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Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:27 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Signing Day Live Blog

By Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman 

The early signing period is finally here.

All of the commitments that have occurred over the past two years will finally mean something, as prospects put the pen to paper and make their verbal pledge official. No more decommitments, no more wavering – once the signature goes on the dotted line, it’s a done deal.

Hundreds of kids will be signing letters-of-intent in the coming days, and we here at CBSSports.com will have everything covered. Keep it locked here for updates on official signees, commitments news and which important players are still waiting to make a final decision.

Moreover, we have plenty of additional coverage, with team-specific columns on several programs and players, updated top-100 rankings, updated team rankings, a look at who is left on the board, different awards and a few surprises along the way. This page will be constantly updated throughout the day with everything you need to know.

7:30 p.m.: We're wrapping things up in these parts for the day. Here is where we stand with the committed top-100 prospects.

  • Glenn Robinson Jr. (Michigan): Tonight
  • Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana): Tonight
  • Codi Miller-McIntyre (Wake Forest): Thursday
  • Arnaud Moto (Wake Forest): Thursday
  • Elijah Macon (West Virginia): Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Javontae Hawkins (South Florida): Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Justin Anderson (Virginia): Friday
  • Mike Tobey (Virginia): Friday
  • Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona): Friday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Nick Stauskas (Michigan): Friday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Grant Jerrett (Arizona): Monday
  • Archie Goodwin (Kentucky): Monday
  • Cameron Ridley (Texas): No set date, but sources say he plans on doing it in the early period. Rumors are still swirling that he will reclassify to 2013.
  • Shaq Goodwin (Memphis): Another interesting turn in his recruitment. Committed to Memphis on Tuesday, rethought his decision and solidified his commitment. But Josh Pastner won't feel comfortable until he signs.
  • DaJuan Coleman (Syracuse): No word on the exact date and time for his signing, but there doesn't seem to be any question on whether he's solid in his commitment.
  • Twymond Howard (UTEP): Sitting down with his mother tonight to figure out a day to sign his letter-of-intent. Not wavering in his commitment to the Miners.

7:25 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W.Va.) coach Rob Fulford informs us that Missouri commit Stefan Jankovic will only sign grant-in-aid papers tomorrow. Negus Webster-Chan, another Tigers pledge, will sign scholarship papers.

7:22 p.m.:
Mike Anderson has a three-man class in his first year at Arkansas. Anthlon Bell, Michael Qualls and JaCorey Williams all signed with the Razorbacks.

7:17 p.m.:
Two big moves from earlier in the day. Jarion Henry, a former New Mexico signee who enrolled at La Jolla Prep (Calif.) this season, committed to Oklahoma.

7:15 p.m.: Providence's Kris Dunn and Josh Fortune both signed their letters-of-intent earlier in the day, according to reports.

7:02 p.m.:
Florida State's four commits are also officially in the fold for next season, led by scoring wings Montay Brandon and Aaron Thomas. Robert Gilchrist and Devin Booker also signed on the dotted line.

6:58 p.m.: Kent State has all four of its commits signed and sealed: Darren Goodson, Khaliq Spencer, Kellon Thomas and Chris Ortiz.

6:54 p.m.:
James Robinson made it official, signing earlier today with Pittsburgh.

6:45 p.m.: Per a source, North Carolina is still waiting on Joel James. Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto and Brice Johnson have all sent in their paperwork. James signed the papers, but he is waiting for his family to give their signature as well. It should be done soon. 

6:26 p.m.: South Alabama signed two: Delvin Dickerson, from Westbury Christian (Tex.), and Antoine Allen, out of Palm Beach State (Fla.).

6:10 p.m.: Georgia State had another solid recruiting class this year. T.J. Shipes, Cameron Solomon, R.J. Hunter and David Travers all signed with the Panthers.

6:08 p.m.: Junior college transfer Lamont Prosser signed a NLI with Portland State.

6:07 p.m.: Illinois State nabbed two letters-of-intent, from Aaron Simpson and Anthony Beane Jr.

6:06 p.m.: Bradley signed Ka'Darryl Bell, a point guard from Oak Park (Ill.).

6:06 p.m.: Fishburne Military forward Joshu'a Warren signed with Chattanooga.

6:05 p.m.: Utah added five players for next season, led by Jordan Loveridge. The other four are Josh Hearlihy, Justin Seymour, Southern Utah transfer Dallin Bachynski and returning LDS missionary Jeremy Olsen.

6:02 p.m.: Nate Kratch signed with Santa Clara today. He's a 6-foot-7 lefty shooter from Watertown Mayer (Minn.).

