Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Anrio Adams plans to verbal to Kansas

By Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – With only two commitments heading into November, Bill Self and Kansas looked like they were in trouble on the recruiting trail.

The Jayhawks landed a surprise commitment from Landen Lucas last week, and now it seems they are on the verge of another pledge.

Anrio Adams, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Rainier Beach (Wash.), said on Saturday that he wants to attend Kansas.

“It’s a verbal commitment,” Adams said by text.

Should Adams qualify, he confirmed the Jayhawks would accept his commitment.

UPDATE: Just to clarify, Kansas has not yet accepted Adams' commitment. He would like to verbally pledge to the Jayhawks, but since he is not yet qualified, Kansas has not accepted. Stay tuned. 

Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Notebook: Aaron Ross looking at other options

By Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – Aaron Ross was set to head to Arkansas in the fall, but a hang-up with his ACT test results forced him to prep school.

After enrolling at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.), Ross reopened his recruitment.

Per a source, Arkansas has had limited contact with Ross recently and several other schools have entered the picture.

Missouri, Washington, Nebraska and Dayton are all showing interest to the 6-foot-6 small forward from Little Rock, Ark.

Ross has a learning disability and he needs to take his tests with special circumstances. He never took the untimed and verbal test while at Parkview (Ark.). At SJNMA, he has received the proper accommodations and is on track to be cleared.

However, the source said Ross will be at SJNMA and will not look to enroll at a college during the semester break.

Former Hofstra commit impresses

During his original recruitment, Malik Nichols only saw one place – and he signed there.

However, after rethinking everything, he reclassified to the class of 2012 and decommitted from Hofstra.

“They were the only place I looked at,” Nichols said. “I wanted to see my other options.”

Nichols, a 6-foot-6 forward originally from Boys and Girls (N.Y.), had an impressive summer with the New York Panthers. He has continued that with Bridgton Academy (Maine), scoring 13 points in a win over St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.).

As a result, some new schools are in the mix. St. John’s and South Florida are showing interest, while Hofstra is hanging around.

Nichols has no timetable for a decision.

Photo: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Ryan Taylor moves his recruitment past Louisville

By Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – In a world where seemingly every move of a high-major recruit is chronicled and reported on, Ryan Taylor was an anomaly.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indianapolis, committed to Louisville in January of 2009 but never signed a letter-of-intent – or cleared up why he didn’t sign with the Cardinals as a member of the class of 2011.

Now, Taylor is enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) and is in the class of 2012.

“I can’t really say [what happened], but we both wanted to go our separate ways,” Taylor said at the National Prep Showcase. “No disrespect to Coach Pitino or their program, but we wanted to go our separate ways.”

Taylor played very well on Friday, totaling 26 points and 11 rebounds in an easy 115-91 victory over Notre Dame Prep (Mass.). He did most of his damage in the paint against the smaller opponent, showing his aggressiveness on the boards and around the rim. Taylor played well in transition and ran the floor effectively.

In the past, Taylor showed more of a face-up mid-range game, but he wanted to take advantage of his size edge against Prep.

“I try to say I can do it all, but I knew we were going against a small team so I tried to play more down in the post,” he said.

In terms of recruiting, Taylor hasn’t thought much about it just yet. Right now, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Dayton are showing interest.

He wants to take a trip to Cincinnati.

“I like the Big East style of basketball,” Taylor said. “Big East and Big Ten.”

He currently has no timetable for a commitment.

Photo: Indy Star

Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Robert Upshaw will announce for Kansas State

By Jeff Borzello

Robert Upshaw is expected to announce his decision at 5 p.m., but word is already leaking out about his destination.

Upshaw’s mother confirmed to CBSSports.com that he would sign a letter-of-intent with Kansas State during a press conference at his high school today. Scout.com first reported the news that he was likely headed to Manhattan on Sunday afternoon.

"The program had everything he was looking for," Ceylon Sherman said.  

Upshaw, a 7-foot center from San Joaquin Memorial High School (Calif.), chose the Wildcats over Louisville, Georgetown and hometown Fresno State.

He is ranked No. 40 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. Upshaw has plenty of potential down low, due to his length and size. He has the all the tools necessary to be a big-time post player, with his variety of post moves. In the future, though, he needs to use his size better and also make himself more available in the paint. Upshaw does have a good face-up jumper and is a very good shot blocker at the defensive end.

His fit at Kansas State will be interesting to watch in a year or two. Upshaw is more of a finesse player, while head coach Frank Martin has used more of a rough-and-tumble big man in the past. If Upshaw continues to develop, though, he will be an impact player in the Big 12.

He joins 7-footer Laimonas Chatkevicius in Kansas State’s 2012 class.

Photo: Adidas

Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Robert Carter stays home with Georgia Tech



By
Jeff Borzello

Robert Carter hasn’t received the same attention as some of the other big guys in the class.

He’s not a mammoth body like DaJuan Coleman or Cameron Ridley; a long matchup nightmare like Isaiah Austin; an energetic stud like Mitch McGary; or a 7-footer like Kaleb Tarczewski.

However, Carter might have the best collection of post moves in the country – and the No. 19-ranked prospect will bring those skills to Georgia Tech.

