Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:57 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2011 8:00 pm

Andre Drummond commits to UConn for 2011

By Jeff Borzello

What a way to make an announcement: a Friday night at 7:30 p.m., on Twitter.

Andre Drummond, the No. 2 prospect in the class of 2012, is headed to Connecticut – in the fall.

“It’s official,” Drummond tweeted. “I’m heading to the University of Connecticut to be a Husky this year!”

The news was confirmed to CBSSports.com by a source with knowledge of the situation.

Earlier this month, Drummond made an announcement that he was doing a prep year at Wilbraham & Monson, and also narrowed his list of schools to five: Connecticut, Georgetown, Kentucky, Louisville and West Virginia.

With Connecticut out of scholarships, sources have told CBSSports.com that Drummond could become a walk-on and pay his own way this year.

He joins a 2011 recruiting class that also includes Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels.

Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:47 pm

Former UNLV recruit chooses Saint Louis

By Jeff Borzello

After Lon Kruger left UNLV for Oklahoma, Canadian forward Grandy Glaze opened up his recruitment and became a sought-after prospect.

On Thursday, Glaze ended his second round of recruiting by choosing Rick Majerus and Saint Louis.

“He visited last week and felt great about the entire experience,” Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd told CBSSports.com. “Loved the guys on the team, trusts what the coaches are telling him and was incredibly impressed with the facilities.”

Providence and South Florida were also in the mix for Glaze.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Ontario has a strong body and overcomes his lack of size inside with his toughness and aggressiveness. Glaze has a nonstop motor and doesn’t back down from anyone. He should make an immediate impact on a young Saint Louis team that could be a sleeper in the Atlantic-10.

“He’s going to be a match-up problem for A-10 opponents,” Hurd said. “His combination of motor and size makes him special.”

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:36 pm

DeAndre Daniels ends process, picks Connecticut

Posted by Jeff Borzello

For the latter stages of DeAndre Daniels’ recruitment, most of the discussions revolved around two schools: Kansas and Texas.  

Would Daniels go back to the school where he gave his original commitment (Texas) or would he head to the Longhorns’ conference rival?

On Tuesday evening, Daniels finally made his decision. The 6-foot-7 California native chose . . . Connecticut?

“With the style of play and with what [Jeremy Lamb] did last year, we think that he’ll be able to be successful,” IMG Academy coach Vince Walden told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, who broke the story. “With his ability to put the ball on the floor he could be a nightmare matchup. He’s a winner. We truly believe that.”

Based on Daniels’ entire recruitment, it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that his commitment ended up being a curveball. He originally committed to Texas, but opened up his recruitment and has since had multiple supposed “favorites.” At one time, it was Kentucky; another time, Duke. Daniels was also going to leave IMG Academy (Fla.) at the semester break and head to college this past January.

In the last few weeks, schools like San Diego State and Oregon joined the seemingly random fray of options.

But, it seems to be over now. Sources told Scout.com that Daniels will sign a financial aid agreement, as the date to sign a letter-of-intent has passed.

Daniels joins Ryan Boatright in Connecticut’s recruiting class for the fall.

Photo: NBA Camp

Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:05 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 2:22 pm

Former Maryland signee Martin Bruenig chooses UW

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Luckily for Lorenzo Romar, a pipeline from Germany to Washington helped the Huskies secure one of the best available players in the class of 2011.

On Saturday, former Maryland signee Martin Breunig informed Romar and the rest of the Washington coaching staff that he was headed to the Pacific Northwest.

“He wants to be part of a winning program and sees a lot of potential at Washington to win championships and develop as a player,” Martin Esters, Breunig’s mentor, told CBSSports.com. “Paul Fortier was also key in his recruitment.”

Interestingly, two Germans playing their college basketball at Washington in the 1980s played a part in bringing Breunig, also a Germany native, to the Huskies.

“The fact that two other Germans, Chris Welp and Detlef Schrempf, who is from his hometown, had great careers there also helped,” Esters said.

Welp ended his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer in 1987, while Schrempf went on to a have a productive 16-year NBA career, the majority coming with the Seattle SuperSonics.

Breunig, a 6-foot-9 forward who attended St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.), chose the Huskies over South Florida.

"I know he will work as hard as anyone to get on the floor," Esters said. "The greatest thing about him is his potential. He will be a star at that level; it is just hard to say how soon." 

