National Recruiting News




By Ken Griffin


McDonald has been making a name for himself since the 9th grade.  What was surprising is that Memphis nor Tennessee was able to keep him home.  McDonald chose North Carolina over Mississippi, Tennessee and Duke.  McDonald has good up-size, defends well and is a good scorer around the basket.  He can also shoot well.





By Harry Douglas


This year, 6-7 GF Wesley Witherspoon has been playing very well.  Wesley led his Berkmar Patriots to Region 8- 5A Title.  The Patriots haven't done this since 2001 when Wesley's older brother played fro the Patriots.  Wesley has several D-1 schools after his services.  I must say that I have seen Wesley at Clemson several times.  If Coach Darnell land this stud, Clemson would be right at the top in the ACC.




By Staff


6-11 CF Tyler Zeller, an Indiana native didn't stay home, but opted to be a Tarheel.  Zeller is one of the most skillful big men in his class.  The Tarheels get richer.  6-5 SG Elliot Williams from Collierville, TN decided he wanted to play for the Blue Devils.  Neither Memphis nor Tennessee was able to keep the state's best player home.  




By Harry Douglas  


Florida State landed a Top 50 National  Alabama big man.  Xavier Gibson committed to the Noles.  Gibson along with 7 feet Solomon Albi.  The Noles could be turning the table.




By Staff


6-8 PF Jamichael Green will team with his summer teammate Andrew Steele and play for Alabama.  Green is ranked Nationally # 15 by YPSRM.  Green is a big, strong, physical player with good up-size.




By Earl Williams


It came as no surprise that Alabama was going to land 6-2 Andrew Steele.  Steele had a super summer and is a very talented Top 100 Player Nationally.  Andrew Steele is the brother of Ron Steele that plays for Alabama.  Steele's summer teammate Jaymichael Green has not made his decision yet, but look for Alabama to close the deal on him along with Georgia Tech who is in the running for his services.    6-1 PG Cashemere visited Cincinnati  and made his decision there.  His final two schools were Tennessee and Cincinnati.  Wright  has been unstable since he made his commitment to Clemson and de-committed.  



By Earl Williams


Sean Mosley will play for his childhood dream team University of Maryland.   Coach Gary Williams is trying to keep the top local players home.  Mosley is a big, strong, physical guard with good size.  He played well this summer for Team Melo Club.  He can play both the 1 and 2 positions.  The Terrapins are getting a quality player.




By Staff


6-7 PF Breshers commits to Miami.  6-10 C Kadji commits to the Gators.  6-1 PG Theodore Jordon commits to Seton Hall.



By Harry Douglas


Mississippi State gets a top player to stay home. Coach Rick Stanbury Bulldogs are getting it done.  



By Harry Douglas


Kemba Walker will platy for Jim Calhoun UConn Huskies.  Walker is a solid PG who will fit into UConn's style of play.  


By Harry Douglas



Coach Rick Pitino keeps the east coast connection going landing a phenomenal player 6-8 Samardo Samuels.  He is currently ranked in the Top 10 Nationally by several scouting services.  Samardo chose Louisville over North Carolina, UConn and  Florida.   6-8 PF Steve Moore from Truman, Missouri will remain home and play for Coach Mike Anderson.




By Harry Douglas



6-8 PF Luke Babbit de-committed from Ohio State and will stay and play for Nevada.  Luke is from Reno, NV.



By Harry Douglas



5-9 PG  Jai Lucas makes Gainesville his home.  The small PG who is lighting quick will fit nicely for the Gators.  Lucas had several offers from other schools such as Kentucky and Oklahoma State.


Marshall Coach Donnie Jones is off to a fast start by landing big athletic wing player 6-6 Terrell Brains who played at Patterson School in Lenoir, NC.  Last year, Brains originally committed to The College of Charleston.

Commitment List


By Harry Douglas



Delvin is one of the nation's top players and is currently ranked #4 in the nation by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  Roe is a good, athletic, physical player with good up size.   He possesses a man's body. He is also very strong around the basket with big-time athleticism.  He has had several major offers, including North Carolina.  



Harry Douglas



6-9 PF Yancy Gates from Cincinnati, OH  is another big time physical athletic player.  He chose to stay home and  play in state for the Bearcats. Gates is one of the top PF in 2008.  This is a big-time recruit for the young coaching staff.





National 2006-07 Commitments 

and Other Hoop News

Madison Square Garden · New York City · April 21, 2007


February 2, 2007

By Kevin Foley


2007 Jordan Brand All-American Team Announced

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O.J. Mayo, Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon Highlight Star-Studded Lineup

For High School Basketball Event on April 21st at Madison Square Garden


NEW YORK, NY (January 31, 2007) – Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, Inc., announced today that O.J. Mayo (Huntington, WV/Southern Cal), Derrick Rose (Chicago, IL/Memphis) and Eric Gordon (Indianapolis, IN/Indiana) headline the nation’s top 20 high school senior basketball players at the 2007 Jordan Brand All-American Classic, presented by Foot Locker and Boost Mobile, at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 21st.  This year’s event will be televised nationally live on ESPN2.  The Jordan Brand All-American Classic will also continue to include a regional game, showcasing the top prep players from the New York City metropolitan area in a City vs. Suburbs showdown.  A portion of the proceeds will once again benefit the New York City-based charity, The Children’s Aid Society.


“There have been so many stars in the Jordan Classic over the years,” said Mayo, who has been an All-USA Today first-team selection since his sophomore season.  “I am thrilled to play my final high school game at Madison Square Garden with the best players in the country.”


In addition to Mayo, Rose and Gordon, the Jordan Brand All-American Team also includes Jerryd Bayless (Phoenix, AZ/Arizona), Michael Beasley (Fitchburg, MA/Kansas State), Nick Calathes (Winter Park, FL/Florida), Corey Fisher (Elizabeth, NJ/Villanova), Austin Freeman (Hyattsville, MD/Georgetown), Donte Greene (Towson, MD/Syracuse), Blake Griffin (Edmond, OK/Oklahoma), Gary Johnson (Houston, TX/Texas), Jeffrey Jordan (Wilmette, IL/Undecided), Kosta Koufos (Canton, OH/Ohio State), Jai Lucas (Houston, TX/Undecided), Chandler Parsons (Winter Park, FL/Florida), Patrick Patterson (Huntington, WV/Undecided), Kyle Singler (Medford, OR/Duke), Durrell Summers (Redford, MI/Michigan State) and Chris Wright (Washington, DC/Georgetown) and Chris Wright (Trotwood, OH/Dayton).


The 2006 Jordan Brand All-American Classic was highlighted by a co-MVP performance from two of the NCAA’s top players this year, Kevin Durant from the University of Texas and Thaddeus Young from Georgia Tech.  Young posted 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead his team to a 108-95 victory.  Durant finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.


