March 2012 Basketball Wiretap

BeeJay Anya Trims List To Sixteen

Mar 30, 2012 10:11 AM

BeeJay Anya is considering 16 schools, including Final Four members Ohio State, Kansas, Louisville.

“I’m just trying to take it one step at a time right now,” Anya said.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Anya is also looking at Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Rutgers, Memphis, UCLA, Arizona, Indiana, Notre Dame, Seton Hall and DePaul.

He is considered a top-20 prospect in the class of 2013.

Washington Post

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Muhammad Trims Arizona, UNLV Off List Of Suitors

Mar 29, 2012 10:38 AM

Arizona and UNLV are out of the race to sign basketball star Shabazz Muhammad

"It's at three right now, yeah," Muhammad said. "UCLA, Kentucky and Duke. Right now, those are probably the last three before I make my decision."

Muhammad, Naismith National Player of the Year, said he liked UNLV and Kansas, but wanted to be honest with coaches who kept ringing his phone.

"I just think it was the calls," Muhammad said. "The schools that I took out, I liked them, but I wasn't really interested in going. I didn't want to lead them on. I want them to do the best they can to recruit other players and not recruit me anymore. I just thought that was the mature thing to do."

Muhammad was awarded MVP honors Wednesday in the McDonald's All-American Game, scoring 21 points to lead the West to a 106-102 victory.

"When you come to every event, you want to be known as the best player at the event," he said. "Knowing everybody's talented, this is the elite 24, top 24 guys in the country, and just coming in knowing everybody's competing, competing is a beautiful thing."

Las Vegas Review Journal

Tags: Shabazz Muhammad, Duke Blue Devils, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, Arizona Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, Kentucky Wildcats, Atlantic Coast Conference, Mountain West Conference, Pacific-12 Conference, Southeastern Conference, High School, High School McDonald's, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Loyola Marymount Receives Commitment From Patson Siame

Mar 28, 2012 12:34 AM

Patson Siame has committed to Loyola Marymount.

Siame, a 6-foot-11 center out of Zambia, first came to the attention of scouts with his performance at the 2011 Basketball Without Borders showcase in South Africa.

"Although he still has work to do, Patson is more advanced offensively and has a better feel for the game than the usual young African big men that come to play in the States," said ESPN.com's Mike LaPlante. "He has he potential to be the biggest impact for the school's basketball program since Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble arrived on campus."

ESPN.com

Tags: Patson Siame, Loyola Marymount Lions, West Coast Conference, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Muhammad Puts Three Schools At Top Of List

Mar 27, 2012 7:48 PM

Shabazz Muhammad seems to have narrowed his college choices.

“I’m considering five but there are three that [stand out],” Muhammad announced.

UCLA, Duke, and Kentucky (in no order) have put themselves in the forefront, with Kansas and UNLV rounding out the top five.

Muhammad is expected to announce his decision on April 11 — the first day of the spring signing period which runs through May 16.

ESPN.com

Tags: Shabazz Muhammad, Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, UCLA Bruins, Kentucky Wildcats, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, Mountain West Conference, Pacific-12 Conference, Southeastern Conference, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Krzyzewski Visits Tony Parker, Amile Jefferson

Mar 27, 2012 10:16 AM

Mike Krzyzewski spent part of last week visiting 2012 prospects Tony Parker and Amile Jefferson.

Parker, a 6-foot-8, 270 pound power forward, is considering UCLA, Kansas, Duke, Ohio State, Memphis and Georgia.

Jefferson, one of the top unsigned seniors, is reportedly considering Kentucky, N.C. State, Ohio State and Villanova.

The Blue Devils have only one committed prospect thus far, but Rasheed Sulaimon, a long-range shooter out of Houston, is a nice fit for their offensive system.

Chronicle

Tags: Tony Parker, Amile Jefferson, Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke Blue Devils, Atlantic Coast Conference, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Sam Casell Jr. Signs With Maryland

Mar 26, 2012 10:18 AM

Maryland signed Sam Casell Jr. to a full athletic scholarship.

Cassell, the son of former NBA point guard Sam Cassell, chose the Terps over South Florida, Connecticut and Central Florida, among others.

"The hometown school definitely won out," his AAU coach Carlton Carrington told the Baltimore Sun. "I know Sam has had an affection for the University of Maryland. He has a good relationship with Coach Bino (Ranson). I know that they had identified him in the summer time. And they have been very, very persistent. Coach (Mark) Turgeon identified him along with Bino. Once the head coach gets involved, it's hard to get away."

ESPN.com

Tags: Sam Cassell, Jr., Maryland Terrapins, Atlantic Coast Conference, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Chris Walker Narrows List To Five

Mar 25, 2012 2:50 PM

Chris Walker cut his list of possible college destinations to Kentucky, Florida, Kansas, Ohio State and Baylor.

