Friday, September 15, 2017

Conference Call: Key weekend visitors, Sept. 15-17

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The college football season continues to heat up, and with it, college basketball programs will begin to use the heightened platform to host their top targets. Just like last week, we will examine the most important slate of visits in each power league and also take a stab at who might commit in this week’s conference rundown.


Darius Days
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Louisville has a desperate need in the frontcourt in the 2018 class, and while it did nab the transfer commitment of former UConn big man 
 in the summer, the Cardinals are in the hunt for one more this fall.
They hosted 
, a five-star center, for his first official visit two weeks ago, and this weekend, Rick Pitino and his staff will welcome Rivals150 forward LSUXavierOhio State and UNC remain in contention, though Louisville remains the leader in the clubhouse for him. A commitment from Days is not imminent, but this weekend’s trip to Louisville could put the Cards further out in front.
There is word that 
, the top available wing in the 2018 class, will be on hand Saturday. The Cardinals remain the favorite and getting him back onto campus does not hurt their cause.
Another to keep an eye on is 
, who, just like Days, calls Florida home. He's another prospect for whom the Cardinals remain the favorite.  , a local product and one of the best scoring wings in the 2019 class, will be on hand Saturday for an unofficial visit.


Luther Muhammad
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Unlike last year when it struck early and often, Xavier has just one commitment in hand, from local center
. That is due to change within the coming weeks and hopefully for Xavier fans, it will happen this weekend.
Four key targets hit their campus, the most important being 
. A 6-foot-2 scoring guard and member of the Rivals150, Muhammad is the epitome of tough. He has the chance to evolve into an all-league defender, though the competition for his commitment is fierce - Ohio StateWest Virginia, St. John’s and Virginia remain heavily in the mix.
, another Rivals150 prospect, will also head to the 513 to check in on what Chris Mack’s program has to offer. Finally, local big man   will stay close to home this weekend and join the duo at Xavier. He may be the likeliest of visitors to commit to the Musketeers.


Andrew Nembhard
Ohio State football fell flat on its face last week, but the basketball program continues to draw some of the best 2018 talent to its campus. This basketball recruiting weekend will be no different, as four key targets visit Columbus.
, the highest-rated visitor, will begin his official visit tour. Joining him will be a classmate at Montverde, though in the prep program,  . Then there will be  , a savvy combo guard most valued for his scoring. The nephew of Derek Fisher, Washington Jr. recently relocated to the West Coast for his senior year, though his family remains in the Detroit area.
, a 6-foot-3 lead guard from Indianapolis, will take in the Big Ten program this weekend. Hunter is a Rivals150 guard who will visit Minnesota by the end of the month and is coming off his first official visit to Purdue.

IowaTrey Phipps, 

Penn StateJack ClarkAdrien Nunez, 


Jermaine Harris
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The Mountaineers already hold two commitments from class of 2018 prospects in Rivals150 guard 
 and big man  . They would love to add another to the frontcourt alongside Culver and this weekend, the Big 12 program welcomes two imposing big men.
Andrew Gordon, a junior college center from Northwest Florida, will check in on Bob Huggins’ program. He visited Wichita State to kick off the month, and he brings size and a rebounding presence to the paint. 
, a Rivals150 forward, will join Gordon. Rhode IslandXavierKansas and Miami round out Harris' top five, though it says here that the Mountaineers sit in a good spot for him.
A commitment is not expected this weekend from either big man, but both would be viewed as an immediate contributor next season with the Mountaineers.
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Ayo Dosunmu
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USC is playing major catchup with five-star guard 
, but getting the Chicago native on campus does help. Illinois and Xavier remain the programs to beat as Dosunmu heads to the West Coast for his first official visit.
However, the Trojans' coaching staff will have some help as all three of its Rivals150 commits, 
 and  , will be joining Dosunmu for their own official visit. There is a giant need for the Pac-12 bunch at the point guard position this recruiting cycle; a potential commitment from Dosunmu would establish USC's recruiting class as one of the best nationally.
Three other Rivals150 prospects from the 2019 class will also visit USC this weekend. The Trojans remain in a good spot with 
, a five-star junior wing, and continue to gain traction with five-star center   and high-flying scoring guard  .


SEC: Florida

Devon Dotson
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Florida was set to host its top lead guard target in the 2018 class last weekend, 
, until Hurricane Irma changed the Gators’ plans. Now that everything is running at full throttle and as the football program prepares to host nationally ranked Tennessee, Mike White and his staff will not be short for elite, priority recruits on campus.
Dotson will finally get the chance to visit Gainesville, and with a good weekend in the Sunshine State, the Gators might be able to end the recruitment of the tough-nosed and talented five-star guard.
will make the short trek over from his Tampa abode. Florida wants two guards this fall; the thought of a Weaver-Dotson backcourt should make Gators fans salivate.
, just like Weaver, will stay in-state this weekend, and the Gators are a favorite; Castleton could be on commitment watch.
A surprise weekend visitor for the Gators is 
, a 6-foot-8 wing that has kept his recruitment close to vest. However, White's program should be viewed as a favorite.
A final Rivals150 product, 
, a member of the 2019 class, will make the trip to Florida on Saturday. Expect the Gators to celebrate at least one commitment from a weekend visitor by the time next weekend rolls around. 


Monday, September 4, 2017

Rivals150 forward Nesmith closing in on decision

   was one of the many prospects to boost his stock over the summer with his play during the live recruiting periods in July. He received offers from programs all over the country, but it didn’t take long for him to start locking in on the recruiting process and moving forward with official visits.

Vanderbilt hosted Nesmith right out of the gates to begin August and Florida just had him on campus this weekend. Harvard and Yale hosted him on unofficial visits, and Georgia Tech had him on campus during June. Georgetown, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are still under consideration as well for the South Carolina native.


Aaron Nesmith
Small forward
 RR: N/A
Porter Gaud School
Charleston, SC
6'5" 180 lbs Class of 2018
Vanderbilt: “It was a lot of fun. It was my first official visit, so they showed me around and showed me a good time. The campus was beautiful. The staff was awesome. It seemed like they really wanted me and it was a lot of fun to be there.”
Florida: “Florida was a bit different. Gainesville is just Florida. The school itself is really good. I like the campus. It was really big and nice. There are a lot of sweet food spots around town. The basketball program is top-notch. The facilities are No. 1 in the country. The coaching staff is awesome and they all got along with the players really well. The players were awesome. I got to watch the fight with them in the film room, and that was a lot of fun. It was a good time down there as well.”
Harvard: “It was good when I went up there. They showed me around the campus and around their new gym. It was nice up there.”
South Carolina: “Well obviously their program is on the rise after making it to the Final Four and with what coach (Frank) Martin has been able to do with their guys. They are on me hard. I got a lot of people around here saying ‘Hey, you should go to South Carolina.' "


With two of his five allotted official visits out of the way, Nesmith could still take a few more trips. It doesn’t sound likely though that he’ll end up taking all five. From talking to him, he gave off the vibe that it might be one more visit and then a decision, or maybe not take another visit before making a decision. Georgetown, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are the schools he’s still thinking about checking out on an official visit.


Nesmith appears to be relatively close to making a decision with Florida and Vanderbiltbeing the most likely options at this point. One way or another, expect Nesmith to end up playing in the SEC next year.