Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:25 am

Jarion Henry and New Mexico part ways

By Jeff Borzello

When Jarion Henry was not listed on the New Mexico roster at the start of the school year, rumors started swirling about his status as a Lobo.

It was then announced that he would reclassify to the class of 2012 and enrol at La Jolla Prep (Calif.), a new prep school started by former Westwind Prep (Ariz.) head man Gary Trousdale.

On Thursday night, the final step of the mystery was completed. Josh Gershon of Scout.com reported that Henry had reopened his recruitment and was no longer committed to New Mexico.

A source confirmed the news to CBSSports.com.

Henry, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Texas, originally chose New Mexico in April over a slew of high-major schools, including USC, Marquette, Oregon, Georgetown and many others.

He was ranked No. 92 in the class of 2011.

Photo: Dallas Morning News

Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:59 am

Negus Webster-Chan goes with Missouri

By Jeff Borzello

It wasn’t hard to tell that Negus Webster-Chan was close to making a decision.

Two weeks ago, Webster-Chan told CBSSports.com that Missouri and Iowa State were his favorites, and he was hoping to make a decision within a month.

On Friday morning, he was ready to commit: the Canadian small forward chose Missouri.

“It was important that the school I chose gave me the best opportunity to showcase my abilities while playing multiple positions,” Webster-Chan said in a statement to Flagrant Fouls, a Canadian scouting service. “It was also important for me to have a great relationship with the coaching staff on and off the court.

“Coach Frank Haith and his staff have developed a good relationship with my family and myself.”

Webster-Chan is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Huntington Prep (W.Va.) who uses his length and athleticism to score effectively on drives to the rim. His shooting is getting more consistent, but he needs to add weight and bulk in order to better absorb contact on his finishes. Webster-Chan is also a capable passer and an aggressive defender.

He had previously committed to Louisville, but the two parted ways in April. 

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Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 10:47 am

Colorado lands another in Xavier Johnson

By Jeff Borzello

In the Pac-12, recruiting has become an arms race between UCLA and Arizona in 2012. However, Colorado continues to land the occasional salvo.

On Monday night, the Buffaloes picked up another impressive coup, as Xavier Johnson committed to Colorado.

“I feel like their offense would fit me,” Johnson said. “They recruited me hard and just made me feel welcome.”

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Mater Dei (Calif.), chose the Buffaloes over Virginia Tech, UTEP, Saint Mary’s and others.

The lefty wing is an asset at both ends of the floor. He can score at the rim or knock down outside shots from the perimeter, and his length and athleticism make him tough in transition. Injuries over the summer hampered his growth on the AAU circuit, but he was still able to demonstrate his defensive ability.

“Just being an all-around player,” Johnson said when asked what he brings to the table. “A threat on offense and defense.”

Johnson ranks No. 65 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He joins forwards Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon and Chris Jenkins in Tad Boyle's 2012 class.

Photo: Max Preps

Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 3:01 pm

Weekend Notebook: Joel James to UNC

By Jeff Borzello

It’s been a rocky relationship between Joel James and North Carolina over the past few months, but it ended on a high note last week.

Rumors had been going around that James committed to North Carolina, and it was finally confirmed to Scout.com’s Brian Snow on Sunday.

“Right now it is North Carolina,” James told Snow. “I called Coach [Roy] Williams a couple of days ago.”

James made some waves in August when he aired out his complaints to CBSSports.com regarding North Carolina and the fact the Tar Heels had not offered him a scholarship.

A few weeks later, Williams finally did make an offer to James and the Tar Heels immediately became the frontrunner in his recruitment.

James, a 6-foot-10 center from Dwyer (Fla.), is one of the biggest bodies in the class. He simply overpowers defenders with his size and strength, and certainly does not shy away from contact. James moves around effectively in order to get open on the block, and he is trying to lose weight as his senior season approaches.

James is ranked No. 54 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He joins Marcus Paige and J.P. Tokoto in North Carolina’s 2012 recruiting class.

Arnaud Adala-Moto pops for Wake Forest

When Jeff Bzdelik took over the Wake Forest job, it was unclear if he would be able to recruit at an ACC-level.

Those concerns might be alleviated now, as the Demon Deacons landed their highest-profile recruit on Saturday. Arnaud Adala-Moto, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Episcopal (Va.) committed to Wake Forest.

Team Takeover coach Keith Stevens confirmed the news to CBSSports.com.

Moto was one of the fastest-rising players in the country during the spring, using his all-around game to help lead Takeover to an undefeated EYBL campaign. He is a very good defender, and is excellent at getting points off of dribble-drives and transition attacks.

Moto, ranked No. 60 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, joins guard Codi-Miller McIntyre, wing Aaron Rountree and forwards Devin Thomas, Andre Washington and Tyler Cavanaugh in the Demon Deacons’ 2012 recruiting class.

West Virginia lands Eron Harris

West Virginia wanted another guard in the class of 2012, and the Mountaineers got their man on Sunday.

Eron Harris, a 6-foot-3 guard from Lawrence North (Ind.), committed to Bob Huggins after visiting the Morgantown campus this weekend.

“I just feel like I’m needed there, and their coaching staff is straight up with you,” Harris told CBSSports.com. “The guys are real cool and they were willing to take me in right away.”

Harris chose West Virginia over Dayton and Loyola (Chicago).

