jennings

11. Scotty Hopson: In three seasons at Tennessee, Hopson averaged 12.7 points per game and earned first team All-SEC honors as a junior. Unfortunately for Hopson he wasn’t selected in the 2011 NBA Draft, resulting in his playing overseas in each of his first two seasons as a pro. He most recently played for Hapoel Eilat in Israel (17.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

17. JaMychal Green: Green averaged 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in four seasons at Alabama, earning first team All-SEC honors as a junior. Green wasn’t drafted last June, but he did make the D-League second team All-Rookie squad as a member of the Austin Toros...

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES

•34. DeAndre Liggins

•53. Terrelle Pryor

•79. Erving Walker

•86. Rotnei Clarke


In 2009 business would pick up for SEC recruiting.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 05, 2013, 08:34:05 pm
Looking back at the 2009 recruiting class thru an SEC lens:

Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '09 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

2  PG John Wall             Word of God       Kentucky
3   C  DeMarcus Cousins  Le Flore Magnet  Kentucky
7  PF  Renardo Sidney  Fairfax      Mississippi State (b/4 and after a long route)
15 SG Kenny Boynton     American Heritage  Florida
17 C  Daniel Orton      Bishop McGuinness  Kentucky
20 C  Alex Oriakhi        Tilton School         UConn -> Mizzou
37 PG Eric Bledsoe        Peter Parker         Kentucky
41 SG John Jenkins        Station Camp       Vandy
46 SF Jon Hood             North Hopkins      Kentucky
50 PF Kenny Hall           Redan                 Tennessee
52 PF Erik Murphy          St. Mark's            Florida
63 PF Marshawn Powell  The Miller School  Arkansas
67 SF Lakeem Jackson    Christ School       South Carolina
79 PF Reginald Buckner  Memphis Manassas  Ole Miss
85 PF Jeronne Maymon   Madison Memorial  Marquette -> Vols

Wall was SEC '10 POY, 1-n-done, 1st team All-American, 1st pick Washington Wizards

Cousins was SEC '10 FOY, 1-n-done, 2nd Team All-American, 5th pick Sacramento Kings

Sidney declared for '12 NBA draft after long term eligibility issues. Cut by D-League.

Boynton was 3-time All-SEC and 3 straight Elite Eights. Barak Netanya in Israel.

Orton, 1-n-done reserve, Last 1st round pick of Orlando Magic. Currently with 76ers.

Oriakhi, After Sr. season at Mizzou, 57th pick by Suns. Ligat HaAl League with Boynton.

Bledsoe, '10 All-SEC Freshman, 1-n-done, 18th pick by Houston. After Clippers now with Suns

Jenkins was '11, '12, '13 1st Team All-SEC. Left after Jr. season, currently with Hawks

Hood in 5th season as reserve at UK; Has played with most NBA draft picks.

Hall was dismissed from UT, involved with academic tutor, "jus tryna get paid" in Europe

Murphy survived car breaking and entering in St. A. b/4 freshman season.  Bulls.

Powell All-SEC in '11, '13; Ukraine

Jackson is playing in Europe

Buckner was '11, '12, '13 All-Defensive SEC. Won SEC Tourney. Signed with Nuggets.

Maymon was '12 2nd Team All-SEC, knee injury '13, he is back for Vols in '13-14.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2013, 11:18:42 pm
LSU freshman forward Jordan Mickey was named one of the best five players in the SEC for the month of November by CollegeHoopsDaily.com.

In the first seven games of his college career, Mickey averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds with 26 blocked shots. He had four double-doubles (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2013/12/lsus_jordan_mickey_lauded_for.html)

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5-man November team: Guards Chris Denson of Auburn and Jordan Clarkson of Missouri, and forwards Julius Randle of Kentucky and Patric Young of Florida.

Randle earned their league player of the month honor.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 08, 2013, 02:49:41 pm
Jerry Tipton: A conversation about the greatest recruiting classes moved former UCLA standout Lynn Shackelford to ponder one of the toughest acts to follow: John Calipari's at Kentucky.

"When Cal leaves, that's going to be a tough job," Shackelford said. "For years and years, they're going to say why aren't we getting the top recruits? What's wrong?" (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/12/07/2975813/uk-basketball-notebook-calipari.html)

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Fran Fraschilla, a Calipari buddy of long standing, scoffed at the notion of the woebegone Knicks, an all-hat-and-no-cattle franchise, luring the UK coach away.

"He should call Nick Saban," said Fraschilla, meaning the transition from college to pros is strewn with college kings defrocked and belittled. "John's been through that. I don't think John would leave for the NBA unless he inherited a really good team."

Lynn Shackelford was part of the UCLA recruiting class of 1965, arguably the greatest college basketball recruiting class of all time.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2013, 01:19:27 pm
2012 Class:
C  48th  Willie Cauley-Stein  Olathe NW HS  Kentucky

Jerry Tipton: While electric blond hair helped Willie Cauley-Stein stand out Tuesday night, he said a less-obvious characteristic affected his performance.

Sickle cell trait, a blood disorder which can affect endurance, was a factor in playing 25 minutes in Kentucky's victory over Boise State.

When asked about how he might have posted a triple-double if he played more minutes, Cauley-Stein said, "I was having a sickle cell problem. My chest starts to hurt."

According to the American Society of Hematology website, sickle cell trait is an inherited blood disorder that affects about 8 percent of blacks. Unlike sickle cell disease, a serious illness in which patients have two genes that cause the production of abnormal hemoglobin, individuals with sickle cell trait carry only one defective gene and typically live normal lives. Most people with sickle cell trait have no symptoms and will not have any health complications, the website said. They can participate in athletics. Maintaining good hydration is important. Coaches should consider someone with sickle cell trait like any athlete at risk for heat exhaustion, the website said.

Mike Grove, who coached Cauley-Stein at Northwest High School in Olathe, Kan., said he was unaware of the 7-footer having sickle cell trait.

Meanwhile, the new hair style showed that blonds can have a lot of fun. Cauley-Stein equalled a career high of nine blocks. He also scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds.

When asked why he dyed his hair, Cauley-Stein said, "Just boredom."I spend a lot of time in the dorm room, being on curfew all the time. It gets you thinking a lot. You stare at the walls."

http://www.kentucky.com/2013/12/11/2983379/kentuckys-cauley-stein-adding.html
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 16, 2013, 03:54:34 pm
Here's an update on some of those Top 100 recruits from '14 class rankings that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

4. PF 1   Trey Lyles   Arsenal Technical HS Indianapolis, IN 6-9/240     Kentucky
19. C   4   Karl Towns  St. Joseph HS Metuchen, NJ  6-11/245               Kentucky
26. SG 5 Devin Booke  Moss Point, MS HS  6-5/180                           Kentucky
27. PF 5 Devin Robinson  Christchurch, VA School 6-8/190                  Florida
29. PG 6 Tyler Ulis  Marian Catholic Chicago Heights, IL 5-8/150          Kentucky
36. C   7   Elbert Robinson  Lakeview Centennial Garland, TX 7-0/330     LSU
38. SG 8 Brandone  Francis Arlington Country Day Jacksonville 6-4/205 Florida
47. PG 10 Alex Robinson  Mansfield Timberview Arlington, TX 6-1/160  A&M
52. PG 11 Chris Chiozza  Memphis White Station  5-10/155                    Florida
53. SG 11 Namon Wright  Pacific Hills Los Angeles  6-5/185                Missouri
65. PF 13 Jakeenan Gant  Effingham County, GA  6-8/200                  Missouri
87. PG 18 Justin Coleman  Birmingham Wenonah  5-10/155               Bama   


Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2013, 04:37:17 pm
Drew Messmer ‏@AllMetroDrew 4h
BREAKING: 2015 #1 ranked SG Malik Newman @iammaliknewman Callaway (MS) tells me "No..no possibility at all" on him reclassifying to 2014.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2013, 10:37:45 am
Were there heads hanging because they were losing the game or losing the lottery?

Per ESPN's Chad Ford, UK players’ NBA Draft stock is slipping:

SUMMER:

2. PF Julius Randle
7. PG Andrew Harrison
13. C Willie Cauley-Stein
20. SF James Young
21. SF Alex Poythress
25. C Dakari Johnson
26. SG Aaron Harrison

CURRENT:

4. PF Julius Randle
11. SF James Young
17. C Willie Cauley-Stein
20. PG Andrew Harrison

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/uk-players-draft-prospects-are-dropping
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2013, 11:36:57 am
Kentucky still leads for Bibb County SEC hoops target Danjel Purifoy (video)

CENTREVILLE, Alabama -- Bibb County basketball star Danjel Purifoy is taking his recruitment relatively slow, but confirmed Tuesday night that Kentucky is still his leader.

Purifoy claims SEC offers from Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Tennessee, as well as offers from Michigan State, Connecticut Huskie$, SMU, UAB and others.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/12/kentucky_still_leads_for_bibb.html

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 22, 2013, 02:20:08 pm
Tough day for Calipari after son tears ACL

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/12/21/2999900/kentucky-belmont-notes-tough-day.html#storylink=cpy (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/12/21/2999900/kentucky-belmont-notes-tough-day.html)

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"My son (Brad) tore his ACL yesterday in a high school game and I had to go to the hospital last night. Tough deal. He's worked so hard and done great stuff, and he's out six months. So I'm kind of dealing with that right now, my own son, and kind of similar to I remember sitting down with Nerlens (Noel) and having him cry and then telling him why he was OK.

"I had the same scene last night. I literally did not want to tell him what I knew, and the doc said 'He probably knows; you need to tell him,' because I didn't want to deal with it. And then I told him, and same response that you would expect from a 17-year-old. But he's doing fine, and this is all part of life. This is all part of growing. This is adversity that's thrown at every kid in every family, so I'm going to spend a little time with him to try to keep him thinking the right way."

Brad Calipari is a junior shooting guard at Lexington Christian Academy.

This brings to mind the blessing or curse of having a son play for an SEC basketball coach. Of course, they didn't name the basketball arena in Baton Rouge after Press Maravich and having a scoring son did not hurt Wade Houston from becoming not only the first black coach of a major men's sport in the SEC but also the first black member of a certain Knoxville Country Club.

At Kentucky, the matter of a son playing on the basketball team is serious business and one Calipari will need to manage if he remains. Seems every other Kentucky basketball coach has had a son to deal with during his time at Kentucky.

Adolph Rupp's son Adolph II (Herky) seldom played and was not a factor in controversy or recruiting. Today he fights to maintain his father's reputation.

Joe B. Hall had no son.  One of his daughters is married to former Arkansas O-Line Coach Mike Summers.

Eddie Sutton's son Sean heard the boo birds from Kentucky fans who could identify with what they thought of as a less talented coach's son getting minutes while the team lost games. That Sean Sutton was implicated in the standardized testing scandal that made Eric Manuel ineligible, did not help the situation.

Rick Pitino's sons including current Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, were the kids doing a half-cheeked job cleaning up the Rupp Arena floor after a player left moisture on the court. He never dealt with having a son take criticism for playing. His successor would take up the slack.

Tubby Smith was Kentucky's first black coach and he left his older son GG to finish his career at UGa.  Saul was a freshman reserve point guard on Tubby's national championship team in his first year. Things got intense when Saul took the starting role in his junior season and the complaints, some racist and some objective rose up. His backup, a white son of an attorney from South Central Kentucky whose brother was also named John, did not possess SEC skills anymore than Saul. Fan complaints turned to hate and the negative recruiting followed. Tubby had a third son Brian playing for Lexington Catholic High. The pipeline of Smith boys was an easy sell for opposing coaches noting lack of playing time at UK for any guard not named "Smith". Tubby would struggle to recruit an NBA-type point guard until Rod Barnes found a spot for Brian on the Ole Miss roster. It was just in time for Kentucky to sign Rajon Rondo in Tubby's eighth season at the helm.  Today Saul is on Tubby's staff at TTech.

Billy Gillispie has no sons of which I am aware. He had bigger issues in Lexington.

Calipari will have to choose whether to deal with the potential issues that come with giving a roster spot to Brad who does not appear to be the next Allan Houston. Brad's father does not appear to be one to back down from fan criticism. Will he learn from history?

(http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2013/12/21/17/57/RihBd.AuSt.79.jpeg)
www.kentucky.com
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 23, 2013, 11:29:25 am
COLUMBIA, S.C.- Brandone Francis has high hopes for his first year in college.

“I feel like we have a shot to do something special,” Francis told SNY.tv. “I just wanna get out there with my new teammates next year, Chris Chiozza and Devin Robinson, and employ what we can do for the team.”

When asked if he wanted Chris Walker – projected as a lottery pick by some mock drafts — to come back for another year, he was emphatic with his answer.

“Of course, no brainer,” Francis said.  (http://zagsblog.com/articles/brandone-francis-florida-has-a-chance-to-do-something-special)

Four star, 8th-ranked SG and 38th overall in class of '14.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2013, 07:18:33 pm
Michael DeCourcy @tsnmike
If you haven't read my column on Kentucky's James Young, still time.
http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2013-12-28/kentucky-vs-louisville-james-young-shooting-wildcats-john-calipari-julius-randle

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — There isn’t much James Young cannot do on a basketball court, and that is one reason Kentucky has such exorbitant potential as a team. You need some free throws, a 3-pointer, a rebound, a stop? He’s your guy. He can hook you up with all of that and anything else you might have in mind.


The issue isn’t what Young can do for Kentucky. It’s what he will do. Which is to say, he is bound to try most anything. He’ll drive the ball into traffic and take on a couple of big defenders. He’ll fire a 3-pointer just one pass into the offense. He’ll take six quasi-outrageous shots without flinching, miss every single one of them, then fire the next without remorse.

This is what coach John Calipari wants from Young. An exceptional offensive talent, he believes, must be granted the license to become exceptional. It might not always please his teammates. It might occasionally affront purists. It might keep the opposition in a game or two. Ultimately, though, it can lead to results such as UK’s 73-66 victory Saturday over rival Louisville.


“I just had to keep shooting. That is what you have to do sometimes as a shooter,” Young said afterward, following a 5-of-17 effort from the floor that still produced a team-high 18 points. “The coaches told me to keep my head up and keep shooting, and I did.”


In fact, he didn’t...

Young averaged a shot a minute in the first half and took only four total in the second half with Julius Randle out of the game. He finished with 18 points, 10 boards and 4 assists.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 02, 2014, 10:28:13 am
Jordan Clarkson was a '10 3-star and #44 ranked SG out of San Antonio Karen Wagner.

He has averaged over 23 ppg in the Mizzou's last four games against BCS qualifying conference teams.

He played two seasons at Tulsa before transferring to Missouri.


Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2014, 01:32:08 pm
Looking back at the 2008 recruiting class through an SEC lens (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/05/looking-back-the-2008-recruiting-class)

THE TOP 20

1. Brandon Jennings

11. Scotty Hopson: In three seasons at Tennessee, Hopson averaged 12.7 points per game and earned first team All-SEC honors as a junior. Unfortunately for Hopson he wasn’t selected in the 2011 NBA Draft, resulting in his playing overseas in each of his first two seasons as a pro. He most recently played for Hapoel Eilat in Israel (17.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

17. JaMychal Green: Green averaged 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in four seasons at Alabama, earning first team All-SEC honors as a junior. Green wasn’t drafted last June, but he did make the D-League second team All-Rookie squad as a member of the Austin Toros...

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES

•34. DeAndre Liggins

•53. Terrelle Pryor

•79. Erving Walker

•86. Rotnei Clarke


In 2009 business would pick up for SEC recruiting.

Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '08 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

11 SF Scotty Hopson 6-5/180  (University Heights Academy) Hopkinsville, KY  UT via MS
17 PF  JaMychal Green 6-7.5/205  (St. Jude HS) Montgomery, AL  Bama
20 SF  DeAndre Liggins 6-6/180  (Brewster Academy) Wolfeboro, NH  Kentucky 
25 C   Kenny Kadji 6-10/255  (IMG Academy) Bradenton, FL  Florida -> Miami
26 PF  Trey Thompkins 6-8/220  (Norcross HS) Norcross, GA  Georgia
29 C   J'mison Morgan 6-9/265  (South Oak Cliff HS) Dallas, TX UCLA via LSU NLI -> BU 
30 PF  Eloy Vargas 6-9/220  (American Heritage School) Plantation, FL  UF -> jc -> UK
34 SF  Tony Mitchell 6-6/185  (Swainsboro HS) Swainsboro, GA  Bama dismissed
35 SF  Darius Miller 6-6/185  (Mason Co HS) Maysville, KY  Kentucky 
49 PF  Romero Osby 6-8/230 (Northeast Lauderdale HS) Meridian, MS  MSSt -> OU
60 PF  Terrance Henry 6-9.5/185  (Carroll HS) Monroe, LA  Mississippi 
61 PF  Allan Chaney 6-8/220  (New London HS) New London, CT  Florida -> VaTech
65 PF  Steve Tchiengang 6-8/225  (Montverde Academy) Montverde, FL  Vanderbilt
66 SF  Ray Shipman 6-5/204  (Pace HS) Pace, FL  Florida ->
67 SF  Murphy Holloway 6-7/185  (Dutch Fork HS) Irmo, SC  Ole Miss -> SC -> OM
68 PF  Delwan Graham 6-7/210  (Dunwoody HS) Dunwoody, GA  LSU -> juco -> Jax'ville
79 PG  Andrew Steele 6-3/195  (John Carroll HS) Birmingham, AL  Alabama 
82 PF  Lance Goulbourne 6-7/215  (The Hun School) Princeton, NJ  Vandy
94 C   Philip Jurick 6-11/255  (East Ridge HS) Chattanooga, TN  UT -> juco -> OkSt
95 SG  Brad Tinsley 6-3/190 (Oregon City HS) Oregon City, OR  Pepperdine NLI -> Vandy
100 SF  Renaldo Woolridge 6-8/205  (Harvard-Westlake School) N Hollywood, CA  UT -> USC   
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2014, 10:08:58 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '10 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

3   C  Enes Kanter      Stoneridge Prep  Kentucky
6  PG Brandon Knight  Pinecrest           Kentucky
7  PF  Tobias Harris    Triple-H             Vols
8  PF  Terrence Jones  Jefferson           Kentucky
15 PF  Patric Young     Providence        Florida
20 SF  Jelan Kendrick  Wheeler            Memphis -> Ole Miss -> Indian Hills CC
25 PG  Ryan Harrow    Walton              NC State -> Kentucky
28 SG  Doron Lamb     Oak Hill Academy  Kentucky
38 SG  Jordan McRae   Liberty County   Vols
50 PG  Trevor Releford Bishop Miege    Bama
53  C  Damontre Harris Trinity Christian  SC -> Florida
56 PG  Bruce Ellington  Berkeley          SC
59 SF  Casey Prather   Jackson Northside  Florida
60 PF  Luke Cothron   Flora MacDonald     Auburn -> Southern Idaho
67 SF  Stacey Poole, Jr.  Andrew Jackson  Kentucky -> GaTech
77 SF Matt Derenbecker  Metarie Park CDS  LSU
89 SG  Trae Golden     McEachern            Vols
92 PF  RJ Slawson       Fort Dorchester     SC
99 SC  Mardracus Wade  Chatham           Arkansas
100 SG Charles Hankerson  Coral Reef     Bama -> Wyoming

Kanter was NCAA ineligible, served as practice player; Utah Jazz

Knight, 1st Team All-SEC, 1-n-done, Detroit Pistons

Harris, 2nd Team All-SEC, 1-n-done, Milwaukee Bucks

Jones, SEC Rookie of the Year; '11 All-SEC 1st Team, '12 All-SEC 2nd Team; left after soph. season; awaiting draft

Young, SEC All-Rookie; returning for Jr. season

Kendrick was Ole Miss' first McDonalds' A-A player. He has been released.

Harrow is heir apparent as UK's PG; a sophomore.

Lamb; SEC All-Rookie; '12 2nd Team All-SEC, left after soph season; awaits draft

Releford: SEC All-Rookie, '12 2nd Team All-SEC

Ellington after SEC All-Rookie season is a two-sport star for The Ball Coach

 Follow
 
Chris Winston@ChrisatTheState
A great @UofSC career comes to end, as Bruuuuuuuce Ellington will enter NFL:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdFKg4LCIAAT9tA.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2014, 11:33:24 am
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/randle-and-k-600x600.jpg)
http://kentuckysportsradio.com

All-SEC Freshman Candidate Julius Randle

18.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.2 tpg in non-conference play
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2014, 05:06:25 pm
WDRB-41: Chane Behanan has told ESPN.com that he is going to enroll in a program in Houston run by former NBA player and coach John Lucas.

Speaking with ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Behanan said, "I'm hoping to go down there, take care of myself and then hopefully get another opportunity -- wherever it may be. I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. First I'm going to go get help."

Lucas runs a drug and alcohol treatment program for athletes and coaches. Former University of Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is a former client. Behanan did not tell ESPN what problem he needs to address [nor should he]. (http://www.wdrb.com/story/24351729/crawford-behanan-says-hes-seeking-help-unsure-of-next-step)

Behanan was an '11 5-star PF out of Bowling Green.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 06, 2014, 12:39:06 pm
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats 2h
Several SEC freshmen putting up good numbers, including LSU's Jordan Mickey (13.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.6 bpg) http://bit.ly/1988ay6

Bobby Portis (Arkansas) 12.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 24.5 minutes per game

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats 2h
Julius Randle is the only Top 25 recruit from the Class of 2013 who is averaging a double-double (18.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 06, 2014, 12:46:11 pm
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats 21h
Karl Towns averaging 21.8 points and 14.0 rebounds per game. His team is 6-0. Averaging 9.0 blocks over last 3 games. http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/karl-towns


7-1 C in UK's '14 class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2014, 10:11:08 am
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 2h
Torian Graham Visits Missouri
http://zagsblog.com/missouri/torian-graham-visits-missouri/ …

6-4 juco SG at Chipola College
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2014, 05:59:34 pm
KNOXVILLE – The season of heralded Tennessee freshman guard Robert Hubbs III is over.

The former five-star recruit has been bothered by a lingering shoulder injury all season and coach Cuonzo Martin said on Thursday afternoon that there is a “50-50 chance” that Hubbs will undergo surgery and be shut down for the rest of the season.

Tennessee raised that probability to 100 percent on Friday afternoon, confirming that Hubbs will indeed have in-season shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season.

“Right now we’re getting all the information necessary ­­– talking to his family, trainers and doctors and figuring out the best case scenario moving forward,” Martin said before UT’s Thursday practice.

Further evaluation showed that doing surgery now, and not waiting for the offseason, was the best action.

http://www.nooga.com/164946/updated-vols-heralded-freshman-robert-hubbs-out-for-the-season

5 ppg in 10-12 games this season.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2014, 08:16:13 pm
 Dakari Johnson’s high school coach shared his thoughts about the future of his former center.  Kevin Boyle, currently coaching at Monteverde (Fla.), has coached former one-and- dones Kyrie Irving and our very own Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, so he has a pretty good idea of how players progress and improve throughout their careers.  When asked about Dakari’s future and further progression, he feels that another year will do good for his former big man.

“Dakari’s a great kid, very good player. He’s going to be in the NBA one day, but he definitely needs to stay and get a year or two more to keep developing his skills, which will help him get to the league. You can’t go to the league if you’re not ready.”
 (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/dakaris-hs-coach-believes-he-should-stay-another-year)

Quote
s one NBA scout noted:

“Johnson should stay without a doubt.  Not an NBA guy right now. He would languish on an NBA bench for three years before playing meaningful minutes if he came out this year.”

Also falling back to the 2015 Draft class are the Harrison twins.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2014, 07:50:28 pm
Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 2h
Students wearing "free Chris Walker" t-shirts at O'Dome. McDAA frosh pf still not cleared by NCAA. pic.twitter.com/uIMkzVXoeT

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bd-pPglCcAA0REu.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2014, 09:25:11 am
ESPN's Chad Ford released his new “Big Board” for this year’s NBA Draft. It showed Andrew Harrison at No. 30 — the last pick of the first round — and Aaron Harrison was not listed at all. Andrew and Aaron were No. 30 and 40, respectively, in Ford’s updated Top 100 player rankings.

In his online chat later in the day, Ford was asked, “Where do you see the Harrison twins going?”

“Hopefully back to Kentucky for their sophomore seasons,” he said. “Neither looks ready to play in the NBA right now. If they declared for the draft? Probably late first round to early second.”

http://www.kentucky.com/2014/01/15/3035283/kentuckys-harrison-twins-dropping.html

Both top ten in the Class of '13.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 19, 2014, 06:34:23 pm
Matt Wixon ‏@mattwixon  Jan 16
Former NBA star Larry Johnson's son, Lasani, averaging nearly 30 ppg despite facing double teams each game http://share.d-news.co/Cnth3PW  #txhshoops


He's a man.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 19, 2014, 06:43:42 pm
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats  34m
From last night: A chart showing Luke Kennard's game-by-game stats this season. He's averaging 40.3 ppg http://bit.ly/LzLah1

5-star '15 Franklin SG

Has offers from UK, UofL, Duke, MichSt, IU, UNC, et al.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 20, 2014, 08:08:52 pm
C-L Sports ‏@CLSports  7h
New MSU blog post: SEC Teleconference: Mississippi State' I.J. Ready still out with concussion http://on.thec-l.com/1jiseBg  #hailstate
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 20, 2014, 08:59:47 pm
Todd Elliott ‏@gatortodd  7h
@pat_dooley Why are Gator reporters content to only ask Billy D about Chris Walker? Why is nobody hounding NCAA for answers?

Pat Dooley ‏@pat_dooley  5h
@gatortodd there policy is never to comment about ongoing investigation

Top Ten player from Class of '13 is still not cleared by Eligibility Center.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2014, 01:40:49 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 5h
Julius Randle Now No. 5 on Mock Drafts; Three UK Players Projected in First Round http://zagsblog.com/articles/julius-randle-now-no-5-on-mock-drafts-three-uk-players-projected-in-first-round/ …

Cauley-Stein and James "JY" Young are the other two, at best in the 10-12th pick range.

Jason Marcum ‏@UK_Fans 5h
@AdamZagoria You hearing anything on if Harrison's will got pro even if they're late-first/second-round projections?

Adam Zagoria@AdamZagoria 4h 
@UK_Fans All the NBA personnel say they shouldn't come out. Won't know till end of year on any of these guys.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2014, 10:50:32 am
Julius Randle is the SEC rep on the Oscar Robertson Award, mid-season watch list:

http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/23/doug-mcdermott-marcus-smart-among-players-on-robertson-award-midseason-list
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2014, 05:35:14 pm
Three SEC freshmen are among the nine first-year players the U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected for its 2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List. (http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/248815/three-sec-freshman-on-tisdale-midseason-watch-list.aspx)

Kentucky's Julius Randle and James Young and LSU's Jordan Mickey gives the Southeastern Conference three players to lead all conferences.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2014, 12:26:39 pm
Reports that Florida junior center Damontre Harris is back practicing with the team but will not be allowed to play this season.

Harris was a '10 4-star; the 12th ranked Center.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2014, 12:12:20 pm
Reports that Florida junior center Damontre Harris is back practicing with the team but will not be allowed to play this season.

Harris was a '10 4-star; the 12th ranked Center.

AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 21h
F Damontre Harris back to practicing at #Florida http://ow.ly/t2YhR  #SEC #GatorNation
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2014, 02:59:02 pm
Word that Chris Walker has been cleared to play for Florida.

Top 10 '13 Big.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2014, 09:27:51 pm
Game scheduled to be played on April 2 at the United Center in Chicago.

Some players committed or signed with SEC schools: (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/29/37th-annual-mcdonalds-all-american-game-rosters-announced)

EAST ROSTER
C Karl Towns Jr. (St. Joseph HS, Metuchen, N.J.)

WEST ROSTER
SG Devin Booker (Moss Point HS, Moss Point, Miss.)
PF Trey Lyles (Arsenal Tech, Indianapolis, Ind.)
PG Tyler Ulis (Marian Catholic, Matteson, Ill.)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2014, 07:57:34 am
Favorite to be College Player of the Year is not in the SEC. Doug McDermott was a 3-star and the 34th ranked SF in the '10 Class. The coach's son was the sixth man his junior season in high school.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2014, 07:38:08 am
Bo Mattingly ‏@SportsTalkwBo  9h
http://telly.com/1HHH75H  - Malik Monk hits another game winner tonight vs. Fayetteville
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2014, 09:35:18 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  1m
That's his ceiling, IMO. Could be that kinda player. RT @dtom11tn: @wesrucker247 do you think stokes is a Zach Randolph kind of player?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 03, 2014, 11:08:52 am
John Clay ‏@johnclayiv 2h
Tough break for No. 1 Arizona, losing Brandon Ashley for season http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2014/02/03/no-1-arizona-loses-key-starter-for-season/ …

fractured foot
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 03, 2014, 03:06:43 pm
Craig Pinkerton ‏@SEC_Craig ·5 hrs
LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III named SEC Player of the Week @LSUBasketball
http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/248951/sec-mens-basketball-players-of-the-week.aspx … pic.twitter.com/dKU1EdYkwX

Craig Pinkerton ‏@SEC_Craig ·5 hrs
LSU's Jordan Mickey named SEC Freshman of the Week @LSUBasketball
http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/248951/sec-mens-basketball-players-of-the-week.aspx … pic.twitter.com/7oFhQUinPH
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2014, 09:10:20 pm
Bobby Portis set the Arkansas freshman scoring record with 35 points against Bama in BWA.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2014, 07:27:48 am
Scott Howard-Cooper‏@SHowardCooper ·20h 
Increasing the age limit to 20 is a priority for Adam Silver. It will be a topic of discussion once the union hires an executive director.


Cooper writes for NBA.com.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2014, 07:46:59 pm
East

Joe Johnson SG 6-7 240  Brooklyn Nets  Reserves (Coaches) Arkansas 2001 Rnd 1 Pick 10

Joakim Noah  FC   6-11 232  Chicago Bulls     Reserves (Coaches) Florida 2007 Rnd 1 Pick 9

John Wall  PG  6-4 195   Wash Wizards  Reserves (Coaches)    Kentucky 2010 Rnd 1 Pick 1

West

Anthony Davis  PF 6-10   220  NO Pelicans  Reserves (Commissioner) Kentucky 2012 Rnd 1 Pick 1
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2014, 08:09:04 am
SEC has 4 current NBA All-Stars.

How do the other conferences fare?  With Conference realignment confusing matters, I will go with the conference the player starred in when he was in school.  For example, Carmelo Anthony goes to the Big East.

Big East  3
ACC       3
Pac 12    3
Big 12    3
B1G       0

International Players 2
Direct from High School 3

Individual schools with one participant:
Fresno St. 
LaTech     
Davidson
Weber St.


Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2014, 10:35:09 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  11h
Quentin Goodin went for 31 points and 9 rebounds in Taylor County's win tonight.


Sophomore has offers from Tennessee, Indiana, Oklahoma State (Travis Ford connection) and, of course, Western.  Kentucky has shown interest.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2014, 04:58:31 pm
Matthew Harris ‏@MHarrisAdvocate  34m
Big News ---> RT @TheRecruitScoop: 2016 University (LA) guard Skylar Mays announced he has committed to #LSU.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2014, 08:14:08 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports  9h
Oklahoma St. PG Marcus Smart shoves fan following loss at Texas Tech http://ow.ly/tqD9v  (video)


5-star and nation's #2 SG in the '12 class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2014, 06:16:35 pm
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/thon-makers-new-mixtape-is-ridiculous [SFW/HS]

'16 7-1 Thon "Highlight" Maker
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 11, 2014, 07:41:33 pm
2014 SG Rashad Vaughn committed to UNLV

Vaughn was one of the top remaining recruits in the 2014 class (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/rashad-vaughn-commits-to-unlv)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2014, 08:54:03 pm
'14 3-star SG-SF Peyton Allen [Chatham, IL] gives a verbal to A&M.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 15, 2014, 08:23:55 pm
Steve Jones ‏@SteveJones_CJ  2m
Vitale on the Harrisons: "They better come back b/c they need Kentucky more than Kentucky needs them."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2014, 01:09:51 pm
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner ·2 hrs
Another episode, another MUST SEE MT @CourtneyRCronin #BeyondTheGame examines how Malik Newman prepares for a rival http://on.thec-l.com/1m5SGwW

'15 5-star SG at Jackson Callaway, #1 SG in class

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2014, 06:13:57 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  Feb 17
RT @MattSebek: This little Rick Majerus snippet is pretty amazing. pic.twitter.com/VYICR8K0za

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BguxZQSCUAAZ1Mc.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 22, 2014, 07:30:30 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports  10h
Class 1A South Regional Championship: Lucky shot lifts Sunshine to win despite Wesley Person's 55 points http://ow.ly/tSEza


UAB, UGa, and Notre Dame have reportedly shown interest in the '14 SG.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 23, 2014, 02:07:55 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports  1h
Levi Randolph is first Alabama player not named Releford to score 30 since 2008 http://ow.ly/tUurn


Four-star and #8 SG in the '11 class from Bob Jones and the Nashville Celtics.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 25, 2014, 09:15:35 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  9h
All signs are point to Kentucky with Charles Matthews. Remember UK assistant Orlando Antigua played for Matthews' HS coach -- Gary DeCesare.

Charles Matthews ‏@CMATT_4  Feb 24
Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan St, and Marquette was the final 5

Charles Matthews ‏@CMATT_4  21h
Making my announcement Wednesday at 8:30am St Rita High School

Team Matthews ‏@nichole0335  21h
Correction:
Charles will make his college decision  Wednesday morning at St Rita at 8:30 a.m

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2014, 09:29:42 am
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats ·50 mins
2015 shooting guard Charles Matthews has committed to Kentucky.

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats ·50 mins
UK commitment Charles Matthews in the national rankings: Rivals (11th), ESPN (12th), 247Sports (13th), Scout (15th).
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 01, 2014, 04:41:50 pm

5-star SG from Jackson Callaway
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: Bogghawg on March 01, 2014, 06:39:47 pm
Epic lack of heart and character.  Couldn't happen to a smarmier coach.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: pigture perfect on March 01, 2014, 06:41:38 pm
I think UK looks tired and not confident. Wonder why that is?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: KCRazorbackfan on March 01, 2014, 07:25:12 pm
Epic lack of heart and character.  Couldn't happen to a smarmier coach.

Cal (KY) and Frank (MO) are both men of low character; twin sons of different mothers.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: Pigonometry on March 01, 2014, 09:50:27 pm
Now that's funny stuff right there.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 03, 2014, 10:47:02 am
Coty Clarke is SEC Player of the Week.

Two years ago he was at Lawson St. CC.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 05, 2014, 08:38:12 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  8h
Florida has 11 recruits in town this weekend. Duke will host 9. Both schools taking advantage of early official visits.

Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  8h
Florida has offered. RT @brnorthington Does Trey Mourning have any offers?

3-star 6-9 PF from Coconut Grove with NBA bloodlines

Donovan has had good luck with sons of former pro athletes.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 07, 2014, 03:11:53 pm
Jerry Tipton ‏@JerryTipton ·3 hrs
Kansas-bound Cliff Alexander named winner of Naismith HS Player of Year award.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2014, 11:07:48 am
The Wall Street Journal explored the increasing number of college football players entering the NFL Draft early. (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/03/08/3128602/uk-basketball-notebook-one-man.html)

The balla and shot calla drew on a basketball analogy

Quote
"You look at a team like LSU. You lose so many guys that you are reloading with freshmen," said former Arkansas and Mississippi Coach Houston Nutt, who now is a CBS Sports analyst. "It gets to be like John Calipari with Kentucky. You are talking about starting over every year. It's just so hard."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2014, 06:56:20 pm
High School Recruiting Ratings for 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball postseason award winners:

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford, Alabama –‘10 #10 PG, 4-star 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Casey Prather, Florida – ’10 #11 SF, 4-star 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – ’10 2-star NR PG, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla. (POY)
Julius Randle, Kentucky – ’13 #1 PF, 5-star 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas (FOY)
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – ’11 #9 PF, 4-star 6-9, 256, Jr., Cleveland, Miss.
Jabari Brown, Missouri – ’11 #5 SG, 5-star 6-5, 214 Jr., Oakland, Calif. (Oregon)
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – ’10 #9 SG, 4-star 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – ’11 #6 PF, 5-star 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 17, 2014, 10:40:47 am
Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan doesn't agree with the NBA's plans to raise the league's minimum age limit to 20: "The kid doesn't want to be in college and wants to be in the NBA, but because of the rules, he has to stay in college. Now you're opening yourself up for potential NCAA violations." (http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/sbblive?os=15)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 18, 2014, 07:51:35 am
High School Recruiting Ratings for 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball postseason award winners:

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford, Alabama –‘10 #10 PG, 4-star 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Casey Prather, Florida – ’10 #11 SF, 4-star 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – ’10 2-star NR PG, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla. (POY)
Julius Randle, Kentucky – ’13 #1 PF, 5-star 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas (FOY)
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – ’11 #9 PF, 4-star 6-9, 256, Jr., Cleveland, Miss.
Jabari Brown, Missouri – ’11 #5 SG, 5-star 6-5, 214 Jr., Oakland, Calif. (Oregon)
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – ’10 #9 SG, 4-star 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – ’11 #6 PF, 5-star 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.

The AP First Team All-SEC Team of five are all included above and the other three made the AP Second Team.  Rankings for the Coaches 2nd Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Freshmen Team and AP Honorable Mention (not already included) will be listed with their high school recruiting ranking.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 18, 2014, 08:23:33 am
GoGamecocks.com ‏@gogamecocks ·15 hrs
Martin to check in on Delarosa Tuesday http://bit.ly/1edwq1Y  #gg

With is season complete, USC coach Frank Martin is hitting the recruiting trail seeking to add one more piece to his class of three for 2014. Tuesday he will be in New York for a visit with 6-11 Adonis Delarosa, and Martin has a good chance at this point of landing the big man.

"He's going to visit there," Delarosa's coach Joe Arbitello said on Monday. "He focused on the state (tournament) right now but he's very interested. Frank Martin has got him interested. He's a really smart kid and he knows about every program (that's recruiting him). Frank has been known to coach big New York City guys. He knows the mentality and he knows the game."

Delarosa has come on this season to become one of the better players available for the spring signing period. His coach said he will also visit Miami, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. He does not have a favorite and won't determine one until after his visits.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 19, 2014, 08:54:24 pm
Mike Dyer ‏@MikeDyer  3h
BREAKING: Franklin junior guard Luke Kennard named Associated Press Ohio Mr. Basketball tonight


5-star SG
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 20, 2014, 05:15:40 pm
David Jones ‏@DaveJonesUFbeat ·6 mins
Kasey Hill 10 points first double digit scoring game since 14 vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 16, second of career. #Gators
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 20, 2014, 09:48:37 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·4h
Bruce Pearl plans to recruit nearby talent to rebuild Auburn: 'We're going to recruit the local players' http://www.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2014/03/bruce_pearl_plans_to_recruit_n.html …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 22, 2014, 11:47:49 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·9h
Auburn extends first scholarship offer of Bruce Pearl era to power forward http://ow.ly/uQKuU

Auburn assistant Tony Jones offered power forward Jackson Davis of Lexington, Ky., a scholarship Thursday night, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Jones will visit the three-star prospect Sunday...

"I probably wouldn't have considered it before, but Bruce Pearl is definitely one of those coaches you have to at least consider," Davis told the newspaper. "I remember watching him (at Tennessee) — he knew what he was doing. He definitely knew what he was doing."

Davis is a 2014 prospect and could make an immediate for the Tigers on the floor next fall. He averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior at Lafayette...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2014, 07:50:28 am
NCAA March Madness ‏@marchmadness ·9h
... Player of the Day: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/tyxt  #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/10qdLTV0dA

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjdqTLICIAAHePu.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2014, 07:50:44 am
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio ·10 hrs
Fwiw I think Luke Kennard picks Duke tomorrow...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2014, 08:56:58 pm
Mike Dyer ‏@MikeDyer  3h
BREAKING: Franklin junior guard Luke Kennard named Associated Press Ohio Mr. Basketball tonight


5-star SG

Mike Dyer ‏@MikeDyer  2h
Franklin junior guard Luke Kennard verbally committed to #Duke
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2014, 08:36:39 am
Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph 5-star big man and UK signee Karl Towns, Jr. was named the 2013-14 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year Thursday.

Towns averaged 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocks per game in leading the Falcons to a 30-2 record, a perfect 26-0 record against New Jersey teams and the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title.

A member of the Dominican Republic Senior National Team, two-time New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-State honoree, Towns was also selected to participate in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/karl-towns-jr-named-gatorade-national-player-of-the-year
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2014, 09:43:17 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·5h
Bruce Pearl talks recruiting: Auburn coach says Atlanta is SEC country, not ACC country http://ow.ly/v2gQp
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 29, 2014, 07:20:51 am
Here's an update on some of those Top 75 recruits from '14 class rankings that have committed to and/or signed with SEC schools:

8.  PF 1   Trey Lyles   Arsenal Technical HS Indianapolis, IN 6-9/240     Kentucky
11. C   4   Karl Towns  St. Joseph HS Metuchen, NJ  6-11/245               Kentucky
24. PF 5 Devin Robinson  Christchurch, VA School 6-8/190                  Florida
29. PG 6 Tyler Ulis  Marian Catholic Chicago Heights, IL 5-8/150          Kentucky
31. SG 5 Devin Booker Moss Point, MS HS  6-5/180                           Kentucky
37. SG 7 Brandone  Francis Arlington Country Day Jacksonville 6-4/205 Florida
42. PG 10 Alex Robinson  Mansfield Timberview Arlington, TX 6-1/160  A&M
44. PG 11 Chris Chiozza  Memphis White Station  5-10/155                    Florida
53. PF 13 Jakeenan Gant  Effingham County, GA  6-8/200                  Missouri
59. C   7   Elbert Robinson  Lakeview Centennial Garland, TX 7-0/330     LSU
60. SG 11 Namon Wright  Pacific Hills Los Angeles  6-5/185                Missouri
75. PG 18 Justin Coleman  Birmingham Wenonah  5-10/155               Bama   
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 29, 2014, 08:39:33 pm
ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo  6m
Scottie Wilbekin has not committed a turnover in his last 94 minutes on the court.


2-star out of Gainesville
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2014, 03:31:24 pm
2014 SEC Players on Recognized Post-Season All-American Teams

Scottie Wilbekin Third Team on each of: AP, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and The Sporting News

Julius Randle Third Team on both: AP and National Association of Basketball Coaches

Casey Prather was named to the ten man Wooden All-American Team.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2014, 11:13:50 am
If you don’t think it’s all about recruiting, a Ben Roberts’ story on incoming UK signee Tyler Ulis is currently atop the leader board for most read stories on the Kentucky.com site.

And it’s Final Four week.

http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2014/04/02/bbl-how-wisconsin-learned-from-its-struggles

More links to Final Four stories in the link above
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2014, 08:45:35 am
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Jonathan Lintner ‏@JonathanLintner ·11 hrs
Kentucky signees got dressed up before tonight's McDonald's All American Game for what looks like a red carpet walk: http://instagram.com/p/mT71ahEWQd/
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2014, 07:36:24 am
Here's some of those Top 50 recruits from the '09 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

2  PG John Wall             Word of God       Kentucky
3   C  DeMarcus Cousins  Le Flore Magnet  Kentucky
7  PF  Renardo Sidney  Fairfax      Mississippi State (b/4 and after a long route)
15 SG Kenny Boynton     American Heritage  Florida
17 C  Daniel Orton      Bishop McGuinness  Kentucky
37 PG Eric Bledsoe        Peter Parker         Kentucky
41 SG John Jenkins        Station Camp       Vandy
46 SF Jon Hood             North Hopkins      Kentucky

http://college-basketball.si.com/2014/04/02/jon-hood-kentucky-wildcats-john-calipari-final-four

Five-and-done: Kentucky career of Jon Hood, Calipari’s last remaining original recruit, finally ending

By Hood’s count, he has 17 numbers in his phone for former Wildcats now in the pros, with whom he at least semi-regularly connects...

Hood starred at North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Ky., earning the state’s Mr. Basketball honors in 2009 after averaging 29.4 points and 12.9 rebounds as a senior. He was the No. 40 recruit in the nation, a four-star prospect in a breathtaking five-man freshman class that featured Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe and Daniel Orton. Hood played 74 minutes in that first year for a 35-3 team that bowed out in the Elite Eight. All four of his fellow recruits entered the draft, only to be replaced by a class that included Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb. Hood played 158 minutes that season, none of them in the Final Four, where Kentucky lost to Connecticut in the national semifinals. He then tore his ACL during summer workouts in 2011 and redshirted the following season, when the Wildcats won the national championship behind one-and-done stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Hood returned to the court last year and played just 146 minutes in 23 games while a new batch of stars like Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin took center stage for a single season.

He has added just 47 minutes to the ledger this year, crowded out of a backcourt that features freshmen stars Aaron and Andrew Harrison and James Young. Before Kentucky’s senior night on March 4, Hood was asked how the knee injury affected his career. “Made me stay here longer,” he cracked. It also made him reevaluate how he and the game would coexist from that point forward. “It made me look at things a different way, look at the relationships I had with people, helped me develop my sense for basketball, my love for basketball in a different way and a new light,” Hood said.

It perhaps was not evident at the time of the tear, or even until this final season. But this was the genesis of the teammate known as Coach Hoodie...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2014, 08:57:13 am
Two-star Dec. grad from Gainesville:

Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops ·15 hrs
Wilbekin has traveled unlikely road to Final Four: The legend of Florida senior guard Scottie Wilbekin keeps g... http://bit.ly/1lsor35
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2014, 01:43:26 pm
Here's some of those Top 50 recruits from the '09 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

2  PG John Wall             Word of God       Kentucky
3   C  DeMarcus Cousins  Le Flore Magnet  Kentucky
7  PF  Renardo Sidney  Fairfax      Mississippi State (b/4 and after a long route)
15 SG Kenny Boynton     American Heritage  Florida
17 C  Daniel Orton      Bishop McGuinness  Kentucky
37 PG Eric Bledsoe        Peter Parker         Kentucky
41 SG John Jenkins        Station Camp       Vandy
46 SF Jon Hood             North Hopkins      Kentucky

http://college-basketball.si.com/2014/04/02/jon-hood-kentucky-wildcats-john-calipari-final-four

Five-and-done: Kentucky career of Jon Hood, Calipari’s last remaining original recruit, finally ending

By Hood’s count, he has 17 numbers in his phone for former Wildcats now in the pros, with whom he at least semi-regularly connects...

Hood starred at North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Ky., earning the state’s Mr. Basketball honors in 2009 after averaging 29.4 points and 12.9 rebounds as a senior. He was the No. 40 recruit in the nation, a four-star prospect in a breathtaking five-man freshman class that featured Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe and Daniel Orton. Hood played 74 minutes in that first year for a 35-3 team that bowed out in the Elite Eight. All four of his fellow recruits entered the draft, only to be replaced by a class that included Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb. Hood played 158 minutes that season, none of them in the Final Four, where Kentucky lost to Connecticut in the national semifinals. He then tore his ACL during summer workouts in 2011 and redshirted the following season, when the Wildcats won the national championship behind one-and-done stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Hood returned to the court last year and played just 146 minutes in 23 games while a new batch of stars like Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin took center stage for a single season.

He has added just 47 minutes to the ledger this year, crowded out of a backcourt that features freshmen stars Aaron and Andrew Harrison and James Young. Before Kentucky’s senior night on March 4, Hood was asked how the knee injury affected his career. “Made me stay here longer,” he cracked. It also made him reevaluate how he and the game would coexist from that point forward. “It made me look at things a different way, look at the relationships I had with people, helped me develop my sense for basketball, my love for basketball in a different way and a new light,” Hood said.

It perhaps was not evident at the time of the tear, or even until this final season. But this was the genesis of the teammate known as Coach Hoodie...

Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio ·1 min
Calipari tells a story about Jon Hood making suggestions during a game, "he is basically coaching our team too." Says he will play overseas
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2014, 09:44:44 pm
Kev Punter ‏@_KP5  4h
I Will Be Spending My Next 2 Years of College Basketball As A Mizzou Tiger !!
#SEC
#Tigers
#Blessed


Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter  4h
Kevin Punter, guard for State Fair Community College, tweets that he's committed to Missouri. Helps replenish depth on perimeter.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2014, 09:18:05 am
AdamFinkelstein Adam Finkelstein
The final ESPN 100 of the 2014 class http://t.co/CHluFp3JhY
12 minutes ago     

1. Okafor -> Duke

6. Trey Lyles        PF Indianapolis, IN
Arsenal Technical High School 6'10'' 255 -> UK

9. Karl Towns, Jr.  C Metuchen, NJ
St. Joseph High School 6'11'' 235 -> UK

18. Devin Booker  SG Moss Point, MS
Moss Point High School 6'5'' 185 -> UK

25. Tyler Ulis       PG Matteson, IL
Marian Catholic High School 5'9'' 150  -> UK

35. Brandone Francis  SG Jacksonville, FL
Arlington Country Day School 6'5'' 205 -> UF

45. Chris Chiozza  PG Memphis, TN
White Station High School 5'11'' 160 -> UF

53. JaKeenan Grant  PF Springfield, GA
Effingham County High School 6'8'' 210 -> MU

60. Elbert Robertson  C Garland, TX
Lakeview Centennial High School 6'11'' 270  -> LSU

63. Alex Robinson  PG Arlington, TX
Timberview High School 6'1'' 170  -> A&M

76. Justin Coleman  PG Birmingham, AL
Wenonah High School 5'10'' 155  -> Bama

90. Anton Beard    PG North Little Rock, AR
Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High 6'1'' 180  -> Hogs

93. Riley Norris     SF Albertville, AL
Albertville High School 6'7'' 190  -> Bama

95. Riley LaChance  PG Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Central High School 6'2'' 175  -> VU
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 10, 2014, 07:08:15 am
UK recruit Gill-Caesar won't reclassify to 2014
 
Huntington Prep star Montaque Gill-Caesar will remain in the class of 2015, Coach Rob Fulford told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday.

http://www.kentucky.com/kentucky-sports-mens-basketball
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2014, 02:04:10 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@RecruitingAJC ·Apr 9
Coach on #UGA commit: "He doesn’t have a tattoo or a pierced ear. He doesn’t swear" http://wp.me/p3Xdrl-vb

3-star Yante Maten, a 6-foot-8 forward from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. committed to UGA

Maten was recently named Michigan’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2014, 09:46:07 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  Apr 12
Avery Johnson tweeted that he has committed to Texas A&M.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2014, 07:27:14 am
 “If I walk in a home and a kid disrespects a woman, his mother or grandmother, then I am out…I wont recruit them.”

-- Calipari
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2014, 01:06:29 pm
Kingsley Okoroh ‏@Kingokoroh ·3m
I want to thank The University Of Tennessee and the fans for your support unfortunately I announce my de-commitment from Tennessee

Kingsley Okoroh ‏@Kingokoroh ·1 min
I announce my commitment to the University of California Berkeley. I'm very excited to be a BEAR !

3-star 7-footer from Westwind Academy Charter School in the Phoenix area.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2014, 01:47:11 pm
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP ·9 mins
Hart says Tennessee has reached out to the four signees (Austin, Cofer, Cornish and Turman) and 'reassured' them.

Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred ·1m
Hart expects UT's signees to play for UT. Says how UT will handle potential transfers/requests for releases will not be discussed now.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2014, 12:27:49 pm
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats ·4 hrs
From yesterday: Lots of recruiting insight on Barry Rohrssen, who is expected to join John Calipari's coaching staff http://bit.ly/1eMPUYD

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats ·19 hrs
.@EvanDaniels also told me yesterday that Rohrssen's addition puts UK in “great position” w/ 5-star PF Cheick Diallo

Not Jerry Tipton ‏@NotJerryTipton ·22 hrs
Barry Rohrssen, known as a top recruiter, to be named assistant at Kentucky. Because what Kentucky needs is more help recruiting.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2014, 07:37:22 pm
VandyMBB ‏@VandyMBB  7h
Commodore fans, please welcome Jeff Roberson to the Vanderbilt basketball family! http://fw.to/gAkZHYD

Jeff Roberson inks NLI with Commodores
6'7 forward from Houston will be eligible for Vanderbilt in the fall of 2014.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2014, 02:21:14 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria  20h
Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker Await Harrison Twins Decision, Will Fight for Starting Roles http://zagsblog.com/articles/tyler-ulis-devin-booker-await-harrison-twins-decision-will-fight-for-starting-roles/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2014, 02:30:12 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@RecruitingAJC  16h
RT @AnthonyDasher1: JaKeenan Gant's AAU coach tells me if Mizzou were to release him, he would probably go to Indiana or Louisville.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2014, 03:02:59 pm
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats  Apr 18
From yesterday: @jerrymeyer247 shares some new insights on UK's four basketball signees for 2014 http://bit.ly/1eF6vme
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: yraciv on April 19, 2014, 03:03:16 pm
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred  24h
TSU transfer MJ Rhett, who was interested in the #Vols at one point, is headed to Ole Miss. This might have helped: http://instagram.com/p/mvGotWEjNq/

White Girl Wednesday strikes again!
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 20, 2014, 01:07:07 pm
Anthony Grant is keeping another Alabama 2014 recruit in state, landing a commitment from three-star small forward Jeff Garrett. The 6-foot-7 Gadsden, Ala. native announced his commitment via Twitter on Sunday morning.

Garrett, who attends Oldsmar Christian School (Fla.) becomes the fourth commit in the Crimson Tide 2014 class. He joins four-star point guard Justin Coleman, guard Devin Mitchell and small forward Riley Norris. Garrett, Norris and Coleman are all from Alabama.

The newest Crimson Tide commit had offers from Louisiana Tech, Murray State and Alabama...

http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/20/alabama-lands-commitment-from-2014-small-forward-jeff-garrett

Cecil Hurt ‏@CecilHurt ·21 hrs
2015 power forward Danta Hall of Luverne has committed to Alabama. First reported by Bama Online.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 20, 2014, 06:21:26 pm
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats  9h
Junior college guard Torian Graham ... RT @Torian_Graham: Just signed to the university of Houston truly blessed #R.I.P MOM

Former UK target
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 21, 2014, 07:09:25 am
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio ·10h
UK hiring Barry Rohrssen as new assistant BB coach could also lead to a new 5 star commitment in the near future http://bit.ly/1jovwOB

2016 6-4 Waterbury Guard, Mustapha Heron is currently committed to Pitt.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 21, 2014, 07:14:32 am
Knott County Central All-State guard Camron Justice, a top candidate for 2015 Mr. Basketball honors, committed to Vanderbilt on Sunday night.

The 6-foot-3 Justice, an exceptional shooter and perimeter scorer, made his decision after an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt over the weekend.

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/recruiting/2014/04/21/camron-justice-commits-to-vanderbilt
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 21, 2014, 05:47:10 pm
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats ·7 hrs
Florida will have an in-home visit with Jackson Davis on Wednesday. Billy Donovan and John Pelphrey both expected in town.

'14 3-star Lexington Lafayette 6-8 PF

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats ·3h
NEW: UK assistant Kenny Payne was in Georgia again today for a visit with 2015 center Doral Moore http://bit.ly/1lxercm

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats ·7 hrs
NEW: UK assistant coach John Robic will visit 2016 in-state star Quentin Goodin today http://bit.ly/1nCNG36
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2014, 08:15:59 am
Not Jerry Tipton ‏@NotJerryTipton ·12h
There are currently more McDonald's All-Americans on UK's roster than there were during the entire 12 years of the Tubby & Billy Clyde eras.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2014, 08:41:51 am
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred ·16 hrs
#Vols coach Donnie Tyndall, on @SportsAnimal99, says Philip Cofer is the UT signee he has not yet talked to.


6-7 3-star PF from Atlanta is a Vol legacy.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2014, 01:10:46 pm
Rick Ray @RickRay1  ·  3h 
Ricky Bobby's dad said "you are either 1st or last".  Well, I am about to be 1st AND last when I meet with a recruit today in Jackson!

'15 Jackson Callaway SG Malik Newman is number one in his class. 3-star Malc Evans is Newman's teammate.

Guards Chris McIntosh, Cole Garner, and Carter Holmes are the top ranked uncommitted players from Jackson in the '14 class.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2014, 08:23:13 pm
Devin Booker ‏@DevinBook  4h
Crazy Kentucky gets hated on for having too many 1 and done players and for too many people returning
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2014, 03:49:06 pm
Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik  4h
#Mizzou signees Jakeenan Gant and Namon Wright ranked No. 52 and No. 73, respectively, in http://Rivals.com 's final 2014 rankings.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 25, 2014, 08:18:24 am
ESPN 5-star players committed or signed with SEC schools

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings

6. Trey Lyles  6-10, 255  PF  Indianapolis Arsenal Tech   Kentucky

9. Karl Anthony-Towns, Jr.  6-11, 235  C  Metchuen, NJ St. Joseph   Kentucky

18. Devin Booker  6-5, 185  SG  Moss Point   Kentucky

23. Devin Robinson  6-8, 180  SF  Chesterfield Christchurch   Florida

25. Tyler Ulis  5-8, 150  PG   Matteson Marian Catholic   Kentucky
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 25, 2014, 08:28:17 am
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria ·1 hr
Myles Turner Wraps Up Home Visits, Will Huddle With Family Over Weekend http://zagsblog.com/recruiting/myles-turner-wraps-up-home-visits-will-huddle-with-family-over-weekend/ …


UK will not be in the mix for the top big man.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2014, 07:29:32 am
Fox 59 out of INDIANAPOLIS — With teenagers making a lot of negative news in the city this year, a rising star on the east side is stepping out in a positive way.

Trey Lyles brought his laid-back style and 6’10″ frame to Clarence Farrington Elementary School Friday. Lyles talked to kids about the power of positive thinking and the ways you can succeed.

“I want to be a positive role model for kids and for the community,” Lyles said

Lyles’ fame is growing, after he helped lead Arsenal Tech High School to its first-ever basketball championship and committed to play for Kentucky in the fall.

He did all of that while maintaining a 3.8 GPA.

“Your teammates, your friends, teachers, whatever you have, if you work with them and collaborate with them, you’ll be successful,” Lyles told the kids…

(video at link)
 (http://fox59.com/2014/04/25/rising-basketball-star-provides-positive-teen-role-model)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2014, 10:08:40 am
Eric Bossi ‏@ebosshoops ·10h
SMU went full staff for Jimmy Whitt on Friday night. Arkansas’ Mike Anderson, K-State’s Bruce Weber also there to see him.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2014, 10:10:06 am
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred ·18 hrs
Talked w/ State Fair CC (Sedalia, Mo.) coach Kevin Thomas. He said Kevin Punter hopes to visit UT. Not sure it will be this weekend, though.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2014, 10:35:51 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels ·20 hrs
Jackson Davis discusses his commitment to Butler ... http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/1397217.html


Bama thought they had Davis.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 27, 2014, 08:53:06 pm
Frank Cusumano @Frank_Cusumano  ·  2h
Sources tell us tonite Jakeenan Gant, Georgia's Mr. Basketball, will attend #Mizzou next year if assistant coach Tim Fuller is retained.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 28, 2014, 10:46:49 am
Shea Dixon @Sheadixon  ·  3h 
A commitment from No. 1 SF @BenSimmons25 has #LSU in the Top 10 for 2015. The @247Sports Recruiting Rankings: (FREE) http://247sports.com/Season/2015-Basketball/CompositeTeamRankings …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 29, 2014, 04:58:58 pm
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred  4m
In three days, Malik Beasley has been offered by Cuonzo Martin, Bruce Pearl and Donnie Tyndall ...There's a joke in there somewhere.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 30, 2014, 07:40:14 am
 Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello  ·  16h 
Top-25 junior Antonio Blakeney listed Louisville, Kansas, UNC, Florida, USC, Florida State, Mizzou, Providence, LSU: http://cbsprt.co/1kqtMYB
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 30, 2014, 10:44:09 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN  2h
Kevaughn Allen has committed to Florida, sources told ESPN.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2014, 08:15:34 am
GoVolsXtra ‏@GoVolsXtra 4h
Junior college prospect Kevin Punter will visit UT this weekend, says he will pick between UT and Missouri

Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred 7h
Kevin Punter says he will make his decision before his May 16 graduation from State Fair CC...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2014, 10:43:44 am
 Jimmy Whitt @JimmyWhitt33  ·  11h

Just got offered by the University of Illinois #Illini #Blessing 🙏
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2014, 11:05:23 am
Danjel Purifoy, state of Alabama's top basketball prospect, finally cut from high school team

Bibb County head coach Russ Wallace told AL.com Wednesday he is unsure whether his star will transfer schools, but he has essentially cut him from the team due to lack of participation.

"He's not doing the things he needs to do to be a part of my program," Wallace said. "When you don't show up for spring practice, you're not going to play for me. I don't care if he's the best player in the state or the worst, that's just how I work."

Wallace said Purifoy attended the first spring practice two weeks ago. The next day, the pair traveled to Montgomery for the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards Banquet and Purifoy has since missed four consecutive practices.

"He's not at practice and there's no explanation from anybody," Wallace said. "He sits in my class every day and doesn't participate in anything we do.

"He won't be playing for me next year. He has a whole lot of making up to do, but I'm not going to treat him any differently than anybody else on my team."

Update: Purifoy told AL.com via text message he will not return to Bibb County next season because he is moving...

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/04/danjel_purifoy_states_top_bask.html

to parts unknown

Wonder if he would be a candidate to transfer in college if things were not working out to his preference?

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2014, 11:10:03 am
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats 1m
[Finally] Scout rankings for 2014: 4. Karl-Anthony Towns, 11. Trey Lyles, 20. Tyler Ulis, 29. Devin Booker http://scouthoops.scout.com

All UK

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats 1m
Karl-Anthony Towns jumped 7 spots to No. 4 in the final Scout rankings. He finishes Top 5 in Rivals, Scout and 247Sports.

16. Devin Robinson, UF
44. Brandone Francis, UF
46. Alex Robinson, A&M
57. Elbert Robertson, LSU
58. Chris Chiozza, UF
59. Jakeenan Gant, MU
72. Namon Wright, MU
90. Temarcus Blanton, SC
100. Matthew Fisher-Davis, VU
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2014, 11:55:30 am
Roc Nation ‏@RocNation 54m

#RocNationSports is proud to welcome James Young (@realjamesyoung) to the family! pic.twitter.com/JzlOHEVFno

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bmj9oxoCQAE2-rf.jpg)

Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 19m
Kentucky's James Young Signs With Jay-Z...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2014, 02:39:58 pm
 Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  1h

The ACC has 24 five & four stars headed to their league in 2014. Six more than next best conference -- PAC 12.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2014, 03:55:23 pm
Jimmy Whitt @JimmyWhitt33  ·  11h

Just got offered by the University of Illinois #Illini #Blessing 🙏

Alex Kline @TheRecruitScoop  ·  38m

RT @JeffRabjohns: Nebraska offered 2015 guard Jimmy Whitt of KC Run GMC (MO) today.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2014, 07:42:14 am
UK's four-player group is listed as the No. 2 recruiting class in the country behind Duke, which will also add four McDonald's All-Americans to its roster.

Kentucky and Duke will feature nine McDonald's All-Americans each next season, barring any unexpected departures over the summer.

http://www.kentucky.com/2014/05/01/3222462/kentuckys-2014-recruiting-class.html
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2014, 11:51:31 am
Austin Kim @AustinKKim  · 

Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt adds three offers today (so far): Wake Forest, Nebraska and now Wisconsin. Big summer looming for #Mizzou target.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2014, 01:12:19 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 1h

Devonte Graham told ESPN that departure of Naadir Tharpe yesterday factored into his decision to choose Kansas over NC State.


But which came first: the knowledge that Graham would choose KU or personal decision by Tharpe to transfer?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 03, 2014, 09:58:30 am
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  8h
Big Sexy is cruitin' 7-foot-5 2015 C Tacko Fall RT @RealKevinNash: @Vol_Hoops Might want to give this big man a look

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmsRMp3IUAAK56L.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 04, 2014, 12:48:48 pm
Pat Dooley ‏@pat_dooley  May 2
“@TheRecruitScoop: 2014 Ransom Everglades (FL) PF Trey Mourning - son of Allonzo Mourning - has committed to Georgetown, a source says.”
 from Gainesville, FL


Florida thought they were in the mix.  Billy D. has done well with sons of former pro athletes.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: Rzbakfromwaybak on May 05, 2014, 12:27:39 am
Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred  24h

TSU transfer MJ Rhett, who was interested in the #Vols at one point, is headed to Ole Miss.  This might have helped: http://instagram.com/p/mvGotWEjNq/


Yeah, believe you are correct.  Those 4 "assistant coaches" pictured, may have "played" a significant role in his final recruiting decision. 
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 14, 2014, 03:30:20 pm
Class of '15 Top Recruits Committed to SEC Schools

4. Ben Simmons          6-8 PF  LSU
15. Charles Matthews  6-4 SG  UK
84. KeVaughn Allen     6-2 SG  UF
88. Kevarrius Hayes     6-9 C   UF
89. Joseph Toye         6-6 SF  VU
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2014, 07:19:44 am

Elite prospect in the 2015 class:

MALIK NEWMAN
Combo guard
Jackson, Mississippi (Callaway)
6’3″, 174 lbs.

Top247: No. 1 overall, No. 1 PG
247 Composite: No. 1 overall, No. 1 PG
Rivals: No. 1 overall, No. 1 SG
ESPN: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SG
Scout: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SG (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/get-to-know-the-2015-prospects-vol-1-malik-newman)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/736C4829-600x399.jpg)

Website: www.iammaliknewman.com
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Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2014, 04:17:35 pm
 Alex Kline @TheRecruitScoop  ·  3h

2015 guard Jawun Evans cut his list to Clemson, Illinois, USC, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma State & Cincinnati, per @courtcred.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 16, 2014, 09:14:11 am
The fathers speak out on behalf of half of UK's "displaced" class of 2014.

Karl Towns Sr. knows his son was criticized by some because rather than play the normal AAU circuit, he spent time playing with the Dominican National team... (http://vaughtsviews.com/father-says-karl-towns-jr-will-bring-things-not-seen-at-uk-before-with-his-size-versatility)

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“I think he did well,” said Towns Sr. “He showed his versatility and what he brings to the table every night is going to be different than you have seen at Kentucky because of his size and ability to pass, shoot the 3, post up. He’s a complete team player and we are looking forward to him getting started at Kentucky soon. He has a lot of skill sets for a 7-footer.

“Because he didn’t play AAU, a lot of people did not get to see him play against elite talent. Then when you see him play, you realize everything you hear about him is believable. He proved in those (all-star) games that he is just as talented as anyone. You hear about the kid, but you want to see him play and a lot of people were impressed by his skill set and what he brings to the game.”

The Kentucky signee was the Star-Ledger New Jersey Player of the Year after leading St. Joseph to the state title again while averaging 21 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots per game.

"He’s all about team and winning.”


Kentucky signee Devin Booker is being touted as one of the best shooters coming into college basketball next season. (http://vaughtsviews.com/devin-booker-is-great-shooter-but-father-says-there-is-so-much-more-to-his-game)

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“That is his strong point along with his IQ. The good thing about him is that if he does miss a few, he doesn’t lose confidence in his shot. He continues to shoot it.” Melvin Booker, the player’s father, said. “It’s not any pressure on him to be known as a great shooter. His form is almost picture perfect. If you know basketball and see a guy shoot you can tell if he is a shooter. Even if he has an off night, you can still tell he is a great shooter.

“I don’t just want him labelled as a great shooter because there is so much more to his game than shooting. But shooting is his strong point. If you can initiate the offense and create for others on top of making shots, then you are a complete player and what is what he tries to be.”

Melvin Booker and another assistant coach had to take over the head coaching duties at Moss Point midway of the season when the head coach resigned. However, Melvin Booker said it was not that hard because the head coach had always asked his advice on various things.

“I always had a voice on the team, so it wasn’t much different,” Melvin Booker, a former Big Eight Player of the Year at Missouri, said.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 17, 2014, 09:12:47 pm
Elite prospect in the 2015 class:

MALIK NEWMAN
Combo guard
Jackson, Mississippi (Callaway)
6’3″, 174 lbs.

Top247: No. 1 overall, No. 1 PG
247 Composite: No. 1 overall, No. 1 PG
Rivals: No. 1 overall, No. 1 SG
ESPN: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SG
Scout: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SG (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/get-to-know-the-2015-prospects-vol-1-malik-newman)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/736C4829-600x399.jpg)

Website: www.iammaliknewman.com

Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  10h
Diamond Stone told me that he and Malik Newman are definitely a package deal.

5-star Milwaukee 6-10 C
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 21, 2014, 02:10:06 pm
Meet your Maker (YouTube highlights at link)

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats 4h

Thon Maker: "Defense is always going to take care of itself. ... If you can't defend, you can't play anywhere else." http://bit.ly/1tjZIlf

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Back in January, the man handling the recruitment of African basketball star Thon Maker said he hadn't even started asking college coaches whether his player had scholarship offers from their schools.

Maker, a 7-footer with one of the most unique skill sets in the country, was in the middle of his sophomore season of high school then. His guardian, Edward Smith, was having regular conversations with college coaches, but he and Maker were more focused on developing his game than leaping into the recruiting process.

That's starting to change.

"It gets serious now," Maker said Friday night.

Maker was born in the Sudan — in an area that is now part of South Sudan — and left his home country at age 5 to escape a civil war.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 22, 2014, 07:16:06 am
274: In a matter of less than an hour, four-star point guard Shelton Mitchell (Mouth of Wilson, Va./Oak Hill Academy) announces via Twitter that he will no make a decision between Vanderbilt and Missouri today after all. The Commodores remain the team to beat for the Class of 2014 top 100 prospect.  (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Mitchell-reverses-course-28752116)

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2014, 07:49:53 am
274: In a matter of less than an hour, four-star point guard Shelton Mitchell (Mouth of Wilson, Va./Oak Hill Academy) announces via Twitter that he will no make a decision between Vanderbilt and Missouri today after all. The Commodores remain the team to beat for the Class of 2014 top 100 prospect.  (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Mitchell-reverses-course-28752116)

With Dai-Jon Parker being their lone upperclassman in the backcourt, Vanderbilt is going to be young on the perimeter in 2014-15. That’s been known for quite some time, yet what has also been known is the fact that head coach Kevin Stallings needed depth especially at the point guard position.

Vanderbilt filled a need on Friday, as Oak Hill Academy point guard Shelton Mitchell announced that he’s committed to the SEC school. Mitchell, a four-star prospect in the 2014 class, was originally a Wake Forest signee and chose the Commodores over Missouri.

In the last week Mitchell took official visits to both schools, and he also held an offer from California. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/23/four-star-2014-point-guard-shelton-mitchell-commits-to-vanderbilt)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 25, 2014, 04:51:23 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  53m
Thon Maker's guardian Ed Smith told http://Scout.com  there's a possibility he reclassifies to 2015. Depends if he gains weight.
 from Tavares, FL

My gut says Thon Maker ends up in 2015 class. They are preparing him academically to make that move.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2014, 01:59:36 pm
UK Equipment Staff @UKequipment  ·  2h
Just received the largest pair of @nikebasketball shoes we've ever ordered for @KentuckyMBB summer practice. #WeAreUK

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BovTPMDCUAAflB7.jpg)

Karl-Anthony Towns @KATis32  ·  56m
@UKequipment @nikebasketball @KentuckyMBB why thank you for finding my shoes. I been looking for them lol #hardtomiss
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2014, 03:34:14 pm
According to his Twitter account, 2015 small forward Brandon Ingram received an offer from Florida on Tuesday. Ingram is a 6-foot-7, 170-pound prospect from Kinston (NC) Kinston. He is rated as a five-star prospect and is the No. 14 player in the nation in the 247Sports recruiting rankings.  (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Florida-offers-2015-small-forward-28832843)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2014, 01:25:34 pm
Breaking down the elite prospects in the 2015 class

DIAMOND STONE
Center
Milwaukee, WI (Dominican)
Ht: 6-10 | Wt: 246 (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/get-to-know-the-2015-prospects-vol-2-diamond-stone)

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Top247: No. 8 overall, No. 1 C
247 Composite: No. 4 overall, No. 1 C
Rivals: No. 3 overall, No. 1 C
ESPN: No. 5 overall, No. 2 C
Scout: No. 3 overall, No. 1 C
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 04, 2014, 08:42:46 am
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  21h
Kentucky's one 2015 basketball commitment just tumbled in the ESPN recruiting rankings: http://bit.ly/1ot3qWM

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Charles Matthews, UK’s only commit in the 2015 class, found himself further down the ESPN rankings when a new ESPN100 was released today. Matthews fell 18 spots from No. 12 to No. 30 overall, and from the fourth-ranked shooting guard to eighth.

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings

2. Ben Simmons  6-9 PF  LSU
54. KeVaughn Allen 6-3 SG  UF
57. Donta' Hall   6-8 C   Bama
92 Kevarrius Hayes 6-9 C  UF
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 04, 2014, 01:15:12 pm
Matthew Harris @MHarrisAdvocate  ·  21h

#LSU commit and Montverde swing man Ben Simmons moves up to No. 2 in the ESPN top 100 for the 2015 class: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/order/true …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 04, 2014, 06:38:37 pm
Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  4h
Florida 2016 PF commit John Mooney ranked 34th on ESPNU Top 60 prospects list for 2016: http://tinyurl.com/q58kttt
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2014, 08:15:07 am
Seven-footer Thon "Highlight" Maker remained ESPN’s No. 1 prospect for the class of 2016 (http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2014/06/04/thon-maker-is-espns-no-1-recruit-for-2016-class)

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Maker — a native of Africa who plays for a high school in Virginia — has been in recent contact with Kentucky and already has scholarship offers from many of the nation’s top programs. His guardian, Edward Smith, told the Herald-Leader last month that UK assistant Kenny Payne had called him recently and said that John Calipari would be calling soon, possibly with a UK scholarship offer.

Smith also said it was possible that Maker could reclassify to 2015...

etroit forward Josh Jackson, St. Louis wing Jayson Tatum, Arkansas guard Malik Monk and North Carolina power forward Harry Giles round out the new top five from ESPN.

Tatum and Giles have already received scholarship offers from Kentucky, and both players visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness last October.

The other class of 2016 prospect with a confirmed scholarship offer from UK — California power forward M.J. Cage — is No. 37 overall. He is the son of former NBA player Michael Cage, who Calipari coached while in charge of the New Jersey Nets.

The rest of the top 10 includes Florida center Udoka Azubuike at No. 6, followed by Memphis forward Dedric Lawson, Michigan wing Miles Bridges, North Carolina guard Dennis Smith Jr. and Texas guard Terrance Ferguson.

Taylor County standout Quentin Goodin is the only Kentuckian in the ESPN Top 60, coming in at No. 50 overall. He has offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, among others. Both UK and Louisville have expressed interest in the 6-2 guard.

Reports that UK coaches have suggested Goodin find a school where he can play better competition.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2014, 03:20:06 pm
Diamond Stone is Scout.com’s new No. 1 player in the class of 2015, and UK’s lone commitment for next year took a major fall in the rankings.

Charles Matthews — a 6-foot-5 guard from Chicago — went from No. 15 overall to No. 48 overall in the player rankings that were updated Thursday. Matthews committed to UK in February and will (may?) be eligible to sign with the Wildcats in November. (http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2014/06/05/charles-matthews-falls-to-no-48-in-new-rankings)

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Scout.com’s Evan Daniels reported Thursday morning that $tone will take a trip to UConn this weekend. He and fellow 2015 star Malik Newman have said they will attend the same college. Newman is a major UK recruiting target who is also interested in UConn. He fell four spots in the new rankings, to No. 6 overall.

Following Stone in the Top 10 were Louisiana State commitment Ben Simmons, California forward Ivan Rabb, Georgia forward Jaylen Brown, New York forward Cheick Diallo, Newman, Wisconsin center Henry Ellenson, Las Vegas center Stephen Zimmerman, Las Vegas center Chase Jeter and Memphis forward Skal Labissiere.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2014, 04:25:12 pm
Coach Whitt @cPhaseSports  ·  Jun 3
2015 G Jimmy Whitt invited to the Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp -Aug 7 to 10 in Winston Salem, NC. Ja-W looking forward to attending.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 07, 2014, 08:21:59 am
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  12h
#Vols 2015 PG target Dequon Miller (Motlow State CC) says he'll take official visits to Tennessee, Missouri and Arizona State in the fall.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 10, 2014, 11:51:00 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  1h
Mizzou offered 2016 G Montrell Dixson

Dikembe's cousin, a 6-6 G-F now playing at Mingo Central in Hatfield and McCoy country.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 17, 2014, 12:42:31 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Jun 16
Tyus Battle will head to Kentucky this evening for an unofficial visit, per his father. Five-star 2016 wing prospect.

Florida offered Derryck Thornton, http://Scout.com 's No. 13 overall player in the 2016 class, today.


Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Jun 15
John Calipari & Kentucky offered Thon Maker a scholarship today, per his guardian Ed Smith.

Thon Maker will likely visit Kansas and Missouri a week after NBPA Camp, which begins on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2014, 07:32:15 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  22h
LSU commitment Ben Simmons is leading NBPA Top 100 Camp in scoring with 18.3 ppg through 4 games. He's 71.4% from the field.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2014, 07:45:47 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  Jun 19
:15 mark ... RT @CityLeagueHoops Thon Maker has been absolutely scary at NBPA Camp so far.  Check out these blocks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-H_OM7dJEg …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2014, 08:02:35 pm
Alex Kline @TheRecruitScoop  ·  9h
2015 PF Jon Nwankwo visits: Alabama 6/22, Rice 6/23, Vanderbilt 6/25, Tennessee 6/26, Temple 6/27, Drexel 6/28 & George Washington 6/29.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2014, 01:53:31 pm
Alex Kline @TheRecruitScoop  ·  5h
Alabama will host 2015 House of Sports (NY) PF Jonathan Nwankwo for an unofficial visit today.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2014, 02:10:06 pm
Preferred walk-on Zach Hodskins, the one-armed basketball player from Georgia, will enroll at Florida on Monday to go through orientation prior to the Summer B semester. Hodskins plans to wear No. 24 at Florida, if possible. (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Zach-Hodskins-to-enroll-on-Monday-29267520)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2014, 03:55:18 pm
Top 100 Camp @Top100Camp  ·  21h
Congratulations to camp MVP Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25 ) #NBPATop100Camp

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqsT1MPIcAAXj9L.jpg)

LSU Commit
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2014, 04:46:11 pm
In February, LSU got an early start to its Class of 2016 with a commitment from University Laboratory School (Louisiana) point guard Skylar Mays. However, on Saturday night, Mays backed away from his initial pledge.

“I’ve chosen to reopen my recruitment. I still love the LSU basketball program and have interest in what the staff has going on over there.” Mays tweeted.

The 6-foot-3, Baton Rouge native committed to the Tigers on LSU, before leading his high school team to the Class 3A state championship later that season…

Earlier this week, Mays participated in the Nike Elite 100, a showcase for the top rising sophomores and juniors in the country. According to Eric Bossi, Rivals recruiting analyst, Mays had an impressive week in St. Louis. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/22/four-star-2016-point-guard-skylar-mays-decommits-from-lsu)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2014, 08:15:01 am
Verbal Commits @VerbalCommits  ·  12h

2015 Columbia-Hickman (MO) G Jimmy Whitt has received an offer from UNLV. @JimmyWhitt33 http://verbalcommits.com/players/jimmy-whitt …

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2014, 01:15:07 pm
7' 5" 2015 center Tacko Fall

Video at link of Tacko Fall nearly tearing down a rim at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

He attends Houston Lutheran South (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/tacko-fall-nearly-tore-down-a-rim-this-weekend)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/tack-fall.jpg)
Courtesy Channel 2 - WESH-TV
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2014, 06:46:11 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  55m
As I reported earlier, Thon Maker will visit Missouri tomorrow. Tim Fuller is tied in there, as is Fulford. Fulford will be in town by then.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 24, 2014, 01:58:58 pm
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  8h
Big Sexy is cruitin' 7-foot-5 2015 C Tacko Fall RT @RealKevinNash: @Vol_Hoops Might want to give this big man a look

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmsRMp3IUAAK56L.jpg)

GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  7h
Vols offer 7-foot-5 center; Kevin "Big Sexy" Nash approves (via @Ben_Fred) http://ow.ly/ynw4v
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 24, 2014, 08:23:24 pm
Top 100 Camp @Top100Camp  ·  21h
Congratulations to camp MVP Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25 ) #NBPATop100Camp

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqsT1MPIcAAXj9L.jpg)

LSU Commit

Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  2h
.@jerrymeyer247 told me Saturday that he was leaning toward ranking Ben Simmons No. 1 http://bit.ly/1qHL7Bh . Rankings come out tomorrow.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 26, 2014, 09:58:21 am
Shea Dixon @Sheadixon  ·  1h
Big news for #LSU basketball. Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) is now the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2015 class (FREE) http://lsu.247sports.com/Bolt/Ben-Simmons-is-No-1-overall-29340127 …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 26, 2014, 10:01:55 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  15h
Just spoke to Thon "Highlight" Maker's guardian. He tells me they'll meet with his schools academic people in mid-August to decide if he'll reclassify.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2014, 07:49:58 am
Chart: Where UK’s one-and-dones have been drafted (http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2014/06/26/chart-where-uks-one-and-dones-have-been-drafted-3)

From John Wall to Archie Goodwin...

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Julius Randle and James Young became the 12th and 13th one-and-done players at Kentucky since John Calipari became head coach five years ago. All 13 players were selected in the first round, and Randle became the eighth to be chosen in the lottery...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2014, 07:43:33 am
Baton Rouge News @brnola  ·  18h
LSU commitment Ben Simmons is the top overall prospect in Rivals rankings, Brandon Sampson the top Louisiana player http://bit.ly/1nN58BF
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2014, 08:10:29 am
Here are the players in the class of 2015 who have received scholarship offers from Kentucky. (http://www.kentucky.com/kentucky-sports-mens-basketball)

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Players who have received scholarship offers from Kentucky:

Carlton Bragg

Position: Forward

Height, weight: 6-9, 220 pounds

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Rivals ranking: 9

Scout ranking: 11

ESPN ranking: 14

247Sports ranking: 7

■ Bragg is a versatile forward who has established himself as one of the best inside-out players in the class. He's usually listed as a power forward, but he has said that many schools are looking at him as a "stretch-4" ...


Jaylen Brown

Position: Small forward

Height, weight: 6-7, 220 pounds

Hometown: Marietta, Ga.

Rivals ranking: 3

Scout ranking: 4

ESPN ranking: 8

247Sports ranking: 2

■ The recent transformation in Brown's game has landed him in the discussion for the No. 1 ranking in the 2015 class. He's always been explosive and he's always played hard. Now, he's added a reliable jump shot. Brown has made 30 of 58 three-point attempts (51.7 percent) on the Adidas circuit so far this summer.


Cheick Diallo

Position: Forward/Center

Height, weight: 6-9, 220 pounds

Hometown: Centereach, N.Y.

Rivals ranking: 5

Scout ranking: 5

ESPN ranking: 7

247Sports ranking: 3

■ Nobody plays harder than Diallo, a native of Mali who is arguably the best rebounder and post defender in the class. He was named the most valuable player at last year's NBPA Top 100 Camp despite being a year younger than many of the top players in attendance. He nearly repeated that honor at this year's event. "He has the highest motor in high school basketball, and I don't think it's even close,"
-- Scout.com's Evan Daniels


Derrick Jones

Position: Small forward

Height, weight: 6-7, 190 pounds

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Rivals ranking: 33

Scout ranking: 43

ESPN ranking: 27

247Sports ranking: 28

■ One of the most athletic recruits in the class, Jones is a highlight-reel dunker and intriguing prospect who is still developing as a player. His length and athleticism catch the eye — and his amazing dunks are impossible to miss (another one to search for on YouTube). But he can disappear at times on the court…


Skal Labissiere

Position: Forward/Center

Height, weight: 6-10, 200 pounds

Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

Rivals ranking: 14

Scout ranking: 10

ESPN ranking: 11

247Sports ranking: 43

■ The native of Haiti is still rounding into shape after missing almost all of his junior season with a stress fracture in his back. Labissiere returned to the court in April. At 6-10, Labissiere likes to play away from the basket, and he has a good-looking jump shot that could be a major weapon in college. He also possesses good instincts as a post defender, but he'll need to add more weight...


Malik Newman

Position: Guard

Height, weight: 6-4, 180 pounds

Hometown: Jackson, Miss.

Rivals ranking: 2

Scout ranking: 6

ESPN ranking: 3

247Sports ranking: 4

■ He's arguably the best scorer in high school basketball, and he's generally regarded as the best backcourt player in the class. He's also the only uncommitted guard in 2015 with a scholarship offer from John Calipari. Newman uses his strength and a quick first step to get past defenders on the perimeter and create easy buckets for himself around the rim. He's also effective from three-point range and is capable of long scoring runs...


Ivan Rabb

Position: Power forward

Height, weight: 6-10, 220 pounds

Hometown: Oakland, Calif.

Rivals ranking: 4

Scout ranking: 3

ESPN ranking: 1

247Sports ranking: 5

■ He's one of the most well-rounded post players in the class. Rabb led the gold-medal winning Team USA under-16 squad in rebounding last year and is among the leading rebounders on the Nike circuit this summer. He's also an effective post scorer and defender. "Ivan is a very competitive young man."
-- High school coach Lou Richie


Stephen Zimmerman

Position: Center

Height, weight: 7-0, 240 pounds

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Rivals ranking: 7

Scout ranking: 8

ESPN ranking: 6

247Sports ranking: 14

■ Zimmerman has struggled offensively during his first summer on the Nike circuit, but he established himself long ago as one of the best post players in the class. He possesses great offensive skills around the basket and has a good jump shot that can extend out to the three-point line. He's also shown the ability to be an above-average passer.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2014, 01:56:28 pm
Shea Dixon @Sheadixon  ·  Jun 27
Johnny O'Bryant came out of HS ranked as the No. 40 player in the country. Last night, he was drafted No. 36. #Bolts http://lsu.247sports.com/Bolt/Bucks-draft-Johnny-OBryant-29355229 …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2014, 09:31:10 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2h
Recruiting Roundup: Monday Visits Include Maker to Duke, Gill-Caesar to Mizzou, Jones to UConn; http://zagsblog.com/articles/recruiting-roundup-monday-visits-include-maker-to-duke-gill-caesar-to-mizzou-jones-to-uconn-diallo-visit-kentucky-bridges-hits-n-c-state-more …

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Thon "Highlight" Maker, a Class of 2016 7-footer from the Carlisle (Va.) School, who may reclass to 2015, will visit Duke. Maker recently tripped to Kansas and Missouri and also plans to hit Arizona, UCLA, Kentucky and Indiana later this summer.

Speaking of Mizzou, Montaque “Teki” Gill-Caesar, a Class of 2015 wing from Huntington (W.V.) Prep who may reclass to 2o14, will trip to Missouri. The link there, of course, is that the Tigers just hired former Huntington coach Rob Fulford as an assistant.

Also on Monday, Derrick Jone$, a 6-7 wing from Archbishop Carroll (PA) will visit UConn...

This past weekend, 6-9 2015 forward Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American visited Kentucky, and Tweeted a picture of himself in the locker room.

(http://snyhoops.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/diallo.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2014, 02:46:00 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  3h
Taylor County guard Quentin Goodin is the No. 59 overall prospect in the Rivals rankings and the only Kentuckian http://bit.ly/1pTwd7C

Commonwealth of Kentucky producing fewer talented players seemingly each year.  Goodin is in the '16 class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2014, 07:19:45 am
20 questions every athlete should ask a prospective coach

Calipari's annual recruiting manifesto (http://www.coachcal.com/30412/2014/07/20-questions-every-athlete-ask-prospective-coach)

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Every answer a coach gives from this list should be from the last five years or so. What happened 10 or more years ago is irrelevant.

What type of media training do you offer?

How many double-figure scorers have you averaged in the last four to five years? If you only have one or two a year, what does that mean for me?

How many McDonald’s All-Americans have you coached? How many of them went on to the NBA?

How have your teams fared with three or four McDonald’s All-Americans on the same team?

How many freshmen have you started within the last four to five years?

How many draft picks have you had over the last five years? How many drafted were not McDonald’s All-Americans? How many of the total were first-rounders and were any of them No. 1 draft picks during that time?

How many of those players have gone on to make the NBA All-Rookie team?

How many games will my family be able to watch on national television?

How many of your home games are sold out? How many of your road games are sold out?

How have you done in postseason play? Any Final Fours?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2014, 06:52:05 pm
John Talty @JTalty  ·  5h
Danjel Purifoy, the top-ranked basketball player in Alabama, is leaving for Hargrave: http://ow.ly/yIaOz

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Purifoy will instead enroll at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., Purifoy's AAU coach, Winfred Jordan, confirmed to AL.com. Hargrave is known for its stellar high school and post-graduate athletic programs, and typically has players from all around the country.

The 6-foot-6, 195-pound guard played last season at Bibb County, but was cut from the team in April for a reported lack of participation.

ESPN recently rated him as the nation's No. 51 player and he is No. 53 in the 247Composite. Purifoy has scholarship offers from Kentucky and Michigan State.

Bama and Auburn are both recruiting Purifoy, though it will be interesting to see how the efforts will be altered by his move to Virginia.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2014, 01:50:40 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  19h
There are 13 centers ranked in the top 35 in the 2015 class. None are committed.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2014, 06:03:46 pm
Gary Parrish @GaryParrishCBS  ·  Jul 3
Is Michigan’s John Beilein the best at turning lowly recruits into lottery picks? Recent history says yes. Column: http://cbsprt.co/1vDafqV

Gary Parrish @GaryParrishCBS  ·  Jul 4
In that column I note that Burke and Stauskas were both ranked outside of the top 80. Became top-10 picks in two seasons. That’s rare stuff.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2014, 06:25:04 pm
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  Jul 5
Top Georgia prospect picks Ohio State http://on-ajc.com/1qy9O1T

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Daniel Giddens, who is rated as the state’s No. 3 overall basketball prospect for 2015, committed to Ohio State on Friday, less than a week after returning from an official visit with the Buckeyes.

The 6-foot-10 center from Wheeler High School picked Ohio State over Wake Forest, while also considering UGA and Florida.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2014, 05:02:22 pm
Gary Parrish @GaryParrishCBS  ·  9h

Are you a top-10 recruit? If so, congrats. You’re virtually guaranteed to leave college early/make the NBA. Column: http://cbsprt.co/1rH1Vsx

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It breaks down like this:

    2006: Ten of 10 played in NBA after spending an average of 1.5 years in college.
    2007: Nine of 10 played in NBA after spending an average of 1.8 years in college.
    2008: Ten of 10 played in NBA after spending an average of 1.5 years in college.
    2009: Eight of 10 played in NBA after spending an average of 1.4 years in college.
    2010: Nine of 10 played in NBA after spending an average of 1.5 years in college.

Top-five prospects from those classes made the NBA literally 100 percent of the time.

The highest-rated prospect from those five classes not to make it?

Renardo Sidney.

Obviously, Class of 2011, Class of 2012 and Class of 2013 prospects could still theoretically be in college. But it should be noted that only one top-10 prospect from the Class of 2011 (Oklahoma State's LeBryan Nash) remains in school. And only two top-10 prospects from the Class of 2012 (Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski and Kentucky's Alex Poythress) remain in school. And five top-10 prospects from the Class of 2013 entered the NBA Draft after just one season of college basketball

(http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/visual/whatshot/0707_Simmons_inside.jpg)
LSU Verbal Ben Simmons is currently No. 1 in 247Sports.com's Class of 2015 player rankings. (Getty)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2014, 08:52:03 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  8h
NEW: Top UK recruit Jayson Tatum is the new No. 1 overall player in the Scout rankings for 2016 http://bit.ly/1qEgyLE

Retweeted by Jayson Tatum
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  7h
Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Harry Giles & Thon Maker lead the way in our updated 2016 Top 75: http://scouthoops.scout.com/story/1418840-updated-2016-top-75?s=75 …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2014, 09:11:32 pm
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  10h
Georgia hoops recruiting news: PG William "Turtle" Jackson of Athens has reneged on commitment to UConn and flipped to UGA, per sources.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 08, 2014, 01:39:56 pm
Rob Dauster @RobDauster  ·  21h
What is the July evaluation period, and why is it so important? http://wp.me/p1aWjM-26lo

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This Wednesday, July 9th, at 5:00 p.m. kicks off the 2014 July evaluation period, one of the most crucial stretches of the year for any college basketball team across the country.

But there are many fans out there that may not be aware of what a “live period” is or what it means for coaches and the players they are recruiting or plan to recruit in the future.

The NCAA rulebook is thick and it is scary and it is often confusing, but when it comes to the recruiting calendar, things are fairly cut and dry, particularly during the spring and summer months. The way it works is like this: there are only certain times during certain months where coaches are allowed to be on the road scouting and evaluating players. These are called evaluation periods, or “live periods”, and during a usual calendar year, there will be five of them: two in late April and/or early May and three during July.

In the summer, it’s a bit different. For three consecutive weekends during the month, coaches are allowed to evaluate prospects from 5:00 p.m. on a Wednesday until 5:00 p.m. on a Sunday. What that means is that during a 15-day stretch in the middle of the summer, these high school players will be in gyms across the country, essentially auditioning for the coaches that they hope to one day play for.

Audition is the proper word to use here as well.

No in-person contact is allowed between the college coaches and the recruits or the families of the recruits. It’s strictly an opportunity for scouting and evaluation, which creates a surreal environment at the events that take place. Family, friends, AAU coaches and the athletes themselves are all ushered onto one side of the court after entering the gym through one entrance. The college coaches are fenced in on the other side of the court after entering through a different entrance.

How a staff will go about traversing the country and utilizing their time during the live period will differ between programs...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 08, 2014, 02:12:22 pm
The July evaluation period will kick off on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

...seven programs with the most on the line heading into this month: (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/08/seven-programs-with-the-most-on-the-like-during-julys-live-period)

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Auburn: “Auburn made huge news when it hired Bruce Pearl. Since then, the Tigers have landed commitments from Juco and graduate transfers, but Pearl’s show-cause penalty runs through late August. What that means is that he won’t be out on the recruiting trail this month. How does that hurt his Class of 2015? And if it does, will it hinder Pearl’s rebuild?”

Missouri: “The biggest question when Missouri hired Kim Anderson to replace Frank Haith was going to be how the longtime Division II coach would be able to recruit. Well, he managed to keep Tim Fuller on staff and hired Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford as an assistant, meaning that he’ll have the pieces in place to land a big time recruiting class. How will they fare in their first summer on the road together?”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 08, 2014, 02:23:53 pm
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  Jul 6

High school standout claims Hornets rookie P.J. "Angry" Hairston sucker-punched him while playing pickup today in Durham: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11184420/pj-hairston-charlotte-hornets-involved-altercation-pickup-game …

Northern Durham High rising senior Kentrell Barkley, who is being recruited by numerous mid-major college programs. "I walked up to him and asked him what happened and then he hit me again in the neck."

Hairston's agent, Juan Morrow, confirmed to ESPN that his client, selected 26th overall in last month's NBA draft, did throw a punch at the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Barkley. However, Morrow said it was in retaliation. "The pickup game got heated."


It's fun to play at the YMCA.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 10, 2014, 11:56:46 am
2015 247 Top Five + Two (with known SEC offers for the uncommitted)

1. Ben Simmons  Montverde Academy, 6-8 SF, LSU verbal
2. Jaylen Brown  Marietta Wheeler, 6-7 SF, Offers: Bama, UGa, UT, VU, UF, AU
3. Chieck Diallo  Our Savior New American, 6-9 PF, Offers: UK, UF
4. Malik Newman  Callaway Jackson, 6-3 SG, Offers: Ark, Bama, LSU, OM, MS, UK, MU
5. Ivan Rabb      Bishop O'Dowd, 6-10 PF, Offers: UK, UF
...
49. William Jackson  Athens Christian, 6-4 PG, UGa verbal
50. Jimmy Whitt  Columbia Hickman, 6-4 SG, Offers: Ark, MU

http://247sports.com/Season/2015-Basketball/RecruitRankings
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 11, 2014, 08:32:22 am
Thorough analysis of some of the coaches who have landed the most 5-stars and the percentage who have landed in the NBA.  Calipari and Donovan included here: (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/the-best-coaches-with-5-star-recruits-in-college-basketball)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/CalRecruits14-600x907.jpg)

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/billyrecruits14-600x279.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 13, 2014, 06:47:03 pm
Calipari offers scholarships to 3 UK targets (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/07/13/3335288/calipari-offers-scholarships-to.html)

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Milwaukee center Diamond Stone was the first player to claim a UK scholarship offer during the July recruiting period. Stone — a 6-foot-10 prospect — told Scout.com's Evan Daniels on Thursday that UK had offered and that the Wildcats are recruiting him "real hard."