 “These Jordan Brand All-Americans continue to represent the future of basketball,” said Larry Miller, President of Jordan Brand.  “The game will again feature the best players in the country at the World’s Most Famous Arena and benefit a great cause in the Children’s Aid Society.”


Sponsored by Jordan Brand, the event is also annually attended by some of sport and entertainment’s biggest stars, who have included Michael Jordan, Spike Lee, LL Cool J, Warren Sapp, Terrell Owens, Floyd Mayweather, Kanye West, Ahmad Rashad, Al Harrington and Vince Carter.  Atlanta-based rap sensation, T.I., performed at the 2006 All-American game.


Recent Jordan Brand All-Americans have included NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul as well as current NCAA standouts Durant, Young, Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), Brandan Wright (North Carolina), Corey Brewer (Florida), D.J. White (Indiana) and Spencer Hawes (Washington).

In addition to the game, the Jordan Brand All-Americans have a number of special events around New York City.  Last year’s players held an autograph session at a local Foot Locker with artists Fat Joe and Trey Songz, participated in a basketball clinic at the Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem for over 100 New York City kids, visited Ground Zero, toured BET’s studios and attended an intimate awards dinner with Michael Jordan where they received their All-American rings.


This year’s event doubleheader will begin with the Regional Game at 6:30 p.m., followed by the All-American Game at 9:00 p.m.  The regional rosters will be announced in early March. 


Tickets are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the Madison Square Garden box office, online at or by calling 212-307-7171.  For more information, please visit the official web site,


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January 29, 2007

By Staff


This would be our fourth year attending the NIKE Hoop Summit.  It will be held on April 7th, 3:00 PM (CT) at the FedEx forum in Memphis, TN.  the NIKE Hoop Summit is the country's premier annual basketball game featuring America's top 10 senior high school boy players taking on the World Select Team.  The players will be 19 years old or younger.  The players of the World Select Team are not yet known.  The 2007 NIKE Hoop Summit will be preceded by a preliminary game, the Memphis All-Star Classic which showcases the top prep senior players from the Memphis area. The game will tip off at 12:30 PM (CT).  


The USA Roster is loaded with many Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine top players in the nation.  


1st- Michael Beasley- F- 6-9

2nd- Donte' Greene- F 6-9

3rd- O.J. Mayo-  G- 6-5

4th- Kevin Love- F- 6-9

5th- Derrick Rose- G- 6-4

6th- Kyle Singler- F- 6-9

7th- Jerryd Bayless- G- 6-3

8th- Jonny Flynn- G- 5-11

9th- Patrick Patterson- F- 6-8

10th- Nolan Smith- G- 6-4




January 9, 2007

By Staff


6-10 Jared Berggren of Princeton High School committed to Wisconsin.  Jared is a big man, plays hard, has good skills and rebounds well.


January 8, 2007

By Staff


6-11 CJ Giles a transfer from Kansas has landed at Oregon State.  Former Georgia Mason forward 6-5 Sammy Hernandez transferred to Florida Atlantic.  Marques Johnson a transfer from Tennessee has landed at NC State.  




By Harry Douglas


6-1 PG Brandon Jenning shocked the basketball nation and commits to USC Trojans.  Jenning is one of the best PG in Class 2008.




By Harry Douglas


6-7 shooting guard Nate Miles of San Antonio Cornerstone Christian in Texas commits to UConn.  Miles reminds me of a former Huskie Richard Hamilton.  Miles is long, athletic and can shoot the lights out of the basketball.  




By Harry Douglas


6-9 PF Herb Pope committed to New Mexico State.  Pope who is one of the nation's top players surprised the prep basketball world.  Herb is a beast and a very strong, athletic big man.  This is a big steal for New Mexico State.




By Harry Douglas


6-11 PF Keenan Ellis had a great summer at the NIKE all-American Camp playing for his All Ohio Red summer team.  Ellis is a long, lanky athletic player who has put on weight.  He has good up-size.  Ellis committed to UAB with Coach Mike Davis and his staff.  His commitment came at no surprise to me.  UAB assistant Head Coach Tracy Dildy is one of the best recruiters out there.  When I observed Coach Dildy's attendance to every summer game, I knew that UAB would close the deal with Ellis.  Look for UAB to win C-USA year in and out because the staff will get the players.  Keenan Ellis is currently ranked # 70 Nationally by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  Ellis is an Ohio native but attends prep school at American Christian in Aston, PA.  Watch out and don't be surprised if 6-7 SG Nate Miles make a commitment to UAB.  This would really be big-time for UAB because Miles is one of the best shooting guards in the country.




By Harry Douglas


6-6 WF James Anderson from Junction City, Arkansas (Junction City High) made his commitment to Oklahoma State Cowboys.  New Coach Sean Sutton has gained a very athletic wing player who had a super summer.  Anderson is ranked # 32 Nationally by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.




By Harry Douglas


There are some top flight players who are still available:  6-8 Herb Pope from Aliquippa, PA, 6-8 Marcus Morris from Philadelphia Prep charter, 5-8 PG Jal Lucas from Houston, TX, 6-8 Patrick Patterson from Huntington, WV, 6-2 Tyrel Reed from Burlington, KS, 6-6 Leonard Washington from Lake Charles, LA, 6-5 O. Jay Mayo from Huntington, WV and 6-6 James Anderson from Junction City, AR.


Memphis Coach John Calipari is known as a top dog in recruiting.  6-3 Derrick Rose committed to Memphis Tigers yesterday.  Rose is ranked Nationally # 9 by youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  He was a big-time player this summer on prep hoops circuit.  This is a big catch for Memphis.  




By Staff


6-8 WF Damien Saunders from Fitchburg Notre Dame has committed to Marquette.  6-8 PG Kraiden Woods from Pottstown, PA committed to Arizona State.




By Staff


6-5 SG William Buford, a junior from Toledo, OH has committed to Ohio State.  7-1 C Clarence Holloway from Chicago Boys to Men committed to Louisville.  6-10 PF Papa Dia South Kent Prep (CT) committed to SMU.




By Staff


6-9 WF Kyle Singer made it official and committed to Duke.  Singer is a big-time player.  6-6 WF Billy Walker of Cincinnati, OH committed to Kansas State.  Walker has graduated and will attend Kansas State this fall.




By Harry Douglas


6-6 Combo Guard Scotty Hopson from Hopkinsville, KY committed to Mississippi State Bulldogs.  Coach Rick Stanbury has received a stud.  Hopson can play the 1-2 or 3 positions. This young man is such a  versatile athlete, he reminds me of Penny Hardaway, but stronger.  Hopson has the total package.  I give Rick Stanbury and Phil Cunningham an "A" plus on this recruit.




By Staff


Georgia State Panthers get a commitment from 6-5 Deandre Bynum who is from Memphis White Station High School.  Coach Mike Perry's Panthers are playing big-time basketball.  



