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Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Chris Walker going through the process

By Jeff Borzello

While most of the focus right now is on the recruitments of players in the class of 2012, several juniors are making their way through the process as well.

Chris Walker is one of those 2013 prospects ramping up their recruitment this fall, and sources have indicated that people in his circle could be pushing for a decision sooner rather than later.

“It all depends on how close me and the coaches get,” Walker said on Tuesday. “Me meeting all the staffs and stuff like that.”

The 6-foot-10 Holmes County (Fla.) product did add that he could make a decision soon, though.

Right now, there are five schools standing out for his services: Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas.

“Not a final five yet,” Walker said. “I got interest still in other programs.”

Alabama, Louisville, Baylor, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Texas, Texas Tech and others have also offered the power forward.

Walker tripped to Florida recently, and said it was great. He will also be at Florida State this weekend on an unofficial visit.

One interesting development in his visit schedule is midnight madness. Originally, he was planning to be a part of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness. That has changed, though.

“I’m not going to Kentucky madness because they’re going to be more worried about signing 2012 people,” Walker said. “So I think I’m going to Kansas [Midnight Madness].”

Walker has improved drastically over the past year. His ability to run the floor and make plays in transition is exceptional for someone his size. Walker can face-up and score with short jumpers or drives to the rim. At the other end, he makes an impact with blocks and rebounds because of his length and athleticism.

He ranks No. 5 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Photo: UKSportsInfo.com

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Stefan Jankovic down to five, plans visits

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By Jeff Borzello

Heading into the summer, Stefan Jankovic was looking forward to showing off his versatile game in front of coaches and increasing his recruiting interest.

That all changed when he suffered a stress fracture at the Pangos All-American Camp in June and then reinjured himself at Peach Jam.

“It kind of put my recruitment to a halt because I wasn’t able to play and coaches weren’t able to see me,” Jankovic said. “And it gave me time to look at the schools that were recruiting me previously and the ones that stuck with me.”

His extra time on the sidelines helped him advance his recruitment after the AAU season ended, as the 6-foot-9 Serbian native and Canadian resident recently trimmed his list to five: Wake Forest, Purdue, Georgetown, Florida State and Missouri.

“My whole plan was to cut my list down sometime after the AAU season, that’s why I did it now,” Jankovic said.

He currently has four of his five visits set up: Missouri on September 2, Florida State on September 10, Purdue the first weekend of October and Wake Forest the weekend after that. Jankovic’s trip to Georgetown hasn’t been planned yet.

Jankovic, a versatile small forward who plays at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), gave a brief reason as to why each of his quintet made the list. 

Wake Forest: “They’re my leader, first school to really recruit me hard.”

Purdue: “Great relationship with assistant coach Greg Gary. I like their system.”

Georgetown: “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff. I’ve visited before, enjoyed the campus.”

Florida State: “They’ve developed versatile players like me and coach [Leonard] Hamilton is a great coach.”

Missouri: “Showed me an unbelievable amount of love – both head coach [Frank] Haith and assistant coach [Tim] Fuller.”

With Wake Forest at the top of the list, Jankovic also said Georgetown was likely No. 5 out of the schools. “The other ones are in the mix for second,” he said.

It might seem like the Demon Deacons will be tough to beat, but Jankovic isn’t ending the race just yet.

“I mean, they’re a leader,” he said. “And I haven’t really seen any other schools than Georgetown and Wake, so I want to see how the campuses and teams are at the other schools.”

Jankovic has a long list of criterion for when he eventually makes a final decision after his visits.

“Great relationship with the coaching staff; system fits my game; good academics,” he said. “Good conference, playing time and a great history in the program.”

While Jankovic had time to make progress in his recruitment during the summer, he is still several weeks away from making a decision.

In the meantime, he’s focused on getting healthy for his senior campaign.

“I’m recovering well,” Jankovic said. “I’ll be back in time for the season.”

Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:49 am
 

Recruiting picks up for Torren Jones

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 19, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Florida State gets Alaskan native Booker

By Jeff Goodman

Devon Bookert had options. 

The Alaska native could have gone to Cal or San Diego State right now. Instead, the 6-foot-3 point guard has committed to Florida State in the Class of 2012. 

``I was comfortable with them as people and I just felt like it was the best fit,” Bookert told CBSSports.com. 

But first Bookert, who has spent the last few years at Anchorage West High, will go spend this year at Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas. 

``It’s a chance for me to get better and stronger,” Bookert said. ``I know I could play in college this year – I’ve played against some of the best players in the country, but most of the kids have already been in summer school and I’d already be starting out behind.” 

Bookert started to gain some traction as a player in the summer, but his national coming-out-party was when he put up 22 points and had 10 assists in Branch West’s huge upset over the Oakland Soldiers in late-July. 

Bookert is an old-school point guard has managed to slip under the radar, but Leonard Hamilton has done well with those type of kids – from Al Thornton to Bernard James to Okaro White. 

