Posted on: August 7, 2011 3:11 pm
By Jeff Borzello
In his first August on the job, new Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is making a major impact. On Friday, he nabbed a commitment from top-50 senior J-Mychal Reese, and on Sunday, he pulled off a major coup.
Kendrick Nunn, the No. 31-ranked prospect in 2013, popped for the Aggies. Nunn is a 6-foot-1 point guard from Simeon (Ill.) whose play in the spring and summer cemented his spot amongst the top guards in the country.
"Man, it's great down there," Nunn told CBSSports.com. "I like it a lot."
Nunn also held offers from Providence, Memphis, Florida State, Ohio, Saint Louis, Texas A&M, Arizona, Illinois and DePaul.
When he arrives in College Station in two years, Nunn's offensive ability should be noticeable immediately. The lefty is difficult to keep out of the lane, and his strength and athleticism enables him to finish at the rim with consistency.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:58 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 5:07 pm
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.
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.
Photo: Kelly Kline
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:14 pm
It’s only been two months since Alex Caruso blew up at the Pangos All-American Camp in early June, but he’s already beginning to make advances in his recruitment.
“I have probably 7-10 schools I’m still interested in,” Caruso said.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from A&M Consolidated School (Texas) can do a little bit of everything on the wing. He is surprisingly athletic, and is very good when he leaves his feet in traffic. Caruso, who ranks No. 99 in CBSSports.com's Top 100, is at his best when using floaters and other non-traditional finishes, but he can also pass and handle.
Richmond, Texas A&M, Colorado, Oregon and Creighton made him a priority, contacting him shortly after the July period ended. Texas Tech, Arizona State, Northern Colorado and Sam Houston State have also extended offers.
Two schools are standing out right now to the College Station, Texas native.
“A&M and Colorado are slightly ahead of the pack but not too far ahead,” Caruso said.
Most of the Pac-12 has shown interest to him, while Boston College and Georgia Tech are making inroads from the opposite coast.
While Caruso is ready to trim his list, he’s not ready to go public with his finalists now.
“I don’t want to put anything out yet because it’s not final and me and my parents need to talk also,” he said.
Photo: Texas Basketball Inc.
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 9:17 pm
By Jeff Borzello
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Houston Hoops swingman Justin Jackson doesn’t get much burn sitting behind Duke commit Rasheed Sulaimon and four-star guards J-Mychal Reese and L.J. Rose.
That hasn’t mattered so far, though, as the 6-foot-6 sophomore is ranked among the top 2014 prospects in the country.
“I want to prove I can hang with the older guys,” Jackson said.
Jackson has the potential to be a match-up nightmare down the road, given his outstanding length and accurate shooting ability from behind the arc. He'll need to add weight, but his range and form are among the best in the country. Jackson can go off the dribble, using his height and reach to make plays in the mid-range and with floaters.
He isn’t trying to show off in front of all the college coaches, though.
“I’m just playing my game, not doing too much,” Jackson said. “Just playing my game.”
The homeschooled Houston product is honest about what he needs to work on.
“I’m trying to get better at everything,” Jackson said. “Get strong, play better through contact.”
Despite not getting as much playing time as some other players, he already has plenty of suitors for his future destination.
Jackson said he has offers from Ohio State, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, with interest coming from North Carolina, Kansas, Washington, Georgetown, Marquette and Michigan.
Just imagine what will happen when he’s the star of the team.
Photo: USA Basketball
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 10:20 am
In a camp setting or on the AAU circuit, the mindset of several players revolves around impressing scouts and coaches with offense.
For Marcus Smart, he is far more likely to garner attention for being arguably the best perimeter defender in his class.
“With my school team, we’ve been the No. 1 defense for the last few years,” Smart said. “Defense wins games; you have to be able to play defense.
Smart is a 6-foot-4 swingman from Marcus, Texas, with a strong build and a physical brand of basketball. At the NBPA Top 100 camp last week, Smart took Duke-commit Rasheed Sulaimon completely off his game by bodying him throughout the contest.
He is not all defense, though. Smart is a big-time athlete who can finish in transition and even showed some perimeter skills by knocking down 3-point shots. He has a non-stop motor and is one of the fiercest competitors in the country. Smart can also rebound fairly well and is capable of handling the ball.
While Smart is going to be an immediate fan favorite at whichever school he attends, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas isn’t too far along in his recruitment.
He listed offers from the entire Big 12, and he also recently picked up an offer from North Carolina.
Smart also added that North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma were the three schools standing out.
“I don’t know when I want to decide,” he said. “It depends on school.”
Smart, who hasn't taken many visits, knows what he is looking for in a school.
“It has to have a good educational program, first,” Smart said. “And how I get along with the players and coaches.”
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Posted on: June 17, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 5:43 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Although the common perception is that the point guard class in 2012 is fairly weak, there are still some players looking to increase their exposure.
Javan Felix is one of those prospects. The Saint Augustine (La.) point guard is one of the lesser-known players at the NBA Camp this week, but he has impressed with his ability to run a team and take care of the ball.
“I have to make a name for myself,” Felix said. “I know I’m overlooked, so I’m trying to put my name on the map.”
Felix, who stands 5-foot-11, is confident people will start giving him attention as long as plays well at the defensive end of the floor.
“I know I can play with those guys that are at the top,” he said. “I have to play defense. If I guard well, I’ll get noticed.”
Several colleges are already aware of Felix, namely UCLA, Arizona, Baylor, Texas A&M and Miami (Fl.).
He plans on visiting all of those but Miami by the end of the month.
“Somewhere I can go as a freshman and play,” Felix said. “Somewhere with a good coach that’s like a second father to me.”