Daily news coverage of the nation's top college basketball recruits and teams.
Former Syracuse commit Darius Bazley breaks down his G League decision
Prior to the Nike Hoop Summit game, Darius Bazley went in-depth on his recent decision to pursue playing in the G League. "I was going to develop either way but at the same you got to take it into perspective that going to college, you’re preparing for college. In the NBA, with the G League and stuff you’re about to go into, you’re preparing for the NBA."
Nike Hoop Summit 2018: Viewing Info, Rosters and Players to Watch
The next generation of basketball stars converge in Portland, Oregon, on Friday for the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit. For the 21st annual showcase, the USA Junior National Select Team will battle the World Select Team. The USA team features 13 of America's best high school seniors, and they will take on 12 of the top international players who are 19 years old or younger.
Romeo Langford Sets Announcement Date
The top undecided senior in the country, five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford, has set an announcement date. On April 30, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from New Albany (Ind.) High plans to reveal whether he will attend Indiana, Kansas or Vanderbilt. Langford says exact plan for the announcement isn't in place yet and that he's not yet made the actual choice.
How might Kansas' ties to FBI investigation impact Romeo Langford's college decision?
In light of allegations related to the Kansas basketball program, it doesn’t appear Romeo Langford’s feelings have changed about the school. Tim Langford, Romeo’s father, said Tuesday he and his family would discuss what Kansas being tied to the FBI's case on corruption in college basketball could mean for his son's impending decision. On Wednesday, Tim Langford said he had no update.
As high school star skips college for NBA’s G League, others remain skeptical
Darius Bazley decommitted from Syracuse and became the first top recruit to forfeit his college eligibility by declaring his intent to play in the G League, the official minor league organization of the NBA. Many of Bazley’s fellow recruits, and some parents and coaches, said they are skeptical that going straight from high school to the G League will become a trend.
Five-star wing Christian Brown looking to bounce back this spring
Five-star small forward Christian Brown didn't have the junior season he was hoping for, so he's looking for a big bounce back this spring. A 6-foot-6 wing at Columbia (S.C.) Lower Richland who ranks No. 23 in the class of 2019, Brown says that he never felt right during the winter. “I didn’t really have the year I wanted and some was because of injuries," Brown said.
Alonzo Gaffney Commits to Ohio State
One of the major goals set by Chris Holtmann when he got the Ohio State head coaching job a little under a year ago was to lock down the borders of the state of Ohio on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday Holtmann, according to his high school coach Sonny Johnson, accomplished a big piece of that in earning the commitment of five-star forward Alonzo Gaffney.
Five-star point guard Ashton Hagans commits to Kentucky
Five-star point guard Ashton Hagans has verbally committed to Kentucky. Hagans, a standout at Covington (Ga.) Newton, originally committed to Georgia, but he backed off that pledge on February 26th. Other schools that offered Hagans included Georgia Tech, Louisville, Providence, Maryland, Georgetown, Memphis, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State among others.
Trendon Watford has ‘amazing’ home visit with Indiana, more visits coming
Trendon Watford, the 6-foot-8 forward from Mountain Brook (AL), had what his father called an “amazing” home visit Saturday with Indiana’s Archie Miller. That followed a visit last week with Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Miller told Trendon and his father Ernest that Indiana was “all in” for Watford, one of 21 players invited to the Next Generation Sunday program at the Final Four.
Sophomore point guard Jalen Suggs looking to make most of recruiting process
One of the top five players in the 2020 class, elite point guard Jalen Suggs is looking to make the most of his recruitment. The 6-foot-3 point guard from Minneapolis is coming off a state title and the interest has rolled in for Suggs, who counts Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Marquette, Georgia Tech, Baylor, UCLA, Arizona State, Wake Forest and UNLV among his offers.
Romeo Langford hits the 'homestretch' of his recruitment
Romeo Langford — the No. 6-rated player in the recruiting class of 2018 — indicated he would stick with his final list of Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt despite the fact new Louisville coach Chris Mack recently tried to get involved in his recruitment. Langford said he would likely announce his choice by the end of April, likely in a ceremony at his high school.
Emmitt Williams slams home his point, leads team to Jordan Brand win
Somebody forgot to tell Emmitt Williams the Jordan Brand Classic is just an all-star game. Williams, an LSU signee and power forward from Oak Ridge (Orlando), scored a Jordan Brand-record 44 points, mostly off a variety of heinously nasty dunks, to lead the Home squad to a 146-136 win Sunday in the 17th Jordan Brand Classic game in Brooklyn.
2020 four-star wing Elijah Wood seeing recruitment increase
One of the emerging names from the 2020 class, Elijah Wood is beginning to see his recruitment hit the next level as a handful of power conference programs have entered the picture. Ranked No. 68, the four-star wing has already received scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, UNLV, St. John’s and a handful of others.
Vernon Carey Jr. to host Kentucky, Duke
Vernon Carey Jr., he 6-foot-10 junior big man from University School (FL), will host Duke and Kentucky this weekend, according to Evan Daniels of 247Sports.com. Miami also met with Carey before the Final Four. In January at the Hoophall Classic, Carey listed Duke, along with Michigan State, North Carolina, Miami and Kansas among his top schools.
Arizona lands four-star wing Devonaire Doutrive
Arizona made its first dent in the 2018 class Saturday with the commitment of 4-star wing Devonaire Doutrive. A 6-foot-5 senior, Doutrive committed to Arizona during his official visit to campus. The Wildcats will look nothing like this past season as they will lose their entire starting five to graduation or the NBA, entering the offseason with up to seven scholarship spots to fill.