Commitment Catch-up

  • Connor Lammert – Texas
  • Jelon Hornbeak – Oklahoma
  • Chris Jenkins – Colorado
  • Kareem Canty – Marshall
  • Willie Clayton – Charlotte
  • Reggie Moore – TCU
  • C.J. Ford – Murray State
  • Dallas Anglin – Hofstra
  • Willie Moore – Duquesne
  • Richard Carter – Drake
  • Julian Harrell – Penn
  • John Gillon – Arkansas-Little Rock
  • Torrion Brummitt – Western Carolina
  • Cedric Muakumensah – Brown
  • Kameron Mitchell – Wagner
  • Ramon Johnson – North Carolina-Central
  • Cleveland Thomas – Louisiana-Lafayette

Photo: Scout.com

Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 10:45 am

Willie Cauley dominating on gridiron, too


Jeff Borzello

The idea of lining up across from a 7-foot center in basketball is scary enough, but what about a 7-foot wide receiver on the football field?

That’s what opponents of Olathe Northwest (Kan.) have had to deal with all season.

Willie Cauley, the No. 47 player in the class of 2012 for basketball, has been tearing it up on the gridiron this fall. Due to his size, speed and athleticism, he is a nightmare matchup for opposing cornerbacks. Over the weekend, Cauley had 11 catches for 223 yards and a touchdown. Through five games, he has racked up 38 receptions for 695 yards and nine touchdowns.

“I’ve played since I was in fourth grade,” Cauley said.

While he hasn’t really thought about playing both sports in high school, Kansas State has mentioned it. The Wildcats have attended multiple football games, while Kentucky has also been to one.

On the basketball recruiting front, Cauley is making progress. He cut his list to four schools last month, and has scheduled all his visits. Cauley will take a trip to Alabama this weekend, Kentucky for Big Blue Madness and Kansas State the following weekend.

Alabama has visited Olathe Northwest (Kan.), Kansas State is coming today, while Kentucky has also made a stop at the school.

The fourth school on his list is Florida; he visited the Gators in mid-September.

“[I liked] the coaches and people,” Cauley said.

Interestingly, Cauley isn’t sure what he’s looking for in a school. He is heading into each visit with an open mind in order to get a complete feel for what the school offers.

Cauley was one of the fastest-rising big men in the country during the spring and summer. He is extremely long and runs the floor better than most players at his position. Cauley is capable of knocking down mid-range jumpers, but is also active on the offensive glass and around the rim. He is also a very good shot-blocker.

“I’m working on 14-16-foot jumpers and ball-handling,” he said. “I’m still trying to figure out what I do bring to the table.”

There are some people who think Cauley is a Kentucky lean, and while that might be true, he claims there are no favorites.

Either way, the end is in sight for Cauley’s recruitment.

“I want to sign in November,” he said.

Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 1:45 pm

Notebook: Rodney Purvis set to announce Friday

By Jeff Borzello

Rodney Purvis has had a whirlwind of a recruitment as anyone in the class of 2012. It looks like it will soon come to an end, though.

Avie Lester, Purvis’ high school coach at Upper Room Christian (N.C.), informed the Raleigh News & Observer that Purvis would be announcing his decision at a press conference on Friday.

The paper said he will be choosing between North Carolina State, Louisville, Connecticut and VCU; however, it seems that Louisville and VCU are no longer recruiting Purvis.

Signs point to North Carolina State, but we will find out for sure (or for now?) on Friday. Purvis had previously committed to Louisville before reopening his recruitment. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard is ranked No. 15 in the class of 2012 by CBSSports.com.

Jevon Thomas to Dayton

Former St. John’s pledge Jevon Thomas has made his next choice, committing to Dayton on Wednesday afternoon.

Multiple sources confirmed the commitment to CBSSports.com.

Thomas also considered Seton Hall before choosing the Flyers. The 5-foot-11 point guard fits a much-needed position for head coach Archie Miller, as Thomas is one of the fastest players in the country. He can get to end-to-end extremely quick, and is fearless when going to the rim.

Thomas joins Jalen Robinson in Dayton’s 2012 class.

Houston gets another commitment

Houston head coach James Dickey continues to make waves on the recruiting trail.

On Wednesday, sleeper big man Valentine Izundu popped for the Cougars.

Izundu burst onto the scene this summer, demonstrating his tremendous shot-blocking ability and vast potential. He is long and athletic, and will make an immediate impact on the defensive end of the floor.

Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:01 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 5:21 pm

Harvard gets another one in Siyani Chambers

By Jeff Borzello

It’s been two days since Harvard’s big recruiting weekend, and the Crimson have now picked up two commitments.

Siyani Chambers committed to Harvard on Tuesday afternoon, a source told CBSSports.com.

"I felt that it was the right fit for me and I got along with the players and coaches really well," Chambers said. "Also, they have great academics." 

His decision comes only one day after Georgia big man Mike Hall picked the Crimson over plenty of high-major programs. Chambers was no different – major-conference teams from Washington State to Nebraska to Georgia Tech were interested in him. The finalists for his services, though, were UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.

Chambers, a 5-foot-11 prospect from Hopkins (Minn.), is a pure point guard. The lefty knows how to find teammates in transition or in a half-court setting and is a very solid passer. Chambers can get into the lane to create opportunities for himself or teammates, and he has quick hands defensively.

"I feel that I can help lead and provide energy to and for the team," Chambers said. 

In addition to Chambers and Hall, Harvard also owns a commitment from Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) product Evan Cummins.

Photo: Recruiting Planet

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