Saturday, October 25, 2014

Class of 2015 Team Recruiting Rankings
Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting Analysis

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The Nov. 12 start of the early signing period for the high school class of 2015 is rapidly approaching, and teams across the country are filling out their classes. Sean Miller and Arizona keep a tight hold on the top spot of the team rankings, but Billy Kennedy and Texas A&M are entering new territory at No. 2 in the class of 2015 team rankings.

Five-star Elijah Thomas is part of a surprisingly strong Texas A&M class.
There can't be many outside of the basketball offices in College Station, Texas, who saw this Aggies class coming. Truth be told, even A&M staff members couldn't have expected that things would be working out so well for them on the recruiting trail. After adding five-star big man Elijah Thomas, Kennedy and his staff have landed a terrific class made up entirely from players who hail from the Dallas area.
Notably missing from this edition of the team rankings are traditional recruiting powers Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina. Both the Jayhawks and Tar Heels are still waiting to land their first commitment from the class of 2015, while the Wildcats have only a commitment from No. 57 Charles Matthews. All three of them are involved with many of the same highly ranked prospects, and there is little doubt that they will each end up landing their share of highly regarded players. In the meantime, others are making their moves.
Thanks in large part to the addition of five-star combo forward Henry Ellenson, Marquette has rocketed up to No. 7 overall. Steve Wojciechowski's first recruiting class features three prospects from the state of Wisconsin who all rank in the Rivals150.
The largest early class from a numbers standpoint belongs to Washington. Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies currently have six commitments, and it is a case of both quality and quantity. Four of their five high school commitments are ranked in the Rivals150, while Malik Dime is regarded as one of the top junior college big-man prospects.
The Pac-12 doesn't just boast the top overall recruiting class in Arizona, it leads the way with six teams in the current top 25. The ACC is close behind with four of their its teams landing in the top six of the team rankings. The SEC and the Big Ten have four teams each in the top 25, the Big East has three, the AAC two, and the Mountain West places San Diego State.

