Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jackson & Swanigan shine Basketball Recruiting Analyst

THE RIVALS150: 2015 | 2016
LEXINGTON, Kent. -- A first year event, the Bluegrass Showcase brought a wealth of talent to the campus of Dunbar High in Lexington. Class of 2016's No. 3 player Josh Jackson and five-star senior big man Caleb Swanigan both lived up to their lofty status while senior point guard Traci Carter looked strong.
Jackson thriving in new surroundings

Josh Jackson is a ridiculous athlete.
For his junior season, 6-foot-7 wing Josh Jackson made the huge decision to leave his home in Detroit to attend Napa (Calif.) Justin Siena and play for Prolific Prep. On Saturday, the move sure looked to be paying off for the No. 3 ranked player in the class of 2016 as he led Prolific to a 65-60 win over Arlington (Fla.) Country Day.
Jackson came out and set the tone early. The first time he touched the ball he rose in the lane and punched home a violent one handed dunk on ACD's 6-foot-10 center. Probably the most explosive athlete in his class, Jackson was engaged early playing at full speed on both ends.
As usual, Jackson was totally unstoppable in transition. When he gets into the open court defenders are pretty much left hoping he makes a mistake or they get a call from the refs because they aren't going to stop him from getting where he wants to go. While Jackson relentlessly attacks the rim in transition, he doesn't do so selfishly. He is a terrific passer who uses his size to his advantage to find creases through or over the defense while on the fly.
While he set the tone early, Jackson did float offensively at times during the middle part of the game. The constant, though, was his outstanding defense. In terms of recent high school wings, Jackson is in the same class Andrew Wiggins was at the same stage. He used his superior length and quickness to play tight on-the-ball defense, deflect passes and sneak over on help defense for blocks or to poke the ball away.
Once crunch time came in the back-and-forth affair, Jackson came to life again on the offensive end. He got loose for a big transition slam and then stepped confidently into a three-pointer to end ACD's hopes.
For the time being, Jackson says that he is not at all worried about the recruiting process and that he has no favorites and won't get serious about schools for a while. Prolific coach Jeremy Russotti mentioned to that Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, Auburn and Louisville were among the many that have indicated they would love to have action.
Jackson -- who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds -- did say that the move from Detroit to wine country has been a beneficial one for him.
"It was a change of scenery for me but it hasn't been a hard adjustment," Jackson told "I've had an easy time adjusting. It's nice and quiet. (In) Napa, everything is spread out.
"I think I'm getting better at shooting, getting stronger and making the right decision at the right time."

Swanigan has monster day
The No. 16 player in the class of 2015, power forward Caleb Swanigan of Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Homestead was all of that and more on Saturday. While leading his team to a relatively easy 83-67 win over a good Memphis (Tenn.) White Station team, Swanigan was absolutely dominant.
What exactly constitutes absolutely dominant? How about 39 points and 21 rebounds while making 12 of 15 shots from the field?
One of the strongest players in the country, Swanigan got and held position at will in the low post. Once he caught the ball, he scored on an assortment of spins, jumpers and power moves to the rim. Each time he takes the floor, Swanigan looks to be expanding his already impressive skill set. He showed that he's becoming more comfortable facing and making jumpers, which will make him a load in pick-and-roll situations because he can pop or roll to the bucket for a score.
On the recruiting front, Swanigan said that he hasn't yet set a timetable for making a decision between the likes of Arizona, Kentucky -- both schools he has seen recently -- Purdue, California, Louisville, Michigan State and many others. He is, however, planning to get back out West soon.
"Next up, I'm going to visit Cal," Swanigan told "I don't know the date yet, but I'm going there next."
Carter back to form

