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Posted on: September 20, 2011 1:25 pm

Two schools on top for Negus Webster-Chan


Jeff Borzello

Since Louisville and Negus Webster-Chan parted ways back in April, it’s been pretty quiet on the recruiting front for the Canada native.

That will change soon, as Webster-Chan is in the process of taking visits and hopes to make a decision by November.

He has taken trips to Missouri and Iowa State, and those two Big 12 (for now) schools sit as the favorites.

“They recruit me the hardest out of all,” Webster-Chan said. “Both have really great coaching staffs. They both had in-home visits with my family over in Canada so that showed me how interested they were.”

So far, Missouri and Iowa State are the only two schools to conduct in-home visits with Webster-Chan, with no further in-homes on the horizon.

There were rumors that Webster-Chan had trimmed his list to just those two schools, but he denied those reports.

“Those are just the two schools at the top of my list,” he said.

Webster-Chan is planning an official visit to Clemson “probably next weekend,” while USC, Texas, Oregon State and Marquette are also in pursuit.

Webster-Chan is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Huntington Prep (W.Va.) who uses his length and athleticism to score effectively on drives to the rim. His shooting is getting more consistent, but he needs to add weight and bulk in order to better absorb contact on his finishes. Webster-Chan is also a capable passer and an aggressive defender.

Posted on: September 12, 2011 3:52 pm

Notebook: Langston Morris-Walker to Oregon St.

By Jeff Borzello

Playing on an Oakland Soldiers AAU team filled with nearly a dozen top-100 prospects, Langston Morris-Walker was often overshadowed.

Morris-Walker still managed to prove his worth, though, using his athleticism and aggressiveness to make plays at the rim. The 6-foot-5 small forward from Berkeley (Calif.) is also effective on the defensive end.

Oregon State certainly noticed him, and the Beavers’ interest paid off on Monday, as Morris-Walker decided to play his college ball in Corvallis.

“The instant comfort I felt from the town, players and coaching staff,” he said. “They are all high-character people that I would love to be around for the next four years.”

Georgia picks up in-state prospect

Georgia head coach Mark Fox is making a killing by picking up in-state prospects, and he nabbed his third in the class of 2012 on Monday.

Brandon Morris, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Miller Grove (Ga.), popped for the Bulldogs, a source told CBSSports.com.

Morris is very athletic and long, and he plays hard at both ends of the floor. While his shooting needs work, his aggressiveness bodes well for the future.

He chose the Bulldogs over Auburn and Arkansas.

Recruiting Notes: Ohio State continues to wait for freshman LaQuinton Ross’ clearance. “It hasn’t been determined one way or the other,” a source said . . . Louisville picked up its next point guard on Sunday, as Terry Rozier committed to the Cardinals . . . Illinois needed a point guard in the class of 2012, and the Fighting Illini got him on Sunday in Michael Orris . . . Texas Tech freshman Daouda Soumaoro has left the program, a source told CBSSports.com. The source said he is likely headed back to the New York area, where he went to high school . . . USC nabbed a surprising commitment on Sunday in Serbia native Strahinja Gavrilovic, who plays at La Jolla Prep (Calif.) . . . Isaiah Miles told CBSSports.com that he committed to Saint Joseph’s on Friday . . . James Woodard chose in-state school Tulsa.

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: July 27, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 1:59 pm

Isaiah Lewis loading up on college offers

By Jeff Borzello

ORLANDO, Fla. – The July AAU circuit is normally the pinnacle of a top prospect’s season, considering all the high-profile events they attend and big-time coaches they see.

For Isaiah Lewis, improving his all-around skillset takes precedence.

“I mean, the tournaments are cool, but working on my game is more important,” Lewis said. “This year, I’m going to play the point guard in high school, so I’m learning how to be a passer and still score at the same time.”

Lewis, a 6-foot-3 junior from Christ the King (N.Y.), shares the spotlight in high school with Connecticut-bound Omar Calhoun, but he is receiving plenty of notice on his own.

So far, Lewis claims offers from Miami (Fl.), Florida, Florida State, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon State, West Virginia and Memphis. Other schools showing interest include Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Villanova.

He said Kansas, Memphis and Florida are showing the most interest right now.

“Grades are a big factor in the school I chose,” Lewis said. “Also, the fan base and whether I think the coaching staff can get me ready for the next level.”

He plans to visit Florida, Florida State and Memphis during August, and could trip to Kansas for the Jayhawks’ Midnight Madness in October.

Two schools are currently standing out for Lewis: Kansas and Memphis.

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“Coach [Josh] Pastner, I just liked the way he talked to me and my father,” he said of Memphis. “He told from the gate, he thinks I can come in, play and contribute. He also told me what he likes about my game.”