By Staff


6-10 F/C Jabari Edwards is from Newark, NJ (St. Benedict's High School).  Edwards is a 5th year senior and has verbally committed to Coach Karl Hobb and Roland Houston's staff.  Edwards is long, athletic, a good shot blocker and rebounder with good size.  




By Staff


Manuel Cass committed to UTEP.  He is a very athletic 3-man who has worked hard this summer improving his game.  This is a big steal for new coach Tony Barbee.





By Staff


A. J. Stewart of Arlington Day in Jacksonville, FL committed to Kentucky Wildcats.  Stewart is ranked # 120 by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine. Stewart could be a big-time player if he works hard.  He's very athletic and played up and down this summer.




By Mike Patrick


6-3 Eric Gordon is ranked # 35 in the nation by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  Gordon is one of the best combo guards in the country.  He played extremely well this season.  He led his summer team Meanstreet to several National Finals.  Gordon who will be a McDonald All-American decided  to remain home and play for the Hoosiers.  This is big for the new staff and Head Coach Kelvin Sampson.  Once he gets there, Gordon will make an instant impact.  What I admire about Gordon is that he's a very humble young man.  Gordon has the ability to score and defend. He has good size.  Gordon reminds me of Toney Douglas who attends Florida State University.  He's tough to defend and the interesting situation is Gordon's teammate Derek Rose will lean towards Indiana.  After all, Illinois thought they had Gordon.




By Staff


LSU gets a big seven feet player- 7-2 James Tyler of The Paterson School in Lenoir, NC.   committed to Coach John Brady and Coach Butch Pierre Bayou Tigers.  




By Harry Douglas


Today at 4:30pm at Wheeler High, Hickson along with coach and teammates, made a decision regarding his college selection.  Hickson chose to go down the tobacco road and play for North Carolina Wolf Packs.  Hickson is Georgia's # 1 Player by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine and # 20 Nationally. He is a  physical and skillful player with nice size.  Hickson has a big body and knows how to use it. He plays great with his back against the basket and can also step out and hit a 10 to 12 feet jumper.  This young man continues to work and get better.  Throughout his college career, he will be a phenomenal player.  This is huge for Coach Sidney Lowe and his staff.  Hickson potentially could be a McDonald's All-American this year.  He played for World Wide, a top  AAU Club in the country.  J. J. Hickson is the front runner for Georgia Mr. Basketball along with Gani Lawal, Chris Allen and Senario Hillman.






By Staff



6-6 Dorenzo Hudson who many thought would end up at Clemson was landed by Coach Seth Greenberg staff.  Hudson is a very athletic, tough wing player with good size.  Virginia Tech will be Hudson's home for the next four years.  6-1 Chris Wright of Washington, DC, St. John High is one of the top point guards in the country.  He's a scorer and a quick athletic guard with good floor vision..  He's a solid pick up for the Hoyas.  




By Mike Patrick



6-10 PF Anthony Randolph that attends Woodrow Wilson in Dallas has made his decision.  It came down to deciding between Texas and LSU and LSU won.  This is big time for the LSU Tigers who has one of the top assistants, Coach Butch Pierrie.  Randolph is a Top 15 Player in the country.  I project that he would play one year and be done.  Randolph has good up-size and is very difficult to guard.  6-7 Dejuan Blair of Pittsburgh, PA attends Schenly High School.  He chose to remain home and play for the Pittsburgh Panthers.  This is big because Blair's friend Herb Pope also committed to Pittsburgh and played on the same AAU team with Blair. Despite Pope having some difficult challenges this summer, Coach Jamie Dixion would  not let Pope get away.  





By Harry Douglas


7-2 Solomon Alabi has committed to Florida State.  I spoke with a Florida State staff member and his  commitment was confirmed.  This is big for Florida State and Coach Leonard Hamilton.  Florida State already has a commitment from 6-10 Julian Vaugh.  Solomon is one of the most improved big men in the country.  He had a great NIKE All-American and a good NBA Players Camp.  Solomon is a good shot blocker and rebounder.  He scores around the basket and has a nice sky hook.  




By Harry Douglas



5-11 PG Korie Lucious committed to Michigan State.  Lucious is from Milwaukee, WI and attends St. Pius.  



By Harry Douglas


7-0 Center Mike Williams commits to Kentucky.  Williams is from Alexander, VA and attends Bishop Ireton High School.  6-2 PG Fred Brown of West Palm Beach,  Dwyer High School committed to Kansas State.  Brown is one of my sleepers around the southeast.




By Harry Douglas


Venoy Overton a 6-1 PG commits to USC.




By Harry Douglas


Chicago's 6-9 Mac Koswal who attends Boys to Men Academy decided to remain home and play for the Blue Demons at DePaul.  Mac is a big, strong physical power forward with great size and strength.  He chose DePaul over Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas Marquette and Michigan.  




By Harry Douglas


Chicago's 5-10 PG Aaron Johnson who attends Hubbard committed to University of Alabama Birmingham.  Johnson is a solid point guard who is very underrated.  This is a great pick up for Mike Davis and assistant Coach Tracy Dildy who is from Chicago.  Johnson played for Illinois Warriors this summer.

5-11 PG Jacob Pullen commits to Kansas State.  Pullen is from Maywood, IL, Proviso East High School.  Pullen had a very good NIKE Camp.  He is a flashy point guard who can break down defenses.  




By Harry Douglas


Desmond Hendrix, a 6-10 PF from Wabush Valley Community College commits to LSU Tigers.




By Harry Douglas


6-5 WF Darquavis Tucker from Saginaw, MI and who attends Arthur Hill High School has committed to DePaul.  Tucker is very athletic and is one of the best wings in the country.





By Harry Douglas


6-2 Keegan Bell made an earlier commitment to Georgia but withdrew from the Dawgs to seek other options.  Keegan finally decided to stay in the SEC but with another team.  He committed to Vanderbilt, Head Coach Gene Stalling Commodores.




By Harry Douglas


Jeff Teague, a 6-1 PG out of Indianapolis, IN Pike High School committed to Wake Forest Demon Deacons.  6-4 Cameron Long commits to George Washington.






By Harry Douglas



6-7 PF Gaby Ngoundjo is headed to UNC Charlotte.  Gaby is a big, strong physical player.  He has a nice body and uses it to rebound and block shots.  He's also good around the basket.  Offensively, Gaby is an very underrated player.  This is a great pick up for Charlotte.  Martavis Kee, a Florida Point Guard leaves for the east coast.  Kee is from Fort Lauderdale.  Miles Beatty, a 6-2 Combo Guard can light it up from anywhere on the floor has committed to George Washington.  He's a big pick up for Coach Karl Hobb and Assistant Roland Houston.  Beatty is from Jersey City, NJ.  6-10 Ijila Mulutonovic, a Power Forward committed to Oregon State.  Texas 5-10 PG Tommy Griffin has committed to John Brady LSU Tigers.  