Scout.com ranks him as the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2015. He and top UK recruit Malik Newman have repeatedly said that they would like to play for the same school.

North Carolina prospect Brandon Ingram told the Herald-Leader that Calipari called him Saturday night and extended a UK offer. Ingram — a 6-foot-8 small forward — also has offers from Duke, North Carolina, Louisville and several others. He said he is planning an August visit to Lexington.

Wisconsin power forward Henry Ellenson got his UK offer on Sunday, his father confirmed. "A very exciting day and Henry is very honored," John Ellenson told the Herald-Leader.

The 6-foot-10 prospect was among the standouts at the LeBron camp and has been one of the nation's fastest-rising prospects in recent weeks.

Scout.com now ranks him as the No. 7 overall player in the class of 2015.

UK has now offered 11 players from the class of 2015, in addition to Charles Matthews, who committed to the Cats in February.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 16, 2014, 09:43:41 am
UK freshman Karl Towns was named the 2014 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Towns — a 7-footer from New Jersey — is the seventh basketball player to win the award since 2003. Past recipients include LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Andrew Wiggins and former Kentucky guard Brandon Knight, who was there Tuesday to see Towns receive his award. (http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2014/07/15/uks-karl-towns-named-gatorade-athlete-of-the-year)

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Towns averaged 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocks per game during his senior season while leading St. Joseph to a 30-2 record and state championship. He also graduated with a near-4.0 grade-point average.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 16, 2014, 10:08:05 am
If you are talking elite talents in the Class of 2015, two come to mind for me, Ben Simmons (headed to LSU) and Malik Newman... (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/is-malik-newman-slipping-from-kentucky)

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At one point, the 247 Sports “Crystal Ball” had UK as a 100% selection and the assumption was he would be in Blue. …over the last month, most experts have been putting Newman with different schools and UK seems to be losing ground. In the latest Crystal Ball, 247 Sports’ head recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer has moved Newman to a Mississippi State selection, Jeff Borzello of CBS has put him with UCONN and others have moved him to Kansas. The consistent theme? Everyone is switching from Kentucky.

So is there anything to this move or is it just the natural progression of a recruiting wave? This is becoming a slightly difficult recruiting year for John Calipari (for reasons we will talk about more tomorrow) and schools are ganging up against the Cats. And the addition of returning players is making Calipari’s job harder this year. But it can’t be ignored that the buzz around Newman is not going UK’s way. While experts cannot agree as to which school he will attend, they are in agreement that the school will not be Kentucky. The buzz around recruiting circles is that even if he is not a “package deal” with Diamond Stone (that is not assured), UK has lost ground and is not the obvious choice….an opinion seemingly validated by the Cats making offers to three new players.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 16, 2014, 10:11:36 am
Arlington (Tex.) Prime Prep point guard Emmanuel Mudiay–the consensus top overall prospect in the 2014 class, announced he would be headed overseas instead of playing at SMU. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/blessings-in-disguise)

State of Tejas is potentially shutting down Prime Prep Academy over accreditation and state lunch money misappropriations.  Deion Sanders was reported to be saddened and felt betrayed.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 18, 2014, 01:14:24 pm
Over the course of July’s live recruiting period, NBCSports' College Basketball Talk will be posting anonymous quotes from coaches about the prospects that they are watching and recruiting. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/18/cbt-quotables-part-iii-ben-simmons-josh-jackson-and-diamond-stone)

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PF Ben Simmons, No. 1 2015: “He’s more of a four in college, but I think he’s a three in the pros. His vision is tremendous. No need for an outlet pass when he gets a defensive rebound, he takes it himself. Run offense through him, don’t let him just be a facilitator in college. He’s too good for that.”

LSU commit
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Post by: jbcarol on July 18, 2014, 08:43:39 pm
Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  11h
#Gator 2015 commit, SG @TheCAJasonSmith  KeVaughn Allen just blew the top off  place, taking high alley-oop pass from KJ and stuffing it.


 L. Jason Smith @TheCAJasonSmith  ·  11h
@gatorhoops He's an absolute steal for Gators out of Arkansas. Absolute stud.
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Post by: jbcarol on July 18, 2014, 09:39:43 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  26s
Talked with Malik Monk yesterday. He was very pleased to get that UK offer. Says he watches every UK game, big fan of Calipari.

Malik Monk's final stat line tonight: 40 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists. 14/20 FGs, 6/10 threes. 28 minutes. What a performance.
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Post by: jbcarol on July 19, 2014, 10:33:43 am
Peach Jam Updates:

he Class of 2016 is shaping up to be quite impressive at the top… there is a very real argument to make that 6-foot-3 Arkansas Wings guard Malik Monk is the most impressive player in the class.

He’s certainly the most explosive, and I’m not just talking about his leaping ability. (video at link) (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/19/nike-peach-jam-friday-recap-malik-monk-shows-out-plus-stephen-zimmerman-prince-ali)

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On Friday night, in front of coaches like Bill Self and John Calipari, Monk put on an absolute show. He scored 40 points in a win over Team Penny — which includes the Lawson brothers and Florida commit KeVaughn Allen on the roster. He hit threes from 25 feet, finishing 6-for-10 from beyond the arc and 14-for-20 from the floor. Three times in the first half he threw down vicious dunks after knifing through traffic in the half court. He made no-look passes that drew just as many oohs-and-aahs as those dunks, collecting six boards and five assists in the process.

And it’s not even close to the best game he played on the EYBL circuit.

That would be the 59 points he put up on All Ohio Red out in Sacramento back in August. He hit 10 threes in that game and got to the foul line 23 times. That pretty succinctly sums up what Monk is able to do with the ball in his hands, and gives you a feel for why programs like Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Baylor and Memphis have already offered him a scholarship, although the consensus right now seems to be that Florida and Arkansas are the favorites. Monk is a native of Bentonville, Ark., and his brother played football and basketball for the Razorbacks. He is a must-get recruit for Mike Anderson, and not just because he is the ideal two-guard for Anderson’s system.

It’s not all big shooting numbers and highlight reel dunks for Monk, however, as he still has a tendency to mix in a 3-for-11 night too often. The game before he went for 40 he finished with just eight points and 1-for-8 shooting from three in a 15-point loss.

The thing to remember is that Monk is a member of the Class of 2016.

He’s doing all of this while playing up a level.

What happens when, in a year, he goes up against guys that are in his age group?


Entering July there was a debate surrounding the No. 1 overall player in the 2015 class.

With one performance at the Nike Peach Jam on Thursday night, 6-foot-9 forward Ben Simmons ended that debate.

Soundly.

The native of Australia scored 21 points (8-for-11 from the field) and added seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and a block... (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/18/ben-simmons-proves-hes-no-1-in-2015-with-thursday-nights-performance)

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The LSU commit showcased his unique versatility and skill level in the win and Simmons easily would have had a double-double if his teammates consistently knocked in the open layups and three-pointers that he created.

After watching top ten prospects like Jaylen Brown and Diamond Stone play very well earlier in the day at the Under Armour Association Finals in Suwanee, Simmons took their strong efforts and easily trumped it on Thursday night.

There’s just no question that he’s the No. 1 player in the 2015 class.

“In my eyes I’m No. 1 all the time. I’m not going to going to say, ‘this kid’s better than me,’ but in my heart I think I’m the best,” Simmons told NBCSports.com.

Simmons throws crisp passes with both hands, handles the ball incredibly well for a forward and often brings the ball up the floor. He’s a mismatch on nearly every single play. Simmons even calls himself a point forward when he’s asked to label his game and he takes an immense amount of pride in his passing ability.

“That’s how you play the game; that’s how you play the game,” Simmons said of his passing. “You see the Spurs did it, and we won with Patty Mills and Baynes and Australian players, but that’s how you play the game.”

Although E1TI beat CP3 and Class of 2016 five-star forward Harry Giles on Thursday — and the highly-touted head-to-head matchup, was seen by nearly every major head coach and media outlet in the country — Simmons downplayed his individual performance in lieu of team success.

“With this tournament… you’re just trying to win,” Simmons said. “You’re not focused on individuals. I want to be there in the end holding the trophy up.”

That’s what separates Simmons from his peers...

Johnny Jones later appeared with Andy Katz on ESPNU from the tourney site.

Sheldon Mickles @MicklesAdvocate  ·  Jul 17
#LSU's Johnny Jones to appear on Katz Corner on ESPNU on Friday night. http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/9748121-123/lsus-johhny-jones-set-to …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 23, 2014, 06:11:15 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  4h

NEW: @jerrymeyer247 changed his Malik Newman pick to Mississippi State. He explained it in a recent radio appearance http://bit.ly/1z3A3QP
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 23, 2014, 06:13:18 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  Jul 22

Malik Monk turned in one of summer's best performances. Says Calipari wants him "real bad" http://bit.ly/1o12QSj
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 24, 2014, 06:53:18 pm
Reports that Thon "Highlight" Maker will not reclassify to 2015.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2014, 11:23:51 am
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  14h

Ole Miss vs. UK, Memphis? MT @GaryParrishCBS: The complex and fascinating recruitment of 2015 star Skal Labissiere: http://cbsprt.co/1rfuBpf
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2014, 02:15:43 pm
Jim Kleinpeter @JimKleinpeter  ·  2h

Nice work by our @RandyRosetta: Ben Simmons' connection to #LSU rock-solid after an explosive summer http://s.nola.com/qdI4s5K  via @nolanews
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 26, 2014, 09:19:54 am
http://247sports.com/Season/2015-Basketball/RecruitRankings?InstitutionGroup=HighSchool

Ben Roberts is still the SEC's rep
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 26, 2014, 09:55:39 pm
Class of 2016: 1. Jayson Tatum, 2. Josh Jackson, 3. Malik Monk, 4. Thon Maker, 5. Harry Giles.

http://247sports.com/Season/2016-Basketball/RecruitRankings
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Post by: jbcarol on July 28, 2014, 06:31:58 pm
Antonio Blakeney @blakeney96
My final 7 : FSU, Louisville , Mizzou, Kentucky , Oregon , LSU and USC . No order . Thanks to all the other schools who recruited me 🙏!!

2015 5-star
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 28, 2014, 06:33:30 pm
In an early snapshot of the SEC Class of 2015 basketball team recruiting rankings, Florida is perched at the top. The Gators have two four-star verbals in KeVaughn Allen (North Little Rock, Ark.) and Kevarrius Hayes (Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee). (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Hoops-Gators-have-top-2015-class-in-the-SEC-29889433)

http://247sports.com/Season/2015-Basketball/CompositeTeamRankings?Conference=SEC

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 30, 2014, 08:48:33 pm
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  2h
Great name. Had Vols offer. MT @jeffborzello: Mississippi State has landed a commitment from Quinndary Weatherspoon, source tells @CBSSports
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 02, 2014, 07:04:49 am
Highly touted class of 2015 basketball prospect P.J. Dozier announced his top five schools Friday afternoon.

Dozier listed Louisville, North Carolina, Georgetown, Michigan and South Carolina as his top five and said he would use his five official visits on trips to those schools.

The versatile, 6-foot-7 guard/forward from Columbia, S.C., missed his entire junior season following surgery to repair a torn ACL. He is considered a top-25 overall prospect by 247Sports.

His father is also his high school coach and, of course, played his college ball for South Carolina. (http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2014/08/01/2015-basketball-recruit-p-j-dozier-announces-top-5)
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Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2014, 06:38:33 am
Montaque Gill-Caesar, the 6-5 four-star recruit, is reclassifying to the class of 2014 and will be going to play for the Mizzou Tigers who recently added his Huntington Prep coach, Rob Fulford, as a staff member. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/2014-pro-football-hof-enshrinement-ceremony-sunday-news-and-views-2)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2014, 09:17:58 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  9h

Big news from @JoshGershon. Oscar Frayer is a top 50 recruit in the 2016 class. Very good athlete. Cuonzo Martin with a big one early.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2014, 09:21:51 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Aug 2

Josh Langford, a five-star 2016 wing, took an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt today, per a source.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2014, 08:17:24 pm
Swaggy_J @JimmyWhitt33  ·  21h
It's set!
Official visits:
Sept 5th-7th Marquette
Sept 13th-15th Illinois
Sept 19th-21st SMU
Oct 10th-12th Arkansas
Oct 25th-27th Mizzou
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2014, 04:06:59 pm
Dave Matter @Dave_Matter  ·  Aug 5
6-10 forward Thomas Bryant, visiting Mizzou Oct. 11, is rated 2015's No. 10 player by ESPN, 5 stars; Rivals: 4 stars, rated No. 34
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2014, 03:33:24 pm
Memphis Roar @MemphisRoar  ·  33m

Tigers land transfer power forward Calvin Godfrey. http://memphis.247sports.com/Bolt/Tigers-land-transfer-power-forward-30138560 … via @247Sports
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2014, 03:53:44 pm
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  23h
Carlton Bragg (@carltonbragg31) told ESPN he will visit Kansas on Oct. 10 and Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 19.

Bragg is one of the top players in the Class of 2015.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2014, 01:45:45 pm
Randy Rosetta @RandyRosetta  ·  3h
Strong bond with Mickey gives #LSU a chance with Dallas-area big man Elijah Thomas  http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2014/08/strong_bond_with_jordan_mickey.html …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bur_clwIUAAnbtt.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 12, 2014, 01:46:52 pm
Retweeted by Swagy_J  (Jimmy Whitt)
David Schneider @ShowTimeNation  ·  Aug 9

2015 Blue Springs South (MO) F Kevin Puryear (@CallMe_KP24) picks up an offer from Missouri. #SEC #T2SO http://showtimenation.com/database-2/
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2014, 01:25:20 pm
Skal Labissiere, the five-star prospect from Olive Branch whose guardian Kennedy may have been willing to give an assistant coaching job to.

Labissiere announced to a group of basketball recruiting analysts tonight his top six, one that did not include Ole Miss... (http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2014/08/12/ole-miss-skal-labissiere-out)

Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels

Skal Labissiere announced he is down to Baylor, Georgetown, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Tennessee.
10:14 PM - 12 Aug 2014
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Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2014, 06:52:10 pm
Steve Walentik @Steve_Walentik  ·  Aug 11
PF Alex Owens, a top-150 prospect from Orlando who was being recruited by #Mizzou, tweeted that he committed to Providence.

Alex Owens @OwensAlexx  ·  Aug 11
I've chosen to attend Providence University for College Basketball 💯👌🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀 #GoFriars #Hannn

Steve Walentik @Steve_Walentik  ·  Aug 11
I believe #Mizzou viewed Owens more as a fallback option with Tigers more interested in players such as Huntington Prep PF Thomas Bryant.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2014, 03:51:56 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  4h

Jaylen Brown and Ben Simmons sit at the top of http://Scout.com 's updated 2015 Top 100.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2014, 03:57:50 pm
Carey Rich @TheCaptain560  ·  2h

6'5" scoring guard Tevin Mack just received an offer from Frank Martin and South Carolina @dreher_hoops #SC Wolves @30piecemack
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2014, 04:06:01 pm
Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  3h

2015 Florida SG commit KeVaughn Allen jumps from 91 to 55 on http://Scout.com 's latest top 100, compiled by @EvanDaniels
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2014, 01:05:03 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  Aug 14

UK has offered all 8 uncommitted players in the new Scout Top 10. UK offers out to 12 players in the Scout Top 25 http://bit.ly/1sZeM96
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2014, 09:50:35 am
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  9h

#Vols are in the top 10 for 2015 5-star guard Dwayne Bacon (@BaconDwayne1000)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvI2nLuCYAMwCeR.jpg:large)
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Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2014, 08:49:13 am
Malik Newman helped lead the Team USA under-17 squad to a FIBA world championships gold medal Saturday in Dubai.

Newman — a 6-foot-4 guard in the class of 2015 — had 21 points and 11 rebounds in Team USA’s 99-92 victory over Australia in the title game. The Americans won all six of their previous contests in the competition by an average margin of 43.2 points per game. (http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2014/08/16/malik-newman-leads-team-usa-to-fiba-gold-medal)

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Newman — from Jackson, Miss. — averaged team-highs of 14.9 points per game during the tournament and was named the event’s most valuable player.

“He’s got that attitude that he’s not going to lose a game,” said USA Coach Don Showalter. “We got down by 10 and he kind of took over there in about a four, five-minute stretch where he was unbelievable. He hit shots that were tough shots and he really led our team. I think the rest of our players just fed off of that. In the second half he did a good job of distributing the basketball and we got everybody involved.”

Newman — known for his scoring ability — led Team USA with 3.0 assists per game.

He was also the MVP for last year’s under-16 team that won a gold medal in Uruguay.

Diamond Stone — a 6-10 center from Milwaukee — was second on the team in scoring (13.1 points) and led the squad in rebounding with 9.9 boards per game. He set a Team USA record for blocked shots in the event with 23, which was eight more than the previous mark.

Newman and Stone are friends off the court and have talked about the possibly of playing for the same college. Stone will make his announcement in November, while Newman plans to wait until after his senior season to make a college decision.

Talented class of 2016 prospects Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles also averaged double-digit points for the tournament.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2014, 05:27:03 pm
Noah Dickerson @NDickerson41
Excited to say I have committed to the University of Florida #GatorNation 🐊🐊
3:31 PM - 17 Aug 2014

Noah Dickerson became the third player in the Class of 2015 to commit to Florida... (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/17/florida-lands-a-commitment-from-four-star-forward-noah-dickerson)

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The 6-foot-8 Dickerson is a four-star prospect, rated as the No. 56 overall recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals. He joins four-star shooting guard KeVaughn Allen and three-star power forward Kevarrius Hayes in the Gators current recruiting class.

That class will be joined by South Florida transfer John Egbunu, who transferred to Florida back in May.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2014, 09:17:52 pm
Vaughts' Views @vaughtsviews  ·  8h
The spot on SEC Network with UK putting shoes on kids’ feet is something that recruits’ parents have to love to see
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 08:32:33 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  Aug 17
Tyler Ulis is better than we ever imagined and it’s only August http://bit.ly/1t8hMQn  #BBN
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 08:32:46 pm
Christ⚡️Silva 10 @SilvaObame  ·  Aug 17
K-state, Villanova, S-Carolina, Seton Hall and Rhode Island will be the 5 school I will consider making my choice
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 06:51:48 am
Dave MatterVerified account ‏@Dave_Matter

Not sure if it has any bearing on commitment but I'm told Whitt visited Arkansas today.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 06:57:42 am
Austin Kim @AustinKKim  ·  9h

Just got a text from @JimmyWhitt33. He'll decide tomorrow and will choose between #Mizzou, Arkansas, #illini, SMU and Marquette.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 06:58:26 am
Jimmy Buckets @JimmyWhitt33  ·  7h

First day of school and I'm supposed to make one of the biggest decisions of my life.......😬🙉😂👌
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 10:18:16 am
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats 1m
[Finally] Scout rankings for 2014: 4. Karl-Anthony Towns, 11. Trey Lyles, 20. Tyler Ulis, 29. Devin Booker http://scouthoops.scout.com

All UK

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats 1m
Karl-Anthony Towns jumped 7 spots to No. 4 in the final Scout rankings. He finishes Top 5 in Rivals, Scout and 247Sports.

16. Devin Robinson, UF
44. Brandone Francis, UF
46. Alex Robinson, A&M
57. Elbert Robertson, LSU
58. Chris Chiozza, UF
59. Jakeenan Gant, MU
72. Namon Wright, MU
90. Temarcus Blanton, SC
100. Matthew Fisher-Davis, VU

CBS Sports' Parrish on Ulis: Wildcats are better when freshman point guard Tyler Ulis is on the court. (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24666603/kentucky-enhances-its-reputation-during-august-trip-to-bahamas)

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Gary Parrish
College Basketball Insider
Kentucky enhances its reputation during August trip to Bahamas
August 18, 2014 4:21 pm ET

John Calipari's team appears better (and deeper) than last year's Wildcats squad. (USATSI) John Calipari's team appears better (and deeper) than last year's Wildcats squad. (USATSI)

Relateds: Cats giving back | 2015 recruiting rankings: UK No. 28| Top 25: UK No. 1

The whole thing ended Sunday with a turnover that prevented Kentucky from returning to the continental United States with a perfect record during what, for television purposes, became known as the Big Blue Bahamas trip. So that wasn't ideal. But the shorthanded Wildcats were still impressive while compiling a 5-1 record over a span of eight days against mostly grown and reputable professionals, and it's now hard to imagine any reasonable person voting anybody other than John Calipari's team as the preseason No. 1.

Did you watch the games?

If so, you recognized the overwhelming talent Kentucky displayed even without the services of Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles, both of whom missed the exhibitions while recovering from injuries. If not, no worries. Because I watched them for you. Every minute that was televised, I saw. And my main takeaway is that something I previously thought might be true now seems absolutely true -- specifically that the Wildcats are better when freshman point guard Tyler Ulis is on the court.

"Kentucky has tied it up, and Tyler Ulis is the primary reason," ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said during the first half of Sunday's telecast. Later, after Ulis sank a runner just before halftime, Dave Neal, the play-by-play man, asked a simple question: "What hasn't he done?"

Ulis averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 20 minutes per game on the trip while shooting 60.0 percent from 3-point range, meaning his per-40-minute averages were 15.4 points, 8.0 assists and 2.6 steals. Even more notable is that the staff had Ulis on the court in crunch time of both close games, which suggests he could be one of UK's most important pieces even though he's hardly the most heralded member of this freshman class.

"He was good," Calipari told reporters afterward...

The reporters with UK in the Bahamas all agreed that Kentucky's best lineup will eventually feature Ulis playing alongside both Andrew and Aaron Harrison, which is an indication that Calipari's challenge of trying to find proper minutes for his incredible group of frontcourt players might be more difficult than most anticipated.

Every minute Ulis plays alongside the Harrisons is a minute the Wildcats will be utilizing a three-guard lineup rather than a three-big lineup, meaning it's hard to envision a scenario where Poythress, Lyles, Cauley-Stein, Karl Anthony-Towns, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee all get the minutes they'd probably prefer.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 10:52:29 am
John Clay @johnclayiv  ·  2h

Bahamas rewind: Devin Booker http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2014/08/19

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The true freshman came to UK with the reputation of being a knock-down shooter and certainly showed a shooter’s touch during the team’s open practices preparing for the Bahamas trip.

Once on the island, however, Booker never could quite find the range. He made just 11 of 32 shots overall. In three of the games, Booker was just two-of-13 from the floor.

Despite his overall shooting woes, Booker did shoot the ball well from three-point range, hitting six of 14 from behind the arc.

Booker also showed a somewhat surprising knack for coming up with steals...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 12:24:49 pm
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  13h

Jaylen Brown: Nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect likely to delay college decision http://on-ajc.com/1oVYwj8

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Jaylen Brown, Georgia’s highest-ranked college basketball prospect in five years, is leaning toward waiting until after his senior season at Wheeler High School to make his college decision.

“I’m probably not going to sign or commit until after basketball season,” Brown told D1Circuit’s Alec Kinsky.

The 6-foot-7 small forward moved up from the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect to the No. 2 spot after a sizzling summer on the AAU circuit, per the 247sports.com composite rankings.

Scout.com has Brown rated at No. 1 nationally.

Which college is the favorite to sign Brown? He hasn’t named any leaders but Kentucky, UGA, Georgia Tech, Kansas and UCLA appear to be around the top of the list. Brown hinted that he may come out with a top 10 list very soon.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 05:10:23 pm
Austin Kim @AustinKKim  ·  2m
Jimmy Whitt picks Arkansas

Whitt says he really likes his strong relationship with Mike Anderson and his staff. Anderson was Mizzou's former coach.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvbwaVlIMAArehJ.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 05:31:15 pm
Gabe DeArmond @GabeDeArmond  ·  20m
Whitt says Kim Anderson told him he respected the decision and wished him luck in the future

Whitt said he committed early to avoid stringing coaches along

Whitt said he sees himself as a combo guard for Arkansas

Whitt said Mizzou is a great school but "I just felt it in my heart" that Arkansas was the place
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 05:38:13 pm
Dave Matter @Dave_Matter  ·  9m
Jimmy Whitt says final choice came down to Arkansas & Missouri. Had nothing but good things to say about Kim Anderson.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 05:52:40 pm
Austin Kim @AustinKKim  ·  23m
For MU fans, Whitt said his relationship with Kim Anderson was stronger than his relationship with Frank Haith. Said MU made strong case
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 06:04:04 pm
Jimmy Buckets @JimmyWhitt33  ·  25m
“@ByronBundyGSM: This kid @JimmyWhitt33 is so well spoken and well put together” Thank you for noticing!
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 06:59:45 pm
Sports Illustrated Wire: Point guard Jimmy Whitt commits to Arkansas (http://www.si.com/college-basketball/2014/08/19/point-guard-jimmy-whitt-commits-arkansas)

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Jimmy Whitt, a highly touted point guard from Columbia, Mo., announced on Twitter Tuesday that he has committed to Arkansas…

Whitt, who is 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, is the first player in the class of 2015 to commit to Arkansas.
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Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2014, 05:56:14 am
When last we saw the sophomore from Texas, Aaron Harrison was winning white-knuckler NCAA Tournament games with long and dramatic shots. Aaron’s three-pointer from the deep corner helped send Rick Pitino and Louisville packing. Aaron’s dagger of a three knocked Michigan out of the Midwest Region final. Aaron’s last-second bomb wiped out Wisconsin the national semifinal.

No such stakes in the Bahamas, but Harrison showed he hasn’t lost his perimeter game as he hit nine of 20 shots from behind the arc. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2014/08/20/big-blue-bahamas-rewind-aaron-harrison)
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Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2014, 02:18:04 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  22h

Ole Miss is going to host Indianapolis guard Kyle Guy for the Alabama game, and then Indy center Joey Brunk for Tennessee weekend.

Both are 2016 prospects Todd Abernethy got Ole Miss involved with. Here's what I wrote about them this summer. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2014/06/18/ole-miss-basketball-recruits/10740813/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2014, 02:26:05 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  24h

Caleb Swanigan, who has a great relationship with UK's Slice Rohrssen, doesn't plan on making a decision anytime soon http://bit.ly/1pLD1X8

Swanigan moved up to No. 8 in the latest Scout rankings. @EvanDaniels calls him "a versatile offensive threat"

Swanigan has drawn early comparisons to NBA star Zach Randolph (as did Julius Randle)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 22, 2014, 12:04:22 pm
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  44m

Chris Clarke, 2015 4-star wing from Va. Beach, has #Vols among finalists. Along w/ UConn, Florida, Iowa St, Creighton, Minnesota, Va Tech
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 22, 2014, 12:08:03 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  1h

Tyler Davis is a heck of a pick up for Texas A&M. He played his way into our top 25. Big, strong & physical post w/ toughness. Can score too

6-10, 270 Plano C is ESPN's 21st ranked player in the '15 class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 22, 2014, 12:10:48 pm
Tyler Davis @tyler34davis  ·  1h

I am very excited and blessed to say that I am officially committed to the university of Texas A&M🙌🏀💯 #GIGEM

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bvp11n-CcAAQglx.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2014, 08:41:57 am
Here's some of those Top 100 recruits from the '08 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

11 SF Scotty Hopson 6-5/180  (University Heights Academy) Hopkinsville, KY  UT via MS
17 PF  JaMychal Green 6-7.5/205  (St. Jude HS) Montgomery, AL  Bama
20 SF  DeAndre Liggins 6-6/180  (Brewster Academy) Wolfeboro, NH  Kentucky 
25 C   Kenny Kadji 6-10/255  (IMG Academy) Bradenton, FL  Florida -> Miami
26 PF  Trey Thompkins 6-8/220  (Norcross HS) Norcross, GA  Georgia
29 C   J'mison Morgan 6-9/265  (South Oak Cliff HS) Dallas, TX UCLA via LSU NLI -> BU 
30 PF  Eloy Vargas 6-9/220  (American Heritage School) Plantation, FL  UF -> jc -> UK
34 SF  Tony Mitchell 6-6/185  (Swainsboro HS) Swainsboro, GA  Bama dismissed
35 SF  Darius Miller 6-6/185  (Mason Co HS) Maysville, KY  Kentucky 
49 PF  Romero Osby 6-8/230 (Northeast Lauderdale HS) Meridian, MS  MSSt -> OU
60 PF  Terrance Henry 6-9.5/185  (Carroll HS) Monroe, LA  Mississippi 
61 PF  Allan Chaney 6-8/220  (New London HS) New London, CT  Florida -> VaTech
65 PF  Steve Tchiengang 6-8/225  (Montverde Academy) Montverde, FL  Vanderbilt
66 SF  Ray Shipman 6-5/204  (Pace HS) Pace, FL  Florida ->
67 SF  Murphy Holloway 6-7/185  (Dutch Fork HS) Irmo, SC  Ole Miss -> SC -> OM
68 PF  Delwan Graham 6-7/210  (Dunwoody HS) Dunwoody, GA  LSU -> juco -> Jax'ville
79 PG  Andrew Steele 6-3/195  (John Carroll HS) Birmingham, AL  Alabama 
82 PF  Lance Goulbourne 6-7/215  (The Hun School) Princeton, NJ  Vandy
94 C   Philip Jurick 6-11/255  (East Ridge HS) Chattanooga, TN  UT -> juco -> OkSt
95 SG  Brad Tinsley 6-3/190 (Oregon City HS) Oregon City, OR  Pepperdine NLI -> Vandy
100 SF  Renaldo Woolridge 6-8/205  (Harvard-Westlake School) N Hollywood, CA  UT -> USC   

Of the SEC players, where are they now?
Hopson was '11 1st Team Coaches All-SEC and '09 Freshman All-SEC. Left UT after Jr. season. On the 19 man Houston Rockets roster with PBev and Terrence Jones.

Green was '11 1st team and '12 2nd team All-SEC. On the 18-man roster of the Champion Spurs.

Liggins was '11 All-SEC Defensive Team. Left UK after Jr. season. Has played in the NBA. Was '13 D-League Defensive Player of the Year at Sioux Falls where he returns in '14-15.

Thompkins was '10 and '11 1st Team All-SEC. Left UGa after Jr. season. After seasons with the LA Clippers, Trey is playing in a Russian pro league.

Tony Mitchell was '11 2nd Team All-SEC; '10 All-Freshman Team. Dismissed from Bama in '12 for conduct detrimental to the team. '13 D-League Rookie of the Year, plans to play '14-15 for a pro team in Italy.

Darius Miller was '12 SEC Sixth Man of the Year. Played four years at UK. Currently on the Pelicans 14 man roster where serves as a mentor for Anthony Davis.

Henry was '12 Second Team All-SEC. Played '13-14 in France.

Tchiengang helped Vandy win the '12 SEC Tournament over UK. Signed with a Romanian team for '14-15. The Cameroon native started a literacy foundation for kids in the Nashville area.

Shipman was '10 SEC Scholar-athlete of the year and let go at Florida.

Holloway helped Ole Miss make the '13 NCAA-T.  Tried out for the NFL Ravens and the NBA but did not get on.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2014, 01:31:34 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  13m
#Auburn basketball's 2015 recruiting class cracks top 10 in national rankings http://ow.ly/AFfZd

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The Tigers' 2015 recruiting class is now ranked ninth in the country after landing pledges from Danjel Purifoy Friday and Horace Spencer today.

Spencer's commitment moved the Tigers up 27 spots in the rankings, as the Tigers trail just eight programs: Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State, Louisville, Florida, Duke, Washington and UCLA.

Purifoy and Spencer are both four-star prospects that carry plenty of hype. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Purifoy is the nation's No. 11 small forward and No. 56 overall player in the 247Sports Composite. Spencer, a 6-foot-8, 215-pounder, is ranked as the No. 12 power forward and No. 57 overall prospect.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 26, 2014, 02:24:01 pm
Dave Matter @Dave_Matter  ·  4h

Former MU commit MT @jeffborzello UTEP signee Chris Sandifer failed to qualify, will enroll at Chipola JC (Fla.) || http://cbsprt.co/1tCBEL0
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 27, 2014, 03:44:06 pm
Rivals finally releases new rankings for the Class of 2015 (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/27/rivals-releases-new-rankings-for-the-class-of-2015)

LSU commit Ben Simmons is number one.

A&M big man commit Tyler Davis is #27.

Jimmy Whitt is currently SEC #3 at #50.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2014, 06:31:26 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  10h

RT @Diamond_Stone33 My Top 5 (No Specific Order) 1. Maryland 2. Duke 3. Wisconsin 4. Oklahoma State 5. UConn

No SEC
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 30, 2014, 07:01:57 pm
All SEC Team of last five years of players who were not Top 100 Recruits

Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – ’10 2-star NR PG, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla. (SEC POY)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 01, 2014, 12:47:50 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  1h
2016 star Jayson Tatum has cut his list to 10: Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mizzou, UNC, Saint Louis, UConn, Wake Forest.

A little surprised that Florida did not make the top 10 for Jayson Tatum, who is very close to former Gators star Brad Beal.

The 6-foot-7 wing player is the No. 1 player in the class of 2016
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 04, 2014, 06:34:27 am
 Sporting News NCAAB @sn_ncaab  ·  16h

... Scouting reports of @tsnmike's Top 25 HS players? http://bit.ly/1nxdwEU


Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Diamond Stone and Chase Jeter top the Sporting News 2015 Top 25 Rankings …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 04, 2014, 08:54:56 am
 Hoops Hype Canada @HoopsHypeCA  ·  12h

OFFICIAL: #1-ranked 2016 in N. America Thon Maker joining @AI_Academy for 2014-15' season multiple sources have confirmed with @HoopsHypeCA



Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  12h

Thon Maker headed to high school in Canada. Now we'll see if he winds up re-classifying into '15, and/or tries to bypass college altogether.

I feel badly for Thon Maker. Seems like a TREMENDOUS kid and so talented, but his "people" have given him little to no stability.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 06, 2014, 08:58:50 am
Larry Blunt @CoachBlunt  ·  16h

Excited to announce that Thon Maker & Matur Maker will be attending Orangeville Prep at Athlete Institute for the 2014-15 basketball season.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 07, 2014, 07:29:19 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Sep 5

RT @JonRothstein 2015 SG Malik Beasley has committed to Florida State, source told @CBSSports. Big time get for Leonard Hamilton.


Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Sep 5

Dwayne Bacon, a five-star wing, tells Scout that he has committed to Florida State.


Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Sep 5

With the addition of Dwayne Bacons & Malik Beasley tonight, Florida State now currently has the No. 5 recruiting class in the country.


Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Sep 5

That's three top 100 prospects today. Only 43 of the top 100 is still available. Who is next?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 09, 2014, 09:42:00 am
Here's some of those Top 40 recruits from the '09 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

2  PG John Wall             Word of God       Kentucky
3   C  DeMarcus Cousins  Le Flore Magnet  Kentucky
7  PF  Renardo Sidney  Fairfax      Mississippi State (b/4 and after a long route)
15 SG Kenny Boynton     American Heritage  Florida
17 C  Daniel Orton      Bishop McGuinness  Kentucky
37 PG Eric Bledsoe        Peter Parker         Kentucky

Island Storm @islandproball  ·  2h

Welcome Renardo Sidney to the Storm family for the upcoming @NBLCanada season! @CanBallReport @EurobasketNews


Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA  ·  Sep 5

Suns' Bledsoe remains final RFA on market. Agent has held firm on max contract or no deal. He couldn't get Bledsoe an offer sheet elsewhere.



Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  Sep 8

Awesome RT @kris_milner: Euro journalist to DeMarcus Cousins: "Do you know where Slovenia is?" Cousins: "No, do you know where Alabama is?"
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 10, 2014, 01:06:53 pm
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  15h

UGA lands two in-state prospects for basketball http://on-ajc.com/1qfE0AA

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UGA’s basketball team picked up two early commitments for its 2016 class on Tuesday.

The two future Bulldogs are shooting guard Jordan Harris of Seminole County High School and combo guard Tyree Crump of Bainbridge High School.

Both prospects are high school juniors.

The 6-foot-4 Harris is rated as the higher of two, listed as a 4-star prospect in the 247sports composite rankings. He reported offers from Florida State and Michigan State, among others.

The 6-3 Crump is rated as a 3-star and also claimed offers from Florida State, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

UGA has one commitment for 2015, point guard William Jackson of Athens Christian...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 10, 2014, 06:02:21 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  Sep 9
New NBA Draft Big Board from @chadfordinsider: 3. Karl Towns, 14. Willie Cauley-Stein, 28. Alex Poythress http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft/mock …

Aaron Harrison is No. 34 on Chad Ford's NBA Draft Big Board. No Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles or Marcus Lee in top 35.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 11, 2014, 08:28:25 pm
http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/class/2016/order/true

Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  10h
Jayson Tatum is new No. 1 in ESPN's rankings for 2016. (Also No. 1 in Scout & 247 rankings) http://bit.ly/1CWbHLz

4. Marcus Monk, Bentonville
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 12, 2014, 01:04:28 pm
SEC official explains origin of rare rule that restricts JUCO recruiting (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24705505/sec-official-explains-origin-of-rare-rule-that-restricts-juco-recruiting)

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I wrote a column earlier this week about a little-known rule that prevents SEC progams (sic) from recruiting a certain type of prospect -- specifically an academic non-qualifier who subsequently graduates from a junior college without spending at least three semesters at the junior college from which the prospect ultimately earns an associate degree.

Shortly after posting the column, I heard from two former SEC coaches who claimed that rare restriction absolutely cost them prospects...

Greg Sankey, executive associate commissioner of the SEC, told me that the rule was implemented in 1993 and has been modified twice -- first in 2008, then again in 2012. But the gist of the rule has forever been what I described in the column, and the reason behind it is that the SEC determined long ago that non-qualifiers who become JUCO-to-JUCO transfers simply do not go on to graduate at the four-year level with much frequency.

"Over time we've learned the graduation rate at the four-year level diminishes greatly the more frequently an individual transfers, and [prospects] at the junior-college level [who are] non-qualifiers are very much negatively impacted by those transfers when they're looking to graduate [at the four-year level]," Sankey said. "The rates are extremely low."

Beyond that explanation from Sankey, multiple sources told me that, back in the early 90s, well before Sankey joined the league, the SEC believed some of its programs were manipulating the junior college system, and this rule was designed to help stop that. On some level, it undeniably has. But it's still a wildly unpopular rule with SEC coaches, and I'm told all 14 men's basketball coaches would vote to lift the restriction if it were put to a vote.

I asked Sankey if he agrees with that assessment.

"I won't project what the vote might be," he said. "But my intuitive sense doesn't disagree."

That said, don't expect the restriction to be lifted any time soon...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 15, 2014, 04:08:34 pm
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  Sep 13

UConn just landed in-state big man Steve Enoch -- top 100 player. Good pickup for Kevin Ollie and his staff.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 15, 2014, 09:58:40 pm
After committing to Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino in early September, five-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney has decommitted from Louisville.

The final six in Blakeney’s recruiting process was Louisville, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, Oregon and USC. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/15/five-star-shooting-guard-antonio-blakeney-decommits-from-louisville)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 16, 2014, 12:05:54 pm
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  3h

#UGA Mark Fox visited with basketball star Jaylen Brown on Sunday: http://on-ajc.com/1nZ2FDL

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Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect and a 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High met with UGA’s Mark Fox on Sunday, along with coaches from Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA last week.

Brown has set up two official visits for next month, to Kentucky and Kansas.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 16, 2014, 12:25:55 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  3h

Emmanuel Mudiay has signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour.


Former #1 from the Class o' '14.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 17, 2014, 07:26:40 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  4h

Malik Newman's team is allowed to play only 2 events outside of Mississippi this season. They chose Kentucky for both http://bit.ly/1mbOHDh

Hoop Fest highlights for this year include Malik Newman vs. Thon Maker, Diallo vs. Oak Hill, Bragg vs. Derrick Jones

Newman's team was invited to all the national showcases. "We just felt more comfortable with the (Kentucky) ones.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 20, 2014, 10:45:15 pm

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  8h

Larry Johnson's son, Lasani Johnson, a scoring guard from Bishop Dunne High in Dallas, has committed to Stephen F Austin, source told ESPN.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 21, 2014, 01:15:13 pm
John Calipari apparently made a strong impression on Isaiah Briscoe and his family during a home visit Thursday night, and the Wildcats are in line to receive an official visit from the nation's top senior point guard — probably late next month.

George Briscoe said Calipari and assistants Barry Rohrssen and Kenny Payne visited with the family for 2½ hours, "but there wasn't a dull moment" during a "very impressive" talk in which Calipari explained what he expects from his players and how he holds them accountable. (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/recruiting/2014/09/20/john-calipari-makes-impression-isaiah-briscoe-dad/15971893)

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"What was great that he said is it's a team concept there," George Briscoe told The Courier-Journal. "There's nine or 10 McDonald's All Americans there, and if you're an individual who thinks you're going to come in and take 17 or 18 shots and be the guy, Kentucky's not for you. We went over all those things, which was great, because those are good things you want to go over. You want Isaiah to realize, 'Well, this is how it is.' "

George Briscoe had spoken to Calipari on the phone multiple times, but Thursday was the first time they met in person. He said the idea of having Calipari mentor his son "is definitely appealing" and that playing at UK could be an exciting challenge for Isaiah, whose goal is to play only one year of college ball before being drafted into the NBA.

"Cal seems like he's a straight shooter," the elder Briscoe said...

Briscoe is rated No. 6 overall and No. 1 at his position by 247Sports.com...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2014, 10:41:22 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  15h

FSU & Leonard Hamilton are killin it. Already have 3 big wings - 6-5, 6-5 & 6-6 - and now a 7-4 C in 2015. Some schools have 0 2015 commits.

(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ByLynAHCIAAgbXd.jpg-large-563x1000.jpeg)
Florida State commitment Christ Koumadje standing next to a 5 foot tall Florida State fan.  (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/picture-of-the-week)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2014, 09:43:45 am
As one of the elite prospects in the 2015 class, Stephen Zimmerman has his choice of the top college basketball programs.

The 7-foot native of Las Vegas will be taking visits soon after hosting in-home visits, but according to a report from Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Zimmerman will decide in the spring and won’t sign a Letter of Intent.

Zimmerman’s mother, Lori Stevens, confirmed as much with Daniels. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/23/report-five-star-2015-center-stephen-zimmerman-will-wait-until-spring)

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But first come official visits for the No. 10 prospect in the Rivals 2015 rankings as Kansas (October 10), Kentucky (October 17) and UCLA (October 24) host Zimmerman over three weekends straight weekends.

Zimmerman’s final official visit will be to the campus Arizona on November 7. It should be noted that Zimmerman’s list also includes Indiana, North Carolina, Notre Dame and UNLV.

This is really a smart decision for Zimmerman and his family to make. With personnel changes, coaching moves and all sorts of other factors, why not decide until late? We’ve even see college coaches flirt with NBA jobs deep into summer months, so not signing a binding Letter of Intent is also a good move.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2014, 01:18:33 pm
Could Jaylen Brown follow Emmanuel Mudiay’s footsteps overseas?

Mudiay is the first big time NBA prospect to take his talents overseas after high school since Brandon Jennings, a top five player in the 2008 class. Jennings is doing just fine today. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/could-jaylen-brown-follow-emmanuel-mudiays-footsteps-overseas)

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Jaylen Brown is one of the youngsters open to the idea of following Mudiay’s footsteps overseas. Brown recently told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, “It’s starting a new culture.”

“A lot of guys are talking about if they could do that, they would,” Brown told Daniels. “There are a lot of things coming up that could be on the table for some guys. Everybody is interested and everybody is watching to see how he’s going to do and how it’s going to work out.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 25, 2014, 11:16:39 am
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  23h

If u can get guaranteed $3M for playing overseas for 1yr, why would any elite prospect play NCAA basketball? http://on-ajc.com/1B5h9rH
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 26, 2014, 10:23:33 am
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  Sep 25

Michigan State has picked up arguably the best pure shooter in country in senior Matt McQuaid. Huge get for Izzo and Sparty. HUGE.


SEC needs to get some shooters.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2014, 06:44:33 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  21h
Ty Hudson, a top 100 player in 2015, just verbally committed to Clemson, per a source.

Ty Hudson, Scout's No. 12 PG, commits to Clemson | Story: http://foxs.pt/1CwusUS  pic.twitter.com/NRFBpYh7mV
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 01, 2014, 11:54:12 am
Randy Rosetta retweeted
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  2h

The next question is how does Jawun Evans' commitment to Oklahoma State impact talented big man Elijah Thomas? They are close.


Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  1 hour ago

Heck of a pick up for Travis Ford. Jawun Evans has elite end-to-end speed. Arguably fastest in HS basketball. No. 3 PG & five-star player.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 03, 2014, 09:04:08 am
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  18h

Skal Labissiere --> RT @OneBigHaitian Wow time flies... in about a month I will be making my college decision. Came a long way
http://bit.ly/1uheNGg

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Skal Labissiere tweeted Thursday that he will be making his college decision “in about a month.” It’s expected to come in time for the early signing period, which is Nov. 12-19.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Haiti took official visits to UK, North Carolina and Georgetown last month. He’ll be at Tennessee this weekend and Baylor next weekend before wrapping up his series of trips with an unofficial visit to hometown Memphis at the end of the month.

Scout.com ranks Labissiere as the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2015.

Memphis is now considered the heavy favorite in his recruitment.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2014, 10:28:42 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  2 hours ago
Kerry Blackshear just committed to Virginia Tech, per a source. Significant pick up for Buzz Williams & his staff.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 08, 2014, 11:16:30 am
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  3 hours ago

Once a UK target RT @clintjackson1: Woke up to a text from Doral Moore. He has verbally committed to Wake Forest.


4-star C
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 09, 2014, 11:58:33 am
Wichita State turns up the heat in its recruitment of 2016 four-star guard Quentin Goodin. An assistant for the Shockers paid him a visit on Tuesday.

Goodin, 6-2, 165-pounds out of Campbellsville (Ky.) Taylor County High School, is ranked No. 89 by 247Sports and No. 102 in the 247Sports Composite.

He recently visited Florida and has Crystal Ball picks for the Gators along with Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville. Kentucky and Louisville, however, have not offered.  (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Wichita-State-watches-four-star-guard-31857523)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 10, 2014, 01:03:52 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  5 hours ago

There are 13 players still available in Scout's 2015 top 30. At least 10 of them will be on college visits this weekend.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2014, 11:26:08 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  6 hours ago
Matur Maker -- Thon's brother -- can really run the floor. Races end to end. Plays with great energy too.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 13, 2014, 08:35:24 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  9 hours ago
Just 26 players in Scout's 2015 top 100 are uncommitted. 10 of the top 15 are still on the market.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 13, 2014, 09:23:41 pm
Thon "Highlight" Maker’s guardian explains why going pro overseas isn’t that easy (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/13/thon-makers-guardian-explains-why-going-pro-overseas-isnt-that-easy)

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Emmanuel Mudiay’s decision to skip college and spend his mandatory one season in China has sparked a flurry of speculation over whether or not that path is one that’s replicable for elite prospects in the Class of 2015 and beyond.

When you look at the numbers involved with Mudiay’s decision to turn pro — a seven-figure deal with the Guandong Southern Tigers and an apparel deal with Under Armour — it’s not hard to figure out why, either. If avoiding that one season in NCAA purgatory doesn’t hurt a player’s NBA Draft standing, long-term potential or their ability to earn money off of endorsements, than why play for free when it’s possible to play and get paid?

Because, frankly, it’s not that simple. In some cases, skipping college would a) hurt draft standing, b) hinder long-term potential and c) limit future endorsement money.