``I expect him to be a very good player," said former Anchorage West High's Chuck White, who also coached Trajan Langdon. ``He loves the game, refuses to get outworked and is very competitive. He's just a good all-around, well-rounded player. He's a lot like Trajan - he handles the ball better while Trajan was a better shooter." 
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Allerik Freeman trimming list to nine

By Jeff Borzello

June was the key month for Allerik Freeman.

Prior to it, he was considering a prospect that could play at the high-major level. After big-time weekends at the Nike Elite 100 and NBPA Top 100 Camp, Freeman became one of the most sought-after players in the country.

An impressive July vaulted him to the No. 15 spot in the CBSSports.com Top 100.

“I feel like I’ve been getting better and I played more on the main stage this year,” Freeman said.

While he has always been able to use his strength and finishing ability to execute off the dribble, Freeman expanded his game in the past few months to make himself more dangerous.

“My pull-up three ball,” he said. “I’ve zoned in on my mid-range game, and just using my speed and size.”

In terms of recruiting, so many schools are pursuing Freeman that he barely remembers all of them.

He holds offers from North Carolina State, Miami (Fl.), Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Xavier, UNLV, Georgetown, Baylor, Oklahoma, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Memphis, Texas, Villanova and Wake Forest, while also hearing from North Carolina, Clemson, Marquette, DePaul, Florida State and Arizona.

With upwards of 30 schools vying for his services, Freeman is ready to start eliminating suitors.

“I’m cutting it to nine by August 25th,” he said.

Photo: VUHoops.com 

Posted on: August 17, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Brannen Greene begins the recruiting process

By Jeff Borzello

Given his 6-foot-6 size and versatile shooting ability, it was only a matter of time before Brannen Greene truly blew up.

Greene, a scoring wing from Mary Persons (Ga.), took his game to a new level in the spring and summer, catapulting into potential five-star status in the class of 2013.

“I thought I played some really good ball,” Greene said. “I just enjoyed myself and played hard. It feels great and it makes me want to work that much harder.”

Greene is ranked No. 16 in the latest CBSSports.com Top 100, due to his ability to knock down shots from behind the arc and create matchup problems for most defenders. While he needs to move better without the ball, Greene has a smoothness about his game that is impressive.

Prior to the summer, Greene had offers from plenty of schools in the South, but his recruitment certainly picked up in the summer.

“I just had regional high-majors on me before,” he said. “Now I have just about everybody from the West Coast to the East Coast.”

Greene now holds offers from Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Marquette, UCLA, Kansas, Ohio State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia and others. There are no favorites at this point, although Greene plans to start going through the process in November.

“I’m considering anybody and everybody, but I’m looking to slim down my list pretty quickly so they better jump in,” he said.

Right now, Greene has unofficial visits planned to Florida (August 27), Harvard (September 20) and Kansas (Midnight Madness).

He briefly discussed what he likes about each school on the visit list.

Florida: “I like Florida’s style of play, coaching staff and proximity to home.

Kansas: ”I like Kansas’ tradition and coaching staff.”

Harvard: “The academics and the opportunities I have outside of basketball.”

Overall, Greene – an excellent student in the classroom – is looking both on and off the court when he chooses his future destination.

“Just the opportunity to get better physically and also get a great education,” he said.

Photo: Recruiting Spotlight

Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Jarrell Martin's recruitment taking center stage

By Jeff Borzello

Jarrell Martin would prefer to keep his attention on improving his all-around skills on the court.

Instead, Martin’s impressive summer on the AAU circuit with Brandon Bass Elite has thrust his recruitment squarely into the picture.

“It’s still really early, but the mail keeps coming,” said Jeff Jones, Martin’s coach at Madison Prep (La.). “He wants to be more focused on getting better in the gym.”

Martin, a 6-foot-7 forward ranked No. 48 in CBSSports.com’s 2013 rankings, is a very long and active prospect. He is able to score from the perimeter or in transition, and is very aggressive when attacking the offensive glass.

There’s always room for improvement, according to Martin.

“I think I played well, I could’ve played better though,” Martin said. “I could’ve knocked down wide-open shots, attacked the basket more, played better defense.”

Despite his supposed deficiencies during July, plenty of schools made their interest clear.

Martin has offers from Oklahoma State, Arizona, Tulane, Marquette, UTEP, New Mexico, West Virginia, St. John’s, Mississippi State, Baylor, LSU, Georgetown and Texas A&M. A few more could be on the verge of offering.

“Texas hasn’t offered yet, but they send a lot of mail everyday,” Jones said. “Georgia is another one, Florida State is another one. Alabama sends a lot of stuff too.”

Martin will trip to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s elite camp on August 20, and unofficial visits are being planned for Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas, Mississippi State and LSU.

Although it’s early, a few schools are standing out to Martin: Texas, Arizona, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Marquette, with West Virginia also in the mix.

A top five? “I guess you can say that,” Jones said.

Already going through the process, Martin’s recruitment seems to be taking center stage – not bad for someone who would rather focus on his game.

 
 
 
 
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