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Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 10:47 am
In the Pac-12, recruiting has become an arms race between UCLA and Arizona in 2012. However, Colorado continues to land the occasional salvo.
On Monday night, the Buffaloes picked up another impressive coup, as Xavier Johnson committed to Colorado.
“I feel like their offense would fit me,” Johnson said. “They recruited me hard and just made me feel welcome.”
Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Mater Dei (Calif.), chose the Buffaloes over Virginia Tech, UTEP, Saint Mary’s and others.
The lefty wing is an asset at both ends of the floor. He can score at the rim or knock down outside shots from the perimeter, and his length and athleticism make him tough in transition. Injuries over the summer hampered his growth on the AAU circuit, but he was still able to demonstrate his defensive ability.
“Just being an all-around player,” Johnson said when asked what he brings to the table. “A threat on offense and defense.”
Johnson ranks No. 65 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He joins forwards Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon and Chris Jenkins in Tad Boyle's 2012 class.
Photo: Max Preps
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 11:14 am
When Ishmail Wainright made the move from Raytown South (Mo.) to Montrose Christian (Md.), a lot of things changed.
Wainright was suddenly nearly 1,000 miles from home, with new friends, new teammates, new style of play and more pressure. But the biggest difference for Wainright?
“The weather,” he said. “It rains too much.”
Not surprisingly, Wainright is extremely happy with his decision to leave home and go to the vaunted private school near Washington D.C.
“This was one of the best moves by far,” he said. “The only move, really. It’s a great education.”
Although the season has not yet started, Wainright has already noticed a difference in the attendance at the preseason workouts. The door leading to the gym is a revolving door of high-major head coaches and some of the best recruiters in the country.
UCLA, Texas, Kansas State, Alabama, Providence, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, UMKC, Georgetown, Maryland, Villanova have all stopped by. St. John’s, Texas A&M, Baylor and Missouri were there on Wednesday. Louisville is expected to come soon, while Memphis set up a date to check out Wainright as well.
“I didn’t know it was going to be like this,” Wainright said. “I was just thinking in my head, ‘I don’t know who is going to see me, I don’t know who likes my game.’
“When I got there, coach [Stu] Vetter sat me down and said, ‘Now you know you will be hearing from coaches that you’ve never heard from, right?’ I just giggled. I thought he was playing, but it was for real.”
Wainright has had an interesting recruitment so far. He committed to Missouri in May, becoming new head coach Frank Haith’s first big-time recruit since taking over the Tigers. In late June, though, but suddenly decommitted and reopened his process.
After a few underwhelming performances with Memphis YOMCA on the Nike AAU circuit in the spring, Wainright won back his reputation with the KC 76ers in Las Vegas. He led his team to a surprising Fab 48 title, outplaying No. 1 prospect Jabari Parker in a head-to-head battle.
Wainright currently holds offers from Syracuse, Baylor, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado, St. John’s, UMKC, Florida, Nebraska and Louisville.
While he doesn’t have any specific visits planned, he wants to attend Louisville’s Midnight Madness festivities.
“I don’t have [a favorite] right now,” Wainright said.
Wainright, a 6-foot-5 small forward, is ranked as a five-star prospect in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 rankings for 2013. He is No. 17 in the country.
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:47 pm
Alex Caruso is back from his Colorado visit, and he seems to be preparing for a decision.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from A&M Consolidated School (Texas) took a trip to Boulder this weekend, one week after checking out hometown Texas A&M.
“Not ready for a decision,” Caruso said, before adding that he was pretty much deciding between the Buffaloes and Aggies. “Not likely any other visits.”
Texas Tech, Nebraska, Arizona State and Richmond were the other schools on his list before he trimmed it to four.
Caruso is a surprisingly athletic wing who shot up the rankings with stellar play during June. He is outstanding once he leaves his feet in traffic, and is adept at using floaters and other non-traditional finishes.
Although he said he’s not quite ready to make a commitment just yet, expect his recruitment to end soon.
“Anywhere from two days to a week,” Caruso said.
He ranks No. 55 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:49 am
By Jeff Borzello
Since the end of his high school season, Torren Jones made an effort to expand his game. Instead of being just a run and jump big man who scored in transition, Jones began to make plays on his own.
“I played really well this summer,” Jones said. “I started to use the 15-foot jump shot, along with some more post moves.”
With the development in his game, recruiting has also picked up for the 6-foot-8 power forward from Basha (Ariz.). Jones said Florida State, West Virginia, Georgetown, San Jose State and Kansas have started to show interest after his play with California Supreme during the summer.
Moreover, he currently holds offers from Arizona and Colorado, with interest coming from Oregon State, Washington State, UCLA, USC, Iowa State and DePaul.
“The process is going great,” Jones said.
He did say Arizona, UCLA, USC, Kansas and Iowa State were the five schools currently standing out. UCLA and USC are the two he’s visited the most due to playing with Cal Supreme on the AAU circuit.