6:02 p.m.: Adding to its signing of Grant Ellis earlier, Iona just received an NLI from Dashawn Gomez.

5:55 p.m.: We're all focused on the class of 2012 right now, but most of the heavy action is behind us. Looking forward, the future looks even better, as the class of 2013 promises to be filled with more talent and more excitement on the recruiting trail. Check out our preview of the class of 2013

5:40 p.m.: Stony Brook announced the signings of Ryan Burnett, Carson Puriefoy III and Jameel Warney. 

5:27 p.m.: Baylor and Iowa were each waiting for one more fax, and now they have it. Kyle Meyer is official to the Hawkeyes, while Chad Rykhoek has signed with the Bears.

5:16 p.m.: Three players made it official for Furman: Kevin Chuisseu, Kendrec Ferrara and Larry Wideman.

5:15 p.m.: Western Michigan added six today: A.J. Avery, Charles Harris, Jared Klein, Darius Paul, Taylor Perry and Connor Tava.

5:13 p.m.: There's been some good news and some bad news for South Carolina today. Guards Ian Baker and Carlos Morris decided not to sign their letters-of-intent today, instead prolonging it to the spring. However, Tyrone Haughton, a 6-foot-10 big man from Miami, did make it official for South Carolina.

5:11 p.m.: Guards Michael Frazier and Dillon Graham have sent in their paperwork to Florida, completing the Gators' 2012 class so far. 

5:02 p.m.: Wyoming received four signees in the early period. Josh Adams, Austin Haldorson, Jason McManamen and junior college transfer Matt Sellers inked for head coach Larry Shyatt and the Cowboys.

4:50 p.m.: Several top-100 prospects will be making their announcements at press conferences in the near future. Here's a rundown.

  • Gavin Ware (Mississippi State): Today, 4:30 p.m.

  • Prince Ibeh (Texas): Today, 4:45 p.m.
  • Gabe York (Arizona): Today, 5:00 p.m.
  • Glenn Robinson Jr. (Michigan): Today, 6:00 p.m.
  • Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana): Today, 7:00 p.m.
  • Elijah Macon (West Virginia): Tomorrow, 3:00 p.m.
  • Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona): Friday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Nick Stauskas (Michigan): Friday, 3:00 p.m.
  • Grant Jerrett (Arizona): Monday

4:46 p.m.: DePaul has both of its commitments -- Jodan Price and DeJuan Marrero -- signed.

4:44 p.m.: One of the best non-BCS classes in the country is official. Towson received all the proper paperwork from Timajh Parker, Barrington Alston, Frank Mason and Jerome Hairston.

4:42 p.m.: North Dakota State received NLIs from Brett VandenBergeh and Dexter Werner.

4:41 p.m.: Bob Huggins has his first signee of the class, with Eron Harris making it official.

4:40 p.m.: Everyone is official for Clemson, with Jaron Blossomgame, Landry Nnoko, Adonis Filer, Jordan Roper and Josh Smith all sending in their NLIs.

4:28 p.m.: Louisiana Tech just received faxes from Demetrius Moore and Alex Hamilton.

4:27 p.m.: Arkansas-Little Rock head coach Steve Shields picked up five signees on Wednesday. John Gillon, Josh Hagins, Stetson Billings, Mareik Isom and Andrew Poulter form a very solid class that should make an impact in the Sun Belt.

4:26 p.m.: Buffalo nabbed a signature from East Aurora (N.Y.) product Stan Wier. 

4:25 p.m.: Kansas State received a letter of intent from Laimonas Chatkevicius, an under-the-radar 7-footer from South Kent Prep (Conn.).

4:20 p.m.: The first member of Arizona's top-ranked recruiting class has made it official: Brandon Ashley will be a Wildcat.

4:17 p.m.: Four-fifths of Iowa's recruiting class has inked. Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell are both signed, as well as Anthony Clemmons and Patrick Ingram. Hawkeyes are still waiting on Kyle Meyer.

4:15 p.m.: Colorado has both of commitments in, with Tyrone Wallace and Kaileb Rodriguez both making it official.

4:10 p.m.: Per a source, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera has sent his paperwork in to Georgetown.

4:02 p.m.: Oregon has NLIs from both Dominic Artis and Ben Carter. 

3:58 p.m.: Marshall Wood gave his signature earlier in the day, but now Virginia Tech has the letter-of-intent from its top-100 recruit, Montrezl Harrell. 

