Notebook: Five-star wing Nick King set to announce Monday

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Nick King said during July he would likely wait until next spring to make a college decision.

That has turned out to be a bit off, as King is ready to make his choice on Monday.

“I haven't told anyone but my parents,” King told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I gotta good feel.”

Nick King will choose between Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Texas and Memphis on Monday. (Nike)

The Memphis East (Tenn.) product is choosing between Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Texas and the hometown Tigers. Memphis has been on him longer than anyone, offering him his first scholarship and making him a priority throughout the process. King has not taken any official visits.

King, a 6-foot-7 small forward, was ranked No. 14 by CBSSports.com heading into the summer.

Visits set for Chris Jones, Aaron Gordon

Official visits are a pretty good indicator of which teams are in solid position for a prospect, and two of the more sought-after players have set their trips.

Chris Jones is ranked as the best junior college point guard in the country, and was once signed to Tennessee. He said on Friday he would be taking official visits to Baylor, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Florida and Kansas – in that order.

It begins for Jones next weekend with Baylor, and will end on Midnight Madness at Kansas.

Aaron Gordon, a top-five prospect in the class of 2013, told ESPN he was heading to Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Kansas and Kentucky on official visits. Moreover, he would take an unofficial visit to California.

Washington and Arizona have been the leaders in his recruitment, but Kentucky made a very strong push in July and is now squarely in the mix.

Lawrence, Rathan-Mayes trim down lists

Jermaine Lawrence, a New York native who now plays at Pope John XXIII, boosted his stock in a major way during the spring and summer. Lawrence moved into five-star status at CBSSports.com and his recruitment reflected the rise.

On Saturday, Lawrence tweeted that his final seven were Cincinnati, Kansas, Kentucky, St. John's, Syracuse, UCLA and UNLV. Florida and Rutgers were strong contenders, but neither made the cut.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes was another played who raised his stock during the AAU circuit. He is a 6-foot-3 scorer from Canada who plays alongside Andrew Wiggins at Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and with CIA Bounce.

Rathan-Mayes, ranked No. 50 at CBSSports.com, is down to five schools: Baylor, Florida State, Connecticut, Illinois and Texas.

Top-100 Josh Brown announcing Monday

Another player making a college decision this week will be Josh Brown, the No. 94-ranked prospect in our top 100.

The former Temple commit reopened his recruitment in June, but is ready to settle down once again.

The Owls are still in the mix for Brown, along with Rhode Island, Providence and Penn State.

Commitment Catchup

  • Brandan Stith, East Carolina
  • Dane Pineau, Saint Mary's
  • Jeff Van Dyke, Pepperdine
  • Majok Majok, Ball State
  • Elijah Wilson, Coastal Carolina
  • Lane Severyn, South Dakota State
  • Logan Doyle, South Dakota State
  • Jordan Neff, Florida Gulf Coast
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