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College Basketball Recruiting

Daily news coverage of the nation's top college basketball recruits and teams.

4-Star Shooting Guard Tyler Herro Decommits From Wisconsin

4-star senior shooting guard Tyler Herro, who committed to Wisconsin in September 2016, announced Tuesday he is re-opening his recruitment. "After a lot of conversations with my family and prayer, I have decided to reopen my recruitment and explore all of my options." That development, less than a month from signing day, leaves UW with two scholarships for the 2018 freshman class. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

2018 four-star point guard Jared Butler commits to Alabama

2018 recruit Jared Butler just verbally committed to Avery Johnson, Alabama on Monday, he tells Scout. "I’m headed to the University of Alabama and I picked them because I talk to God a lot and my family a lot and we’ve spent months and days talking and it seemed like the best situation and the best people," Butler said. "I love them a lot and they love me." (Scout.com)

2018 Forward Landers Nolley Commits to Virginia Tech

In what has been a rather quiet recruiting cycle for Virginia Tech men’s basketball, the Hokies received some good news on Sunday as Class of 2018 forward Landers Nolley committed to Tech. Nolley is a 6-foot-7, 205-pound recruit out of Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn, Ga. Nolley is a consensus 4-star recruit, and is ranked as the 55th-best player in the Class of 2018 by Rivals. (Tech Sideline)

Behind the scenes of Trae Young's wild recruitment

When Trae Young signed his letter of intent to Oklahoma, his father, Ray, might have been as happy as his son. The wild recruiting process was over. Some of the moments were unforgettable. Kentucky coach John Calipari once tossed the keys of his Ferrari to the five-star point guard and asked him something like, “You've got the keys to my offense now. What are you going to do with it?” (Norman Transcript)

Duke Offers Wendell Moore Following Late Night With Roy

Wendell Moore Jr. has been offered a litany of scholarships to play college basketball, and the Cox Mill High school junior guard recently added another blue-blood program to his list. On Friday, Moore Jr. announced that he has received an offer from Duke. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Moore Jr. also has been offered by reigning national champion North Carolina as well as N.C. State. (Concord Independent Tribune)

‘We want you!’: UK basketball fans cheer on recruits before Big Blue Madness

Chants of “Bol Bol!” and “Zion!” and “We want you!” filled the air outside Rupp Arena before the start of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness. Kentucky basketball fans lined the “blue carpet” leading into the arena hoping to get a glimpse of their Wildcats as they walked in for the season-opening spectacle. Before the UK players showed up, a gaggle of five-star recruits appeared. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Losing Rick Pitino puts Louisville basketball recruiting in 'uncharted territory'

As the University of Louisville basketball program recovers from the FBI investigation bombshell that rattled the school and team, interim head coach David Padgett is now taking on the challenge of recruiting amid uncertain times. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Four-star guard Eric Ayala commits to Maryland

A day after learning that five-star guard Devon Dotson had committed to Kansas, Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon received a commitment from four-star guard Eric Ayala on Saturday. Ayala, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound combo guard from Wilmington, Del., has long been considered heading to College Park, as Dotson, a 6-2, 180-pound point guard, was believed to be headed to Kansas. (Baltimore Sun)

Devon Dotson Blog: Here's why I chose Kansas

Point guard Devon Dotson on his commitment to Kansas: "I want to thank Maryland, UCLA, Clemson, N.C. State and Florida for recruiting me. All of those schools are great, but, in the end, I had to do what I felt was best. Now, I’m going hard after some other players in my class trying to get them to join me. I’m gonna be talking to Zion Williamson...Quentin Grimes...and Romeo Langford." (USA Today)

Corruption investigation costs USC 4-star J'Raan Brooks

The federal investigation into corruption in college and grassroots basketball has cost USC the commitment of four-star power forward J'Raan Brooks. Two and a half weeks ago, Trojans assistant Tony Bland was among those arrested by the FBI and is facing charges including soliciting a bribe and wire fraud for allegedly accepting money to steer athletes towards an agent. (Rivals.com)

