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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.

 
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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.
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Absolutely they do.
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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.
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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.
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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. 

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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.
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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.
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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.

 
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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...

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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #10 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
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #11 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

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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #12 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.'"

 
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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...
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #13 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
     
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #14 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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2012, 10:55:08 am »

bigleadsportsTM ranks the top 50 college basketball players coming into '12-13.
 
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?]
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #16 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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2012, 06:20:09 am »

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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #18 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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #21 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
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #22 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.



OkStU basketball player Philip Jurick [originally a Vol Top 100 signee] arrested on drug complaints
 
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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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #23 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)
 
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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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #24 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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #25 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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #26 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.
 
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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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #28 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?
 
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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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #29 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:
 
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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.
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« Reply #30 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...
 
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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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2012, 04:42:47 pm »

UGa beats out Stanford and Memphis for Parker
 
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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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #34 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
 
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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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #35 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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #36 on: September 03, 2012, 11:38:55 am »

The NCAA is investigating UCLA for potential recruiting violations involving Tony Parker...
 
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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...
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #37 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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #38 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.
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« Reply #39 on: September 28, 2012, 01:54:50 pm »

LSU lands Jordan Mickey, a four-star basketball recruit from Dallas for the 2013 recruiting class
 
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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."
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #40 on: October 04, 2012, 04:38:50 pm »

Harrison twins give a verbal to Kentucky over Maryland and SMU.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #41 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.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #42 on: October 10, 2012, 05:29:48 pm »


 
Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDanielsFOX
James Young is announcing his college choice tomorrow. As of today, if it's not Kentucky, I'll be shocked.
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Re: Look back/ahead to the Top 100 College Basketball recruits in the SEC
« Reply #43 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.
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« Reply #44 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

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« Reply #45 on: October 14, 2012, 02:01:41 pm »

The NCAA is still examining the eligibility of Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson.
 
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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.
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« Reply #46 on: October 16, 2012, 07:55:40 am »

Eamonn Brennan: 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.
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« Reply #47 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.
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« Reply #49 on: October 17, 2012, 04:29:16 pm »

Top 40 recruit Marcus Lee gave a verbal to Kentucky, picking UK over California.
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