Thon Maker is a top five recruit in the Class of 2016, but there is all kinds of speculation regarding his future. Will he reclassify? Will he try to go pro straight out of high school? His guardian, Ed Smith, broke down some of the decision-making process...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2014, 08:38:50 am
Mom of Bishop Gorman 7-footer in town for UK's Bluegrass Madness open practice

Lori Stvns ZimmerMoM @VegasBballMom  ·  10 hours ago

The entire coaching staff met us at the airport! Thank you @UKCoachCalipari #BBN

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0Hid1mCYAAf0x1.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 18, 2014, 09:08:12 am
Steve Jones @SteveJones_CJ  ·  12 hours ago
After Pitino's comments last week, we did a long analysis of which recent recruits wore which shoes in AAU. http://cjky.it/1tAnvRX
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 20, 2014, 09:32:44 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Bragg Talks Kentucky Visit, Possible Package With Brown & Ingram http://zagsblog.com/articles/bragg-talks-kentucky-visit-possible-package-with-brown-ingram/ …

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Carlton Bragg enjoyed his unofficial visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness and is still considering a potential package with fellow 2015 studs Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram.

“Still talking about it [with] Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown,” Bragg told SNY.tv Saturday.

As first reported by SNY.tv, the trio had a similar conversation last week on their trips to Kansas.

The 6-foot-8 Bragg from Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph is down to Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and Illinois. He visits UCLA Oct. 31 and plans to visit Illinois at some point, but has no date set.

As for his experience at Kentucky, Bragg said, “It was great. I was blown away. I mean, it was crazy.”

Michael Graves, Bragg’s mentor, made the trip with Bragg and said the highlight may have been when the recruits all walked out onto the floor on Friday night.

“When we walked on the court, all the recruits and the families, when we walked to our seats we got a standing ovation from the crowd and that really set the tone for the event,” Graves said. “We had been sitting outside for about an hour and they were getting a little antsy but once you start walking out on the floor and you could hear the crowd and they showed us on the big screen, that was a really, really special moment.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 20, 2014, 10:02:47 am
Emmanuel Mudiay played his first two preseason games with the Guangdong Southern Dragons last week, playing well in the opener but struggling his second time out.

In the first game, Mudiay finished with 20 points, five assists and three turnovers, shooting 7-for-12 from the floor... (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/20/former-nba-guard-says-emmanuel-mudiay-handled-himself-well-in-first-game-in-china)

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Pooh Jeter, a former NBA point guard that played against Mudiay in China: “He handled himself pretty well. He wasn’t scared. I was happy to see that. It was his first preseason game. He came out there and just played basketball. It’s a big help to have, his mom was there and his brother and cousin, having them in the crowd I bet it made it feel easier.”

His second time out wasn’t quite as successful, however, as Mudiay finished with just seven points and fouled out.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2014, 02:14:21 pm
Gary Parrish @GaryParrishCBS  ·  1 hour ago

Failed drug test aside, Florida’s Chris Walker remains on track for a breakthrough season. And he needs one. Column: http://goo.gl/15Oa4D

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Chris Walker closed his high school career as a consensus top-10 national recruit, a projected future lottery pick and with the honor of being the first player to ever lead tiny Holmes County High to a state championship in Florida.

He had 30 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks in that title game.

Most expected Walker to then do three things:

    Play one year at Florida.
    Enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
    Sign a contract worth millions of dollars.

Instead, here are the three most notable things Walker's done since high school:

    Served a 12-game suspension for academic and amateurism reasons.
    Spent 35 minutes per game on the bench for a Final Four team.
    Been suspended three games for a "violation of team rules."

That latest suspension will be served at the start of this season; it'll be one exhibition and two real games. And though Florida officials didn't disclose the issue at hand, sources told CBSSports.com it's the result of a second school-administered failed drug test for marijuana that automatically triggered a suspension equal to 10 percent of the schedule.

(FYI: Whenever you hear about a college hooper being suspended for multiple games to start a season, it's typically the result of failed drug tests. Keep that in mind going forward.)

So, clearly, things have not gone as planned for Chris Walker.

He's been, to date, the most disappointing prospect from the Class of 2013 -- proof being that four of the prospects ranked ahead of him (Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker) are already in the NBA, as are four prospects who were ranked below him (James Young, Noah Vonleh, Joel Embiid, Tyler Ennis)...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 22, 2014, 02:14:14 pm
2014-15 SEC Media Preseason All-SEC Team

First Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis - Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.

Michael Frazier II - Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.

Aaron Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas

Jordan Mickey - LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas

Jarvis Summers - Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC

Charles Mann - Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.

Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.

Andrew Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas

Alex Poythress - Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.

Karl-Anthony Towns - Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

SEC Player of the Year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2014, 02:42:59 pm
SEC Commits in the 2015 ESPN 100

1. Ben Simmons   PF Melbourne, AUS; Montverde Academy  LSU
20. Tyler Davis     C  Plano West                                    A&M
29. Elijah Thomas  C  Lancaster, TX                                A&M
35. DJ Hogg        SF Plano West                                    A&M
42. KeVaughn      SG North Little Rock                             UF
44. Chas Matthews SG Chicago St Rita                            UK
54. Noah Dickerson PF Atlanta; Montverde Academy          UF
55. Horace Spencer PF Warminster, PA; Findlay Prep          AU
64. Admon Gilder  SG Dallas James Madison                      A&M
67. Danjel Purifoy SF Centerville, AL; Hargrave Military Aca. AU
68. Jimmy Whitt   PG Columbia Hickman                           Ark
76. Kevarrius Hayes C Live Oak Suwannee                        UF
78. Donta' Hall     PF Luverne, AL                                   Bama
96. Chris Silva     PF Roselle Catholic                               SC
100. Keith Stone SF Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran            UF

(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae259/zdadthrice/Pistolas/Keith-Stone-Deer.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 26, 2014, 02:47:29 pm
Among the 2015 ESPN 5-stars:

5 of 18 have given verbals including Simmons to LSU.

The following have at least one SEC school on their list

2. Jaylen Brown, 6-7 Alpharetta SF

3. Malik Newman, 6-3 Jackson,MS SG

5. Ivan Rabb, 6-10 Oakland PF

6. Diamond Stone, 6-10 Milwaukee C

7. Cheick Diallo, 6-9 New York State PF

8. Caleb Swanigan, 6-8, 275  Ft. Wayne C

10. Stephen Zimmerman, 7-0 Bishop Gorman C

11. Skal Labissiere, 7-0 Memphis Lausanne Collegiate C

12. Brandon Ingram, 6-8 Kingston, NC  SF

13. Isaiah Briscoe, 6-3 Union, NJ Roselle Catholic PG

14. Antonio Blakeney, 6-4 Orlando Oak Ridge SG

16. Thomas Bryant, 6-10 Huntington Prep C

18. Carlton Bragg, 6-9 Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph PF

Top uncommitted 4-star:

21. PJ Dozier, 6-8 Columbia SC PF [has SC on his list]
 
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 26, 2014, 03:43:12 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  8 hours ago
Isaiah Briscoe Trims to 3 Schools http://zagsblog.com/articles/isaiah-briscoe-trims-to-3-schools/ …

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The 6-foot-3 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard cut his list Saturday to St. John’s, Kentucky and UConn. ESPN.com first reported the news.

Missouri and Seton Hall were among the schools cut.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 28, 2014, 11:50:02 am
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  5 hours ago

Central Florida has landed a commitment from 7-foot-5 big man Tacko Fall, sources told ESPN. Picked UCF over Georgetown, Ga Tech, Wake.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 28, 2014, 12:34:52 pm
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  3 hours ago

College programs that have each had 2 players leave early who are not in NBA over last 3 years: Texas, UK, Nova, NC St., Ark, Ohio St., UNLV
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 28, 2014, 12:52:56 pm
Seth Davis @SethDavisHoops  ·  17 hours ago

Kentucky's Derek Willis might be the best 12th man in college basketball history.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 29, 2014, 11:25:01 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2 hours ago

How Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) proved he's the best big man in the #NBA in the #Pelicans' 2014-2015 opener http://ow.ly/DvVob

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The 6-foot-10, 220-pound former Kentucky standout almost messed around and got a triple-double in leading his team to an easy 101-84 victory...

Davis scored 26 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and came up with nine blocks while playing only 36 of a possible 48 minutes...

Davis at the top of the 2011 class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2014, 07:15:36 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  8 hours ago
Jarvis Summers is a consensus top 100 guy nationally, so I wrote some words on how he finally became properly rated. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2014/10/30/ole-miss-jarvis-summers-underrated/18175787/ …

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Ole Miss' senior guard was named to the preseason All-SEC team last week, and also received votes for player of the year. In the last week he's appeared on three separate lists of the top 100 players nationally: CBS Sports (No. 92), SB Nation (79) and ESPN (96).

Coming off a junior season in which he averaged 17.3 points and 3.8 assists, Summers is finally earning the recognition that has been a long time coming. Since the moment Summers stepped on campus in 2011 he's been a driving force behind Ole Miss basketball, even if no one noticed.

He was the quiet freshman point guard on a decent team with a couple of big personalities (Murphy Holloway and Terrance Henry specifically), and then was lost over the last two years behind the force of nature that was Marshall Henderson. Coach Andy Kennedy repeatedly said it last season: Summers, not Henderson, as the team's best player. No one outside of Oxford listened, because Henderson was the show.

3-star PG out of Jackson, MS
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2014, 09:56:20 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  6 hours ago
There are 22 top 100 players in 2015 still available. Here's a breakdown of all 22: http://foxs.pt/1tqeibG
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2014, 09:59:02 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Oct 30
Today we extended our 2017 rankings from a top 15 to a top 50. Check it out: http://foxs.pt/106ULm2 

2017 Top 50 (http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=9&c=4&cfg=bb&pid=88&yr=2017)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2014, 01:53:29 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2 hours ago
Mudiay Goes for 18 in Chinese Debut; Marbury Drops 32 in Win http://zagsblog.com/articles/mudiay-goes-for-18-in-chinese-debut-marbury-drops-26-in-win/ … @joshua_newman @vinparise
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2014, 08:46:30 am
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  23 hours ago
NCAA has cleared talented Arizona 7-foot freshman Dusan Ristic, source told ESPN. Pro talent
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2014, 08:48:59 am
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  19 hours ago
Top 5 picks in today's D-League Draft: 1. Robert Covington 2. Elliot Williams 3. Erik Murphy 4. Carrick Felix 5. Ben Hansbrough

Other first-rounders for the D-League Draft today: Marquis Teague, Chane Behanan, Eloy Vargas, Michael Dunigan, Brady Heslip.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2014, 11:16:05 am
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  19 minutes ago
Indiana sophomore Devin Davis' speech is normal and he has the use of all extremities, per Hoosiers spokesman. Great news.

IndianaMBB @IndianaMBB  ·  24 minutes ago
Sunday Morning Update on Devin Davis http://www.iuhoosiers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2014, 07:04:41 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  11 minutes ago
Karl Towns looks terrific. His progression over the past year has been significant. He'll contend for the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2014, 09:12:48 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  21 hours ago

Update on every available top 100 prospect | Story: http://scouthoops.scout.com/story/1475199-hoops-where-are-the-top-recruits-going …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2014, 02:55:17 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  4 hours ago

DraftExpress considers Jaylen Brown, Diallo, Newman, Rabb, Briscoe and Brandon Ingram to be Top 10 NBA picks for 2016 http://bit.ly/10zSu3d

DraftExpress has 9 UK players among the top 43 NBA prospects for 2015 draft. Ulis is only "platoon" member not listed...


Bobby Portis is #18 on the 2015 list of top NBA prospects.

http://www.draftexpress.com/rankings/Top-100-Prospects
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 07, 2014, 12:37:57 pm
Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress  ·  Nov 4

Its early still, but only 11 guys (3 non top-10) from the vaunted 2014 draft class seem to be rotation players so far

Click to temporarily enlarge:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1nPeBJCEAAmp1a.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2014, 09:50:14 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  23 hours ago
Last few weeks St. John's has been the rage for Isaiah Briscoe (http://foxs.pt/1x9kubX ). Buzz shifting back to Kentucky. Decision soon.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2014, 09:50:36 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Nov 7
The initial Signing Period begins next Wednesday. 22 of Scout's top 100 are still available. I'm expecting decisions from 4. Possibly 5.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2014, 10:08:58 pm
College basketball recruiting roundup (http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2014/11/8/7177751/college-basketball-recruiting-roundup-isaiah-briscoe-kentucky-st-johns)

Isaiah Briscoe
Jaylen Brown
Tyus Battle
Diamond Stone
Antonio Blakeney
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 10, 2014, 07:47:22 pm
Both Evan Daniels and John Martin, a columnist and producer for 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis, have sources that say Skal will pick Kentucky, with the latter citing an interesting reason why: the Tempur-Pedic beds in the Wildcat Coal Lodge. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/could-uks-tempur-pedic-beds-seal-the-deal-with-skal)

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Tempur-Pedic, a Lexington-based company, outfitted the Lodge with its memory foam mattresses when it opened in the summer of 2012, and all of the new dorms on campus have them.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 11, 2014, 06:05:50 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  6 hours ago
Hot Board: What's the latest on the 22 available top 100 prospects? | Story: http://foxs.pt/1B2LcWm 
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 12, 2014, 05:01:59 pm
Gary Parrish @GaryParrishCBS  ·  2 hours ago
AAU coach tells @CBSSports that Skal Labissiere’s guardian asked for advice on how to profit off prospects. Story: http://goo.gl/r5cjX3

This is true. RT @GoodmanESPN: @GaryParrishCBS Nice job. Also been told NCAA has already begun to build a file on Skal and his recruitment.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2014, 11:33:22 am
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  29 minutes ago

RT @SEC_Craig: 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Preseason Teams Announced http://www.secsports.com/article/11869559/2015-preseason-all-sec-teams …

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its 11th annual men's basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Thursday, tipping off another great season of SEC men's basketball.

Eleven different schools are represented on the two teams with Kentucky having five selections while Florida and LSU each had two selections. In all, 29 different players received votes for the coaches' teams.

The coaches' preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC Head Men's Basketball Coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

All 14 SEC teams officially tip off the 2014-15 campaign this weekend, beginning with 11 teams hitting the court Friday night. Conference play is set to begin on January 6 and the 2015 SEC Tournament will be March 11-15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

A list of the 2015 SEC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows:

First Team All-SEC
Dorian Finney-Smith - Florida, F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.
Michael Frazier II - Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
Aaron Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Andrew Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas
Damian Jones - Vanderbilt, C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Charles Mann - Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Jordan Mickey - LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Bobby Portis - Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Jarvis Summers - Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC
Alex Caruso - Texas A&M, G, 6-5, 184, Jr., College Station, Texas
Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
KT Harrell - Auburn, G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Jarell Martin - LSU, F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Alex Poythress - Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Josh Richardson - Tennessee, G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Sindarius Thornwell - South Carolina, G, 6-5, 215, So., Lancaster, S.C.
Karl-Anthony Towns - Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2014, 07:11:52 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  1 hour ago

Since 2010, the top player in New Jersey has bolted for the Bluegrass 3 times: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Karl-Anthony Towns Isaiah Briscoe
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2014, 02:40:28 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  7 minutes ago

Parrish says plenty more about Gerald Hamilton, timing of his latest story, what's next for UK/Skal, NCAA stuff, etc. http://bit.ly/1vdIZnP

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“Skal is the best. I’ve never heard anybody say a bad word about him. I think he’s smart, thoughtful, genuinely kind. And even the people who have been wronged in this recruitment – the folks at (Evangelical Christian School), the Team Penny situation – even the people who hate the way Gerald Hamilton has handled things, those people still think the world of Skal and want nothing more than what’s best for him. And I’m in that. I hope that he is talented enough to overcome all of the bad situations that Gerald has put him in. Because Gerald has already cost him the opportunity to win a state championship as a senior, the opportunity to be a McDonald’s All-American, the opportunity to be the Tennessee state Gatorade Player of the Year. He’s going to go through an extensive NCAA investigation because of what Gerald Hamilton’s done. Nothing because of what he’s done. And I think that’s shameful and embarrassing. And I hope he’s able to overcome all of it, and then someday look back and recognize what Gerald is. And see through some of the stuff that maybe a 17-year-old can’t see through.”

“Basically, you get the kid’s signature on a national letter of intent and then you turn it over to compliance. And then you cooperate with the NCAA. And you encourage Gerald Hamilton to cooperate with the NCAA. And then they’ll find what they find. Or they’ll find nothing. But it is very rare for a recruit to be ruled permanently ineligible. Remember, the reason Enes Kanter was ruled permanently ineligible isn’t because of runners or AAU stuff or anything Kentucky did. It was because he was a professional athlete in another country. And once you’re a professional athlete in another country, you can’t be an amateur athlete here. I know it’s more complex than that, but that’s the simple answer."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2014, 08:56:54 am
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  10 hours ago
Skal on his guardian: "I'm so thankful for you. I know people... talk bad about you. But just know I have your back."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2014, 11:51:38 am
Eric Adelson @eric_adelson  ·  3 hours ago

Fun meeting 7'6" Tacko Fall today. He'll head to UCF next year to play hoops and study engineering.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2ptQkXIUAAQfZC.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2014, 02:59:44 pm
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  2 hours ago

Seven from the #SEC named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 http://www.secsports.com/article/11892337/seven-sec-athletes-named-wooden-award-preseason-top-50 …  (Bobby Portis photo at link)

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Karl-Anthony Towns along with Florida's Michael Frazier II, LSU's Jordan Mickey and Arkansas' Bobby Portis were named to the list.

Kansas (Alexander, Oubre, Jr., Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden, Jr.) and Kentucky (Cauley-Stein, the Harrison twins, and Towns) lead the honors with four players apiece.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2015 John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's. The Wooden Award National Advisory Board will select 25 players for the midseason list in early January. The leading candidates will be further pared to 20 in early February. Fifteen top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA will be placed on the ballot and submitted to voters prior to the NCAA Tournament and voting will take into account play during the opening rounds of the tournament. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2014, 03:00:39 pm
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  3 hours ago

Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers named #SEC Player of the Week

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2014, 03:01:31 pm
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Kentucky's Trey Lyles named SEC Freshman of the Week

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2014, 02:47:20 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Nov 15

EJ Montgomery, one of the best I've seen in 2018, took an unofficial to Auburn yesterday. Watched their game. Sister plays at Auburn.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2014, 07:30:32 pm
Jason King on Willie Cauley-Stein's comments about his self-doubt and insecurity: (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/willie-cauley-stein-opens-up-to-jason-king-about-his-insecurity)

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“The main thing I took away from it is he’s not at all impressed or pleased with his performance in the first two years at Kentucky and he knows he’s predicted as a high draft pick and all, but he thinks he’s grossly underachieved. I think the quote that stood out to me the most was ‘I don’t think I’m nearly as good as a lot of people think I am or at least I haven’t shown it yet.’

He kind of thinks this is the year where ‘Hey, if I’m going to live up to all of this hype, this is the year I’ve got to do it. There are no more excuses, I’m not a project anymore like I was as a freshman and I can’t go through those bouts of inconsistency like I did as a sophomore.’ It’s time to put up or shut up and Willie’s inched toward that ceiling that everyone wants him to reach so bad.”

Jason says Willie’s insecurity goes all the way back to his recruitment, when he said he almost didn’t want to get on the plane to visit Lexington because he was thinking, “Do I belong at Kentucky? My god, I’m on the visit with Nerlens Noel!”. Because Willie didn’t spend his childhood on the AAU/EYBL circuits like his teammates and has a wide variety of interests outside of basketball, Jason says he thinks Willie’s always doubted himself a little bit.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2014, 03:12:44 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2 hours ago

On Barry "Slice" Rohrssen, Isaiah Briscoe, Tyus Battle, Alec Baldwin & Glengarry Glen Ross http://zagsblog.com/articles/kentuckys-slice-paying-immediate-dividends-as-a-recruiter/ …

Kentucky’s ‘Slice’ Paying Immediate Dividends As a Recruiter

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NEW YORK — Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello remembers last spring when Barry “Slice” Rohrssen, always stylishly dressed, strolled into the New York City Catholic League playoffs while he was still on the staff at Pittsburgh.

“He walked into the CHSAA Brooklyn-Queens games and there was not one player who could play at Pittsburgh,” Arbitello told SNY.tv. “Not one.”

“Without a doubt, he’s the most well-respected coach I know,” said Arbitello, whose team has won three New York State Federation titles and four New York City Catholic crowns since 2010.

Slice, a Brooklyn native, was given his nickname by legendary Five Star Basketball guru Howard Garfinkel when Rohrssen played at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Legend has it that Rohrssen couldn’t shoot and kept slicing to the basket.

He went on to help build a pipeline form New York City to Pittsburgh under Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon, and later became the head coach at Manhattan.

Rohrssen, 54, was critical in Kentucky’s successful recruitment of Isaiah Briscoe, the No. 1 player in New Jersey in the Class of 2015. And he’s also a key contact point in Kentucky’s recruitment of Tyus Battle, Jersey’s No. 1 player in the Class of 2016.

Rohrssen has a fascinating background. In addition to his coaching history, he has also acted in various movies. He appeared briefly in the 1992 classic Glengarry Glen Ross in which Alec Baldwin’s character Blake utters these famous lines when discussing a sales contest:

“As you all know first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired. Get the picture? You laughing now?”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2014, 10:19:30 am
Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  22 hours ago

Florida lists Jacob Kurtz as starting pf v La. Monroe. Sophomore F Chris Walker will make season debut off bench #Gators


Walker is a former top 10 recruit
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2014, 11:40:40 am
Courtney Cronin @CourtneyRCronin  ·  3 hours ago

STORY: Rick Ray strikes again, landing Mississippi's top junior in 2016 with a commitment from Darius Hicks. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/recruitingreport/2014/11/21/darius-hicks-commits-mississippi-state/19334113/ …

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Quitman's Darius Hicks committed to the Bulldogs Friday morning, joining three-star shooting guard D'Marcus Simonds from Georgia as Mississippi State's two 2016 commitments.

The Bulldogs 2016 class is now ranked third nationally per 247Sports.

The a 6-foot-7 power forward is a four-star prospect and also the top-ranked junior in the state of Mississippi.

Hicks was the only underclassman on the 2014-15 Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen and chose Mississippi State over offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, among others...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 22, 2014, 01:00:47 pm
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  17 hours ago
Top 10 player Ivan Rabb told ESPN earlier today that Cal is definitely in his top three right now.


Cuonzo and John.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 22, 2014, 01:05:25 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  16 hours ago
Ivan Rabb's mom tells me he still has a top 5 of Cal, UCLA, Arizona, UK and KU. Rabb told Goodman Cal was in his Top 3.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 22, 2014, 08:34:01 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  5 hours ago
2016 @HuntingtonPrep F @MilesBridges01 tells @SNYtv he 'really liked' his Kentucky visit w/ 2015 big man Thomas Bryant.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2014, 11:50:24 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Nov 22

National Prep Showcase: Auburn signee Danjel Purifoy has three threes in first half. If these start going with consistency, it's going to really round out his game.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2014, 03:43:33 pm
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  4 hours ago
.@AlabamaMBB's Levi Randolph named SEC Player of the Week

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Madison, AL SG was the 30th overall player in ESPN's Class of '11 rankings (4-star)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 25, 2014, 08:14:52 pm
Dan Dakich @dandakich  ·  6 hours ago
Recruiting rule of thumb..when mommys are active on twitter/newspaper articles... Run away..don't look back..kid ALWAYS disappoints

Lori Stvns ZimmerMoM @VegasBballMom  ·  5 hours ago
Any speculation of a top 3 is just that, SPECULATION. 5 visits, 5 schools on list. Sources outside of our family are just guessing. Have fun
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2014, 11:03:10 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  10 hours ago
On the blog: In today's chat, ESPN's Chad Ford says Devin Booker could "work his way into the 1st round" of NBA Draft http://bit.ly/1y2aQZk
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2014, 08:17:31 am
If YouTube video views are any indication, the most famous high school basketball player in the world is coming to Lexington this weekend.

Thon Maker has been a phenomenon on the prep circuit for years, long enough to inspire a library of online highlight mixtapes that have been seen a total of nearly 10 million times.

People are watching because few have seen anything like him — a 7-foot-1 player who can pass, shoot, block shots, run the floor and give defenders fits with ball-handling skills that at times make him look more point guard than post player. (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/11/26/3561010_thon-maker-2016s-no-1-basketball.html)

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Rivals.com ranks Maker as the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2016. ESPN had him in the same position until his recent decision to leave the United States and play for Orangeville Prep, an emerging program based in Ontario. (ESPN does not rank "international" players).

Maker, who will play Friday and Saturday in the Bluegrass Showcase at Paul Laurence Dunbar, was pursued by the top prep schools in the United States after spending the past two seasons at The Carlisle School in Virginia.

He declined the traditional powers and joined up with Orangeville, which is tied to the Athlete Institute basketball academy and offers some off-the-court developmental programs not seen at many other schools.

The perks include a nutritionist and full-time strength and conditioning coach — exactly what Maker needs to take his game to the next level.

His guardian, Edward Smith, said...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2014, 09:04:16 am
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kentucky.com
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 29, 2014, 09:54:42 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  3 hours ago
Thon Maker to Decide on Reclassing by January, Could be Top Pick in 2016 http://zagsblog.com/recruiting/thon-maker-to-decide-on-reclassing-by-january-could-be-top-pick-in-2016/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2014, 10:54:46 am
Columbia MO Buzz @ColumbiaMOBuzz  ·  1 hour ago

Whitt scores 42 to lead Hickman boys basketball team to win in Arkansas: Jimmy Whitt had a double-double, tallying… http://dlvr.it/7gx9hS
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2014, 11:00:01 am
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  14h 14 hours ago

NEW: John Calipari watched Jayson Tatum and Malik Monk in Arkansas tonight. Both had monster games http://bit.ly/15LhxDo
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2014, 08:56:15 pm
Thon Maker @Thon_Maker  ·  3 hours ago
Kentucky has a big atmosphere. Beautiful place with a professional coaching staff. This is where pros came before their profession #UK🏀
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2014, 09:13:28 pm
coach T @Thomas10L  ·  20 minutes ago
I witnessed three of the best high school b-ball players play.bentonville Arkansas Saturday night. Jimmy Whitt, Malik Monk and Jason Tatum.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 02, 2014, 08:00:46 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  7 hours ago
All 10 of UK's "platoon" players are mentioned in ESPN's Top 100 NBA Draft prospects rankings. http://bit.ly/12kX5Xu
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 05, 2014, 12:38:20 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  6 hours ago

Thon Maker on Brink of Reclassifying, Would Impact 2016 NBA Draft http://zagsblog.com/articles/thon-maker-on-brink-of-reclassifying-would-impact-2016-nba-draft/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2014, 08:25:17 am
Here's some of those Top 50 recruits from the '12 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:
 
C  1   Nerlens Noel       Tilton School      Kentucky
SF 7   Alex Poythress  Clarksville, TN NE  Kentucky
SG 14 Archie Goodwin   Sylvan Hills        Kentucky
SF  25 Devonta Pollard Kemper County, MS  Bama
PG 43 Braxton Ogbueze Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy  Florida
C  48  Willie Cauley-Stein Olathe NW        Kentucky

His payday:

Kentucky remains undefeated with a 63-51 win over No. 6 Texas on Friday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington. It’s the second double-digit win over a top-10 team this season for the Wildcats. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/05/no-1-kentucky-remains-unbeaten-with-63-51-win-over-no-6-texas)

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Willie Cauley-Stein had his hands all over Friday night’s win and put the final stamp on the victory, completing an alley-oop pass from Andrew Harrison [Sports Center Top 10 play].

Cauley-Stein finished with a great stat line of 21 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and three blocks.

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2014, 10:23:25 am
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  11 hours ago
UK signee Skal Labissiere signing autographs for the kids ...

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Skal Labissiere says he is not even considering going overseas next season. Says he is "100 percent" going to be at Kentucky.

Gerald Hamilton says he shared with UK "everything that we though might be a possible conflict with the NCAA."
UK's response: "Is that all?"

Gerald Hamilton on UK's response to possible NCAA issues w/ Skal: "I just got the vibe that, 'Hey, you don't have anything to worry about.'"

Gerald Hamilton says the NCAA is already looking at Skal. "They have a right to do their job." Says he and UK not worried about eligibility.

NEW: Skal Labissiere's guardian talks after tonight's game at Hoop Fest. “We don’t have anything to hide.” http://bit.ly/1w8JH6M
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2014, 10:40:03 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  5 minutes ago
Halftime: Orangeville Prep 40, Callaway 38. Malik Newman has 25 points for Callaway. Thon Maker with 3 points for Orangeville

Malik Newman had 4 three-pointers, 4 two-pointers and 5 free throws in the first half. Scoring from all over.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2014, 10:42:54 pm
Brian Rice @FTSPD4305  ·  29 minutes ago
@NextCats  Malik Monk with a monster dunk tonight!

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 07, 2014, 01:35:54 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  15 hours ago
Here's video of that Malik Monk dunk from tonight. http://instagram.com/p/wSdCrqm8g6/  Big-time UK recruit for 2016. Cal watched him last week.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 10, 2014, 12:25:15 pm
Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins  ·  3 hours ago

Malik Newman and Callaway come out on top in 2nd game vs. MSU commit Quinndary Weatherspoon and Velma Jackson http://on.thec-l.com/1D7Q0uG
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2014, 01:18:15 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  3 hours ago

On the blog: UK target Ivan Rabb plays against No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons tonight on ESPN2. Two future lottery picks. http://bit.ly/1AoxQPr

LSU's Simmons
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 13, 2014, 12:20:09 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  11 minutes ago
Halftime links: New video of 2016 PG Derryck Thornton; Friday results for Matthews, JBrown, Bragg, ZImmerman, Bryant http://bit.ly/ILFf7c
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 16, 2014, 07:59:16 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  10 hours ago
Top b-ball links: Q&A with Antonio Blakeney; Another big dunk from Malik Monk; 2017 star already has lots of interest http://bit.ly/ILFf7c

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2014, 12:10:28 pm
Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello  ·  2 hours ago

Thon Maker on whether going overseas for a year before the NBA is an appealing option for him: "No. Not at all." http://es.pn/1qXbXal

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Don’t expect Thon Maker to be the next Emmanuel Mudiay.

Ever since Mudiay announced he was going to play professionally in China instead of attending SMU, there has been debate whether the star guard was starting a trend.

In Maker’s case, it appears unlikely.

“No. Not at all,” Maker said when asked if playing overseas for one season was an appealing option.

Maker, a 7-foot center who now plays at Orangeville Prep in Canada, is a five-star prospect in the class of 2016. He was born in the South Sudan before moving to Australia for seven years. When Maker began playing basketball, he moved to the United States and has attended multiple high schools since arriving in the States.

Because of his unique skill set and immense potential, Maker is a likely lottery pick whenever he decides to enter the NBA draft. But he made it clear he wants to spend time in college before making that move.

“I’ve been watching college ball for awhile, and it just causes me to think about that, reclassifying,” Maker told ESPN.com. “So I can get ready for college ball. But so far it’s been, ‘Get ready, get ready, get ready. Have your body ready.’ So as soon as I decide whether I’m reclassifying or not, I’m finally playing college ball – not [just] watching it.”

...Maker has visited Maryland, Kansas, Missouri, Duke, Kentucky and Louisville, while Indiana is among the other schools in pursuit.

As for the possibility of reclassifying, Maker said he would know more in January – when his semester ends and he can assess how much more work he would have to do...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2014, 02:30:47 pm
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  5 hours ago

#ICYMI: UK's Cauley-Stein now widely projected a top-10 pick. What NBA folks are saying about his soaring stock: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2014/12/16/kentuckys-willie-cauley-stein-nba-draft-stock-quickly-rising/20505973/ … …

 Michael DeCourcy @tsnmike  ·  5 hours ago

NBA scouts tell @KyleTucker_CJ Cauley-Stein stock soaring. Averaging 7 shots per game. Yeah, kids, it's all about touches.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2014, 07:12:07 pm
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo  ·  4 hours ago
Ouch.

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2014, 08:40:12 pm
HoopSeen @hoopseen  ·  29 minutes ago
Of the schools in the Jaylen Brown race, Mark Fox of #UGA is the only head coach here seeing the five-star Peach State stud. #CityOfPalms

5-star '15 Alpharetta SF is consensus top two in the class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 20, 2014, 09:05:08 am
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  16 hours ago
VIDEO - The @SECNetwork's @Darrin_Horn ranks his top five #SEC men's basketball players so far this season: http://www.secsports.com/video/12050463/darrin-horn-top-5-sec-players …

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 21, 2014, 10:42:07 am
Jerry Tipton: Recruiting-rich Chicago draws renown for its unknowns (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/12/20/3603900/uk-basketball-notebook-recruiting.html)

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Recruiting is an art, not a science. For all the bloviation, ratings and parsing of efficiency ratios, sometimes you just can't project how good a player can be.

Arguably, two of the best players to come out of the Chicago area were unheralded. One was Anthony Davis [the number one rated prospect in the Class o' '11.]

Taylor Bell, who first covered an Illinois State Tournament in 1959 (the year John Calipari was born), said Davis was a relative unknown.

"Even for people here in Chicago," he said. "We didn't give him a whole lot of shrift."

Of course, Davis had a remarkable growth spurt, which, uh, elevated him into prominence. But playing for a new school, Perspectives Charter, helped cloud Davis in mystery.

"Certainly not one of the high-profile schools," Taylor said. "It was a new charter school that nobody heard of or knew where it was, for goodness sake. They didn't even have a gym. No one had any clue on this kid, really."

The consensus was Davis was posting great numbers. "But he's playing for nobody," Taylor said. "Wait till he plays against some of the Simeons and the Westinghouses.

"Obviously, everybody was proven wrong with his development."

The same is more or less true for George Mikan, the NBA's first dominant big man...

Bell said Kevin Garnett, who played only one high school season in Chicago, is the best player he's seen... Then there's Quinn Buckner. "My all-time favorite," Bell said, "as a person, a player and a leader."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 22, 2014, 07:13:18 pm
KT Harrell was ESPN's #90 in the 2010 class:

Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  11 hours ago
Auburn’s KT Harrell has been named SEC Player of the Week

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Devin Booker was ESPN's #18 in the 2014 class:

Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  11 hours ago
Kentucky’s Devin Booker has been named SEC Freshman of the Week

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 22, 2014, 07:37:44 pm
Corey Evans @coreyevans_10  ·  10 hours ago
UNC and Florida here for 2016 Bentonville wing Malik Monk @ny2lasports
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2014, 09:21:22 am
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  10 hours ago
Hoops Notebook: #Vols coach Donnie Tyndall pushes back against Robert Hubbs chatter http://www.knoxnews.com/govolsxtra/basketball/donnie-tyndall-pushes-back-against-outside-expectations-for-robert-hubbs_13529993 …

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Ignore the points, Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall pleaded.

Sophomore guard Robert Hubbs had his best game of the season Monday, and it had nothing to do with him scoring a season-high nine in a 64-54 win against Mercer at Thompson-Boling Arena.

“I just had to go out there and be relaxed,” Hubbs said “Be in aggressive mode, whether that’s making my teammates better and just getting rebounds. Then my scoring comes later.”

When will the former five-star prospect, the one who picked the home-state Vols over Duke and UCLA, really show what he can do?

Will he?

The mention of “outside expectations” for Hubbs fires up Tyndall. He met with Hubbs about limiting such distractions before the season started. The coach was asked Monday how that is going. His answer, in full:

“The expectations for all these young guys that come out of high school highly ranked, it’s frustrating to me as a coach. You know, you look around the country, and guys who are ranking guys at certain levels — five stars, four stars, three stars. A lot of these guys have never dribbled a ball in their life. They wouldn’t know a star from a moon or a crater, let alone who can play and who can’t. I’m not trying to be offensive, but a lot of these guys are clueless. They don’t know.

“That doesn’t mean Robert doesn’t deserve his high ranking, or another guy doesn’t deserve his high ranking, but what that does is put a lot of undue pressure on a kid from a fan’s perspective, from maybe a hometown perspective, all those things. And it’s unfair. We’ve talked about it, Robert and I. Not a ton. But the only expectations that matter with Robert are his expectations for himself, and my expectations. And everyone else, no offense, they don’t matter. That’s it.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 25, 2014, 11:44:06 am
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  15 hours ago
Santa Willie out meeting kids tonight RT @awitajewski: was awesome tonight @THEwillieCS15 @KySportsRadio

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 28, 2014, 09:14:09 am
Feelings... Calipari's job after a huge road win is managing the feelings of his lead guards and the fan base.

Tyler Ulis was ESPN's #25 player in the '14 class and the #4 PG.  He was a 5-star.

Andrew Harrison was ESPN's #5 player in the '13 class and the #1 PG.

Ulis had the big game on the national stage against UofL. Those who have watched UK this year think he is the better PG.  Of course, UK has used a platoon system to alternate teams and this has been disrupted somewhat with a season ending injury to Alex Poythress.

John Calipari @UKCoachCalipari  ·  16 hours ago
Don’t overanalyze the game. It was a rough game. Don’t overanalyze individual players. They’re not machines and they’re not computers.

A. Harrison is averaging 22.4 mpg with 7.3 ppg and 4.2 assists to 2.2 turnovers. He is hitting 32% from treyville.

Ulis is averaging only 19.9 mpg with 5.8 ppg and 3.7 assists to 1.2 turnovers. His 3P% is 52.2% and hits 50% inside the arc. He does average 1.2 steals per game, trailing only Cauley-Stein in steals per 40 minutes.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2014, 12:46:05 pm
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  1 hour ago

Alabama’s Ricky Tarrant named SEC Player of the Week

Tarrant was a two-star PG in the class o' '11 out of Pleasant Grove

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2015, 11:23:35 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  16 hours ago
Chad Ford Says Harrison Twins Would Go Undrafted if NBA Draft Were Held Today; Okafor, Mudiay, Towns 1-2-3 http://zagsblog.com/articles/chad-ford-says-harrison-twins-would-go-undrafted-if-nba-draft-were-held-today-okafor-mudiay-towns-1-2-3/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2015, 09:24:49 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  3 hours ago
Simmons Talks Teaming Up With Blakeney at LSU http://zagsblog.com/articles/simmons-talks-teaming-up-with-blakeney/ …

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WHEELING W.V.- When Antonio Blakeney announced Friday afternoon that he had committed to LSU, there was only one person more excited than the fans. That would be Ben Simmons.

“That’s big,” Simmons told SNY.tv after a 100-79 win over Whitney Young in the Cancer Research Classic in which he went 11-11 from the field, scoring 26 points. “We were watching it before we came over here. That’s a big get for me, because I really know how to play with him. We play really well together, he likes to shoot the ball and I like to pass it. He’s always open around the three, so I like to find him.”

Not only are Simmons and Blakeney cohesive on the court, they also get along very well off the hardwood.

“We’re definitely cool,” said the 6-foot-10 Simmons,  who could end up as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. “We live close to each other [in Florida], so we’re friends. I see him a few times a week, so getting the chemistry now is good for us.”

Ranked No. 1 in the nation, Simmons teamed up with No. 17 ranked Blakeney during the summer on Each 1 Teach 1 Elite, leading them to the Elite 8 at Peach Jam.

When Blakeney announced his decision to head to Baton Rouge, he cited his relationship with Simmons to be a big reason why he chose LSU. Both players were recruited by LSU assistant David Patrick, Simmons’ Godfather...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2015, 06:38:53 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  7 hours ago
Former player says he worked the Kobe Bryant Academy camp: "He charges $750 there was no stations. There was absolutely no skill work."

College coach just called & said: "Kobe talks about profiting off kids, then takes kickbacks when they sign with his agent. Hypocritical."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2015, 10:05:31 pm
SEC Network @SECNetwork  ·  11 hours ago
Who are your top 5 #SEC players?

The season's first #DeansList (via @joedeanjr).

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2015, 10:11:29 pm
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  7 hours ago
The #SEC has announced its Men's Basketball Players of the Week: http://www.secsports.com/article/12123641/thornwell-lachance-earn-player-week-honors …

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2015, 09:06:47 pm
Jody Demling @jdemling  ·  1 hour ago
Taylor County ’16 G Quentin Goodin has just received an offer from the University of Louisville. @Goodin_3 @EvanDaniels
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2015, 09:33:21 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  19 hours ago

Feel bad for Carlton Bragg. Was visibly nervous. Didn't mean to say Kentucky, but said them as he put on a Kansas hat.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2015, 07:49:38 pm
Rob Dauster @RobDauster  ·  5 hours ago
Holy Malik Monk!!!

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2015, 01:57:37 pm
SEC Network @SECNetwork  ·  4 hours ago
Watch: @Darrin_Horn lists his Top 5 NBA prospects in the #SEC » http://bit.ly/1y2UfFC  #HornSoundsOff

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2015, 02:10:12 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  12 minutes ago
Jhalil Okafor is so talented. Great footwork for a big man and really soft touch. Has to be #1 pick
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2015, 09:58:13 am
Within a few weeks, the college basketball recruiting world will know whether top-ranked junior Thon Maker will remain in high school another year or reclassify and immediately become the hottest prospect available in the senior class.

Maker's guardian, Ed Smith, told The Courier-Journal Saturday night at McCracken County's Mustang Madness that Maker's semester at his Canadian high school ends on Jan. 28. They'll take a couple days to evaluate his grades and which courses he's lacking, then announce by the first week of February if he'll stay in the 2016 class or skip a grade, graduate this year and be eligible for college ball next season.
 (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/recruiting/kentucky/2015/01/11/thon-maker-will-decide-soon-reclassifying-john-calipari-watched-saturday/21593461)

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Smith said Maker, who has little else to prove basketball-wise on the high school level, will reclassify if his academic workload will allow it.

"We're going to push," Smith said. "At this stage, it's not that he's overdominating the competition – although he is dominating the position – but he needs to get in a higher-level type setting."

Presumably one level closer to making money.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2015, 07:30:36 pm
Steve Walentik @Steve_Walentik  ·  8 hours ago
Arkansas' Bobby Portis named SEC Player of the Week and Kentucky freshman Devin Booker named SEC Freshman of the Week.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2015, 03:06:08 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  2 hours ago

NEW: @DraftExpress gives us some observations on the Harrison twins' NBA Draft stock through 15 games this season http://bit.ly/14RItBf

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The most recent mock draft on DraftExpress.com has Andrew Harrison going with the 42nd pick and Aaron Harrison being selected No. 50 overall. There are 60 total picks in the NBA Draft.

The website ranks Andrew as the No. 53 overall pro prospect in college basketball, and Aaron is listed at No. 67. Some players positioned ahead of them in the rankings are not expected to enter the draft this year.

DraftExpress.com’s Jonathan Givony says NBA decision-makers want to see more from the twins as this season progresses.

“If they don’t start playing better, then that ranking might be optimistic at this point,” Givony told the Herald-Leader. “The assumption is that they’re going to start showing some potential, at least similar to what they showed in the NCAA Tournament last year. We really haven’t seen that yet. With the exception of maybe that one month, it’s been a fairly disappointing season and a half so far for them in college.

“I don’t think there’s any guarantees right now that either of them gets drafted if they continue to play the way they are.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2015, 04:52:38 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  27 minutes ago
Alabama, Auburn land 3 signees each on McDonald's All-American Game nominee list http://ow.ly/HkVSX

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2015, 05:20:44 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  6 hours ago
Rosters for the 2015 McDonald's All-American game will be announced on January 28th at 6:00 ET.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2015, 07:39:22 am
SEC players on the midseason top 25 watch list for college basketball's John R. Wooden Award for Player of the Year:

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7-0, junior
Jordan Mickey, LSU, 6-8, sophomore
Bobby Portis, Arkansas, 6-11, sophomore

Former SEC players on the watch list:

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga, 6-10, junior
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2015, 01:04:15 pm
College Basketball Preview: Top 30 freshmen

1. Andrew Wiggins

Kansas

Vitals: 6-8 | F

Comment: Is Wiggins going to average 20 a game? Probably not. But by the time conference play heats up, it's going to be clear the Canada native is the best player in the country. He's that good.


2. Julius Randle

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-9 | F

Comment: An absolute physical specimen, Randle has the ability to be unstoppable around the basket.


5. Andrew Harrison

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-5 | G

Comment: The next in a long line of tall, aggressive point guards under John Calipari, Harrison can get into the lane at will.


6. James Young

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-6 | G

Comment: It's hard to say a top-10 prospect was forgotten, but Randle and the Harrison twins have received most of the attention at Kentucky. Meanwhile, NBA scouts continue to fall in love with Young.


8. Aaron Harrison

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-5 | G

Comment: The lesser-heralded of the Harrison twins (even only by a little), Aaron might be the better pure scorer.


12. Jarell Martin

LSU

Vitals: 6-9 | F

Comment: If LSU is to make a run to the NCAA tournament this season, Martin will be a key reason.


13. Kasey Hill

Florida

Vitals: 6-1 | G

Comment: ... he's extremely athletic and quick...


16. Dakari Johnson

Kentucky

Vitals: 7-0 | C

Comment: Johnson won't start, as Willie Cauley-Stein is ahead of him in the pecking order. But there aren't many players Johnson's size who can get position on the block and then score consistently.


17. Robert Hubbs

Tennessee

Vitals: 6-6 | G

Comment: He didn't become an elite prospect until the spring after his junior year, but Hubbs has the ability to fill it up quickly


28. Bobby Portis

Arkansas

Vitals: 6-9 | F

Comment: The Razorbacks' first McDonald's All-American in a decade, it would be a surprise not to see Portis get big minutes immediately. He has a variety of skills and brings an impressive motor.


29. Damian Jones

Vanderbilt

Vitals: 6-10 | F

Comment: Head coach Kevin Stallings said Jones has a chance to be the best post player he's ever had

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24128683/college-basketball-preview-top-30-freshmen

SEC much better represented this season than they 10-12 years ago.

Others: Rysheed Jordan (St. John's), Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington), Zach LaVine (UCLA), Devin Williams (West Virginia), Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina), Chris Walker (Florida), Mike Young (Pittsburgh)

Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  Jan 12

Billy D on Kasey Hill's lack of perimeter shooting -- "it's a great opportunity for both of us to grow. I can help him, he can help himself.

Chris Harry @GatorZoneChris  ·  Jan 12

BillyD: Best players I've had go to NBA have had cardiovascular toughness. Walker has to get better there, starting w/practice. #Gators
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2015, 02:19:02 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  4 hours ago

ICYMI: Cheick Diallo Remains ‘Wide Open’ http://zagsblog.com/articles/cheick-diallo-remains-wide-open/ …

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Cheick Diallo, the 6-foot-9 forward from Our Savior New American on Long Island, remains “wide open” in his recruitment and is still considering Kentucky, Kansas, St. John’s, Iowa State and Pitt.

Expected to commit in late April...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2015, 02:37:18 pm
Some of those top 100 college basketball recruits in the 2015 class committed to SEC schools:

1.   Ben Simmons       PF  Monteverde Academy bwo Melbourne      LSU
11. Skal Labissierre     C   Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis   Kentucky
13. Isaiah Briscoe       PG  Roselle Catholic in Union, NJ                  Kentucky
14. Antonio Blakeney  SG  Oak Ridge in Orlando                            LSU
20. Tyler Davis            C   Plano West                                           A&M
21. PJ Dozier              PG  Spring Valley in Columbia, SC                SC
29. Elijah Thomas        C   Lancaster                                             A&M
35. DJ Hogg               SF  Plano West                                           A&M
42. KeVaughn Allen    SG  North Little Rock                                   Florida
44. Charles Matthews SG  St. Rita in Chicago                                 Kentucky
54. Noah Dickerson    PF   Montverde Academy bwo Atlanta            Florida
55. Horace Spencer    PF   Findlay Prep bwo Warminster, PA           Auburn
64. Admon Gilmer      SG  James Madison in Dallas                        A&M
67. Danjel Purifoy      SF   Hargrave Military bwo Centerville, AL      Auburn
68. Jimmy Whitt        PG   Hickman in Columbia, MO                      Arkansas
76. Kevarrius Hayes    C   Suwannee in Live Oak, FL                      Florida
78. Donta' Hall          PF   Luverne                                                Bama
96. Chris Silva          PF   Roselle Catholic in NJ                             SC
100. Keith Stone       SF   Zion Lutheran in Deerfield Beach, FL       Florida
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2015, 01:05:11 pm
Malik Monk goes for 50 points, wins a dunk contest at Bass Pro Tournament of Champions this weekend (VIDEO) (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/18/malik-monk-goes-for-50-and-wins-a-dunk-contest-at-bass-pro-tournament-of-champions-this-weekend-video)

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Five-star junior guard Malik Monk is having an outstanding stretch of recent play as he threw down a huge dunk late this week and also had a big weekend in Missouri at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions.