3:54 p.m.: Colorado has its entire five-man class on board. Xavier Johnson, Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon, Chris Jenkins and Xavier Talton all signed with the Buffaloes today. It's a group worthy of a top-25 national ranking.

3:47 p.m.: Per a source, Langston Morris-Walker and Maika Ostling have officially joined Oregon State. Morris-Walker could be a sleeper that has the potential to emerge as a factor for the Beavers.

3:46 p.m.: Bobo Drummond and Travis Wilkins both inked for Southern Illinois.

3:44 p.m.: Stanford has its entire class signed and sealed: Rosco Allen, Christian Sanders and Grant Verhoeven.

3:41 p.m.: New Mexico's class is completed for the fall, as Nick Banyard, Obij Aget and Devon Williams all made it official.

3:40 p.m.: Drake received signed letters of intent from Rihard Carter, Joey King and Micah Mason. 

3:26 p.m.: Jordan Barham just sent his paperwork into Davidson.

3:24 p.m.: Hundreds of kids will be making their decisions and signing their names in the next week, but the nation's top-ranked prospect won't be one of them. Shabazz Muhammad is waiting until the spring to make a commitment, and a slew of schools are willing to wait for him. Borzello breaks down his recruitment.

3:15 p.m.: Duke only has one recruit in the class of 2012 at this point, but he's a good one. Rasheed Sulaimon is one of the better guards in the class, and the five-star prospect sent in his paperwork about an hour ago.

3:13 p.m.: Half of Virginia's 2012 class is complete. Evan Nolte and Teven Jones signed their NLIs earlier today, while Mike Tobey and Justin Anderson are expected to make it official on Friday.

3:10 p.m.: Sam Dekker is good to go for Wisconsin. 

3:08 p.m.: UNLV's prized recruit Katin Reinhardt made it official for UNLV earlier today. He's a top-40 talent who will bring swagger, shooting ability and versatility to the Runnin' Rebels.

2:53 p.m.: It's still up in the air whether Cameron Ridley will sign with Texas this period, which only adds to the rumors of the past few months that Ridley might have to reclassify to 2013. However, a source tells CBSSports.com that Ridey is still likely to send in his paperwork soon. "He will sign," the source said. "Not today, sometime in the early period."

2:51 p.m.: Tom Crean, the Indiana program and the Hoosiers fans have all been waiting for this day. Crean has one of the best recruiting classes in the country, with three top-40 players in the five-man class. Goodman writes that this is the most significant step of the Crean era.

2:49 p.m.: Wright State announced the signings of two recruits: J.T. Yoho and Jacoby Roddy.

2:37 p.m. - Mo Cassara and Hofstra got signatures from Jimmy Hall and Dallas Anglin. 

2:32 p.m.: Tyler Lewis made North Carolina State's class complete by signing his NLI. T.J. Warren and Rodney Purvis did it earlier.

2:29 p.m.: Kyle Anderson made it official with UCLA earlier today, and Jordan Adams joined him earlier. The Bruins' class is set for now.

2:28 p.m.: Daniel Ochefu and Ryan Arcidiacono (right) both signed with Villanova. 

2:26 p.m.: Oklahoma has Buddy Hield and Jelon Hornbeak in the fold. 

2:24 p.m.: Xavier Johnson is set for Colorado.

2:20 p.m.: Mississippi State got an NLI from gunner Fred Thomas about an hour ago. Rick Stansbury is still waiting for Josh Gray, Craig Sword and Gavin Ware.

2:17 p.m.: Purdue had three of its letters-of-intent, and now they have four. A.J. Hammons sent in his paperwork earlier today. 

2:14 p.m.: The St. Mark's (Mass.) trio of Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona), Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and Eric Green (Holy Cross) will sign their NLIs at 3 p.m. on Friday. 

2:12 p.m.: Florida State's top-100 guard, Montay Brandon, has made it official. He signed earlier today with the Seminoles.

1:59 p.m.: Toledo officially added big man Nathan Boothe, a 6-foot-9 center from Warren Township (Ill.).

1:54 p.m.: Isaiah Austin has inked with Baylor. He's ranked No. 7 in our top 100.

1:44 p.m.: Javan Felix just signed with Texas. 

1:38 p.m.: Who's the most overrated recruit? The most important recruit? Which team signed the best backcourt? Borzello and Goodman debate these questions, and 12 more topics, in our Signing Day Senior Superlatives.

1:33 p.m.: Arizona State just got NLIs from Eric Jacobsen, Kenny Martin and Calaen Robinson.

1:32 p.m.: Three recruits made it official for Missouri State: Bruce Marshall, Marcus Marshall and Gavin Thurman.

