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Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:47 pm
 

National Signing Day Coverage

By Jeff Borzello

And the dust is finally settling on the first day of the early signing period. Hundreds of high school prospects made a binding signature and sent in their letters-of-intent to various colleges.

It was a long day, filled with a few surprises and a couple of commitments. But CBSSports.com had you covered all day, with constant coverage and analysis of the news.

If you missed anything – and we mean anything – check out our complete coverage of National Signing Day. 

Thanks for following us all day, and keep checking back throughout the winter for constantly updated info on commitments and recruiting news.

Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:34 pm
 

In recruiting, the future is even brighter



By
Jeff Borzello

Once the early signing period for the class of 2012 is over, the dominoes will stop falling and the dust will begin to settle. There will only be a handful of five-star prospects left on the board, and the late signing period won’t have an overwhelming amount of drama.

The current senior class was certainly talented and had its fair share of impact players and next-level prospects. However, looking ahead, the class of 2013 should blow it out of the water.

At the top, the current junior class might have the three best players in high school basketball right now. Jabari Parker (pictured) is a future NBA star – provided the lockout ends before he gets out of college. Julius Randle is nipping at Parker’s heels due to his outstanding inside-outside offensive ability, and Nerlens Noel is the best defensive player to come across the high school ranks in years.

Unlike the class of 2012, which saw several players move in and out of the top-three spots in the rankings, those three have a stranglehold on the top of the class. If someone ranked the classes of 2012 and 2013 together, there is a good chance Parker, Randle and Noel would be leading the way.

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Before moving on, we should mention there is a chance Noel reclassifies to the class of 2012. He said he’s set in 2013 for now, but there is talk that he could go to college next fall or graduate in the spring and then prep for 2012-13. If you were looking for more Andre Drummond-esque drama, here you go.

After those three, the depth continues. Andrew and Aaron Harrison are fantastic guards, Chris Walker has limitless potential, Aaron Gordon keeps getting better and there are scorers galore in the top-20.

It is very difficult to find deficiencies with this class. There was a lack of point guards in 2012, but 2013 doesn’t have that problem. 2012 was loaded with bigs; 2013 can come close to matching it. The juniors are also loaded with high-level wing prospects.

The best part about the class? We should get plenty of decision-making drama at the top of the rankings. Only about five players in the top 50 of the rankings are currently committed, with just Isaiah Hicks (North Carolina) and Marc Loving (Ohio State) off the board when it comes to five-star prospects.

There are certainly going to be heavy hitters involved with these kids. None of the top players seem too far along in their recruitments, with an endless stream occupying these prospects’ lists.

Everyone is still focused on 2012, and rightfully so – there are still plenty of decisions to be made in the senior class.

When we move on to 2013, though, the real fun will start.

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Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 11:23 am
 

No. 1 Shabazz Muhammad will wait until the spring

By Jeff Borzello

Several of the remaining five-star prospects have plans to announce their decisions over the next week or two.

One player who will undoubtedly wait until the spring to make a commitment, though, is the No. 1 prospect in the country, Shabazz Muhammad.

Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 swingman from Bishop Gorman (Nev.), has been atop the rankings for much of the past year. His performance in the summer only cemented his spot at No. 1. The lefty is a dominant scorer, especially going to the basket. He has great mid-range ability and is also very effective finishing at the rim. If Muhammad can knock down 3-pointers with consistency, he is going to be a huge problem.

Of course, a whole list of teams would love to get Muhammad’s pledge for next fall. His list has stayed mostly the same for the past few months, with UCLA, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Kentucky, Texas A&M, USC, UNLV and Arizona all chasing the talented prospect.

It’s not a surprise that Muhammad won’t make a decision. He has only taken two official visits – to Texas A&M and Kentucky – and has not seemed to be in a rush to get the other trips out of the way. Muhammad plans to visit Duke for its game against North Carolina in the fall.

The team thought to be the leader for most of his recruitment has been UCLA. The Bruins have received an unofficial visit from Muhammad, and there have been rumors that Muhammad wants to play with current Bruin commit Kyle Anderson. Without a pledge yet, though, UCLA can’t feel safe.

Kentucky, Duke and UNLV are on UCLA’s heels. The Wildcats have made up ground in the past several months, and Muhammad was on campus for Big Blue Madness. John Calipari going hard after other forwards makes one think he has plenty of backup plans. Duke has always been in the mix for Muhaammad; he’s impressed with Mike Krzyzewski. UNLV isn’t the power that the other three are, but the Runnin’ Rebels have the location advantage.

It’s tough to count the other teams out, too, especially since he’s taken unofficial or official visits to each of them and could take more trips throughout the year.

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Unlike some other prospects, Muhammad could wait as long as he wants to make a decision; coaches and teams won’t back off of him because he’s taking his time choosing a school. He wants more information on each of the schools; it’s refreshing to see a kid go through the entire process and make an education decision after much deliberation.

Some star players will have stressful decisions to make in the next week, but Muhammad definitely won’t be one of them.

Photo: MaxPreps

Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:23 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 11:18 am
 

Signing Day Senior Superlatives

By Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman

The class of 2012 has been an interesting group of players over the last couple of years. Many of the questions people had about the class – Who’s No. 1? Best point guard? How will Andre Drummond shake out? – have been answered. It’s also had plenty of movers and shakers in the rankings, with Mitch McGary becoming a top-five recruit and people like Danuel House, Adam Woodbury and Kris Dunn going from mid-major to top 40.

With so many different personalities and story lines in the class of 2012, we decided to break it down into 15 categories:

Most important commitment:

Goodman: Kyle Anderson to UCLA - Ben Howland and the Bruins were struggling on the recruiting trail and needed a big-time player - especially in the backcourt. Anderson, despite being 6-foot-8, is the best pure passer in the class and just knows how to win and make his teammates better. If Howland can find a way to keep Reeves Nelson and Josh Smith for another year, UCLA could get back to the Final Four with the help of Anderson.