Monk had a 50-point performance in one game and also won the dunk contest at the annual event.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2015, 07:35:01 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  6 hours ago
Thon Maker announced today he is moving to 2015 class...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2015, 01:35:34 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  3 hours ago

...new ESPN player rankings for 2015. http://bit.ly/1Jf3Its

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/order/true
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2015, 02:08:26 pm
Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello  ·  5 hours ago

New ESPN rankings... 2015 top 100 • http://es.pn/Sr1OCp  2016 top 60 • http://es.pn/1qJswV3  2017 top 25 • http://es.pn/1oxE8Xp
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2015, 06:22:42 pm
NBA Scouts tells ZagsBlog the Harrison Twins should stay another year (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/scouts-tells-zagsblog-the-harrison-twins-should-stay-another-year/)

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“They both could use more time in college to grow their games,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “Truth be told, a lot of scouts like Ulis and Booker more. [The Harrisons] both have improved but another year will only benefit them.”

One NBA executive said of the twins: “They are unique because they are twins. If they were viewed as individuals without the UK politics, Ulis and Booker would be starting.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2015, 06:26:13 pm
Caitlin Swieca @CaitlinSwieca  ·  33 minutes ago
Michael Porter Jr. moves up to the No. 2 spot in ESPN's 2017 basketball rankings.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2015, 01:19:10 pm
Donald @dyaste  ·  Jan 21

Quentin Goodin put a Hart County defender on a post last night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6MGTxLA44A&app=desktop … @Goodin_3

Not a valid youtube URL
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2015, 01:22:55 pm
SEC Network @SECNetwork  ·  1 hour ago

Defense wins championships. Darrin Horn highlights his picks for the top defenders in the SEC. http://bit.ly/15g65yA

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2015, 01:44:40 pm
SEC players in MaxPreps' 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game roster predictions

Selections for the nation's most prestigious postseason showcase will be announced Jan. 28 (http://www.maxpreps.com/news/Th0bPdLsLU-KiO9pc-QT6Q/2015-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-all-american-game-roster-predictions.htm)

Antonio Blakeney, 6-3, G, Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) – LSU
Briscoe, 6-3, G, Roselle Catholic (N.J.) – Kentucky
Tyler Davis, 6-9, F/C, Plano West (Texas) – Texas A&M
Ben Simmons, 6-9, F, Montverde Academy (Fla.) – LSU
Elijah Thomas, 6-8, F/C, Lancaster (Texas) – Texas A&M

Eight others are undecided...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2015, 06:59:10 pm
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  7 minutes ago
#SEC basketball players named to USBWA Midseason Watch Lists: http://www.secsports.com/article/12218239/sec-players-named-usbwa-midseason-watch-lists …

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The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 17 outstanding players for its 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, including two players from the SEC.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky F

Bobby Portis, Arkansas F

The USBWA has also selected 14 outstanding first-year players for its 2015 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List, including three players from Kentucky.

The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient.

Devin Booker, Kentucky G

Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky F

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky G
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 03:51:13 pm
Alex Kline @TheRecruitScoop  ·  8 hours ago
2015 Bishop O'Dowd (CA) PF Ivan Rabb will take in the California-Arizona game tonight.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 10:09:14 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  15 minutes ago
On the blog: Latest update from @DraftExpress includes 7 UK players in the NBA Draft. Devin Booker now in the lottery http://bit.ly/15uoCYc

Portis is projected at 21.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2015, 01:13:07 pm
New Zealand basketball prospect Tai Wynyard committed to the University of Kentucky on Sunday.

Wynyard — a 6-foot-9 prospect — picked the Wildcats over Texas and Villanova. He visited those schools during a week-long trip to the United States earlier this month and had scholarship offers from all three programs.

He is expected to be a member of the recruiting class of 2016, though he told Scout.com on Sunday that he’s not sure when he’ll enroll in college and 2015 remains a possibility. Wynyard does not turn 17 years old until next month. (http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2015/01/25/new-zealand-basketball-prospect-commits-to-uk/)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2015, 03:55:24 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  6 hours ago
Kentucky Freshmen Booker, Lyles Now Among 5 Projected First-Round Picks From Undefeated Wildcats http://zagsblog.com/articles/kentucky-freshmen-booker-lyles-now-among-5-projected-first-round-picks-from-undefeated-wildcats-stanley-johnson-continues-to-climb/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 26, 2015, 11:19:35 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·   29 minutes ago

Kentucky's Devin Booker named SEC Freshman of Week for 3rd straight week, 4th time this season | http://ow.ly/HXG1u

Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  1 hour ago
Kentucky’s Devin Booker named SEC Freshman of the Week

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2015, 12:50:34 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  18 hours ago

Roy Williams will watch elite 2016 guard Malik Monk tonight, a source says.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2015, 12:51:22 pm
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  17 hours ago

One coach that has played Florida recently: "They are just like the rest of us." Chris Walker and Kasey Hill have not lived up to hype.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2015, 10:36:12 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  5 hours ago
Full McDonald’s All-American Rosters http://zagsblog.com/articles/kentucky-bound-isaiah-briscoe-uncommitted-cheick-diallo-lead-mcdonalds-all-american-selections/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2015, 07:26:28 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  10 hours ago
Scout's updated 2016 Top 100 | Harry Giles, Josh Jackson & Jayson Tatum lead the way | Story: http://foxs.pt/1Cjpiy5 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8m30iMIUAESKls.jpg:large)

4. Thon "Highlight" Maker
5. Malik Monk
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2015, 07:28:44 am
After winning five straight games to rebound from an 0-2 start to SEC play Georgia played its worst game of the season Saturday against South Carolina. Mark Fox’s Bulldogs shot 22 percent from the field, making just eight of their thirty-three two point attempts in the 67-50 loss, and the absence of starting forward Marcus Thornton contributed to their struggles. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/02/01/georgia-forwards-status-remains-uncertain-for-tuesdays-game-against-no-1-kentucky)

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Thornton (13.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg), who leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, remained home after suffering a concussion (he hit the floor hard as a result of a flagrant foul) in Georgia’s win over Vanderbilt last Tuesday night. The question now is whether or not Thornton will be available when the Bulldogs visit No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday.

Thornton’s father wasn’t sure as to whether or not Marcus would be able to return to the lineup for that game.

“I just don’t know,” Billy Thornton said. “It’s day-by-day. I just don’t have a good sense about it. It wouldn’t surprise if he wasn’t available for that game; it wouldn’t surprise me at all. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The Atlanta PF chose UGa over Bama, GaTech, and Tejas out of high school.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 02, 2015, 05:45:12 pm
KSTV @KSTV_Sports  ·  11 hours ago
A look at the new 2016 rankings and UK's recruiting with @EvanDaniels #BBN #WeAreUK http://buff.ly/16a1XAH 

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Evan Daniels from Scout.com joined KSTV this week to discuss the potential All-Americans that could be headed for UK this year, as well as update his new 2016 rankings.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2015, 09:15:24 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  3 hours ago

LSU Head Man Johnny Jones Watches Malik Newman http://zagsblog.com/articles/lsu-johnny-jones-watches-malik-newman/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2015, 09:30:53 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  1 hour ago

ICYMI: Kentucky-Bound Briscoe Headlines Nike Hoop Summit Team http://zagsblog.com/kentucky/kentucky-bound-briscoe-headlines-nike-hoop-summit-team/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2015, 02:04:50 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  3 hours ago

How much has Chris Walker's draft stock fallen? At one point he was a 1st-rounder in 2015 by @DraftExpress. Now? He's No. 37 in 2016
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2015, 01:44:24 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  32 minutes ago

7-footer Isaac Humphries has offers from Oregon, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Illinois and Utah. http://zagsblog.com/articles/2016-stars-jamal-murray-isaac-humphries-to-headline-basketball-without-borders-camp-at-all-star-weekend/ …

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Jamal Murray of Orangeville Prep (Ontario) and Isaac Humphries of La Lumiere (IN) are among the young international stars who will headline the first-ever Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp.

The camp will be held February 13-15 at Baruch College in Manhattan as part of NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City, and Nike will be the official partner. NBA scouts can attend the event.

The 7-foot Humphries holds offers from Oregon, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Illinois and Utah.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 06, 2015, 01:41:02 pm
Some of the Top Recruits who did not pan out with their SEC schools

2007
Jai Lucas     Top 20 5-10 PG Florida

Alex Legion  Top 30 SG    Kentucky

2008
Emmanuel Negedu  Top 25 F  Tennessee

2010
Enes Kanter  Top 25 Turkish C  Kentucky

2011
Dai-Jon Parker  Top 30 G   Vandy

2012
Devonta Pollard  Top 30 G-F  Bama




Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2015, 06:25:45 am
Only Seven UK players now projected for 2015 NBA Draft [DraftExpress.com] (http://ukrecruiting.bloginky.com/2015/02/06/seven-uk-players-now-projected-for-2015-nba-draft)

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The new mock draft includes Karl-Anthony Towns (No. 4), Willie Cauley-Stein (No. Eight), Devin Booker (No. 14) and Trey Lyles (No. 24) in the first round. Dakari Johnson (No. 31), Andrew Harrison (No. 49) and Aaron Harrison (No. 55) are considered second-round picks.

The website’s 2016 mock draft was also updated Friday, and top UK recruiting target Jaylen Brown is No. 1 on that list...

Other players of note in the 2016 mock draft include UK signee Skal Labissiere (No. 3), UK signee Isaiah Briscoe (No. 10), and current UK players Marcus Lee (No. 35), Tyler Ulis (No. 36) and Alex Poythress (No. 45). Several other UK recruiting targets are also mentioned as one-and-done players for the 2016 draft.

http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2015

20. Bobby Portis
47. Jarell Martin

http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2016

2.  Ben Simmons
37. Chris Walker
41. Jordan Mickey
46. Moses Kingsley
56. Alex Caruso
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2015, 05:47:42 pm
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  7 hours ago
Ole Miss’ Stefan Moody named SEC Player of the Week

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Moody was not rated out of Kissimmee in 2012.


Vanderbilt’s Riley LaChance named SEC Freshman of the Week

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LaChance was a 4-star PG out of Brookfield, WI. He was 96th in ESPN's '14 rankings.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2015, 09:05:32 pm
Courtney Cronin @CourtneyRCronin  ·  3 hours ago
Malik Newman named a semifinalist for 2015 Naismith Boys HS POY award http://www.maxpreps.com/blogs/maxwire-national-blog/BP3kUoCU5EStlsECJlE2hg/semifinalists-announced-for-naismith-boys-high-school-player-of-the-year-award.htm … Past winners include Kobe Bryant & LeBron James
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 11, 2015, 01:38:44 pm
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  32 minutes ago

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein and Arkansas’ Bobby Portis on Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 http://www.secsports.com/article/12310404/two-wooden-award-late-season-top-20 …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 12, 2015, 04:29:03 pm
Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list

The group will be finally narrowed to ten on March 6, four on March 22, and the winner will be announced on April 5. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/karl-towns-and-willie-cauley-stein-on-the-naismith-trophy-midseason-top-30-list)

Willie Cauley-Stein    Kentucky    Jr.    F    SEC
Jordan Mickey    LSU    Soph.    F    SEC
Bobby Portis    Arkansas    Soph.    F    SEC
Karl-Anthony Towns    Kentucky    Fr.    F    SEC
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2015, 09:37:19 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  36 minutes ago

No update on Thon Maker's reclassification decision, per his guardian Ed Smith, who is here in New York for All-Star weekend.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2015, 09:48:17 am
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  58 seconds ago

I think Ed likes himself some attention. RT @AdamZagoria: Ed Smith says 'probably next week' on a reclass decision for Thon Maker.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 16, 2015, 01:16:05 pm
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  2 hours ago

Portis, Towns earn SEC weekly honors http://www.secsports.com/article/12333397/portis-towns-earn-sec-weekly-honors …

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 16, 2015, 03:32:45 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  7 hours ago
Who are the best prospects in HS basketball, regardless of class? | Scout's Ultimate 100: http://tinyurl.com/m2r8vfd 

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No. 6 Ben Simmons | Class of 2015  LSU

No. 7 Skal Labissiere | Class of 2015  UK

No. 12 Michael Porter | Class of 2017

No. 13 Thon Maker | Class of 2016

No. 14 Malik Monk | Class of 2016

No. 18 Malik Newman | Class of 2015

No. 43 Isaiah Briscoe | Class of 2015  UK

No. 53 Antonio Blakeney | Class of 2015  LSU

No. 63 Tyler Davis | Class of 2015  A&M

No. 87 Elijah Thomas | Class of 2015  A&M

No. 90 D.J. Hogg | Class of 2015  A&M

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2015, 09:28:35 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  3 hours ago

See what 4 #SEC players are up for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award http://s.al.com/gCLh7ii

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Earlier this week, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 15 players on the watch list for the first ever Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year award and four came from the league schools. The number is three more than the Big 10 and Big East and one more than the ACC and Pac 12.

The quartet includes Arkansas' Bobby Portis, Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, LSU's Jarell Martin and Vanderbilt's Damian Jones.

Portis, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound sophomore is second in the SEC in scoring  behind Auburn's K.T. Harrell, averaging 17.7 points and fourth in the league with 8.6 rebounds. He's also good for 1.4 blocks and an assist for the No. 18 Razorbacks who are off to a 20-5 start.

Cauley-Stein...

In a related blast from the past, the Grammy Awards presented in 1989

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The Academy recognized hard rock music artists for the first time in 1989 under the category Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental, combining two of the most popular music genres of the 1980s. Jethro Tull was given that award for the album Crest of a Knave, beating Metallica...

Only Jordan Mickey from the SEC was nominated for PF of the Year.

AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  23 hours ago

Is #LSU's Jordan Mickey the best power forward in the country? Well, he's up for the award http://s.al.com/A44UW2S  #SEC
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2015, 01:47:13 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2 hours ago

Top 5 in 2016 remain the same per @DraftExpress : 1. Jaylen Brown @FCHWPO 2. Ben Simmons 3. Skal Labissiere 4. Diamond Stone 5. Malik Newman

No 10 - Thon Maker 11 - Cheick Diallo 14 - Isaiah Briscoe
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2015, 10:46:02 am
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  34 minutes ago

NBA Scouts: College is Best Route for Thon Maker http://zagsblog.com/articles/nba-scouts-college-is-best-route-for-thon-maker/ … @tsnmike @joshua_newman @jacklegwin

Would know.

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Where should Thon Maker spend the 2015-16 basketball season?

In the opinion of several NBA personnel, the 7-footer from Orangeville Prep (Ontario) who has been compared to Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett would be best served by going to college for at least a year, as opposed to playing professionally overseas.

“In my opinion he should go to college,” one NBA executive told SNY.tv. “It is a low-risk move. If he goes overseas you never know what kind of coaching he will get, what the strength program will be, etc. If he goes to college he is almost guaranteed to be coached well because of all of the top schools recruiting him, and those schools all have development programs in place. No guarantee of that anywhere else.”

Ed Smith, Maker’s guardian, previously told SNY.tv. that Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and Duke were among the schools recruiting the 17-year-old Maker the hardest, and that they planned to take several college visits after the re-class decision. He also mentioned UCLA, Wake Forest and Missouri. Maker Tweeted Wednesday that he was on track to graduate.

“He is a gifted offensive player who plays out on the floor who can also score in the post, which college coaches can coach better than low-post bigs,” one veteran NBA scout said of Maker. “His game will translate at the college level and he will get much more exposure in college. It’s a better environment for him.”

Smith said he also planned to meet with NCAA officials to go over any potential amateurism issues that might arise for Maker, who was born in South Sudan and has lived in Australia, the U.S. and now Canada, and played high school basketball in the States and Canada...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 21, 2015, 11:39:05 am
Alex Kline @TheRecruitScoop  ·  Feb 20
2016 MacDuffie (MA) PF Omari Spellman - a top-25 PF - announces he has committed to Villanova. First reported by @AdamFinkelstein.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2015, 11:22:29 am
http://zagsblog.com/articles/bob-cousy-award-finalists-named-2

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...16 finalists named Monday for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men’s collegiate point guard.

The 16 watch list finalists were trimmed from the original 35 candidates.

The SEC had no representative on the list.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2015, 11:36:17 am
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Harrison Sr.: "Ummmm, I don't know if I would say I was glad" twins returned to UK but "definitely worked out well." http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2015/02/23/father-knows-best-kentuckys-twins-turn-harrison-sr-games-need-boost/23914275/ …

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But sometimes, a kid in college just needs to be reassured by his father. And Aaron Sr. has now twice successfully steered his sons back from the brink. He has been back and forth from their home state of Texas to Lexington regularly this season.

He and the twins were planning to hit the gym together Monday night, in fact.

For critics who'll say – and the Harrisons know some will – that their father is too heavily involved or holds too much sway over his sons, consider: they might not be at Kentucky this season were that the case...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2015, 07:24:54 am
Greg Shaheen @gashaheen  ·  18 minutes ago

So, this happened last night. Ever seen one player close a game out with 30 points in 5 minutes? Amazing

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2015, 01:21:57 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  · 42 minutes ago
ICYMI: 20 NBA personnel credentialed for Kentucky today, including the Zen Master http://theknicksblog.com/knicks/phil-jackson-at-kentucky-for-two-days/ … via @theknicksblog

Phil Jackson attended Kentucky's practice Friday and is scheduled to be in attendance for the Arkansas game.

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  10 minutes ago
February wins at MSG:
St. John's - 3
The Beagle - 1
The Knicks - 1
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2015, 07:22:04 pm
LSU Basketball @LSUBasketball  ·  4 hours ago
Tim Quarterman with 18 PTS-10 REB-10 AST, LSU's 1st triple-double since @SHAQ 26 PTS-13 REB-11 BLK vs BYU on 03/19/92

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2015, 09:24:07 am
Chronicle Sports @chroniclesports  ·  2 hours ago

EXCLUSIVE: Rasheed Sulaimon subject of sexual assault allegations, Duke admin reportedly aware since Mar 2014: http://chron.it/1M3CxVz
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2015, 10:11:40 am
Doug Gottlieb @GottliebShow  ·  20 hours ago

Willie Cauley Stein has an undefensible skill- #UK is the best team in the country, playing historically good defense - he is my POY
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2015, 10:47:59 am
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  1 minute ago

LSU’s Tim Quarterman named SEC Player of the Week

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LSU Basketball @LSUBasketball  ·  4 hours ago
Tim Quarterman with 18 PTS-10 REB-10 AST, LSU's 1st triple-double since @SHAQ 26 PTS-13 REB-11 BLK vs BYU on 03/19/92

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2015, 10:48:46 am
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  2 minutes ago

Kentucky’s Trey Lyles named SEC Freshman of the Week

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2015, 09:58:38 pm
Bo Mattingly @SportsTalkwBo  ·  2 hours ago
The entire Razorback basketball team showed up to watch Malik Monk tonight.

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2015, 01:39:02 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  1 hour ago

Can confirm that UK asst Barry "Slice" Rohrssen will be at Orangeville Prep for Thon Maker, who is 70% on reclass http://zagsblog.com/articles/indiana-kansas-were-first-schools-to-reach-out-to-thon-maker-after-announcement/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2015, 11:18:42 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  8 minutes ago

Recruiting impact from Syracuse investigation: The NCAA has docked Syracuse 3 scholarships a year for the next 4 years, per @syrbasketball.

Basketball programs are allowed 13 scholarships a year. Docking 3 a year for 4 years, hurts more than you'd think
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 07, 2015, 12:03:34 pm
[vine]OEeVLT5HFZX[/vine]

H/T: No Laying Up
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2015, 09:58:43 am
http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/09/nbcsports-coms-college-basketball-all-americans

NBCSPORTS.COM’S FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky (8.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.6 bpg)

Cauley-Stein’s numbers don’t measure up to anyone else on the first team, but what he does best doesn’t necessarily show up in the scorebook. The Wildcats are downright dominant on the defensive end of the floor, and Cauley-Stein is the engine that drives them. He’s the best perimeter and the best interior defender in the country all at the same time.

NBCSPORTS.COM’S THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICANS

Bobby Portis, Arkansas (17.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.5 bpg): I was called out by an Arkansas assistant coach for having Bobby Portis ranked 62nd in our top 100 players list in the preseason. That coach was right.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2015, 06:54:30 pm
Ros Dumlao @rosdumlao  ·  6 hours ago
Ole Miss' Stefan Moody wins the 2015 CSpire Howell Trophy


State of Mississippi College Player of the Year
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2015, 06:56:32 pm
Craig Pinkerton @SEC_Craig  ·  7 hours ago
Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and Vanderbilt's Riley LaChance Earn Weekly SEC Basketball Honors
http://www.secsports.com/article/12448921/sec-men-basketball-weekly-honors …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2015, 06:59:07 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  6 hours ago
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Finalists
Portis, Arkansas
Okafor, Duke
Cauley-Stein, UK
Christmas, Syracuse
Kaminsky, Wiscy
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2015, 03:31:27 pm
SEC Sports @SEC  ·  4 hours ago

For a full list of your #SECMBB All-SEC teams, check out the full release here: http://www.secsports.com/article/12450932/2015-sec-men-basketball-awards-announced …

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A complete list of the 2015 SEC Men's Basketball postseason awards follows:

First Team All-SEC
Bobby Portis, Arkansas - F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky - F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky - F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.
Jarell Martin, LSU - F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Jordan Mickey, LSU - F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Stefan Moody, Ole Miss - G, 5-10, 179, Jr., Kissimmee, Fla.
Josh Richardson, Tennessee - G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Danuel House, Texas A&M - G, 6-7, 207, Jr., Fresno, Texas
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt -C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Second Team All-SEC
Levi Randolph, Alabama - G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Madison, Ala.
Michael Qualls, Arkansas - G, 6-6, 210, Jr., Shreveport, La.
KT Harrell, Auburn - G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida - F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.
Marcus Thornton, Georgia - F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Devin Booker, Kentucky - G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky - G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Craig Sword, Mississippi State - G, 6-3, 194, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.
Jalen Jones, Texas A&M - G/F, 6-7, 223, Jr., Dallas, Texas

SEC All-Freshman Team
Anton Beard, Arkansas - G, 6-0, 190, Fr., North Little Rock, Ark.
Devin Robinson, Florida - F, 6-8, 178, Fr., Chesterfield, Va.
Devin Booker, Kentucky - G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Trey Lyles, Kentucky - F, 6-10, 235, Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky - F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky - G, 5-9, 155, Fr., Lima, Ohio
Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt - G, 6-3, 195, Fr., Belle Mead, N.J.
Riley LaChance, Vanderbilt - G, 6-2, 194, Fr., Brookfield, Wisc.

SEC All-Defensive Team
Marcus Thornton, Georgia - F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky - F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Jordan Mickey, LSU - F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Josh Richardson, Tennessee - G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt -C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

SEC Coach of the Year: John Calipari, Kentucky

SEC Player of the Year: Bobby Portis, Arkansas

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Levi Randolph, Alabama

SEC Freshman of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky

SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Devin Booker, Kentucky

SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2015, 04:12:30 pm
2015 SEC Men's Basketball postseason award winners and recruiting rating:

First Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis, Arkansas - F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.           [92 - 16th - '13]

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky - F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.          [95 - 40th - '12 as Willie Cauley]

Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky - F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J. [97 - 9th - '14 as Karl Towns, Jr.]

Jarell Martin, LSU - F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.                  [93 - 11th - '13]

Jordan Mickey, LSU - F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas                      [88 - 38th - '13]

Stefan Moody, Ole Miss - G, 5-10, 179, Jr., Kissimmee, Fla.             [NR - '12]

Josh Richardson, Tennessee - G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.         [90 - NR - '11]

Danuel House, Texas A&M - G, 6-7, 207, Jr., Fresno, Texas            [97 - 19th - '12]

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt - C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.       [84 - 81st - '13]
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2015, 06:49:23 am
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  14 hours ago

"I am writing this letter to tell you what a remarkable young man (Marcus Lee) is and how he has blessed my life." http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2015/03/11/kentucky-basketballs-marcus-lee-good-deeds-secret-now/70171810/ …

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Kim Bennett, a nurse practitioner at UK's student health center who had treated Lee for a minor ailment, described an act of kindness that "inspired me to be a better and more compassionate" caregiver. "I thank the Lord for him," she wrote.

Bennett's was just one of many emails and letters that began pouring in to Calipari and the UK athletic department, all with the same general theme: You won't believe what Marcus Lee did. His coaches and teammates had no idea he'd been moonlighting as a do-gooder, that he was on a mission to make the world a better place "one smile at a time." Now they know.

"Why didn't you tell us you were doing these things?" Lee remembers Calipari asking him. "And my first reply was, 'What do you mean?' I thought it was just a natural thing to help people, and I didn't think it was a big thing to tell anybody."

The Southeastern Conference thought otherwise when it named Lee to the league's Community Service Team this week. His listed credentials for the award are impressive: coordinating a blanket drive for patients at UK Children's Hospital, filling backpacks with food and supplies for local elementary schools through God's Pantry, working with Samaritan's Feet to help put shoes on feet that need them around the world.

Those are grand gestures, though, and Lee also believes in the power of individual outreach. Like being there for his new friend Kelly Melton, a 9-year-old boy battling leukemia, to turn syringes into squirt guns for water fights that make him forget about the taxing treatments for a little while. Or writing a letter to a stranger in need of inspiration. Calipari has three "pillars" for the Kentucky basketball program, and the last of them is kindness. That's why he embarrassed Lee by reading Bennett's note to the team.

"I wanted them to understand what that third pillar means," Calipari said. "We want them to leave here with a kind heart. Being a player here is signing autographs, taking pictures, spending time, meeting a child, going to the elderly home, doing things that take you 30 seconds to change people. Marcus is one of the most conscientious and considerate people I've ever been around. He truly has a kind heart for others."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 13, 2015, 07:23:48 am
2015 SEC Men's Basketball postseason award winners and recruiting rating:

Second Team All-SEC  [NR is outside Top 100]
Levi Randolph, Alabama - G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Madison, Ala.          [96 - 30th - '11]       
Michael Qualls, Arkansas - G, 6-6, 210, Jr., Shreveport, La.      [89 - NR - '12]
KT Harrell, Auburn - G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.           [93 - 90th - '10]
Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida - F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va. [97 - 18th - '10 VT]
Marcus Thornton, Georgia - F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.         [92 - NR - '10]
Devin Booker, Kentucky - G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.  [93 - 18th - '14]
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky - G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas   [94 - 9th - '13]
Craig Sword, Miss. State - G, 6-3, 194, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.    [91 - NR - '12]
Jalen Jones, Texas A&M - G/F, 6-7, 223, Jr., Dallas, Texas        [NR - '11 SMU]
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2015, 06:56:28 pm
Wesley Sinor @WesleySinor  ·  4 minutes ago
Georgia PG Jared Harper commits to Auburn. RT @vino_11_

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5-5 2016 PG from Atlanta area
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 16, 2015, 12:37:16 pm
Jerry Tipton @JerryTipton  ·  7 minutes ago

U.S. Bball Writers name WCS to 1st All-America team. Bobby Portis, Kyle Wiltjer on 2nd team.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 16, 2015, 01:09:16 pm
AP Top 25 @AP_Top25  ·  19 minutes ago

Bobby Portis of Arkansas is the @AP_Top25 player of the year in the SEC http://apne.ws/1wQXRu7  (@pnewberry1963) Team: http://apne.ws/1HVPoH6

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Towns and Cauley-Stein joined Portis on the first team, along with Mississippi junior guard Stefan Moody, Tennessee senior guard Josh Richardson, and a pair of sophomore forwards from LSU, Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey.

Auburn senior guard KT Harrell, who leads the SEC in scoring at 18.5 points a game, led the AP's second team. The other choices were Kentucky sophomore guard Aaron Harrison, Texas A&M junior guard Danuel House, Vanderbilt sophomore center Damian Jones, and Arkansas junior guard Michael Qualls.

The 67th annual AP All-SEC team was selected by a 13-member regional media panel.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 16, 2015, 05:39:04 pm
2015 SEC Men's Basketball postseason award winners and recruiting rating:
(NR means not in Top 100)

SEC All-Freshman Team
Anton Beard, Arkansas - G, 6-0, 190, Fr., North Little Rock, Ark.      [81 - 90th - '14]
Devin Robinson, Florida - F, 6-8, 178, Fr., Chesterfield, Va.             [92 - 23rd - '14]
Devin Booker, Kentucky - G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.       [93 - 18th - '14]
Trey Lyles, Kentucky - F, 6-10, 235, Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.              [97 - 6th - '14]
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky - F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.  [97 - 9th - '14]
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky - G, 5-9, 155, Fr., Lima, Ohio                           [92 - 25th - '14]
Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt - G, 6-3, 195, Fr., Belle Mead, N.J.       [80 - NR - '14]
Riley LaChance, Vanderbilt - G, 6-2, 194, Fr., Brookfield, Wisc.         [80 - 96th - '14]

SEC All-Defensive Team
Marcus Thornton, Georgia - F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.                 [92 - NR - '10]         
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky - F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.            [95 - 40th - '12]
Jordan Mickey, LSU - F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas                        [88 - 38th - '13]
Josh Richardson, Tennessee - G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.         [90 - NR - '11]
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt -C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.        [84 - 81st - '13]
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 20, 2015, 09:39:04 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  1h 1 hour ago
Who is Alabama's best boys basketball player? Gatorade picks Madison Academy's Joshua Langford: http://ow.ly/KA8wU  #alpreps

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Langford is a 5-star recruit with a boatload of major Division I offers. That list includes Alabama and Auburn, which are desperately trying to keep the three-time reigning 3A Player of the Year from bolting the state. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl made a 45-minute stop at Madison Academy on Thursday morning, according to Mustangs coach Andy Blackston.

Langford is one of the favorites to win this season's Mr. Basketball award, which will be announced at a banquet April 2 in Montgomery.

Dallas County's William Lee, now a freshman at UAB, was the Gatorade honoree last year.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 20, 2015, 10:01:11 am
Corbett Smith @corbettsmithDMN  ·  3h 3 hours ago
Congrats to Madison's Admon Gilder (@Hph_lilmon), Gatorade's Texas boys basketball player of the year. http://wp.me/p4sxAV-6MgaZ  #txhshoops

Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year have been crowned. The winners were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014-15 season.

Alabama: Josh Langford, Madison (Ala.) Academy
Arkansas: Kevaughn Allen, North Little Rock
Florida: Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy
Georgia: Jaylen Brown, Wheeler (Marietta)
Kentucky: Cam Justice, Knott County Central (Hindman)
Louisiana: Wayde Sims, University Lab School (Baton Rouge)
Mississippi: Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson)
Missouri: Jayson Tatum, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis)
South Carolina: P.J. Dozier, Spring Valley (Columbia)
Tennessee: Dedric Lawson, Hamilton (Memphis)
Texas: Admon Gilder, Madison (Dallas)
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Post by: jbcarol on March 21, 2015, 12:53:25 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  14m 14 minutes ago
That didn't take long. Mississippi State just lost a top 100 commitment -- D'Marcus Simonds. 2016 scoring guard is back on the market.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2015, 09:49:27 pm
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  Mar 23
Darius Hicks (http://scouthoops.scout.com/player/6067298n-darius-hicks …), who was committed to Mississippi State, has reopened his recruitment.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 25, 2015, 09:31:17 pm
NCAA March Madness @marchmadness  ·  6h 6 hours ago
All 4 Naismith finalists are playing in the #Sweet16.
Willie Cauley-Stein
Jerian Grant
Frank Kaminsky
Jahlil Okafor

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CA-Ksb6UkAEf9xL.jpg:large)
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Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2015, 11:49:33 am
 AP Top 25 @AP_Top25  ·  38m 38 minutes ago

Frank Kaminsky leads AP All-America team. See who else made it: http://apne.ws/1xtnCRq 

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Kaminsky, the 7-foot senior from Wisconsin, was a unanimous choice Monday. Okafor, the 6-11 freshman from Duke, received all but one first-team vote.

Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell rounded out the first team.

Utah senior Delon Wright led the second team and was joined by Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, Northern Iowa senior Sean Tuttle, Arkansas sophomore Bobby Portis and Virginia junior Malcolm Brogdon.

The third team was Gonzaga teammates Kyle Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos, Oklahoma junior Buddy Hield, Syracuse senior Rakeem Christmas and Iowa State junior Georges Niang.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2015, 12:02:00 pm
2015 AP All-SEC Men's Basketball Teams

FIRST TEAM

u-Bobby Portis, Arkansas, F, 6-11, So.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, C, 7-0, Jr.

Stefan Moody, Mississippi, G, 5-10, Jr.

Josh Richardson, Tennessee, G, 6-6, Sr.

t-Jarell Martin, LSU, F, 6-10, So.

t-Jordan Mickey, LSU, F, 6-8, So.

t-Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, F, 6-11, Fr.

(u-unanimous choice to first team; t-tied for final spot on first team):

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SECOND TEAM

KT Harrell, Auburn, G, 6-4, Sr.

Danuel House, Texas A&M, G, 6-7, Jr.

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt, C, 6-10, So.

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky, G, 6-6, So.

Michael Qualls, Arkansas, G, 6-6, Jr.

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HONORABLE MENTION

Devin Booker, Kentucky, G, 6-6, Fr.; Alex Caruso, Texas A&M, G, 6-5, Jr.; Levi Randolph, Alabama, G, 6-5, Sr.; Marcus Thornton, Georgia, F, 6-8, Sr.

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bobby Portis, Arkansas

COACH OF THE YEAR - John Calipari, Kentucky

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2015, 03:41:13 pm

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  5h 5 hours ago

ICYMI: DraftExpress moves Kentucky’s Towns to No. 1 overall pick http://zagsblog.com/articles/draftexpress-moves-kentuckys-towns-to-no-1-overall-pick/ …
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Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2015, 11:04:44 am
2015 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

Consensus First Team
Willie Cauley-Stein    PF    Junior    Kentucky

Consensus Second Team
Bobby Portis    PF    Sophomore    Arkansas
Karl-Anthony Towns    C    Freshman    Kentucky

Kyle Wiltjer    PF    Junior    Gonzaga
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2015, 03:48:35 pm
 Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  8h 8 hours ago

Lville coach (and BD's mentor) Rick Pitino, on Mike & Mike, "I think Billy Donovan has the urge to coach in the NBA, would like to try it."

Worth taking Pitino's BD-NBA comments w grain of salt when you consider Florida and L'ville both in hunt for 2016 SG Maverick Rowan.

Billy D visited Maverick Rowan on March 19. Florida and L'ville both in hunt for top-30, 2016 SF prospect from Ft. Lauderdale.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2015, 11:11:35 am
 Steve Jones @SteveJones_CJ  ·  Apr 1

Mcdonalds All American boys box

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 05, 2015, 06:27:48 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  8h 8 hours ago
Coach says Harrison twins would've been 1st-round picks out of high school http://zagsblog.com/articles/nba-scout-aaron-harrison-better-pro-prospect-than-andrew/ … @joshua_newman @tsnmike

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“The rules don’t help kids like that because coming out of high school… [the NBA] would’ve said, ‘Hey, we’re going to draft them based on potential,'” one coach at another D-1 school told SNY.tv. “When you go to college you become exposed because the college game doesn’t translate to the pro game. It never has, it never will.”

The coach agreed with the NBA scout that both twins will end up leaving Kentucky in part to make room for Kentucky’s next recruiting class, which includes Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe. The Wildcats — and Briscoe — are also recruiting fellow McDonald’s All-American Malik Newman, who is also considering LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, N.C. State and Kansas.

“[Kentucky coach John Calipari] has to push [the Harrisons] out because if he does not he’s not going to be able to recruit ’15s or 16s,” the coach said...
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Post by: jbcarol on April 08, 2015, 02:43:02 pm
 Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Three Kentuckians are in the new Rivals 150 rankings for 2016: Quentin Goodin, Aric Holman and Eli Wright http://bit.ly/1aKNZsb

https://rivals.yahoo.com/basketballrecruiting/basketball/recruiting/rankings/rank-3375/2016

 1. Josh Jackson  G   Napa Prolific Prep
 3. Jayson Tatum F   Chaminade
 7. Malik Monk    G   Bentonville
13. Kobi Simmons G Alpharetta St. Francis
14. Udoka Azibuke C Potter's House
17. Jarrett Allen   C   Austin St. Stephens Episcopal
18. Josh Langford G  Madison Academy
19. Seventh Woods C Columbia Hammond
...
62. Quentin Goodin G Taylor County
...
82. Tyree Crump  G  Bainbridge  [UGa]
93. Jordan Harris  G  Seminole Co. [UGa]
106. Romello White F IMG  [Vols]
117. John Mooney  F  Lake Brantley [UF]

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2015, 10:10:57 am
Update on some of those Top 100 recruits from the '11 class that either signed with or landed at SEC schools:

PF  1  Anthony Davis  Perspectives Charter  Kentucky
Took fewest FG per game among UK's '12 National Champs starting five. #1 Draft pick.
The 22-year-old is averaging 24 and 10 with 3 blocks per game for the Pelicans.

SF  6  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist  St. Patrick HS  Kentucky
The god son of William Wesley overcame a speech impediment to help lead UK to the '12 Championship.  #2 Draft overall draft pick.  The 21-year-old is averaging 11 and 8 for the Hornets.

SG 7  Brad Beal  Chaminade College Prep    Florida
All-SEC 1-n-done is averaging 15 ppg as running mate of John Wall with the Wizards.

PG 8  Marquis Teague  Pike HS                   Kentucky
UK's PG on the '12 Nat. Champs was late first round pick. Plays for OkCity Blue in the D-League after averaging 10-12 mpg in two NBA seasons. His father played for Norm Stewart and Rick Pitino in college.

SG 12 Kentavious Caldwell  Greenville        UGa
Caldwell-Pope played two seasons at UGa, and was POY as a sophomore.  8th overall pick in '13 currently averages 13 ppg for the Pistons on sub-40% FG shooting.

PF 20  Jarnell Stokes  Memphis Central       Tennessee
Vols 4th all-time in double doubles (40).  Averages 6.5 mpg for hometown Grizzlies.

PG 23 B.J. Young  McCluer North                Arkansas
SEC 2nd Team left after Soph. season.  Undrafted.  Waived by the Delaware 87ers, Young played '14-15 in Georgia where he averages 31 and 7.

C  24  Kyle Wiltjer  Portland Jesuit             Kentucky -> Gonzaga
10-12 mpg on UK's Nat. Champs, transferred after soph. season to Gonzaga to work on his body.  All-American for Gonzaga in '15.

SG 25 Jabari Brown  Oakland                     Oregon -> Mizzou
One of the Mizzou transfers was All-SEC averaging 20ppg in '14.  Playing with Tiger teammate Jordan Clarkson on the Lakers averaging 10ppg.

SF 26 Rodney Hood  Meridian                     MS State -> Duke
Left State as SEC All-Frosh in the midst of their Sidney mess and coaching change. All-ACC 2nd Team for Duke, was 1st Round Pick after soph. season. Averages 8 ppg for the Jazz.

SF 27 Dorian Finney-Smith  I. C. Norcom     VaTech -> Florida
Averaged 13 and 6 on 40+% 3P% as a junior in '15 but has had discipline problems for the Gators.

SG 32 Levi Randolph  Bob Jones                 Bama
Hon. mention All-SEC as a senior averaging 15 ppg. in '15.

SF 36  Rashad Ky Madden  East Poinsett County  Arkansas
Averaged 9.6 ppg and 4.6 apg w/86.2% FT% on 27 mpg as senior in '15.

SG 37 Dai-Jon Parker  Alpharetta Milton       Vandy -> UIndy Greyhounds
Dismissed by Kevin Stallings after '14 season.

SF 39  Alex Murphy  South Kingston            Duke -> Florida
Duke transfer avg. 14 mpg in the second semester for Billy Donovan.

PF 40  Johnny O'Bryant Cleveland MS East Side  LSU
Two-time 1st Team All-SEC; one of 14 LSU players to have 1,000+ points and 700+ rebounds in his career.  2nd round pick after junior season. Has averaged 10-12 mpg for the Bucks.

PG 51  Jamal Branch  Humble Grace Prep Academy  A&M -> St. John's
Senior scored 13 points in two NCAA-T games for St. John's

SF 53  Deuce Bello  Westchester Academy    Baylor -> Mizzou -> ?
Averaged 10-12 mpg in one season at both Baylor and Mizzou. Has one to play one.

PF 54  Hunter Mickelson Jonesboro Westside  Arkansas -> Arkansas
Kansas reserve has one more season.

C  57  Zach Price  J'Town                             Louisville -> Mizzou -> Winthrop
Mizzou star Earnest Ross sought a protection order against Zach Price before he was finally let go.  He was on the roster in '15 for Winthrop.

SG 60  Trevor Lacey  Huntsville SR Butler     Bama -> NC State
3rd Team All-SEC and Jerry West finalist as a junior for Mark Gottfried.

SF  71  Antwan Space  DeSoto                     FSU -> A&M
Averaged 10-12 mpg for A&M as a junior in '15.

PG 72  Chris Jones Oak Ridge, NC Military Academy  Vols -> NWFlSt. JC -> UofL -> ?
Dana O'Neil of ESPN wrote a passionate article on giving a "second" chance for Jones at UofL in Jan. 2014. After several second chances during '15 bordering on making their institution a joke including rape charges, Jones was let go by Pitino.

SG 84  David Gardner  Okolona                   MS State -> Itawamba CC -> ?
Got booted after a profane tweet among other things during the State house cleaning.

PF  91   Anthony Gill  Charlotte Christian     South Carolina -> Virginia
Averaged 11 and 6 for Virginia.

PF 92    Nick Jacobs  South Atlanta             Bama  -> GaTech
Was let go from Bama.  Scheduled to play senior season in '15-16 for GaTech.

PG 100  Kedren Johnson  Marshall County TN  Vandy -> Memphis
Averaged 6.7 ppg for Memphis in '15 after averaging twice that many for Vandy in '12-13.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2015, 11:00:32 am
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  13h 13 hours ago

2016 prospect Quentin Goodin has made improvements. Ran the point well tonight, made some nice passes + had nasty transition dunk.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2015, 06:05:09 pm
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Jamal Murray Leads World Team Over USA in Nike Hoop Summit http://zagsblog.com/articles/jamal-murray-leads-world-team-over-usa-in-nike-hoop-summit/ … @joshua_newman

If you're not recruiting Jamal Murray to play PG for your team, you are just nuts.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 14, 2015, 07:39:07 am
 Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  11h 11 hours ago

Ivan Rabb is a big deal for Cuonzo Martin. Martin & his staff targeted him right away. Went all in. It paid off. No. 5 in 2015.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2015, 11:59:11 am
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Malik Newman tells @SNYtv he won't sign an NLI because he doesn't see the need. Has 6 schools, no visits. More later on ZAGS.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2015, 04:44:12 pm
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  37m 37 minutes ago

6-10 2016 Sedee Keita has added offers from Xavier, Seton Hall, Miss St, Iowa, Auburn & Temple, per his coach. Kansas has shown interest
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2015, 08:48:24 am
 Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  16h 16 hours ago

Texas will stop by Quentin Goodin's (http://foxs.pt/1aBKbsu ) high school tomorrow morning, his father Chris tells Scout.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2015, 08:49:10 am
 Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  9h 9 hours ago

Six of http://Scout.com 's Top 10 recruits for 2015 have now committed: Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Cal, Marquette and UNLV. Odd group.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 18, 2015, 05:30:10 am
 Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  5h 5 hours ago

NEW: The next school to generate major buzz in the recruitment of Thon Maker will be ... Arizona State? http://bit.ly/1IoCj9k
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 21, 2015, 09:33:01 am
http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings

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Post by: jbcarol on April 21, 2015, 09:34:25 am
http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings

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Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2015, 09:39:59 am
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  13m 13 minutes ago

Kentucky in the latest 2016 @DraftExpress Mock: No. 1 - Skal Labissiere No. 28 - Marcus Lee No. 52 - Alex Poythress
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2015, 08:11:49 am
Skal Labissiere, who’s headed to Kentucky next season, leads the way in the Rivals150 rankings with LSU commit Ben Simmons next in line. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/22/kentucky-commit-skal-labissiere-tops-rivals-final-class-of-2015-rankings/)

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The remainder of the top five consists of forwards Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram and Cheick Diallo, with all three yet to commit to a school for next year. Their decisions, along with those of guard Malik Newman and forward Thon Maker (who are ranked eighth and ninth, respectively), will go along way towards shaping preseason expectations in college basketball for next season.

Rounding out the top ten in the Rivals 150 are Maryland commit Diamond Stone at six, Cal commit Ivan Rabb at seven, Newman, Maker and Kentucky commit Isaiah Briscoe at ten.

https://rivals.yahoo.com/basketballrecruiting/basketball/recruiting/rankings/rank-3252

1. Skal Lab                UK
2. Ben Simmons         LS
10. Isaiah Briscoe       UK
13. Antonio Blakeney  LS
28. Tyler Davis           AM
29. Elijah Thomas       AM
37. PJ Dozier              SC
38. DJ Hogg               AM
42. Brandon Sampson LS
48. Chas Matthews     UK
53. Ted Kapita            AR
55. Jimmy Whitt         AR
65. Admon Gilder       AM
67. KeVaughn Allen    UF
69. Danjel Purifoy       AU
71. Horace Spencer    AU
81. Noah Dickerson    UF
91. Derek Ogbeide     UG
94. Keith Stone          UF
116. Q. Weatherspoon MS
122. Cam Justice        VU
124. Wm Jackson       UG
132. Terence Davis    OM
133. Joseph Toye       VU
134. Chris Silva         SC
142. Terrence Phillips MU
144. Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey  OM
149. Kevarrius Hayes  UF

Missing: Bama, Tennessee
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Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2015, 10:03:55 am
 SEC Sports @SEC  ·  Apr 21

Two #SEC student-athletes participate in #NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum: http://www.secsports.com/article/12736307/two-participate-ncaa-student-athlete-forum …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDJWz8CWMAAykN3.jpg:large)
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Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2015, 10:13:34 am
 Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress  ·  19h 19 hours ago

And our 2016 Mock Draft has been updated too: http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2016/ … - Class has gotten much stronger and deeper with so many guys returning

1. Skal Lab            UK
3. Ben Simmons    LS
4. Malik Newman   (projected to an SEC school TBA April 24)
18. Damian Jones  VU
29. Marcus Lee      UK
43. Finney-Smith   UF
44. Danuel House  AM
52. Alex Poythress UK
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2015, 07:54:45 am
 Jerry Meyer @jerrymeyer247  ·  19h 19 hours ago

Ben Simmons still #1 in updated Top247. LSU, Kentucky, Arizona, Maryland, FSU & Cal represented in top 10. http://bit.ly/1JhfCar

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LSU's Ben Simmons retains the top spot the 2015 Top247 while Skal Labissiere, Brandon Ingram, Cheick Diallo and Jaylen Brown round out the top five.

Few players have come around the past ten years with the combination of size, athleticism, competitiveness, intelligence and skill level as Simmons. He is a long range jumper away from having an elite complete game. Simmons impacts the game in a similar way as Draymond Green, but is a more explosive athlete than Green.