By Harry Douglas


Virginia Tech Coaches who have been recruiting heavily in the Maryland, DC area lands an athletic guard.  Malcolm Delaney had a good spring and summer with his most impressive show at the 17 Under NIKE Super Showcase.  He led his team in scoring and to the Finals against SYF.  Delaney is a shooting guard who can light it up.  This is a great pick up for Virginia Tech and Coach Seth Greenberg. 


 6-8 PF Alexis Wangmere commits to Texas.  Alexis is from San Antonio, TX, Central Catholic High School.  6-1 PG Maurice Miller commits to Georgia Tech.  Miller is from Memphis, Raleigh High School.  Coach Paul Hewitt landed Memphis Thaddeus Young last year and has started a pipe line to Memphis.


6-11 Daniel Watts commits to Elon College.  This is a steal for Elon.  I think Watts is a low to mid-major player that  just needs to be seasoned. 6-8 PF Jerai Grant commits to Clemson.  Grant is from Hyattsville, MD, DeMatha High School.






By Harry Douglas


James Johnson had a great summer, especially at the NIKE All-American Camp.  Johnson has good size and is very athletic.  He's one of the top power forward in the country.  He can play the 3 and 4 position.  This is a big-time pickup for Demon Deacon.  





By Harry Douglas


6-8 Small Forward George Goode who is very athletic forward took a visit to Louisville over the weekend and made a commitment to Rick Pinto Cardinals.  Goode had a phenomenal NIKE Camp.  He had several offers including Missouri, Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Marquette, Baylor and Oklahoma State.  George stated that he liked Rick Pinto and the campus.  Coach Pinto likes his style of play.  




By Harry Douglas



Chandler Parson, a Floridian who will travel with teammate Nike Calathes to University of Florida.  Parson who is a pure shooter and very competitive player.  He needs to get stronger.  






By Staff


Memphis Assistant Tony Barbee has been named JTEP Head Coach.  Virginia 5-9 PG T. J. Bannister will transfer after three years.




By Harry Douglas


Jamal Coombs and 6-9 Alex Oriakhi were  impressed going through the showcase as 15 year olds.  Their team BABC was loaded.  The best player of the team was 5-6 PG Phil Pressly.  Look for UCONN to lock him down.  Coombs is a young player who is a complete player who can score and  play defense. 6-9 Alex is a beast, very strong and athletic.  He rebounds and scores effectively around the basket.




By Harry Douglas


6-7 Trevor Mbakue commits to Marquette.  Trevor is currently ranked # 54 Nationally by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  He chose the Warriors over Iowa State,  Trevor is a very athletic player who plays up and down.  However, will will get better as he matures.  




By Harry Douglas


James Harden of Lakewood (CA) Artesia has committed to Arizona State.  Harden who played great this summer is currently ranked # 30 by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  




By Harry Douglas


Julian is a player that Coach Leonard Hamilton liked for a while.  The staff followed Julian the entire spring and summer.  6-10 Julian Vaughn is a 4 Star Player who is fundamentally sound.  He plays the game hard and he's a great young man. Julian is from Mouth of Wilson (Oak Hill) in Virginia.   He is currently ranked in the Top 100 of Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  



By Staff



Alabama Nick Williams commits to Marquette University.  Williams is in the Class of 2008.  This commitment is a surprise.  



By Harry Douglas



Former Florida player 6-4 David Huertas who transferred has found a home back in the SEC.  Huertas will suit up for Ole Miss's Andy Kennedy Rebels.




By Harry Douglas



6-11 Deandre Jordan commits to Texas A & M.  Jordan is from Houston, TX.  He chose Texas A&M over several major schools, such as LSU, Texas, Indiana and Florida State.  Jordan is a Top 100 Player and he's ranked among the top center forwards.  6-9 Kodi Augustus committed to Mississippi State.  Kodi is from Texas and will travel south to Mississippi.  He's a big-time player.




By Harry Douglas


6-8 Scott Martin from Valporaiso (HS), IN commits to Purdue.  This make the third Top 100 Player that committed to the Boilermakers.  These three players are summer teammates.



By Mike Patrick


6-8 Robert Hummel from Valparaiso committed to the Boilermakers.  Hummel makes the third Top 100 Player who committed to Purdue.  He is a solid wing player who had a very good NIKE Camp.  Purdue is on its way back.  Hummel will fit in well with the Boilermakers.




By Harry Douglas


6-10 Nick Evans is a late bloomer who will play only to get better.  Evans impressed me at the Adidas Rising Superstar Camp, in Indianapolis.  Evans is considered a diamond in the rough.  He attends Red Hill High School in Bridgeport, IL.  Evans plays summer ball for the Indiana Elite II.  



By Harry Douglas


E'twaun Moore committed to Purdue over Indiana.  Moore is a very athletic combo guard who has good size.  Moore will make an instant impact for Purdue. This is a big catch for Boiler Maker.  Moore is a very unselfish player.  He is coachable and had a great camp at the NIKE All-American Camp.  Moore was one of the top 5 guards in the camp.  



By Staff


Corperryale Harris whose middle name is Manny is one of the most underrated guards in the country. Harris has been lighting it up this spring and summer.  He played well in the NBA Players Camp.  He topped it off this week at the NIKE All-American Camp with solid camp performance and the Michigan staff was right there to watch.  6-5 Darquavis Tucker from Saginaw, MI is heading to Louisville.  Tucker is one of the best athletic players in the country.  He played good this spring and summer and had a top notch performance at the NBA Players Camp and the Reebok ABCD Camp.  Tucker is a big-time player.




By Staff


The dust has its settled,  O. J. Mayo has committed to Tim Floyd USC Trojans.  He's the # 1 player in 2007.  Hold your horses, I have a feeling that this is not final.



By Staff


6-6 Evan Turner commits to Ohio State.  The 6-6 WF from Westchester, IL chose Ohio State over many major offers.



By Staff


6-10 JaJuan Johnson commits to Purdue.  Johnson is from Indianapolis and attends Franklin Central.  He is a big, long athletic big man.  



By Staff


6-9 Michael Beasley from Mouth of Wilson, VA (Oak Hill) commits to Kansas State.  Beasley who could have gone to any school will play for Bob Huggins Kansas State Wildcats.  




By Staff


Michael Beasley is currently ranked #3 nationally by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting  Magazine.  Beasley is a long athletic player who is a lefty.   He is  smooth and scores good around the basket.  Beasley first committed to UNC Charlotte.  Coach Huggins is getting the job done and could have a top 5 recruiting class or a number 1 recruiting class if Billy Walker  and J. J. Hickson commits to KSU.




By Staff


6-6 WF Eric Wallace from Kernersville, NC, Robert B. Glenn High school has made a commitment to David Leito and staff.  Wallace is currently ranked 84 nationally by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  





By Harry Douglas



6-5 SG Jeremy Jackson of Brandon, FL is the state's best kept secret.   Jackson is getting the attention of schools such as Miami, Virginia, Florida State and South Florida.  Jackson is a long athlete who can play the 1 or 2 position.  He visited Virginia last week and he's scheduled to visit other schools.  Jackson will suit up and play for Inner Strength in Atlanta, GA.