Borzello: Mitch McGary to Michigan – John Beilein has never been known to get five-star prospects, and McGary was being pursued by the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Maryland and many others. He was one of the best players in the country on the AAU circuit in the spring and summer, and will make an immediate impact in Ann Arbor. When Beilein gets supremely talented players to run his system, it’s bad news for everyone else.

Best mid-major recruit:

Goodman: Danuel House to Houston. There's a reason why many have House ranked in the Top 50 - and some even in the Top 20. He's a gifted (especially athletically) wing with size who does a terrific job attacking the basket. If he gets a perimeter shot, he'll be a pro.

Borzello: Danuel House to Houston. House shot up the charts in the late spring AAU period, going from two offers to 35 offers in a two-week span. He’s extremely athletic and is a menace in transition. House is also improving his perimeter game and is tough to stop going to the rim.

Best shooter:

Goodman: Kellen Dunham - It's no shock that I'm going with a kid headed to Butler as my top shooter. Dunham has the size, at 6-5, and can really stroke it from, well, just about anywhere. Just imagine he and Rotnei Clarke on the floor together next year.

Borzello: Fred Thomas – When he gets going, there’s not a more fun shooter to watch in the country. Thomas has the swagger of a stone-cold shooter, capable of knocking down several shots in a row and getting his team on a run. He has great size and deep range.

Best passer:

Goodman: Kyle Anderson - There's no one better in this class - and I haven't seen anyone his size pass it like this in a while.

Borzello: Kyle Anderson – It’s a weak class of point guards, but Anderson would win either way. His size and vision put him head and shoulders above the rest.

Biggest risk:

Goodman: Ricky Ledo - He's got the natural ability, but new Providence coach Ed Cooley is rolling the dice with the Rhode Island native. Teammates don't exactly love to play with him - and he hardly won at all this past summer. He's also bounced around to four different schools. If all that's not a risk, I'm not sure what is.

Borzello: Nino Jackson – Jackson became a household name on the AAU circuit two years ago, when he used his explosiveness to become one of the top guards in the country. However, he didn’t play AAU, he’s nearly impossible to track down and no one has heard from him in months. Might not qualify.

Most underrated:

Goodman: Nik Stauskas - The 6-foot-6 Canadian has been overshadowed by Alex Murphy and Kaleb Tarczewski at St. Mark's, but he's the ideal John Beilein recruit. Obviously, Michigan getting Mitch McGary was huge - but Stauskas passes and shoots the you-know-what out of the ball.

Borzello: Semaj Christon – Chris Mack got an absolute steal with this one. He’s not often mentioned among the top point guards in the country, but there might not be anyone better at getting to the rim than Christon. He will shine this year at Brewster Academy (N.H.) under Jason Smith.

Most overrated:

Goodman: Isaiah Austin - He looks the part, so long and athletic. The 7-footer, who is headed to Baylor and ranked in the Top 5 by just about everyone, just never gets anything done when I've seen him. I don't ever see his production matching his potential.

Borzello: Rodney Purvis – I think Purvis has great scoring ability, but the North Carolina State commit tries too hard to be a point guard. He struggles with his left hand and doesn’t initiate offense for others too effectively. Moreover, his personality takes a turn for the worse when he isn’t getting his on the offensive end.

Biggest sleeper: (guy outside of Top 100)

Goodman: Olivier Hanlon - The Canadian was a huge pickup for Boston College. He's a pure point guard who knows how to play and makes his teammates better.

Borzello: Fred Van Vleet – Wichita State did a great job of getting him before the summer period – he was one of the best point guards on the AAU circuit in July.

Best defender:

Goodman: Chris Obekpa - The uncommitted power forward from Our Savior plays hard, runs the court well and gets after it on the glass - and is also a big-time shot-blocker.

Borzello: Marcus Smart – The Oklahoma State commit simply plays harder than nearly everyone else. He can guard four positions on the floor, and physicality and nonstop motor make him a pest.

Most explosive scorer:

Goodman: Shabazz Muhammad - He's the top-ranked player in the country for a reason. He's got an NBA-ready body and can score the ball in a variety of ways. He shoots it from deep, is athletic enough to get into the lane and strong enough to finish around and above the rim.

Borzello: Shabazz Muhammad – Didn’t want to pick the same as Goodman, but it’s impossible to go against Muhammad. The lefty is impossible to stop going to the basket, and his mid-range game is deadly. He’s not afraid to go against bigger players and finish in traffic either.

Best rebounder:

Goodman: Mitch McGary - Think Tyler Hansbrough. McGary, who is headed to Michigan, is relentless. He's also strong and is a monster on the glass.

Borzello: Ricardo Gathers – He might not be as tall as some of the other big-time rebounders, but he’s as strong as they come and has an unparalleled nose for the ball.

Best first recruit: (new coach signee)

Goodman: It would be easy to go with Kris Dunn, who is arguably the top point guard in the country and is headed to Providence. But I'm going with a somewhat-under-the-radar guy with Katin Reinhardt heading to play for Dave Rice at UNLV. Reinhardt has the size and athleticism - and can shoot it, get to the basket and finish.

Borzello: I know I wrote that Rodney Purvis was overrated earlier, but he was still a monster commitment for Mark Gottfried. He’s an in-state kid who had previously committed to Louisville and had interest or offers from Duke, Connecticut, Memphis, Missouri, Ohio State and others. He’s a big-time scorer who can be a go-to-guy.

Best frontcourt:

Goodman: C'mon, this one is just too easy. The only answer for this one can be Arizona - as Sean Miller has somehow managed to land the trio of Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett - and all three could wind up playing in the McDonald's All-American Game.

Borzello: It’s just dumb not to pick Arizona and its trio of five-star frontcourt players. Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski are top-five prospects, and Grant Jerrett is another potential Burger Boy. Sean Miller did a great job getting all three to come to Tucson.

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Best backcourt:

Goodman: There's honestly no one that truly stands out, so I'm going to go with N.C. State - even though I think all three of their guys maybe a tad overrated. The bottom line is that Mark Gottfried and his staff have added a trio of Top 100 players: Rodney Purvis, T.J. Warren and Tyler Lewis. Honestly, I think I like Lewis more than the other two. He doesn't look the part, but he knows how to play and brings a toughness to the table. Purvis can really score it and Warren can really shoot it. 

