Over the past year, Corey Walker Jr.has become one of the more highly recruited prospects in the 2020 class. The explosive 6-foot-7 small forward from Florida has programs all over the country making the trip to Jacksonville to see him at his school.
Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan, USC and Xavier are among the schools Walker says are in constant contact with him. He took an unofficial visit to Florida earlier in football season and will be back in Gainesville on Friday one more time to see Gators on the hardwood.
Florida:“Florida was great. I like it a lot. They talk about how I can fit in well there and build the team around me. They’ll let me pick some guys I want to play with if I commit there. I like coach(Mike) Whitea lot. He keeps it real with everybody, and he’s a nice guy.”
USC: “USC is really good. I feel like for the next four or five years they are going to be really good. They are bringing in some big-time recruits.”
Xavier: “I like them. I like the coaches. I like coach Jonas (Hayes). He’s a cool dude. He talks about how I would fit in with the team and the position I’d play.”
At this point in the process, Florida has to be considered the school to beat for Walker. It is the only school that has been able to get the four-star prospect on campus lately, and he speaks highly of White and his program.
Other programs such as Louisville, Xavier and USC have also put in a lot of work with the No. 30 overall prospect in the 2020 Rivals150, and they shouldn’t be counted out. Walker also appears to be pretty open, so it’s still possible for other schools to come into the picture over the next year.
started his junior season at Hamilton Heights (Tenn.) off with an impressive showing this past weekend at the CB Hoops Super Jam at LakePoint Sports in Georgia. The 6-foot-2 lead guard exploded for 41 points in his first game of the day and did so connecting on deep balls, getting to the rim, and also dished out some assists to teammates.
Kansas State offered following the event and became the class of 2020 prospect’s first high-major scholarship offer. Georgia Tech, Iowa and Ole Miss have also shown varying levels of interest. His other offers include UMass, FAU, Hofstra and Arkansas State.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
Rawls talked about his newest offer, interest from Iowa, and what schools he would like to hear from.
Kansas State: “I like it. It’s in the Big 12. I’m definitely interested in them since they gave me my first high-major offer. The assistant coach just told me how he likes my game and he couldn’t believe UMass was my first offer.”
Iowa: “They’ve just been recruiting me a little bit. They want to get me up on campus soon for a visit. I don’t know too much about them, but I’m starting to look into them.”
On schools he wants to hear from: “Really any SEC school. I’d like to hear from Tennessee. They are the home state school and I’ve been on campus there a couple times. I’ve talked to coach (Rob) Lanier a couple times. He said he likes my game. He wants me to get stronger to improve my game.”
If Rawls continues to play like he did on Saturday, there will be a long list of high-major programs in pursuit of his signature in the 2020 class. He looked like the type of prospect that should be in the next update of the Rivals150. Kansas State was wise to jump in on him early and he mentioned the possibility of trying to sneak in a visit to Manhattan at some point in the near future. It’s still early in his recruitment though and he maintains he’s open to all schools.
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We were unable to get to all of your questions in yesterday’s #TwitterTuesday, so we've hit on few others in this week’s Wednesday’s Leftovers. We tackle such topics as Duke and UNC’s 2019 class, the recruitment of
I will say that it is about 40 percent, not because I don’t think that they won’t land at least one of the two, but since you asked about both pledging to the Tar Heels, that's a tall order, especially with Kansas in the mix. However, I do feel fairly confident UNC can snatch Green, one of the more versatile and talented guards in the 2019 class, and the Tar Heels are primarily battling with Arizona for his commitment.
Robinson-Earl on the other hand, is down to a final five, but many believe that this race will come down to UNC and Kansas. I will side with Jayhawks for now, but I do still see good things ahead for Roy Williams’ crew in the months ahead as Green and another potential guard standout should pledge.
A three-star guard out of New Jersey, Gaffney is down to a final four for the most part: Clemson, St. John’s, UConn and Xavier. Pitt and Florida were involved, but both have bowed out. Gaffney will spend an official visit on Clemson, but since the Tigers took
, they do need another guard in the 2019 class. St. John’s will have to wait until next month to host Gaffney, but with where things sit now, I like the Red Storm and UConn, and the Huskies might be pushing for his pledge this weekend.
What can you tell us about #mubb mystery commit Dexter Akanno? Didn't even have a rivals page but offers from Marquette, VT, and New Mexico and had others sniffing around. Think he cracks Rivals150 eventually?
earlier this month, and while that did not receive a ton of fanfare, I do approve of the Golden Eagles’ win on the recruiting trail. He entered July with just two scholarship offers, and none coming from a high-major program. Regardless, he is the type of guard that Marquette has been lacking in recent years. Offensive firepower has remained, but defensively the Golden Eagles have struggled. That aspect of their game should be improved immediately with Akanno on hand next year.
-type of guard: tough, competitive, well-built and a big-time defender that wants to do the dirty work. He just missed the new Rivals150 last week, but was given a ranking in the top-50 at his shooting guard position. He should continue to garner positive marks as he enters his prep year at Blair Academy this fall.
The five-star guard has the potential to evolve into a one-and-done type of prospect after his lone year but the best bet for him might be setting up shop for two years in college before taking a harder look at the NBA.
What really makes James so valuable is the fact that he is 6-foot-5 and sports a 6-foot-9 wingspan. He is best used on the ball as a playmaker and has a mature, developed skill set. The dilemma is that he is not a consistent shooter from 15 feet and out, and that asset in today’s game is as valuable as ever. That could hold him back some.
By choosing Tennessee, expect Rick Barnes to give him every chance in the world to flourish immediately, so that he can be an example for years to come that his program is the type of place that elite prospects can go, succeed and then be selected in the upper tier of the NBA Draft.
. The Cleveland native will be one of the last to enroll as a class of 2018 prospect, and he will be on Mizzou’s roster for this upcoming season.
It is not like he was an unheard-of prospect though, as West Virginia, Cincinnati, DePaul and a few others had kept tabs on him throughout his prep career. What he brings to the floor is versatility and upside. He is your prototypical athletic wing who can slide between positions, score at the basket and from the perimeter and defend his spot, whether it be as a 2-guard or as a small-ball power forward. He has the talent and abilities to impact the program. If he can put it all together and get his bearings down, look for Guess to be a nice injection off the bench for the next few years.
Following back to back top 20 classes and with a Greg Gantt verbal already in hand, can Providence do it again by adding another top recruit to their 2019 class? If so, who is the guy/guys they have the best shot at landing (Akok, etc.)? Thanks!
could be a guy who would answer a lot of its questions in the 2019 class. However, there is a lot more time to go in his recruitment, as UConn, Pitt, Maryland, Georgetown and Syracuse are just a few that have invested a good amount of time in recruiting him. While it's difficult to forecast, I think Providence will miss on Akok.
, another well regarded prospect that is more of an interior-based big man. If they don't get either of those two, Gantt might be the only Rivals150 recruit to enroll next fall, but the Friars should have a bevy of talent returning and Ed Cooley could have, arguably, his best roster.