Quick one today, sometimes that is just how it rolls. Right now things are as quiet as the Breslin Center the other night when Bridges took that fall. I sometimes prefer it that way so I can concentrate on the players involved a little bit more.
- Notre Dame hosted Noble Days on 10/27 for an unofficial visit. Days has been showing up all over the place lately. The 6’9, 4 star recruit is #54 in 247 composite ranking. Right now he considered a Wisconsin lean by the recruiting insiders on 247 crystal ball.
- Wendell Moore has released his top 10 list and the ACC is all over it, occupying half the spots. UNC, Duke, FSU, NC State and Wake Forest were all named. The 5 star, top 10, wing was sitting right behind the bench for Dukes exhibition game a couple nights ago as well.
- Clemson has offered 2019 guard Trey McGowans. A prospect out of Hargrave Military Academy. The 6’3 lanky, slashing guard is considered a 2 star prospect, but I suspect an upcoming explosion is on the horizon.
- Zion Williamson was on an Unoffical Visit to UNC this weekend
- Keyontae Johnson has trimmed his list to 4 including two ACC programs, GT and VT. Texas Tech and Florida being the other two. I have heard through the grapevine that GT may not be pursuing the Oak Hill wing any longer given their recent verbal from Khalid Moore.
- Pittsburgh Assistant Coach Kevin Sutton seems to be hot and heavy after Olamfewaju Olamuyiwa, a 6’10 PF/C in the 2019 class. The developing big man is already a decent rim protector, but needs some serious polish on his offensive game. VT and FSU have also been in contact.
- NC State is still actively pursuing top 100 wing Saddiq Bey. I wondered and speculated that Keatts may put that last ship in his pocket given how balanced their roster is for next season, but you don’t stop recruiting a kid like Bey if he wants to come. NC State still holds the two crystal ball picks for Bey after the Jericole Hellems commitment.
A good week for the ACC as three programs added a 3 star recruit each.
- Virginia Tech received a commitment from Huntington Prep point guard Jon Kabongo last weekend, literally minutes after I published last weeks recruiting roundup. A 6’3 guard has a really nice looking jumper, and I can’t really tell, but it looks like his hands are “yuuge”. This video is a couple years old, but its a good one.
- Georgia Tech received a third commit to their 2018 class with the commitment of 6’7 swing man Khalid Moore out of NYC. Moore has been said to be 6’6, 6’7 and 6’8 so I just split the difference. Pastner has now pulled two players out of NYC in his short tenure in Atlanta, and both times he has beat out Kevin Williard and Seton Hall. The video is Moore playing with fellow top recruits Moses Brown and Cole Anthony. Josh Newman, a guest on Adam Zagoria’s podcast recently called Moore the most underrated prospect in the country.
- Clemson also received a commitment this week for the 2018 class from 6’11, 3 star big man Trey Jemison. Jemison had a final two of Clemson and Georgia Tech. I could not find a very good video for Jemison in game play. He is a little raw, but he is really athletic, uses both hands and should be able to help on the glass and on defense while he develops his offensive game.
- 3 star PF Duncan Demuth has committed to Oklahoma State. DeMuth held an offer from FSU
- Vincent Lee has committed to Nevada. He took an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech in August.
- Moses Brown took an official visit to UCLA this weekend. Maryland still holds a 100% crystal ball. Brown took his official visit to FSU last weekend, but it had little impact on his predictions.
- Talen Horton-Tucker committed to Iowa State. THT had previously taken an Official Visit to Georgia Tech, but eliminated the Yellow Jackets shortly after.
Now I’ll wrap up the first rundown of each programs scholarships situation for the 2018 season with the five remaining programs. I will probably go through this once again after the early signing period ends.
Pitt – Current scholarship number: -1
Currently the Panthers only have one commitment for the 2018 class, 3 star power forward Bryce Golden. The VC of Golden is a big one though, the Panthers front court is in desperate need of both talent and depth. Stallings #1 target has to be Saddiq Bey and the recent signing of Hellems has probably helped his cause, but I dont think it will be enough. I think the last ship will eventually sign another big.
Syracuse – Current Scholarship number: -2
As I have said before, this is going to be a tough year for Syracuse. However, 2018 is looking pretty good. 5 star Darius Bazley and 4 star Jalen Carey come in and provide some star power at the wing forward and point guard positions. CJB’s son Buddy hopes to provide some floor stretching shooting ability and the Orange aren’t done yet. Though they recently lost out on 6’7 combo forward Nate Roberts, I have no doubt they will continue to chase high end talent to finish out a class that has a very good start. I am doubt they will sign anyone else in the early period, but will certainly be a player in the spring for players, specifically Dimon Carrigon, who has been REALLY quiet lately.
Virginia– Current scholarship number: -3
UVA is really struggling on the recruiting trail. They did bring in one of the most impressive classes in the schools history in 2016, and two of those players redshirted last year so they have a little bit of time to get things back on track. In the current state of college basketball and the attrition that takes place for almost every program in every off-season though, it’s difficult to miss on a class completely. Currently they have Kihei Clark and Aussie Kody Stattman. Clark is a point guard so he does fill a position of need. In order for Coach Bennett to bring in some more high end talent he might have to loosen the reigns on his horses, last year they were 351st in adjusted tempo according to Kenpom. In 2016 they were 348th. Few high end athletes are foaming at the mouth to play that way while trying to showcase their skills for the league.
Virginia Tech– Current scholarship number: -1
Buzz Williams has a nice class lined up for 2018. Kabongo and Nolley are a nice back court for the future of the Hokies. I would expect the remaining ship to be used on a big man and probably be saved for the spring. They are in the final 4 of Keyontae Johnson though, and he isn’t a talent many schools would turn away. Ultimately I don’t think they will have to worry about it as I think he is destined to be a Gator.
Wake Forest – Current Scholarship number: 0
Danny fucking Manning is KILLING IT. Two 4 star kids and a 5 coming in next year, and they aren’t done yet. Even though their scholarship number is currently zero, I don’t think there is a person in the country who expects Bryant Crawford to be back after the year he is about to have. Keshawn Woods is also a redshirt Junior so who knows what the future holds there. They missed on Mike Devoe this summer and recently lost out on 5 star Ayo Dosunmu, so a point guard is what they are currently chasing. With the late addition of French star Olivier Sarr to this seasons roster is a nice addition that has gone relatively under the radar.
I know I said quick one, it turned out to be anything but, but that is a good thing right?
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