1:28 p.m.: Georges Niang (Iowa State), Patrick Holloway (George Mason), Aaron Durley (Marquette) and Olivier Hanlon (Boston College) are all signed and sealed.

1:03 p.m. - Marquette just added another one in Steve Taylor. Now Buzz and his staff just waiting on Aaron Durley. 

1:01 p.m.: Shaq Cleare, Jake Layman and Seth Allen are all good to go for Mark Turgeon and Maryland. 

12:57 p.m.: Plenty of stars are starting to send in their signatures: Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Perry Ellis (Kansas) and Omar Calhoun (Connecticut) all made it official.

12:55 p.m.: Notre Dame is done for the day. Cameron Biedschied (right), Zach Auguste and Austin Burgett all made it official.

12:53 p.m.: Oklahoma State's class is set, with Marcus Smart, Phil Forte and Kamari Murphy all sending in their letters.

12:50 p.m.: In addition to all our signing day coverage of commitments and letters-of-intent, we also updated our top 100 player rankings for the class of 2012. Shabazz Muhammad is No. 1, but who were the movers and shakers in this edition? Top 100 Players for 2012

12:47 p.m.: Per a source, Columbia just picked up a commitment from Grant Mullins, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Canada.

12:40 p.m.: Cortell Busby, Elijah Ray and Linwood Ross Jr. all signed NLIs to IUPUI.

12:38 p.m.: Braxton Ogbueze has signed with Florida. One of the best point guards in the cnountry, Ogbueze is the prized recruit of Billy Donovan's class.

12:35 p.m.: Michigan State received signatures from all three of its recruits: Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello and Kenny Kaminski. 

12:32 p.m.: It's not often three five-star big men go to the same school in the same year. Well, Sean Miller convinced Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett to all come to Tucson. Throw in guard Gabe York, and the Wildcats have the No. 1 class in the country: Sean Miller hauls unlikely No. 1 class to Arizona

12:29 p.m.: J.T. Terrell just signed with USC. Terrell was previously at Wake and is now at a junior college. 

12:28 p.m.: Junior Lomomba just announced his commitment minutes ago -- he's headed to Cleveland State. Strong power guard from Wisconsin chose Vikings over UCLA, Cincinnati, Washington State and New Mexico State.

12:23 p.m. - Xavier has all four of its guys signed: Semaj Christon, Myles Davis, Jalen Reynolds and James Farr. Chris Mack loves the prep schools. 

12:20 p.m.: Minnesota has received a letter from Wally Ellenson. 

More on recruiting

12:15 p.m.: Anrio Adams, a prolific scorer from Washington, has bounced between 2012 and 2013 for the last several months. He's staying in 2012, but he won't sign early. Plenty of schools are pursuing him, though, including Kansas, Baylor, Arizona, Washington, Connecticut, Louisville, Washington State, USC, Florida, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Oregon, Villanova and Georgetown. 

12:14 p.m.: Damien Wilson's letter came through to Memphis.

12:13 p.m.: Brandon Taylor is good to go at Penn State. 

12:01 p.m.: Xavier's steal of a point guard, Semaj Christon (right), sent in his paperwork, per his Twitter. Christon is one of the most explosive scoring point guards in the country, and could be a major impact player in the Atlantic 10. 

11:58 a.m.: One player who won't be making his decision today is Gary Harris. While still expected to announce this week, his mother tweeted that he will not be signing today. (h/t to Nicole Auerbach)

11:55 a.m.: L.J. Rose is official to Baylor. 

11:53 a.m.: Willie Cauley just signed for Kentucky.

11:47 a.m.: Chris Obekpa, one of the best defensive players in the country, will decide in the late period, according to Our Savior New American (N.Y.) assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch. Connecticut, Cincinnati, St. John's, Florida, Kentucky, UCLA, Providence, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech and DePaul are all in the mix for the 6-foot-8 power forward. 

11:43 a.m.: For the first time in awhile, Kentucky does not own the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. That doesn't mean John Calipari is done working his magic in the class of 2012, though. Where do the Wildcats stand? Here is our breakdown of Kentucky's remaining targets

11:35 a.m.: Terry Rozier has sent in his paperwork to Louisville. He is the Cardinals' lone signee in 2012 -- for now.

11:25 a.m.: Madison Jones, one of the top unsigned point guards left in the class of 2012, told CBSSports.com that it is likely he will decide in the early signing period. He says he's down to American and Seton Hall, and will sign either tomorrow or Friday. Jones is a 6-foot-1 prospect from Ravenscroft (N.C.).