Borzello: Only one team has two five-star guards in the fold, and that’s Providence. Ed Cooley picked up the nation’s best point guard in Connecticut native Kris Dunn, and also received a commitment from Ricardo Ledo, who can be the best scoring guard in the country when focused. They can be the backcourt of the future for the Friars, who also nabbed Josh Fortune – a knockdown shooter who will certainly be useful for Cooley during his career at Providence.

Guy I love to watch:

Goodman: Sam Dekker - He's athletic and skilled - and will be a star for Bo Ryan at Wisconsin. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind.

Borzello: Yogi Ferrell – His ability to handle the ball and get into the lane against defenses is impressive. Ferrell will run the show for Tom Crean from the get-go.

Photos: Nike, MaxPreps

Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Kentucky still working hard for 2012 five-stars

By Jeff Borzello

Kentucky fans were nervous when John Calipari had no commitments heading into the fall. Despite getting Archie Goodwin (pictured) and Willie Cauley, the legion of Wildcats supporters are still not content with the current class.

Don’t fret, Big Blue Nation. Calipari isn’t done yet.

Let’s start with who they already have in the fold. Goodwin is arguably the best scoring guard in the country. Ranked No. 6 in our Top 100, the athletic Goodwin is explosive going to the rim and can take over a game with his ability to score off the dribble. Cauley had a really impressive spring and summer circuit. The 6-foot-11 big man is a top-40 prospect and is only getting better. Defensively, he can block shots and he runs the floor very well for someone his size.

With those two, Kentucky already has the No. 8 class in the country. If Calipari didn’t get another player in the class, the Wildcats would be fine for 2012-13, especially considering North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow will also be eligible to play next season.

Of course, that’s not good enough in Lexington; and with the way Calipari has stocked the cupboard in recent years, it’s tough to blame the fans for wanting more.

Fortunately for Cal, he’s in good shape with plenty of top remaining prospects. Alex Poythress and Gary Harris are both making their decisions this week, and the Wildcats are in the final groups for both players. Poythress will decide between Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Memphis, while Harris also has Michigan State, Purdue and Indiana on his list. Both recruitments are very tough to read right now, but it wouldn’t shock anyone to see Kentucky land at least one of the two.

Amile Jefferson is also planning to decide fairly soon. Kentucky turned up the heat on him in the past few months, and the Wildcats are in his final five. It would take a lot for Kentucky to get him, but don’t count it out.

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Jarnell Stokes and Kentucky became a commodity only a week ago, but the Wildcats made enough of an impression on Stokes that he visited the campus this past weekend. Memphis and Arkansas are also in good shape with Stokes, but Calipari is certainly turning up the heat.

Looking down the road a little bit, Kentucky might be the favorite for Devonta Pollard, yet another five-star forward. He plays football, so he has not made much progress in his recruitment, but the Wildcats and Mississippi State seem to be the two schools most associated with him.

Canadian forward Anthony Bennett is wide open right now, with nine schools still on his list. He plans on waiting until the spring to decide, though, so we could see Kentucky make a move on him if it strikes out with some of their fall targets.

Don’t forget Shabazz Muhammad, either. The nation’s top-ranked prospect isn’t close to making a decision, and UCLA is still considered to be the leader for his services. With that said, he was on Kentucky’s campus for Big Blue Madness and is certainly looking at the Wildcats.

Will Kentucky get all of these targets? Of course not. But the Wildcats won’t strike out with all of them, either.

Based on Calipari’s track record, it’s a good bet that at least two of the aforementioned players will end up in Lexington. Be patient, Big Blue Nation.

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Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:03 am
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Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:43 am
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Conference-by-Conference Team Rankings



By
Jeff Borzello 

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Recruiting battles within a conference are always heated. Because of the proximity between the schools – excluding the future Big East, of course – there’s normally a battle for territory, which always makes things fun to watch unfold. If one school continually dominates the rest of its opponents on the recruiting trail, it’s likely they’re doing well on the hardwood as well. Who blew away the rest of their league foes for the top targets, and which schools have work to do in the spring in order to get out of the recruiting cellar?

We’ve given you our top 25 overall classes, but here’s a look at the conference-by-conference breakdown.

ACC

  • 1. North Carolina State: Mark Gottfried locked up two top-25 recruits in first offseason.
  • 2. North Carolina: With four top-60 prospects, Tar Heels got help down low and at guard.
  • 3. Maryland: Mark Turgeon needed to make an impact immediately; with two top-60 recruits, he did.
  • 4. Virginia: One of the few classes in the country with three top-100 recruits, the Cavs did well.
  • 5. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have one of the deepest classes in the nation; they need it to rebuild.
  • 6. Duke: Coach K only has one recruit – Rasheed Sulaimon – but he’s one of the best guards around.
  • 7. Clemson: No star in this class, but Landry Nnoko is developing and Jaron Blossomgame is solid.
  • 8. Florida State: Leonard Hamilton nabbed two wing scorers in Montay Brandon and Aaron Thomas.
  • 9. Georgia Tech: There were some questions about Brian Gregory’s recruiting; he got two solid wings.
  • 10. Virginia Tech: Montrezl Harrell is a beast in the paint and Marshall Wood will surprise people.
  • 11. Boston College: Eagles nabbed two under-the-radar guards in Olivier Hanlon and Joe Rahon.
  • 12. Miami (Fl.): Jim Larranaga picked up two commits, Tonye Jekeri and shooter Melvin Johnson.

