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ESPN Gives 28 Five-Star Grades To Class Of 2016

Aug 26, 2015 8:46 PM

ESPN has graded out 28 five-star prospects for the incoming freshman class of 2016.

NBA scouts are especially excited for the 2017 draft, while the 2016 class isn't expected to be particularly deep.

Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Malik Monk are in ESPN's top-five.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

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Harry Giles Transfers To Oak Hill For Senior Season

Jul 29, 2015 4:10 PM

Harry Giles will transfer to Oak Hill for his senior season.

“At this point I just really want to lock in on school and basketball at the highest level,” Giles told USA TODAY High School Sports. “I feel like going to Oak Hill it’ll give me the chance to do both. I won’t have anything to do but be a better student and a better player.”

Giles is considered the top player in the incoming college class of 2016.

“It was a really tough decision to leave my teammates and Coach Keith (Gatlin), that’s my guy that I’ve been rocking with since I got here,” said Giles, who recently cut his list of schools down to North Carolina, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Kansas and Duke. “But, at the end of the day, I’ve got to do what I feel is best for me to develop on and off the court.”

Jason Jordan/USA Today

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Jayson Tatum Commits To Duke

Jul 12, 2015 11:15 PM

Jayson Tatum has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky, North Carolina and Saint Louis.

Tatum is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2016.

"I love the way the program is run and I love the way the academics are set up," Tatum said of Duke. "My relationships with the Duke coaches were the best, and they made me a priority. They did the best job of recruiting me and have been at almost all my games, and that means a lot."

A 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward from Chaminade College Prep in Saint Louis, Tatum is a versatile and efficient perimeter player.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: Jayson Tatum, Duke Blue Devils, High School, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Cheick Diallo Commits To Kansas

Apr 28, 2015 4:32 PM

Cheick Diallo has committed to Kansas.

Diallo was ranked No. 7 in the incoming freshman class by ESPN.

"I felt like Kansas was the best place for me," said Diallo, a 6-foot-9 power forward. "I can earn playing time right away. I played against Joel Embiid in high school and watched his development. I need to work on a lot of things and feel coach [Bill] Self can help my game. On my visit, the campus was great and the people were nice. I could see myself there."

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

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Brandon Ingram Commits To Duke

Apr 27, 2015 6:12 PM

Brandon Ingram has committed to Duke as a member of the 2015 recruiting class, he announced on Monday.

The 6-foot-8 small forward is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the ESPN 100. Ingram was one of the top risers late in the recruiting process after excelling at the McDonald's All-American Game and Nike Hoop Summit. He's considered a likely one-and-done prospect due to his length and shooting ability.

A North Carolina native from Kinston High School, Ingram chose the local Blue Devils over Kansas, Kentucky, N.C. State, North Carolina, and UCLA. He becomes the fifth commit for Duke's 2015 recruiting class, joining five-star center Chase Jeter, five-star point guard Derryck Thornton, four-star shooting guard Luke Kennard, and three-star center Antonio Vrankovic.

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Stephen Zimmerman Commits To UNLV

Apr 17, 2015 12:30 AM

Stephen Zimmerman committed to UNLV as a member of the 2015 class on Thursday night, he announced via Twitter.

The 7-foot center is rated as the No. 10 prospect in the country by ESPN. He was selected as both a McDonald's and Jordan Brand All-American after playing locally at Bishop Gorman High School (NV). Zimmerman is considered the most skilled big man in the class due to his ability to compete inside or step out and knock down the open jumper.

UNLV beat out Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and UCLA to keep Zimmerman home. His commitment means head coach Dave Rice has landed a McDonald's All-American in three of the past four years. Zimmerman joins ESPN 100 small forward Derrick Jones and three-star shooting guard Jalen Poyser as members of the 2015 class.

After losing freshman shooting guard Rashad Vaughn to the NBA Draft, the Runnin' Rebels are waiting to see if sophomore big man Christian Wood will declare as well. If not, UNLV will still have plenty of depth inside, with Zimmerman joining shot-blocker Goodluck Okonoboh and Oregon transfer Ben Carter up front.

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Ivan Rabb Commits To California

Apr 13, 2015 10:18 PM

Ivan Rabb has committed to California as a member of the 2015 recruiting class, he announced on Monday.

The 6-foot-10 power forward is rated as the No. 6 recruit in the country by ESPN. He's regarded as an athletic, ambidextrous big man that runs the floor well. He was selected as a McDonald's and Jordan Brand All-American after leading Bishop O'Dowd High School (CA) to a CIF Open Division title as a senior.

Rabb chose the Bears over Arizona after cutting Kansas, Kentucky, and UCLA from his list. He joins four-star Davon Dillard and three-star Tyson Jolly as members of Cal's 2015 recruiting class.

