Category Archives: Recruiting

Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly decommits from Arizona

On Thursday, five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly retracted his verbal commitment to Arizona, amidst the FBI probe surrounding the program. (Source: Kelly Kline – Under Armour)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Amid the investigation from the FBI, dominoes continue to fall on the recruiting front in the Class of 2018.

The Arizona Wildcats were one of the programs targeted in the investigation conducted by the FBI regarding fraud and corruption, and former assistant coach Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson was one of four assistant coaches arrested in the probe.

On Thursday night, the Wildcats lost their top commit from the Class of 2018. Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly released a statement on his Twitter account, announcing that he was retracting his verbal commitment to the Wildcats. Continue reading Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly decommits from Arizona

Notre Dame Stays Out of the Fire and Lands Four-Star Power Forward Nate Laszewski

Notre Dame landed a commitment from Class of 2018 power forward Nate Laszewski, who will bolster a young front court with the departure of Colson and others after the ’17-18 campaign.

South Bend, IN. — A lot has happened in the world of college basketball in the last 72 hours, and the season hasn’t even started.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that 10 people, consisting of assistant coaches, agents, shoe brand executives etc., have been charged with fraud and corruption involving the recruitment of student athletes.

Players have de-committed, coaches have been arrested and fired, but for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they managed to stay away from the fire and instead, added a key piece to their recruiting class of 2018.

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A Review of Cornell’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Head coach Brian Earl added a plethora of talent to surround Matt Morgan, the Ivy League’s leading scorer, in 2017-18.

Ithaca, NY — The Cornell Big Red enter the 2017-18 season hungry to get back to the post-season for the first time since 2010, where they fell to a star-studded Kentucky Wildcats team in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, 62-45.

Head coach Brian Earl, the man in charge of putting the current team together and bringing them back into the national conversation, enters his second season leading the Big Red. After a 10-18 finish in his opening campaign, Earl will be expected to achieve more this season.

With his initial year and recruiting cycle complete, Earl is bringing in five new freshmen and a JUCO transfer to make up his first substantial recruiting class as the head coach at Cornell. 

Here is a look at each addition and at weather the group can help bring Cornell back to a postseason in the next four years. Continue reading A Review of Cornell’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Notre Dame adds Four-Star SG Dane Goodwin to their 2018 recruiting class

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish added a third player to their class of 2018 on Wednesday night when 6-4 shooting guard Dane Goodwin committed to the Irish via Twitter

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Faith & Family: The Story of Mark Alstork

Photo courtesy of Wright State Raiders.

Mark Alstork is more than a basketball player.

He may be a graduate transfer who can lead his new team to the NCAA Tournament, but he is also a symbol for Dayton, Ohio.

“I play with passion. I play with a chip,” said Alstork, a Dayton native and former star at Wright State, on Watching with Wesner. “You can tell when someone is from where I’m from, how they play and the passion they play with.”

Alstork is one of the most talented scorers left on the transfer market; he averaged 19 points per game and scored 27 plus points on 7 separate occasions last season. 

Last week he narrowed his list to four teams, leaving Illinois, LSU, Pittsburgh and South Carolina as potential suitors.

Throughout the month, Alstork has been frequently posting on social media, chronicling his experiences and campus visits. The 6’5” scoring guard has an altruistic reason for his persistent Snapchat videos and tweets.

“I wanted to take my people from Dayton, Ohio, who have supported me from day one. I wanted them to be with me in the process,” he said. “They have been with me for this long. I don’t want them to feel like that I am going to change up on them or that I am not going to continue to be the same person I am. I’m never going to change who I am.”

Alstork did not want to transfer from Wright State. After all, as a hometown product playing at a local university, the benefits were abundant. However, being a part of the Raiders became toxic.

“During the season, I went through a time with myself that a lot of people don’t get out of. I was frustrated with some of the things — Some of the things at Wright State wasn’t normal,” Alstork recalled. “I actually didn’t want to leave, to be honest. I wanted to stick it out and try to become an NBA player from Wright State.

“It’s not easy leaving your family and friends,” said Alstork. “They can be looking forward to watching me play two times a weekend. It’s a place to come and be happy and smile and enjoy life.”

Two values of importance to Alstork is faith and family. As the son of a preacher, a relationship with God was forged early on — one that has not weakened with age.

“Faith and prayer is a huge part of me being who I am and continuing to be in God and continuing to grow a relationship in God,” he said. “I know God leads my life.”

For many student-athletes, athletics and academics dominate. Add being a transfer with a plethora of top-tier options and a disconnection from core values can occur.

This was not the case with Alstork.

“I know exactly the reason why I am on this earth,” said the 2016-17 Horizon League first teamer. “It has nothing to do with me and it has all to do with God.”

Six visits and fourteen flights later and the memories of a lifetime have been given to Alstork and his family.

“The most memorable moment for me was being able to have my mother and brother there the whole time,” said Alstork. “I’m just glad, I’m able, that God has allowed me to be in this position in my life. I never would have thought that this would happen again. The opportunity that I am having is straight from God.”

Three years after receiving a release from Ball State, Mark Alstork will call one final school home. Another decision must be made; but, with it, perspective and advice will be given to aspiring basketball players in Dayton.

“I’ve had some people hitting me up,” said the Thurgood Marshall High School product. “Older kids who say, ‘You motivate me. You aspire me. Your work ethic speaks for itself. And no matter who gets you, you’re not going to change.’”

Alstork confirmed he will tweet to the college basketball world his decision tomorrow, exclusively on Twitter.

With his decision, one major domino for next season will fall and one team will be closer to a trip to the Big Dance.

– P. Wesner

Notre Dame adds their first member of their 2018 Class in point guard Prentiss Hubb

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While the Notre Dame Fighting Irish only signed one recruit to their class of 2017, the Irish got the ball rolling early as they secured a commitment from class of 2018 four-star point guard, Prentiss Hubb.

The on-court success of the Irish seems to be transpiring on the recruiting trail, as Notre Dame has been starting to secure some blue chip recruits. Demetrius Jackson led the way, followed by soon-to-be sophomore T.J. Gibbs, incoming freshman D.J. Harvey and now Hubb.

Hubb’s commitment marks the second straight recruit Head Coach Mike Brey has landed from the state of D.C in two years. Both Hubb and Harvey come from D.C. where they squared off against each other in high school.

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