Big East

  • 1. Providence: With Ricky Ledo and Kris Dunn (right) in the backcourt, Ed Cooley is set at guard.
  • 2. Syracuse: Keeping DaJuan Coleman home was imperative; Jerami Grant is another top-50 player.
  • 3. Pittsburgh: If Steven Adams is as good as advertised, this ranking could be a little low.
  • 4. Villanova: Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu are both top-50 players for Jay Wright.
  • 5. Georgetown: Getting D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was huge; Brandon Bolden has potential up front.
  • 6. Notre Dame: Cameron Biedschied is a fun scorer, and Zach Auguste has a high ceiling.
  • 7. South Florida: If Bulls junior college commits pan out, this could be a really good class.
  • 8. Marquette: Steve Taylor is the best player in Chicago, and T.J. Taylor is a former Oklahoma commit.
  • 9. West Virginia: Elijah Macon anchors the class, but Terry Henderson can really shoot.
  • 10. Connecticut: Huskies have one commit, but top-40 guard Omar Calhoun is explosive.
  • 11. Louisville: Rick Pitino had Rodney Purvis decommit, but Terry Rozier is a good point guard.
  • 12. DePaul: Jodan Price is a very good outside shooter, while DeJuan Marrero works hard.
  • 13. St. John’s: The decommitment of Ricardo Gathers on Tuesday night really hurts the Red Storm.
  • 14. Cincinnati: No commits
  • 14. Rutgers: No commits
  • 14. Seton Hall: No commits

Big Ten

  • 1. Indiana: Tom Crean is counting on his five-man class to help rebuild the Indiana legacy.
  • 2. Michigan: With Mitch McGary in the fold, the Wolverines have the talent to hang with anyone.
  • 3. Michigan State: The Spartans have a versatile class, with three four-star prospects.
  • 4. Iowa: Deep class, led by AAU teammates Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell, along with Pat Ingram.
  • 5. Purdue: If the Boilermakers’ recruits play to their potential, this ranking will be way too low.
  • 6. Wisconsin: Sam Dekker is one of the toughest players in the country, and will be a star for Badgers.
  • 7. Northwestern: Kale Abrahamson can really shoot, while Sanjay Lumpkin is a matchup problem.
  • 8. Minnesota: The class really received a boost when Charles Buggs pledged on Tuesday.
  • 9. Penn State: Brandon Taylor blossomed over the summer and continues to get better.
  • 10. Illinois: The Illini needed a point guard, and they got one with in-state prospect Michael Orris.
  • 11. Nebraska: Doc Sadler made a splash with two junior college commitments in his four-man class.
  • 12. Ohio State: No commits 

Big 12

  • 1. Texas: Made a splash with top-10 Cameron Ridley, and top-80s Prince Ibeh and Javan Felix.
  • 2. Baylor: Bears got their inside-outside combo for the future in Isaiah Austin and L.J. Rose.
  • 3. Texas A&M: In J-Mychal Reese and Alex Caruso, the Aggies have talented and unorthodox backcourt.
  • 4. Oklahoma State: Marcus Smart is a top-10 player, while Phil Forte can shoot the lights-out.
  • 5. Kansas: The Jayhawks have struck out with a few prospects, but Perry Ellis is a top-40 talent.
  • 6. Missouri: Very deep class, led by versatile Canadian scorers Stefan Jankovic and Negus Webster-Chan.
  • 7. Iowa State: Very solid class; Cyclones beat everyone to the punch on sleeper Georges Niang.
  • 8. Oklahoma: The Sooners nabbed two good scorers in Jelon Hornbeak and Buddy Hield.
  • 9. Kansas State: No commits
  • 9. Texas Tech: No commits

Pac-12

  • 1. Arizona: The top class in the country, Sean Miller (top) has Wildcats in position for title run.
  • 2. UCLA: With Kyle Anderson (right) in the fold, the Bruins have their star. Will they add another?
  • 3. Colorado: An underrated class nationally, Josh Scott, Xavier Johnson and Wesley Gordon are solid.
  • 4. Stanford: Rosco Allen is a good inside-outside option, while Grant Verhoeven is developing.
  • 5. Oregon: Dominic Artis is a former UCLA commit, and Ben Carter is an inside-outside forward.
  • 6. Washington State: Interesting class, led by underrated Demarquise Johnson and Richard Longrus.
  • 7. California: Monday’s commitment from Tyrone Wallace puts this class in good position.
  • 8. Utah: Jordan Loveridge was fastest-rising player in Las Vegas this past July; he’s an impact player.
  • 9. Oregon State: Some people think Langston Morris-Walker is underrated; Jarmal Reid is solid.
  • 10. Arizona State: PG Calaen Robinson turned a strong July into plenty of interest and offers.
  • 11. USC: Kevin O’Neill is hoping Strahinja Gavrilovic is the next Nikola Vucevic in Trojans’ frontcourt.
  • 12. Washington: No commits

SEC

  • 1. Kentucky: Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley are a great duo, and John Calipari isn’t done yet.
  • 2. Florida: The Gators have one of the best shooting groups around, along with PG Braxton Ogbueze.
  • 3. Mississippi State: Rick Stansbury is keeping players home, while also dipping into Texas and Alabama.
  • 4. Auburn: Jordan Price is a top-100 scoring guard, while Shaq Johnson can jump out of the gym.
  • 5. Georgia: Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines are both top-100-caliber guards who play both spots.
  • 6. South Carolina: The Gamecocks struck big with teammates Carlos Morris and Ian Baker.
  • 7. Mississippi: Martavious Newby had big-time Peach Jam, turning him into prized SEC recruit.
  • 8. Arkansas: Anthlon Bell should come in and make shots; JaCorey Williams is versatile.
  • 9. LSU: Trent Johnson only has one commitment in the class, sleeper guard Malik Morgan.
  • 10. Tennessee: In his first offseason on the job, Cuonzo Martin only nabbed one prospect.
  • 11. Vanderbilt: Kevin Stallings has some unknown commodities, namely German Kevin Bright.
  • 12. Alabama: No commits 

Non-BCS

  • 1. Memphis: The gap between Memphis and the rest will only grow, especially after Shaq Goodwin’s pledge.
  • 2. Houston: James Dickey did a great job with this class, getting top-100s Danuel House and Chicken Knowles.
  • 3. Xavier: Semaj Christon is a steal at point guard, and Jalen Reynolds is getting rave reviews for his play.
  • 4. UNLV: Katin Reinhardt is a top-50 guard, while Demetris Morant is a premier shot-blocker.
  • 5. UTEP: Twymond Howard is capable of enormous offensive outputs; Anthony January is efficient.
  • 6. Towson: Frank Mason and Jerome Hairston are explosive guards capable of playing any level.
  • 7. Harvard: Mike Hall and Siyani Chambers both had BCS looks; this class can only get better.
  • 8. Dayton: Archie Miller did well with decommits, getting Jevon Thomas (St. John’s) and Jalen Robinson (West Virginia).
  • 9. Butler: Kellen Dunham and Chris Harrison-Docks couldn’t be more different, but both are talented.
  • 10. Marshall: Kareem Canty is just the type of player who can dominate C-USA at point guard.