6-6 WF Nate Rakestraw is a good fit for hometown Arkansas Hogs.  First, he's a smart student with good grades and second, he's a solid player who can shoots the lights out of the ball.  Nate also has good size, is strong  and he rebounds well.  6-9 PF Shane Walker committed to Maryland.




6-5 WF Cory Stokes of St. Benedict's in Newark, NJ commits to Villanova.





6-7 SF Jarryd Cole of Winnetonka in Kansas City, MO commits to Iowa.




By Harry Douglas


6-9 PF Jeremy Mayfield is a sleeper.  Mayfield has good size and runs the floor well.  He is a good fit for UAB and Coach Mike Davis.  UAB already has 6-8 Howard Crawford and  6-9 Curtis Nickson.  The Blazers don't have to worry about the inside present.  Look for UAB staff to fish in a big-time talent.  Don't be surprised that Texas Longhorn transfer 6-9 Mike Williams ends up at UAB.  Davis is close to family.


JUCO Stefhon Hannah is headed to Missouri.  The Chicago native is a pure PG who looked at Kansas State, but signed with Missouri.  Hannah played JUCO ball at Chipola Junior College.  6-8 Matt Shaw, former Temple commit will suit for UNLV Runnin Rebels.  7-0 Jr. Kosta Koufas has made an early commitment to Ohio State.  Coach Thad Matta knows that Greg Oden is only going to stay at Ohio State for a year.  The future insurance has  already taken place.  Kosta is a top twenty Jr.  Damion James from Nacogdoches, TX signed with Texas after he de-committed from Oklahoma after Kevin Sampson left.  6-9 PF Mike Williams transfers from Texas.  6-10 Jimmie Sutton transfers from Florida to Florida Atlantic.  6-1 Drew Shiller transfers from San Francisco to Stanford.  





By Staff



Trevor Mbakue once lived in Atlanta Metro area.  This 6-7 stud is gifted and talented with a nice body.  He is a physical player with good upsize and his stock is rising.  Darrell Arthur will take his show to Kansas.  This 6-9 Dallas Texan chose  Manhattan Kansas over Baton Rouge and Luddack Texas.  Lance Thomas will travel down I-95 South to Duke where he could step right in and start.




2006 USA Junior National Select Team


Head Coach: Herman Harried- Lake Lifton High- Baltimore, MD

Assistant Coach: Pat Fitterer- Eisenhower High- Tacoma, WA






High School-Hometown


Thaddeus Young F 6-8 Mitchell- Memphis, TN Georgia Tech
Brandon Wright F 6-10 Brentwood Academy-Nashville, TN North Carolina
Spencer Hawes C 6-11 Seattle Prep- Seattle, WA Washington
Wayne Ellington G 6-4 Episcopal Academy- Wynnewood, PA North Carolina
Paul Harris G 6-5 Notre Dame Prep- Niagara Falls, NY Syracuse
Jon Scheyer G 6-5 Glenbrook North- Northbrook, IL Duke
Gerald Henderson G 6-5 Episcopal Academy- Blue Bell, PA Duke
Tywon Lawson G 6-0 Oak Hill Academy- Clinton, MD North Carolina
Kevin Durant F 6-9 Montrose Christian- Forrestville, MD Texas
Vernon Macklin F 6-9 Hargrave Military- Chatham, VA Georgetown




Harry Douglas


Herb Pope stated that he is not in a rush to make a commitment and that Pittsburgh is still on his list.  He just wanted the opportunity to explore his lists: Pittsburgh, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Ohio State and Xavier.    Jonathan Peoples of St. Joseph, IL, Westchest High School committed to Notre Dame.  Justin Burrell of Bronx, NY Our Savior Lutheran committed to St. John's.  Kelvin Grady committed to Michigan East in Grand, MI.  Sophomore 6-6 Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette (PA) committed to Pittsburgh.


January 15, 2006

By Mike Patrick

The Blue Devils have two McDonald All Americans in the Class of 2007.  Nolen Smith, who many thought would attend Louisville because of his deep roots were wrong.  Smith opted to go somewhere else.  On the other hand, Taylor King is a Californian native and many thought that he would be an UCLA product with Ben Hollins.  Duke is a great fit for King who shoots the ball very well.  The Blue Devils have reloaded. 

Oak Hill 6-6 SF Anthony Wright is headed to Michigan.  Wright is a Two Star player.  6-7 WF Jamelle Horne is a Top 30 Player Nationally from Hoover High in San Diego, CA.  He has committed to the Arizona Wildcats.  Horne is an athletic and talented player.



January 6, 2006

By Staff

Appleton is an athletic guard who can score.  He is from East Chicago.  Purdue and Indiana missed out on this top notch guard and Virginia Tech gets a quality player.  Jr. 6-1 Chris Wright is a Top 20 Guard Nationally.  This Washington DC  native attends St. John.  Wright chose NC State over Maryland, Texas, Virginia and Notre Dame.  


November 11, 2005

By Staff

Jerryd Bayless decided to stay home and play for Lute Olsen Arizona Wildcats.  Bayless is a scorer, very athletic and he had a great summer.  7-0 Chas Mcfarland commits to Wake Forest.  6-5 Will Harris commits to Virginia.


November 8, 2005

By Staff

Baton Rouge I leave.  The Bayou 6.0 PG D. J. Augustin will take his show down to Austin, TX and suit up for the Texas Longhorns.  6-8 Jeremy Mayfield is a Sooner.   Mayfield is an athletic forward who runs the floor well.  He is a great fit for coach Sampson Sooner.


October 24, 2005

By Harry Douglas


Thaddeus Young is very athletic, versatile and a warrior. Young announced Monday at his Memphis High School (Mitchell) that he would be attending Georgia Tech.  This is big time for Coach Paul Hewitt's Program, who is not used to being at the bottom of the ACC prediction of 9th out of 12th team.  Coach Paul Hewitt has recruited the Nation's Top High School Player. Look for Georgia Tech to be back at the top.  The concern is how long would Thaddeus remain at Georgia Tech because he is a pro.  Thaddeus chose Georgia Tech over Kentucky and Memphis.  



October 20, 2005

By Staff

Louisiana native Perry Stevenson made commitment to Tubby Smith Kentucky Wildcats.  Stevenson had offers from several major schools.  Stevenson is from Lafayette, CA.


October 17, 2005

By Staff

Duke Crews out of Virginia decided to commit to Bruce Pearls Tennessee Volunteer.  Crews is a big strong Power Forward.  Brandon Wright is a Tar Heel.  It came down to Kentucky Wildcats and the Tar Heels.  Wright commitment to the Tar Heels gives North Carolina four McDonald All Americans and the number one recruiting class.


