Oct 31, 2011 3:40 PM EDT
Aaron Scales, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward prospect from the American Basketball Institute in Charlotte, N.C., announced he has de-committed from Missouri.
His coach, John Jordan, who made the announcement in an email to several media members, cited the uncertain outcome of the NCAA investigation into allegations of impropriety by Frank Haith while at Miami as the reason for Scales to change his mind.
“Actually, he’s been thinking about it for the last few weeks. It’s just a tough situation,” Jordan said in a phone interview Monday morning. “He really likes Coach Haith. He’d love to play for him, but with these allegations pending, it’s a situation where we just can’t gamble on this kind of situation.”
Oct 31, 2011 2:48 PM EDT
Willie Cauley has committed to Kentucky as a member of the class of 2012.
Cauley is a 7-foot, 230 pound center generally considered as a top-40 member of his class.
Cauley plays at Olathe (Kan.) Northwest.
“I would say he’s a very, very high-level run and jump athlete,” Rivals.com Eric Bossi said. “And he’s also very fluid from side-to-side. He can get from one end of the floor to the other better (than most big men). His offense needs some work but I wouldn’t say he’s totally raw.
Oct 30, 2011 2:58 PM EDT
Shabazz Muhammad is on an official visit to USC this weekend with Dewayne Dedmon as his host.
Muhammad made an unofficial visit in August.
Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, played for the USC men's basketball team from 1981 to 1985.
Oct 26, 2011 9:10 PM EDT
From the time Michael Beasley was 14-years-old, Joel Bell and Curtis Malone conspired a relationship with him in order to secure the rights to represent him professionally, according to a civil suit filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
Beasley asserts that Bell financially backed Malone's DC Assualt team and that in return Malone felt obliged to direct Beasley to Bell for professional representation.
Beasley’s suit contends that, along the way, Bell and Malone violated NCAA rules and federal laws governing agent conduct.
Beasley’s accusations are part of a countersuit against Bell and a third-party claim against Malone filed Sept. 27 in Montgomery County Circuit Court in response to a Jan. 21 breach-of-contract suit filed by Bell Sports Inc. against Beasley. Bell’s original suit claims Beasley wrongfully terminated his representation agreement with Bell Sports Inc. just prior to signing an endorsement deal with Adidas.
Oct 25, 2011 2:36 PM EDT
DaJuan Coleman has committed to Syracuse.
Coleman, a 6-foot-10, 280 pound big, is one of the top-20 players in the class of 2012.
Coleman also considered Kentucky and Ohio State.
Oct 25, 2011 1:13 PM EDT
Cole Huff, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward from Campbell Hall High in North Hollywood, tweeted Monday night that he has orally committed to play for Nevada next season.
Huff took an official recruiting visit to Nevada last weekend. He was scheduled to take a trip to UTEP this weekend but decided to end his recruitment.
"There aren't that many players with his body and length that can shoot it like he can," Campbell High coach Steve Wachs said.
Huff, who originally committed to San Diego State before de-committing over the summer, chose Nevada over offers from Pepperdine, UC Irvine, Denver and UTEP, among others.
Oct 21, 2011 11:41 AM EDT
Rick Barnes said Myck Kabongo has all the tools to become the next great point guard for a program that has produced standouts such as T.J. Ford and D.J. Augustin.
"He's somewhere in between those two," Barnes said of Kabongo. "He's extremely fast like T.J., but T.J. would pace his game. Myck is a more full throttle. Forget the cruise control. He'd be great this weekend at Talledega. He can beat everyone down the floor with the ball, but he's going to learn to change his pace from time to time so our team can get into a flow."
Kabongo played high school ball for hard-nosed coach Dan Hurley at St. Benedict's Prep.
"He got me ready, mentally," Kabongo said of Hurley. "Some of these [freshmen] have never been at schools where coaches are going to get after them every day. That's what Coach Barnes does. I just let the young guys know, ‘You can't take it personal. It's part of the game. You've got to be coachable. You can't let what he says on the court affect you off the court.'"
Barnes couldn't say enough good things about Kabongo's attitude -- "I've never seen him in a bad mood."
Oct 21, 2011 11:38 AM EDT
Miller Grove High School of Georgia is ranked second in the country.
Last season, they were a preseason unranked before finishing No. 6.
“I don’t remember it because it didn’t happen,” said Sharman White, Miller Grove's head coach. “No one really even knew that the rankings came out. I guess that’s because we weren’t in them. Things are different this year.”
“This year people will definitely see us coming,” said Tony Parker, a senior forward and last year’s ESPNHS National Junior of the Year. “The response has been a lot different this year when the rankings came out.”
The Wolverines will get their chance to climb on Jan. 7 when they face No. 1 Simeon (Chicago) in the Cancer Research Classic.
“Every year is different,” said Parker, who is ranked No. 31 by ESPN. “We haven’t played one game yet and we haven’t been through any adversity yet. It’s just a number to us, and it isn’t even the number we want. We want the one before that. How can we be excited about that?”
Oct 20, 2011 11:22 AM EDT
Richard Longrus of Bishop O'Dowd has verbally committed to Washington State, according to a source.
Longrus, a 6-foot-6 small forward, also was considering Colorado, Stanford and Utah.
Oct 20, 2011 10:58 AM EDT
Kaleb Tarczewski is visiting Arizona on Thursday, which will be his final official recruiting visit.
Tarczewski has narrowed his choices between Arizona and Kansas.
The big man visited Kansas last weekend."He had a great visit at KU but is looking forward to Arizona this weekend," John Carroll, Tarczewski's travel-team coach, told the Star via text message.
Jabari Parker's Simeon is ranked No. 1 in the country heading into the 2011-12 high school basketball season.
Oct 19, 2011 | Saginaw News
Jordan Hare also had offers from Michigan and Michigan State.
Logan Adams also considered visited Wright State and Appalachian State.
Arizona, Houston and Baylor are “showing the most interest” in Justise Winslow, while he also has offers from Arizona State, Florida, Rice, Texas and Harvard.
Oct 15, 2011 | Casual Hoya
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is ranked as high as 22nd by Rivals and as low as 45h by ESPN.
A.J. Hammons is ranked by ESPN as a top-80 recruit of the 2012 class.
Solomon Poole is considering Georgia, South Florida, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Miami, Oklahoma State and Louisville.
Grant Verhoeven picked Stanford over Cal and Saint Mary's.
Derek Willis is a top-30 prospect in the Class of 2014 and a former Purdue commitment.
Gary Harris is considering Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue and Michigan State, among others.
Oct 10, 2011 | News-Sentinel
V.J. Beachem chose the Irish over Butler, Purdue, Iowa and Minnesota.
Oct 10, 2011 | New York Post
Melvin Johnson has committed to the University of Miami.
Gary Harris made his official visit to Purdue last weekend.
Dominic Artis has withdrawn his commitment from UCLA, but is still considering the school.
Negus Webster-Chan is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Ontario, Canada.
Robert Upshaw has eliminated Arizona, USC, UNLV, Maryland and Oklahoma State.
Oct 05, 2011 | Courier-Journal
Andrew White is just outside the top-50 of the class of 2012 and has already visited Kansas and West Virginia.
Anthony Bennett received an in-home visit on Tuesday from West Virginia's Bob Huggins and Larry Harrison.
Oct 04, 2011 | ZagsBlog.com
Jaren Sina is a point guard in the class of 2013.
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Mitch McGary has taken visits to those three schools and will not be making any additional visits to other schools.
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