Photo: US Presswire, MaxPreps, NJ.com

Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:27 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Signing Day Live Blog

By Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman 

The early signing period is finally here.

All of the commitments that have occurred over the past two years will finally mean something, as prospects put the pen to paper and make their verbal pledge official. No more decommitments, no more wavering – once the signature goes on the dotted line, it’s a done deal.

Hundreds of kids will be signing letters-of-intent in the coming days, and we here at CBSSports.com will have everything covered. Keep it locked here for updates on official signees, commitments news and which important players are still waiting to make a final decision.

Moreover, we have plenty of additional coverage, with team-specific columns on several programs and players, updated top-100 rankings, updated team rankings, a look at who is left on the board, different awards and a few surprises along the way. This page will be constantly updated throughout the day with everything you need to know.

7:30 p.m.: We're wrapping things up in these parts for the day. Here is where we stand with the committed top-100 prospects.

  • Glenn Robinson Jr. (Michigan): Tonight
  • Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana): Tonight
  • Codi Miller-McIntyre (Wake Forest): Thursday
  • Arnaud Moto (Wake Forest): Thursday
  • Elijah Macon (West Virginia): Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Javontae Hawkins (South Florida): Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Justin Anderson (Virginia): Friday
  • Mike Tobey (Virginia): Friday
  • Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona): Friday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Nick Stauskas (Michigan): Friday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Grant Jerrett (Arizona): Monday
  • Archie Goodwin (Kentucky): Monday
  • Cameron Ridley (Texas): No set date, but sources say he plans on doing it in the early period. Rumors are still swirling that he will reclassify to 2013.
  • Shaq Goodwin (Memphis): Another interesting turn in his recruitment. Committed to Memphis on Tuesday, rethought his decision and solidified his commitment. But Josh Pastner won't feel comfortable until he signs.
  • DaJuan Coleman (Syracuse): No word on the exact date and time for his signing, but there doesn't seem to be any question on whether he's solid in his commitment.
  • Twymond Howard (UTEP): Sitting down with his mother tonight to figure out a day to sign his letter-of-intent. Not wavering in his commitment to the Miners.

7:25 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W.Va.) coach Rob Fulford informs us that Missouri commit Stefan Jankovic will only sign grant-in-aid papers tomorrow. Negus Webster-Chan, another Tigers pledge, will sign scholarship papers.

7:22 p.m.:
Mike Anderson has a three-man class in his first year at Arkansas. Anthlon Bell, Michael Qualls and JaCorey Williams all signed with the Razorbacks.

7:17 p.m.:
Two big moves from earlier in the day. Jarion Henry, a former New Mexico signee who enrolled at La Jolla Prep (Calif.) this season, committed to Oklahoma.

7:15 p.m.: Providence's Kris Dunn and Josh Fortune both signed their letters-of-intent earlier in the day, according to reports.

7:02 p.m.:
Florida State's four commits are also officially in the fold for next season, led by scoring wings Montay Brandon and Aaron Thomas. Robert Gilchrist and Devin Booker also signed on the dotted line.

6:58 p.m.: Kent State has all four of its commits signed and sealed: Darren Goodson, Khaliq Spencer, Kellon Thomas and Chris Ortiz.

6:54 p.m.:
James Robinson made it official, signing earlier today with Pittsburgh.

6:45 p.m.: Per a source, North Carolina is still waiting on Joel James. Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto and Brice Johnson have all sent in their paperwork. James signed the papers, but he is waiting for his family to give their signature as well. It should be done soon. 

6:26 p.m.: South Alabama signed two: Delvin Dickerson, from Westbury Christian (Tex.), and Antoine Allen, out of Palm Beach State (Fla.).

6:10 p.m.: Georgia State had another solid recruiting class this year. T.J. Shipes, Cameron Solomon, R.J. Hunter and David Travers all signed with the Panthers.

6:08 p.m.: Junior college transfer Lamont Prosser signed a NLI with Portland State.

6:07 p.m.: Illinois State nabbed two letters-of-intent, from Aaron Simpson and Anthony Beane Jr.

6:06 p.m.: Bradley signed Ka'Darryl Bell, a point guard from Oak Park (Ill.).

6:06 p.m.: Fishburne Military forward Joshu'a Warren signed with Chattanooga.

6:05 p.m.: Utah added five players for next season, led by Jordan Loveridge. The other four are Josh Hearlihy, Justin Seymour, Southern Utah transfer Dallin Bachynski and returning LDS missionary Jeremy Olsen.

6:02 p.m.: Nate Kratch signed with Santa Clara today. He's a 6-foot-7 lefty shooter from Watertown Mayer (Minn.).

6:02 p.m.: Adding to its signing of Grant Ellis earlier, Iona just received an NLI from Dashawn Gomez.

5:55 p.m.: We're all focused on the class of 2012 right now, but most of the heavy action is behind us. Looking forward, the future looks even better, as the class of 2013 promises to be filled with more talent and more excitement on the recruiting trail. Check out our preview of the class of 2013

5:40 p.m.: Stony Brook announced the signings of Ryan Burnett, Carson Puriefoy III and Jameel Warney. 

5:27 p.m.: Baylor and Iowa were each waiting for one more fax, and now they have it. Kyle Meyer is official to the Hawkeyes, while Chad Rykhoek has signed with the Bears.

5:16 p.m.: Three players made it official for Furman: Kevin Chuisseu, Kendrec Ferrara and Larry Wideman.