Traci Carter is healthy.
One of the players who will be getting the longest of looks from college staffs this winter is point guard Traci Carter. A senior point guard at Burlington (N.J.) Life Center who missed the spring and summer evaluation periods, Carter looks to be as good an available point guard prospect as there is in the senior class.
Strong and quick, Carter is a playmaker off the dribble who doesn't back down to anybody. At times during his team's loss to Dallas (Texas) Prime Prep, Carter's decision-making and shot selection was a bit questionable, but it is hard not to love the aggressive and confident way he plays his position.
A very capable pull-up jump shooter, Carter is also built to absorb and finish through contact on drives into the lane. He also proved a willing defender and looked pretty good for a guy just getting back to 100 percent.
"Slowly but surely I'm getting back," said Carter. "Getting back into game shape has been the hardest part. I actually only got cleared about a month ago.
"I think I'm playing good but there's always more things that you could bring to the game."
Fresh off a tough loss and 15-point effort, Carter warned that he might be forgetting some of the schools who have reached out recently and mentioned that Louisville (who he planned to visit on Sunday), St. John's, Memphis, Cal, Providence, Florida State and Manhattan are among the programs showing interest.
A probable member of the final Rivals150 for 2015, Carter should only see more programs looking to get involved.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

National Prep Showcase: Diallo emerges

THE RIVALS150: 2015 | 2016
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The National Prep Showcase got started on the campus of Albertus Magnus College on Friday. For years, the NPS has served as a bit of an unofficial start to the high school season and it annually features many of the top prep school programs in the land. The highest ranked player in attendance, five-star Cheick Diallo, sat out but plenty of others participated.
Sophomores make noise

Tremont Waters had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
While the National Prep Showcase tends to feature older prospects by nature of it being a prep school event, a pair of sophomores made waves on day one. Four-star point guard Tremont Waters had an interesting day while scoring 20 points, dishing out six assists and grabbing 10 rebounds and sophomore shooting guard Hamidou Diallo announced his presence as a high-major prospect notching 21 points and seven rebounds.
The reason that we mention it was an interesting day for Waters is that while he ended up with a nice line and led his South Kent (Conn.) Prep team to a win over Fishburne Academy, he experienced some bumps in the road. Waters only shot 6-19 from the field (1-7 from three) and he had seven turnovers.
From a scouting standpoint, the cause of most of his mistakes can be related to the 5-foot-9 point guard's lack of strength and a tendency to over dribble the ball at times. These are things that will be easily corrected with maturity and seasoning and besides that, Waters does so much so well.
Blessed with a very high skill level and a tremendous feel for the game, Waters is very confident with the ball. He sets up his defenders with hesitations and changes of pace and he reads ball screens like a grizzled specimen. Go under the screen and he can shoot over the top of it, hedge with a big man and he'll drag him out away from the hoop and turn the corner on him. He finds teammates, he controls tempo and he is a guy who can be trusted to make good decisisions.
He's not quite the vertical athlete Phil Pressey was at the same age, but he shoots the ball better and is similar in many ways to the current Celtic. Waters told that he's not currently focusing on his recruitment and he declined to list any schools. However, Connecticut, Wake Forest, St. John's, Purdue, Seton Hall and many more have been involved early.

