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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 13, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Chris Walker going through the process

By Jeff Borzello

While most of the focus right now is on the recruitments of players in the class of 2012, several juniors are making their way through the process as well.

Chris Walker is one of those 2013 prospects ramping up their recruitment this fall, and sources have indicated that people in his circle could be pushing for a decision sooner rather than later.

“It all depends on how close me and the coaches get,” Walker said on Tuesday. “Me meeting all the staffs and stuff like that.”

The 6-foot-10 Holmes County (Fla.) product did add that he could make a decision soon, though.

Right now, there are five schools standing out for his services: Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas.

“Not a final five yet,” Walker said. “I got interest still in other programs.”

Alabama, Louisville, Baylor, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Texas, Texas Tech and others have also offered the power forward.

Walker tripped to Florida recently, and said it was great. He will also be at Florida State this weekend on an unofficial visit.

One interesting development in his visit schedule is midnight madness. Originally, he was planning to be a part of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness. That has changed, though.

“I’m not going to Kentucky madness because they’re going to be more worried about signing 2012 people,” Walker said. “So I think I’m going to Kansas [Midnight Madness].”

Walker has improved drastically over the past year. His ability to run the floor and make plays in transition is exceptional for someone his size. Walker can face-up and score with short jumpers or drives to the rim. At the other end, he makes an impact with blocks and rebounds because of his length and athleticism.

He ranks No. 5 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Photo: UKSportsInfo.com

Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Andrew White plans three visits

By Jeff Goodman

Andrew White has set up three official visits, but that doesn't mean those are his three leaders.

The Miller School (Va.) senior wing, whose stock soared as much as just about anyone's this past summer, will visit Kansas (9-23), Texas (9-30) and Louisville (10-14), according to coach Scott Willard.

"Andrew is still wide open," Willard told CBSSports.com.

White has already taken a bunch of unofficial visits to the likes of Virginia Tech, N.C. State, West Virginia, Cincinnati and George Mason. Therefore, he may not take official visits to those schools.

Bob Huggins and Seth Greenberg will both be at Miller School Friday, the first day coaches are allowed to go back on the road recruiting. Willard said that Mark Gottfried and Paul Hewitt will visit on Sunday and that Rick Barnes (Tuesday), Jeff Bzdelik (Wednesday) and Oliver Purnell (Monday) are all scheduled to stop by.

White checks in at No. 49 in CBSSports.com's latest rankings.
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 22, 2011 10:49 am
 

Recruiting picks up for Torren Jones

By Jeff Borzello

Since the end of his high school season, Torren Jones made an effort to expand his game. Instead of being just a run and jump big man who scored in transition, Jones began to make plays on his own.

“I played really well this summer,” Jones said. “I started to use the 15-foot jump shot, along with some more post moves.”

With the development in his game, recruiting has also picked up for the 6-foot-8 power forward from Basha (Ariz.). Jones said Florida State, West Virginia, Georgetown, San Jose State and Kansas have started to show interest after his play with California Supreme during the summer.

Moreover, he currently holds offers from Arizona and Colorado, with interest coming from Oregon State, Washington State, UCLA, USC, Iowa State and DePaul.

“The process is going great,” Jones said.

He did say Arizona, UCLA, USC, Kansas and Iowa State were the five schools currently standing out. UCLA and USC are the two he’s visited the most due to playing with Cal Supreme on the AAU circuit.

“I’m looking for good academics, style of play and location,” Jones said.

Being from Arizona and playing with a California-based travel team, he is more interested in West Coast teams. However, he’s not afraid to go away for school, either.

“I would like to stay close to home,” Jones said. “But if a good East Coast school offers, I will go there.”

Despite the recent uptick in recruiting, Jones – ranked No. 81 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 for 2013 – is in no hurry to make a decision.

“I am going to hold out until my senior year,” he said. “Make sure I make the right choice.”

Photo: Five-Star Basketball

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 

Posted on: August 17, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Brannen Greene begins the recruiting process

By Jeff Borzello

Given his 6-foot-6 size and versatile shooting ability, it was only a matter of time before Brannen Greene truly blew up.

Greene, a scoring wing from Mary Persons (Ga.), took his game to a new level in the spring and summer, catapulting into potential five-star status in the class of 2013.

“I thought I played some really good ball,” Greene said. “I just enjoyed myself and played hard. It feels great and it makes me want to work that much harder.”

Greene is ranked No. 16 in the latest CBSSports.com Top 100, due to his ability to knock down shots from behind the arc and create matchup problems for most defenders. While he needs to move better without the ball, Greene has a smoothness about his game that is impressive.

Prior to the summer, Greene had offers from plenty of schools in the South, but his recruitment certainly picked up in the summer.

“I just had regional high-majors on me before,” he said. “Now I have just about everybody from the West Coast to the East Coast.”

Greene now holds offers from Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Marquette, UCLA, Kansas, Ohio State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia and others. There are no favorites at this point, although Greene plans to start going through the process in November.

“I’m considering anybody and everybody, but I’m looking to slim down my list pretty quickly so they better jump in,” he said.

Right now, Greene has unofficial visits planned to Florida (August 27), Harvard (September 20) and Kansas (Midnight Madness).

He briefly discussed what he likes about each school on the visit list.

Florida: “I like Florida’s style of play, coaching staff and proximity to home.

Kansas: ”I like Kansas’ tradition and coaching staff.”

Harvard: “The academics and the opportunities I have outside of basketball.”

Overall, Greene – an excellent student in the classroom – is looking both on and off the court when he chooses his future destination.

“Just the opportunity to get better physically and also get a great education,” he said.

Photo: Recruiting Spotlight

Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:56 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Perry Ellis narrows list to four

By Jeff Borzello

Perry Ellis' recruitment has been widely-scrutinized for several years, due to his status as a three-time state champion and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas.

It looks like the 6-foot-8 forward from Wichita Heights (Kan.) is ready to start making progress with a decision, though.

Late Thursday night, Fonda Ellis, Perry's mother, sent out an email release stating that Perry had trimmed his list to a final four: Kansas, Kansas State, Wichita State and Kentucky.

"Perry said he decided to pick the schools that he feels the most comfortable with and that have been recruiting him the longest," his mother told CBSSports.com. "All of these schools have been recruiting him hard in July."

Interestingly, when we spoke with Ms. Ellis in May, she said that those four schools had been showing the most interest. Some of the schools left off the final list include Duke, Memphis, Oklahoma and Minnesota.

Ellis has scheduled in-home visits with Kansas and Kansas State for September 9th.

""He would like to sign in the early signing period," his mother said. "Just scheduling his in-home visits at this time, no officials yet."

He is ranked No. 27 in the updated CBSSports.com Top 100.


 
 
 
 
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