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Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:41 pm
Coming off an outstanding spring and summer, Chris Walker was running out of opponents to dominate.
Walker ranks No. 6 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 in 2013, using his athleticism and length to go from a very good prospect to a can’t-miss recruit.At Adidas Nations, Walker went up against Steven Adams, the New Zealand native who was drawing rave reviews for his play out in Harbor City, Calif. The 6-foot-10 Walker didn’t back down, though, racking up 24 points and 10 rebounds, once again proving he is one of the best prospects in the country. He also went for 15 points and seven boards against Andre Drummond in the Championship game.
“It was just me playing hard,” Walker told me in June. “I tried to show everyone what I could do. I put in the work. I improved my game tremendously.”
Not surprisingly, plenty of schools are in the mix for the Holmes County (Fla.) forward.
Alabama, Louisville, Baylor and Tennessee called him immediately after the July live period ended, while Ohio State, Florida, Kansas, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Texas, Texas Tech and others have all offered.
One school noticeably absent from that list of offers is Kentucky. The Wildcats have offered juniors Kasey Hill and Malik Price-Martin, who also play in the Florida Rams AAU program.
“They may offer soon,” Walker said.
Although it’s still early in the process, five schools are standing out for the rising junior.
“I’m really feeling Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State, Kansas and Florida State,” he said.
With Adidas Nations over, he plans on taking trips to Kentucky, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Alabama.
“I want to get a feel, for now,” Walker said.
While he is only entering his junior season, Walker did not say he planned on waiting until his senior campaign to make a college decision.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “Whenever I feel comfortable, I will commit.”
Photo: Five-Star Basketball
Posted on: August 8, 2011 8:35 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 8:41 pm
Javan Felix entered the NBPA Top 100 camp in June looking for exposure.
He came out of the summer as a Texas Longhorn.
“I visited the campus and everything just felt right,” Felix told CBSSports.com.
Felix, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Saint Augustine (La.), impressed onlookers throughout July, especially at the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. He is not overly quick, but he knows how to use screens and he can knock down shots when left open. Felix can score at the rim because of his strength and finishing ability.
Texas became involved in Felix’s recruitment after head coach Rick Barnes saw him play in Indianapolis at the Adidas Invitational.
“He contacted my dad about me,” Felix said. “That meant a lot, that he reached out to my father before me.”
The Louisiana-to-Texas move is not unprecedented – D.J. Augustin starred in Austin, catapulting him to an NBA career. Interestingly, Felix has known Augustin since the eighth grade.
“He didn’t push me anywhere,” Felix said. “But I asked him questions about the recruiting process, and when I knew I wanted to go to Texas, I asked him questions about coach Barnes, coach Springmann, coach Lanier. He told me everything I needed to know.”
Oregon, Virginia, Baylor and LSU were also in the mix for Felix down the stretch. While he was not ranked in the top 100 going into the summer, don’t be surprised to see him sneak into the updated rankings later this week.
Felix is looking forward to being a major part of Texas’ year-in, year-out success.
“I want to make some noise in the tournament,” Felix said. “I want to win a national championship.”
Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:05 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 5:07 pm
By Jeff Borzello
Zena Edosomwan was one of the fastest-rising players on the spring and summer AAU circuit.
Despite the attention it has brought him, Edosomwan is glad that the grind is finally over.
“I’m just happy I’m done with AAU because it’s crazy,” he said. “You play so many games in such a short period.”
Edosomwan, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), made an impression in the spring and then solidified his standing by holding his own against the cream of the crop. He runs the floor well and is excellent at finishing in transition. Edosomwan is willing to do the dirty work in the paint, but is athletic and skilled enough to make plays on the glass and above the rim.
The next step for him will be recruiting, which has heated up in a major way lately.
“It’s going really well,” Edosomwan said. “I just have to cut down my list soon.”
He picked up offers in the past couple of days from UNLV, California and Wake Forest, adding to a collection that also includes Harvard, Georgia Tech, Washington State, USC, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Maryland, Gonzaga and Arizona State. Edosomwan, who ranks No. 68 in CBSSports.com's Top 100 and also holds a 3.4 GPA, has strong interest from UCLA, Texas, Vanderbilt, Washington and Virginia Tech.
