December 2011 Basketball Wiretap

Jarnell Stokes Commits To Tennessee

Dec 23, 2011 10:23 AM

Jarnell Stokes, a five-star power forward from Memphis, announced that he would play for Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee.

Stokes is a consensus top-15 player in the incoming college class of 2012.

Stokes also considered Memphis, Kentucky, Arkansas and Florida.

"I have spent a lot of time in prayer about what to do, and I believe that the University of Tennessee is the right place for me," Stokes told ESPN. "I am excited about the future at Tennessee. I am going to work as hard as I can to fit in with my teammates and learn the system as quickly as I can to help the team."

Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Muhammad Considering Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Arizona, Kansas, UNLV

Dec 22, 2011 3:43 PM

Shabazz Muhammad is looking at Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Arizona, Kansas and UNLV.

USC, the alma mater of Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, is apparently out, as is Texas A&M.

“I narrowed my list down actually to six,” he said at the City of Palms Classic. “I think it was a good thing for me to narrow them down to six because a lot of schools were calling that I wasn’t really interested in. So now I can stay grounded on the court and get ready and go through the season.”

ZagsBlog.com

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Noel Could Reclassify For Class Of 2012

Dec 22, 2011 9:58 AM

Nerlens Noel could reclassify and become a member of the incoming college class of 2012. Noel is currently a high school junior.

“Yeah I’ve heard that one,” Noel said of the rumor. “I’m not gonna do that though. I’m 90 percent sure that I won’t reclassify. But the fact that those coaches think I can play now, definitely gives me even more confidence on the court.” 

Syracuse, Providence, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgetown and Connecticut are considered the leaders for Noel.

ESPN

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Nerlens Noel: Blocking Shots All About Timing

Dec 22, 2011 9:55 AM

Nerlens Noel is averaging 7.5 blocks per game to go with 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for Tilton.

“I try and swat their shots even further into the stands or down the court,” said Noel. “To be honest, it makes me feel a little disrespected.” 

Noel is a top-3 player in the incoming college class of 2013.

Noel blocked six shots, scored nine points, dished out six assists and snagged 17 rebounds in Tilton’s 80-50 win over Friends Central (Philadelphia) Monday.

“Nerlens is just all over the place,” said Friends Central forward Amile Jefferson, a senior who is ranked No. 24 in ESPN's Top-100. “He contests every shot and you’ve got to be aware of where he is at all times. He’s not the biggest guy on the court, but he plays like it.” 

“Blocking shots is all about timing,” Noel said. “It doesn’t matter how big and strong a guy that I have to guard is, I know how to time blocks really well. You get your shot blocked a few times and you’re gonna start pump-faking. Then I’ve got you.” 

ESPN

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Jarnell Stokes To Announce College Decision On Thursday

Dec 20, 2011 5:56 PM

Jarnell Stokes will announce his college decision on Thursday.

Stokes is one of the most highly recruited big men in the incoming college class of 2012. Stokes is a top-15 recruit in the entire class.

Memphis, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee are the expected finalists for Stokes.

Stokes graduated from Southwind High last week and will enroll in January.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Shabazz Muhammad Narrows List To Four

Dec 17, 2011 2:14 PM

Shabazz Muhammad told Rivals.com that Duke, Kentucky, UCLA and UNLV are the four schools that stand out to him and that UCLA's struggles are affecting his recruitment.

"It affected it when UCLA was losing early," Muhammad said. "It had me thinking how I'd fit in. It's tough. I don't want to go to a school on the down turn. But I think they can turn it around."

Rivals.com

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Randle Talking To Parker, Gordon About Playing Together

Dec 10, 2011 12:28 PM

Julius Randle says that he has discussed teaming up with some of the other top recruits from the 2013 incoming class, most notably Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon.

"We have a special class with a lot of top talent," Randle said. "I have played with Aaron Gordon at Nike Global … I really enjoyed playing with him. He plays hard all the time. He's a great teammate."

Randle and Gordon both have Kansas on their recruiting list.

"I have talked to Jabari about playing together," Randle said. "He said he wants to play with me."

Randle and Parker have Kansas, Duke, North Carolina and Missouri in common.

Harrison Sanford/Five-Star Basketball

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Noah Vonleh Likes Syracuse, North Carolina

Dec 9, 2011 5:32 PM

Noah Vonleh is one of the most highly recruited high school sophomores in the country.

Syracuse and North Carolina appear to be the early leaders for the 6-foot-7 forward.

"Syracuse has real long guys and I feel like I'd fit into their defense," Vonleh said. "North Carolina, I like the way they get up and down the floor and their coach said I remind him of Harrison Barnes."

Eagle-Tribune

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Andrew White Commits To Kansas

Dec 2, 2011 3:48 PM

Andrew White has committed to Kansas, picking the school over North Carolina State, West Virginia, Louisville, Texas, Georgetown and Richmond.

White is a 6-foot-20 small forward from Virginia.

“He has improved the most in one year's time span (of anybody he’s ever seen),” his AAU coach Ty White said. “He can stroke it out of this world. His body is built like a man. He is putting it (ball) on the deck a lot more while rebounding it very well for his position. He plays both ends of the court.”

White is approximately a top-50 recruit in the class of 2012.

KU Sports

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