11:20 a.m.: Jordan Montgomery is Kennesaw State's first signee.

11:17 a.m.: Houston's monster class is almost official -- Danuel House and Chicken Knowles signed their letters-of-intent today.

11:16 a.m: East Tennessee State received NLIs from Petey McClain, a point guard from Mobile (Ala.), and Mario Stramaglia, a shooting guard from Birmingham (Ala.).

11:13 a.m.: Winston Shepard, our No. 53 prospect, informed CBSSports.com that he will not be making a decision during the early signing period. The Bishop Gorman (Nev.) forward currently has New Mexico, UTEP, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Texas and others on his list. We predicted New Mexico as his future destination. 

11:09 a.m. T.J. Bell has inked with Indiana State. 

11:05 a.m. - Purdue just got LOI's from Ronnie Johnson and Raphael Davis. 

10:56 a.m.: Per Jody Demling, Hanner Perea (right) has signed on the dotted line for Indiana.

10:55 a.m.: Looks like Kyle Anderson is officially off to UCLA.

10:54 a.m. - T.J. Taylor joins Jamal Ferguson as official Marquette Golden Eagles. 

10:53 a.m. - Murray State signed Erik McCree, a 6-7 combo forward out of Florida. 

10:48 a.m.: Ever wonder what coaches think about one another? More than 100 coaches responded to our seven-question survey about their peers. It includes who they think is the best recruiter, most overrated, most underrated, rising star, etc. -- Coaches' Survey

10:30 a.m.: Purdue received its first letter-of-intent, from Jay Simpson. Simpson just announced it on Twitter.

10:29 a.m. - Marcus Hunt and Chris Bolden have signed with Georgia Tech. 

10:27 a.m.: Texas A&M officially has its backcourt of the future, as J-Mychal Reese and Alex Caruso both sent in their letters of intent. 

10:20 a.m.: Junior Lomomba is set to announce his decision at 11 a.m., between Cleveland State, Cincinnati, UCLA, New Mexico State and Washington State. We spoke to him last week about his finalists: Decision date nears for Lomomba

10:17 a.m.: Per a release from Marquette, forward Jamal Ferguson has inked his letter-of-intent. 

10:09 a.m.: If your team didn't make the national top 25, here is our conference-by-conference breakdown of the recruiting classes.

10:06 a.m.: Arizona has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, picking up three five-star prospects and another top-40 recruit. But who else has done their homework heading into the early signing period? Here are our Top-25 Team Rankings.

10:05 a.m. - Saint Louis has received the NLI's of 6-foot-6 wing Jared Drew from Indiana. 

10:04 a.m. - Bryn Forbes, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, has inked with Cleveland State. Gary Waters still waiting on two more today. 

9:59 a.m. - In-state power forward Marshall Wood has sent in his paperwork to Virginia Tech. 

9:58 a.m. - Auburn already has all three of its guys in - Jordan Price, Shaquille Johnson and Jordon Granger. 

9:57 a.m. - Clemson, in addition to Blossomgame and Roper, now also has a LOI from Josh Smith 

9:46 a.m.: Manhattan received an NLI from Paul Bayt. Two more on the way. 

9:45 a.m.: Mitch McGary announced on Twitter he's signed his LOI with Michigan. He's ranked No. 2. 

9:41 a.m.: Iona has received an NLI from Grant Ellis.

9:40 a.m.: Iowa State has Nkereuwem Okoro's and Sherron Dorsey-Walker's signatures. Now waiting on Georges Niang. 

9:35 a.m.: Jaron Blossomgame and Jordan Roper have sent in their NLi's to Clemson. 

9:23 a.m.: North Carolina State is getting its business out of the way early. T.J. Warren, ranked No. 25 in our top 100, said on Twitter that he has signed his letter of intent with the Wolfpack. Also, Scout.com reported that Taylor Barnette signed with UCF.

9:16 a.m.: Nkereuwem Okoro made it official with Iowa State, per a source. The Cyclones have done a really good job recruiting New York City the past couple of years, thanks to assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih's ties to the area. They nabbed Tavon Sledge in 2011 and now Okoro in 2012. This isn't the end of the pipeline, either. Iowa State is heavily involved with plenty of NYC-area prospects in the class of 2013, including Terrence Samuel. 

9:15 a.m.: Ricardo Ledo announced on Twitter that he has signed with Providence. He's the No. 17 prospect and fifth-best guard.

9:05 a.m.: Per his Twitter account, Rodney Purvis just signed with North Carolina State. He ranks No. 18 in our Top 100.

