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Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Ricardo Gathers pledges to Baylor

By Jeff Borzello

It looks like Scott Drew has locked up yet another top-10 recruiting class. He was on the verge of breaking into that vaunted group, but Monday cemented Baylor’s position.

Ricardo Gathers, a former St. John’s commit, made his pledge to the Bears.

The news was first reported by Dave Telep of ESPN.com, and confirmed to CBSSports.com by Greg Gathers, Ricardo’s brother.

Gathers is a 6-foot-7 forward from Riverside Academy (La.) and one of the best rebounders in the entire class. He’s a physical specimen who gets up and down the floor very quickly with his short strides and quick burst of speed. Gathers is extremely strong and powerful, and his NFL body enables him to dominate the glass at both ends of the floor. His speed also makes him a menace in transition, while his relentlessness at both ends earns him plenty of trips to the foul line.

Gathers averaged 20.2 points and 12.0 rebounds during Nike’s EYBL competition last summer, culminating with a 29-point, 20-rebound performance against Boo Williams at the Peach Jam.

He said last month that Florida and North Carolina State were among his favorites, along with Baylor and St. John’s. Gathers joins Isaiah Austin, L.J. Rose and Chad Rykhoek in Baylor’s 2012 recruiting class.

Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:21 am
 

Julius Randle begins taking unofficial visits

By Jeff Borzello

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Julius Randle is still about a year from making his college decision, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking steps in the recruiting process.

Earlier this month, the No. 3-ranked prospect in 2013 spent some time on Tobacco Road, visiting North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke.

“They’re three programs that have great tradition,” Randle said. “It was just an honor to visit. It was a lot of fun.”

Randle, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Prestonwood Christian (Texas), is not tipping his hand as to which visit was the best – or to which specific schools are recruiting him.

“I don’t have a list,” he said. “If you name a team, they’re probably recruiting me.”

However, Randle did say he wants to take unofficial visits to Texas and Kentucky in the near future.

“I like the versatility of the players they have,” he said.

In addition to the aforementioned five schools, Ohio State, Kansas, Baylor are also among the colleges heavily pursuing Randle. He won’t make a decision until after he takes his five official visits, which will happen next fall.

While academics rank high on the priority list for Randle, coaching style is also going to be a major factor when he eventually makes a decision.

“A coach that will push me,” he said. “He’s not going to always tell me what I want to hear, but what I need to hear. Someone that will make me the best player I can be.”

Photo: Bleacher Report 

Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:20 pm
 

Ricardo Gathers has four favorites

By Jeff Borzello

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Since Ricardo Gathers decommitted from St. John’s in early November, several new schools have tried to get involved in his recruitment.

While he doesn’t seem to be in a rush to finish the process, Gathers has shed some light on his suitors.

After his Riverside (La.) team lost to Gonzaga (D.C.) on Saturday at the Hoophall Classic, the No. 52-ranked player in the class of 2012 said he had been hearing from Baylor, LSU, St. John’s, California, North Carolina State and Florida.

His four favorites are: Baylor, St. John’s, Florida and North Carolina State.

The Red Storm remain in the mix despite parting ways two months ago.

“I like their style of play,” the 6-foot-8 power forward said. “How they go so hard.”

Two schools mentioned recently with Gathers are Kentucky and Duke, but he said neither is showing consistent interest.

Duke contacted him once. “Not frequently,” he said.

As for Kentucky, head coach John Calipari came to one game, but the Wildcats have yet to contact him directly or offer him a scholarship.

Gathers plans to make a decision after the season, but he wants to take trips to North Carolina State, Duke, Florida and Baylor before announcing his final commitment.

Photo: New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 11:14 am
 

Ishmail Wainright happy with move to Montrose

By Jeff Borzello

When Ishmail Wainright made the move from Raytown South (Mo.) to Montrose Christian (Md.), a lot of things changed.

Wainright was suddenly nearly 1,000 miles from home, with new friends, new teammates, new style of play and more pressure. But the biggest difference for Wainright?

“The weather,” he said. “It rains too much.”

Not surprisingly, Wainright is extremely happy with his decision to leave home and go to the vaunted private school near Washington D.C.

“This was one of the best moves by far,” he said. “The only move, really. It’s a great education.”

Although the season has not yet started, Wainright has already noticed a difference in the attendance at the preseason workouts. The door leading to the gym is a revolving door of high-major head coaches and some of the best recruiters in the country.

UCLA, Texas, Kansas State, Alabama, Providence, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, UMKC, Georgetown, Maryland, Villanova have all stopped by. St. John’s, Texas A&M, Baylor and Missouri were there on Wednesday. Louisville is expected to come soon, while Memphis set up a date to check out Wainright as well.

“I didn’t know it was going to be like this,” Wainright said. “I was just thinking in my head, ‘I don’t know who is going to see me, I don’t know who likes my game.’

“When I got there, coach [Stu] Vetter sat me down and said, ‘Now you know you will be hearing from coaches that you’ve never heard from, right?’ I just giggled. I thought he was playing, but it was for real.”

Wainright has had an interesting recruitment so far. He committed to Missouri in May, becoming new head coach Frank Haith’s first big-time recruit since taking over the Tigers. In late June, though, but suddenly decommitted and reopened his process.

After a few underwhelming performances with Memphis YOMCA on the Nike AAU circuit in the spring, Wainright won back his reputation with the KC 76ers in Las Vegas. He led his team to a surprising Fab 48 title, outplaying No. 1 prospect Jabari Parker in a head-to-head battle.

