Daily news coverage of the nation's top college basketball recruits and teams.
Wake Forest Basketball Gets Commitment from PF Christian Lorng
In the wake of recent transfers, the Wake Forest coaching staff has wasted no time trying to secure solid replacements to bolster the roster for next season. Thursday the staff picked up a commit from 6-10, 240 lb. power forward Christian Lorng, a 3-star recruit ranked the 69th best power forward of the 2018 class. He also had offers from USF and Creighton.
Updated 247 Sports 2020 Basketball Recruit Rankings
With the high school basketball season coming to a close, it’s time to update the 247Sports rankings for the class of 2020. The updated list has a change at the top, as Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial standout Jalen Green has catapulted to the No. 1 spot. To go with Green, Jalen Suggs and R.J. Hampton were the only other prospects considered for the top spot.
Five-star recruit Anfernee Simons is headed to the NBA
Five-star recruit Anfernee Simons will enter the NBA Draft, rather than attend college. Simons, a 6-foot-4 guard out of IMG Academy, was also considering Tennessee, NC State among other programs. For most it's not possible to go straight from high school to the NBA, but Simons graduated last season, is in the midst of a postgraduate year and meets the age requirement.
Penny Hardaway has already stolen a four-star recruit for Memphis
Penny Hardaway has been the Memphis basketball coach for all of 24 hours, but he’s already on the precipice of picking up his first major recruit. Alex Lomax, a four-star point guard originally committed to Wichita State, has asked for and been granted his release from the Shockers. Lomax has played for Hardaway since their days at Lester Middle School.
Four-star 2018 C Bryan Penn-Johnson commits to Washington
Building depth is becoming the central focus of Mike Hopkins’ second recruiting class at Washington. Adding center Bryan Penn-Johnson could fulfill another need. Penn-Johnson, who led Wasatch Academy (Utah) to a 24-2 record, tweeted Monday he’ll play next season for UW. At 7-feet and 210 pounds, the athletically-gifted center is a composite four-star prospect.
How Penny Hardaway reportedly becoming Memphis’ coach impacts Kentucky recruiting
It looks like Memphis has found a new basketball coach. Penny Hardaway will replace Tubby Smith, who the school parted ways with after two seasons. Hardaway has never coached at the college level but he is well connected in the AAU game and has coached many of the top players in the country, including the No. 1 player in the 2019 class, James Wiseman.
The Loyalty Game: How sneaker dollars transformed youth hoops
In a normal year, one of the biggest stories of the NCAA Tournament would be freshman sensation Marvin Bagley III. The prospect of Bagley's last hurrah as a Duke Blue Devil and ascent to the NBA would be near-perfect fodder for the myth-makers at Nike. Bagley has been a part of the Nike system for nearly three years, starting when he was 16. But this is far from a normal year.
Romeo Langford decision: How the superstar fits at Kansas, Indiana, and Vanderbilt
Romeo Langford is the top unsigned senior in the country. The five-star shooting guard from New Albany High School shortened his list to three potential landing spots in mid-November: Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt. Langford is expected to make his college decision during April's late signing period. Here’s a closer look at each school’s chances.
Top three R.J. Hampton dominates, talks NCAA Tournament
The best player in attendance at the RCS Sports Spring Ice Breaker, 2020's No. 3 player R.J. Hampton left no doubt about who best player on the floor was. The five-star also talked about what he can learn from the NCAA Tournament while a prospect from London emerged onto the scene.
Can Tom Crean get Ashton Hagans back in the fold at Georgia?
Ashton Hagans, the No. 6 player in the 2019 class, committed to Georgia in December but decided to open up his recruitment in February when it started to appear that Mark Fox’s job was in jeopardy. Georgia fired Fox one week ago and named Tom Crean the new coach. As it turns out, Crean and Hagans already have a relationship going back to last summer.
South Carolina basketball firmly in mix for 4-star local product Juwan Gary
Four-star small forward Juwan Gary stopped by Colonial Life Arena for five South Carolina basketball games this season. South Carolina remains firmly in consideration, along with several other schools, including Clemson, Maryland, NC State, Virginia and UConn, though the Huskies parted ways with coach Kevin Ollie Sunday, which could change his recruitment.
D.J. Jeffries’ commitment to UK is first step in Calipari’s two-part recruiting coup
Kentucky picked up a commitment from highly touted basketball star D.J. Jeffries on Monday, the first half of John Calipari’s two-part plan for a recruiting coup in his old stomping grounds. Jeffries is a 6-foot-8 junior forward from Olive Branch, Miss., which is located just across the Tennessee border from Memphis, where Calipari coached for nine seasons.
2019 four-star forward Elias King decommits from Georgia
Just before Christmas, Mark Fox received a great present in the form of a five-star point guard when Ashton Hagans committed to the Georgia Bulldogs. Just a few days later, Elias King decided to join him and commit, giving Georgia the top recruiting class in the Class of 2019. A few months later, Georgia is back to square one with its 2019 class.
USA Basketball releases rosters for Nike Hoop Summit
The Nike Hoop Summit, which matches the top seniors against some of the most talented players in the World, is slated for Friday, April 13th, in Portland, Oregon. The USA Team consists of seven players ranked in the 247Sports Composite top 10 -- Cameron Reddish, Zion Williamson, Bol Bol, Romeo Langford, Anfernee Simons, Darius Bazley and Tre Jones.
Duke Commit R.J. Barrett Wins 2018 HS Naismith Player of the Year Award
Canadian wing R.J. Barrett was named the 2018 High School Naismith Player of the Year on Friday, becoming only the second ever from the North American country to earn the prestigious award after Andrew Wiggins in 2013. Last summer, he led Canada to the gold medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup, a run that included an upset victory over Team USA.