Labissiere, who is headed to Kentucky, has a skill package and length that reminds one of Pau Gasol. With his game on the rise, it will be interesting to see if Labissiere develops the strength and toughness to max out on his abilities.

http://247sports.com/Season/2015-Basketball/RecruitRankings?InstitutionGroup=HighSchool

1. Ben Simmons        LS
2. Skal Lab                UK
7. Malik Newman       (expected to announce with an SEC school later today)
14. Antonio Blakeney  LS
16. Isaiah Briscoe       UK
17. DJ Hogg               AM
22. PJ Dozier              SC
41. Ted Kapita            AR
43. Tyler Davis           AM
46. Kevarrius Hayes    UF
47. Horace Spencer    AU
59. KeVaughn Allen    UF
60. Danjel Purifoy       AU
65. Jimmy Whitt         AR
69. Chas Matthews     UK
73. Elijah Thomas       AM
75. Brandon Sampson LS
81. Noah Dickerson    UF
82. Chris Silva           SC
83. Admon Gilder       AM
95. Djery Baptiste      VU
111. New Williams     AU
118. Q. Weatherspoon MS
125. Donte Fitzpatrick OM
128. Donta' Hall         UA
130. Wm Jackson       UG
139. Keith Stone        UF
149. Samir Sehic        VU
153. Terrence Phillips MU
167. Derek Ogbeide   UG
181. Dazon Ingram    UA
193. Brandon Austin  UA
197. E'torrion Wildridge UG
198. Cam Justice        VU
209. Joseph Toye       VU
229. Adm. Schofield   UT
241. Terence Davis    OM
247. Shembari Phillips UT




Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2015, 07:07:45 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2h 2 hours ago
Instantly moves Towns & Okafor to 2/3 @sportando 
Nedim Buza will enter the 2015 NBA Draft http://www.sportando.com/en/usa/nba/159396/nedim-buza-will-enter-the-2015-nba-draft.html …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2015, 03:27:09 pm
owa State picked up its first commitment in the Class of 2015 on Sunday, as top 100 prospect Nick Noskowiak committed to Iowa State. (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/26/top-100-point-guard-headed-to-iowa-state)

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While the 6-foot-2 Noskowiak is the first incoming freshman to commit to Fred Hoiberg’s program in the class, he isn’t the first addition the Cyclones have made this spring. Nick Babb, who began his career at Arkansas and is the younger brother of former Iowa State guard Chris Babb, transferred to Iowa State earlier this month and will sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 27, 2015, 02:46:56 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Projected 2016 picks per http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2016/ …
1. Labissiere (UK)
2. Brown
3. Simmons (LSU)
4. Newman (MSU)
5. Ellenson (Mar)
6. Ingram
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 27, 2015, 10:18:49 pm
SEC Network @SECNetwork  ·  2h 2 hours ago
College basketball’s greatest recruiting class? 1979: Wilkins, Thomas, Worthy, Sampson, Bowie. #DominiqueBelongsToUs

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 28, 2015, 05:16:49 pm
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Cheick Diallo is projected as the No. 14 pick in 2016 by @DraftExpress so don't expect him at Kansas long.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on April 29, 2015, 04:02:56 pm
 Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  1h 1 hour ago

Top 100 guard Quentin Goodin (http://foxs.pt/1P7s0si ) will visit Xavier tomorrow, his father tells Scout.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2015, 11:35:34 am
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  19h 19 hours ago
From @CityLeagueHoops: Video highlights of UK commitment Tai Wynyard from the recent Nike Hoop Summit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA6-rnuYMRU&feature=youtu.be …



#reclassify
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 04, 2015, 09:32:07 am
 Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  13h 13 hours ago

Top 100 player J.J. Caldwell breaks down his commitment to Texas A&M | Story: http://foxs.pt/1PgI5Mr 

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2015, 04:14:35 pm
 Chip Miller @BLUEChip_Miller  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Scouts Final 2015 Player Rankings: 1. Skal Labissiere 2. Ben Simmons 3. Brandon Ingram 4. Jaylen Brown 5. Ivan Rabb

 Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  3h 3 hours ago

The state of Florida has the most players in Scout's top 100 with 11. California is second with 10. The state of Texas is third with 8.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2015, 04:25:17 pm
 Chip Miller @BLUEChip_Miller  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Four Remain Available in Scout's 2015 Top 100 Player Rankings: Thon Maker Kobie Eubanks Tevin Mack Marcus Lovett
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2015, 08:27:39 pm
 Scout Recruiting @scoutrecruiting  ·  7h 7 hours ago

Scout Hoops Final Top 100 Rankings for the Class of 2015! http://on.scout.com/MykiR 

http://scouthoops.scout.com/topic/players?type=players&start=0&category=Basketball%2520Recruiting&classYear=2015&minimumInterest=%2522Low%2522

1.  Skal Lab               UK
2.  Ben Simmons        LS
10. Malik Newman      MS
12. Isaiah Briscoe       UK
21. Antonio Blakeney  LS
25. PJ Dozier              SC
33. Tyler Davis           AM
36. DJ Hogg               AM
47. Elijah Thomas       AM
60. Brandon Sampson LS
63. Ted Kapita            AR
64. Danjel Purifoy       AU
67. KeVaughn Allen    UF
68. Jimmy Whitt         AR
69. Keith Stone          UF
74. Horace Spencer    AU
75. Chas Matthews     UK
83. Noah Dickerson    UF
86. Quinndary Witherspoon  MS
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2015, 08:32:33 pm
Ben Roberts @NextCats  ·  9h 9 hours ago

ESPN's top 25 college players for next season: Skal is #9. Ben Simmons is #1. Former Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer is #2 ...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2015, 02:02:57 pm

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Mark Few of Gonzaga be the head coach of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men's Basketball Team. Tad Boyle & Mike Brown are assistant coaches.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2015, 06:11:52 pm
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  3h 3 hours ago
Michigan State commit Caleb Swanigan has decommitted, source told ESPN. Hearing Purdue is strong for a landing spot.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 08, 2015, 08:01:09 am
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  11h 11 hours ago

That was quick RT @dandakich: Swanigan to Purdue is done

7 of Top 15 players in 2015 going to LSU, Miss St, Cal, UNLV and Purdue. The NIT is going to be LOADED next year
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 08, 2015, 11:36:06 am
 Jay Bilas @JayBilas  ·  6h 6 hours ago

'Froback Friday! The basketball player formerly known as Prince. '

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 10, 2015, 07:05:21 am
2015 Super Five - Only three SEC recruits make the Super Five

Labissiere, who's No. 1 on Rivals.com and Scout.com, is regarded as perhaps the best long-term prospect in the 2015 class, while Simmons, the top player on ESPN.com and 247Sports.com, is generally seen as 2015's most polished, complete player today.

They're joined in the 2015 Super Five by two dynamic wings – long, lanky Brandon Ingram, who's committed to Duke, and stout, athletic Jaylen Brown (California) – and a high-scoring guard, Mississippi State signee Malik Newman.

Labissiere's future teammate, New Jersey point guard Isaiah Briscoe, made the Super Five second team, and Simmons' future LSU running mate Antonio Blakeney is on the third team. (http://2015 Super Five - Only three SEC recruits make the Super Five

Labissiere, who's No. 1 on Rivals.com and Scout.com, is regarded as perhaps the best long-term prospect in the 2015 class, while Simmons, the top player on ESPN.com and 247Sports.com, is generally seen as 2015's most polished, complete player today.

They're joined in the 2015 Super Five by two dynamic wings – long, lanky Brandon Ingram, who's committed to Duke, and stout, athletic Jaylen Brown (California) – and a high-scoring guard, Mississippi State signee Malik Newman.

Labissiere's future teammate, New Jersey point guard Isaiah Briscoe, made the Super Five second team, and Simmons' future LSU running mate Antonio Blakeney is on the third team.)

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SKAL LABISSIERE

School: Lausanne Collegiate (Memphis, Tenn.)

Height: 6-11

College: Kentucky

Rankings: 247Sports.com – No. 2; ESPN.com – No. 2; Rivals.com – No. 1; Scout.com – No. 1.

Why he's super: A long, lanky, skilled big man whose long-term potential probably exceeds everyone else in the 2015 class, Labissiere dazzled against elite competition at the Nike Hoop Summit last month and established himself as a consensus top-two senior and an early favorite for the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Labissiere, a native of Haiti who moved to Memphis after the devastating 2010 earthquake in his home country, can do it all – shoot, run, jump, block shots. UK coach John Calipari, who offered Labissiere a scholarship before any other 2015 prospect, has said he's in the same mold as Anthony Davis and Marcus Camby. Because he transferred across town to Lausanne just this year, Labissiere was ineligible to play this season for that school, so his American guardian cobbled together a team of area players called Reach Your Dream Prep...

Evan Daniels, Scout.com: "I think he's the best long-term prospect. At 6-11, Skal has tremendous offensive potential. He has great hands. He's got very soft touch around the basket. He's comfortable on the block going over either shoulder. He can face up and make mid-range jump shots, and he's also able to step out and make collegiate 3-pointers. Then you throw in the fact that he's mobile and runs the floor with ease. He has potential on the defensive end. He has good but not great length but very good timing and is pretty quick off his feet. I think he's going to end up being a pretty good rim protector. At the Nike Hoop Summit, I thought he was aggressive, and he clearly added 12 pounds to his frame. He's going to continue to add weight once he gets to a college weight room. I really didn't second-guess this choice (as No. 1 for Scout)."

BEN SIMMONS

School: Montverde (Fla.)

Height: 6-9

College: LSU

Rankings: 247Sports.com – No. 1; ESPN.com – No. 1; Rivals.com – No. 2; Scout.com – No. 2.

Why he's super: The Australian native is a brilliant passer and playmaker for his height, and he's the best player on the best high school team in the country. He averaged 28 points and 11.9 rebounds per game in carrying Montverde (30-1) to its third straight DICK's High School Nationals title last month, and he was the tournament MVP for the second straight year. Simmons also won the Gatorade, Naismith Trophy, Morgan Wootten and USA Today national player of the year awards, and he was a McDonald's All American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit participant. Simmons and Super Five third-team pick Antonio Blakeney will give LSU an elite 1-2 freshman punch. LSU had an important in with Simmons; Tigers assistant coach David Patrick played pro ball with Simmons' father in Australia and is Ben Simmons' godfather.

Evan Daniels, Scout.com: "What's impressive about him is his versatility at his size. At 6-9, he's a good ball handler. He runs the floor pretty well, but he's a tremendous passer. He sees the floor very well and really puts his passes on the money. He's become a better rebounder, and because he's strong and physically developed, he's able to play physical and make plays in transition. The next steps for him are improving his shooting and developing a back-to-the-basket game."

MALIK NEWMAN

School: Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)

Height: 6-3

College: Mississippi State

National Rankings: 247Sports.com – No. 7; ESPN.com – No. 10; Rivals.com – No. 8; Scout.com – No. 10.

Why he's super: A lethal scorer who wants the ball in his hands in every big moment, Newman routinely takes – and makes – some of the most difficult shots of any player in the country. Newman averaged 29.7 points per game as a senior to cap one of most decorated high school careers ever in Mississippi. He won four consecutive state titles, scored 3,108 career points and was a McDonald's and Jordan Brand All-American. Newman has also been an alpha player for USA Basketball, winning gold medals and tournament MVP honors at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2013 U16 FIBA Americas Championship. Newman could have been an exceptional complementary, off-ball guard at Kentucky, but he turned down the Wildcats and others to stay close to home, run the point and control the game for MSU, where his father played. Bet on Newman being among the leading scorers in the SEC next season.

Evan Daniels, Scout.com: "His obvious strength is his ability to put up points. ... You could make the case that he's the best perimeter scorer in the class. ... I think they're going to hand him the keys (at MSU) and say, 'Rev up the engine, and let's get it going.' He wants the ball in hands. He wants to be a primary scorer. He wants to kind of have that type of early impact, and he's going to get that at Mississippi State, because he's going to score a lot of points in Year 1."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 17, 2015, 10:46:25 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  5h 5 hours ago
LaGerald Vick to Kansas, Could Reclass to 2015 http://zagsblog.com/articles/lagerald-vick-to-kansas-could-reclass-to-2015/ …

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  5h 5 hours ago
The Vick commitment also means Kansas can't take @kobeeubanks

To clarify, Kansas has 1 ship left but isn't planning on taking any more guards.

Meantime, @kobeeubanks is due to visit Alabama beginning Tuesday.
http://zagsblog.com/alabama/kobie-eubanks-sets-kansas-alabama-visits/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 18, 2015, 04:01:54 pm
 Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress  ·  41m 41 minutes ago

One NBA team asked each Kentucky player they interviewed "which UK teammate would you pick to go to war with?" All answered same: Tyler Ulis
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 22, 2015, 08:22:01 am
 Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels  ·  11h 11 hours ago

Jay Huff, a 4 star, committed to Virginia this evening, multiple sources told Scout | Story: http://scouthoops.scout.com/story/1548424-huff-commits-to-virginia …

One of the last top 100 "bigs" or at least "tall and longs" that was available.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2015, 01:45:15 pm
 Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  18m 18 minutes ago

Indiana, Arizona State Talk Most With Thon Maker’s Guardian http://zagsblog.com/articles/indiana-arizona-state-talk-most-with-thon-makers-guardian/ … via @adamzagoria

Thon Maker's guardian says Indiana & ASU both have a plan in place for Maker to spend 1 1/2 yrs on campus beginning December.

Ed Smith also says John Calipari told him when Thon Maker is ready to be recruited, to call him.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2015, 10:04:56 pm
 Jimmy Buckets @JimmyWhitt33  ·  3h 3 hours ago

https://instagram.com/p/3Cx10IOyiD/  done deal

When the call you Jimmy "Buckets" Whitt at graduation 😏😎
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2015, 03:29:43 pm
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria  ·  2h 2 hours ago
Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Kentucky in mix for 7-footer DeAndre Ayton http://zagsblog.com/articles/deandre-ayton-consensus-no-1-in-2017-wide-open-on-schools/ …

Consensus No. 1 in 2017, Wide Open on Schools
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 26, 2015, 03:36:56 pm
 Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  4h 4 hours ago

Malik Newman explains why Mississippi State http://bit.ly/1J2Qumv  #BBN

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Newman writes, “Everyone knows that my dad played at Mississippi State back in the day and it’s cool to me to be able to play at the same school. I won’t be wearing his number or anything like that because I’m my own person and my own man. I want to create my own legacy there. He just drew out the blueprint for me playing there!”

The five-star combo guard also says he was hit with vulgar tweets from upset fans...

http://usatodayhss.com/2015/malik-newman-mississippi-state-malik-newman-mixtape-callaway-high-school-malik-newman
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Post by: jbcarol on May 27, 2015, 05:44:15 pm
 Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  56m 56 minutes ago

Hard to believe now, but in December of 2012, ESPN's Chad Ford thought Poythress could go No. 1 in the 2013 draft. http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2015/05/27/uk-rewind-alex-poythress-never-planned-senior-acl-injury/28034333/ …

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Poythress' freakish athleticism shined early in his freshman season – he dropped 20 points and eight rebounds on Duke in his second career game – but a series of disappearing acts quickly followed and continued throughout his time with the Cats. Believe it or not, in December of 2012, ESPN's Chad Ford had him rated the fifth-best prospect for the 2013 NBA Draft.

"I actually think Poythress may have a shot at the No. 1 pick," Ford told The Courier-Journal then.

By the end of that season, though, Poythress was a projected second-rounder. His stock has stayed there ever since. Still, he likely would've given the pros a go if he hadn't torn up his left knee in practice after playing just eight games last season.

Thanks to that injury, despite 649 points, 410 rebounds and 55 blocks in 81 career games, he's back for one last ride and with plenty left to prove. After a first-round NIT loss, an NCAA title game appearance and an undefeated run to the Final Four that he mostly watched from the sideline, Poythress is looking for a happy ending...

RS-Jr will be in UK's graduate school
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2015, 10:20:30 am
Observations: Vandy center Damian Jones will be force in the SEC (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/25199095/observations-vandy-center-damian-jones-will-be-force-in-the-sec)

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Kevin Stallings has repeatedly said Damian Jones has a chance to be the best post player he has ever coached, and next season should be the one when he earns national prominence. Jones (6-foot-10) tallied a solid 14.4 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 56.4 percent from the field last season at Vanderbilt, but was never really on the national radar in terms of being mentioned among the elite post players. That should change next season.

The Commodores will return everyone of significance from a group that won 21 games and advanced to the Postseason NIT, giving Stallings the type of depth he needs to get Vanderbilt back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The focal point of this team will be Jones, a burly big man with soft hands who figures to challenge for all-SEC first-team honors as a junior...

'13 Baton Rouge Scotlandville Magnet PF was a consensus top 90 overall player and top 25 PF in his class.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on May 31, 2015, 07:55:07 am
Josh Gershon ‏@JoshGershon  20h20 hours ago
The 17 finalists for the USA 16u team. They'll eventually cut to 12.

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 02, 2015, 08:28:07 am
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 28m28 minutes ago

In our continuing series on UK's returning players, @DraftExpress has Marcus Lee late 1st round in 2016. He explains: courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2015/06/01/uk-rewind-classmates-gone-marcus-lee-ready-break-kentucky-basketball/28323543/ …

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A record six McDonald's All-Americans signed with Kentucky in the Class of 2013. They helped lead the Cats to consecutive Final Four appearances, including a national title game in 2014 and a 38-0 start in 2015. But now they're almost all gone.

James Young and Julius Randle were one-and-done stars, while the Harrison twins and Dakari Johnson entered this year's draft. So that leaves Lee – in some ways the forgotten member...

A former volleyball player who blocked more than 500 shots in high school – he averaged 9.1 per game as a junior – Lee is ridiculously long and athletic and has terrific timing on takeoffs. At UK's on-campus combine for NBA scouts last fall, he registered a wingspan of 7 feet, 3 inches (same as 7-footer Willie Caulye-Stein) and a vertical leap of 38 ½ inches.

There have been glimpses of greatness from him in college, most notably that crazy Elite Eight game against Michigan his freshman season. With Cauley-Stein lost in the previous game to a season-ending ankle injury, Lee came off the bench and out of nowhere to deliver 10 points and eight rebounds in just 15 minutes.

It was a spectacular, high-flying display: seven offensive rebounds, four emphatic dunks and two blocked shots. The Cats hope, obviously, that with a larger role will come more performances like that one. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com is betting on it. He projects Lee to go 29th overall – late in the first round – of the 2016 NBA Draft.

"It's hard to find guys like him, who are that bouncy and that long," Givony said. "I mean, who knows? We're really far off, but I think he's a prospect. He started play basketball late (sic), was a volleyball player, and he hasn't really gotten much of a chance at Kentucky."

Lee is still on the skinny side. He had just 4.1 percent body fat last fall (no big man at this year's NBA combine was lower) and pushed up only eight reps of 185 pounds on the bench press...

Lee also needs to carve out some time to work on his skills. So far 43 of his 73 made field goals in college have been dunks. According to hoop-math.com, 74 percent of his shot attempts last season came around the rim and only 26 percent qualified as "jumpers." He made just 15.8 percent of those.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 02, 2015, 02:25:11 pm
USA Basketball ‏@usabasketball 1h1 hour ago Colorado Springs, CO

Here it is, the official announcement naming the 2015 USA U16 National Team! #USABMU16 READ: http://bit.ly/15mu16team 

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Named to the 2015 USA U16 National Team were: Jordan Brown (Woodcreek H.S./ Roseville, Calif.); Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.); Jalen Hill (Corona Centennial H.S./Corona, Calif.); Markus Howard (Findlay Prep, Nev./Chandler, Ariz.); Tre Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Appel Valley, Minn.); Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Tampa, Fla.); Jaylen Nowell (Garfield H.S./Seattle, Wash.); Ja’Vonte Smart (Scotlandville HS/Baton Rouge, La.); Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.); Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep School/Houston, Texas); Connor Vanover (Arkansas Baptist H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); and Robert Woodard (Columbus H.S./Columbus, Miss.).
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 04, 2015, 01:43:57 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 5h5 hours ago

Canadian Point Guard Jamal Murray Visiting Oregon Beginning Thursday http://zagsblog.com/articles/canadian-point-guard-jamal-murray-visiting-oregon-beginning-wednesday/ … via @adamzagoria
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2015, 07:08:40 pm
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein  8h8 hours ago
Great job by @EvanDaniels and his team on this updated Top 100 for the Class of 2016. A MUST read before July: http://foxs.pt/1Mt2qhD

5. KOBI SIMMONS
St. Francis HS / 6'5" / 170 lbs

7. MALIK MONK
Bentonville HS / 6'4" / 180 lbs  #1 SG

10. JOSH LANGFORD
Madison Academy / 6'5" / 200 lbs

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 06, 2015, 07:52:44 am
Rob Harrington ‏@Rob_Harrington  17h17 hours ago
Roundtable: Scout national team discusses big risers in our new rankings | http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/story/1552475-roundtable-making-the-leap … |

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JONATHAN ISAAC
IMG Academy / 6'9" / 190 lbs

Daniels: We already had Jonathan Isaac ranked in the high 40s, but I think his move up our list — to No. 14 — caught many off guard. I think people in the industry realized he needed to be ranked higher than where we had him, but I think he's the type of prospect you make an aggressive play with. At 6-foot-9 (and maybe still growing), he's so mobile, athletic and skilled. He has an impressive set of tools and his best days are clearly ahead of him.
Isaac’s current school list includes Auburn, LSU, Texas, Florida State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Miami, California, Kentucky, Stanford, Wake Forest and Virginia.

J.J. CALDWELL
Cypress Woods HS / 5'11" / 175 lbs  A&M

Gershon: Someone who made a big jump in the rankings was J.J. Caldwell, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound point guard from Houston Cypress Woods. A year ago, while Caldwell had good ball skills and vision, he was sometimes out of control and it was tough to bet too big on him.
Now, however, the Texas A&M commit has shown a much better feel and is proving himself as one of the top point guards in the 2016 class. He's a very creative and impressive passer and someone who is now using that ability to consistently make those around him better.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 09, 2015, 11:35:13 am
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 2h2 hours ago

New ESPN Class of 2016 rankings expanded to Top 100. I LOVE the top three guys on the list. Studs: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/class/2016 …

5. Malik Monk

81. Jordan Harris   UGa

86. Tyree Crump   UGa

96. JJ Caldwell      A&M
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 09, 2015, 11:37:33 am
Scout Recruiting ‏@scoutrecruiting 20h20 hours ago

With the spring over and summer coming, Scout's updated basketball 2016 top 100 rankings! http://on.scout.com/O2JIs 
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2015, 08:00:13 pm
Some of the top rated '12 basketball recruits who will not be playing in the SEC in '15-16

Devonta Pollard  Bama -> JC -> Houston  #28 '12 Kemper Co. SF  (Mom's kidnapping case)
Braxton Ogbueze  UF -> Charlotte  #50 '12 Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy PG
Jordan Price        AU - LaSalle  #61 '12  Southwest DeKalb SG
J-Mychal Reese   A&M -> No. Texas  #73 '12  Bryan PG
Shaq Johnson     AU -> Longwood  #99 '12 Alpharetta Milton SG
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 13, 2015, 08:20:50 pm
Three players withdraw from United States U19 training camp (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/13/three-players-withdraw-from-united-states-u19-training-camp)

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Diamond Stone, one of the top incoming freshmen, withdrew from the camp as did 2016 prospects Tyus Battle (Michigan commit) and Malik Monk...

Coaches Donnie Bostwick (Southwest Assemblies of God), Kerry Keating (Santa Clara) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central) are serving as court coaches during the training camp.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 14, 2015, 08:23:34 am
One of the top rated '13 basketball recruits who will not be playing in the SEC in '15-16

Johnathan Williams III  Mizzou -> Zags  #55 Memphis Southwind PF

Note: 9 of the top 16 players in the recruiting class of '13 are SEC players who have since declared for the NCAA draft.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2015, 12:03:16 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels 19h19 hours ago

Scout's Nike Elite 100 Coverage -C's & PF's: http://tinyurl.com/nmdnz9z  -PG's & Combos: http://tinyurl.com/pyw9y7j  -Wings: http://tinyurl.com/p4gcpue
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2015, 07:00:56 am
USA Basketball has announced the 12-man team that will be heading to Greece for the U-19 tournament, and it’s will likely end up being one of the younger teams in attendance. Nine of the 12 players have yet to play a second of college basketball while there are four members of the Class of 2016 on the roster: (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/17/usa-basketballs-u-19-roster-includes-nine-players-without-college-experience)

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Isaiah Briscoe, Fr., Kentucky

Jalen Brunson, Fr., Villanova

Jawun Evans, Fr., Oklahoma State

Terrance Ferguson, Class of 2016

Harry Giles, Class of 2016

Josh Jackson, Class of 2016

Chinanu Onauku, So., Louisville

L.J. Peak, So., Georgetown

Caleb Swanigan, Fr., Purdue

Allonzo Trier, Fr., Arizona

Thomas Welsh, So., UCLA

The final four cuts — all of whom are rising sophomores — were made on Wednesday afternoon: Justin Bibbs (Virginia Tech), Brekkot Chapman (Utah), Vince Edwards (Purdue), Riley LaChance (Vanderbilt).
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 19, 2015, 10:25:58 am
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 12m12 minutes ago Manhattan, NY

Bookmark this for all your @usabasketball U19 news: Isaiah Briscoe Injury / Josh Jackson / Jayson Tatum / Harry Giles http://zagsblog.com/usa-basketball

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Incoming Kentucky point guard Isaiah Briscoe will miss the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship after suffering a concussion during the USA’s Thursday morning practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Six-foot-6 guard Justin Bibbs has been added to the USA U19 World Championship Team roster in place of Briscoe.

“I feel very bad for Isaiah. He had a tremendous attitude and was one of our overall best players and one of our leaders of the team,” said USA U19 head coach Sean Miller (Arizona).
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2015, 10:39:10 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels 33m33 minutes ago Charlottesville, VA

Who stood out last night at NBPA? | Adebayo, Goodin, Diakite, Simpson + more | Top Performers: http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/story/1556941-nbpa-day-3-evening-update …

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The third and final full day of action at the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp concluded on Friday evening...

Edrice Adebayo
Northside HS / 6'9" / 230 lbs

    Position C
    C Rank3

He’s 6-foot-9, has long arms, good athleticism, broad shoulders and overall elite frame for a center. Take a big time physical presence and add a motor and you have a high level prospect.

Adebayo holds offers from presumed favorite NC State, North Carolina, Kansas, Maryland, Wake Forest and Louisville.


Quentin Goodin
Taylor Co HS / 6'2" / 175 lbs

    PositionPG
    PG Rank15

 Quentin Goodin, played his best game of the event as he scored 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting.

Goodin, a 6-foot-2 strongly built guard, picked his spots to showcase both his scoring and passing. He was assertive and effective when he had opportunities to drive the ball and scored at the rim, both in the half court and in transition. Goodin also tossed in a floater and multiple long-range shots. To go with his scoring, Goodin showed his vision and made crisp, on-target passes. This was one of Goodin’s better performances of the spring and summer.

Among the schools involved in Goodin’s recruitment are Xavier, Western Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Butler, Indiana and Louisville.


Miles Bridges
Huntington Prep / 6'7" / 220 lbs

    Position SF
    SF Rank 7

 Currently, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa State, Indiana, North Carolina, NC State and Louisville are on the recruiting list for Bridges who won’t decide until the fall.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2015, 08:56:55 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  7h7 hours ago
Quentin Goodin narrows list to five | Story: http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/story/1557726-goodin-is-down-to-five …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CINNmzmW8AAGkfq.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2015, 03:10:05 pm
Scout Recruiting ‏@scoutrecruiting Jun 24

Scout's Basketball recruiting staff went back to the board and updated our 2017 Top 75! http://on.scout.com/OKf3f 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIRvqpgUcAAmref.jpg)

3. Michael Porter
Tolton Catholic / 6'8" / 205 lbs  Position SF Rank 1

2017 Top 75 (http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/topic/players?type=players&category=Basketball%20Recruiting&classYear=2017&minimumInterest=Low&start=0)
   
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 26, 2015, 06:44:17 am
Craig Pinkerton ‏@SEC_Craig 8h8 hours ago

Each of the six first team all-@SEC players available for the NBA Draft were selected in the 40 picks
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 26, 2015, 07:00:58 am
Recruiting ratings for the SEC players selected in the 2015 NBA Draft

Karl-Anthony Towns, UK     '14  9th overall (97), #3 C, #1 in the East and NJ
Willie Cauley-Stein, UK       '12 40th overall (95, 4-star), #11 C, #2 KS, #9 Midlands
Trey Lyles, UK                  '14  6th overall (97), #2 PF, #1 IN, #4 Midwest
Devin Booker, UK               '14 18th overall (93), #3 SG, #1 MS, #5 Southeast
Bobby Portis, AR                '13 16th overall (92), #7 PF, #1 AR, #5 Southeast
Jarell Martin, LS                 '13 11th overall (93), #3 PF, #1 LA, #2 Southeast
Jordan Mickey, LS              '13  38th overall (88), #12 PF, #5 TX, #5 Midlands
Josh Richardson, UT           '11 (90)                   #40 SF
Andrew Harrison, UK           '13  5th overall (96), #1 PG, #2 TX and the Midlands
Dakari Johnson, UK             '13  7th overall (95), #2 C, #1 East and NY
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 26, 2015, 10:13:35 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 11h11 hours ago

Tough not to think about Trevor Lacey right now. Could have been ACC POY candidate and potential AA if he retuned (sic) to NC State. Undrafted.


Bama transfer
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2015, 06:02:10 pm
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio  6h6 hours ago

Deandre Liggins will play in the NBA Summer League with the Sacramento Kings

Phoenix Suns have added Josh Harrellson to their NBA Summer League team

 @AlexKennedyNBA: I'm hearing Darius Miller will play summer league with the Dallas Mavericks.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2015, 07:41:31 am
Some of those higher rated SEC players who were not drafted by an NBA team

Aaron Harrison    10th in the 2010 class  UK     Clutch in '14 NCAA-T; 30% 3P% in '15
Chris Walker       12th in the 2013 class  UF     Left early against advise
Devonta Pollard  28th in the 2012 class  Bama  Mom's kidnapping of young child hurt him
Jamal Branch      51st in the 2011 class  A&M   Completed eligibility at St. John's
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2015, 04:45:09 pm
Re-ranking recruiting classes: Who are the 25 best players from the Class of 2004?

Here are the [SEC reps +2 among the] 25 best players from the Class of 2004, with their final Rivals Top 150 ranking in parentheses (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/29/re-ranking-recruiting-classes-who-are-the-25-best-players-from-the-class-of-2004/)

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1. Dwight Howard (No. 1)

3. Rajon Rondo (No. 25): Rondo has never been the easiest player to deal with, but there’s no questioning his ability. He was the starting point guard for the 2008 NBA champion Celtics and a four-time All-Star that was routinely among league leaders in assists and steals. He was traded to Dallas in the middle of the season.

4. Joakim Noah (No. 75): After three seasons at Florida — which included back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007 — Noah was the No. 9 pick in 2007. He’s since developed into one of the best centers in the NBA, having made a pair of All-Star teams, even getting named a first-team All-NBA center in 2014.

5. Al Horford (No. 36): Like Noah, Horford went from winning back-to-back NCAA titles to going top ten in the 2007 NBA Draft. And like Noah, he’s developed into one of the best big men in the league. He’s dealt with injury issues throughout his career, but he is a three-time All-Star.

8. Al Jefferson (No. 4): Jefferson was the 15th pick in 2004 after bypassing college and entering the NBA Draft.

13. DeMarre Carroll (No. 148): Carroll spent five years in college — two at Vandy, two and a redshirt season at Missouri — before getting picked at the end of the first round in 2009. It took him a while to find his role in the league, but he was a key piece in Atlanta’s emergence as an Eastern Conference contender the last two seasons.

14. Corey Brewer (No. 31): After winning back-to-back national titles with the Gators alongside Noah and Horford, Brewer went seventh in the 2007 NBA Draft. He’s managed to remain a starter on the wing for playoff caliber teams. Brewer was traded to Houston during the 2014-15 season and averaged 11.2 points for the Rockets during their playoff run.

15. Glen Davis (No. 13): A second round pick out of LSU in 2007, Big Baby won an NBA title with the Celtics as a rookie in 2008. He’s since blossomed into an solid role player in the NBA, spending four seasons with the Celtics before heading to Orlando. He spent this past season as a bench player with the Clippers.

24. Tyrus Thomas (UR): Thomas exploded onto the college scene in 2005-06 as a redshirt freshman, helping LSU to the Final Four and playing his way into a top four pick. His best season in the league came in his third year, as he averaged 10.8 points and 6.4 boards. He played two games for Memphis in 2014-15. He’s made more than $37 million in his career.

NOTABLES

Sebatian Telfair (No. 6)
Randolph Morris (No. 10)
Toney "Toni Tone" Douglas (No. 66)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2015, 09:12:47 am
Rob Dauster ‏@RobDauster 47m47 minutes ago

Re-ranking recruiting classes: Who are the 25 best players from the Class of 2005? http://wp.me/p1aWjM-2e1B

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1. Monta Ellis (No. 3): Since entering the league out of high school Ellis has been a potent scorer

16. Alonzo Gee (No. 33): Playing with Denver this past season, Gee has been in the league six seasons after going undrafted out of Alabama

Tyler Smith (34)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2015, 06:58:22 pm
Re-ranking the recruiting classes: Who are the 25 best players from the Class of 2006? (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/01/re-ranking-the-recruiting-classes-who-are-the-25-best-players-from-the-class-of-2006/)

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1. Kevin Durant (2): This is an easy choice.
2. Stephen Curry (NR)
3. Russell Westbrook (NR)
5. Mike Conley Jr. (18)

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15. Patrick Beverley (65): Beverley’s career at Arkansas ended after his sophomore season due to an academic issue, and since then he’s been a solid pro both overseas and now in the NBA. Currently a free agent, Beverley averaged 10.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in Houston before injuring his knee this past season.

16. Jodie Meeks (39): Meeks was a four-star recruit entering Kentucky, and by the time he left Lexington he made 177 three-pointers and held the school record for points in a game (54) and made three-pointers in a game (10). Since then Meeks has played for five NBA teams, averaging 9.9 points per game.

18. Marreese Speights (51): Speights was a role player on Florida’s 2007 national title team, and as a sophomore he averaged 14.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest...

25. Greg Oden (1)

Notables: Jarvis Varnado (62)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2015, 08:26:00 pm
Rob Dauster ‏@RobDauster 5h5 hours ago

Rob Dauster retweeted CollegeBasketbllTalk

Pretty incredible how few players from a given recruiting class actually have extended NBA careers


CollegeBasketbllTalk@CBTonNBC

Re-ranking the recruiting classes: Who are the 25 best players in the Class of 2007? http://wp.me/p1aWjM-2e3S

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1. Derrick Rose (3)

3. Blake Griffin (23)

6. DeAndre Jordan (Eight): Say what you want about the development of Jordan’s offensive skill set, he’s been a high-level rebounder and defender in the NBA after playing a season at Texas A&M. Currently working his way through free agency, Jordan’s a two-time NBA rebounding champion and was third team All-NBA this past season.

7. Chandler Parsons (19): Parsons is one of the few players on this list who spent four seasons in college, earning SEC Player of the Year honors at Florida in 2011. As a pro he’s played in Houston and Dallas, averaging 14.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for his career.

8. O.J. Mayo (4)

11. Patrick Patterson (17): Patterson played three seasons at Kentucky, averaging at least 14.3 points per game in each of those campaigns. From there it was on to the NBA, where he’s developed into a dependable option who can serve as a stretch four. Patterson’s averaging 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest as an NBA player.

16. Nick Calathes (14): Calathes joined Parsons at Florida but wasn’t there nearly as long, leaving the school for the pro ranks after earning first team All-SEC honors as a sophomore. Calathes has played in both Europe and the NBA, most recently serving as Mike Conley Jr.’s backup in Memphis.

22. Festus (145): After spending five seasons at Vanderbilt, redshirting as a freshman, Ezeli’s been able to earn some playing time with the champion Golden State Warriors in each of his first two seasons as a pro. Ezeli was a second team All-SEC selection in 2011.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 04, 2015, 11:17:18 am
Re-ranking the recruiting classes: Who are the 25 best players in the Class of 2008? (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/03/re-ranking-the-recruiting-classes-who-are-the-25-best-players-in-the-class-of-2008/)

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1. Paul George ([UnRanked)

10. Brandon Jennings (4) – Jennings famously played his lone season before the NBA in overseas instead of college and he’s carved out a nice career so far with the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons.

11. Tyreke Evans (6)

Notables
Byron Mullens (1)
DeAndre Liggins (28)
Trey Thompkins (30)
Darius Miller (42)
Jeff Taylor (52)
Kim English (111)

Tough stretch for the SEC
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2015, 01:18:41 pm
Here are the 25 best players from the Class of 2009, with their final Rivals Top 150 ranking in parentheses:

1. Kawhi Leonard (No. 48 (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/06/re-ranking-recruiting-classes-who-are-the-25-best-players-from-the-class-of-2009)

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2. John Wall (No. 1): Wall’s ascension came during the summer before his senior season in college, as he became the nation’s top recruit, spending one season as Kentucky before going No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft. He’s always been able to put up numbers, but it wasn’t until the last two seasons where he was able to get the Wizards to the NBA Playoffs. This year, a broken wrist might have cost him a trip to the conference finals.

3. DeMarcus Cousins (No. 2): Cousins averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.7 blocks for the Kings last season. He’s a top five talent in the NBA. He’s also never played in a playoff game. I believe “enigmatic” is the PC word to use here.

4. Khris Middleton (No. 140): Middleton played three seasons at Texas A&M before heading off to the NBA. He was a second round pick that played 27 games with Detroit as a rookie. Then, after joining the Bucks, he found his groove, becoming a starting wing that averaged 13.4 points this past season. He just inked a deal with $70 million over the next five years.

5. Derrick Favors (No. 3)

6. Eric Bledsoe (No. 23): Bledsoe was impressive enough in his one season at Kentucky to get picked 11th in the 2010 NBA Draft. After three seasons backing up Chris Paul with the Clippers, he was traded to the Suns in the deal that brought J.J. Redick to LA. The last two years, he’s averaged 17 points, six assists and five boards.

NOTABLES

Renardo Sidney (No. 16)
John Jenkins (No. 15)
Daniel Orton (No. 22)
Erik Murphy (No. 79)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2015, 06:24:28 pm
CollegeBasketbllTalk ‏@CBTonNBC 3h3 hours ago

Re-ranking Recruiting Classes: Who are the 25 best players from the Class of 2010? http://wp.me/p1aWjM-2e7L

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Here are the 25 best players from the Class of 2010, with their final Rivals Top 150 ranking in parentheses:

1. Kyrie Irving (No. 4)

3. Brandon Knight (No. 6): Knight helped lead Kentucky to the 2011 Final Four before going eighth in the 2011 draft. He’s played with Detroit, Milwaukee and Phoenix, with whom he signed a long-term deal this month, and has averaged 17 points and five assists over the last two years.

6. Jared Sullinger (No. 5)

8. Enes Kanter (No. 3): Kanter never was declared eligible with Kentucky...

9. Tobias Harris (No. 7): After one unremarkable season with Tennessee, Harris was the 19th pick in the 2011 draft. His fourth season in the NBA was his best, as he averaged 17.1 points for the Magic.

10. Terrence Jones (No. 13): Jones underwhelmed during his two seasons with Kentucky, failing to live up to his hype and a freshman and thriving in a role on the 2012 national champs. He went 18th in the 2012 draft, find a role as a starting power forward with Houston the last two seasons.

11. Terrence Ross (No. 48)

12. Jordan Clarkson (UR): Clarkson put up big numbers without much acclaim in three years at Tulsa and Missouri. He was a second round pick of the Lakers in 2014, going on to average 11.9 points and 3.5 assists while getting named to the NBA All-Rookie 1st team.

19. Phil Pressey (No. 61): Pressey lasted three seasons in Missouri before turning pro. He went undrafted in 2013, but he latched on with the Celtics, playing in 125 games over the course of the last two seasons.

NOTABLES

Josh Selby (No. 1)
Tony Mitchell (No. 12)
Jelan Kendrick (No. 15)
Will Barton (No. 11)
Doron Lamb (No. 21)
Aaron Craft (No. 111)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 08, 2015, 09:45:01 pm
Raphielle Johnson ‏@raphiellej 7h7 hours ago

Re-ranking Recruiting Classes: Who are the 25 best players in the Class of 2011? http://wp.me/p1aWjM-2e8g

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Here are the 25 best players from the Class of 2011, with their final Rivals Top 150 ranking in parentheses:

1. Anthony Davis (2): This is an easy choice. Davis was the Most Outstanding Player on Kentucky’s national title team in 2012 and then picked first overall by New Orleans in the 2012 NBA Draft. He hasn’t slowed down either, emerging as one of the top players in the NBA and leading the Pelicans to the playoffs this past season.

2. Bradley Beal (4): Like Davis, Beal spent one season playing in the SEC as he was part of a Florida team that reached the Elite Eight. From there it was off to Washington, where he’s combined with John Wall to form the Wizards’ backcourt of the present and future.

8. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (3): Kidd-Gilchrist teamed up with Davis on a loaded Kentucky team to win a national title in 2012, then moved on to the NBA where he was the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Always a good defender, Kidd-Gilchrist has worked to improve his abilities as a shooter since entering the NBA and wound up averaging 10.9 points per game last season.

9. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (12): Caldwell-Pope took a major leap forward in his second season as a pro, averaging 12.7 points per game for the Pistons in 2014-15 (5.9 ppg as a rookie). Prior to that KCP played two seasons at Georgia, where he was SEC Player of the Year in 2013 after averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

14. Jabari Brown (19): Brown didn’t last all that long at Oregon, transferring to Missouri after playing just two games in Eugene. Once at Mizzou the shooting guard became of the SEC’s top perimeter players as a junior in 2014 (first team All-SEC; 19.9 ppg). After spending time in the NBA D-League Brown’s now with the Lakers, where he averaged 11.9 points per game this season.

19. Rodney Hood (16): Hood was an SEC All-Rookie Team selection at Mississippi State before transferring to Duke, where he played one season under Mike Krzyzewski. A first round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by Utah, Hood averaged 8.7 points per game as a rookie.

20. Frank Kaminsky (UR)

21. Kyle Wiltjer (22): Wiltjer still has another season left to play in college, but he’s put together a solid resume at that level. As a freshman he was part of a national champion squad at Kentucky, following that up with SEC Sixth Man of the Year honors as a sophomore. He transferred following the 2012-13 season, and after sitting out a year Wiltjer was both WCC Newcomer of the Year and a second team All-American at Gonzaga in 2014-15.

24. Johnny O’Bryant III (46): O’Bryant played three seasons at LSU, where he was a first team All-SEC choice in both 2013 and 2014. A second-round pick of the Bucks in the 2014 NBA Draft, O’Bryant played 10.8 minutes per game (34 games played) as a rookie on a team that reached the playoffs.

Notables:

Marquis Teague (5)
Josh Richardson (124)
Marcus Thornton (UR)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 20, 2015, 09:23:25 am
Rob Dauster ‏@RobDauster Jul 12

Pet peeve: calling two elite recruits going to the same school a "package deal". They are friends that want to go to school together.

A "package deal" means you HAVE to take the bum if you want to get the superstar.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 21, 2015, 07:09:12 am
Harry Giles ‏@TheReal_HG3 13h13 hours ago

Top 5 Schools No Order                                North Carolina
Duke
Kentucky
Kansas
Wake Forest
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 23, 2015, 05:18:54 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 3h3 hours ago

Updated High School Transfer List w/ Andre Rafus to [Roselle Catholic]
http://zagsblog.com/articles/high-profile-high-school-transfers/ …

Playa                          New School                       Old School                 Class/College

 Braxton Blackwell     Oak Hill Academy (VA)     Nashville (TN) C.P.A.     2016/TBD
         
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2015, 07:58:28 am
Anthony Wireman ‏@awireman 22h22 hours ago

Former Kentucky and Georgia State point guard Ryan Harrow has signed a pro basketball contract in Greece: http://www.allkyhoops.com/2015/07/ryan-harrow-signs-professional-contract.html …

Ryan Harrow was a top 40 player in the '10 class out of Marietta.  He originally signed with NC State b/4 transferring to UK.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2015, 08:02:10 am
Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik 15h15 hours ago

Steve Walentik retweeted Trail Blazers

Ex-#Mizzou PG Phil Pressey changing coasts as he continues his NBA career, signs with Portland after leaving Boston.

Flip was within a few spots of Ryan Harrow in the '10 class out of the Episcopal School of Dallas.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 28, 2015, 02:07:00 pm
 Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 8h8 hours ago

2016 G Quentin Goodin @Goodin_3 takes an official to Xavier this weekend Aug. 1-2.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 28, 2015, 03:27:45 pm
 CollegeBasketbllTalk ‏@CBTonNBC 6h6 hours ago

Highlights of Bol Bol, 15 year old son of Manute Bol (VIDEO) http://wp.me/p1aWjM-2elc
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2015, 04:50:40 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 21h21 hours ago

Alabama is the latest to offer 2016 G @Iam_RawleAlkins . The Bandwagon is officially overflowing.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2015, 04:53:00 pm
Luke WinnVerified account
‏@lukewinn

SI Study Finding #1: 37% of top-100 recruits who don't go one-and-done end up transferring. http://on.si.com/1fIHPuu
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 02, 2015, 02:26:20 pm
Jody Demling ‏@jdemling 2h2 hours ago

Hearing Taylor County guard Quentin Goodin has committed to Xavier. Top player in Kentucky.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2015, 01:22:55 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels 29m29 minutes ago

102 college coaches voted on who they think is the best player & pro prospect in HS | Story: http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/story/1569608-ncaa-coaches-poll-best-player-pro-prospect …

Best Player Voting
No. 1 Harry Giles -- 37
No. 2 Jayson Tatum – 11
No. 3 Malik Monk -- 10
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2015, 08:04:11 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria  2h2 hours ago
2016 Team Thad PG Jaylen Fisher has cut his list to Baylor, Indiana, Memphis, UNLV, Arkansas and LSU, per his coach. Will decide by October.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2015, 08:03:21 am
Cheick Diallo, a one-time Kentucky basketball target who signed to play at Kansas, is still awaiting to see if he is going to be eligible for the Jayhawks for 2015-16. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2015/08/05/cheick-diallo-still-waiting-to-be-cleared-at-kansas)

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6-foot-9 McDonald’s All-American, ranked as the fifth-best prospect in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, has not been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center. And Kansas coach Bill Self said this week he is not sure when Diallo can anticipate a ruling.

“I don’t anticipate this being cleared up in the near future,” Self said.

According to The Star, “The eligibility questions appear to focus Diallo’s time at Our Savior New American School, a private high school in Centereach, N.Y., a town of 31,000 on Long Island. Diallo, a native of Mali, attended the school after coming to the United States to pursue a college basketball career.”
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Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2015, 10:42:19 am
Cheick Diallo, a one-time Kentucky basketball target who signed to play at Kansas, is still awaiting to see if he is going to be eligible for the Jayhawks for 2015-16. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2015/08/05/cheick-diallo-still-waiting-to-be-cleared-at-kansas)


Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 15m15 minutes ago Manhattan, NY

It should be noted that Davon Dillard was cleared out of Our Savior to play at Oklahoma State.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2015, 09:21:02 am
On Jan. 12, 2010, Skal Labissiere’s life changed forever. Labissiere, 14 years old at the time, ran inside when he got home to say hello to his mother and little brother while his dad stayed outside to work on fixing a basketball hoop that Skal and his little brother, Elliot, played on. With basketball practice scheduled for later that day, Skal went to wash his hands before getting something to eat. It was at that point that his life, and the lives of millions of others, was affected forever, as the epicenter of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit just 16 miles from his home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

“I ran to my mom, my little brother ran and had just enough time to make it there. Then the house just collapsed on us,” Labissiere said.. (http://www.coachcal.com/34946/2015/08/meet-the-wildcats-a-journey-unlike-any-other-labissiere-arrives-at-uk-embracing-competition)


Dick Vitale ‏@DickieV  11h11 hours ago
If u r a BBN fan u must be nervous as they will all remember the NCAA & Enes Kanter/Cats NEED SKAL!@UKCoachCalipari  http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/18/five-star-kentucky-commit-skal-labissiere-believes-the-ncaa-will-clear-him-to-play/ …

Yes BBN-NBC Sports talk article is from April but until NCAA says SKAL LABISSIERE is ok u must be nervous @UKCoachCalipari feels confident !
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2015, 09:33:26 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 2h2 hours ago

ICYMI: Mustapha Heron Acknowledges His Top Five Could Change http://zagsblog.com/recruiting/mustapha-heron-acknowledges-his-top-five-could-change/ …

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NEW YORK – Mustapha Heron has a top five, but the 6-foot-5 wing out of Sacred Heart (CT) High School admits that his list of St. John’s, Auburn, Mississippi State, Marquette and Alabama could still change.

Heron’s father, Bryan, was quoted in the Republican-American newspaper earlier this week as saying that Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina are also recruiting his son.

“My options are staying open, but those are the five I’m most comfortable with and the places I feel like I can go and have a huge impact right away,” Heron told SNY.tv Friday afternoon at practice for Saturday night’s Big Strick Classic at Gauchos Gym in the Bronx.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2015, 04:19:01 pm
Hugh Kellenberger ‏@HKellenbergerCL 1h1 hour ago

Hugh Kellenberger retweeted Gary Parrish

Someone said Stefan Moody, which is really interesting.