Wainright currently holds offers from Syracuse, Baylor, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado, St. John’s, UMKC, Florida, Nebraska and Louisville.

While he doesn’t have any specific visits planned, he wants to attend Louisville’s Midnight Madness festivities.

“I don’t have [a favorite] right now,” Wainright said.

Wainright, a 6-foot-5 small forward, is ranked as a five-star prospect in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 rankings for 2013. He is No. 17 in the country.

Photo: STLToday

Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:07 am
 

JUCO big Waverly Austin turns up recruitment



By Jeff Borzello

Waverly Austin doesn’t hide the fact that he would rather be at South Florida – or any other four-year college – than at Palm Beach State right now.

Coming out of high school, Austin committed to the Bulls but didn’t meet NCAA qualifications and needed to go the junior college route.

“No player would rather be in a junior college than a four-year college, but I’m making the most of it,” Austin said Wednesday night.

Austin, a 6-foot-10 native of Fredericksburg, Va. attended three high schools during his senior year – Progressive Christian (Md.), God’s Academy (Texas) and Princeton Day School (Md.) – before going to Heat Academy (Va.) for a prep year.

While he admittedly was disappointed that he needed to go to Palm Beach State, Austin averaged a double-double last season and helped turn the Panthers into a surprising powerhouse.

“There’s a lot of good players in junior college, but I’m a workaholic,” Austin said. “Through hard work, I think I’ve established myself as one of the elite players in the country.”

Now, Austin is ready to get focused on finding a four-year school for his final two years. There are seven schools currently in the mix for his services: Miami (Fl.), Maryland, Florida, South Florida, Baylor, Kansas and Missouri. Seton Hall and DePaul were recently cut from his list.

Most of the suitors have already come through to Palm Beach State to watch him workout recently, with Kansas coming by on Friday and Maryland scheduled to come soon.

“I think I can help any team in the country, because I can make an impact both offensively and defensively,” Austin said.

He will take an unofficial visit to Miami (Fl.) on Saturday for the Hurricanes’ football game against Ohio State. After that, Austin will trip to South Florida for an official visit and will also attend Kansas’ Midnight Madness.

“Those are the only ones set right now,” he said, before adding that he would like to take officials to the other schools as well.

While Austin said there were no favorites and each of the schools are on equal footing right now, the college he originally committed to is in hot pursuit.

“South Florida is recruiting me really hard, probably the hardest right now,” he said. “Missouri is coming at me hard. Florida, Kansas, Baylor. Everyone’s making a really strong push right now.”

Austin wants to cut his list in the near future, and then make an announcement on the first day of the early signing period. He doesn’t plan on making a surprise commitment on any of his visits.

In his future school, Austin is looking for a coach who motivates and somewhere he can play right away.

“A great coach who can push me to work hard,” he said. “Someone who develops pros. Also, somewhere I can come in and make an immediate impact.”

With his timeline mostly set, Austin is ready to get back into the recruiting process.

Said Austin: “I’m going to take my visits, and whichever school feels right.”

Photo: Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg)

Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: September 7, 2011 11:42 am
 

Danuel House down to six, sets up in-home visits

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By Jeff Borzello

Danuel House entered Memorial Day Weekend with just two offers, but racked up nearly 40 after impressive play during May, June and July.

Coming out of the summer, House cut down his list to six: Houston, Baylor, Georgetown, Ohio State, Texas and Kansas.

Starting Friday and ending September 13, at least five of the schools will come through for visits with House, according to Texas Pro coach Marland Lowe. One has not been confirmed yet.

“Only in-home visits,” Lowe said.

While other top prospects are taking official visits to their final schools, House is unable to go on trips due to his lack of a standardized test score. He plans on taking the test in October.

“Not really concerned about the test,” Lowe said. “He has a 3.0 GPA.”

There is no specific timetable for a decision, and House has not decided whether he will decide before he is allowed to take official visits, or simply get it done after the in-homes.

“It will depend on how the home visits go,” Lowe said.

House is a 6-foot-6 small forward from Hightower (Tex.) who uses his athleticism and aggressiveness to make plays at the rim. He runs the floor tremendously well and is very difficult to stop in transition. House handles the ball fairly well, and his outside shot is getting more consistent. Due to his length and leaping ability, he has a solid defender and rebounder.

He ranks No. 37 in CBSSports.com's Top 100.

Photo: Fort Bend Sun




Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Allerik Freeman trimming list to nine

By Jeff Borzello

June was the key month for Allerik Freeman.

Prior to it, he was considering a prospect that could play at the high-major level. After big-time weekends at the Nike Elite 100 and NBPA Top 100 Camp, Freeman became one of the most sought-after players in the country.

An impressive July vaulted him to the No. 15 spot in the CBSSports.com Top 100.

“I feel like I’ve been getting better and I played more on the main stage this year,” Freeman said.

While he has always been able to use his strength and finishing ability to execute off the dribble, Freeman expanded his game in the past few months to make himself more dangerous.

“My pull-up three ball,” he said. “I’ve zoned in on my mid-range game, and just using my speed and size.”

In terms of recruiting, so many schools are pursuing Freeman that he barely remembers all of them.

He holds offers from North Carolina State, Miami (Fl.), Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Xavier, UNLV, Georgetown, Baylor, Oklahoma, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Memphis, Texas, Villanova and Wake Forest, while also hearing from North Carolina, Clemson, Marquette, DePaul, Florida State and Arizona.

With upwards of 30 schools vying for his services, Freeman is ready to start eliminating suitors.

“I’m cutting it to nine by August 25th,” he said.

Photo: VUHoops.com 

 
 
 
 
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