Category Archives: Recruiting

Fighting Irish Ink DeMatha Small Forward DJ Harvey as Lone Signee

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The early period National Signing Day has come and gone and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish came away with inking only one recruit in small forward DJ Harvey.

So far, this is Notre Dame’s smallest recruiting class since 2011, when they only signed Pat Connaughton and Eric Katenda.

Since 2011, Notre Dame has signed at least three players each year. The only exception being the class of 2013, which included Boston Celtics’ guard Demetrius Jackson, current senior captains VJ Beachem and Steve Vasturia, and senior forward Austin Torres Continue reading Fighting Irish Ink DeMatha Small Forward DJ Harvey as Lone Signee

Guarding the Ivy: A Look at the Ivy League’s Freshmen Guards in 2016-17

The 2016 recruiting class for the Harvard Crimson features a ton of talent in the back court, including Justin Bassey (above) and top-100 recruit Bryce AIken (top).
The 2016 recruiting class for the Harvard Crimson features a ton of talent in the back court, including Justin Bassey (above) and top-100 recruit Bryce AIken (top).

There’s a changing of the guard in the Ivy League in 2016-17.

Eleven freshman guards are joining the conference this season, all of whom are looking to make a name for themselves and their programs. Some will come in and start right away, while others will learn from some of the conference’s top players and will have to put in the work to steal minutes from the stars.

All of the Ivy League’s guard recruits and promising back court prospects are inspected below, and our preview looks at why these fresh faces will succeed at the collegiate level. Continue reading Guarding the Ivy: A Look at the Ivy League’s Freshmen Guards in 2016-17

Buffalo Point Guard Lamonte Bearden Transfers to Western Kentucky

Sophomore guard Lamonte Bearden announced in mid-July that he was transferring from Buffalo, and on Tuesday, he committed to Rick Stansbury and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Sophomore guard Lamonte Bearden announced in mid-July that he was transferring from Buffalo, and on Tuesday, he committed to Rick Stansbury and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

It’s not uncommon to hear of players transferring at season’s end. A plethora of players made that decision for their careers following the 2015-16 season, with the list pushing 700 names.

However, it’s rare to hear of players who decide to transfer in July, over three months after the previous season came to a close. A decision that late puts both team and player in a tough spot moving forwards.

The latter is the situation the Buffalo Bulls and Lamonte Bearden found themselves in, as the sophomore point guard announced his intentions to transfer from the program.

After his decision to transfer, several schools reached out and tried to recruit Bearden, who will sit out the 2016-17 season due to transfer regulations.

On Tuesday, it was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that Bearden has found his new team for the remainder of his collegiate career.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Continue reading Buffalo Point Guard Lamonte Bearden Transfers to Western Kentucky

Top Five Recruit Michael Porter, Jr. Commits to Lorenzo Romar, Washington Huskies

In a a move that many saw coming after Washington hired Michael Porter, Sr. as an assistant to Lorenzo Romar, top five recruit Michael Porter, Jr. committed to play for the Huskies as a part of the Class of 2017.
In a a move that many saw coming after Washington hired Michael Porter, Sr. as an assistant to Lorenzo Romar, top five recruit Michael Porter, Jr. committed to play for the Huskies as a part of the Class of 2017.

Head Coach Lorenzo Romar and the Washington Huskies have had their fair share of talented players on their roster in the last little while, and more talent is on the way from the Class of 2016.

Both Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss opted for the 2016 NBA Draft following their freshmen seasons with the Huskies, and both were drafted. Chriss was a lottery selection, while Murray was a late-first round pick. Many had hoped that they would stay in school for another year, but it wasn’t the case.

The prize recruit for the Huskies in the Class of 2016 is guard Markelle Fultz. If he follows the same path as Murray and Chriss, Washington could very well produce its second straight lottery selection in the draft.

On Friday, the Huskies received more good news on the recruiting front. It was expected that Class of 2017 forward Michael Porter, Jr. would commit to Washington, given his family ties to the coaching staff, but anything was still possible.

At the 2016 Peach Jam, he was reportedly given the opportunity to announce his decision on national television, but politely declined.

Instead, he opted for a low-key announcement via his Twitter account as to where he would play his collegiate basketball in 2017-18. Continue reading Top Five Recruit Michael Porter, Jr. Commits to Lorenzo Romar, Washington Huskies

Four Canadian Prospects Ranked Inside Top 100 in Latest ESPN Class of 2017 Rankings

Nickeil Alexander-Walker is the top-ranked Canadian in the Class of 2017 rankings by ESPN, sitting as the 34th-ranked recruit. He has committed to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2017-18.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker is the top-ranked Canadian in the Class of 2017 rankings by ESPN, sitting as the 34th-ranked recruit. He has committed to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2017-18.

With all but one player from the Class of 2016 (#74 Taurean Thompson) off the board, the attention has switched to the recruiting class of 2017.

On Tuesday, ESPN released the first edition of their Class of 2017 rankings.  Two big men headline the list, as DeAndre Ayton and Wendell Carter find their names atop the rankings. From top to bottom, the list is packed with players full of star potential, both in the NCAA and at the professional level.

As of Tuesday, 19 of the players have already committed to a school for the 2017-18 season.

Four Canadian prospects have made their way onto the list, with the highest player ranked as the 34th-best prospect in the recruiting class. With the recent rise of Canada Basketball, more and more players from Canada are finding the spotlight, and the Class of 2017 is no different.

Here are the four Canadians on the first edition of the list. Continue reading Four Canadian Prospects Ranked Inside Top 100 in Latest ESPN Class of 2017 Rankings

Texas Longhorns Get Commitment from Class of 2016 Five-Star Big Man Jarrett Allen

Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns raised their fists in excitement on Friday, as Class of 2016 five-star center Jarrett Allen committed to the Longhorns after a lengthy recruiting process.
Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns raised their fists in excitement on Friday, as Class of 2016 five-star center Jarrett Allen committed to the Longhorns after a lengthy recruiting process.

Slowly but surely, the pieces have been falling into place for the recruiting class of 2016.

One by one, the top recruits in the country have made their final decision on where they will play their collegiate basketball next season. Some schools, like the Kentucky Wildcats or the Duke Blue Devils, have their fair share of top-tier recruits. Others, however, were hoping to land that one impact recruit that could change their season for the better.

On Friday, the Texas Longhorns landed their impact recruit.

Center Jarrett Allen was the last five-star prospect on the board who hadn’t chose his collegiate home. He is ranked as the top center in the Class of 2016 by ESPN.

He was relatively quiet during his recruiting process, although it was a well-known fact that there was an instate battle for the Austin, TX native between the Longhorns and the Houston Cougars.

In the end, Allen committed to Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns, and could have very well turned them into an NCAA Tournament team in doing so. Continue reading Texas Longhorns Get Commitment from Class of 2016 Five-Star Big Man Jarrett Allen