Jan 25, 2013 6:01 PM EST
Rutgers received a commitment from Shane Rector, a 6-foot-1 point guard who attends South Kent (Conn.) High School.
“He has the ability to create for himself and others off the dribble,” South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson said. “I think that’s what attracted Rutgers to him.”
Providence and Xavier were among the other suitors for Rector.
“I want to play basketball at the highest level,” Rector said, “and with Rutgers going to the Big Ten, that’s a great league right there.”
Jan 25, 2013 5:58 PM EST
Butler gained a commitment from Elijah Brown, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Mater Dei High School in Los Angeles.
Brown chose the Bulldogs over San Diego, St. Mary's, San Francisco and St. Joseph's.
Brown is the son of former Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown.
Jan 24, 2013 8:11 PM EST
Malachi Richardson received a scholarship offer from Ohio State.
Richardson, considered a top-20 player in the class of 2015, has offers from Indiana, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Maryland and Miami.
Kansas is expected to extend an offer, while Georgetown and Villanova are also expressing interest.
Jan 24, 2013 10:57 AM EST
Aaron Gordon brings a mature approach to his game and is analytical when breaking down his options of Kentucky, Arizona and Washington.
"Let's start with Kentucky," said Gordon. "It's a winning organization. Coach (John) Calipari is a winner. It's a true basketball program. The Wildcat Launch is right across the street from the gym. You can go in there 24 hours a day. There's a curfew. It's almost like a business. If you really want to play basketball, that's the place to go.
"Arizona is a shooting program and coach (Sean) Miller is a really good shooting coach. They are losing two of their really good seniors, Kevin Parrom and Solomon Hill. It's a great place to go to school. I'd be happy there if I were to go there. Miller is a really great coach.
"Obviously (Lorenzo) Romar is a really great coach also at Washington. They have a really good offense – it's a 1-4 high, almost like a John Wooden offense. They look to push in the first eight seconds. It's up-tempo but also very structured. It's also very basketball oriented."
Gordon is applying the recruiting lessons learned by his older siblings Drew and Elisabeth to his own process.
"Drew made a poor decision his first time around and great one the second time," he said. "My sister made a good one to Harvard. I've been able to see the dos and don'ts of the recruiting process and it's allowed me to really open my eyes to a lot of things.
"Ultimately, it's my decision and nobody else's."
Jan 22, 2013 5:01 PM EST
Aaron Gordon has reduced his list of schools to Arizona, Washington and Kentucky.
It has been widely believed that Gordon would remain on the West Coast with one of the Pac-12 schools, but Kentucky has become more of a factor.
Gordon had 27 points in 32 minutes in Mitty's 81-46 loss on Monday to Lone Peak.
Jan 17, 2013 10:08 AM EST
Simeon defeated Morgan Park 53-51 at Chicago State’s gym on Wednesday, but a fight broke out during the postgame handshake lines.
The two teams were eventually ushered to their locker rooms after some pushing and shoving.
Outside the gym, shots were fired, and 17-year old Tyrone Lawson was shot and killed. Two suspects were apprehended.
Simeon is the high school of Jabari Parker, a commit to Duke and one of the top-two high school players in the country.
Jan 15, 2013 2:14 PM EST
The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be held on April 20 in Portland at the Rose Garden.
"We are very excited to play the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. "The Nike Hoop Summit legacy continues to expand, and many of today's greatest players have participated in this event. From Nike to the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter staffs, along with the tremendous basketball fans in the area, Portland has been an outstanding home for the Nike Hoop Summit, and we look forward to another exciting game in 2013."
Shabazz Muhammad scored 35 points in the 2012 event.
The event could include Jabari Parker playing for Team USA and Andrew Wiggins on the International team.
Jan 11, 2013 10:48 PM EST
Tyus Jones will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky this weekend.
Jones, a 6-foot-1 point guard who plays at Apple Valley High School in Minnesota, is considered the top player in the 2014 class.
Apple Valley coach Zach Goring compares Jones’ playing style to Chris Paul and Tony Parker.
“The way he can totally control a game — and not even by scoring,” he said. “His basketball IQ is through the roof. We run a lot of screen-and-roll action and he understands where to go on that sort of stuff.”
Jan 04, 2013 8:38 PM EST
Duke, UCLA, Arizona and Florida have recently inquired about JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-4 point guard who is considered one of the top juniors nationally.
"(Those four) have all kind of reached out here in the last couple weeks with the great start that he's had," Lyle’s head coach, Shane Burkhart said. "That's added on to the 10 schools he had already come down to."
Lyle had previously cut his list to Indiana, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas and Xavier.
Lyle has recorded a triple-double in seven of his first nine games this season.
"This past week, we had a tough game against Thurgood Marshall (High School) out of Ohio, but he still had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists," Burkhart said. "Those are fantastic numbers, and he gets chastised because he doesn't have more. He pushes himself very hard to be an elite basketball player. He has to continue to grow maturation-wise, and has to understand how hard he has to work every day in order to be as good as he wants, but the start of the season that he's had has been matched by no other that I've been around."
Jan 03, 2013 8:47 PM EST
Jabari Parker privately sought the counsel of Grant Hill while rehabbing from a fractured bone in his right ankle.
“I talked to Grant and he just told me not to rush the process with my injury,” said Parker, who last month committed to Hill’s alma mater, Duke. “He had the same problems with his feet so he knows what that’s like.”
Parker has shown recent improvement, averaging 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.
Parker was given the tournament’s A.C. Williams Award, becoming the first player to win the award three times.
“I don’t have the young legs anymore,” quipped Parker. “I’m old. I’m a vet right now.”
The 12th annual event sponsored by Nike’s Jordan Brand is slated for April 13.
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