College Basketball Recruiting

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

Sunday HoopHall Classic Takeaways

Oregon bound five-star center Bol Bol highlighted Sunday action at the HoopHall Classic as a mix of prep and traditional high school teams hit the floor. The impact of Jalen Smith could come sooner than expected at Maryland. A big-time athlete who is a playmaking greyhound in transition, Scottie Lewis was all over the place in any situation during a 27-point point effort. (

5-star wing Scottie Lewis has group chat with Duke commit Joey Baker, recruit Vernon Carey

Uncommitted 5-star wing Scottie Lewis is capable of racking up points with ease and giving opposing guards fits on defense. Lewis, ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2019, has fielded offers from programs, including Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Villanova and Harvard -- noting Sunday the Hoophall Classic that he's looking to cut down his list of suitors this spring. (Mass Live)

5-Star Guard Anfernee Simons Updates Recruitment, Will Visit NC State

While navigating the thought of the NBA, Anfernee Simons is also sifting through the recruiting process. Simons took his first official visit on January 5th to Tennessee since backing off his early commitment to Louisville. Simons has now scheduled another trip. The talented guard will visit NC State in February. The visit is scheduled for the weekend of February 10th. (247 Sports)

Emmitt Williams, uncommitted 5-star prospect, thrills Hoophall Classic crowd, talks recruiting

Zion Williamson might be the most heralded dunker of his class -- and maybe of his generation -- but Oak Ridge senior Emmitt Williams isn't far behind. The five-star uncommitted big man made his presence felt early and often during the Pioneers' matchup against Roselle Catholic Saturday at the 2018 Spalding Hoophall Classic -- electrifying a sold-out crowd with a number of thunderous dunks. (

2018 Hoophall Classic: Power ranking the top prospects, from R.J. Barrett to Zion Williamson

The national slate of the 2018 Hoophall Classic tips off on Saturday, as some of the top high-school and NBA prospects in the country take the court. As always, the list of stars is lengthy, but this year it might be even better than usual — Blake Arena will play host to future NBA stars, viral sensations and a whole lot more. Here are our prospect power rankings: (

Nation's top colleges vying for Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

After back to back titles, Bishop Miege is stepping back into the spotlight behind 6'9" forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. As one of the nation's top recruits, it seems like everyone is knocking down his door. "Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Wake Forrest, Iowa, Notre Dame," said Robinson-Earl, rattling off a mere fraction of the top programs recruiting hard for his services. (KSHB)

Columbia Mayor ready to name Jan. 20 "Zion Williamson Day"

Many people are eagerly awaiting Zion Williamson’s college decision including Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin. On Friday, Benjamin tweeted about Williamson’s upcoming Jan. 20 announcement. “Ready to officially name January 20, 2018 “Zion Williamson Day” in @ColumbiaSC!” Williamson is considering South Carolina, Clemson, UNC, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky. (The State)

Schools continue to flock to five-star forward Christian Brown

Christian Brown has been a five-star recruit in the 2019 class since released rankings for the class. It takes about a nanosecond to figure out why. The 6-foot-6 small forward is an elite athlete with a more than adequate skill set for his position. Georgia, FSU, UNLV, Florida, Missouri, Ohio State and Virginia Tech are among the schools coming at him the hardest right now. (

Jairus Hamilton Commits to Boston College

Four-star forward Jairus Hamilton committed to Boston College over Mississippi State and Maryland on Thursday. Hamilton brings toughness, versatility and production to Chestnut Hill. A 6-foot-8 forward out of the Cannon School in North Carolina, Hamilton held offers from a number of local ACC programs before taking official visits to Maryland, Mississippi State and BC in the fall. (

Star recruits Darius Garland, Quentin Grimes pitch Vanderbilt, Kansas to Romeo Langford via Twitter

High-profile basketball recruits took to Twitter Friday night to plead their case to play in college with Romeo Langford. The New Albany five-star shooting guard scored 33 points in a dismantling of rival Jeffersonville. And tweets with video of Langford, who still is considering Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt, finishing exciting dunks created an opportunity for future college players to pitch their programs. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

LSU planning for talented big man Naz Reid to be one-and-done

Naz Reid is headed to LSU next fall, but his stay on campus could be short. The LSU staff is preparing for the multi-skilled 6-foot-11, 245-pound big man from Asbury Park, N.J., and Roselle Catholic to be a one-and-done. “That is our plan, our plan is to work with him daily to make that happen,” LSU assistant Greg Heiar said in a phone interview. (Zag's Blog)

Former Missouri guard Blake Harris transferring to NC State

Missouri transfer Blake Harris has committed to NC State. A North Carolina native, Harris visited the Wolfpack's campus earlier this week. He originally committed to Washington in high school but decommitted after coach Lorenzo Romar was fired. Ranked No. 99 in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2017, Harris averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 assists in 14 games at Missouri this season. (

2018 Rivals150 Round Table: Analysts break down big decisions

Canadian import R.J. Barrett remains the top-ranked prospect in the 2018 Rivals150 but the Duke-bound wing is facing heavy competition from future teammate Cameron Reddish, who has risen to No. 2 and is making a serious run at the top spot. Unsigned big man E.J. Montgomery has made a big move as well going from outside of the top 25 all the way to No. 11 nationally. (

ESPN this week will feature R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, projected top two picks in 2019 NBA Draft

If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of the future of basketball, you can see it on ESPN in the coming week. R.J. Barrett, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, will be on ESPN2 on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET when Montverde Academy meets Orlando Christian Prep. Zion Williamson, the projected No. 2 pick in 2019, is expected to play on ESPN on Saturday at 8 p.m. (Zag's Blog)

Recruiting updates on Romeo Langford, Jairus Hamilton, Anfernee Simons

Romeo Langford will play at Kansas, Indiana or Vanderbilt, and while each is continuing to hastily pursue and recruit the elite scorer, he is also in no rush to make a college decision. Jairus Hamilton took three official visits in the fall as he saw the campuses of Maryland, Mississippi State and Boston College. This past weekend, Anfernee Simons took an official visit to Tennessee. (

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2018 Player Rankings
1R.J. BarrettSFMontverde, FLDuke
2Zion WilliamsonSFSpartanburg, SCDuke
3Bol BolPFSanta Ana, CAOregon
4Cameron ReddishSFNorristown, PADuke
5Romeo LangfordSGNew Albany, IN 
6Jordan BrownPFRoseville, CA 
7Gerald LiddellSFCibolo, TXTexas
8Simi ShittuPFSaxtons River, VTVanderbilt
9Tre JonesPGSaint Paul, MNDuke
10Darius GarlandPGBrentwood, TNVanderbilt
11Khavon MooreSFMacon, GA 
12Immanuel QuickleyPGBel Air, MDKentucky
13Moses BrownCJamaica, NY 
14Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJLSU
15Louis KingSFBurlington, NJOregon
16Miles NorrisPFChula Vista, CAOregon
17Jahvon QuinerlyPGJersey City, NJ 
18Reggie PerrySFThomasville, GAMississippi State
19Keldon JohnsonSGMouth Of Wilson, VAKentucky
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, GAGeorgia
12Cassius StanleySFStudio City, CA 
13Trendon WatfordSFBirmingham, AL 
14Christian BrownSFColumbia, SC 
15LaMelo BallPGChino, CA 
16Precious AchiuwaSFBronx, NY 
17Tyrese MaxeySGGarland, TX 
18Jeremiah Robinson-EarlPFMission, KS 
19Onyeka OkongwuCChino, CA 
20Chandler LawsonPFMemphis, TN 

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