Rankings updated Oct. 22, 2014

Class of 2015 Team Rankings
1. Arizona
2015 commits (National rank)
SF Ray Smith (No. 11)
SG Allonzo Trier (No. 12)
SG/PG Justin Simon (No. 21)
PF/C Chance Comanche (No. 32)
Sean Miller and his staff are putting together a monster class in 2015. Smith is a high flying wing with huge upside but will miss his senior year due to an ACL injury. Trier is a big time scorer and Simon is a utility guard who can play multiple positions. Comanche is a slender faceup post player who can shoot and has upside.
2. Texas A&M
2015 commits (National rank)
PF Elijah Thomas (No. 20)
C Tyler Davis (No. 28)
SF D.J. Hogg (No. 33)
SG Admon Gilder (No. 66)
Billy Kennedy and the Aggies have made big waves on the recruiting trail. Thomas and Davis are both big and strong, have scoring touch and rebound at a high rate. Hogg has outstanding size for the wing and is one of the nation's premier jump shooters while Gilder is a steady two guard who can really defend.
3. Duke
2015 commits (National rank)
C Chase Jeter (No. 8)
SG Luke Kennard (No. 24)
The Blue Devils class only has two players so far but they are both five-star prospects. Jeter is a big man who can alter shots and score via the jump hook while Kennard is a strong southpaw and one of the nation's more dangerous jump shooters.
4. Louisville
2015 commits (National rank)
SG Donovan Mitchell (No. 31)
PF Raymond Spalding (No. 40)
SF Deng Adel (No. 50)
Rick Pitino is having little trouble attracting talent to the Ville. Mitchell is a strong and athletic guard coming off of a big summer while Spalding has added some consistency to go with his size and skill. Adel is a mid range scorer who may be able to play some at the four as well.
5. Syracuse
2015 commits (National rank)
SF Malachi Richardson (No. 30)
PF Tyler Lydon (No. 65)
C Moustapha Diagne (No. 68)
SG Franklin Howard (No. 80)
In Richardson, the Orange have landed one of the most confident offensive players in 2015. Lydon is a thin face up four man who can shoot while Diagne is rugged in the post. Howard is a tall guard rounding into shape after tearing his ACL a year ago.
6. Florida State
2015 commits (National rank)
SF Dwayne Bacon (No. 22)
SG Malik Beasley (No. 44)
SG Terance Mann (No. 94)
C Jean Marc Koumadje (NR 3-star)
Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles have put together one heck of a recruiting effort. Their 2015 class is rich with wing talent and is headlined by Bacon a big, physical and athletic five-star. Beasley is an explosive athlete and wing scorer while Mann is a versatile wing who does a little bit of everything. Koumadje is a skinny but mobile and athletic 7-foot-4 big man with upside.
7. Marquette
2015 commits (National rank)
PF Henry Ellenson (No. 17)
SG Haanif Cheatham (No. 69)
PG Nick Noskowiak (No. 95)
C Matt Heldt (No. 150)
Things seem to be going well for Steve Wojciechowski in his first season of recruiting. He landed a big time scorer in Ellenson who is a five-star prospect. Cheatham is a highly versatile guard who can play all three positions along the perimeter. Both Noskowiak and Heldt are from Wisconsin and play with an edge.
8. Ohio State
2015 commits (National rank)
SG Austin Grandstaff (No. 41)
C Daniel Giddens (No. 43)
SF Mickey Mitchell (No. 92)
PG A.J. Harris (No. 103)
The Buckeyes have a dangerous shooter and one of the most confident scorers in the 2015 class in Grandstaff. Giddens is a standout post defender with developing offense while Harris makes up for being undersized with competitive fire. After de-committing at the end of the summer, Mitchell re-joined the Buckeyes after an official visit.
9. Washington
2015 commits (National rank)
PF Marquese Chriss (No. 47)
SG Dejounte Murray (No. 52)
SF Matisse Thybulle (No. 121)
SG David Crisp (No. 149)
PF Malik Dime (JC 3-star)
PF Devenir Duruisseau (NR)
The Huskies have been busy in the class of 2015 having already landed a six man class. The athletic and quick Chris and rangy and versatile Chriss and Murray headline the class. Thybulle is a versatile wing who hails from Seattle just like the sharp shooting Crisp (and Murray). Dime is considered one of the top junior college big men while Duruisseau is a big bodied prep schooler who initially committed to San Jose State as a member of the class of 2014.
10. Auburn
2015 commits (National rank)
PF Horace Spencer (No. 61)
SF Danjel Purifoy (No. 80)
C Trayvon Reed (No. 91 in 2014)
SG T.J. Dunans (JC 3-star)
SG New Williams (NR 4-star)
Bruce Pearl isn't wasting any time putting his mark on the Auburn program. Spencer is a high energy big with athleticism while Purifoy is a bruising wing. Reed signed with Maryland in 2014 but will go to prep school while sorting out legal issues and there is a chance he makes it to campus by December of 2014. Williams is a big time athlete who missed his junior season with a knee injury while Dunans is one of the most highly regarded scorers in junior college basketball.
11. Florida
2015 commits (National rank)
SG Kevaughn Allen (No. 63)
C Noah Dickerson (No. 64)
SF Keith Stone (No. 128)
PF Kevarrius Hayes (No. 139)
The Gators continue to roll along adding solid players each year. When he committed, Allen was known as a defender and transition finisher but he has proven to have more offensive weapons. Dickerson is strong and solid in the post. Stone is a year young for the class of 2015 and has perimeter skill while fellow Floridian Hayes is an athletic big with a live body and long term potential.
