Best uncommitted recruits and transfers left on the board
Who are the biggest targets left on the board in the class of 2014? And what about transfers?
College basketball news used to slow down within a month after the season ended. Coaching vacancies were filled by that time, the majority of impact transfers had made decisions, and nearly every top recruit was off the board. That's no longer the case. The transfer list continues to grow, and the constant carousel of coaching changes has put several potential impact recruits back on the market.
Let's take a look at some of the top recruits and transfers still available.
Shelton Mitchell (No. 91 in 247Sports Composite): Arguably the best point guard on the market, the ex-Wake Forest commit could be making a decision soon. Mitchell told CBSSports.com visited Missouri on Sunday, and then will take a trip to Vanderbilt early this week. After visiting the Commodores, Mitchell is likely to make his choice.
Ahmaad Rorie (No. 116): A couple of weeks after California named Cuonzo Martin its new coach, Rorie received his release. The four-star point guard looks likely to stay on the West coast, although he tweeted that Wichita State and Missouri offered him recently. Rorie made visits to Washington and Washington State, and he tweeted that a decision could come as soon as this week.
Tariq Owens (No. 180): The former Ohio signee will likely end his recruitment this week, with an expected announcement date of Wednesay. He visited Tennessee last week, and sources indicate that Owens and his father loved it. Tennessee-Martin and Temple are also in the mix for the 6-foot-8 power forward.
While the number of top-150 prospects begins to seriously dwindle, it seems like more and more transfers are hitting the board every day. While several high-priority targets made decisions this week, there are still plenty of coveted ones being pursued.
The transfer list has grown to more than 500 names, but here's a look at the biggest ones.
Eron Harris, West Virginia: After finally getting a release from the Mountaineers, Harris heard from more than a dozen high-level schools. Not long after, though, he told the Indianapolis Star that Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State were his top three, while also mentioning Indiana and Auburn. Harris is likely the best transfer on the market, given his ability to score at a high rate.
Danuel House, Houston: One of two players that had trouble getting a release from Houston after Kelvin Sampson was hired, although House eventually received it with three restrictions: no AAC schools, no school on Houston's schedule for the next two years, and no schools in Texas. He visited South Carolina and UCLA already, and is expected to trip to UNLV and LSU this month. Iowa and other schools have been in the mix in the past.
Robert Carter, Georgia Tech: Carter is likely to be the most coveted name to recently make the list, as the 6-foot-8 post player will have two years of eligibility remaining wherever he ends up. The double-figure scorer was rumored to have been Auburn-bound shortly after his transfer, but sources told CBSSports.com that wasn't true. He visited St. John's on Sunday, but the Red Storm are one of many teams in pursuit. Maryland could be an option for Carter, as could South Carolina.
Other coveted names: Justin Martin, Xavier; Hallice Cooke, Oregon State; Nick Faust, Maryland; Jamal Jones, Texas A&M; Terry Henderson, West Virginia; Roddy Peters, Maryland; Charles Cooke, James Madison
There aren't too many junior college stars still available, and of the five players we mentioned in this space two weeks ago, only one remains. Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com confirmed that 6-foot-8 Shane Henry of Georgia Perimeter (Ga.) is the best player still on the board. Virginia Tech is making a strong push, while he is also expected to visit Texas Tech. Louisiana Tech reportedly received a visit recently.
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