Gary ParrishVerified account@GaryParrishCBS

We asked NCAA coaches which player they’d take above all others for this year. Here’s what they said: http://cbsprt.co/1htMCkS  #CandidCoaches

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If you could pick any Division I player and put him on your team for this season, which player would you pick?

Ben Simmons (LSU): 21 percent
Skal Labissiere (Kentucky): 4 percent
Others receiving vote: ... Stefan Moody (Ole Miss), Jamal Murray (Kentucky ), ... Tyler Ulis (Kentucky).

On Ben Simmons: "He's better than [Jahlil] Okafor. He goes into a pick-up game at LSU, doesn't take a shot, and he won't lose for seven games."

On Skal Labissiere: "If you asked this question to NBA scouts instead of college coaches you'd get a lot of votes for Skal. They know how talented he is. But most college coaches haven't seen him much because he didn't play much high school basketball, and he bounced around different teams in the summers."

The correct pick is likely Kris Dunn...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2015, 05:19:38 pm
https://twitter.com/jeffborzello/status/632554268071997440
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2015, 06:14:04 pm
https://twitter.com/CecilHurt/status/634126476468727808
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2015, 08:54:33 am
https://twitter.com/EvanDaniels/status/636007372536741888
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2015, 08:55:48 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels Aug 22

There are representatives from five NBA teams here at Isaac's Gymnasium for the EYBL Select/Bahamian Select game.

https://twitter.com/EvanDaniels/status/635217296634564609
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2015, 02:24:04 pm
https://twitter.com/RobDauster/status/636173820647215105
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2015, 03:10:03 pm
https://twitter.com/jeffborzello/status/635077713821347841
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 26, 2015, 08:09:16 am
https://twitter.com/AdamFinkelstein/status/636513849768697856

5. Malik Monk              Bentonville   

10. Terrance Ferguson  Dallas Prime Time U          Bama

24. Mustapha Heron     West Haven Sacred heart   Auburn

31. Sacha Killeya-Jones  Virginia Episcopal            UK

49. Robert Williams      Vivian North Caddo           A&M

77. Tyree Crump          Bainbridge                       UGa

86. JJ Caldwell            Cypress Woods                 A&M

93. Jared Harper         Pebblebrook                     Auburn
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 26, 2015, 05:34:57 pm
https://twitter.com/CourtneyRCronin/status/636656555828609024

https://twitter.com/EvanDaniels/status/636558367201316868

6.  Malik Monk              Bentonville

13. Terrance Ferguson  Dallas Prime Time U          Bama

23. Mustapha Heron     West Haven Sacred Heart   Auburn

29. Sacha Killeya-Jones  Virginia Episcopal            UK

51. Robert Williams      Vivian North Caddo           A&M

54. JJ Caldwell            Cypress Woods                 A&M

71. Lamar Peters         Landry-Walker                  MS

89. Tyree Crump         Bainbridge                       UGa

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 28, 2015, 09:26:51 am
http://247sports.com/Season/2016-Basketball/RecruitRankings?InstitutionGroup=HighSchool

5. Malik Monk              Bentonville   

9. Terrance Ferguson   Dallas Prime Time U          Bama

16. Sacha Killeya-Jones  Virginia Episcopal            UK

27. Mustapha Heron     West Haven Sacred heart   Auburn

45. Ted Kapita             SPIRE Academy                Arkansas

55. JJ Caldwell            Cypress Woods                 A&M

71. Tyree Crump          Bainbridge                       UGa

77. Robert Williams      Vivian North Caddo           A&M

91. Jared Harper         Pebblebrook                     Auburn

99. Eric Hester            Oldsman Christian             Florida
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2015, 04:37:40 pm
http://sports.yahoo.com/usf/basketball/recruiting/rankings/rank-rivals150/2016

6. Malik Monk               Bentonville   

11. Terrance Ferguson   Dallas Prime Time U          Bama

19. Mustapha Heron     West Haven Sacred heart   Auburn

35. Isaac Humphries     La Porte La Lumiere          UK (reclassified to 2015)

43. Tai Wynward          Rangitoto College              UK (plans to enroll in Dec. 2015)

51. Sacha Killeya-Jones  Virginia Episcopal            UK

69. JJ Caldwell            Cypress Woods                 A&M

78. Tyree Crump          Bainbridge                       UGa

87. Lamar Peters        NOLA Landry-Walker          MS

89. Eric Hester            Oldsman Christian             Florida

97. Jordan Harris        Seminole County               UGa
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on August 31, 2015, 06:27:25 pm
https://twitter.com/CBTonNBC/status/638449979862872065
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 01, 2015, 11:04:48 pm
Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops  5h5 hours ago
Kevin Brockway retweeted Adam Zagoria
FSU in final six, but not Florida.

Adam Zagoria‏@AdamZagoria
Malik Monk Cuts to 6, Sets 4 Official Visits http://zagsblog.com/recruiting/malik-monk-cuts-to-6-sets-4-official-visits/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 02, 2015, 09:12:20 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels 1m1 minute ago

One head coach told his staff he'll buy them each a Rolex if they have a top 10 recruiting class. We'll assume he's using Scout's rankings.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 03, 2015, 08:00:27 am
Scout 2017 Basketball Recruiting Top 100 (http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/topic/players?type=players&category=Basketball%20Recruiting&classYear=2017&minimumInterest=Low)

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 05, 2015, 08:51:11 am
Whatever happened to some of the Top 40 Class o' '12 prospects who signed with or landed with SEC schools?

1. Nerlens Noel UK ... Noel was setting shot blocking records when he suffered a late-season ACL injury dodging an ESPN cameraman in one of those swivel chairs.  He has been seen taking terminal ill children to the Kentucky Derby at least twice. After missing '13-14 he was an NBA All-Rookie selection in '15-16.

13. Alex Poythress UK ... Medical redshirt Junior returns to Kentucky.  Early season ACL ended UK's true 10-man platoon.  Poythress received his degree in three years and may leave with a Masters.  '15-16 is his chance as UK recruited no PFs and that is his best college position.  Would need to play SF at the next level.

15. Archie Goodwin UK ... Sylvan Hills SG played one unmemorable season as a UK teammate of Noel, Poythress, and Cauley-Stein. 1st round pick was traded twice on draft day and landed with Phoenix. "Entering the 2015-16 season, the Suns only have two proven starters in the back court - Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. Behind them are Ronnie Price, Sonny Weems, rookie Devin Booker and Goodwin." Phoenix traded yet another former guard, Harrison.

19. Danuel House  Houston -> A&M ... Averaged 15 ppg for A&M and still has three to play two. Aggies missed him on their international summer tour due to a knee injury.

28. Devonta Pollard  Bama -> Juco -> Houston  Former Mr. Mississippi Basketball, scored 4 ppg as a Tide freshman.  His mom involved Devonta in a bizarre child kidnapping and ransom around the time that Devonta would have been declaring for the NBA draft after being a one-n-done according to plan. His mother went to prison and Pollard is getting another chance with Houston.

40. Willie Cauley  UK  In '14-15, he became the first player to make the Consensus five member 1st All-American Team and average less than 10 ppg.  Joins Demarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, et al. with the Kings.  Lived with NFL Hall of Famer Will Shields in Olathe during his high school athletic days as a multi-sport star.  Fun fact: His German-American grandparents raised him in rural Kansas, just like Adolph Rupp's did.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 07, 2015, 07:16:28 am
Richard Davenport ‏@ArRecruitingGuy 13h13 hours ago

UA hoops visit updates: The two basketball official visitors Arkansas hosted over the weekend came away impres... http://bit.ly/1Xzfnx3
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 07, 2015, 06:05:54 pm
http://247sports.com/Season/2016-Basketball/CompositeRecruitRankings?InstitutionGroup=HighSchool

5. Malik Monk               Bentonville   

13. Terrance Ferguson   Dallas Prime Time U          Bama

24. Mustapha Heron     West Haven Sacred heart   Auburn

26. Sacha Killeya-Jones  Virginia Episcopal            UK

57. JJ Caldwell            Cypress Woods                 A&M

58. Robert Williams      Vivian North Caddo           A&M

73. Tyree Crump          Bainbridge                       UGa

91. Lamar Peters        NOLA Landry-Walker          MS
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 08, 2015, 01:04:03 pm
Whatever happened to some of the Top 20 Class o' '13 prospects who signed with or landed with SEC schools?

3. Julius Randle  UK ... Lottery pick broke his foot in his first game with the Lakers. Is back for '15-16.

5. Andrew Harrison  UK ... Ended UK's 38-game winning streak against Wisconsin. 2nd round pick was traded to the Grizzlies.

7. Dakari Johnson  UK ...  48th overall pick of the Thunder, 1st UK 7-footer recruited by Calipari to not be drafted in the first round.

8. James Young  UK ...  1st round pick of the Celtics, split time in the D-League with the Maine Lobster Claws

9. Aaron Harrison  UK ... Undrafted member of UK's '13 draft class, hero of '14 NCAA tournament run with clutch shots down the stretch

10. Kasey Hill  UF ... Returning for his junior season for new coach Mike White

11. Jarell Martin  LSU ...  25th overall pick of the Grizzlies, broke his foot and will be out for '15-16

12. Chris Walker  UF ...  Stayed in Billy D's dog house at Florida and went undrafted after ill-advised early entry in the draft

16. Bobby Portis  UA ...  SEC's Player of the Year led Arkansas to first NCAA basketball tournament win since 2008.  22nd overall pick of the Bulls.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 09, 2015, 11:09:46 am
Courtney Cronin ‏@CourtneyRCronin 37m37 minutes ago

4-star Oak Hill SF Mario Kegler will be visited by Mississippi State, LSU, Baylor, Maryland, UNLV & Penn State this week per his guardian.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 10, 2015, 08:10:45 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  3h3 hours ago
Top 10 player Dennis Smith commits to N.C. State

One that got away
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 12, 2015, 08:12:32 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria  7h7 hours ago
Following his home visit with @Thon_Maker yesterday, @BobbyHurley11 saw 6-9 JUCO star Emmanuel @EmmanuelMalou today in California
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 14, 2015, 09:07:48 am
Since 2008, business has picked up in SEC recruiting of top basketball talent.

What happened to some of the Top 50 Class o' '08 prospects who signed with or landed with SEC schools?

6. JaMychal Green  Bama ... '11 1st Team All-SEC after some discipline problems at Bama, Green has caught on with the Grizzlies

8. Scotty Hopson  Vols ... A Kentucky high school player that Coach Pearl was able to lure to Knoxville, Hopson played 7 minutes in the NBA for the '14 Cavs.

16. Mike Rosario  Rutgers -> Florida  After playing for Bob Hurley at St. Anthony's, Rosario became the first of Coach Donovan's Rutgers to Florida pipeline.  He plays for the Puerto Rican Leones de Ponce (Ponce Lions).

33. Darius Miller  UK  Was a younger teammate of Chris Lofton at Mason County and Bruce Pearl and Billy Gillispie waged war to get his services.  Miller landed at UK and Gillispie's dog house.  Miller became a glue guy for Calipari and staying for 4 years, got an NCAA championship ring.  After a run with the Pelicans as then 18-year-old Anthony Davis' "big brother", he now plays in Germany.

41. Eloy Vargas  Florida -> Juco -> UK  Only player to play for both Donovan and Calipari, Vargas was the reserve big man on two Final Four teams at UK.  Plays in the Dominican Republic.

44. Kenneth Kadji  Florida -> Miami  2x All-ACC, plays professionally in Italy.

46. Rayford Shipman  Florida  Former Florida Mr. Basketball and SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Ray averaged about 10-12 minutes per game for the Gators in his sophomore season and then gave up the game.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 15, 2015, 07:48:17 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels Sep 14

Miles Bridges announces he is down to Kentucky, Indiana & Michigan State. Bridges has been to IU & MSU. Scheduled to visit UK this weekend.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 17, 2015, 04:02:13 pm
What happened to some of the Top 50 Class o' '07 prospects who signed or landed with current SEC schools?

 9. Patrick Patterson UK ... BCG had to get him. He had a couple of rough years, his mom got in Barnhart's face and he played his last season, providing junior leadership for Calipari's 36-3 Elite Eight team.  He is on the Raptor's roster.

10. Nick Calathes UF ... All-SEC and scored 33 points against UK.  Ran off Jai Lucas who would not compete for lead guard spot.  After two seasons he entered the draft, was a 2nd round pick, and landed in Greece.  In '13 he got on with the Grizzlies.

19. Jai Lucas UF -> Tejas ... Florida won the battle over UK for John Lucas II's son... After one season playing ... Transferred to Longhorns after one season ... After time in D-League he was a special assistant to Rick Barnes and stayed on with Shaka Smart.

25. DeAndre Jordan A&M ... One of three players in this listing to play for BCG.  One-n-done avg. 20 mpg, 8 ppg, and 6 rpg in the Big 12... Clippers players barricaded him to keep Mark Cuban away and signed him to a 4-year, $80 million deal.

28. Alex Legion  UK -> Illinois -> FIU ... Had a cup of steaming crap from BCG b/4 averaging 10-12 mpg for the Illini ... Avg. 13 ppg for FIU while knocking down 43% from treyville... Currently plays in Qatar

29. Anthony Randolph LSU ... Avg. 15.6 and 8.5 as an LSU one-n-done ... After six seasons in the NBA, Randolph played last season in Russia.

35. Senario Hillman Bama ... 1,000 point club at Bama after a four year career (the highest ranked four-year college player on this listing) ... He played for the Georgia Razors in the ABA and then overseas and now loves taking care of this family ... "You can download all my swag but still can't be me!!!!!" - Senario Hillman

44. Chandler Parsons UF ... He became the first Gator to ever win SEC Player of the Year in 2011.  After a short time in France, Parsons is currently with the Mavericks.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 18, 2015, 03:52:35 pm
 Brian Snow ‏@BSnowScout 2h2 hours ago

It is now official, Penn State lands another top 100 prospect this time forward Lamar Stevens http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/story/1588564-60-second-alert-lamar-stevens-makes-pick …

How about this: With the addition of Lamar Stevens, Penn State has a top 10 recruiting class ... In basketball.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 20, 2015, 07:57:29 am
What happened to some of the Top 50 Class o' '14 prospects who signed or landed with current SEC schools?

6. Trey Lyles UK ... Lottery pick

9. Karl Towns, Jr.  UK ... #1 overall pick

18. Devin Booker  UK ... Lottery pick

23. Devin Robinson  UF ... 6.4 and 2.8, he's back for the Gators

25. Tyler Ulis  UF ... 5-6 lead guard averaged 5.6 ppg with 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio

35. Brandone Francis  UF ... sat out due to academic issues

41. Montague Gill-Ceasar  MU -> SDSU NCAA is reported to open investigation of SDSU

45. Chris Chiozza  UF ... 3.9 ppg and 2.2 apg in about 22 - 23 mpg
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 21, 2015, 05:08:00 pm
Whatever happened to some of the Top 20 Class o' '13 prospects who signed with or landed with SEC schools?

3. Julius Randle  UK ... Lottery pick broke his foot in his first game with the Lakers. Is back for '15-16.

5. Andrew Harrison  UK ... Ended UK's 38-game winning streak against Wisconsin. 2nd round pick was traded to the Grizzlies.

7. Dakari Johnson  UK ...  48th overall pick of the Thunder, 1st UK 7-footer recruited by Calipari to not be drafted in the first round.

8. James Young  UK ...  1st round pick of the Celtics, split time in the D-League with the Maine Lobster Claws

9. Aaron Harrison  UK ... Undrafted member of UK's '13 draft class, hero of '14 NCAA tournament run with clutch shots down the stretch

10. Kasey Hill  UF ... Returning for his junior season for new coach Mike White

11. Jarell Martin  LSU ...  25th overall pick of the Grizzlies, broke his foot and will be out for '15-16

12. Chris Walker  UF ...  Stayed in Billy D's dog house at Florida and went undrafted after early entry in the draft. Signed with Rockets.

16. Bobby Portis  UA ...  SEC's Player of the Year led Arkansas to first NCAA basketball tournament win since 2008.  22nd overall pick of the Bulls.

Chris Walker signed with Rockets
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2015, 03:29:07 pm
De’Aaron Fox helps UK fan meet Coach Cal (http://collegebasketball.nbcsports.com/2015/09/22/photos-deaaron-fox-helps-uk-fan-meet-coach-cal)

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Last night he was in Houston, visiting De’Aaron Fox, who may just be the best lead guard in a class overloaded with talented floor generals. Cal’s visit is a story in and of itself, but what happened during the visit is much more interesting that the visit itself.

You see, Fox invited a classmate of his to the visit, a student named Seth Barnett. Barnett is a diehard Kentucky fan, his family relocating to Texas when Seth’s dad got a job there, according to Kentucky Sports Radio:

(https://nbccollegebasketballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/deaaronfox-visit.jpg?w=972&h=723)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2015, 10:12:26 am
Once The Heralded Scoring Guard, Tallahasee's JT Escobar To Adjust At Ole Miss (http://www.zsmart.blogspot.com/2015/09/once-heralded-scoring-guard-tallahasees.html)

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Escobar authored a 62-point explosion during a scrimmage against Oak Hill.

Escobar sustained the smoking-hot hand for two 20-minute halves at Oak Hill, burying 21-for-25 during one sequence.

The basket looked wider than the Biscayne Bay for Escobar, who averaged 30.2 PPG during an 815-point senior year at FAMU.

He'll also honor Ole Miss' need for a depth at the point guard position. Escobar readied himself for the role during his post-grad season at Elev8, where he hunted for his shot less and dished more.

At Elev8 Prep (FL), Escobar focused more on orchestrating the offense. He deferred more than ever on a squad that featured 6-foot-5 man-child wing Kobie Eubanks (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

While acclimatizing to Ole Miss, Escobar will once again be a role player.

"It's hard at times. It's where you have to look beyond yourself. It's not about the number of shots you get. If you are a true competitor, if you are really about the team, at the end of the day if you get the win that's all that matters."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2015, 11:12:19 am
Courtney Cronin ‏@CourtneyRCronin 37m37 minutes ago

4-star Oak Hill SF Mario Kegler will be visited by Mississippi State, LSU, Baylor, Maryland, UNLV & Penn State this week per his guardian.

 Courtney Cronin retweeted
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 15h15 hours ago

2016 SF @3Kegler Mario Kegler will visit Baylor this weekend, his guardian tells @SNYtv   
@OHACoachSmith
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2015, 07:06:56 am
Jonathan Givony ‏@DraftExpress Sep 25

Which non-freshmen 2015-2016 season college basketball players were most highly regarded coming out of high school?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CPwyIueW8AAn-Qu.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 01, 2015, 08:15:28 am
Top SEC Basketball Recruit by School '11-15

UK    #1  Anthony Davis   C   Perspectives Charter               '11
UK    #1  Nerlens Noel      C   Tilton School bwo Everett        '12
LSU  #1  Ben Simmons   PF   Montverde bwo Melbourne       '15
UF    #5  Bradley Beal     SG  St. Louis Chaminade Coll. Prep '11
MS  #10  Malik Newman SG  Jackson Callaway                     '15
Ark  #16  Bobby Portis    PF  Hall                                        '13
Ark  #16  BJ Young         PG  McCluer North                         '11
SC   #19 PJ Dozier         SG  Columbia Spring Valley            '15
UGa #24 K. Caldwell-Pope SG  Greenville                            '11
A&M #27 Tyler Davis        C   Plano West                             '15
Bam #28 Devonta Pollard SG Kemper County                      '12
UT   #29  Robert Hubbs  SG  Dyer County                           '13
VU   #33  Late DJ Parker SG  Alpharetta Milton                     '11
MU   #41 M. Gill-Ceasar  SF  Huntington Prep bwo Vaughn    '14
AU   #61 Horace Spencer PF  Findley Prep bwo Warminster   '15
OM  #100 JP Cortesia     SF  Montverde bwo The Bronx        '12




Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2015, 01:47:16 pm
Pro Prospects for 2014 Top 20 Recruits who signed with SEC Schools

6. Trey Lyles  UK   Lottery Pick '15 draft

9. Karl Towns, Jr.  UK  #1 overall NBA pick '15 draft

18. Devin Booker  UK  Lottery Pick '15 draft

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 06, 2015, 08:17:36 am
Status of 2014 Recruits 20-50 who signed with SEC Schools

23. Devin Robinson  UF  Back for Soph. season w/Mike White; 6.4 ppg in 19 mpg in '15

25. Tyler Ulis           UK  Back as one of UK's 3 lead guards; 5.8 and 3.6 apg in 23.8

35. Brandone Francis UF  Sat out '14-15 due to academics is back for Mike White

41. M. Gill-Ceasar   MU  Transferred to SDSU; 9.1 ppg in 24 mpg for Kim Anderson

45. Chris Chiozza    UF   3.9, 2.2 and 2.2 in 22.8 mpg for Billy D; Returns for White

Jonathan Givony ‏@DraftExpress Oct 2

DX: Top NBA Prospects in the SEC, #8: Devin Robinson Scouting Video http://draftexpress.com/article/Top-NBA-Prospects-in-the-SEC-Part-8-Devin-Robinson-Scouting-Video-5268 … via @Mike_Schmitz

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 08, 2015, 01:45:05 pm
Status of 2014 Recruits 20-50 who signed with SEC Schools

23. Devin Robinson  UF  Back for Soph. season w/Mike White; 6.4 ppg in 19 mpg in '15

25. Tyler Ulis           UK  Back as one of UK's 3 lead guards; 5.8 and 3.6 apg in 23.8

35. Brandone Francis UF  Sat out '14-15 due to academics is back for Mike White

41. M. Gill-Ceasar   MU  Transferred to SDSU; 9.1 ppg in 24 mpg for Kim Anderson

45. Chris Chiozza    UF   3.9, 2.2 and 2.2 in 22.8 mpg for Billy D; Returns for White

Jonathan Givony ‏@DraftExpress Oct 2

DX: Top NBA Prospects in the SEC, #8: Devin Robinson Scouting Video http://draftexpress.com/article/Top-NBA-Prospects-in-the-SEC-Part-8-Devin-Robinson-Scouting-Video-5268 … via @Mike_Schmitz

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQQv9S-WEAAhw0F.jpg)

Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 16m
White said Gs Brandone Francis, Chris Chiozza shooting the ball best in practice at this point
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 09, 2015, 12:01:07 pm
https://twitter.com/GatorsMBK/status/652469931443798018

Former '10 3-star at The Rock, Wilbekin was UF's 2nd ever SEC Player of the Year.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 13, 2015, 09:10:33 am
CBS Sports Top 100 (and one) College Basketball Players for 2015-16 (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/25336439/cbs-sports-top-100-and-one-college-basketball-players-for-2015-16)

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2. BEN SIMMONS LSU TIGERS Freshman | Forward

4. KYLE WILTJER (ex-SEC) GONZAGA BULLDOGS Senior | Forward

5. JAMAL MURRAY KENTUCKY WILDCATS Freshman | Guard

6. SKAL LABISSIERE KENTUCKY WILDCATS Freshman | Forward
The only question, at this point, is whether the NCAA will clear him to compete as a freshman and, if so, when.

28. DAMIAN JONES, Vanderbilt

33. TYLER ULIS, Kentucky

42. MALIK NEWMAN, Mississippi State

45. STEFAN MOODY, Ole Miss

61. DANUEL HOUSE, Texas A&M

70. DORIAN FINNEY-SMITH, Florida

87. ALEX POYTHRESS, Kentucky

91. TIM QUARTERMAN, LSU
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2015, 08:52:03 am
 SEC Network ‏@SECNetwork 22m22 minutes ago

Preseason All-SEC 1st Team
• @tulis3
• @Young_Moody42
• @BenSimmons25
• @dameology
• @danuel23house
• @OneBigHaitian
http://bit.ly/AllSECMBB

All-SEC 2nd Team • @doedoe_10 • @iammaliknewman • @SirCharlesMann4 • @AlexTheGreat22 • @ACFresh21 • @TimQuarterman1

Translation:
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LSU freshman Ben Simmons was the choice of the media for SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Simmons becomes just the second freshman chosen as preseason player of the year by the media, joining Kentucky's Julius Randle in 2013-14. Florida's Dorrian Finney-Smith, Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, Texas A&M's Danuel House and Vanderbilt's Damian Jones also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

House, Jones, Simmons and Ulis were each All-SEC First Team selections along with Kentucky's Skal Labissiere and Ole Miss's Stefan Moody.


2nd Team: Finney-Smith, Malik Newman, Charles Mann, Poythress, A&M's Alex Caruso, and Tim Quarterman
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2015, 07:16:36 am
Recruiting rankings for Media All-SEC Preseason First Team

Ben Simmons   LSU 2015 #1

Tyler Ulis          UK  2014 #25

Stefan Moody   FAU -> OM  2012 Not ranked

Damian Jones   VU  2013 #84

Danuel House  UH -> A&M 2012 #19

Skal Labissiere* UK  2015 #2

*Has not been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center at time of post
 
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 25, 2015, 02:01:04 pm
Recruiting rankings for Media All-SEC Preseason Second Team

Finney-Smith VPI -> UF  2011 #18

Malik Newman          MS  2015 #10

Charles Mann          UGa  2012 #21 PG

Alex Poythress          UK  2012 #13

Alex Caruso            A&M  2012 #100

Tim Quarterman      LSU  2013 #80
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 27, 2015, 06:37:28 pm
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels  5h5 hours ago
Tyson Carter: "I grew up watching Mississippi State & I wanted to be apart of it.” | Story: http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/story/1604093-tyson-carter-commits-mississippi-state …

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 29, 2015, 08:18:42 am
Michael DeCourcy
‏@tsnmike

Ranking college hoops' top 10 small forwards http://dlvr.it/CZfDwB

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBiRAWh0dHA6Ly9pbWFnZXMucGVyZm9ybWdyb3VwLmNvbS9kaS9saWJyYXJ5L3Nwb3J0aW5nX25ld3MvZTgvNmMvdG9wLTEwLXNtYWxsLWZvcndhcmQtMTAyODE1LWdldHR5LWZ0cmpwZ182aHh3OTk0c3FmODFzb2VlMDhneThzbmIuanBnP3Q9LTEzNjE1MDU0MTYUgB4U2A8cFIQGFJQDAAAWABIA&s=WBNQ7IkDS43utqGwqe9WZvNqsHdwaOVe9sX86346YNk)

1. Jamal Murray, UK who wants to be a lead guard next season in the NBA

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 29, 2015, 08:27:10 am
http://www.sportingnews.com/list/4659579-ranking-best-top-10-power-forwards-college-basketball-2015-16/slide/370686

1. Ben Simmons LSU

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Does Jones just say the heck with it and have Simmons bring the ball up court as a point guard?

7. Poythress UK
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 29, 2015, 11:59:00 am
Zac Ellis ‏@ZacEllis 40m40 minutes ago

College hoops fans: Feast your eyes on SI’s Preseason All-America Team http://www.si.com/college-basketball/2015/10/28/sports-illustrated-all-america-team-kyle-wiltjer-ben-simmons-buddy-hield …

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One is a former Kentucky Wildcat who made a splash when he became a Gonzaga Bulldog and could lead the nation in scoring this year. Another is a freshman who spurned blue-chip programs to commit to LSU instead, possibly only for a year before he heads to the NBA.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2015, 06:56:38 am
Courtney Cronin ‏@CourtneyRCronin 18h18 hours ago

COMING SOON: The C-L series Beyond The Game: Malik Newman returns in Nov. for a 3rd season http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/college/mississippi-state/2015/10/29/coming-november-beyond-game-malik-newman/74811888/ …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSgOdUKWcAI43L6.png)

Followed Newman during his high school career and recruitment
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2015, 09:43:21 am
CollegeBasketbllTalk ‏@CBTonNBC Oct 27

You can scroll through the entire list of our #CBTtop100 players at this link: http://collegebasketball.nbcsports.com/2015/10/27/rankings-the-cbttop100-players-in-the-country/ …

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https://twitter.com/CBTonNBC/status/659135050043097088

https://twitter.com/CBTonNBC/status/659108593929613312

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https://twitter.com/CBTonNBC/status/658693354385870848

https://twitter.com/CBTonNBC/status/658678249459855361
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2015, 04:02:18 pm
Pelicans PR ‏@PelicansPR 47m47 minutes ago

Anthony Davis currently 1 of 3 players to be averaging 20 pts/10 rbs...Joins DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns -


All 3 were one-n-done
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2015, 04:12:18 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 2h2 hours ago

My Preseason Player of Year is LSU frosh Ben Simmons...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 03, 2015, 06:35:13 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 9h9 hours ago

2016 PF Sedee Keita committed to South Carolina, per his twitter page. Top-100 player. Good get for Frank Martin & Co.

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/188489/sedee-keita
ESPN #78 in '16

Sedee Keita ‏@skeita16 11h11 hours ago

Thank you to all the coaches that recruited me. Go GameCocks

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F.Keita⚽ @Cristiano ‏@Wavyslime 11h11 hours ago United States

I am extremely proud to announce that my brother @skeita16 has committed to USC to continue his education and bball career #GamecocksNation
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 03, 2015, 01:44:53 pm
Courtney Cronin ‏@CourtneyRCronin 4h4 hours ago

ESPN has Malik Newman at No. 22, Stefan Moody at No. 51 in its top 100 players in 2015-16 http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/college/ole-miss/2015/11/03/espn-ranks-rebels-stefan-moody-no-51-nationally/75085294/ …

College basketball's top 100 players (http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/13991627/cbbrank-counting-top-100-players-college-basketball-2015-2016)

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1. Ben Simmons, LSU Tigers  Freshman | Forward

5. Tyler Ulis, Kentucky Wildcats  Sophomore | Guard

11. Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats  Freshman | Forward

19. Jamal Murray, Kentucky Wildcats  Freshman | Guard

22. Malik Newman, Mississippi State Bulldogs  Freshman | Guard

30. Damian Jones, Vanderbilt Commodores  Junior | Center

50. Danuel House, Texas A&M Aggies  Senior | Guard

51. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss Rebels  Senior | Guard

62. Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky Wildcats  Freshman | Guard

69. Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats  Senior | Forward

76. Marcus Lee, Kentucky Wildcats  Junior | Forward

77. Antonio Blakeney, LSU Tigers  Freshman | Guard

81. Devin Robinson, Florida Gators  Sophomore | Forward

100. Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida Gators  Senior | Forward
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2015, 12:31:36 pm
Courtney Cronin ‏@CourtneyRCronin 20m20 minutes ago Jackson, MS

4-star center Schnider Herard has committed to Mississippi State. Ben Howland lands two 4-star prospects in the last 8 days.

Of note: this is the second time Ben Howland has beat out Kansas for a top recruit since he arrived in Starkville. MN was down to MSU, KU.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2015, 03:52:17 pm
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 6h6 hours ago

Tim Quarterman will be LSU's starting PG this season and Josh Gray will come off the bench, Johnny Jones told @CBSSports.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2015, 06:22:33 am
Rival coaches, players downplay recruiting ratings

The week-long November signing period begins Wednesday. 'Tis the season of hype and hope. Coaches, recruiting analysts and media types will assess, package and label teenagers. That's the hype. The ticket-buying public, which pays ever-increasing attention to recruiting minutiae, has its enthusiasm stoked by hope. (http://www.kentucky.com/2015/11/07/4127004/uk-notebook-rival-coaches-players.html)

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"As coaches, we learned how to play the game," Texas A&M Coach Billy Kennedy said at SEC Media Day last month. "To hopefully make us look good and our program look good."

Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy (no relation) acknowledged an element of marketing in recruiting.

"Hey, it's all about if the team is doing great, that's great. But wait to what we're going to do next year," he said. "And if the team is doing bad, it's been a bad year, but wait to what we're going to do next year."

At the heart of recruiting is a paradox. It's vitally important for any program to sign promising players. Duh. But it can be difficult to know exactly how good an individual player is until he competes on the college level for a year or more. Not that this pauses the hype.

Several SEC players dismissed the importance of the ever-present rating system. Five-star to no-star is, at best, an educated guess, they said.

"I really think it means nothing," Mississippi State senior Craig Sword said. "You have to prove it once you get out there. You have to get out and growl with the big dogs."

Alex Caruso, a senior guard for Texas A&M, agreed. "I think that's more for the fans ... and for people who caught up in that stuff," he said of recruiting buzz. "Once you get to the school and the players are there, that's when it matters. ... Until they actually come in and play in a college game, I can't say anything about them."

A&M teammate Jalen Jones said that references to the rating system should be in the past tense.

"It means he was, obviously, good in high school, you know," Jones said of a five-star prospect. "But like any other guy that's playing in college, you have to prove yourself on the college level. Once he gets a couple games under his belt in college, and I see him do something, that's when you kind of look and say, 'OK, this guy might be the real deal.'"

Mississippi guard Stefan Moody said that the recruiting hype is largely meaningless.

"To me, it doesn't really mean much of anything," he said. "The No. 1 player can get knocked off by the 150th player. It's just a number."

To support his contention that recruiting is more art than science, Andy Kennedy used Moody as an example. The Mississippi coach said that Moody, a member of this year's All-SEC pre-season team, did not make a game staged for the top 100 junior college players.

"Thankfully, he didn't," Andy Kennedy said, meaning he liked that rival recruiters would not watch Moody play.

So, how many stars did analysts attach to Moody as a high school prospect?

"I'm not sure he had a star," Kennedy said with a smile. "It was a foggy night."

One of his former players, Chris Warren, was a two-star prospect, Kennedy said. Warren became one of four players in SEC history to score 2,000 points and get credit for 400 assists. He joined Pete Maravich, Allan Houston and Litterial Green.

Several SEC coaches downplayed the importance of recruiting services and player ratings.

"We're not going to recruit anybody off somebody else's ranking ... ," Tennessee Coach Rick Barnes said. "There are so many guys out there who can play. You've got to have a staff that knows what we're looking for."

Barnes questioned the wisdom of rating middle-school players.

"C'mon," he said. "They're not even grown yet. I think it does more harm than good."

LSU Coach Johnny Jones, whose school based its season-ticket sales campaign this year on incoming freshman Ben Simmons, said the recruiting hype has limited importance.

"I never get caught up in the three-star, four-star or rankings," Jones said. "I really get caught up in our evaluation of players."

Jones recalled a year when he congratulated LSU's iconic baseball coach, Skip Bertman, for recruiting what was deemed the nation's No. 1 class.

"He told me, it's not where your recruiting class is ranked coming in, but where the team is ranked when they're going out," Jones said.

Not that the recruiting buzz lacks importance.

"What is good is giving your fan base a reason to be excited," Jones said. "You'd much rather be on that side of it than the other side where people aren't expecting anything from you, and you prove them right."

Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl reminded reporters that his success has not been the result of recruiting five-star prospects (although Kentucky has shown that's a fine path to success).

"I've only had two McDonald's All-Americans," Pearl said. "I'm proud of that."

The two were Tobias Harris and Kentuckian Scotty Hopson. Each played for Pearl at Tennessee.

Of course, recruiting is presumed to be wildly beneficial to one ever-growing group of people: the analysts.

"It's a cottage industry," Andy Kennedy said. "People who profit off that industry have done a terrific job in maximizing (its profitability). Kudos to them."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 09, 2015, 01:28:34 pm
Jeff Borzello ‏@jeffborzello 2h2 hours ago

There are 22 uncommitted players in the ESPN 100 --
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 10, 2015, 10:39:05 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels 7m7 minutes ago

Predictions: Where are the top prospects in the 2016 class headed? | Story: http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/story/1609352-where-will-the-top-uncommitted-prospects-go …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTdrxW1VEAEfb0M.jpg)

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De'Aaron Fox | Katy (Tex.) Cypress Lake
Top 100: #4 | | #1 PG
Finalists: Kentucky, Kansas, LSU, Lousville
Announcement: Thursday 11/12 6 p.m. ET

Scout consensus: Kentucky

Seventh Woods | Columbia (SC) Hammond School
Top 100: #34 | | #6 SG
Finalists: North Carolina, South Carolina Georgetown
Announcement:Wednesday 11/11

Scout consensus: South Carolina

Mario Kegler | Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy
Top 100: #46 | | #10 PF
Finalists: Indiana, Mississippi State Arizona State Baylor
Announcement: Wednesday 11/11

Scout consensus: Miss. State

De'Ron Davis | Aurora (CO) Overland
Top 100: #48 | | #11 C
Finalists: Indiana, Mississippi State
Announcement:Thursday 11/12 at 5 p.m. ET

Scout consensus: IU
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 12, 2015, 12:53:51 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 2h2 hours ago

All-SEC 1st team includes projected 1-2 picks in 2016 in freshmen Ben Simmons (LSU) and Skal Labissiere (UK)
https://www.seccountry.com/kentucky/all-sec-basketball-teams-released-kentucky-leads-with-four-selections …

Stud freshman guards Jamal Murray (UK) and Malik Newman (MSU) named 2nd-Team All-SEC.

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The Southeastern Conference announced its preseason All-SEC basketball teams on Thursday

First Team All-SEC

    Dorian Finney-Smith, F, Florida
    Kenny Gaines, G, Georgia
    Charles Mann, G, Georgia
    Skal Labissiere, F, Kentucky
    Tyler Ulis, G, Kentucky
    Ben Simmons, F, LSU
    Stefan Moody, G, Ole Miss
    Danuel House, G, Texas A&M
    Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC

    Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky
    Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky
    Tim Quarterman, G, LSU
    Malik Newman, G, Mississippi State
    Craig Sword, G, Mississippi State
    Sindarius Thornwell, G, South Carolina
    Alex Caruso, G, Texas A&M
    Riley LaChance, G, Vanderbilt

http://www.secsports.com/article/14111330/preseason-all-sec-teams-announced

The coaches' preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC Head Men's Basketball Coaches.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 12, 2015, 12:56:58 pm
SEC Network ‏@SECNetwork 16h16 hours ago

#CBBrank: 14 SEC players made the list of college 🏀’s top 100. http://es.pn/1kRL8CF 

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2015, 02:46:26 pm
Recruiting rankings for Coaches All-SEC Preseason First Team

Ben Simmons   LSU 2015 #1

Tyler Ulis          UK  2014 #25

Stefan Moody   FAU -> OM  2012 Not ranked

Damian Jones   VU  2013 #84

Danuel House  UH -> A&M 2012 #19

Skal Labissiere UK  2015 #2

Charles Mann UGa  2012 #21 PG

Dorian Finney-Smith UF 2011 #18

Kenny Gaines UGa  2012 #24 SG
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2015, 10:23:06 am
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 3h3 hours ago

Albany Coach Compares Kentucky Freshman Jamal Murray to Mark Jackson, Andre Miller http://zagsblog.com/articles/albany-coach-compares-kentucky-freshman-jamal-murray-to-mark-jackson-andre-miller/ … @joshua_newman

Would know.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2015, 08:01:33 am
Recruiting Rankings for Coaches SEC Preseason Second Team

    Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky           5-star late reclassification from '16, not ranked
    Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky          '12 #13
    Tim Quarterman, G, LSU              '13 #80
    Malik Newman, G, Miss. State       '15 #10
    Craig Sword, G, Miss. State          '13 #34 SG
    Sindarius Thornwell, G, So. Car.    '13 #41
    Alex Caruso, G, Texas A&M           '12 #100
    Riley LaChance, G, Vanderbilt       '14 #96
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 16, 2015, 08:26:06 am
SEC Network ‏@SECNetwork 16h16 hours ago

#CBBrank: 14 SEC players made the list of college 🏀’s top 100. http://es.pn/1kRL8CF 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTlAOKpUAAAuyv3.jpg)

Recruiting rankings for some of the SEC players who made the ESPN Top 100 players preseason list:

1. Ben Simmons, LSU Tigers                2015 #1

5. Tyler Ulis, Kentucky Wildcats            2014 #25

11. Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats  2015 #2

19. Jamal Murray, Kentucky Wildcats    5-star late reclassification from '16, not ranked

22. Malik Newman, Mississippi State Bulldogs  2015 #10

30. Damian Jones, Vanderbilt Commodores     2013 #84

50. Danuel House, Texas A&M Aggies              2012 #19 (Houston)

51. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss Rebels                  2012 Not ranked (FAU)

62. Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky Wildcats             2015 #13

69. Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats            2012 #13

76. Marcus Lee, Kentucky Wildcats                 2013 #25

77. Antonio Blakeney, LSU Tigers                   2015 #15

81. Devin Robinson, Florida Gators                 2014 #23

100. Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida Gators        2011 #18 (VaTech)

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 16, 2015, 11:46:15 am
SEC Sports ‏@SEC 20m20 minutes ago

SEC Men's Basketball Players of the Week:
• Gavin Ware
• Skal Labissiere
• Antonio Blakeney
http://bit.ly/20X8ffA 

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SEC Player of the Week - Mississippi State's Gavin Ware, a 6-foot-9, 260-pound senior forward from Starkville, Miss., scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to collect his 14th career double-double as Mississippi State rallied to post an impressive 106-88 win against Eastern Washington...

SEC Co-Freshman of the Week - Kentucky's Skal Labissiere, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound forward from Port-au-Prince, Haiti -- Labissiere led Kentucky team to a pair of wins in the opening weekend of action. Labissiere averaged team-highs in points (17.5) and blocks (3.0) for the week. In the opener against Albany, Labissiere posted nine points, five rebounds and a team-high four blocks...

SEC Co-Freshman of the Week -LSU's Antonio Blakeney, a 6-foot-4, 186-pound guard from Orlando, Fla. -- Blakeney led LSU with 22 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes of action. He posted the most points by a freshman at LSU in their opening game since Randy Livingston had 22 points in 1994
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2015, 08:01:56 am
Never too early look at some of top 2017 recruits who have committed to SEC schools:

38.  Austin Wiley         4-star   AU    Birmingham Spain Park  #8 C, #2 AL

39.  Mitchell Robinson  4-star  A&M   NOLA Landry-Walker      #9 C, #1 LA

45.  Dan Gafford         4-star   Ark    El Dorado                      #8 PF, #1 AR

49.  Davion Mitchell     4-star   AU    Liberty County               #11 PG, #4 GA
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2015, 09:46:05 am
Scout Recruiting ‏@scoutrecruiting 15h15 hours ago

A look at Scout's high school rankings for Tonight's starters in #UKvsDuke.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CUDlGZXU8AAfUlu.png)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2015, 09:52:56 am
John R. Wooden Award ‏@WoodenAward 21h21 hours ago

Here is the list of the #WoodenAward presented by @Wendys Preseason Top 50
http://bit.ly/20ZZCRJ

SEC and former SEC reps:
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Returning Wooden Award All American: Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga)

Kentucky (Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis)

Ben Simmons of Louisiana State; Malik Newman of Mississippi State

Danuel House  A&M

Damian Jones  Vandy
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2015, 09:38:31 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 2h2 hours ago

Texas A&M"s Tonny Trocha-Morelos last year: 1.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 28% from the field. THIS YEAR: 13.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 72.7% from the field.


Cartagena, Colombia  6-10, 230
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2015, 04:05:02 pm
Jonathan Givony ‏@DraftExpress Nov 19

Mississippi St down 24 at half, but still electing to a) bring their best player (Malik Newman) off the bench. b) play him off the ball...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 25, 2015, 01:54:37 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 4h4 hours ago

David Patrick told me the reason Ben Simmons came to college was "to play in March." But LSU left Brooklyn 0-2 https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/lsu-fails-to-build-resume-with-two-losses-at-legends-classic/158121822 …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2015, 07:27:50 am
Rob Dauster ‏@RobDauster 17h17 hours ago

The NCAA has cleared Cheick Diallo to play on Dec. 1st.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2015, 08:21:20 am
ESPN College BBall ‏@ESPNCBB Nov 24

Ben Simmons is the only D1 player in the last 20 years with at least 80 Pts, 70 Reb & 30 Ast in the 1st 5 games.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CUnnBJYWEAECqNr.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2015, 09:05:54 am
https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/669673215174799360
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2015, 09:37:12 am
Top 10 classes of one-and-done era [error?] (https://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1830092)

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1. Kentucky 2011
College Success: Though a few holdovers from the class of 2010 like Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb played a large part in helping Kentucky win the 2012 title, the 2011 class was the first of the one-and-done era to win a title as freshmen. Anthony Davis (right), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, ranked No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 coming out of high school, backed up the hype being the top-ranked recruiting class. The lone remaining college player from the class, Kyle Wiltjer, is a preseason All-America at Gonzaga.

3. Kentucky 2016

4. Kentucky 2009
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2015, 09:38:43 am
https://twitter.com/SBNationGIF/status/668958048413597696
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2015, 06:58:09 am
ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo Nov 24

Ben Simmons is the only D-I player listed at 6'10" or taller with 10 assists and 0 turnovers in a game in the last 20 seasons
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2015, 11:07:04 am
VandyMBB ‏@VandyMBB Nov 25

FINAL FROM MAUI:  Kansas 70, Vanderbilt 63.  Damian Jones leads Commodores with 17 points.

Damian Jones named to @MauiInv All-Tournament team
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2015, 11:40:04 pm
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ  16h16 hours ago
Anyone surprised Tyler Ulis wanted to go back in after hyperextending his shooting elbow? "Kid's tough as nails." http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2015/11/27/ulis-injury-overshadows-uks-rout-usf/76459152/ …

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MIAMI — The moment Tyler Ulis came out of a loose-ball dog pile wincing and grabbing a right arm that hung limply at his side in the first half Friday, not much else mattered about No. 1 Kentucky’s 84-63 win over South Florida.

Coach John Calipari didn’t need to finish the sentence he let trail off after the game: “Let’s hope it’s not …”

He hadn’t yet talked to Ulis or consulted with the Wildcats’ medical staff to gauge the severity of the situation and set a timetable for return. All he knew for sure was that his star sophomore point guard hyperextended his elbow and watched the second half with that arm in a sling.

Calipari also knows what a young Kentucky team without Ulis for any extended period of time would be: “Not very good.”

Latest word is that Ulis may miss a game on Monday against Illinois State and back Thursday for UCLA.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 29, 2015, 06:47:22 am
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 7h7 hours ago

For those who want to take shots at LSU frosh Ben Simmons, guy leads nation in rebounding at 14.4. Also averaging 16.2 points, 6.2 assists.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2015, 11:04:31 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels Nov 28

Mississippi State signee Schnider Herard was 10 of 11 from field yday. Showing nice touch on his hook today. He's going to help the Bulldogs


ESPN #67  '16
http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/186436/schnider-herard
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2015, 11:59:35 am
https://twitter.com/SEC/status/671376669203132416

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 02, 2015, 06:47:59 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels 15h15 hours ago

There are 10 top 100 prospects still available in the 2016 class. Six of the 10 are five-star prospects.

2. Josh Jackson  Prolific Prep / 6'7"

5. Thon Maker  Athlete Institute / 7'0"

12. Marques Bolden  De Soto HS / 6'11"

16. Jarrett Allen  St. Stephen's Episcopal School / 6'10"

18. Kobi Simmons  St. Francis HS / 6'5"

20. Rawle Alkins  Word Of God Christian Academy / 6'4"

http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/topic/2016-basketball-prospects?type=players
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2015, 08:48:09 am
 Sheldon Mickles ‏@MicklesAdvocate 12h12 hours ago

FINAL SCORE from the PMAC -- #LSU 119, North Florida 108. Wow!

Chandler Rome ‏@Chandler_Rome 12h12 hours ago

Ben Simmons' final line: 43 points (15-of-20 FG, 13-of-15 FT), 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks, 5 steals.

Bryan Lazare ‏@bldore 12h12 hours ago Baton Rouge, LA

Last #LSU player with more than 43 points in a game was Shaquille O'Neal with 53 points vs. Arkansas State (Catalina?) in 1990-91 season.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2015, 11:32:24 pm
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 42m42 minutes ago

Skal finished with 1 Rebound...way too much of that from him this year

(http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/002/144/753/hi-res-650303_crop_north.jpg?w=630&h=420&q=75)
Millions of dollars
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 05, 2015, 07:47:36 am
 Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 10h10 hours ago

For those worried about Skal's slow start, some perspective: http://bit.ly/1PGGULb

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Duke: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block.

Illinois State: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block.

UCLA: 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 blocks.