12. Michigan State
2015 commits (National rank)
PF Deyonta Davis (No. 23)
SG Matt McQuaid (No. 72)
SG Kyle Ahrens (NR 3-star)
The Spartans have high hopes for Davis. The in-state product has length, athleticism and soft touch to go along with plenty of still untapped potential. After initially committing to SMU, McQuaid reconsidered and chose to take his deep jump shooting to East Lansing. Ahrens is a tough, blue collar wing working his way back from a junior season injury.
13. Connecticut
2015 commits (National rank)
PG Jalen Adams (No. 25)
PF Steve Enoch (No. 60)
The Huskies class only features two players at this point but they are both capable of making an instant impact as freshman. Adams is a high scoring and athletic point guard while Enoch is a homegrown big man who is still new to the game and improving rapidly.
14. Villanova
2015 commits (National rank)
PG Jalen Brunson (No. 15)
SG Donte Divincenzo (No. 116)
PF Tim Delaney (NR 3-star)
Jay Wright landed a stud point guard when Brunson elected to spend his college years in Philly. Divincenzo is an athletic off guard who plays with flair while Delaney is a big man with shooting touch.
15. Memphis
2015 commits (National rank)
PF Dedric Lawson (No. 26)
SF Keelon Lawson (No. 55)
Josh Pastner has a serious package deal cooking in the class of 2015. Both of assistant coach Keelon Lawson's sons are onboard. High scoring Dedric made the move from the class of 2016 to 2015 while his brother K.J. is a hard working small forward who plays with toughness.
16. Illinois
2015 commits (National rank)
SG Jalen Coleman-Lands (No. 38) SF D.J. Williams (No. 62)
SG Aaron Jordan (No. 85)
The Illini made up serious ground late to land one of the class of 2015's best shooters, Coleman-lands. The other two Illini commits are in-state prospects. Williams is a good sized wing who specializes in shooting mid range jumpers while Jordan is a good shooter from beyond the three point line.
17. UCLA
2015 commits (National rank)
SG Prince Ali (No. 29)
SG/PG Aaron Holiday (No. 58)
Steve Alford has proven that he is no slouch on the recruiting trail. In Ali and Holiday he has a pair of physical and athletic backcourt players who love to attack the rim.
18. Oregon State
2015 commits (National rank)
SG Stephen Thompson (No. 75)
PF Tres Tinkle (No. 89)
PG Derrick Bruce (No. 124)
PF Drew Eubanks (No. 134)
The first class under the direction of Wayne Tinkle is a runaway success. Thompson is a smooth jump shooter with range while the head coach's son Tinkle can play the three or the four. Bruce is a long and quick floor general with raw talent while Eubanks is an athletic big who is just starting to get serious about basketball.
19. Wake Forest
2015 commits (National rank)
C Doral Moore (No. 49)
PG Bryant Crawford (No. 79)
PF John Collins (NR 3-star)
The trio who have committed to play at Wake should provide a solid foundation down the road. Moore is an immensely talented big man who has been more potential than production to this point while Crawford is a big and athletic point guard. Collins is a year young for the senior class and is a worker in the paint.
20. USC
2015 commits (National rank)
PF Chimezie Metu (No. 46)
SF Bennie Boatwright (No. 56)
The Trojans wanted to get more athletic and versatile and they are well on their way. Metu is one of the more athletic big men in the country while Boatwright is a tall wing with deep range capable of playing as a stretch four man if needed.
21. LSU
2015 commits (National rank)
Ben Simmons (No. 1)
The Tigers only have one recruit so far, but he's the best player in the class of 2015. Simmons can score, he rebounds and his stay in Baton Rouge isn't likely to be an extended one.
22. Georgetown
2015 commits (National rank)
C Jessie Govan (No. 45)
PF Marcus Derrickson (No. 90)
The Hoyas have recruited a pair of big bodies for 2015. Govan is a true back to the basket scorer while Derrickson is a burly four-man who likes to shoot jumpers out to the three-point line.
23. Minnesota
2015 commits (National rank)
PG Kevin Dorsey (No. 86)
SG Dupree McBrayer (No. 135)
PG Jarvis Johnson (NR 3-star)
PF Jonathan Nwankwo (NR 3-star)
The Gophers wanted backcourt help and they have gotten it. Dorsey isn't a giant, but he plays with loads of heart and is an off the dribble playmaker. McBrayer is a long and slender score first guy who can play as a shooting or point guard while Johnson is an athletic guard with lots of upside. Nwankwo has good size and Big Ten strength.
24. Stanford
2015 commits (National rank)
SF Cameron Walker (No. 71)
SG Marcus Sheffield (No. 102)
The Cardinal have landed a nice pair of four-star prospects. Walker is a wing with good size, athleticism and a nice looking jump shot. Sheffield is a thin wing who is more upside than finished product at this time.
25. San Diego State
2015 commits (National rank)
SG Jeremy Hemsley (No. 73)
PF Brodricks Jones (No. 100)
The Aztecs have picked up a pair of four-stars who look like perfect fits for their style. Hemsley is an aggressive and attacking two-guard, while Jones is a highly mobile and very athletic big man who can block shots and run the floor.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Marquette lands five-star forward
Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting Analysis