Hamidou Diallo emerged this weekend as a high-major prospect.
While Waters entered the NPS with a pretty big reputation, Diallo made his. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard from New York who plays at Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy, there has been some buzz that he was poised for a big season. A fluid athlete, Diallo more than backed that up and looks like a pretty safe bet to end up a target of many high-major programs.
To start off with, Diallo has all of the physical tools. He has long arms, he gets off the floor quickly and he has an outstanding first step. Long and lean, he can navigate through traffic and despite being skinny, he is able to take a bump and keep his balance and not lose his athleticism.
Most impressively, though, is that Diallo looks to have the skill part of the game down as well. A summertime member of the NYC Jayhawks program, Diallo is a good ball-handler from the wing, shoots with easy range to the three-point line and he has a nicely developed mid-range game featuring pull-up jumpers and floaters.
Diallo said Temple and Minnesota have made him early offers and he feels that Providence is on the cusp of making him an offer. Given where he is now and where he looks like he could be down the road, more high-level programs should be joining soon.
More Friday standouts, notes
One of the most impressive performers of the day was 6-foot-8 power forward Chris Baldwin of Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep. Originally a class of 2015 kid who has shown flashes in the past, Baldwin had it all together on Friday in a 22-point, eight rebound and three block effort. Despite not getting enough touches in the low post he showed strength, good hands, explosiveness off the floor and nice touch while making a very efficient 9-11 field goals. If he stays in the class of 2016, he looks like a lock to move into the Rivals150 and if he gets persuaded to head to college as a 2015 kid, then he will contest for it. Look for high majors in the Northeast to start turning it up on him.
Fork Union (Va.) Military almost made a huge comeback. Down close to 20 points against Notre Dame, three-star guards Kamau Stokes and Khyri Thomas refused to let their team go out without a fight. Down the stretch, Stokes hit three of his four three-pointers in the final minute and a half of regulation (including a buzzer-beater) to force overtime. Stokes signed with Toledo in 2014, but the Baltimore native is back on the market and he's a scoring point guard at 5-foot-10 with quickness and a dangerous pull-up jumper. He finished the day with 33 points, a pair of assists and five rebounds.
Hailing from Omaha, Stokes' teammate Thomas was impressive as well. A scrappy and intense 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Thomas was one of the toughest kids and most intense competitors to hit the floor on Friday. He's not a great jump-shooter, but he is athletic, quick, defends and gets to the rim. He had 21 points, three assists, four rebounds and an impressive six steals thanks to his aggressive defense and ability to read plays as a help side defender.
If Friday is even a half good indicator, then Coastal Carolina has landed themselves a quality wing in Waynesboro (Va.) Fishburne Academy wing Jeremy Harris. The 6-foot-6 lefty was one of the day's most efficient scorers, going for 32 on 12-for-18 shooting from the field. He made long threes, got to the free throw line some and showed good open floor athleticism. He is on the slender side and needs strength, but showed a willingness to rebound the basketball grabbing seven boards.
A 2016 wing who is making some noise is South Kent's Travis Atson. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who made some waves at Christ the King in NYC, he was impressive on Friday scoring 24 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Standing about 6-foot-5, Atson has good strength, good athleticism and a nicely balanced game. He can score at the rim, is a good shooter and seems to know how to play within himself. Already a priority target for regional mid to upper mid-majors, he could see high-majors start sniffing around and keeping tabs on his development.
Four-star power forward and Northwestern signee Aaron Falzon played as well as has ever seen. A 6-foot-8 stretch four man who likes to hunt jumpers on the perimeter, Falzon certainly took and made some deep jumpers in Northfield (Mass.) Mt. Herman Prep's easy win over Lee Academy. But, it was his aggressiveness attacking the rim and glass stood out. He needs to get stronger for the Big Ten, but he showed some willingness to be physical in a 29=point, nine-rebound effort that should serve him well down the road.
A combined 42 points and 19 rebounds from 2016 big men Omari Spellman and Jordy Tshimanga wasn't quite enough for the MacDuffie School to get a win over Hargrave Military Academy. The No. 25 player in the class of 2016, Spellman showed off his skill, soft hands and ability to shoot from deep along with an improved body while scoring 21 and pulling down seven boards. He said he went to both Connecticut and Villanova for midnight madness events. Not yet in the Rivals150 for 2016, Tshimanga made a nice case for himself while racking up 21 and 12. He is big and strong, plays physically around the rim and seems to embrace being what he is and that's a true back-to-the-basket center.
Finally, Auburn bound swingman Danjel Purifoy had a productive day. The four-star seemed to get off to a sluggish start as he hunted deep jumpers instead of using his strength and athleticism in the lane. As the game wore on, Purifoy made more effort going to the rim and all the sudden his jumper started falling. By the time he was done, he had led Hargrave to a come-from-behind win and racked up 29 points and eight rebounds. Give him credit for finishing strong and coming up big when it mattered most.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Class of 2015 conference breakdown: ACC

