NCAA WiretapSeptember 2011 NCAA Wiretap

Without Fellow Canadians, Kabongo Still Happy With Texas Decision

Sep 30, 2011 4:33 PM

Myck Kabongo chose to commit to Texas, in part, to play with fellow Canadians Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.

"We've always wanted to play with each other all our lives when we were growing up," said Kabongo, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Toronto. "That's why we all decided to come to Texas. But in the back of my mind, I knew how hard those two guys worked and knew they'd be in the position that they were in - to be able to go in the NBA draft and play in the NBA."

Thompson and Joseph left school after one season and were first round picks.

Kabongo knew about the Longhorns' recent history of playing freshman point guards. T.J. Ford was a Big 12 freshman of the year in 2002, while Daniel Gibson earned that same honor three years later. The tradition continued with Avery Bradley in 2009-10 and Joseph last season, though both could more accurately be described as combo guards.

Kabongo had also developed a strong relationship with Rick Barnes.

"With everything, they were very honest with me," said Kabongo, the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2011 recruiting class. "They kept it very real with me. They didn't just tell me things I wanted to hear. Whenever I call Coach Barnes, he's always telling me things he thought I could improve on as a basketball player and as a person."

Kabongo has a reputation as a pass-first point guard, which will make him well-liked by his teammates and he has already exhibited a strong work ethic.

"He's up in the morning at 6:30 every day in the gym on his own," Texas assistant Rob Lanier said. "Any time he's asked me to come in and work him out ... by the time I'm out there, he's already got a full sweat going and already has been going for a half-hour.

"A couple of times, I've worked him out, and we come back that night. He's really motivated. He's not taking anything for granted."

Steve Megargee/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Myck Kabongo, Texas Longhorns, NCAA

Kendrick Nunn De-Commits From Texas A&M

Sep 30, 2011 4:16 PM

Chicago Simeon's Kendrick Nunn has de-committed form Texas A&M.

Nunn committed to Texas A&M and is ranked as the No. 17 shooting guard in the class of 2013.

"He just felt he committed too soon without going through the normal process of being recruited and going on other campus visits and seeing other stuff," Simeon coach Rob Smith said. "Texas A&M is still one of his top schools. He had a conversation with their coaching staff already. They know it's a business and things happen like that when kids commit early."

Illinois, Memphis, Pittsburgh and Syracuse are among the schools recruiting Nunn now. 

Scott Powers/ESPN

Tags: Kendrick Nunn, Illinois Fighting Illini, Texas A&M Aggies, Pittsburgh Panthers, Memphis Tigers, Syracuse Orange, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Dunklin Commits To UC Santa Barbara

Sep 30, 2011 3:59 PM

Dalante Dunklin has committed to UC Santa Barbara.

Dunklin was also considering Cal Poly, Denver, Portland State and San Diego.

"The coaching staff is amazing and I was able to build a great bond with each of them," he said. "Along with that, the players were all great people."

Dunklin is a point guard of the class of 2012 out of Francis Parker.

"The program is making strides," he said. "I, along with the freshman, feel we can be the Butler or VCU of the West."

Collegiate Hoops

Tags: Dalante Dunklin, UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Purvis Commits To N.C. State

Sep 30, 2011 2:46 PM

Rodney Purvis has announced his commitment to N.C. State.

Purvis is from Raleigh and plays for Upper Room Christian Academy.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is the 16th overall player in the class of 2012.

Purvis also considered Ohio State, Memphis, North Carolina Central and Connecticut.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Rodney Purvis, NC State Wolfpack, Connecticut Huskies, Ohio State Buckeyes, North Carolina Central Eagles, Memphis Tigers, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Arizona, UCLA Lead Pac-12 Recruiting Resurgence

Sep 30, 2011 12:32 PM

Arizona and UCLA have combined to secure commitments from six of the top-100 recruits in the class of 2012.

"The Pac-12 has been down for a couple of years, but the classes that UCLA and Arizona are bringing in provide an immediate talent boost to the conference," college basketball writer and recruiting analyst Jeff Borzello said. "There was a lack of bonafide five-star prospects within the league, but Arizona is bringing in at least two, with Kaleb Tarczewski still considering the Wildcats. (No. 1 overall prospect) Shabazz Muhammad is still in play for the Bruins.

"The talent influx in Westwood and Tucson mean those two could fight for Final Four berths again within two years."


Tags: Arizona Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, Pacific-12 Conference, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Kentucky To Run Modified Version Of Dribble-Drive

Sep 30, 2011 12:26 PM

John Calipari was at the Brayden Carr Foundation Coaching Clinic in New Jersey on Friday.

Calipari said Kentucky will be running a modified version of the dribble-drive offense this season that is inspired by what he learned while coaching the Dominican Republic in the FIBA Americas this summer.

The dribble-drive offense was developed by Vance Walberg.

Jonathan Givony/DraftExpress (via Twitter)

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA

Source: Casey Jones Commits To Chattanooga

Sep 30, 2011 11:03 AM

Casey Jones has committed to Chattanooga, according to a source.

Jones is a senior wing at Higgins in Louisiana.

Garrett Tucker/

Tags: Casey Jones, Chattanooga Mocs, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Hansbrough Impressed By Hairston, McAdoo May Need More Time

Sep 29, 2011 7:47 PM

Tyler Hasnbrough has spent the offseason in Chapel Hill and has been impressed with freshman P.J. Hairston.