Skal may take longer to adjust to the college game because he hasn’t played a full season of basketball in over a year. Last year his prep school had a schedule of just 15 games and that wasn’t against what I would describe as elite competition. The bottom line is that a 19 year kid is going to require patience in order to learn the timing and physicality to be a good rebounder and shot-blocker...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2015, 08:24:35 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels 14h14 hours ago

A handful of other college coaches have trickled into the Hoopfest. Spotted assistants from Arkansas, Cincinnati & ETSU.

Coaches at the Hoopfest: Samford HC Scott Padgett + asst's from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan State & Texas. Bill Self & L'ville are expected.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 07, 2015, 11:21:51 am
https://twitter.com/SEC/status/673912660270936065

https://twitter.com/SEC/status/673912713333055488
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 08, 2015, 01:24:57 pm
 Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats Dec 6

NEW: @EvanDaniels says Skal needs more time: "We’re eight games into the season. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves." http://bit.ly/1SHHZQU


Marcus Lee was out with injury and Poythress and fouled out.  Calipari was still playing anybody left but the freshman with ten minutes to go, on the road, on national TV.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 10, 2015, 06:50:07 am
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels 11h11 hours ago

Say what you want about Skal Labissiere's play early in the season, but his off hand hook (left) is a thing of beauty.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 11, 2015, 02:03:25 pm
Jeff Borzello ‏@jeffborzello 22h22 hours ago

Several top-50 freshmen are off to slow starts -- http://es.pn/1OVkFhz [Insider link]

For public consumption:
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For a variety of reasons, it’s still too early to deem newcomers as “disappointments” or “underachievers” at this point in the season. Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere has been knocked for not living up to the hype yet, and his numbers have been boosted by performances against bad teams, but he’s still a few steps ahead of the guys on this list. Some freshmen went to school knowing they would play limited minutes for a season or two, sitting the bench behind established veterans at their position. With that said, there are certainly some highly-touted recruits that have not produced noteworthy numbers just yet; will that change?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 11, 2015, 03:26:18 pm
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 59m59 minutes ago

Right now one UK player is positioned to be the worst Free Throw shooter at his position in UK history: http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/kentuckys-free-throw-woes-are-historically-bad/ …

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It’s no secret Isaiah Briscoe struggles at the foul line, but just how bad is it?

It’s really bad.

In fact, it’s the worst ever.

After I (somewhat) joked yesterday that Briscoe could be the worst in history, Jon Scott over at BigBlueHistory.net went to his underground bunker of UK basketball statistics to look it up. Turns out, right now, Isaiah Briscoe is the worst free throw-shooting guard ever. Briscoe’s current 41.2 percentage is the lowest in school history among guards.

Granted, he has only played eight games in his career, but at this moment, he is in dead last in foul shooting out of all of the guards who have worn Kentucky blue. The next worst is Derrick Jasper at 47.6 percent...

Marcus Lee is the worst foul shooter of all-time at 37.2 percent...

Might need to come back in '16-17 and work on that.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 13, 2015, 06:17:45 am
Jerry Tipton: Skal Labissiere requires patience, a quality rare for UK basketball  (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article49443245.html)

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Patience, Groucho Marx once quipped, was “the art of finding something else to do.” Mark Twain lauded the virtue of patience in his inimitable way. “All good things arrive unto those that wait,” he wrote, “and don’t die in the meantime.”

These thoughts come to mind as Kentucky basketball waits — impatiently — for freshman Skal Labissiere to develop as a player.

Patience barely exists in an age of one-and-done players, mock NBA Draft projections (DraftExpress.com already has UK signee De’Aaron Fox as the fourth player picked in 2017; NBADraft.net has him taken fifth) and Joe Lunardi’s laughably premature Bracketology updates nine months before the NCAA Tournament.

Given a Kentucky program built upon a revolving door of one-and-done players, what chance does Labissiere have to improve on the court without people tapping a foot or saying with a sigh, C’mon. C’mon. Hurry up.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 14, 2015, 06:37:51 am
More questions about Skal Labissiere’s play: Freshman center failed to get the point or rebound Saturday (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sidelines-with-john-clay/article49557735.html)

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“Through 10 games, Labissiere barely has more rebounds (35) than 5-9 UK point guard Tyler Ulis (29). As tends to happen with players who do not score or get a rebound, Labissiere was not one of the players UK made available to the media after the game. That did not keep questions about his confidence level from dominating the proceedings.”

An NBA #1 Overall Pick Line?

Labissiere fouled out of Saturday’s game with zero points, zero rebounds, zero assists and one blocked shot.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 14, 2015, 02:40:18 pm
SEC Sports ‏@SEC 4h4 hours ago

#SECMBB Player of the Week:
Retin Obasohan
http://www.secsports.com/article/14364920/obasohan-murray-named-men-basketball-players-week …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CWM5IFsU4AAyvBx.jpg)

http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/retin-obasohan

Unranked 2011 PG out of Antwerp


 SEC Sports ‏@SEC 4h4 hours ago

#SECMBB Freshman of the Week:
Jamal Murray
http://www.secsports.com/article/14364920/obasohan-murray-named-men-basketball-players-week …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CWM5PyQUAAM2OfQ.jpg)

'15 Late reclassified and therefore unranked 5-star out of Kitchener, Ontario
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 15, 2015, 06:53:34 am
 Rob Dauster ‏@RobDauster 14h14 hours ago

I tried to warn you after the Marquette loss that LSU was wasting Ben Simmons. Seems like everyone's catching on now http://collegebasketball.nbcsports.com/2015/11/23/ben-simmons-monster-night-comes-in-a-loss-to-marquette/ …

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Tigers are talented. No one in their right mind will argue that. But fair or not, Johnny Jones has a reputation for fielding teams that fail to play up to their talent level. It’s far too early to say that’s happening again —

And therein lies the danger of a one-and-done talent going to a school outside what is considered to be the traditional contenders. Simmons isn’t the only one learning that this year; Malik Newman is struggling to find his way on a bad Mississippi State team. Stephen Zimmerman is a projected lottery pick on a projected NIT team. Even Ellenson is in danger of fading into the obscurity of being on the wrong side of the bubble.

It draws to mind Michael Beasley...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 15, 2015, 08:19:39 am
Michael DeCourcy ‏@tsnmike 19h19 hours ago

Skal Labissiere of @KentuckyMBB scored zero against ASU. If not for "one-and-done" he'd be trying to survive in NBA http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball-news/4687970-skal-labissiere-kentucky-john-calipari-nba-draft-2016 …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 15, 2015, 07:00:43 pm
 Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 11h11 hours ago

The most underrated thing about thing about (sic) Ben Simmons? How he hits the glass. Leading the nation in rebounding right now at 14.8 RPG.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2015, 12:14:09 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 2h2 hours ago

John Calipari may have Marcus Camby counsel Skal Labissiere, a projected top-3 pick https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/john-calipari-on-tai-wynyard-who-knows-i-may-put-him-in-the-game/159881394 …

The Camby Man can

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Kentucky's newest big man Tai Wynyard arrived in Lexington Thursday after a redeye flight from New Zealand and coach John Calipari hinted that he may thrust the 6-foot-9 power forward into action as soon as Saturday against Ohio State.

Calipari may have just been trying to send a message to his other frontcourt players when he said he hopes Wynyard brings some much-needed "toughness." Freshman big man Skal Labissiere hasn't been the player some thought he would be early on, and DraftExpress.com recently dropped him to No. 3 from No. 1 in its 2016 mock draft.

Calipari said he had the Haitian sensation over his house the other night to show that he and his family support him. Labissiere didn't register a single point, rebound or assist in last Saturday's 72-58 win over Arizona State.

"Normally, I have a steadfast rule, if I throw you out of practice, you must stay at my house," Calipari said. "This was more based on, he's getting it from all angles. I want him to know, and my wife wants him to know, 'We love you, we're here for you. Let's talk.' A lot of time these kids have so much stuff on them they become paralyzed.

"We had him over, my wife made him a great breakfast in the morning and he said, 'Gotta go, coach.' And I said, 'OK, I'll see you in practice.'"

Calipari also said he might need Marcus Camby to come to Lexington to visit with Labisisere to discuss conditioning and other matters.

"I was just with Marcus Camby up at UMass and I sat down with him and I said, "I may need you to come to Lexington,'" Calipari said.

"And I said let's throw in the added you should be able to leave after a year [for the NBA]. What if you had that hanging over your head?' And he said, 'Oh, wow.' Well, that's where Skal is right now."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2015, 06:56:16 pm
Nike Hoop Summit@nikehoopsummit

Tune in to ESPN2 right now to watch 2016 Point Guard & Kentucky commit De'Aaron Fox

Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 47m47 minutes ago Manhattan, NY

Adam Zagoria Retweeted Nike Hoop Summit

Kentucky is getting a terrific defender who will really push the pace at PG
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2015, 06:59:28 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 8h8 hours ago

Ben Simmons Could Be First No. 1 Pick Since Michael Olowokandi in 1998 to Miss The NCAA Tournament
https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/ben-simmons-could-be-first-no-1-pick-since-michael-olowokandi-in-1998-to-miss-the-ncaa-tournament/159983708 … @joshua_newman
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2015, 07:44:41 pm
 Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 2h2 hours ago

Calipari to Skal: “You don’t have to be great, you just can’t be God awful” http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/calipari-to-skal-you-dont-have-to-be-great-you-just-cant-be-god-awful/ …
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2015, 06:02:22 pm
Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 1m1 minute ago

"I turned to the bench and I said, 'Is there anybody that can guard him right now?" Thad Matta on UK's Jamal Murray
https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/playing-with-chip-on-its-shoulder-ohio-state-overcomes-jamal-murray-no-4-kentucky/160063508 …

Why is anyone not named Jamal Murray shooting now for UK? #BBN is walking out of Barclays.

Final: Ohio State 74, Kentucky 67 Jamal Murray -33 points, Rest of UK - 34
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 21, 2015, 07:45:20 am
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 22h22 hours ago

Also #ICYMI: Notes from UK-Ohio State, including the baby steps by which we now measure Skal's progress. http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2015/12/19/uk-notes-modest-progress-labissiere/77632434/ …

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BROOKLYN – This is the new, adjusted reality for Kentucky basketball: measuring prized freshman Skal Labissiere's progress in baby steps.

How else could coach John Calipari have thought "Skal was better," as he said after a 74-67 loss to Ohio State on Saturday at the Barclays Center? The former five-star recruit produced just two points, five rebounds and two blocks – and missed a close-range shot that would've gotten the Wildcats within one point with three minutes to go.

"Happy Skal did better," said Calipari, who had Labissiere stay at his house one night last week as a way to lift the 6-foot-11 forward's sagging spirits. "Still a ways away. I tell you, he does the jump hook (and) everybody's happy. The next time, he shoots a fadeaway. 'Shoot the jump hook again. Shoot the jump hook.' He's learning, and that's all part of the process."

Labissiere still got pushed around in the paint and had loose balls ripped away from him. Plus, that costly miss inside.

"But I thought he made strides today. Like, he's been pretty good in practice and he's making strides now," Calipari said. "When the game got a little rough in the end, I just didn't want him to – I just went with Alex (Poythress) and Marcus Lee."

That Labissiere can't be in the game when the going gets tough (he checked out for the final 2:56) is problematic. But his four rebounds and two blocks in 10 second-half minutes Saturday are slightly encouraging.

"You all forget he's a freshman and he's going through freshman things," Lee said. "He has to speed things up and figure things out quicker, and once he starts figuring out the flow of Kentucky basketball and what he needs to do for us to win, he'll be fine."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 21, 2015, 01:53:54 pm
https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/679004854900015105
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 23, 2015, 02:07:07 pm
 Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 6h6 hours ago

High School Coach Says Kentucky Signee Bam Adebayo Can Be No. 1 Pick in NBA Draft https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/high-school-coach-says-kentucky-signee-bam-adebayo-can-be-no-1-pick-in-nba-draft/160235972 …

Could have Bam Bias.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2015, 07:45:31 am
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 20h20 hours ago

TCU lands Texas A&M transfer Alex Robinson. Former Top 100 kid.
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Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2015, 08:14:33 am
SEC Schools One and Done Players from 2006 to 2012

Tyrus Thomas        LSU  2006

DeAndre Jordan        A&M (Big 12)  2008

Anthony Randolph  LSU  2008

John Wall              UK    2010

DeMarcus Cousins  UK   2010

Eric Bledsoe           UK   2010

Daniel Orton          UK   2010

Tobias Harris         UT    2011

Brandon Knight      UK   2011

Enes Kanter  UK practice player  2011

Marquis Teague      UK   2012

Bradley Beal          UF    2012

M. Kidd-Gilchrist     UK    2012

Anthony Davis        UK   2012

http://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/2013/03/26/the-statistics-of-a-one-and-done-player.htm
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Post by: jbcarol on December 27, 2015, 07:20:59 am
UK basketball notebook: Kentucky, Duke prove that not all stars shine with same brightness (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article51676040.html)

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ESPN college basketball commentator Jay Bilas made this point recently while trying to provide perspective on Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere.

“You can be a top-five player,” Bilas said, “but top five is not the same every year. The No. 1 recruiting class is not the same (every year).”

The NBA Draft teaches the same lesson. Some years the overall No. 1 pick transforms a franchise: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969), Magic Johnson (1979), LeBron James (2003). Some years the overall No. 1 pick does not change a team’s fortunes: LaRue Martin (1972), Kwame Brown (2001), [the great] Anthony Bennett (2013).

Duke’s freshmen this season inspire similar impatience among their fans. Brandon Ingram, Chase Jeter and Derryck Thornton are not as good as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. What’s wrong?!

“Nothing wrong with them,” Bilas said of Duke’s freshmen this season. “You just don’t give credit for how good the guys were last year.”

Along the same lines, Bilas said of Labissiere, “Comparing him to Karl-Anthony Towns is not really fair.”

Another ESPN commentator, Fran Fraschilla, made the same point. Of residents of the Big Blue Nation, he said, “They’ve been spoiled in the sense that they’ve had guys like Karl Towns and Anthony Davis..."
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Post by: jbcarol on December 28, 2015, 06:52:08 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 23h23 hours ago

Arkansas' Moses Kingsley last year: 3.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 10.9 MPG.
THIS YEAR: 16.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 27.5 MPG. Has made huge jump for Razorbacks.
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Post by: jbcarol on December 28, 2015, 01:02:00 pm
 SEC Sports ‏@SEC 2h2 hours ago

.@KentuckyMBB's TYLER ULIS is the #SECMBB Player of the Week.
http://bit.ly/1MDpwjb 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXU71R1W8AApHCX.jpg)

Malik Newman of @HailStateMBK is the #SECMBB Freshman of the Week. http://bit.ly/1MDpwjb 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXU73LFWcAAVZKs.jpg)
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Post by: jbcarol on December 28, 2015, 01:16:06 pm
 Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 4h4 hours ago

Alex Poythress, Villanova, and why Cal needs to make hay this week at home. Observations @CBSSports: http://cbsprt.co/1PsrLuf 

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Alex Poythress is Kentucky's second-most important player: Tyler Ulis is the gas in the Wildcats' engine, illustrated when he didn't play against Illinois State on Nov. 30.

Kentucky's offense doesn't run without Ulis, but after the point guard, this team's most important player is Poythress.

The 6-foot-8 senior guarded all five positions on the floor in Saturday's 75-73 win over Louisville and contested Damion Lee's potential winning shot.

Poythress had 14 points, six rebounds, and three blocks and it's almost impossible to detect he had ACL surgery 12 months ago.

In the summer of 2014, Poythress was Kentucky's best player in six exhibition games in the Bahamas but that was swept under the rug because he didn't play much of last season when this team won 38 straight games.

That's unlikely to happen this season. With Skal Labissiere a work in progress and Marcus Lee getting extended playing time for the first time, John Calipari needs Poythress to anchor his frontcourt, and the early results indicate he's up to the task.

3. California needs to make some hay this week: The Bears suffered an excruciating, 63-62 overtime loss on Dec. 22 at Virginia.

Cuonzo Martin's squad hosts Atlantic 10 contender Davidson on Monday and then kicks off Pac-12 play with back-to-back home games vs. Colorado and Utah. They need to respond at home vs. three teams that figure to be in the NCAA Tournament mix.


Arkansas big man Moses Kingsley has made a quantum leap in production. The 6-10, 230-pound sophomore is averaging 16.1 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 55.1 percent. Kingsley averaged just 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds last season. The Razorbacks (6-5) visit Dayton on Wednesday night (8 ET, CBS Sports Network).
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Post by: jbcarol on December 28, 2015, 01:19:33 pm
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks Dec 26

.@VandyMBB's Wade Baldwin beat FBI agents in 5-mile obstacle course as angry 16-yr-old. How? http://tnne.ws/1YHaWOB 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXKmRd3WkAA8uf0.jpg)

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By the time 16-year-old Wade Baldwin IV was challenged to beat full-fledged FBI agents in a five-mile obstacle course at a training academy, he had learned to properly channel his anger.

And when he beat the agents — all of them — about an hour later, he proved his chip-on-the-shoulder attitude could produce winning results.

Three years later, Vanderbilt basketball is now relying on Baldwin, a hard-nosed sophomore point guard and the son of an FBI and a DEA agent, to guide the Commodores back among the SEC’s elite.

And he certainly has his own style of doing that.

“Different people have different leadership roles on our team. I am the challenger,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think we have another person on this team that can challenge another player better than I can.”

Baldwin certainly speaks his mind when we wants to win so badly. Sometimes that means calling out a teammate. At least once his excitement resulted in an on-court clash with his coach on national TV.

Stallings said he was going to kill the ____ _____ Baldwin and it was picked up by the mic.
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Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2015, 06:25:21 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 7s7 seconds ago

Marcus Lee's last four games for Kentucky: 11.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.3 BPG, shooting 76% from the field. An unsung presence in Lexington.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2015, 10:56:29 am
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats 20h20 hours ago

Skal (9.2) and Cheick Diallo (6.5) are the only Top 10 recruits from 2015 averaging under 10 points per game http://bit.ly/1ROeMGA
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Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2015, 11:21:40 am
A look at how the top basketball recruits from the class of 2015 are doing so far this season (Chart available at link)

LSU’s Ben Simmons is living up to his No. 1 overall ranking

No. 10 recruit Jamal Murray is Kentucky’s leading scorer (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article51918815.html)

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The college basketball recruiting class of 2015 has been underwhelming — for the most part — so far this season, with many of the country’s top-rated freshmen struggling to get adjusted to the next level.

Still, plenty of highly touted newcomers are putting up big numbers — most notably, Louisiana State’s Ben Simmons — and the most recent DraftExpress.com mock draft for 2016 places seven freshmen among the top 10 picks.

Here’s a look at how the top 25 players from the class of 2015
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Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2015, 12:50:49 pm
Jacques Doucet ‏@JacquesDoucet 28m28 minutes ago

ESPN runs a montage of Ben Simmons on Sportscenter. Then - "Oh by the way, #LSU lost."

Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 14h14 hours ago

LSU, which has Ben Simmons, and Tennessee, which does not, again have the same record in basketball after Johnny Jones's latest masterpiece.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2016, 07:47:31 am
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 11h11 hours ago

John Calipari says he has settled on his rotation for SEC play http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/calipari-says-hes-settled-on-his-rotation/ …

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ONE AND TWO: Tyler Ulis/Jamal Murray/Dominique Hawkins
“What I see is Dom, Jamal, and Tyler — two of those three playing. Could play all three, but two of those three will always be on the court.”

THREE: Isaiah Briscoe/Charles Matthews
“Isaiah and Charles: one of those on the court. So, one or the other will be playing. I don’t want those two on the court together.”

FOUR: Alex Poythress/Derek Willis (if he’ll rebound with two hands)
“Alex four, Derek — if he’ll rebound, with two hands, go get balls. When he reaches with one, he never brings it in ever and they’re all baskets for the other team and they’re freebies. So if he’ll rebound, Derek would be the other four that gives you another stretch, he and Alex, who can really score from that position.”

FIVE: Marcus Lee/Skal Labissiere
“Gonna move Marcus Lee to solely five,” Cal said. “And Skal, be that five.”

Calipari said he’s going to “wait and see” about Tai Wynyard, Isaac Humphries, and Mychal Mulder. For now, he’s got a rotation of nine.

“I’ve kind of settled in on that based on those guys have earned the right,” he said.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 02, 2016, 07:44:56 am
Jonathan Givony ‏@DraftExpress 31 Dec 2015

DeAndre Ayton putting on an incredible show. Not sure I've ever seen a high school kid this talented. 7-foot athletic freak,and very skilled

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXlOFARUAAA-sba.jpg)


Not since this guy

(http://content.draftexpress.com/gallery/SkalLabissiere/1428797874.jpg)
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 02, 2016, 10:51:31 am
heraldleader ‏@heraldleader 4m4 minutes ago

ICYMI #Caliparie to #Skal: You may need two years to get to #NBA
http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article52676990.html … #bbn #kentuckybasketball

Had missed this.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXuNXHWW8AAVdcs.jpg)

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Freshman Skal Labissiere’s wild ride from projected first pick in this year’s NBA Draft to substitute off the Kentucky bench needs explaining.

UK Coach John Calipari provided it Friday.

When asked if he sought to take the pressure off Labissiere by bringing him off the bench against Louisville last weekend, Calipari quipped, “I’m not that smart.”

The Cal-culation involves helping not only Labissiere but the Kentucky team.

Labissiere’s unproductive play contributed to UK’s tendency to start games slowly, Calipari said. So starting a front-court tandem of Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress gave the Cats a better chance to get off to a better start.

As for Labissiere, coming off the bench might provide greater incentive to battle opponents intent on being physical.

“Now, fight for your spot,” Calipari said of the message to Labissiere.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2016, 09:22:50 pm
Skal, Simmons dodging criticism before showdown

Vitale on Labissiere: ‘He’s hurting a little bit’

Bilas on Simmons: ‘It’s a fair question to ask why he doesn’t win more’ (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article52738725.html)

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As a showdown, Kentucky’s game at LSU on Tuesday was supposed to be college basketball’s version of Steph Curry-versus-LeBron James. The headliners would be the country’s most ballyhooed freshmen: Skal Labissiere of UK and Ben Simmons of LSU.

With the first of the teams’ two highly anticipated games at hand, let’s update Labissiere and Simmons. Keep in mind the fond memory of freshmen being eased into college basketball as complements to more established players. And once upon a time, freshmen were even — gasp — ineligible.

Going into this weekend, Labissiere’s struggles through all of 12 games are well-chronicled. Basketball observers say the subsequent flood of second-guessing has taken a toll on his psyche.

“I’m rooting for this kid,” ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said recently. “Just talking to him, I like him so much. I think he’s hurting a little bit, too. I think he’s thinking and really hurting on the inside because he’s heard about all his projections. His teammates have heard about all his projections.”

Those obsessed with the NBA Draft long ago proclaimed that Labissiere or Simmons would be the first pick in 2016.

Joe Dean Jr., who works as an SEC Network analyst, saw the same hurt and confusion in Labissiere.

“He’s lost some confidence,” Dean said last week. “He’s got that deer-in-the-headlights a little bit.”

Of course, Labissiere got off to a good start, averaging 14.7 points in Kentucky’s first six games. Then opponents learned to get physical with him. Labissiere didn’t score a point nor grab a rebound while fouling out in 13 minutes against Arizona State. He scored two points against Ohio State, and then played a season-low 10 minutes against Louisville.

“This has gone to the point to be way more than a physical or a skill issue,” said Jay Bilas, who will work the UK-LSU game for ESPN. “It’s a mental thing, and a guy who is kind of searching, and a confidence issue.”

Playing for Kentucky, where a double-dribble can agonize fans, has not helped.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2016, 08:01:13 am
Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 9h9 hours ago

UF freshman G Allen picking up the pace - via @Gator_sports http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20160104/ARTICLES/160109911/1136/FRONTPAGE …

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During a quiet, summer night on campus, incoming Florida freshman guard KeVaughn Allen was perplexed.

Allen had tried to use his key card to get into the UF basketball facility to get some extra shots up, but it didn't work. The North Little Rock, Ark., native approached Florida coach Mike White to find out why.

“They found out he tried to use his key card to get access to the gym that morning,” White said. “But the key doesn't work at 4:30 a.m. That's probably a little earlier than they're used to.”

That dedication has paid dividends of late. Allen followed up 32-point performance against Florida State last Tuesday with 18 more points during UF's 77-63 win over Georgia on Saturday night. If not for a similarly dominant week from LSU freshman phenom forward Ben Simmons (28.5 ppg, 14 rpg in two games), Allen would have been UF's first SEC freshman of the week since Michael Frazier II in 2013.

“He's not just a driver,” White said. “He's not just a spot-up shooter. He's kind of a volume guy and we need him to be a volume guy. He's got the ability to get in space in transition, when he's in space, he's got tremendous explosive ability, speed and quickness, change of direction, but he's also got ability to sprint into shots. He's got ability to get himself shots on attacks and close outs. So it's really just a little bit of everything for him.”
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Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2016, 08:02:51 am
SEC Sports ‏@SEC 20h20 hours ago

With an average of 19.5 PPG, @AggieMensHoops' Jalen Jones is #SECMBB Player of the Week.
http://bit.ly/1JTlAuW 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CX5NULwWwAEXucF.jpg)
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Post by: jbcarol on January 05, 2016, 07:44:40 pm
http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/content/aag/en/MediaCenter/2016/2016-game-materials/2016-Nominee-List/_jcr_content/featuredcontent/everything/file.res/2016%20Nominee%20List%20%28Boys_Girls%29%20Final%281%29.pdf

McDonald's All American game nominees with some major player/location mistakes
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 06, 2016, 07:11:28 am
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 7h7 hours ago

Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray call out teammates for weak play http://bit.ly/1Z7mqjQ

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Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray combined for 44 of UK’s 67 points tonight, and in the postgame press conference, didn’t hesitate to voice their criticism over their teammates’ soft play.

“Guys came out and didn’t really want to play and didn’t play that hard and basically it seemed like they didn’t really want it,” Ulis said. “I feel like we came out, I don’t know what it was, a little scared it seemed.”

“It was just frustrating knowing we’re so much better,” Jamal Murray said. Murray scored 17 second half points in a failed comeback attempt. “It’s just frustrating as a leader.”

On his postgame radio show, John Calipari said his players at the four and five positions “got killed,” a major wake-up call that could provide an opportunity for Isaac Humphries and Tai Wynyard to get more minutes.

“Got absolutely murdered,” Cal said of Marcus Lee, Skal Labissiere, Alex Poythress, and Derek Willis. “They gave us nothing.”

Cal also said that a few of his guards — I’m guessing Ulis and Murray — were so disappointed in their teammates that they called them out in the locker room afterwards.

Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 7h7 hours ago

Ulis/Murray: 44 points, 16-33 FG, 7 assists, 4 TOs. Everyone else: 23 points, 8-25 FG, 1 assist, 10 TOs...
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Post by: jbcarol on January 06, 2016, 12:11:05 pm
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 2h2 hours ago

UK has three former 5-stars in the frontcourt. Lee, Poythress, Labissiere combined for 7 points, 8 rebounds at LSU. http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2016/01/06/uks-big-men-come-up-small-loss-lsu/78343146/ …

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“I think we’re just playing really weak,” UK guard Jamal Murray said, “and every team’s fired up. We don’t understand that yet. That’s our fault, not Coach’s fault anymore. We gotta bring the team up and we’ve gotta push this team to fight more.”

Junior Marcus Lee and senior Alex Poythress both fouled out – Lee in just six minutes – and combined to give Kentucky (11-3, 1-1 SEC) only four points and six rebounds.

None of Murray, Ulis or coach John Calipari tried to hide their disappointment in that afterward.

“Our two leading rebounders … two oldest guys, most experienced,” Murray said. “We needed them in the game.”

Lee and Poythress combined for as many turnovers (five) as shot attempts. Poythress, who never seemed to get into the flow of the game, also missed all three of his free throws. So what happened to a duo that had been mostly reliable this season?

“I don’t know,” Calipari said. “You’d have to ask them. They didn’t compete like they need to. I know that.”

Freshman forward Skal Labissiere’s struggle continued, but it was less shocking than the others. He came off the bench for a third consecutive game and contributed just three points and two rebounds in 16 minutes. Trouble is, if the former five-star recruit isn’t ready to do more and both Lee and Poythress fail to show up, Kentucky is cooked in the paint.

LSU (9-5, 2-0) outrebounded the Cats 46-32, outscored them 44-24 inside...

Ben Simmons, the 6-foot-10 point forward had a quiet night by his lofty standards – a break on which Kentucky couldn’t capitalize. The projected No. 1 pick in the next NBA draft played just nine minutes and scored only two points in the first half, due to his own foul trouble, and had only five points and seven boards with 11 minutes to go in the game.

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Post by: jbcarol on January 06, 2016, 01:37:10 pm
SEC Network ‏@SECNetwork 16h16 hours ago

Tim Quarterman
21 Pts
9 Reb
7 Ast

The only other SEC player to post those stats in a game this season, Ben Simmons

Tim Quarterman showed Tuesday against Kentucky that the Tigers have more in their arsenal than just Simmons. (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/25439842/observations-lsu-proves-depth-beyond-ben-simmons-in-tim-quarterman)

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6-foot-6 guard torched the Wildcats for 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists in a convincing 18-point win for LSU, who is now off to a 2-0 start in SEC play.

Johnny Jones finished last season with Quarterman as the Tigers' point guard and while he's taken a lesser role this year because of Simmons, he's still more than capable of producing at a very high level.

Quarterman scored 14 or more points in five straight games for LSU between Nov. 23 and Dec. 13, but was in single digits in the Tigers' next five tilts until Tuesday.

If this guy stays in college for another year, he'll regularly be compared to somebody like Evan Turner because of his unique ability to effect the game in a plethora of ways.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2016, 09:35:25 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 2h2 hours ago

Tennessee's Kevin Punter last year: 10.3 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.9 APG. THIS YEAR: 23.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.8 APG. Playing like an All-SEC player.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2016, 10:31:41 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 2h2 hours ago

Tennessee's Kevin Punter last year: 10.3 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.9 APG. THIS YEAR: 23.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.8 APG. Playing like an All-SEC player.



https://twitter.com/patrickbrownTFP/status/685133610119249920

Former County Fair guard was not ranked.  Avg. 43.7 ppg in Pilot Rocky Top Summer League.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2016, 10:17:11 am
https://twitter.com/CourtneyRCronin/status/685482491084451841

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Former McDonald's All American guard Malik Newman's introduction to college basketball didn't go as he had planned.

Battling through nagging injuries while trying to understand his new role as a point guard was difficult for the 6-foot-3 Jackson native who saw his game change for the better midway through the Bulldogs non-conference slate. Now with SEC play under way, Newman will shoulder more responsibilities as he tries to carry MSU through a tough stretch of conference games, improve his draft stock and prepare himself for what comes next...
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2016, 04:13:55 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 13m13 minutes ago

LSU’s Ben Simmons extraordinary, but reckless in loss to Florida http://sec.news/1OYy3i5

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Ben Simmons was brilliant at times, but cost his team on multiple occasions throughout LSU’s 68-62 loss to Florida.

Simmons stuffed the stat sheet once again and was LSU’s only reliable source of offense on a day when the Tigers shot 35.7 percent from the floor. He scored 28 points, corralled 17 rebounds, dished four assists and made seven of LSU’s 20 field goals. At the end of the game, Simmons was all LSU had.

The top player in the country was far from perfect in an electric road environment, however. Simmons turned the ball over eight times in the second half and fouled out late in the game. Although Simmons was LSU’s best player in Gainesville, Fla., he seemed to have cracked.

“A lot of plays down the stretch were kind of my fault,” Simmons said according to The Alligator’s Alex Maminakis.

Simmons picked up four of his five fouls in the second half, with two of them coming in the final 17 seconds of action. Simmons did not agree with some of the calls made against him.

“Those weren’t fouls but I guess you get those calls on the road,” Simmons said according to Gainesville.com’s Kevin Brockway.

Even though his Gators knocked off Simmons and the Tigers, Florida coach Mike White was flabbergasted by Simmons’ performance.

“I’m amazed by Ben Simmons,” White said according to Maminakis. “I thought we did a good job on him and he gets 28 and 17.”


Doug Gottlieb Verified account
‏@GottliebShow

Simmons is terrific, shot looks fine, simply needs to let it fly some. Best college prospect I have seen in 13 years of calling games

Michael DeCourcy ‏@tsnmike 30m30 minutes ago

@GottliebShow Kevin Durant? Anthony Davis? You only counting guys whose games you called? Just asking.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2016, 08:07:51 am
Jon Rothstein ‏@JonRothstein 1h1 hour ago

Texas A&M's Anthony Collins has 21 assists to just three TO's in the Aggies' three SEC games. Fifth-year senior has been a calming presence.


USF transfer was not in the Top 100 in '11.  Was #70 PG.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2016, 08:09:47 am
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 13h13 hours ago

Avery Johnson: "I don’t want to see Ulis next year. Go to the pros."


#24 in the Class o' '14; #4 PG
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2016, 12:43:27 pm
https://twitter.com/ESPNCBB/status/685989182246879232

Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ  1h1 hour ago
Tyler Ulis has to be on the short list, so to speak, of college basketball players easily twirled upside down with one arm.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2016, 10:54:27 am
Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik 2m2 minutes ago

Mike Anderson on Hickman grad Jimmy Whitt: "I'm sure he's looking forwar to being able to play at home and show his improvement."
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2016, 12:27:43 pm
SEC Sports ‏@SEC 25m25 minutes ago

#SEC Men's Basketball Freshman of the Week:
@Vol_Hoops' Admiral Schofield
http://bit.ly/SECMBBW9 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CYdTKvJWkAAkdYs.jpg)

Commodores missed on him.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2016, 12:29:12 pm
SEC Sports ‏@SEC 26m26 minutes ago

#SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Week:
@RazorbackMBB's Anthlon Bell
http://bit.ly/SECMBBW9 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CYdTIWEWYAApMY-.jpg)

#56 SG in '12 out of Bartlett
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2016, 06:11:54 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 7h7 hours ago

Barnes: If Robert Hubbs commits himself to playing harder, we'll win more games in this league than people think. It's up to him.

Barnes: Robert Hubbs should be one of the best players in this league. God has blessed him. He needs to take advantage of those gifts.

Barnes: I like nice guys. There's nothing wrong with nice guys. But you have to have an edge about you to win.

Hubbs: I know I can play harder and will play harder on the defensive side. Coach Barnes is right. I've got to show him.

Just not sure you're gonna see many five-star prospects be quieter and more soft-spoken than Robert Hubbs. Just a humble country kid.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2016, 09:17:14 pm
Sporting News NCAAB ‏@sn_ncaab  9h9 hours ago
Congratulations to our MIDSEASON first-team All-American picks. http://bit.ly/1UMm1No 

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Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2016, 09:32:23 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN  3h3 hours ago
With regards to both Calipari/Skal and Self/Diallo: If those coaches thought those guys could help them win games, they’d play more minutes.

Traylor with three fouls, Lucas with a pair. Mickelson struggling — Cheick Diallo finally gets into game with 1:20 left in first half.

Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2016, 02:32:21 pm
Sam Vecenie CBSsports.com has his top 100 list out and has some nice things to say about Moses.

64. Moses Kingsley | C | Arkansas (PR: NR): Among the most improved players in the country, Kingsley went from being something of an afterthought behind Bobby Portis to stepping into the starting lineup and doing his best Portis impression. He's upped his scoring average by 13.2 points to 16.8, his rebounding average by 7.3 to 9.8, and his blocks average by 1.5 up to 2.6. Basically, he's in the top-10 in the SEC in scoring, the top-three in rebounding, and leading the conference in blocks now after only playing a total of 757 minutes in two seasons. It's a totally remarkable growth curve, and unlike any other that we've seen in college hoops this year.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/25447385/ranking-top-100-and-1-college-hoops-players-for-first-2-months
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2016, 06:22:39 pm
Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN 18m18 minutes ago

Wooden Midseason Top 25. Any major issues?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CYo5STkWkAAI3pG.jpg)

Only 4 have played for SEC schools.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2016, 08:58:18 pm
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats  7h7 hours ago
Over John Calipari's past 6 recruiting classes, 25 of his 32 signees have actually signed during the early period http://bit.ly/1WbYuXx

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Recent numbers say UK’s recruiting targets have not been waiting for current players to make their stay-or-go decisions, meaning the new process should have little to no effect on UK’s recruiting efforts.

In his past six recruiting classes, 25 of Calipari’s 32 signees have actually signed with Kentucky during the early period in November, months before current players make their NBA decisions public.

Only two of UK’s five-star signees since 2010 have waited until the late signing period to make their college decisions. Nerlens Noel committed to UK on April 11 of his senior year. Jamal Murray waited until May 27 to commit to the Cats.

Of the other five UK signees since 2010 who did not sign early, three of them were not heavily recruited by Calipari until late in the process: Dominique Hawkins, Isaac Humphries and Mychal Mulder.

The other two late signees — Dakari Johnson and Julius Randle in the class of 2013 — made their college decisions before April 1 of their senior (sic) years.
  Should say "final college year(s)".
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2016, 07:37:51 am
Glenn Guilbeau ‏@LSUBeatTweet 20h20 hours ago

Antonio Blakeney comes off the bench to sit Ole Miss down in the final moments.

http://bit.ly/1ROawpc

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LSU freshman guard Antonio Blakeney did not start for just the second time this season, so he made sure he finished.

Blakeney scored 13 of his 15 points over the final 7:57 of the game to key a come-from-behind, 90-81 LSU victory over Ole Miss and point guard Stefan Moody in front of more than 12,000 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday night. Blakeney was also 5 of 5 from the free throw line over that last 7:57 and 7 of 7 for the game.

“It’s not how we start the game,” Blakeney said. “It’s how we finish.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2016, 12:22:41 pm
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 2h2 hours ago

Derek Willis: "Say you mess up in practice and you have this thought in your head: ‘What if I can’t guard?’ " http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2016/01/15/preview-uk-auburn-stats-storylines-tv-info/78845864/ …

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Willis out, Hawkins in? UK coach John Calipari has hardly been subtle in his criticism of junior forward Derek Willis, not for his offense – he’s scored 81 points in 190 minutes this season – but for his defensive lapses that often lead to scoring binges for opponents, as was the case Tuesday against Mississippi State.

“I think that’s honestly my problem right now. It’s just defensive confidence,” Willis admitted Thursday. “You just gotta know you can guard that guy. In the game, Tyler (Ulis) is like, ‘You’re guarding me in practice; you can guard this kid.’ It’s just one of those things where it’s a mindset and you just gotta get back to it.

“Say you mess up in practice and you have this thought in your head: ‘What if I can’t guard?’ It’s all in your mind.”

The good news for UK: junior guard Dominique Hawkins, the team’s best defender off the bench, was expected to practice Thursday for the first time since spraining his left ankle against Ole Miss. He’s missed the last three games and Calipari said the Cats need him back “badly.”
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2016, 03:36:06 pm
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ  14m14 minutes ago
Skal Labissiere checks in, goes: turnover, over the back on consecutive trips. Yikes.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2016, 12:13:42 pm
3 that got away:

Justin Young ‏@JustinDYoung 18h18 hours ago

Tony Parker 2012 UCLA, Jaylen Brown 2015 Cal and now Kobi Simmons 2016 Arizona. The very rare westward Georgia migration.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2016, 12:14:04 pm
 Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDaniels 2m2 minutes ago

The McDonald's All-American rosters will be released tonight at 10:30.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2016, 10:10:22 pm
Evan Daniels
‏@EvanDaniels
McDonald's All-American Rosters | List: http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/story/1633352-mcdonalds-all-american-rosters …

SEC Commits on East Team

Adebayo                UK
Terrance Ferguson  Bama
De'Aaron Fox          UK
Killyea-Jones          UK

SEC Commits on West Team

Malik Monk            UK
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2016, 07:52:00 am
Rosters for the 2016 McDonald’s All-American game were announced on Sunday

39th McDonald’s All-American game is scheduled for March 30 at the United Center in Chicago. (http://collegebasketball.nbcsports.com/2016/01/17/2016-mcdonalds-all-american-rosters-announced)

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The biggest snubs who were nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game and didn’t make the final roster include Michigan State commit Cassius Winston, Syracuse pledge Tyus Battle, Auburn commit Mustapha Heron and Mississippi State recruit Mario Kegler.

Conference breakdown of McDonald’s All-Americans

ACC: 7
SEC: 5
Pac-12: 4
Big Ten: 2
Big 12: 1
WCC: 1
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2016, 10:27:14 am
Steve Walentik ‏@Steve_Walentik 24m24 minutes ago

Texas A&M's Jalen Jones was picked as the SEC Player of the Week. LSU's Ben Simmons was the SEC Freshman of the Week.
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2016, 11:01:20 am
One of the most reliable recruiting projections is the top college basketball recruit.

There has not been a swing-and-miss bigger than the #1 or #2 ranking for UK big man Skal Labissiere.  The young man has survived an earthquake in his native Haiti and handlers who want to profit off his potential.  His high school career was sketchy due to an injury his junior season and ineligibility due to a school transfer in Memphis and exhibitions with a handler-made traveling team.

The folks who do the rankings put all of his blue chips on a performance at the Nike Hoop Summit:

April 2015: With the 2016 NBA draft lottery boards loading up with international names already, it was no great surprise the World team triumphed over USA 103-101 on Saturday at the Nike Hoop Summit in a game that went down to the wire. Indeed, the cream mostly rose to the top at the Moda Center. Highly touted prospects Ben Simmons (Australia) and Skal Labissiere (Haiti) fulfilled expectations with strong showings, teaming with game MVP Jamal Murray (Canada) to lead the international squad past a USA team that was paced by Duke signee Luke Kennard.  (http://www.si.com/nba/2015/04/11/nike-hoop-summit-world-team-beats-usa-portland-ben-simmons-skal-labissiere-thon-maker)

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Skal Labissiere: 21 points, six rebounds, six blocks

The 7-foot Labissiere plugs in nicely to a Kentucky frontcourt that is losing Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein to the 2015 draft.

Throughout the week of practices in Portland, multiple NBA scouts expressed some skepticism about Labissiere's future as an impact interior defender at the professional level due to his 7-foot-1.5 wingspan

The timing issue with the lead recruiting services' defense of their assessments is that Labissiere did not rise to his ranking position based on this all-star, low defense exhibition, it only confirmed for them what was there.  Skal had signed with UK back in the fall and he had to have had some merit or hype to make the World Team.

It just takes one and based on potential, Labissiere might be taken as a '16 lottery pick.  As a college player, the #1 or #2 ranking was a "fraud".

UK coach John Calipari says Labissiere's struggles do not justify the "personal attacks" leveled by one anonymous NBA scout. How personal did things get? Well, the scout told SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria Labissiere was "a paper tiger," "a mock draft myth" and "a fraud," among other things. (http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball-news/4689232-skal-labissiere-john-calipari-nba-scout-adam-zagoria-kentucky)

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"Big Skal, no strength, no toughness, no game," the scout said. "Comes off the bench, plays 10 minutes, had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 0 for 3 from the floor. Shot an air ball on an easy hook."

The scout added: "He's not going to play anymore for Kentucky, I don't think. There's nothing he could do. The Louisville big men are mediocre at best. Truth be told, they're below mediocre. He couldn't do nothing with them. He's a fraud. The thing is going the other way fast."


Scout's Evan Daniels who moved Skal to #1 in his final ranking (http://mycn2.com/kstv/evan-daniels-on-skal-labissiere-he-s-not-playing-the-game-he-s-thinking-the-game)

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    “To be honest, [Labissiere] doesn’t look like the same player,” Evan Daniels, Director of Basketball Recruiting at Scout.com, told KSTV on Wednesday’s show. “I put a lot of thought into this, and I haven’t been able to be my finger on it. Maybe he’s not the player we thought he was, but there’s still a lot of ability there. Anybody giving up on Skal this early is making a bad decision.”

According to Daniels, at 6-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Labissiere definitely lacks the toughness and physical build to compete against other top Division-1 post players, but the biggest road block is all in Skal’s head.

    “This is the first time he’s really been challenged,” Daniels said of Labissiere, who moved from Haiti to the United States when he was in eight grade and played at private prep academy schools in Memphis before joining UK. “He’s always been able to rely on his natural ability, and this is the first time it’s not coming easy to him. Part of the problem right now is he’s not playing in the game; he’s thinking the game. He’s not just playing basketball … He’s going to have to get tougher, and he’s going to have to get stronger.”

Jerry Tipton: http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article53913010.html (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article53913010.html)

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“I’m a little speechless about it all, honestly,” said Evan Daniels, an analyst for the Scout.com recruiting service. “It’s shocking.”

Jerry Meyer, an analyst for 247 Sports, saw a cautionary tale in Labissiere’s fall from possible first player selected in this year’s NBA Draft to rag doll thrown aside by Kentucky opponents.

“This should cause introspection in my business,” Meyer said. “We should try to get better.”

For example, the analysts should place greater importance on physical strength and mental toughness, Meyer said.

Chad Ford, who projects NBA drafts for ESPN, originally had Labissiere as the second player chosen in 2016. LSU freshman Ben Simmons was his first pick.

In a later update, Ford dropped Labissiere to the fourth pick. Another update in his mock draft is scheduled for this coming week.

“He’s not going to be a four,” Ford said. “He’ll drop. But it’s really tough. NBA scouts preach patience.”

Ford said he might project Labissiere as high as the sixth player chosen and perhaps no lower than the 15th pick.

“Pretty big range,” he said. “Kentucky fans might be surprised (Labissiere will not drop farther in the first round).”

Two factors are in play, Ford said. The 2016 NBA Draft is not seen as particularly strong. And NBA teams see Labissiere as a fluid athlete at nearly 7-feet tall, not the novice low-post player at Kentucky.

Labissiere made his reputation at the Nike Hoop Summit. As a fluid, skilled player, he wowed the analysts and NBA scouts and general managers. Soft touch. Rebounding out of his area. Blocking shots.

“He was the best prospect there,” Daniels said. And, don’t forget, another player there was Simmons. “He’s flat-out not the same player I saw at the Nike Hoop Summit.”

Added Meyer: “The NBA was drooling over him at the Hoop Summit.”

In retrospect, the analysts question how two days of basketball at the Hoop Summit swept them off their feet.

Then there’s a more basic question: How well does high school and AAU basketball simulate the sport on the college and NBA levels?
Title: Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
Post by: jbcarol on January 20, 2016, 06:51:57 am
Renardo Sidney was the #7 recruiting prospect in the Class of 2009.  Originally from Mississippi, he played for Fairfax High in Los Angeles and originally signed with Mississippi State.  He is arguably the reason Rick Stansbury is an assistant at A&M and not head coach at State. Sometimes Ahab needs to let Moby Dick go.

2012 combine report:

The heaviest player weighed in New Jersey was Mississippi State's Renardo Sidney, at a whopping 304 pounds, nearly 40 pounds more than the next heaviest prospect. His 22.4% body fat percentage was also highest by a large margin in New Jersey, and ranks as the second highest figure ever in our extensive database ahead of Oliver Miller. Sidney quit pretty early on in the workout after being seen grasping an inhaler on the sidelines. (http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Renardo-Sidney-1113/)

Tried to make a comeback in 2015 at the pre-draft camp:

On the periphery is Renardo Sidney, once a can't-miss prospect who went undrafted in 2012 and has since fallen off the NBA radar.  (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25183269/buzz-renardo-sidney-eyes-comeback-taj-gibson-flagrant-under-review)

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On the periphery is Renardo Sidney, once a can't-miss prospect who went undrafted in 2012 and has since fallen off the NBA radar. His stay at Mississippi State shortened by an NCAA suspension, Sidney was unable to capitalize on a D-League tryout before venturing to Canada and Venezuela in the hopes of reviving his basketball career.

Now 25, Sidney held a private workout for eight NBA teams Tuesday night in Chicago – a ninth team saw him the day before – as he tries to mount an improbable comeback.

“I still believe I can hang with everybody in the NBA right now,” Sidney told the Boston Globe recently.

Friends and rivals from his 2009 high school class have made their marks in the NBA, including DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall. The tipping point for Sidney was the loss of a stillborn daughter last June.

“The Lord gave me this gift for a reason, and I feel like I let him down because I wasn't doing what I was supposed to do,” he said. “I had to change.”

Sidney hasn't made it all the way back physically from his long layoff, but the skills that made him such an intriguing prospect are still there – low-post moves, a smooth touch around the basket. After