The Atlantic Coast Conference has gone through some changes over the past couple years, but it's only added to the overall strength of the league on the hardwood. In the 2015 class, the ACC as a whole is bringing in some very talented players. Aside from the perennial powerhouses such as Duke and North Carolina bringing in top talent, newcomers Syracuse and Louisville have top five classes, and Leonard Hamilton's crew down in Tallahassee is reeling in a top 10 class.
Five-star Chase Jeter is the highest-ranked prospect committed to the ACC.
By the numbers
It should come as no surprise that the ACC put together one of the better recruiting hauls of any conference. For the second straight year, Duke enters the early signing period with the best recruiting class in the conference with the nation's third-best recruiting class. Coming in right behind the Blue Devils are two of the newest members of the league and traditional powerhouses Louisville (No. 4) and Syracuse (No. 5). Hamilton, known as one of the top recruiters in the country, is on the board with the eighth-best recruiting class nationally. First-year coaches Danny Manning (Wake Forest, No. 20) and Buzz Williams (Virginia Tech, No. 25) wasted no time in putting together strong recruiting classes.
As a conference, there are 22 prospects ranked in the 2015 Rivals150 heading to the ACC next year. Of that group, three come in with five stars next to their name, two of which are going to Duke in Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard. There are 22 four-star prospects, with Syracuse commit Malachi Richardson being the highest-ranked of the bunch at No. 30 overall. The other five prospects ranked in the Rivals150 heading to the ACC come in the three-star range.
Things to keep an eye on
Duke continues to rake in five-star caliber players year after year. While they have only two coming in this year, they are players who add to the overall depth in Durham. Kennard gives Duke more firepower on the perimeter as he's one of the better overall shooters in the 2015 class. Jeter, an athletic 6-foot-10 prospect from the West Coast, bolsters the Blue Devils frontcourt next year and is good insurance should they have some players leave early for the NBA Draft.

Ranking the ACC classes
Louisville is adding three players in the 2015 class who seem like perfect fits for Rick Pitino. Donovan Mitchell, the highest ranked of the trio, is an explosive scoring guard who should flourish in the uptempo style Pitino likes to play. Likewise, Deng Adel could be next in the long line of athletic wings to have success playing for Pitino. Raymond Spalding shot up the rankings after a terrific summer and should only get better at Louisville.
Florida State had a Friday night to remember earlier this fall. The Seminoles decided to bring both Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon on campus for official visits on the same weekend. It's a risky move bringing two top players who play similar positions on visits at the same time, but it worked out for Hamilton and his staff because both prospects committed on the first night of their visits. Look for both to score a lot of points in their time in Tallahassee.
There are three new coaches in the ACC this year, and all three did pretty well for themselves during the early signing period. Chris Clarke, who initially committed to Tennessee but decided to flip to Virginia Tech last week, headlines a terrific class for Buzz Williams and the Hokies. Danny Manning has a track record of doing great work with post players, so it should come as no surprise that he was able to nail down commitments from two talented post players in Doral Moore and John Collins. Boston College's Jim Christian hasn't had the same amount of success at the other two, but he did well to land Rivals150 SG A.J. Turner.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the 2015 class plays out for North Carolina. Right now, the only commitment headed to Chapel Hill is three-star power forward Luke Maye. North Carolina is involved with a few top prospects who have yet to commit in Jaylen Brown, Skal Labissiere and Brandon Ingram.

Updated Team Recruiting Rankings

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Elite 14 Showcase: Young shows out recruiting analysis.

RANKINGS: Class of 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Hosted at Wichita Falls (Texas) Hirschi, the Elite 14 Showcase has become an important stop. Filled with talent from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, it is a place for teams to see where they are headed into the season and for college coaches and scouts to see an abundance of talent in one day. On Saturday, class of 2017 point guard Trae Young proved that he is a high level prospect during a huge day.

Young's father starred at Texas Tech.
Young shows off all around game

A year ago, got a first look at Norman (Oklahoma) North point guard Trae Young at the Elite 14. It's safe to say that the 6-foot-1 floor general has come a long way over the past year.

Nobody had a better day in Wichita Falls and Young easily backed up his status as a four-star prospect in the class of 2017.

Known for his ability to shoot the ball from deep, Young is a confident jump shooter who has a high skill level when it comes to scoring the ball. He has runners, pull-ups and hesitation moves to go along with his deep jump shooting. What surprised though, was how much Young has developed as a playmaker.

"My shooting ability helps to keep defenders guessing," Young said. "I've been working on really being more of a point guard and being as much of a leader as I can."

One of those point guards who is able to play at full speed while remaining under control, he was constantly running the ball right down the defense's throat. He found teammates with crisp passes, initiated the offense and showed that even though he can score, he can run a team and be a playmaker.

