Weekend Visitation: Arizona, Texas A&M, FSU have big visitors
It's another big weekend for recruiting visits, and Arizona has the biggest names on campus. Duke and Indiana could be close to commitments, while Texas A&M and Florida State need to make an impact.
Recruits are flying off the board at a rapid pace lately, and this weekend could see more of the same. There aren’t a ton of five-star visits, but there are certainly plenty of key trips that could result in commitments by the end of the weekend. The dominos will continue on Friday night, when four-star point guard Tyler Ulis announces his decision. Who’s next after him?
Arizona playing host to top-10 tandem
Many eyes across the country will be on Tucson, as Sean Miller and the Wildcats are welcoming in elite big man Cliff Alexander and fellow top-10 forward Stanley Johnson. Alexander took an official visit to DePaul in late August, and also has trips planned to Kansas, Memphis and Illinois. He has unofficially been to Michigan State and Kentucky, but won’t take official trips. Louisville is also on his list. As for Johnson, Arizona and Kentucky have been seen as the frontrunners in his recruitment for most of the summer, and the Wildcats have the chance to make an impression this weekend. Johnson trips to USC next weekend, and is also supposed to visit Kentucky and Florida.
Indiana hopes for good luck with Okonoboh
Goodluck Okonoboh became a primary target for many schools during the spring and summer after showing his shot-blocking prowess on the AAU circuit. The 6-foot-9 power forward from Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) is ranked as a five-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite. This week, he takes his first official visit – to Indiana, which has been the presumed leader in his recruitment for a long time now. Florida, UNLV, Ohio State and Duke are also on his list of five finalists, but the Hoosiers are looking to potentially close the deal this weekend.
Duke on verge of landing four-star forward?
A couple of weeks ago, Duke turned up the heat on Reid Travis, an AAU teammate of top-five prospect Tyus Jones. Of course, Travis is a coveted prospect in his own right, given he averaged 18.2 points and 9.2 rebounds on the EYBL circuit during the spring. The Blue Devils extended an offer, then conducted an in-home visit earlier this week with Travis. He takes his official visit to Durham this weekend, and many people think his recruitment could be coming to a close in a matter of days. Travis visited Gonzaga back in June, but Duke is the leader in this one.
Johnny Football not the only story in College Station
The biggest college football game of the weekend – of the season? – will take place when Texas A&M faces Alabama on Saturday afternoon. With that in mind, the Aggies are welcoming plenty of key basketball recruits on campus as well. Five-star Justise Winslow is the biggest name in the group, as the small forward from Houston is taking his first official visit. Arizona and Duke have most of the attention in his recruitment, although UCLA is looking to make up some ground. Alex Robinson is the best non-Tyus Jones point guard left on the board, so his phone is likely to start blowing up in a matter of hours. Robinson officially visited Vanderbilt two weeks ago, and also has Memphis, Pittsburgh, TCU and Florida State on his list. Top-75 big man Elbert Robinson is also on campus this weekend, after visiting Georgia Tech and Nebraska. The Aggies are also expected to have plenty of younger prospects.
Florida State looks to make impression on Johnson and Gray
One of the biggest risers in the summer was Robert Johnson, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Virginia. He went from a prospect not ranked in anyone’s top 100 to a key target for several college basketball powers. Johnson plans to announce his college decision next Friday, and he is down to North Carolina, Indiana, Virginia and Florida State. He has officially visited the first three schools on that list, but is headed to Tallahassee this weekend for his final trip. The Seminoles need to make a big impression. Joining Johnson on the trip is junior college prospect Josh Gray, who might be the most coveted JC guard in the country. He could wait until the spring to make a decision, but Florida State could also make a major effort to close the deal early. New England forward Bonzie Colson and Seattle big man Josh Martin are also going to be on campus
-- Can Seton Hall’s momentum continue? The Pirates landed Angel Delgado late in the summer, and also picked up Khadeem Carrington earlier this week. This weekend, five-star guard Isaiah Whitehead is tripping to campus.
-- Oregon is another team with a couple of key visitors on campus this weekend. Trey Kell is done with three of his five official visits, as he tripped to Vanderbilt, San Diego State and Gonzaga recently. Arizona is up next weekend, but the Ducks get a crack in the coming days. Joining him is Kameron Chatman, who tripped to Michigan last weekend.
-- After likely missing out on Tyler Ulis, Michigan State is turning its attention to point guard Lourawls Nairn. Nairn is one of the five best point guards left on the board, and the Spartans are bringing him in on an official visit this weekend. Summer riser Riley LaChance will also make the trip.
-- California gets a chance with Thomas Welsh, while Terry Larrier visits VCU. Paul White is tripping to Georgetown.
-- Iowa State will host Our Savior New American (N.Y.) big men Cheick Diallo and Kassoum Yakwe, two of the best prospects in their respective classes.
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