“I’m looking for good academics, style of play and location,” Jones said.
Being from Arizona and playing with a California-based travel team, he is more interested in West Coast teams. However, he’s not afraid to go away for school, either.
“I would like to stay close to home,” Jones said. “But if a good East Coast school offers, I will go there.”
Despite the recent uptick in recruiting, Jones – ranked No. 81 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 for 2013 – is in no hurry to make a decision.
“I am going to hold out until my senior year,” he said. “Make sure I make the right choice.”
Photo: Five-Star Basketball
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:14 pm
It’s only been two months since Alex Caruso blew up at the Pangos All-American Camp in early June, but he’s already beginning to make advances in his recruitment.
“I have probably 7-10 schools I’m still interested in,” Caruso said.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from A&M Consolidated School (Texas) can do a little bit of everything on the wing. He is surprisingly athletic, and is very good when he leaves his feet in traffic. Caruso, who ranks No. 99 in CBSSports.com's Top 100, is at his best when using floaters and other non-traditional finishes, but he can also pass and handle.
Richmond, Texas A&M, Colorado, Oregon and Creighton made him a priority, contacting him shortly after the July period ended. Texas Tech, Arizona State, Northern Colorado and Sam Houston State have also extended offers.
Two schools are standing out right now to the College Station, Texas native.
“A&M and Colorado are slightly ahead of the pack but not too far ahead,” Caruso said.
Most of the Pac-12 has shown interest to him, while Boston College and Georgia Tech are making inroads from the opposite coast.
While Caruso is ready to trim his list, he’s not ready to go public with his finalists now.
“I don’t want to put anything out yet because it’s not final and me and my parents need to talk also,” he said.
Photo: Texas Basketball Inc.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:34 pm
Jerome Hairston moved from Wyoming to Virginia to increase his national exposure and possibly get to a high-major school.
The plan has worked so far – just ask his cousin, former Wake Forest star and current NBA player, James Johnson.
“He said, ‘it’s crazy – you’re just as good as the guys you’ve seen on YouTube and stuff. And now you’re one of them,’” Hairston said.
“We didn’t think we were as good as some of these other guys,” he added.
Hairston is a 6-foot-3 point guard who will attend Christ School (N.C.) next season. His stock has risen tremendously since the beginning of the AAU season in the spring.
“It really started at the Southern Invitational. Since then, I was invited to the NBA Top 100 Camp, the CP3 point guard camp,” Hairston said. “Dave Telep told me, if you’re a winner, your stock increases. No matter how you look, winning is the most important.”
He has certainly taken that to heart, leading his East Coast Fusion team to a U-17 title at the Southern Jam Fest in April, and helping them stay competitive during tournaments in North Carolina, Indianapolis and Orlando.
Hairston is extremely quick off the dribble, using his speed and strength to get into the lane and finish in traffic. He is very difficult to keep out of the lane, but he also a good enough to shooter from behind the arc to keep defenders honest.
“I think [coaches] love the fact that I’m a big point guard,” Hairston said. "I can also score and pass. Any game, I can have zero points and 12 assists, or I can put 30 down. I can also really guard, do what I can do on defense.”
Hairston’s recruitment continues to pick up across the board, as Colorado, Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, UNC-Asheville, Wyoming, Marshall, George Washington and Niagara are all pursuing him.
He said Colorado, Georgia Tech and UNC-Asheville are on him the hardest, and he has trip planned to Asheville since it will be close to Christ School.
There’s no rush to make a decision, though.
“I’m going to wait and take visits,” Hairston said.
Photo: Roanoke Times
Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:05 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 5:07 pm
By Jeff Borzello
Zena Edosomwan was one of the fastest-rising players on the spring and summer AAU circuit.
Despite the attention it has brought him, Edosomwan is glad that the grind is finally over.
“I’m just happy I’m done with AAU because it’s crazy,” he said. “You play so many games in such a short period.”
Edosomwan, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), made an impression in the spring and then solidified his standing by holding his own against the cream of the crop. He runs the floor well and is excellent at finishing in transition. Edosomwan is willing to do the dirty work in the paint, but is athletic and skilled enough to make plays on the glass and above the rim.
The next step for him will be recruiting, which has heated up in a major way lately.
“It’s going really well,” Edosomwan said. “I just have to cut down my list soon.”
He picked up offers in the past couple of days from UNLV, California and Wake Forest, adding to a collection that also includes Harvard, Georgia Tech, Washington State, USC, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Maryland, Gonzaga and Arizona State. Edosomwan, who ranks No. 68 in CBSSports.com's Top 100 and also holds a 3.4 GPA, has strong interest from UCLA, Texas, Vanderbilt, Washington and Virginia Tech.
While Edosomwan has taken visits to UCLA and USC, he is not ready to make a decision about his future just yet.
“I’m going to enjoy the visits and the whole process,” he said.
Edosomwan has certainly earned a break.
Photo: LA Daily News