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For a while now, Marquette has been considered the heavy favorite to land five-star forward Henry Ellenson. But being favored and closing a prospect are different things. Thursday morning, Ellenson shut the door on his recruitment.

Henry Ellenson is a mobile forward.
Steve Wojciechowski and his staff can celebrate now after their top target ended his recruitment.
Sources close to Ellenson's recruitment confirmed to Rivals.com that the 6-foot-9 combo forward from Rice Lake (Wisc.)High committed and he is clearly a huge addition to Marquette's 2015 recruting class.
Possibly under ranked at No. 17 nationally, Ellenson is as skilled on the offensive end as any player in the country. Considered a slow footed face up five man earlier in his high school years, he has totally transformed his game while developing into an elite level recruit.
Yes, Ellenson still loves to face the basket and shoot jumpers. Yes, he can be a quit trigger happy when it comes to his shot selection but it is hard to blame him. Ellenson has a well developed mid range game, scores with either hand on an assortment of jump hook and up and under moves in the post and he can shoot past the three point stripe.
However, the most significant developments with Ellenson's game are his ability to put the ball on the floor and his mobility. Ellenson can create for himself in the open court and is the rare big man that can utilize a ball screen like a guard. While others can jump higher, Ellenson is highly mobile, changes directions well and he can run very well.
What it all adds up to is a player who should be capable of making an instant impact in Milwaukee.
Now that Ellenson is in the fold, the Golden Eagles have put together a strong recruiting class in Wojciechowski's first year on the job. In addition to Ellenson, they hold commitments from four-star guards Haanif Cheatham and Nick Noskowiak plus Rivals150 big man Matt Heldt.



 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Brown sets high goals
Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting Analysis


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COLORADO SPRINGS -- Through two sessions of play at the USA Basketball minicamp, senior small forward Jaylen Brown has made it quite clear he isn't satisfied. The No. 2 ranked player in his class, Brown's focus and performance have been laser sharp as he prepares for his final season of high school.
Not satisfied

Jaylen Brown will be visiting Kansas and Kentucky soon.
The No. 2 player in the class of 2015, Jaylen Brown, has a lot to feel good about. The 6-foot-7 small forward is a great player who is being recruited by great schools and he has a great future ahead of him. On Saturday, though, Brown made it abundantly clear that he isn't even close to satisfied with where he is as a player.
Brown said that his goals for his senior year include winning a state title and national title while being named state and national player of the year. Lofty goals indeed, but it says right here that it would be unwise to bet against him reaching any of those goals.
Over the next two weekends, Brown will visit Kansas and Kentucky and he'll also get an official to UCLA during the fall. On Saturday, though, Brown had all of his attention focused on the floor as he put together an impressive day.
Brown is physically strong, athletic and can punish defenders at the rim. However, there has been debate about his jump shot and ball-handling. Going off his play Saturday, it is hard to question anything in Brown's game.
Brown was an assassin on the offensive end. He drove for powerful dunks, played very good defense and was all over the floor hustling. However, it was his ball-handling and jump shooting that really stood out. He looked much better attacking with his left and he has pretty much perfected a nice little crossover pull-up jumper. Due to his strength and quickness, Brown creates separation between himself and a defender pretty much when he wants to. Throw a pull-up that keeps defenders on their heels into the mix and he becomes almost impossible to stop with a single defender.
After taking his three official visits, Brown will put his recruitment on ice so that he can focus on his senior season. He said that he will for sure wait until the spring and that he currently has no favorites. Others Brown mentioned include Georgia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
Porter a pure scorer