5:15 p.m.: Western Michigan added six today: A.J. Avery, Charles Harris, Jared Klein, Darius Paul, Taylor Perry and Connor Tava.

5:13 p.m.: There's been some good news and some bad news for South Carolina today. Guards Ian Baker and Carlos Morris decided not to sign their letters-of-intent today, instead prolonging it to the spring. However, Tyrone Haughton, a 6-foot-10 big man from Miami, did make it official for South Carolina.

5:11 p.m.: Guards Michael Frazier and Dillon Graham have sent in their paperwork to Florida, completing the Gators' 2012 class so far. 

5:02 p.m.: Wyoming received four signees in the early period. Josh Adams, Austin Haldorson, Jason McManamen and junior college transfer Matt Sellers inked for head coach Larry Shyatt and the Cowboys.

4:50 p.m.: Several top-100 prospects will be making their announcements at press conferences in the near future. Here's a rundown.

  • Gavin Ware (Mississippi State): Today, 4:30 p.m.

  • Prince Ibeh (Texas): Today, 4:45 p.m.
  • Gabe York (Arizona): Today, 5:00 p.m.
  • Glenn Robinson Jr. (Michigan): Today, 6:00 p.m.
  • Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana): Today, 7:00 p.m.
  • Elijah Macon (West Virginia): Tomorrow, 3:00 p.m.
  • Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona): Friday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Nick Stauskas (Michigan): Friday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Grant Jerrett (Arizona): Monday

4:46 p.m.: DePaul has both of its commitments -- Jodan Price and DeJuan Marrero -- signed.

4:44 p.m.: One of the best non-BCS classes in the country is official. Towson received all the proper paperwork from Timajh Parker, Barrington Alston, Frank Mason and Jerome Hairston.

4:42 p.m.: North Dakota State received NLIs from Brett VandenBergeh and Dexter Werner.

4:41 p.m.: Bob Huggins has his first signee of the class, with Eron Harris making it official.

4:40 p.m.: Everyone is official for Clemson, with Jaron Blossomgame, Landry Nnoko, Adonis Filer, Jordan Roper and Josh Smith all sending in their NLIs.

4:28 p.m.: Louisiana Tech just received faxes from Demetrius Moore and Alex Hamilton.

4:27 p.m.: Arkansas-Little Rock head coach Steve Shields picked up five signees on Wednesday. John Gillon, Josh Hagins, Stetson Billings, Mareik Isom and Andrew Poulter form a very solid class that should make an impact in the Sun Belt.

4:26 p.m.: Buffalo nabbed a signature from East Aurora (N.Y.) product Stan Wier. 

4:25 p.m.: Kansas State received a letter of intent from Laimonas Chatkevicius, an under-the-radar 7-footer from South Kent Prep (Conn.).

4:20 p.m.: The first member of Arizona's top-ranked recruiting class has made it official: Brandon Ashley will be a Wildcat.

4:17 p.m.: Four-fifths of Iowa's recruiting class has inked. Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell are both signed, as well as Anthony Clemmons and Patrick Ingram. Hawkeyes are still waiting on Kyle Meyer.

4:15 p.m.: Colorado has both of commitments in, with Tyrone Wallace and Kaileb Rodriguez both making it official.

4:10 p.m.: Per a source, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera has sent his paperwork in to Georgetown.

4:02 p.m.: Oregon has NLIs from both Dominic Artis and Ben Carter. 

3:58 p.m.: Marshall Wood gave his signature earlier in the day, but now Virginia Tech has the letter-of-intent from its top-100 recruit, Montrezl Harrell. 

3:54 p.m.: Colorado has its entire five-man class on board. Xavier Johnson, Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon, Chris Jenkins and Xavier Talton all signed with the Buffaloes today. It's a group worthy of a top-25 national ranking.

3:47 p.m.: Per a source, Langston Morris-Walker and Maika Ostling have officially joined Oregon State. Morris-Walker could be a sleeper that has the potential to emerge as a factor for the Beavers.

3:46 p.m.: Bobo Drummond and Travis Wilkins both inked for Southern Illinois.

3:44 p.m.: Stanford has its entire class signed and sealed: Rosco Allen, Christian Sanders and Grant Verhoeven.

3:41 p.m.: New Mexico's class is completed for the fall, as Nick Banyard, Obij Aget and Devon Williams all made it official.

3:40 p.m.: Drake received signed letters of intent from Rihard Carter, Joey King and Micah Mason. 

3:26 p.m.: Jordan Barham just sent his paperwork into Davidson.

3:24 p.m.: Hundreds of kids will be making their decisions and signing their names in the next week, but the nation's top-ranked prospect won't be one of them. Shabazz Muhammad is waiting until the spring to make a commitment, and a slew of schools are willing to wait for him. Borzello breaks down his recruitment.

3:15 p.m.: Duke only has one recruit in the class of 2012 at this point, but he's a good one. Rasheed Sulaimon is one of the better guards in the class, and the five-star prospect sent in his paperwork about an hour ago.

3:13 p.m.: Half of Virginia's 2012 class is complete. Evan Nolte and Teven Jones signed their NLIs earlier today, while Mike Tobey and Justin Anderson are expected to make it official on Friday.

3:10 p.m.: Sam Dekker is good to go for Wisconsin. 

3:08 p.m.: UNLV's prized recruit Katin Reinhardt made it official for UNLV earlier today. He's a top-40 talent who will bring swagger, shooting ability and versatility to the Runnin' Rebels.

2:53 p.m.: It's still up in the air whether Cameron Ridley will sign with Texas this period, which only adds to the rumors of the past few months that Ridley might have to reclassify to 2013. However, a source tells CBSSports.com that Ridey is still likely to send in his paperwork soon. "He will sign," the source said. "Not today, sometime in the early period."

2:51 p.m.: Tom Crean, the Indiana program and the Hoosiers fans have all been waiting for this day. Crean has one of the best recruiting classes in the country, with three top-40 players in the five-man class. Goodman writes that this is the most significant step of the Crean era.