9:00 a.m.: Who's still on the board heading into the early signing period? There are nine five-star prospects and 20 top-100 recruits undecided as of now. Here's a breakdown of their recruitments and where I think they'll end up: Top Uncommitted Players

8:49 a.m.: The first pledge of the day comes from the Atlantic-10, as Dayton picked up former Cincinnati commit Devon Scott. The news was confirmed by a source. Scott is a 6-foot-8 forward from Northland (Ohio). He joins Jevon Thomas and Jalen Robinson, two former high-major decommits, in the Flyers' 2012 class. 

12:25 a.m.: The biggest piece of news from the night before signing day was Ricardo Gathers’ decision to decommit from St. John’s and sign in the spring. Gathers is ranked No. 52 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 and is arguably the best rebounder in the country. Before he chose the Red Storm, teams like Texas, LSU and others were in the mix for his services. It will be very interesting to see what his next move will be.

Photos: STLToday.com, Cincinnati.com, Adidas Nations, Nation of Blue, BucksLocalNews, LA Times, Max Preps, Desert News

Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Notebook: Pre-signing day action

By Jeff Borzello

The early signing period hasn’t even started yet, but the commitments and news has been rolling in on Tuesday. Let’s recap.

- Shaq Goodwin said he would announce his college decision on Tuesday – and he stayed to his word. The five-star forward said on Twitter that he would be heading to Memphis, choosing the Tigers over UCLA.

- Chicago guard Adonis Filer had planned to decide between Clemson, Tennessee, Utah and Purdue on November 22. However, Filer didn’t want to wait – he pulled the trigger and committed to Clemson.

- Jordan Goodman had already decommitted from Georgetown and Rutgers in the past, and now he’s onto his fourth school after retracting his pledge to Texas Tech and reopening his recruitment. Who’s next? Who knows.

- Daniel Dingle, a forward from St. Raymond’s (N.Y.), committed to Temple this morning. Seton Hall, Auburn and Miami (Fl.) were also in the mix.

- Former Mississippi State decommit Josh Gray has decided to sign with Mississippi State during the early signing period, after all.

- Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) forward Charles Buggs committed to Minnesota. He will sign on Wednesday.

- Southern Miss picked up a commitment from junior college transfer Charles Hammork, a 6-foot-6 forward from Coffeyville Community College.

- It’s not a 2012 commitment, but junior guard Geno Thorpe popped for Penn State. Thorpe is a scoring guard from Shaler (Pa.) who was also looked at by Wisconsin, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers and others.

- Monday commitments: A.J. Astroth (Vanderbilt), Tyrone Wallace (California), Chris Horton (Austin Peay), Andrew Poulter (Arkansas-Little Rock), Damyean Dotson (Oregon), Ben Carter (Oregon).

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Shaq Goodwin chooses Memphis over UCLA



By
Jeff Borzello

If a five-star prospect is uncommitted the day before the early signing period begins, chances are he will wait until at least the next day to announce his decision.

Not Shaq Goodwin – he couldn’t hold out any longer.

“#memphisbound,” Goodwin tweeted around noon on Tuesday.

A source confirmed the news to CBSSports.com.

Goodwin, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Southwest DeKalb (Ga.), chose the Tigers over UCLA, with Florida, Georgia and Arizona also in the mix. The Bruins were assumed to be in the driver’s seat for much of the last few weeks, especially after Goodwin visited this past weekend. Moreover, Goodwin’s former AAU coach, Korey McCray, is now an assistant coach with the Bruins.

Despite that, the commitment to Memphis is a major get for Josh Pastner. The two-sport star – he also wants to play football in college – is athletic and tough around the rim. He loves drawing contact around the rim, and is not afraid to bang in the paint. Goodwin gets to the free-throw line as well as anyone in the country, and is also adept at running the floor. He can also pass effectively and has good hands down low.

Goodwin ranks No. 21 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He joins Damien Wilson in Memphis’ 2012 recruiting class.

Photo: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:03 pm
 

No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary goes with Michigan

By Jeff Borzello

Michigan couldn’t get a top-five prospect, right?

That was the popular line of thought for many throughout Mitch McGary’s recruitment. The last five-star recruit the Wolverines received a commitment from was Daniel Horton back in 2002, and John Beilein has never been known to pick up top-50 guys on a consistent basis.

With Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Florida and others in the mix, the Gary, Indiana native still always kept Michigan at or near the top of his list. On Thursday, McGary made it official – he’s going to be a Wolverine.