Jeff Faraudo/San Jose Mercury News

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit Measurements (Team USA)

Apr 10, 2015 9:54 PM

The measurements of Team USA for the Nike Hoop Summit have been released.

Name First Name Last Ht w/ shoes Ht w/o shoes Weight Reach Wingspan
Isiah  Briscoe 6'3.5" 6'2.5" 217.8 8'4.5" 7'1.5"
Jaylen Brown 6'6.5" 6'5.5" 221.9    
Jaylen Brunson 6'2" 6'1" 200 7'11.75" 6'4"
Brandon Ingram 6'9.5" 6'8" 195.8 9'1.5" 7'3"
Chase Jeter 6'10" 6'9" 239 9'2,5" 7'3"
Luke Kennard 6'5" 6'4.75" 187.4 8'2.5" 6'5"
Malik Newman 6'4" 6'2.5" 179 8'3" 6'5"
Ivan Rabb 6'9.75" 6'8.75" 214.5 9'0" 7'2"
Caleb Swanigan 6'7.75" 6'6.75" 271.2 9'1" 7'3.5"
Alonzo Trier 6'5" 6'3.75" 198.5 8'5.5" 6'6"
Stephen Zimmerman 7'0" 6'10.5" 234.6 9'1" 7'3"


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Caleb Swanigan Commits To Michigan State

Apr 10, 2015 7:20 PM

Caleb Swanigan has committed to Michigan State.

Swanigan is the No. 11 rated recruit for the incoming class of 2015.

Swanigan also considered Duke, Cal and Kentucky. Swanigan only took official visits to Cal and Duke.

Evan Daniels/Rivals.com

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Thomas Bryant Commits To Indiana

Apr 4, 2015 4:47 PM

Thomas Bryant committed to Indiana on Saturday as a member of the 2015 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-10 center is regarded as one of the top rebounders in the country due to his energy and length. Bryant recently had 27 points and 19 rebounds in the final win of his high school career at Huntington St. Joseph Prep (WV) after averaging 17.3 points and 11.6 boards per game as a senior. He's rated as four-star recruit by ESPN and the 22nd in the country.

As a McDonald's All-American, Bryant is a big haul for Tom Crean and Indiana. He chose the Hoosiers over programs including Kentucky, Missouri, and Syracuse. Bryant joins power forward Juwan Morgan and small forward Ogugua Anunoby as members of the 2015 recruiting class.

Scott Phillips/College Basketball Talk

Tags: Thomas Bryant, Indiana Hoosiers, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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Ivan Rabb Delays Choosing Between Cal, Arizona
Ivan Rabb is the No. 7 recruit in the incoming class of 2015.

Gabe Encinas/Arizona Desert Swarm

Ben Simmons Wins 2015 Naismith High School Player Of The Year
Ben Simmons averaged 28.0 points, 4.0 assists, 11.9 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

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Ben Simmons, Thon Maker Headline 2015 World Team For Nike Hoop Summit
The World Team roster for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit has been announced.

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LeBron James Jr. Already Has Received College Offers
LeBron James says his son "has great awareness and hed rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score.

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Ben Simmons Headlines Naismith High School POY Finalists
Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown are currently ranked first and second on ESPN's Top 100 list.

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Thon Maker Reclassifies For 2015
Thon Maker play high school basketball at Orangeville Prep in Ontario, Canada.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

LeBron To Watch McDonald's All-Americans Simmons, Briscoe, Diallo
DraftExpress projects all three players as top-10 picks in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Adam Zagoria/ZagsBlog

Jaylen Brown, Newman, Rabb Headline USA's Nike Hoop Summit Roster
The United States roster for the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit has been announced.

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Tyler Dorsey Commits To Oregon
Tyler Dorsey pledged to Oregon as a part of the 2015 recruiting class

Jon Rothstein/CBSSports.com

Simmons, Rabb Headline McDonald's All-America Teams
The 2015 McDonald's All-Americans have been announced.

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Kentucky Adds Five-Star Duo
Five-star prospects Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe committed to Kentucky on Thursday

Jeff Borzello/ESPN.com

Bryant Crawford Commits To Wake Forest
Bryant Crawford is a four-star point guard out of Gonzaga High School in Washington D.C.

Raphielle Johnson/College Basketball Talk

Chance Comanche Commits To Arizona
Chance Comanche is a top-100 player and is considered to have tremendous upside.

Josh Gershon/Scout.com

Jalen Brunson Commits To Villanova
Jalen Brunson is ranked No. 22 by ESPN for the class of 2015.

Reggie Rankin/ESPN

Antonio Blakeney Commits To Louisville
Antonio Blakeney has committed to Louisville as a member of the 2015 class

Jeff Borzello/CBSSports.com

Oregon State Adds Three 2015 Commitments
Oregon State added three basketball commitments on Tuesday in Tres Tinkle, Stephen Thompson Jr. and Derrick Bruce

Andrew Nemec/The Oregonian

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