6-8 PF Howard Crawford from Green County, AL will play for UAB Blazers.  Coach Mike Anderson has a steal.  Crawford is a load strong.  Athletic 6-7 SF Evaldas Banivilis commits to South Carolina.  Evaldas is from Melbourne, FL and plays at Florida Air Academy.  This young man came out of nowhere.  


October 10, 2005

Chicago PG Jeremore Randle will pack for the west coast.  This year Randle committed to Cal Bears.  Randle was one of the most underrated PG.



October 11, 2005

By Harry Douglas

Stanley Robinson one of the Top Southeast Players is headed to the northeast.  Robinson was overwhelmed on his visit to Storrs, CT., stated his uncle Jeremy Waldon.  Stanley thinks UConn is one of the top 3 basketball schools in the country.  Robinson was impressed  with the school and it's academics.  Robinson's GPA is 3.15 and ACT score 20.  Robinson is very athletic with serious hops.  He had a great summer especially at the Addidas Superstar Camp in Atlanta and the NBA Top 100 Camp in Richmond, VA. Robinson played for the Tallahassee Wildcats.  Robinson stated that Georgia Tech was right there along with Alabama, Memphis and Florida.  Robinson's uncle stated that Robinson called Paul Hewitt, Mark Goffried, John Galipari and  Billy Donovan to inform them of his decision.  


October 11, 2005

By Staff

6-9 PF Alex Stephenson of North Hollywood, CA, Harvard Westlake High School is going to Chapel Hill, NC to play for the Tar Hills.  The Tar Hills have landed another California player last week, 6-10 Deon Thompson of Torrance, CA (HS).  


October 10, 2005

By Harry Douglas

The Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech lands a Floridian.  6-8 PF Zach Peacock of Norland High, Miami, FL commits to the Yellow Jackets.  Other interests were Maryland, Purdue, Florida, Miami and others.  


October 1, 2005

By Staff

Jaspers played this summer for EBO/EA Sports with 7 players who will play D-1 basketball this fall.

Willie Kemp chose Memphis over Tennessee.  Kemp is a quick point guard who may fit Memphis style of play.


September 28, 2005

Harry Douglas


6-8 Gaberial Blair from North Carolina will play where his heart is at with Coach Stokes.  Coach Stokes showed Gaberial the most love and was there from the start.  Gaberial played for Charlotte Royal Team this summer, and his talent placed him as one  of the Top 10 Forwards in the Country.  Gaberial had several major offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee and others.  6-2 PG Willie Kemp is a flash point who is very quick and plays up tempo.  The Memphis Tigers fits his style of play.  He is a solid guard for the Tigers.  6-8 WF Earl Clark is a New Jersey native but will take his show on the road to the Derby State.  Yes Rick Pitino has done it again with another Top 50 Player.  Clark is a versatile player who can cause difficult with match up problems.  The Louisville Cardinals will be solid for years.  Georgia Tech adds a big man Brad Sheeham from Latham, NY, Shaker High School.    


September 17, 2005

By Harry Douglas

It's official! 6-7 WF  Pondexter called a press conference and committed to Coach Romar's Washington Huskies.  This is no surprise to me. I spoke with Quincy two and half months ago and Washington was high on the list.  Pondexter who is from California will have a chance to play not too far from home.  Basically, it didn't really matter to him.  Alabama's Stanley Robinson stated that he will make his visits and afterwards, he would narrow his choice to two schools.  Robinson has five schools interested: Alabama, Georgia Tech, UConn, Florida and Memphis.  My guest of his choices are Alabama and Georgia Tech.


September 8, 2005

By Harry Douglas

William Graves who played for Georgia Hurricanes committed to UNC Tarheels.  Graves went to Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC.  6-6 WF Brandon Rush is eligible to play for the Kansas Jay Hawks, cleared by NCAA.  


September 4, 2005

Harry Douglas

Dennis Horner of Absecon, NJ commits to NC Star.  Clemson grabs a big man Laron Dendy of Greer High School  in SC and 6-8 A J Tyler of Palm Harbor, FL. 


By Harry Douglas

August 8, 2005

6-6 WF Jeff Ryan commits to Northwestern.  Ryan is a solid player with good fundamentals.  He has good size, can shoot the ball well and makes good decisions on the floor.  6-5 SG Ramar Smith of King High in Detroit commits to UConn.  6-9 PF John Fields commits to East Carolina.  6-1 Trevon Hughes will stay home and play for Wisconsin.  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Hughes chose the Badgers over the Hawkeyes.


By Harry Douglas

August 2, 2005


Pondexter is a Nation Top Player


His play this summer proved his top playing.  Pondexter led his team to the three major victory events.  North Carolina Superstar 6-2 Brandis Raley of Gaston Day school has committed to South Carolina.  Raley wasted no time when he was offered.  Brandis Raley played summer ball with a hot team the Charlotte Royal.  Raley is a flashy guard who is a solid player with good size: 6-2 185 pounds and able to play the 1 or 2.  He is a great fit for the Game Cocks.  

Quincy Pondexter is long and athletic.  I recently talk with Pondexter about his recruiting.  Pondexter informed me that he has narrowed his school selection to five: Kansas, Washington, UConn, Memphis and Louisville.  All of these schools have offered him.  He does not have a frontrunner, he's just open.  He's looking for a place at home away from home.  It does not matter if it's the east coast or west coast.  I have this unction from speaking with Quincy  that University of Washington maybe the stop, and why not?  Coach Romar has proven himself that he is one of the best coaches in the business.  He also has great relationships with his players.  Also Quincy will be the first big-time recruit of 2006.  Plus Washington's style of play fits 6-6 WF Quincy Pondexter.  Pondexter reminds me of old school player Special K (Larry Kinnon) of ABA.  Pondexter is very underrated.  He is a Top 30 Player by youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  Pondexter was the MVP in the Atlanta Adidas Showtime.  He helped his team win three major events this summer.  




By Harry Douglas

July 12, 2005


Crittenton, Drummond and Harris Makes it Official

Crittenton AAU Coach Wallace Prather is smiling in heaven.  Coach Prather was a big  fan of Paul Hewitt.  It's good to see that Coach Hewitt and Staff got the job done.

Villanova keeps getting rich.  Coach Jay Wright landed  6-0 Center Caisen Drummond from Bloomfield (Tech), NJ.  6-6 WF Will Harris will suit for UConn Huskies.  Huskies gave a verbal commitment to Coach Calhoun. 


By Harry Douglas

July 8, 2005

Jarvis Crittenton was a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket from the start.  There was no way that Coach Hewitt was going to let this phenomenal athlete get from under him.  Crittenton is a hometown player who draws many local and fits Hewitt's style.  Georgia Tech will have one of the best back courts in the ACC.  


May 22, 2005

6-5 WF Gerald Henderson commits to Duke.  Henderson is the son of former VCU standout Gerald Henderson Sr. who played several years with the Boston Celtics.