While Edosomwan has taken visits to UCLA and USC, he is not ready to make a decision about his future just yet.
“I’m going to enjoy the visits and the whole process,” he said.
Edosomwan has certainly earned a break.
Photo: LA Daily News
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:31 pm
With school getting underway in less than a month, the weakness for Texas was clear: lack of frontcourt depth.
The Longhorns helped shore up that problem on Tuesday, though, with a surprising commitment from former Pittsburgh pledge Jaylen Bond.
Bond, a 6-foot-8 forward from Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Pa.), announced his decision on Twitter.
“Just committed to the University of Texas,” he wrote. “Thank God for this opportunity.”
Bond originally made a commitment to Pittsburgh in April of 2010, but reopened his recruitment back in March. He had planned to reclassify to 2012 and attend St. Thomas More (Conn.).
With only two scholarship frontcourt players and two freshman forwards in the fold, Bond should be able to help Rick Barnes in the frontcourt right away.
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:31 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. – It took barely three minutes to figure out Christian Sanders is not your normal high-major prospect.
During interviews, the majority of high-major prospects discuss playing time and winning at the next level. Sanders, on the other hand, didn’t mention either.
“I’m looking for a coaching staff with integrity,” Sanders said. “And good academics.”
And you believe him about both – he has a 3.5 GPA, great test scores and plans to go into business.
Sanders, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Saint Thomas (Tex.), played a major role in the Houston Defenders winning the AAU Super Showcase championship. He is a knockdown shooter who is also highly effective pulling up in the mid-range after a pump-fake and dribble. Sanders has a high basketball IQ, knows how to handle the ball and has good vision.
“I shot the ball well early, struggled a bit lately,” he said. “But my goal is to win. If we win, we all get what we want or what we need.”
Playing with the Harrison twins, Shaq Cleare and Derrick Griffin has undoubtedly helped his stock – and Sanders isn’t afraid to admit it.
“It forced me to raise my level of play,” he said.
In terms of recruiting, Sanders has offers from Maryland, Texas, Oklahoma State, Harvard and Colorado, with Stanford and Kansas on him as well.
Whichever school gets him better get prepared for an atypical player and person – in a good way.
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 1:27 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. – As Alex Poythress continues to expand his game, his recruitment is also widening.
On Tuesday night, after the AAU Super Showcase, the 6-foot-7 Northeast (Tenn.) forward picked up an offer from Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“It felt pretty good,” Poythress said Thursday morning. “It was pretty exciting to talk to Coach K. He said he saw me play at the Super Showcase and Peach Jam, and he liked what he saw.”
Poythress has spent much of the month looking to become more of a perimeter-oriented player, showing off his range and shooting ability. He sees himself as a small forward at the next level, and the improvement in his ball-handling and off-the-dribble game are prime examples.
“I’ve played pretty decent,” Poythress said. “I was trying to get better as player overall.”
Poythress, who ranks No. 15 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, is also hearing from Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Florida, Memphis, Louisville, Connecticut, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama.
He said there is no favorite right now, despite the new offer.
"There's no pecking order," Poythress said. “I’ll probably cut my list in a week or two."
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:11 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 2:15 pm
By Jeff Borzello
ORLANDO, Fla. – Two of the most sought-after recruits in the class of 2013 are twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison.
Not surprisingly, both will likely attend the same college.
“I’ll tell you this: I have a six-bedroom house, they’re my only children and they sleep in the same room,” Aaron Harrison Sr. said.
While both players may look the same, they have differing games.
Andrew, a 6-foot-5 point guard ranked No. 5 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, is tremendous off the bounce. He can get to the lane on nearly any defender and finish at the rim. On the other hand, Aaron is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard and ranked No. 10 in the top 100. He is a better long-range shooter who can fill it up in a hurry.
“They like each other, they believe in each other,” Harrison Sr. said of how they co-exist on the court.
In terms of recruiting, there is a top five for both: Villanova, Baylor, Kentucky, Maryland and Texas. Aaron also mentioned interest from Georgetown, Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina, while Andrew said Georgetown, Texas A&M and Kansas were in pursuit.
The twins plan to visit Villanova, Kentucky, Baylor and Maryland in the coming weeks.
“There’s six or seven schools they told me they want to go back and see, and talk to them,” Harrison Sr. said.