Tag:J-Mychal Reese
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:58 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 5:07 pm

J-Mychal Reese decides to stay close to home

By Jeff Borzello

The stories surrounding J-Mychal Reese have certainly not been limited. There were rumors that he and his father were a package deal, while others focused on his affection for Kansas.

On Thursday, Reese decided to stay at home and go to Texas A&M. The news was first reported by Scout.com and confirmed to CBSSports.com by two sources.

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Reese, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bryan (Texas), lives a short distance from the College Station campus and has a brother who is a manager for the Aggies. Moreover, John Reese, J-Mychal’s father, could still have an assistant coach job offer on the table from new coach Billy Kennedy.

While not a pure point guard, Reese is one of the best shooters in the country. The lefty has a deadly pull-up jumper and is most effective when attacking after a jab step or ball fake. He can handle the ball and initiate offense, but is more productive when playing off the ball. Reese ranks No. 44 in CBSSports.com's Top 100.

Louisville, LSU, Kansas, Oregon, Texas Tech, Alabama, Baylor, Memphis, Providence and Georgia Tech were all in the hunt for Reese.

Photo: Kelly Kline

Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 11:12 am

Notebook: J-Mychal Reese discusses package deal

By Jeff Borzello

A father-son relationship being important in college basketball recruiting is nothing new. College coaches constantly need to win over parents in order to get a commitment from their son.

For J-Mychal Reese, it’s different. As our own Jeff Goodman reported earlier this month, John Reese, J-Mychal’s father and a high school coach in Texas, has three job offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and LSU.

The common thought is that Reese might go wherever his father goes -- if his father goes anywhere.

“I’ll look at the school, but it won’t affect my decision,” Reese said last week. “He doesn’t want me to go where he goes, but I think it would be difficult to go to a different school in the Big 12 [than my father].”

Reese, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bryan, Texas, is hearing from Louisville, Kansas, Oregon, Texas Tech, Providence, Georgia Tech -- and Texas A&M and LSU.

He plans on visiting Louisville, Kansas and Oregon in the near future.

“Somewhere I can go in and play,” Reese said of the factors in his decision. “And style of play.”

It seems as if his father’s destination could play a role, as well.

Landen Lucas ready to cut his list

With dozens of schools in pursuit, Landen Lucas is ready to cut his list after the July live period. Until then, don’t expect much movement in the recruiting process from him.

“Once I narrow it down, I’ll take my officials,” Lucas said. “I want to see Arizona and some of the East Coast schools.”

Lucas, a 6-foot-8 big man from Findlay Prep in Nevada, is hearing from the entire Pac-12, as well as Vanderbilt, Harvard, Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Florida State.

He recently visited Kansas and enjoyed his trip. While Lucas hails from Oregon and goes to high school in Nevada, he’s open in terms of his destination.

“Location doesn’t really matter, I want to find the best fit,” he said. “But the West coast is great. My friends and family can see me.”

Lucas said Oregon, Arizona, Kansas and Stanford are very likely to be on his list when he decides to trim it down.

Negus Webster-Chan moves on

It didn’t take long for Negus Webster-Chan to rethink his commitment to Louisville. After pledging to the Cardinals in December, he reopened his recruitment in April.

“The staff was moving around and I wasn’t comfortable with it,” Webster-Chan said. “I never really talked to the new staff.”

Webster-Chan, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Huntington Prep (W.Va.), is hearing from Seton Hall, Texas, Oregon, Florida State, South Florida, Marquette, Xavier, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and USC.

He plans to cut his list at the end of the summer.

Al Freeman rises in 2013

Before the Nike Elite 100, Allerik Freeman was considered a high-major prospect. After a dominant weekend in early June, though, Freeman has risen dramatically in the eyes of most scouts and coaches.

“People have started to look at me with a new respect,” Freeman said. “Before I walk in the gym, it’s ‘Oh, that’s Al Freeman.’”

The 6-foot-4 Olympic (N.C.) shooting guard holds offers from North Carolina State, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Xavier, UNLV, Georgetown, Baylor, Oklahoma, Virginia and Virginia Tech. DePaul, Marquette, Kansas, Florida State and Arizona are also showing interest.

Xavier Johnson misses opportunities

In a camp with 100 of the best players in the country, a combination of not getting the ball and having tendinitis in your knee isn’t going to help you get noticed.

Xavier Johnson realized this pretty quickly.

“It’s an elite camp, everyone can play ball,” Johnson said. “If you don’t get the ball, you’re not going to do much.”

The 6-foot-6 small forward from Mater Dei (Calif.) is hearing from USC, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Georgetown and others.

Photo: Kelly Kline

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