Whether it's a case of him not being in a position to show the dynamic all-around game or him developing his game -- it's likely some of both -- the bottom line is that Young has serious game and he will be one that we hear from much more down the road.

So far, Young has offers from Oklahoma, Texas Tech (where his father Rayford starred), Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Kansas State, Houston, SMU, Tulsa and Creighton. Others involved include North Carolina, Texas and Kansas and he's seen the Jayhawks, Sooners and Cowboys within the last month or so.

McGriff brings the energy

The No. 135 player in the 2016 Rivals150, there has never been a question about whether or not Cameron McGriff has the athleticism to play at the high major level. However, exactly how his game translates and what skills he brings to the table have been up to debate.

McGriff, a high flying combo forward at Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie, showed a highend motor and improving skills on Saturday.

The 6-foot-7 prospect spent most of his day playing above the rim and crashing the glass, those things he has done in the past. But it was his usage of shot fakes, ability to hit short to medium jumpers and showing that he is an improved threat off the dribble that proved to be most notable.

McGriff has always passed the eye test with ease, and that is the case more than ever thanks to added muscle. It's the added game, though, that is going to benefit him more in the long run.

McGriff listed offers from Texas Tech, SMU, Oklahoma and Tulsa to go along with interest from Baylor, Arkansas and Texas among others.

Patterson puts himself on the map

There was no shortage of college coaches on hand to watch the Elite 14 on Saturday and a short poll revealed that few of them were familiar with junior Devonte Patterson. Well, that was until the 6-foot-6 forward took the floor with Bridgeport (Texas) High.

McGriff holds offers from Oklahoma, SMU, Texas Tech and Tulsa.
Because after watching him make one play after another, Patterson may have left the biggest impression on anybody scouting the event.

Patterson's two biggest assets at this point are big time athleticism and an even more big time motor. He was flying all over the court grabbing rebounds, stealing possessions, defending and trying to dunk everything in site.

His ball handling and overall skill level are a bit raw, but he's certainly not deficient and his shot looked promising from mid range. spoke briefly with Patterson who said that he is unaware of any schools that may have been recruiting him. It is a safe bet that won't be the story from here on out. If he can replicate Saturday's performance down the road, Patterson has the look of a potential high major prospect.

More Elite 14 notables

Thanks to a strong summer, 6-foot-10 center Schnider Herard climbed all the way up to No. 41 in the class of 2016 rankings. The way things are looking, the product of Plano (Texas) Prestonwood may not be done climbing. He isn't just tall, he is thick, strong and really knows how to use his size to his advantage. He sets up position in the post and once he sits down defenders have little hope of moving him off of his spot. He's a true back to basket scorer with good hands and holds offers from Kansas, UConn, Kansas State, SMU, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU, Miami, Missouri, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Baylor.

He isn't quite the shooter that his older brother Brandon (a sophomore at TCU) was coming out of high school, but three-star junior Josh Parrish isn't going to have any troubles finding somebody to pay for his college education. He's a strong 6-foot-4 wing who specializes in driving and finishing through contact.

A pair of players showed well for Edmond (Oklahoma) Memorial. Junior forward Kristian Doolittle and senior combo guard Curran Scott both had their moments. An emerging prospect at the small forward position, Doolittle has a great looking basketball frame and is strong fundamentally. He's probably been more of a natural power forward up until this point but he moves well enough and has good enough instincts on the perimeter that he should make the transition as he finishes up his last few years of high school. He already has offers from Oklahoma and Tulsa. An athletic driver, Scott is an off the dribble scorer who is quite comfortable in an up and down game. He had earlier offers from places like Rice and Texas State but they have filled their slots so he is entering his senior year wide open. Mid-majors looking for a scorer should be taking a long look this winter.

Center Kelvin Jones from Hobbs (N.M.) High still has to get stronger and refine his footwork a bit, but the 6-foot-10 prospect is a sleeper that should be evaluated closely. He moves well, has terrific hands and the three-star prospect shows soft touch. At the least, upper end mid major programs in need of a big man should take a long look.

