Oct 27, 2012 8:04 PM EDT
Karl Towns Jr., a 7-foot center ranked as the No. 1 player for 2015, sports a 4.3 grade-point average and last year served as president of his high school class.
“The best part is he’s just a humble kid,” Karl Towns Sr. said.
Towns is expected to choose between Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Oct 26, 2012 8:46 PM EDT
Texas is hosting a visit from Brandon Austin this weekend.
Austin, a 6-foot-6 wing, has interest from Temple, Georgetown and Syracuse.
Oct 26, 2012 8:45 PM EDT
Travis Jorgenson revoked his commitment to Missouri and is not expected to make a decision on his college destination until the spring.
A top-150 player in the class of 2013, Jorgenson is spending his senior year at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire.
Oct 26, 2012 8:43 PM EDT
Darius Thompson will take an official visit to Butler this weekend, according to his coach at Blackman (TN) High School.
“Butler has done a good job of recruiting Darius,” coach Barry Wortman said. “There’s a good comfort level with them as well as Murray State and Middle Tennessee State.”
Thompson, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 12.8 points and 6.0 assists last season for Blackman.
“Darius has a high, high basketball IQ,” Wortman said. “A very good feel for the game. Sneaky athletic. He shoots the ball well from 3, can get out on the point, can play off the ball.”
Oct 26, 2012 12:08 PM EDT
UNLV has offered a scholarship to Chase Jeter, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward who plays at Bishop Gorman (NV) High School.
Jeter attended Thursday’s UNLV practice with his father, former Rebel Chris Jeter.
Chris Jeter was in the same UNLV class as Rebels assistant coach Stacey Augmon, Larry Johnson and Greg Anthony.
Oct 25, 2012 10:17 PM EDT
Southern Methodist University offered a scholarship to Ja'Quan Newton, a 6-foot-3 guard who plays at Neumann-Goretti (PA) High School.
Larry Brown visited Newton on Monday.
"He just told me how he really is," Newton said. "He didn't lie to me or sugarcoat anything."
Newton has drawn interest from Arizona, Georgetown, Temple, Villanova, Wake Forest, Miami, Syracuse and Seton Hall.
Oct 25, 2012 12:12 PM EDT
Andrew Wiggins might be the world's best amateur, but he wants to be the best bar none.
“I just try to kill whoever is guarding me," Wiggins said. "I don't practice to play against people in high school like Julius Randle and Jabari Parker. I practice to play against guys in the NBA because I want to be better than them. I practice to beat the best player in the world because I want to be the best player in the world."
Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said Wiggins needs to improve his practice habits.
Wiggins gets complacent, and coaches urge him to practice with greater intensity. Fulford has told Wiggins two dozen times, "I don't think at any point ever that anyone had to go tell Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant to pick it up."
"He doesn't grasp how good he is and how big of an impact he has on the game of basketball right now, not only high school but also college," Fulford said. "He doesn't get it right now that he has been tagged 'The Next One.' ”
Oct 20, 2012 2:06 PM EDT
Eron Gordon, one of the nation's top-ranked prospects for the recruiting class of 2016, will visit Indiana for Midnight Madness this weekend.
The 6-foot-2 Gordon will be joined on the visit by Troy Williams, BeeJay Anya, James Blackmon Jr. and JaQuan Lyle.
Eron is the youngest brother of Eric Gordon, who plays for the New Orleans Hornets.
Oct 20, 2012 2:03 PM EDT
Chris McCullough left home so he could work on his game and play against top competition at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
“It’s basically like I’m in college,” said McCullough, who last month transferred from Salisbury School in Connecticut. “It’s getting me ready.”
McCullough has adjusted to life away from home.
“I got to meet a lot of different people in my life that helped change me as a person and make me into someone I want to become,” he said. “It’s kept me away from the streets.”
A top-10 player in the class of 2014, McCullough has already made a positive impression on Brewster coach Jason Smith.
“We’ve had five guys go to the NBA in the last few years, but Chris is as talented,” Smith said.
Oct 17, 2012 6:15 PM EDT
Marcus Lee committed to Kentucky on Wednesday, picking John Calipari and the Wildcats over California.
Lee, the No. 28 overall prospect in the Class of 2013, becomes the fourth top-30 recruit to commit to Kentucky in the past 14 days, joining twins Andrew (No. 2 overall recruit in the ESPN 100) and Aaron Harrison (No. 4) and guard James Young (No. 5).
Lee attends Deer Valley High School, which is located a short drive away from the Cal campus in Berkeley.
"Everyone made me feel like I was part of their family," Lee said. "Being far away from home, that was important. The coaches treated me like I was their son."
Jabari Parker plans to visit Michigan State this weekend.
Diamond Stone is considered by many to be the No. 2 prospect in the 2015 class.
Sterling Brown is first player to commit to SMU since Larry Brown became the head coach.
Kansas now has four commitments from the 2013 class.
Dwight Coleby is a top-150 player in the class of 2013.
Washington picked up its second prospect from the class of 2013.
Joel Embiid confirmed upcoming visits to Virginia and Florida.
Marcus Lee is a top-30 player in the 2013 class.
Ben Emelogu committed to Virginia Tech for the 2013-14 season.
Andrew Harrison is ranked as the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2013.
Minnesota picked up its second commitment from the 2013 class.
D’Erryl Williams II chose San Diego State over USC and Marquette.
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Xavier Rathan-Mayes committed to Florida State over Illinois and Connecticut.
Dave Winfield Jr. is the son of a baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield Sr.
Greg White-Pittman has committed to play at Tulane starting with the 2013-14 season.
Trey Lyles is a top-10 player in the 2014 class.
Caleb and Cody Martin are top 75 recruits in the class of 2013.
Maurice Kirby originally committed to Arizona State.
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