Kansas offered Lewis during his sophomore season, and the Jayhawks remain near the top of his list.

“The tradition there is crazy,” Lewis said. “Coach [Bill] Self loves winning. He also compared me to a similar version of Deron Williams, being a big guard who can score and pass.”

While it may seem like the New York City product is going through the process pretty quickly, Lewis has no plans on making a decision anytime soon.

“I’m going to take my time with everything,” he said. “I mean, I’m not saying I’m going to wait, but I may commit after my junior year.”

As we’ve seen with Lewis, getting better is more important than anything.

Photo: The Shiver

Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:02 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 3:14 pm

Brandon Ashley stakes claim to top-five ranking


By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – When discussing the top players in the class of 2012, Brandon Ashley is not always mentioned in the case for No. 1.

Ashley takes offense to that.

“I definitely feel like I belong in the top five,” he said. “I know I’m just as good or better. My skill level is not an issue. I just have to play harder, play more consistently.”

The 6-foot-9 forward from Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) certainly made his case at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week. Ashley showed off his all-around skills, scoring with his back to the basket and knocking down face-up jumpers. He ran the floor better than most big men, and also handled the ball and passed well for someone his size.

Ashley’s potential is through the roof, and when he brings maximum effort, he is tough to contain.

“I’m trying to become an all-around better player, an inside-outside player,” he said.

Ashley has plenty of suitors at this point, but said he is ready to cut down his list in the near future. For now, though, it seems a number of colleges have a shot at him.

“I’m wide-open, but a lot of the same schools [are involved],” Ashley said. “The Pac-10, the SEC, Kansas, schools like that. Everyone is coming at me the hardest.”

In addition to the entire Pac-10 and Kansas, Wake Forest, Texas, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Connecticut and others are also recruiting him.

One school mentioned in association with Ashley in the past has been Kentucky, but he said the Wildcats’ pursuit has tailed off.

“They’ve sent me a few emails, but that’s it,” he said.

When Ashley does make a decision, which doesn’t look like any time soon, he is looking for a school that already has established talent on the roster.

 “I want to go to a place where I’m surrounded by good players, with a good coaching staff,” he said.

Photo: Media 411

Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:12 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 12:22 pm

Jordan Tebbutt takes time to develop his game


By Jeff Borzello

During the spring before a prospect’s senior year, most players are focused on two things: recruiting and the AAU circuit.

For Jordan Tebbutt, though, neither of those is at the forefront of his thought process. Tebbutt has taken the past few months to work on himself, as both a basketball player and a person.

“This has been a good season for him,” Tebbutt’s father, Brad, said. “He is working on lots of personal things, as well as his game. It’s been a real season of growth.”

After Jordan’s Pump-N-Run Elite AAU team struggled during April and he continued to be hampered by a hand injury, he decided to step off the circuit for a bit.

“It ended up being a good break for Jordan for a few weeks,” Brad Tebbutt said.

He still participated in Adidas Nations, attended the Pangos All-American Camp and will be in Charlottesville, Va. for the NBPA Top 100 camp this week. Tebbutt will also be back on the AAU scene during the July live period.

Tebbutt, a 6-foot-4 wing from Oregon, is not lacking for exposure. He will attend powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.) in the fall, making the move from Tualatin (Ore.).

“It’s been a dream of his for years,” Brad Tebbutt said. “It fits the parents’ criteria of a strong school, help with academics and spiritual environment, but [it also] raises the level of ball several times over and makes a great transition year between high school and college, as far as living on your own and in developing his game.”

Tebbutt has a tremendous frame, checking in at around 215 pounds. He is a bulky swingman who is still looking to regain his explosion. Because of his size, he can overpower smaller defenders and score around the rim. Tebbutt can also knock down mid-range jumpers and is very effective when shooting leaners in the lane. He has great body control and can absorb contact when he finishes.

His stock has dipped a little bit in the past year because of an injury, but that hasn’t slowed his recruitment.

“We really have put recruiting on the side shelf, as opposed to the back shelf,” his father said. “A few new schools since the summer coaching shuffle, still waiting to create a list or determine preferences. We have really played it low-key and probably made a few think we are not interested, which is not true.”

The Pac-12 is heavily involved with Tebbutt, with Colorado, Washington State, Washington and Oregon State showing the most interest from the West Coast programs. Louisville, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Virginia and West Virginia are also on the list.

Tebbutt plans on taking his time with the process, with no favorites standing out or visits planned.

“[We’re] trying to decide on our timeline, throwing a new wrinkle in with the move to Oak Hill next year,” Brad Tebbutt said. “Just not ready to make too many decisions yet.”

Photo: Oregonlive.com 

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