This is a monster commitment for Beilein and Michigan. He’s the No. 2-ranked prospect in the country, shooting up the charts with a dominant spring and summer for the SYF Players. Beilein runs an offense that allows for the big man to play multiple positions and do different things on the court, which is perfect for McGary.

McGary will fit in with Michigan and could take them to the next level in the Big Ten. He’s a high-energy big man whose attitude and personality are infectious to his teammates. He can score around the basket and also knock down face-up jumpers out to the arc. McGary runs the floor very well, and his shot-blocking ability and athleticism have improved greatly. Moreover, he is strong and makes an impact on the glass.

There are only two seniors on the Wolverines’ roster right now, Stu Douglass and Zack Novak. Tim Hardaway Jr. is poised to become a star on the perimeter, while Jordan Morgan is developing into a consistent option down low. With freshman Trey Burke set to be the point guard and Beilein’s usual assortment of shooters, Michigan is a Sweet 16 threat this season. With McGary and two other top-100 recruits – Glenn Robinson and Nik Stauskas – coming into the fold next year, do the Wolverines have Final Four potential?

That’s how big this commitment is for Michigan; it immediately makes them a major factor in 2012-13, and also potentially opens the door for more high-level recruits to make their way to Ann Arbor.

There’s no longer questioning whether Michigan can get a top-five recruit. The Wolverines just did.

Photo: Indy Star

Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:09 pm
 

T.J. Warren goes with North Carolina State

By Jeff Borzello

Before T.J. Warren’s stock skyrocketed on the spring and summer AAU and camp circuits, he loved North Carolina State.

Once he began getting attention and offers from Kentucky, North Carolina and everyone else, the Wolfpack took a backseat in the media when discussing Warren’s recruitment.

However, in the end, it was still North Carolina State for Warren.

“I feel like they are on the come up,” Warren told Scout.com. “I just want to go in there and help bring the excitement back to Raleigh, N.C.”

Warren chose the Wolfpack over Georgetown. He cut North Carolina from his list last week when the Tar Heels picked up a commitment from Brice Johnson.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Brewster Academy (N.H.) is ranked No. 32 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. Warren is one of the most versatile scorers in the class, with the ability to get baskets against any defender and from any spot on the floor. He is a tough matchup because he can score around the rim, in the mid-range or from behind the arc. No matter the opponent, Warren is a threat to fill it up.

For Mark Gottfried, this is another monster pickup. He joins five-star guard Rodney Purvis and four-star playmaker Tyler Lewis in the Wolfpack’s 2012 class. More importantly, all three are from the state of North Carolina, meaning Gottfried is keeping the top in-state talent home. He’s fighting off out-of-state powers and also keeping up with North Carolina so far on the recruiting trail.

North Carolina State is back on the rise – and Warren’s commitment continues that upward swing.

Photo: High School Hoop

Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Decision date nears for Junior Lomomba



By
Jeff Borzello

In today’s game, where long and bouncy wings are sought after by countless coaches, Junior Lomomba is the exception.

The 6-foot-4 swingman from Memorial (Wisc.) is a strong-bodied power scorer who uses his strength and versatility to make plays offensively. He’s also one of the more underrated players in the Midwest – but coaches have certainly taken notice.

“The whole recruiting process has been overwhelming but very fun,” Lomomba said. “All the phone calls, visits from coaches, as well as the ‘pressure’ coming from the people in the community.”

Lomomba is ready to get his recruitment over with, though; he has a decision date set for November 9.

The five schools on his list are Washington State, Cleveland State, Cincinnati, New Mexico State and UCLA. All five stopped by his high school to watch him work out last month, and he claims offers from the entire quintet.

“I feel like all five of those schools in some ways fit my style of play and they have good history,” Lomomba said. “They are all schools where I can see myself playing and having an impact my freshman year. I also get along with the coaches.”

He has taken visits to Cleveland State and Washington State, and is trying to finalize a visit to Cincinnati before his decision. Lomomba also took a trip to New Mexico State last season.

“I liked them a lot,” Lomomba said of his two official visits. “It was fun. I got to see how it was to actually go to the schools, hung out with the guys and saw how they practiced.”

As for UCLA, he’s not concerned about his lack of a visit to Westwood.

“The school name speaks for itself,” Lomomba said.

He said he likes all five of the schools and he hasn’t yet decided on his future destination.

In his mind, though, all five would be a good fit.

“I think it’s going to be a matter of my feeling for the school and the coaches,” Lomomba said. “I don’t think any of these schools would be a bad decision.”