Michael Porter's father is on the Missouri women's staff.
When it comes to pure scoring ability and offensive skill, Michael Porter the No. 4 player in the class of 2017, can hold his own with just about any wing player in the country, regardless of class.
After a strong morning session, the 6-foot-8 small forward from Columbia (Mo.) Father Tolton really got things rolling during Saturday's evening session.
Reputedly one of the top shooters in the country, Porter backed up that reputation. The international three-point line was at most an afterthought to him. Porter also demonstrated good ball-handling ability and fluid athleticism.
What really impressed about Porter's game was how aggressively he attacked the rim. Porter knows he can score from deep or mid-range, but as the night wore on he realized more and more how effective he could be taking the ball to the rim.
Obviously, Missouri will be a big factor in Porter's recruitment. Not only does he live in Columbia, but his father Michael Sr., is an assistant for the Mizzou women's team. On top of that, Porter has one sister playing at Mizzou and another committed to do so.
Porter is aware of the general perception that Missouri will be tough to beat, but he says that he is open to all schools. In addition to Missouri, Porter said that Iowa and Indiana have been by to see him. Duke and North Carolina will both be in to see him in the next few weeks and he holds offers from Mizzou, Kansas, Baylor, Wichita State, Washington, Colorado, Marquette and Illinois.
"I think I'm doing well so far," said Porter. "It is really, really good competition so you can't take any plays off. But it's fun, there's a lot of good dudes out here."
Saturday evening session notes
The No. 3 player in 2017, small forward Jarred Vanderbilt was as advertised on Saturday. A long and quick 6-foot-7 wing from Houston, Vanderbilt is fast to the rim, can pass and rebounds his position well. Quick off his feet, he is also a bouncy finisher in tight quarters. Vanderbilt said that Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas State, Oklahoma State Texas and Arizona State have been by recently. All of them but Arizona and Kentucky have offered and Vanderbilt listed additional offers from Kansas and Baylor.
It is too early to know who the top player in the class of 2018 is, but it isn't unfair to say that it might be Marvin Bagley. As the day wore on, Bagley showed one dimension of his game after another. He played in the post, made medium-range jumpers and did some things off the dribble. Bagley is a plus athlete and has a good feel for the game on both ends of the floor. He is simply an elite prospect.
The same way the senior big men use their strength to their advantage, Villanova-bound five-star point guard Jalen Brunson was a bull on Saturday. He is very physical with the ball, makes great decisions in ball screen action and he is a dangerous scorer via the pull-up. It will be a surprise if he doesn't play major minutes early in Philly.
Class of 2017's No. 23 Ira Lee may have been the hardest playing player in camp. The 6-foot-7 power forward from Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon played with endless energy and was all over the glass. He tries to dunk everything he can and just keeps coming at opponents.
Illinois signee D.J. Williams had a very good night. The 6-foot-7 wing has been a bit of a tweener in the past, but he looked very natural on the wing. Williams was making jumpers from mid-range and was very aggressive in attacking the rim. He is playing with a lot of confidence.
Part of Arizona's terrific 2015 recruiting class, shooting guard Allonzo Trier, was the model of efficiency on the offensive end. He buried jumpers, used his strength and showed an alpha mentality.