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Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:55 pm

Recruiting Notebook: Joe Uchebo to go JuCo

Posted by Jeff Borzello

When he committed to North Carolina State in November of his junior year, many people felt Joseph Uchebo could develop into one of the better centers in the conference. Due to his athleticism and raw talent, Uchebo’s potential is higher than most players at his position.

Next season, the top-100 recruit won’t be able to fulfill that potential in Division I.

According to a source, Uchebo plans to go the junior college route and enroll at Chipola (Fla.).

“He’s not going to qualify,” the source said.

Since decommitting from NC State in April, the 6-foot-10 Nigeria native was being pursued by Kentucky, Wake Forest, Florida State and others.

Former Maryland commit on visit

Of the three Maryland recruits that received a release from their letters of intent, two have already made their second decision. Nick Faust recommitted to Maryland, while Sterling Gibbs popped for Texas.

The third, Martin Breunig, is taking his time with a decision.

“Everyone with a scholarship has called,” Martin Esters, Breunig’s mentor, said. “A lot of people have asked. We are trying to find out who has a genuine interest.”

Right now, Breunig is on an official visit to Washington. Esters is not sure what other colleges Breunig will visit.

“We have to talk about it,” Esters said. “I am waiting on his impressions from Washington. He is interested in seeing a mid-major, though, to compare.”

He also mentioned that the Terrapins were not out of the mix for the 6-foot-9 Germany native.

DeAndre Daniels decision postponed

The biggest decision of Wednesday was supposed to come from DeAndre Daniels, the top-rated player left on the board.

Of course, going along with his roller-coaster and unpredictable recruitment, Daniels has pushed back his announcement.

“He will announce tomorrow morning,” IMG Academy (Fla.) director Andy Borman said.

Daniels, a 6-foot-8 small forward, is considering Kansas and Texas.  

Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 5:01 pm

Kansas picks up unsigned Jamari Traylor

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Jamari Traylor doesn’t mind not being a star. He would prefer being on a winning team.

Traylor will have a chance to do that again in the Big 12.

“Jamari just signed his NLI for coach Bill Self and Kansas,” IMG Academy (Fla.) director Andy Borman said.

Traylor, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Chicago who played his high school ball at IMG, chose the Jayhawks over Oklahoma State, Indiana and Texas Tech.

"I know coach Self and his coaching staff, and there's a good group of players," Traylor said. "I envision myself there." 

Traylor has a very good build and body for a player entering his first year of college. He has good strength and is active at both ends of the floor. Traylor is a very solid rebounder who is not afraid to chase down loose balls and mix it up in the paint. Offensively, he finishes well around the rim and also is developing a face-up jumper.

"I'm a high-energy guy," Traylor said. "I can block shots with the best of them. I'm a defensive-minded player."  

With the dearth of inside depth in Lawrence, expect Traylor to step in and produce immediately. He joins a recruiting class that includes top-100 recruits Ben McLemore and Naadir Tharpe, and combo forward Braeden Anderson from Wilbraham and Monson (Mass.). 

"I have the best chance of being successful there," Traylor said. "As long as I get a diploma from there, it will be a good decision." 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:03 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 3:11 pm

Alabama native Trevor Lacey will stay home

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Arguably the best high school player in the history of Alabama has decided to stay home.

Trevor Lacey, the top guard left on the board, committed to Alabama on Wednesday afternoon during a press conference at his school. Word leaked out about an hour before the announcement that he would sign with the Crimson Tide.

"I just signed with the University of Alabama," Lacey said, putting on an Alabama hat. 

Lacey is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from S.R. Butler (Ala.) who led his high school team to three consecutive state championships. He averaged 31.4 points and 8.0 rebounds last season, putting up at least 40 points on 10 separate occasions. 

He chose the Crimson Tide over Kansas, Kentucky, Auburn. Despite being pursued by some of the biggest powers in the country, the pull of his home state was just too much in the end.

"I felt like it was home," Lacey said. "I had a great relationship with coach [Anthony] Grant and the players." 

Lacey was one of the best scorers at the prep level the past few years. He has outstanding range on his 3-point shot, and has shown the ability to make contested jumpers with defenders in his face. Lacey can take defenders off the dribble and knock down mid-range shots or get to the rim and finish. He’s far more effective when playing off the ball, but is difficult to stop when he gets going.

He joins a very solid recruiting class that also includes top-100 prospects Levi Randolph and Nick Jacobs, as well as Rodney Cooper and Moussa Gueye. 

Photo: Al.com  

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