Photo: Wisconsin.com

Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Jonathan Williams III more focused on improving

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By
Jeff Borzello

Most five-star prospects love the attention and recognition that comes along with being ranked among the top players in the country.

Jonathan Williams III, however, has no problem avoiding the spotlight.

“I don’t really care about any of that stuff,” Williams III said. “I’m just trying to stay focused. It gets you a big head, gets you slacking off.”

Williams III, a 6-foot-8 forward from Southwind (Tenn.), is ranked No. 8 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 for the class of 2013. Naturally, he holds a host of high-major offers.

Among the schools that have extended a scholarship offer to Williams are Florida, Tennessee, Memphis, Texas, Oklahoma State, Marquette, Georgetown, UCLA, Arkansas, Virginia and Kentucky. All of them have also come by his high school to watch him work out.

“It’s going pretty good,” Williams III said of his recruitment. “I know I’m being recruited highly, but I’m more worried about staying focused and staying humble, working hard.”

He took a trip to Tennessee this past weekend, and has also been to the campuses of Kentucky and Ole Miss.

Williams III visited Lexington during his freshman year, when the Wildcats hosted North Carolina.

“The fans were just so crazy,” he said. “The gym was packed, everything was live. It was a nice arena, but I haven’t really visited the campus. I’ll do that when I go back up there this year.”

As for Ole Miss, Williams III was very impressed with the dedication to academics from the athletic department.

“They really focus on your education,” he said. “If you go to Ole Miss and you’re an athlete, you should not fail. I also watched them practice; they have a nice practice facility. Everything is brand new, and they’ll have a new arena built in the next two years.”

Williams III has no plans to cut down his list or even plan more visits in the coming months; he’s more focused on winning a state championship and wading through Southwind’s difficult schedule.

However, his versatile skill set will play a factor in the school he eventually chooses to attend.

“I’m looking at how they play; will I be able to play the one through the four?” Williams III said. “I’m not a position player, I can play any position on the floor. I can post, shoot the 3, run the fast break, do a little bit of everything.”

However, he’s not yet content with his all-around game.

Said Williams III: “I’m trying to be unstoppable.”

Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Tarczewski cements top spot for Arizona's class

By Jeff Borzello

Barring multiple major moves from another school, the No. 1 recruiting class for 2012 will belong to Arizona.

With three top-30 recruits already in the fold, Monday’s announcement by Kaleb Tarczewski that he would attend Arizona – over Kansas – only cemented the Wildcats’ spot atop the rankings.

Tarczewski, a 7-foot center from St. Mark’s (Mass.), is ranked No. 7 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He runs the floor extremely well for a player his size, and knows how to finish around the basket. Tarczewski can score with both hands and he continues to develop various post moves.

He will join No. 6 Brandon Ashley, No. 23 Gabe York and No. 29 Grant Jerrett in the Wildcats’ 2012 class. Essentially, Sean Miller now has two top-10 prospects as well as two other players who could end up as McDonald’s All-Americans. It’s not Kentucky getting four of the top-17 players like John Calipari did in 2011, but it’s close enough – and certainly good enough to be the No. 1 class around.

Tarczewski’s commitment also means more than just giving Arizona the top-ranked recruiting class in 2012. The Wildcats might be the preseason favorite to cut down the nets next season.

Miller brought in a top-five recruiting class last season, and all four of those players will likely stick around for next season. Just think about this lineup:

  • Point guard: Josiah Turner
  • Shooting guard: Nick Johnson
  • Small forward: Kevin Parrom or Solomon Hill
  • Power forward: Brandon Ashley
  • Center: Kaleb Tarczewski

Turner and Johnson were both five-star guards in 2011, while Parrom or Hill will provide a veteran presence in the lineup. The bench will include Jordin Mayes, York, Jerrett, Sidiki Johnson, Angelo Chol and either Parrom or Hill. That team is certainly capable of winning a national championship in two seasons.

Just think about where Arizona was a few years ago. Prior to last season, Arizona had not won more than 21 games since 2005, and even snapped their 25-year streak of reaching the NCAA tournament when they missed out on the Big Dance in 2010. With Derrick Williams leading the way last year, Arizona came within a game of the Final Four, and Miller has the Wildcats as a top-20 team again this season even without Williams.

There were rampant rumors this offseason that Miller would leave Arizona for the vacant head coaching job at Maryland. However, he decided to stay in Tucson and continue to rebuild Arizona.

It looks like the rebuilding is over – the Wildcats are back among the nation’s elite.

Photo: Adidas Nations

 
 
 
 
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