Shooting guard Terrance Ferguson, the highest ranked player in attendance at No. 8 overall in the class of 2016, finds himself in a new position this year. After playing alongside current Chinese professional point guard Emmanuel Mudiay for his first two years of high school, Ferguson is now the main man at Dallas (Texas) Prime Prep and he looks ready to take the challenge. It is going to be a process to get him to be as aggressive as his skills should allow him to be, but he showed signs that he is headed in the right direction. At 6-foot-6, Ferguson was bombing from deep, showing that he can get where he needs to go off the dribble and flashing his world class athleticism. Despite his already very high ranking, Ferguson remains a guy who has huge upside and appears to be just scratching the surface of what he can do down the road.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Wolfpack 5th Grade Open Up 2014-15 School Season

The North Paulding Wolfpack 5th grade school team opened up our school basketball season at the Suwanee Sports Academy versus the Grizzlies.  After a competitive first quarter, trailing only 9-7, the Grizzlies slowly pulled away for a 35-14 win, in a game where it was much closer than the final score would indicate.

Despite the loss, it was a great job by the PACK!  Congrats on a hard working season opener!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Starting Five: List trimming for pair of 5-stars
A pair of top-10 prospects have made recent cuts to their lists, and there were some interesting commitments over the weekend. Get the latest on Ivan Rabb, Isaiah Briscoe, Wichita State's 2015 class and more in this week's edition of the Starting Five.
Rabb and Briscoe make cuts
A decision date still looks to be a ways off for No. 7 Ivan Rabb from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Meanwhile on the other side of the country, Roselle (N.J.) Catholic's No. 9 Isaiah Briscoe looks like he is making a move toward deciding sooner than later.

Ivan Rabb will likely wait until spring to make a final choice.
For much of the fall, news and information about the recruitment of Ivan Rabb was hard to come by. The last time we saw the 6-foot-9 power forward he was battling back from an ankle injury and helping USA Basketball's 17-and-under national team win a World Championship.
Word is that Rabb is pretty much back to full strength, and there is now some movement on his recruitment. The bouncy five-star big man has cut his list down to a final five of Arizona, California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. He also took an official visit to Kentucky over the weekend, and Rabb's mother has confirmed with Shay Wildeboor of the that he will visit Kansas the weekend of Nov. 7.
For now, it still looks like Rabb will to wait until the spring to make a decision, and he has not indicated a leader.
On the other hand, an early period decision looks to be more and more likely for the 6-foot-3 Briscoe. Briscoe's father confirmed to that the nation's top point guard is down to just Connecticut, Kentucky and St. John's.
Briscoe has seen all three officially, and all indications seem to be pointing toward Briscoe making his choice relatively soon rather than waiting until the spring as initially planned. Though UK has certainly made some noise and UConn is coming off a national title, Steve Lavin and the Red Storm have always been considered to be right there in the thick of things and there has been a lot of talk about them lately.
Rice doubles up
It was a really good weekend for Mike Rhoades and the Rice Owls on the recruiting trail. Not only did they add to what is a sneaky good 2015 class, they got off to a very good start in 2016 when senior combo forward Marquez Letcher-Ellis and junior wing Josh Hall ended their recruitments.
A three-star prospect who is originally from Houston, Letcher-Ellis is a high flying athlete who has quickness and covers a lot of ground. A senior at Montverde (Fla.) Academy, Letcher-Ellis is a good rebounder, finishes above the rim in a crowd and has lots of potential.
Also a native of Houston, Hall is a four-star prospect who currently ranks No. 67 in the class of 2016. A 6-foot-6 wing at Lynchburg (Va.) Genesis Academy, Hall's strengths are his jump shooting and good size for his position.
Getting back to Letcher-Ellis and the class of 2015, Rhoades and his staff have done a really nice job. They have also added three-star guards Connor Cashaw and Marcus Evans who are both good scorers that have good size relative to their positions.
Following in father's footsteps
Late Friday night, junior guard Brandon Childress of High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan made the decision to attend Wake Forest. That means he will not only be following in the footsteps of his father Randolph Childress, he will be getting coached by his father who is an assistant on Danny Manning's staff.
Capable of playing both the one and the two, Childress is a good scorer who has a high basketball IQ. He is about 6-foot-1, has a good strong body and has been improving at a pretty rapid clip. Though there likely wasn't much doubt as to where Childress would end up committing, it is good to get him locked up now.
Wichita State complete class