Florida gets a big man 6-11 Marice Speights from St. Petersburg, FL.  Duke lands a 7 footer Brian Zoubek of Hanndonfield, NJ.


May 10, 2005


5-10 PG Rios Stays Home and Plays for Hurricanes Coach Frank Haith has started out in 2007

with one of the best Point Guard in the country.  Edwin Rios recently committed to to Miami.


By Staff

April 29, 2005

6-9 PF Deandre Thomas from Chicago will play for the Missouri Tigers.  Thomas is a solid

big man and a good post player.

Lamar Robeson a 5th year player has committed to the Cougars.  This Louisiana will play for the Houston Cougars.  Roberson attends Mt. Zion Christian in North Carolina.

By Staff

April 12, 2005

Jared's hard work had paid off.  He will remain home to play for Kentucky Wildcats.  Jared's success is no surprise to me.  I saw him a lot last summer and everyone was high on him.   

The Gators lands 6-0 PG Walter Hodge of Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, FL.  Hodge played 3A and helped his team to win two back-to-back State Championship.  Hodge was MVP of the tournament scoring a game high of 31 points.  Hodge went to the NIKE All-American Camp this past summer.


By Staff


April 11, 2005


Jamont Gordon of Oak Hill Academy committed to Mississippi State.  Gordon is currently ranked in the Top 30 of Class 2005.




By Mike Patrick


April 7, 2005


Jamont Gordon of Oak Hill Academy is the best available player who hasn't signed.  But this will change soon. Gordon will visit Mississippi State.  Tennessee, where Gordon is from was in the mix.  It looks like Gordon has other ideas.  Gordon is currently ranked # 15 Nationally.


By Staff

April 7, 2005

James will Play in Big 12

Damion James is one of the top players in the Class of 2006.  Damion made a decision to play at University of Oklahoma.  The Texan is staying close to home.  James is currently ranked # 5 nationally.   Kraidon Woods committed to Villanova.  Trevor Ferguson committed to Pittsburgh and Maurice Thomas committed to UNLV.  



By Harry Douglas

April 4, 2005


Jared Carter is a fundamental sound big man.  He has great hands and is very good in the post.  Coach Smith will make Jared a  Top Center in the SEC.  


By Staff

March 22, 2005


Daequan Cook will stay in state to play for the Buckeyes.  Cook is a solid player and is currently ranked # 9 by YPS.  


March 14, 2005


The Giant twins stay in Bay.  Brook and Robin Lopez (Fresno, CA)  will play for the Stanford Cardinals.  


March 12, 2005


6-11 Robbie Jackson (Aberdeen, MD)  stays on the East coast.  Coach Ed Pinney and Head Coach Jay Wright have a steal in Jackson.  Jackson will be a great fit for Nova.  





February 2005


6-0 PG D. J. Augustine who is one of the nation's top player in Class of 2006 has his choices: North Carolina, LSU, Wake Forest and Georgetown.  Merthie commits to Marshall.  Coach Ron Jirsa and staff are putting together a good recruiting class. 





December 29, 2004


My sources tell me that 6-0 Jr. PG D. J. Augustine will head to LSU with Tasmin Mitchell.  Augustine already favors LSU. 


Auburn landed an athletic power forward, 6-8 Emanuel Willis, a transfer from USC.  Willis is from Mendenhall, MS.



By Staff


November 14, 2004


Merthie commits to Marshall.  Coach Ron Jirsa and staff are putting together a good recruiting class.   Marshall's recruiting class looks like this: 6-5 WG Markel Humphrey, 6-9 JUCO Jean Francois Bro-Grebe and  6-4 Travis Alkens.  

Merthie is a quality point who played summer ball with the Tallahassee Wildcats.  Merthie is a steal for Marshall.




November 8, 2004


6-6 Kov Barber will sign this week with the Auburn Tigers.  Oh what a relief.  The Auburn staff has landed a big time recruit.  The Tigers recruiting class is looking good.  Barber is the next big high school recruit Auburn was able to get.  Coach Lebo did not waste anytime making the contact and closing the deal.  Last year this time it was Toney Douglas.  Barber is a man among boys, very strong and athletic.  He's a little under size, but his athletic ability and quickness would make up for it.


Mayfield's decision wasn't hard to make after all.  The Wolf pack is coming off a NCAA Final Four appearance in 2004.  Mayfield sees that he can come in and make a big impact his freshmen year.  Recruiting analyst Harry Douglas thinks that Mayfield is one of the most raw talent big men in his class.  Nevada has a steal.  Mayfield is very athletic and runs the floor well.  He's a good post player.   6-7 PF Kyle Marks committed to Nebraska.  Marks is from William T. Dwyer High in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 6-3 SG Keaton Grant of Gateway high committed to Missouri. 



November 1, 2004

By Harry Douglas


6-6 Kov Barber still loves Auburn, but like Georgia.  Barber stated that Auburn is a frontrunner, but he doesn't know if he would sign in November.  Barber was a little disappointed that someone stated that he committed to Auburn. Barber is one of the top players in the country and should be a strong candidate for the McDonald All-American.  We wish Barber the best. 



November 1, 2004

By Staff


6-6 SF Shane Clark commits to Maryland.  Clark attends  Hargrove Military in Virginia. 6-8 PF Josh Dollard commits to Auburn.



October 21, 2004

By Bob Smith


UAB Lands a Big-time Tennessee Player- 6-7 WF Lawrence Kinard commits to Mike Anderson UAB Blazers.  Kinard fits Coach Anderson's style of player.




October 15, 2004


6-5 SG Adam Williams stays with Kentucky.   He committed to Kentucky last year but went to prep school. He re-committed to the Cats. 


6-8 PF Terrell Briggs of Don Bosco Prep Ramsey in NJ commits to Pittsburgh Panthers. Briggs gives Coach Jamie Dixion's Panthers a solid player at forward.  Briggs is a strong post player with good skills.    6-3 PG Chris Howard Middleburg of Virginia commits to South Florida.  6-6 PF Joey Shaw Chandler, AZ commits to Indiana.




October 13, 2004


6-7 PF Josh Dollard has committed to Auburn.  Dollard is from Pickens, SC.  He is athletic, a little undersize for power forward and could play wing forward.  Dollard is a good player for Auburn Coach Lebo Tigers.  




October 12, 2004


6-9 PF Joey Cameron commits to Auburn.  this would be Cameron's third commit within a year.  Hopefully this is his last stop.  He is a good pick for Coach Lebo Auburn Tigers.  Cameron is a Top 150 Player Nationally.  





September 22, 2004


Memphis 6-7 WF Anthony Mason, Jr. will play for St. John's.  Mason is one of the top Small Forwards 

in his 2005 Class.  


The Mississippi State Bulldogs get two quality young men which puts the Bulldogs recruiting in the Top 6.  


6-9 PF Brandon Costner who played big this summer for the Playaz Basketball club will take his show down Tobacco Road to play for the North Carolina Wolf Packs.



