Best uncommitted 2014 prospects, JUCO recruits and transfers
There are different types of available players still remaining -- let's take a look at the best recruits, JUCO prospects and major-college transfers.
Heading down the stretch of the NCAA Tournament, it looked like the class of 2014 would be wrapped up pretty quickly. Only one top-100 player was left on the market, and things seemed to be settled.
But recruiting is never easy, and now there are plenty of loose ends to tie up. Myles Turner, the aforementioned last remaining top-100 player, is still available – but coaching changes and decommitments have led to several other players receiving high-major interest.
Let’s take a quick look at the best uncommitted players left on the board.
Myles Turner (No. 4 in 247Sports Composite): This one will be done in one week, as Turner plans to make his announcement on April 30. He has seven schools still on his list – Duke, SMU, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Ohio State. It seems Texas, Kansas and SMU have separated themselves a bit.
Devonte Graham (No. 180): A highly-publicized tug of war with Appalachian State finally resulted in Graham getting his release from the Mountaineers. He is down to five schools: Kansas, North Carolina State, Virginia, Providence and Virginia Tech. Graham is the best point guard available.
Elijah Stewart (No. 120): The former Loyola Marymount signee blew up over the past year, and when the Lions parted ways with Max Good, it was Stewart’s opportunity to look at other schools. Former LMU assistant Tom Abatemarco is now at Tulsa, and he helped get Stewart to LMU. USC and UCLA are in the mix for Stewart, as are plenty of other schools.
Malek Harris (No. 94): Two Marquette signees, Ahmed Hill and Satchel Pierce, both were released from their letters of intent and ended up following Buzz Williams to Virginia Tech. Harris is another of that group, Kansas State has been in hot pursuit, and Harris visited Manhattan last weekend. Virginia Tech and Gonzaga are involved.
Josh Cunningham (No. 107): The only player on this list besides Turner that hasn’t decommitted from anywhere, Cunningham saw his stock rise after a solid season as the forward position dried up. South Carolina and Bradley are making the biggest pushes, but Indiana is also involved and he recently visited St. John’s.
Idrissa Diallo (No. 171): Everyone loves a quality big man, and the 6-foot-11 Diallo fits the bill. He opened things up after Mike Montgomery retired at California, and has heard from Oregon, Boston College, Georgetown, Utah and other schools. He also has met with the new California staff since Cuonzo Martin took over at the helm.
Of course, high schoolers aren’t the only ones being pursued heavily lately. While junior colleges have gone through ups and downs since the Shawn Marion and Steve Francis days, there are still coveted players up for grabs.
On Tuesday, I spoke with JucoRecruiting.com’s Brad Winton, who gave us his top five uncommitted junior college prospects.
Anthony Allen, 7-foot-1, Lamar State College-Port Arthur (Texas): Allen visited Oklahoma State this past weekend, but Memphis coach Josh Pastner visited with Allen on Monday. He is thought to be down to those two schools.
Jordan Goodman, 6-foot-9, Harcum Junior College (Pa.): The well-traveled Goodman visited La Salle two weekends ago and took a trip to New Mexico this past weekend. His recruitment could be winding down, and the Lobos might be the favorites.
Willie Atwood, 6-foot-8, Connors State (Okla.): Atwood is one of the better big men available, and he’s taken three trips in the last month: Iowa, Arizona State and Florida State. He is expected to decide this week, and the leader in his Crystal Ball is Iowa.
Deng Deng, 6-foot-8, Lee College (Texas): The former LSU commit has been available for more than a year now, and is being pursued by several schools. He visited Nebraska in March, but Baylor has all four predictions in his Crystal Ball.
Shane Henry, 6-foot-8, Georgia Perimeter (Ga.): Henry has had a number of schools mentioned with him, and it’s unclear if there is a favorite. He visited Auburn and also has an offer from Virginia Tech. Arkansas was named as a contender earlier this month.
And the route many schools are going these days, the major college transfer, is also heavily populated. There are more than 400 players on the current transfer list, with dozens of high-level guys still out there.
We’ll revisit the transfer market throughout the offseason, but here’s a look at some of the more coveted ones remaining.
Eron Harris, West Virginia: Probably the best transfer on the market, Harris is leaving West Virginia to go closer to home. He will likely hear from Indiana, Purdue, Butler and others, but he has to wait until the end of the spring semester.
Ryan Anderson, Boston College: Anderson has three schools on his list: Iowa State, Indiana and Arizona. He has official visits set up to all three schools, and they start in early May. The California native will sit one year, then play one.
Kareem Canty, Marshall: It looked like Canty was a done deal to Auburn over the weekend, but shortly after committing to the Tigers, he opened things back up and wanted to see other schools. He will visit South Florida soon.
Byron Wesley, USC: One of the Pac-12’s leading scorers a season ago, Wesley is a target for plenty of schools. A Yahoo report focused on eight: Cincinnati, Baylor, Indiana, Providence, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Pitt and Oklahoma State.
Danuel House, Houston: The former top-35 recruit was productive at Houston, but a coaching change caused him to leave. After initially being denied a release, House received one – with conditions. He can’t go to an AAC school, a school on Houston’s schedule for the next two years, and any school in Texas.
Tyshawn Thomas, Houston: Thomas is under the same restrictions as House, as both players were initially denied their release. Sources have indicated that they could be a package deal if it makes sense. Expect Big 12 schools to get involved.
Other coveted names: Matt Carlino, BYU; Ian Chiles, IUPUI; Nick Faust, Maryland; Cole Huff, Nevada; Ronnie Johnson, Purdue; Justin Martin, Xavier; Jarvis Haywood, Jacksonville.
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