Five-star point guard Devon Dotson commits to Kansas

Five-star recruit Devon Dotson verbally committed to Bill Self, Kansas, he tells Scout. Dotson, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day School, picked the Jayhawks over Maryland. Dotson officially visited the Terrapins, as well as Arizona and Florida. Dotson’s official to Kansas was the weekend of August 25th. “It just felt right when I took my visit there,” Dotson said. (Scout.com)

Combo Guard David Duke Commits to Providence

David Duke, the 6-foot-3 combo guard from Providence (RI) Cushing Academy, committed to Providence College on Friday. Duke also considered Florida, Virginia Tech, Indiana and Villanova. Playing with Mass Rivals on the Adidas Gauntlet summer circuit, Duke averaged 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists. According to 247Sports, Duke is ranked as the No. 48 overall player in the Class of 2018. (Zag's Blog)

Duke Extends Offer to Isaiah Stewart

Rochster, NY native Isaiah Stewart is getting ready for his first season of prep school basketball at La Lumiere School in Indiana this year. He could someday be lacing his shoes for Coach K. Stewart received a scholarship offer from Duke on Thursday. Stewart is the 26th ranked recruit in the country on ESPN's list for the Class of 2019 and has now received 31 scholarship offers. (Rochester First)

Quentin Grimes has visited Kentucky, Texas, still has Kansas, Marquette to go

Kansas recruiting target Quentin Grimes, a 6-foot-5 senior combo guard, had a good time on his visit to Kentucky last weekend, but did not commit to the Wildcats. Grimes, the No. 11-ranked player in the recruiting class of 2018 according to Rivals.com, next will make visits to Kansas on Oct. 13-15 and Marquette on Oct. 20-22. He previously visited Texas on Sept. 22-24. (Kansas City Star)

Vanderbilt basketball among finalists for five-star prospects Simi Shittu, Darius Garland

How good could Vanderbilt basketball’s recruiting class be? Very good. Easily one of the Commodores’ best ever. But the gap between second-year coach Bryce Drew landing a pretty strong class and a best-ever class could lie in the upcoming decisions of a pair of five-star prospects, Simi Shittu and Brentwood Academy’s Darius Garland, who count Vanderbilt among their final choices. (The Tennessean)

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2018 Player Rankings
1R.J. BarrettSFMontverde, FL 
2Zion WilliamsonSFSpartanburg, SC 
3Bol BolPFSanta Ana, CA 
4Cameron ReddishSFNorristown, PADuke
5Romeo LangfordSGNew Albany, IN 
6Jordan BrownPFRoseville, CA 
7Gerald LiddellSFCibolo, TXTexas
8Simi ShittuPFSaxtons River, VT 
9Tre JonesPGSaint Paul, MNDuke
10Darius GarlandPGBrentwood, TN 
11Khavon MooreSFMacon, GA 
12Immanuel QuickleyPGBel Air, MDKentucky
13Moses BrownCJamaica, NY 
14Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJLSU
15Louis KingSFBurlington, NJOregon
16Miles NorrisPFChula Vista, CAOregon
17Jahvon QuinerlyPGJersey City, NJArizona
18Reggie PerrySFThomasville, GAMississippi State
19Keldon JohnsonSGMouth Of Wilson, VA 
20Jalen SmithPFBaltimore, MDMaryland

2019 Player Rankings
1Vernon CareyPFFort Lauderdale, FL 
2James WisemanPFMemphis, TN 
3Charles BasseyPFLouisville, KY 
4Scottie LewisSGEatontown, NJ 
5Cole AnthonyPGNew York, NY 
6Matthew HurtSFRochester, MN 
7Bryan AntoineCGEatontown, NJ 
8Chol MarialCCheshire, CT 
9Balsa KoprivicaCFort Lauderdale, FL 
10D.J. JeffriesSFOlive Branch, MS 
11Ashton HagansPGCovington, GA 
12Cassius StanleySFStudio City, CA 
13Trendon WatfordSFBirmingham, AL 
14Christian BrownSFColumbia, SC 
15LaMelo BallPGChino, CAUCLA
16Precious AchiuwaSFBronx, NY 
17Tyrese MaxeySGGarland, TX 
18Jeremiah Robinson-EarlPFMission, KS 
19Onyeka OkongwuCChino, CA 
20Chandler LawsonPFMemphis, TN 

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