Carter made the announcement on Thursday afternoon at a restaurant in Atlanta. Interestingly, it was the same restaurant that Yellow Jackets head coach Brian Gregory hosts his radio show.

The 6-foot-8 Shiloh High School (Ga.) product chose Georgia Tech over Florida and Georgia. Florida State and many others were also in the mix over the past few months.

While smaller than most of the other star big men, Carter has a great jump hook and very good fundamentals around the basket. He is strong enough to bull through defenders and finish at the rim, while also possessing the touch to knock down face-up jumpers from the arc. Carter knows how to carve out space and make himself available on the block. He also has tremendous hands and can pass out of the post.

He joins wings Marcus Hunt and Chris Bolden in Georgia Tech’s 2012 class. With Carter in the fold, there is a good chance the Yellow Jackets could move into the top 25 classes nationally.

Photo: ESPN.com

Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky



By
Jeff Borzello

Alex Poythress had one of the most unpredictable recruitments in the entire class of 2012.

On Thursday, Poythress will end the suspense by announcing for Kentucky during a pep rally at his high school, a source tells CBSSports.com.

He chose the Wildcats over Florida and Vanderbilt, with Memphis also in the running until late. Poythress is John Calipari’s third commitment in the class.

No one seemed to be able to get a read on where he was leaning, with Duke, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Memphis each seeming like they were in the driver’s seat at one point or another. The Blue Devils were cut from Poythress' list in late September, and he proceeded to visit the final four schools.

As late as Wednesday night, Memphis seemed to be the most popular projected landing spot for Poythress. However, information began to flow towards Kentucky on Thursday.

Poythress was also embroiled in a recruiting controversy over the summer, when Duke coach Mike Kryzewski called him to offer him a scholarship while he was still with his Georgia Stars team in Orlando at an AAU tournament. 

Poythress is the No. 12-ranked player in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He’s a 6-foot-8 prospect from Northeast (Tenn.) who can play both forward positions effectively. Poythress worked on expanding his perimeter game in the summer, extending his shooting range to the 3-point line and also improving his ability to take defenders off the dribble. Inside, Poythress is extremely active on the glass and around the rim. He also runs the floor efficiently.

With his ability to create matchup problems for most opponents, Poythress should fit perfectly into Calipari’s offense. Assuming at least Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis head to the NBA after this season, Poythress was a must-have recruit for Kentucky.

He joins Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley in the Wildcats’ class. Expect Calipari to continue his pursuit of several remaining five-star forwards, though.

Photo: Nation of Blue

Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:47 pm
 

National Signing Day Coverage

By Jeff Borzello

And the dust is finally settling on the first day of the early signing period. Hundreds of high school prospects made a binding signature and sent in their letters-of-intent to various colleges.

It was a long day, filled with a few surprises and a couple of commitments. But CBSSports.com had you covered all day, with constant coverage and analysis of the news.

If you missed anything – and we mean anything – check out our complete coverage of National Signing Day. 

Thanks for following us all day, and keep checking back throughout the winter for constantly updated info on commitments and recruiting news.

Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:34 pm
 

In recruiting, the future is even brighter



By
Jeff Borzello

Once the early signing period for the class of 2012 is over, the dominoes will stop falling and the dust will begin to settle. There will only be a handful of five-star prospects left on the board, and the late signing period won’t have an overwhelming amount of drama.

The current senior class was certainly talented and had its fair share of impact players and next-level prospects. However, looking ahead, the class of 2013 should blow it out of the water.

At the top, the current junior class might have the three best players in high school basketball right now. Jabari Parker (pictured) is a future NBA star – provided the lockout ends before he gets out of college. Julius Randle is nipping at Parker’s heels due to his outstanding inside-outside offensive ability, and Nerlens Noel is the best defensive player to come across the high school ranks in years.

Unlike the class of 2012, which saw several players move in and out of the top-three spots in the rankings, those three have a stranglehold on the top of the class. If someone ranked the classes of 2012 and 2013 together, there is a good chance Parker, Randle and Noel would be leading the way.

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Before moving on, we should mention there is a chance Noel reclassifies to the class of 2012. He said he’s set in 2013 for now, but there is talk that he could go to college next fall or graduate in the spring and then prep for 2012-13. If you were looking for more Andre Drummond-esque drama, here you go.

After those three, the depth continues. Andrew and Aaron Harrison are fantastic guards, Chris Walker has limitless potential, Aaron Gordon keeps getting better and there are scorers galore in the top-20.

It is very difficult to find deficiencies with this class. There was a lack of point guards in 2012, but 2013 doesn’t have that problem. 2012 was loaded with bigs; 2013 can come close to matching it. The juniors are also loaded with high-level wing prospects.

The best part about the class? We should get plenty of decision-making drama at the top of the rankings. Only about five players in the top 50 of the rankings are currently committed, with just Isaiah Hicks (North Carolina) and Marc Loving (Ohio State) off the board when it comes to five-star prospects.

There are certainly going to be heavy hitters involved with these kids. None of the top players seem too far along in their recruitments, with an endless stream occupying these prospects’ lists.

Everyone is still focused on 2012, and rightfully so – there are still plenty of decisions to be made in the senior class.

When we move on to 2013, though, the real fun will start.

Photo: ESPN.com

 
 
 
 
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