Daily news coverage of the nation's top college basketball recruits and teams.
Juwan Gary Sets Decision Date
One of the state of South Carolina’s top basketball recruits has set a date for his announcement. Gray Collegiate forward Juwan Gary will announce his college choice Nov. 15 on his mother’s birthday. Gary announced last week his final five schools are Alabama Clemson, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Gary is the S.C. 2A Player of the Year.
Ohio State football offers 5-star basketball prospect Jalen Suggs to play QB
Jalen Suggs is one of the top basketball recruits in the Class of 2020, and Ohio State is looking to land the 6-foot-3 point guard from Minneapolis. However, Ohio State doesn’t want him for basketball. Although ESPN ranks Suggs as a 5-star basketball recruit, he is also a talented quarterback. Ohio State extended a scholarship offer to Suggs to play quarterback.
2019 4-star forward Romeo Weems picked DePaul over Michigan, Michigan State
DePaul basketball hasn’t gotten many wins over major programs in recent years. The Demon Deacons haven’t had a winning season since 2007 and have won just nine games in Big East competition the past three years. But on Tuesday, the Chicago school beat out teams like Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State to land a commitment from four-star forward Romeo Weems.
Competing against Duke and Kentucky for one-and-done recruiting
Other programs have not been able to sign multiple one-and-done basketball recruits year in and year out. Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA have done so at times; but the duopoly maintained by the Blue Devils and Wildcats is still standing. Here are some rules of the recruiting road that have characterized the one-and-done-era for programs not named either Duke or Kentucky.
Elite hoopers shine and pay respects in the Josh Level Classic
Just over five years after the tragic death of Josh Level, one of North Carolina’s most promising young basketball prospects, the all-star game held in his honor is still drawing capacity crowds and displaying a who’s who of the state’s hoops talent. “I didn’t know Josh personally, but I know a lot of people that knew him and everyone loved him,” said Joey Baker, a Duke signee.
Hoop Group Southern: Saturday Notebook
The Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest is always a must-stop during the spring travel season as a bevy of top shoe and non-shoe sponsored programs descend upon the Boo Williams Sportsplex. Saturday was another highlight day in Hampton as Isaiah Wong, Lester Quinones and Donta Scott were just a few that stood out.
Isaiah Mobley becomes latest top basketball recruit to commit to USC
The USC basketball program completed a dream recruiting week Friday when blue-chip 2019 power forward Isaiah Mobley announced his commitment to the Trojans. Mobley, the No. 31 ranked player in the class according to the 247Sports composite rankings, joined close friend and 2019 five-star center Onyeka Okongwu, who committed to USC on Monday.
Juwan Gary sets Top 5 schools list
South Carolina and Clemson are in the final five schools for Gray Collegiate forward Juwan Gary. Gary announced his final five schools Friday and it includes the Gamecocks, Tigers, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Alabama. Gary plans on visiting North Carolina State in the summer and Alabama and Virginia Tech have recently gotten in the mix for him.
Tyrese Maxey Is “Doing A Heck Of A Job” Recruiting Keion Brooks To Kentucky
Keion Brooks, a 2019 five-star small forward, is hearing all about Kentucky. Not only is John Calipari recruiting the 6-foot-8 senior to Kentucky, so is UK commit Tyrese Maxey. “Tyrese is my brother, that’s my guy,” said Brooks. “We’ve been playing against each other for so long.” Brooks is ranked as the No. 16 overall player and 5th best small forward in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports.
Five-star recruit Onyeka Okongwu chooses USC over UCLA, ASU
Five-star junior Onyeka Okongwu committed to USC on Monday. Okongwu, a 6-foot-8 Chino Hills (Calif.) product, chose the Trojans over UCLA and Arizona State. "I just wanted to rock with USC," Okongwu told ESPN. "It's in L.A. I wanted to stay home. I really connect with their coaching staff. They recruited me the hardest and USC feels like home to me."
Before Romeo Langford chose Indiana, Adidas made sure he stayed under its tent
As the crowd cheered Romeo Langford's decision to attend Indiana, Langford’s father, Tim, stood behind him, holding up a red arm sleeve that featured the three-stripe logo of Adidas. It was a fitting gesture because, according to former Louisville coach Rick Pitino and three people in the apparel company’s youth basketball division, Adidas played a crucial role in Langford’s recruitment.
Duke Offers Five-Star 2020 PG Nico Mannion
Duke extended its second scholarship offer in the 2020 class on Monday, this one to five-star point guard Nico Mannion from Phoenix, AZ. Mannion, a 6'3", lead guard playing with West Coast Elite on the Under Armour Association, has been recruited by Duke throughout the Spring grassroots circuit, with Blue Devils' coaches in attendance for a number of his games.
Atlanta big man Issa Muhammad earning ACC, SEC offers
Issa Muhammad’s coming out party this high school season came in the 7A playoffs. Since then, his recruitment has picked up. Iowa State offered the day after the McEachern game. Clemson, Florida and Wake Forest recently offered him a scholarship, while Auburn and Georgia Tech could be coming soon. He has plans to visit Auburn and Clemson in the near future.
Incoming freshman wing Saddiq Bey asks for release from scholarship, will not enroll at NC State
It’s been an eventful day on the recruiting trail, especially by college basketball standards. Not long after Kentucky transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones announced his commitment to NC State, the news dropped that incoming freshman Saddiq Bey will not be enrolling in Raleigh. Killeya-Jones’ addition briefly made 14 scholarship players on the roster, which is one over the NCAA limit.
Sacha Killeya-Jones commits to NC State
Former Kentucky forward Sacha Killeya-Jones is transferring to N.C. State. Killeya-Jones announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. The sophomore from Chapel Hill, will have to sit out the 2018-19 season but will be eligible the following year. Killeya-Jones also considered UNC, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Nevada, Georgetown and Clemson.