"I'm really high on him," said Hansbrough. "He's way more athletic than I thought. He can really shoot it and he's exactly what we need. If he can play defense ... I'm a little worried about his defense." 

While Hairston has been the most impressive incoming freshman, he also has liked what he has seen from James McAdoo.

"I really like him, I think he's got a chance to be really good. I want to see him develop a few moves. He needs to get a feel for the system. I don't think he's ever played in an up-and-down pace like what Coach Williams runs. I think he'll be a big-time player, but it may take until the middle of the season for him to break out." 

Jeff Goodman/CBS Sports

Tags: P.J. Hairston, James McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels, NCAA

Drummond Could Face Sanctions For Appearing In Adidas Promotion

Sep 29, 2011 2:46 PM

Andre Drummond could face sanctions for appearing in a video promoting a new adidas basketball shoe.

Drummond is an incoming freshman at Connecticut and is considered one of the leading candidates to be the top overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.

Kris Dunn of New London High School also appeared, which could put his eligibility at New London High School in jeopardy. Dunn has committed to Providence.

It is not known whether any player accepted payment for their appearance.

Norwich Bulletin

Tags: Andre Drummond, Kris Dunn, Connecticut Huskies, Providence Friars, High School, NCAA, NCAA Suspension, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Top-20 Recruit Rodney Purvis To Announce Decision Friday

Sep 29, 2011 2:42 PM

Rodney Purvis will announce his college decision on Friday.

“I’m down to Ohio State, Memphis, North Carolina Central, UCONN, and NC State,” Purvis told SLAM late Wednesday night.

Purvis has elicited comparisons to Dwyane Wade as a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Raleigh. Purvis is ranked 16th in the class of 2012 by ESPN.


Tags: Rodney Purvis, NC State Wolfpack, Ohio State Buckeyes, North Carolina Central Eagles, Memphis Tigers, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Syracuse Won't Play Home Conference Games In New York City
Syracuse will not play any conference home games outside the Carrier Dome.


Valentine Izundu Commits To Houston
Valentine Izundu, a 6-foot-9 senior from Lamar Consolidated High School, has committed to Houston.

Fox Houston

Pitino: I Remember When UConn Struggled To Win Yankee Conference
Rick Pitino believes it would be a huge mistake for Connecticut to leave the Big East.

Eli Holman On Leave Of Absence From University Of Detroit
Eli Holman has averaged at least 11 points and nearly eight rebounds in each of the past two seasons.

Press Release

Former UAB PF Criswell Commits To Missouri
Tony Criswell, a 6-foot-9 power forward playing for Independence Community College, has committed to Missouri.

Columbia Daily Tribune

Ben Carter Narrows List To Utah, Oregon, UNLV
Ben Carter, senior power forward for Bishop Gorman, appears to have narrowed his college list to Utah, Oregon and UNLV.

Ryan Greene/Las Vegas Sun

Wisconsin Beats Out North Carolina To Land Bronson Koenig
Bronson Koenig is the No. 26 player in the class of 2013 and frequently compared to Kirk Hinrich.

Dave Telep/ESPN

Butler Receives Commit From Nolan Berry
Kevin Poelker, Nolan Berry's coach, saw Butler as the perfect fit.

Dave Telep/ESPN

Ohio State Loses Five-Star Freshman LaQuinton Ross
LaQuinton Ross has been ruled a non-qualifier by the NCAA.

Cleveland Plan-Dealer

Arizona's Kevin Parrom Shot In Bronx
Arizona swingman Kevin Parrom was shot and wounded over the weekend while visiting his family in New York City.

Los Angeles Times

Atlantic-10 Moving Conference Tournament To Brooklyn In 2013
The A-10 has one more year on its current deal to play the tournament in Atlantic City.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Irving's Foot Still Needs Three Months To Fully Heal
Kyrie Irving said he felt internal pressure to return in March to play for the Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament.

Cleveland Plan-Dealer

Lavin Considering Proactive Steps To Treat Cancer
Steve Lavin is weighing whether to have surgery or try radiation treatments for his prostate cancer.


Top JUCO Big Waverly Austin Commits To South Florida
Waverly Austin recently listed Miami, Maryland, Florida, South Florida, Baylor, Kansas and Missouri as potential suitors.


South Florida Receives Commitment From Abdul-Aleem
Musa Abdul-Aleem is one of the top JUCO players in the country and had been recruited by Memphis, Rhode Island, Georgetown, Gonzaga, West Virginia, amongst others.

Tampa Tribune

Butler Monitoring Conference Carousel
Butler has been mentioned as a candidate for a basketball-centric league, but that doesn't mean they will soon leave the Horizon League.

Indianapolis Star

Julius Randle Will Consider Kentucky
Julius Randle said UK is a draw because of coach John Calipari


Elijah Macon Re-Commits To West Virginia
Elijah Macon is one of the top-15 power forwards in the class of 2012.

West Virginia Illustrated

North Carolina-Michigan State To Play 11-11-11 On USS Carl Vinson
North Carolina and Michigan State will play on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson on November 11.

Perry Ellis Commits To Kansas
Perry Ellis is one of the most highly recruited players in Kansas history after leading Heights to three Class 6A titles.

Kansas City Star