2:49 p.m.: Wright State announced the signings of two recruits: J.T. Yoho and Jacoby Roddy.

2:37 p.m. - Mo Cassara and Hofstra got signatures from Jimmy Hall and Dallas Anglin. 

2:32 p.m.: Tyler Lewis made North Carolina State's class complete by signing his NLI. T.J. Warren and Rodney Purvis did it earlier.

2:29 p.m.: Kyle Anderson made it official with UCLA earlier today, and Jordan Adams joined him earlier. The Bruins' class is set for now.

2:28 p.m.: Daniel Ochefu and Ryan Arcidiacono (right) both signed with Villanova. 

2:26 p.m.: Oklahoma has Buddy Hield and Jelon Hornbeak in the fold. 

2:24 p.m.: Xavier Johnson is set for Colorado.

2:20 p.m.: Mississippi State got an NLI from gunner Fred Thomas about an hour ago. Rick Stansbury is still waiting for Josh Gray, Craig Sword and Gavin Ware.

2:17 p.m.: Purdue had three of its letters-of-intent, and now they have four. A.J. Hammons sent in his paperwork earlier today. 

2:14 p.m.: The St. Mark's (Mass.) trio of Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona), Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and Eric Green (Holy Cross) will sign their NLIs at 3 p.m. on Friday. 

2:12 p.m.: Florida State's top-100 guard, Montay Brandon, has made it official. He signed earlier today with the Seminoles.

1:59 p.m.: Toledo officially added big man Nathan Boothe, a 6-foot-9 center from Warren Township (Ill.).

1:54 p.m.: Isaiah Austin has inked with Baylor. He's ranked No. 7 in our top 100.

1:44 p.m.: Javan Felix just signed with Texas. 

1:38 p.m.: Who's the most overrated recruit? The most important recruit? Which team signed the best backcourt? Borzello and Goodman debate these questions, and 12 more topics, in our Signing Day Senior Superlatives.

1:33 p.m.: Arizona State just got NLIs from Eric Jacobsen, Kenny Martin and Calaen Robinson.

1:32 p.m.: Three recruits made it official for Missouri State: Bruce Marshall, Marcus Marshall and Gavin Thurman.

1:28 p.m.: Georges Niang (Iowa State), Patrick Holloway (George Mason), Aaron Durley (Marquette) and Olivier Hanlon (Boston College) are all signed and sealed.

1:03 p.m. - Marquette just added another one in Steve Taylor. Now Buzz and his staff just waiting on Aaron Durley. 

1:01 p.m.: Shaq Cleare, Jake Layman and Seth Allen are all good to go for Mark Turgeon and Maryland. 

12:57 p.m.: Plenty of stars are starting to send in their signatures: Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Perry Ellis (Kansas) and Omar Calhoun (Connecticut) all made it official.

12:55 p.m.: Notre Dame is done for the day. Cameron Biedschied (right), Zach Auguste and Austin Burgett all made it official.

12:53 p.m.: Oklahoma State's class is set, with Marcus Smart, Phil Forte and Kamari Murphy all sending in their letters.

12:50 p.m.: In addition to all our signing day coverage of commitments and letters-of-intent, we also updated our top 100 player rankings for the class of 2012. Shabazz Muhammad is No. 1, but who were the movers and shakers in this edition? Top 100 Players for 2012

12:47 p.m.: Per a source, Columbia just picked up a commitment from Grant Mullins, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Canada.

12:40 p.m.: Cortell Busby, Elijah Ray and Linwood Ross Jr. all signed NLIs to IUPUI.

12:38 p.m.: Braxton Ogbueze has signed with Florida. One of the best point guards in the cnountry, Ogbueze is the prized recruit of Billy Donovan's class.

12:35 p.m.: Michigan State received signatures from all three of its recruits: Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello and Kenny Kaminski. 

12:32 p.m.: It's not often three five-star big men go to the same school in the same year. Well, Sean Miller convinced Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett to all come to Tucson. Throw in guard Gabe York, and the Wildcats have the No. 1 class in the country: Sean Miller hauls unlikely No. 1 class to Arizona

12:29 p.m.: J.T. Terrell just signed with USC. Terrell was previously at Wake and is now at a junior college. 

12:28 p.m.: Junior Lomomba just announced his commitment minutes ago -- he's headed to Cleveland State. Strong power guard from Wisconsin chose Vikings over UCLA, Cincinnati, Washington State and New Mexico State.

12:23 p.m. - Xavier has all four of its guys signed: Semaj Christon, Myles Davis, Jalen Reynolds and James Farr. Chris Mack loves the prep schools. 

12:20 p.m.: Minnesota has received a letter from Wally Ellenson. 

More on recruiting

12:15 p.m.: Anrio Adams, a prolific scorer from Washington, has bounced between 2012 and 2013 for the last several months. He's staying in 2012, but he won't sign early. Plenty of schools are pursuing him, though, including Kansas, Baylor, Arizona, Washington, Connecticut, Louisville, Washington State, USC, Florida, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Oregon, Villanova and Georgetown. 

12:14 p.m.: Damien Wilson's letter came through to Memphis.

12:13 p.m.: Brandon Taylor is good to go at Penn State. 

12:01 p.m.: Xavier's steal of a point guard, Semaj Christon (right), sent in his paperwork, per his Twitter. Christon is one of the most explosive scoring point guards in the country, and could be a major impact player in the Atlantic 10. 

11:58 a.m.: One player who won't be making his decision today is Gary Harris. While still expected to announce this week, his mother tweeted that he will not be signing today. (h/t to Nicole Auerbach)

11:55 a.m.: L.J. Rose is official to Baylor. 

11:53 a.m.: Willie Cauley just signed for Kentucky.

11:47 a.m.: Chris Obekpa, one of the best defensive players in the country, will decide in the late period, according to Our Savior New American (N.Y.) assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch. Connecticut, Cincinnati, St. John's, Florida, Kentucky, UCLA, Providence, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech and DePaul are all in the mix for the 6-foot-8 power forward. 