Markis McDuffie is committed to Wichita State.
From the looks of it, Wichita State may be done on the recruiting trail after landing 6-foot-6 small forward Markis McDuffie on Sunday. Well, the Shockers should at least be done for the early signing period.
Long and athletic, McDuffie is a former Rivals150 prospect in the class of 2015 and it would not be any surprise to see the product of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony make his way back in. He has terrific length, is very athletic and is underrated in his usage of ball screens and his natural basketball IQ. Plus, he has been the recipient of great high school coaching from legendary Bob Hurley so he should be ready mentally for college hoops.
It is hard to say for sure since didn't see former Shocker star CleAnthony Early as a high schooler, but McDuffie seems to be very similar to what a younger version of Early most early looked like. Doesn't mean he develops into an NBA player, but he certainly has the tools to make a big impact in Wichita.
With McDuffie in the fold, the Shockers have put together a class featuring scorers who have length and versatility. Also included in the four man class are four-star combo guard Landry Shamet, three-star guard Tyrone Taylor and three-star power forward Eric Hamilton.
Four-star junior decommits
Last summer, 6-foot-6 point guard Jermaine Haley from New Westminster (B.C.) Burnaby South burst onto the scene as a legit high major prospect in the class of 2016. Shortly after bursting onto the scene, Haley committed to Washington but he's back open.
Originally slated to make a move to Bel Aire (Kan.) Sunrise Christian, Haley is back home in British Columbia and will be playing for his original high school. His summer coach Pasha Baines of DRIVE Basketball confirmed both that and that Haley has decided to reopen his recruitment.
A four-star prospect who is currently ranked No. 52 overall in the class of 2016, Haley is long, athletic and skilled. According to Baines, nobody has been in to see him yet and other programs were respecting his commitment to the Huskies. Now that he is back open, there should be no shortage of high major programs looking to get involved.
Rivals150 point guards commit

Two of the best available senior point guards in the country came off the board Saturday as Rivals150 floor generals Jalen Poyser and Paris Austin made commitments to UNLV and Boise State.
Jalen Poyser is headed to UNLV.
The No. 84 player in the class of 2015, Poyser is a four-star prospect from the Athlete's Institute in Canada who came on strong during the latter part of the 2014 summer. Standing 6-foot-3, Poyser is a tall and slender point guard who specializes in attacking off the dribble and getting into the lane. He is a sleek scorer at the rim, gets to the free throw line and is dangerous enough to demand respect from deep. Playing with an always deep CIA Bounce team on Nike's EYBL circuit during the summer, Poyser was used as more of a setup man because it was the best fit for his team. While he was very good in that role, it was performances at Adidas Nations and the Nike Global Challenged where Poyser showed what he could do in a more featured role that cemented him as a high-major prospect. So far, Poyser is the first player to commit to UNLV and assistant coach Todd Simon was huge in his recruitment. Before taking his current position at UNLV, Simon was head coach at powerful Findlay Prep in Las Vegas where Poyser played before making a transfer to play at the Athlete's Institute closer to his home in Canada. A bit to the North, Leon Rice and his staff continue to do a bang-up job on the recruiting trail.
Paris Austin is a terrific pickup for Boise State.
For the second year in a row the Broncos have landed a Rivals150 player -- they landed four-star wing Chandler Hutchison from the class of 2014 -- and there's no doubt that Austin can be an instant impact player. Ranked No. 142 overall in the class of 2015, Austin is a tough and quick 5-foot-11 product of Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd who teams with five-star big man Ivan Rabb in high school and specializes in dribble penetration and aggressive on-the-ball defense. Because of his speed, Austin can push tempo and he is most comfortable in an up-and-down game. He is plenty bouncy and the alpha mentality he has when on the floor keeps him from having any fear when he attacks the lane and either finishes or makes plays for others at the rim. The second perimeter player to pick Boise State in the class of 2015, Austin joins fellow three-star Malek Harwell -- a high scoring combo guard from Idaho -- to form a backcourt with potential to cause major damage in the Mountain West as they add strength and experience.