Walker, a 6-foot-10, 195 pound combo-forward out of Bonifay Holmes County in Florida, is ranked as one of the top 10 prospects in the class of 2013.

He is expected to announce his decision soon.

Orlando Sentinel (via Louisville Courier-Journal)

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Tony Parker Will Announce Decision April 11

Mar 25, 2012 11:58 AM

Tony Parker will announce where he intends to go to college “on the 11th,” his father, Virgil, confirmed.

Parker, a 6-foot-8, 270 pound power forward, averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks a game this season for Lithonia Miller Grove High School as the team captured its fourth-straight state title.

He is seriously considering UCLA, Kansas, Duke, Ohio State, Memphis and Georgia.

ZagsBlog.com

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Khem Birch Recruiting Anthony Bennett To Play At UNLV

Mar 22, 2012 10:36 AM

Khem Birch, a highly touted prospect who transferred to UNLV from Pittsburgh after playing only 10 games his freshman year, has been encouraging Anthony Bennett to sign with the Rebels.

“For sure, I’m considering UNLV. They are right here in my backyard,” said Bennett, who plays for Las Vegas Findlay Prep. “All those fans are always showing me how much they want me to come.”

Bennett and Birch are close friends from their playing days in Canada.

“He is a real cool guy. We are real close,” Bennett said of Birch. “Hopefully, everything works out and I get to play with him. If it doesn’t, we’ll still be cool. We’ll still be friends.”

Bennett is expected to make his decision in mid-April after he plays in the Jordan Brand Classic.

He is considering Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, UNLV and Washington.

Las Vegas Sun

Tags: Anthony Bennett, Khem Birch, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, Mountain West Conference, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Troy Williams Narrows List To Three

Mar 22, 2012 10:29 AM

Troy Williams has cut his list of possible college destinations to North Carolina, Georgetown, and Kentucky.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 small forward, is considered one of the top-10 prospects in the class of 2013.

He attends Hampton, Va., Phoebus High School.

Louisville Courier Journal

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Shabazz Muhammad To Announce Decision April 11
Shabazz Muhammad is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2012.

Las Vegas Sun

Anthony Bennett Narrows List To Five
Anthony Bennett is ranked No. 7 overall in the 2012 class.

ESPN.com

Marquette Lands Duane Wilson Jr.
Marquette has signed Duane Wilson Jr. to a letter of intent.

ESPN.com

Noel Likes Comparison To Bill Russell
Nerlens Noel is being hailed as the best shot blocker of his generation.

USABasketball.com

Muhammad To Take Official Visit To UCLA, Make Decision Shortly Thereafter
Shabazz Muhammad is slated to make an official visit to UCLA in early April.

ZagsBlog.com

Nerlens Noel Trims List To Kentucky, Syracuse, Georgetown
Nerlens Noel is ranked as the top prospect in the class of 2012.

Scout.com (via Sporting News)

Jabari Parker Still Considering Illinois Despite Bruce Weber's Dismissal
Jabari Parker said he will still consider committing to the Illini.

ESPN.com

Muhammad Glad UCLA Sticking With Howland
Shabazz Muhammad is glad Ben Howland will remain at UCLA next season.

Baxter Holmes/Los Angeles Times

Nerlens Noel Set For Official Visit To North Carolina
Nerlens Noel will make an official visit to North Carolina next week.

ZagsBlog.com

Felix Balamou Commits To St. John's
Felix Balamou is St. Johnís first commitment for the class of 2012.

ESPNNewYork.com

Tyus Jones Considering Michigan State, Duke, Minnesota
Tyus Jones is a top-10 prospect in the class of 2014.

Pioneer Press

Nerlens Noel Set To Visit Georgetown, North Carolina
Nerlens Noel will visit Georgetown next week and is planning to travel to North Carolina sometime later this month.

ZagsBlog.com

Jabari Parker Eyeing Bruce Weber's Situation At Illinois
Jabari Parkerís family is keeping close tabs on the job status of Illinois head coach Bruce Weber.

ESPNChicago.com

Amile Jefferson Near Collegiate Decision
Amile Jefferson is closing in on making his college choice.

ZagsBlog.com

Kyle Anderson Scoring More Off Ball, Undeterred By UCLA Allegations
Five-star prospect Kyle Anderson has won 61 straight games.

ZagsBlog.com

Allerik Freeman Cuts List To Kansas, Villanova
Five-star prospect Allerik Freeman is now down to Kansas and Villanova.

The Recruit Scoop

Rivers Recruiting Muhammad To Play At Duke
Austin Rivers has talked to Shabazz Muhammad about playing for the Blue Devils.

Sporting News

NCAA Investigating Shabazz Muhammad's Amateur Status
The NCAA is investigating Shabazz Muhammadís connections to financial advisers Benjamin Lincoln and Ken Kavanagh.

CBSSports.com