11:43 a.m.: For the first time in awhile, Kentucky does not own the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. That doesn't mean John Calipari is done working his magic in the class of 2012, though. Where do the Wildcats stand? Here is our breakdown of Kentucky's remaining targets

11:35 a.m.: Terry Rozier has sent in his paperwork to Louisville. He is the Cardinals' lone signee in 2012 -- for now.

11:25 a.m.: Madison Jones, one of the top unsigned point guards left in the class of 2012, told CBSSports.com that it is likely he will decide in the early signing period. He says he's down to American and Seton Hall, and will sign either tomorrow or Friday. Jones is a 6-foot-1 prospect from Ravenscroft (N.C.).

11:20 a.m.: Jordan Montgomery is Kennesaw State's first signee.

11:17 a.m.: Houston's monster class is almost official -- Danuel House and Chicken Knowles signed their letters-of-intent today.

11:16 a.m: East Tennessee State received NLIs from Petey McClain, a point guard from Mobile (Ala.), and Mario Stramaglia, a shooting guard from Birmingham (Ala.).

11:13 a.m.: Winston Shepard, our No. 53 prospect, informed CBSSports.com that he will not be making a decision during the early signing period. The Bishop Gorman (Nev.) forward currently has New Mexico, UTEP, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Texas and others on his list. We predicted New Mexico as his future destination. 

11:09 a.m. T.J. Bell has inked with Indiana State. 

11:05 a.m. - Purdue just got LOI's from Ronnie Johnson and Raphael Davis. 

10:56 a.m.: Per Jody Demling, Hanner Perea (right) has signed on the dotted line for Indiana.

10:55 a.m.: Looks like Kyle Anderson is officially off to UCLA.

10:54 a.m. - T.J. Taylor joins Jamal Ferguson as official Marquette Golden Eagles. 

10:53 a.m. - Murray State signed Erik McCree, a 6-7 combo forward out of Florida. 

10:48 a.m.: Ever wonder what coaches think about one another? More than 100 coaches responded to our seven-question survey about their peers. It includes who they think is the best recruiter, most overrated, most underrated, rising star, etc. -- Coaches' Survey

10:30 a.m.: Purdue received its first letter-of-intent, from Jay Simpson. Simpson just announced it on Twitter.

10:29 a.m. - Marcus Hunt and Chris Bolden have signed with Georgia Tech. 

10:27 a.m.: Texas A&M officially has its backcourt of the future, as J-Mychal Reese and Alex Caruso both sent in their letters of intent. 

10:20 a.m.: Junior Lomomba is set to announce his decision at 11 a.m., between Cleveland State, Cincinnati, UCLA, New Mexico State and Washington State. We spoke to him last week about his finalists: Decision date nears for Lomomba

10:17 a.m.: Per a release from Marquette, forward Jamal Ferguson has inked his letter-of-intent. 

10:09 a.m.: If your team didn't make the national top 25, here is our conference-by-conference breakdown of the recruiting classes.

10:06 a.m.: Arizona has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, picking up three five-star prospects and another top-40 recruit. But who else has done their homework heading into the early signing period? Here are our Top-25 Team Rankings.

10:05 a.m. - Saint Louis has received the NLI's of 6-foot-6 wing Jared Drew from Indiana. 

10:04 a.m. - Bryn Forbes, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, has inked with Cleveland State. Gary Waters still waiting on two more today. 

9:59 a.m. - In-state power forward Marshall Wood has sent in his paperwork to Virginia Tech. 

9:58 a.m. - Auburn already has all three of its guys in - Jordan Price, Shaquille Johnson and Jordon Granger. 

9:57 a.m. - Clemson, in addition to Blossomgame and Roper, now also has a LOI from Josh Smith 

9:46 a.m.: Manhattan received an NLI from Paul Bayt. Two more on the way. 

9:45 a.m.: Mitch McGary announced on Twitter he's signed his LOI with Michigan. He's ranked No. 2. 

9:41 a.m.: Iona has received an NLI from Grant Ellis.

9:40 a.m.: Iowa State has Nkereuwem Okoro's and Sherron Dorsey-Walker's signatures. Now waiting on Georges Niang. 

9:35 a.m.: Jaron Blossomgame and Jordan Roper have sent in their NLi's to Clemson. 

9:23 a.m.: North Carolina State is getting its business out of the way early. T.J. Warren, ranked No. 25 in our top 100, said on Twitter that he has signed his letter of intent with the Wolfpack. Also, Scout.com reported that Taylor Barnette signed with UCF.

9:16 a.m.: Nkereuwem Okoro made it official with Iowa State, per a source. The Cyclones have done a really good job recruiting New York City the past couple of years, thanks to assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih's ties to the area. They nabbed Tavon Sledge in 2011 and now Okoro in 2012. This isn't the end of the pipeline, either. Iowa State is heavily involved with plenty of NYC-area prospects in the class of 2013, including Terrence Samuel. 

9:15 a.m.: Ricardo Ledo announced on Twitter that he has signed with Providence. He's the No. 17 prospect and fifth-best guard.

9:05 a.m.: Per his Twitter account, Rodney Purvis just signed with North Carolina State. He ranks No. 18 in our Top 100.

9:00 a.m.: Who's still on the board heading into the early signing period? There are nine five-star prospects and 20 top-100 recruits undecided as of now. Here's a breakdown of their recruitments and where I think they'll end up: Top Uncommitted Players

8:49 a.m.: The first pledge of the day comes from the Atlantic-10, as Dayton picked up former Cincinnati commit Devon Scott. The news was confirmed by a source. Scott is a 6-foot-8 forward from Northland (Ohio). He joins Jevon Thomas and Jalen Robinson, two former high-major decommits, in the Flyers' 2012 class. 

12:25 a.m.: The biggest piece of news from the night before signing day was Ricardo Gathers’ decision to decommit from St. John’s and sign in the spring. Gathers is ranked No. 52 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 and is arguably the best rebounder in the country. Before he chose the Red Storm, teams like Texas, LSU and others were in the mix for his services. It will be very interesting to see what his next move will be.

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