6-5 PG Bryon Eaton finally says yes and is a Cowboy.  Coach Eddie Sutton has a stud on the way.  Eaton is a strong PG who is complete.



6-6 WG Marcus Johnson follows boyhood friend and once AAU Teammate.  Johnson is a UConn Huskies.  He will team up with another Californian 6-2 Marcus Williams.  Johnson is a big-time player.



5-10 South Carolinian commits to Cincinnati:  Devon Downey is a Bearcat.  He's a quick, streaky shooter who reminds you of 5-9 Andrew Lavender who plays at Oklahoma. 6-6 WF Marcus Williams commits to Arizona.  6-2 PG Austin Johnson committed to Oklahoma.  6-2 PG Floridian Denis Clemente stays home to play for the Hurricanes.  Clemente plays his high school ball at Miami Calusa.  6-7 F Alvin Mufunanya commits to St. Joseph's.  6-4 WF Mamadil Diane commits to the Virginia Cals.  6-8 CF Allen Taylor of South Carolina Irmo in Columbia, SC goes west to Texas Christian.





By Harry Douglas


September 16, 2004


6-6 Charles Little suited up this summer for the Atlanta Celtics where he  was a highlight reel with a lot of awesome dunks.   Charles Little AAU Coach Wallace Prather confirmed his commitment to me by phone.  Little will be a great fit for Dayton which would give him the time to develop more fundamentals toward his game.  Little is a big pick up for the Dayton University Flyers.



By Staff


September 14, 2004


Texas 6-1 PG Jovan Adams will take his show to Las Vegas UNLV.  6-10 Jimmy Sutton chooses Florida.  6-8 Devon Jefferson is a Rebel and 6-8 Michael Freeman is a Trojan.


6-9 PF Chad Millard commits to Louisville.  Millard is from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  6-9 Sam Warren from Englewood County and will suit up for Virginia.  Florida gets a big impact center 6-11 C Jimmy Sutton who will make an immediate impact on defense.  Florida's Assistant Coach Anthony Grant, one of the best young rising coaches and great recruiter informed Recruiter Analyst Harry Douglas of Sutton's commitment.  Florida's recruiting class of 2005 is shaping up  to be a good one.  UNLV Coach  Kruger has two big-time players 6-8 Devon Jefferson of Las Angeles, CA.  Jefferson is very long, athletic and a good shot blocker.  UNLA will have the Devon and Jovon show.  6-1 Jovan Adams committed to UNLV.  Jovon is the fifth year player and maybe a starter next year.  He's very athletic, quick and can knock the tri perfecto, a big-time player.  



September 11, 2004


6-8 PF Juhon Wright is headed to Kansas.



By Mike Patrick

September 8, 2004


6-7 PF Tasmin Mitchell from Baton Rouge will stay home and play for the LSU Tigers.



By Harry Douglas


August 30, 2004



Lewis Clinch commits to Georgia Tech.  6-11 Jonathan Huffman from Alabama commits to University of Louisville.



Well it didn't come by surprise to me.  Lewis told me a month ago that it was going to be Georgia Tech.  Clinch asked me not to write about his decision until his official announcement.  Lewis Clinch is a very respectful young man.  He is ranked # 35 Nationally by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine..  Head Coach Paul Hewitt has landed a big-time scorer.  This makes up for Tech missing out on 2004 Combo Guard Georgia player 6-2 Toney Douglas, who's at Auburn.  Georgia Tech was not able to land any of the big four Randolph Morris, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and Toney Douglas..  these player were either Parade All-American or McDonald's All-American.  The class of 2005 Coach Hewitt is working Georgia with Lewis Clinch and Alade Aminu, who has already committed.  Look for Coach Hewitt to land Georgia's best players in class of 2006, such as 6-4 Combo Guard Jarvis Crittenton.  You  first heard it here.   University of Louisville Coach Rick Pinto is neck to neck with Duke for the best recruiting class.  Louisville assistant Coach Reggie Theus who once coached the Southern Cal All-stars and player Jr. 6-6 Marcus Johnson.  Look for Johnson to head south to Louisville. 




By Harry Douglas


August 26, 2004


6-11 Eric Boateng from Middletown, DE is heading to Duke.  This makes Duke the # 1 Recruiting Class.  6-6 WF Alonzo Gee is heading to Alabama. Coach Mark Gottfried has done it again.


Duke has landed 6-2 PG Greg Paulus, 6-10 Josh McRoberts, 6-7 Jamal Boykin.  If Duke lands 6-9 Jon Brockman from Washington State, Coach K would have done it again- The # 1 Recruiting Class.  Alabama already has big time commitments from 6-3 Ray George and 6-9 Yamene Coleman.  If Alabama lands 6-9 Richard Hendrix, the # 3 player in the country by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine, it would move Alabama's class in the top 5.  Note that Hendrix mother is a graduate.   




By Harry Douglas


August 24, 2004


Tyler Hansbrough committed to Coach Roy Williams University of North Carolina Tarheels

Recruiting News Notes: Alabama gets a commitment from one of the southeast most talented big-men.  6-9 Yamene Coleman of Wilcox High School (Camden, AL) stated Tuesday evening that he will stay home and play for the Tides.  6-10 Kenneth Cooper may be heading to Lubbock, TX with his summer teammate.  Cooper is high on Coach Knight Radar.  Cooper's teammate 6-4 Terry Martin has already made a verbal commitment.  This summer in Las Vegas Coach Knight and son Pat Knight follow the Jazz team a lot.  




By Mike Patrick

August 22, 2004


Ole Miss has a strong commitment from Alabama, 6-7 SF Trey Hampton.  Hampton is a very athletic forward strong inside player.  Ole Miss Assistant Coach Tracy Dildy told recruiter analyst Harry Douglas that Ole Miss obtained a big commitment from 6-10 F/C Marquis Young who is from Chicago.  Ole Miss Coach Rod Barnes is having a good recruiting class.  Coach Tracy Dildy's  Illinois roots helped land Marquis Young.  The Ole Miss Rebels are not done with recruiting.  The Rebels are also trying to land 6-6 Charlie Little, 6-5 twins Reginald and Richard Delks, and 6-9 Xavier Webb from Tennessee.  The Rebels could end up with a Top 5 recruiting class.



By Harry Douglas

August 22, 2004



6-9 PF Cyrus McGowan has narrowed his choices to Mississippi State and Georgia Tech.  Cyrus will take an official visit to Georgia Tech Labor Day weekend.  He will visit Mississippi State later in September.  McGowan will have a tough decision to make.  Georgia Tech being one of the premier college basketball teams in the country.  Coach Paul Hewitt is a very impressionable, young, motivating coach.  On the other hand, Rick Stansbury pretty much owns Mississippi State when it comes to top players in that state.  Cyrus's mother attended Mississippi State, so there is a tough decision to make.  


The Delk Twins Recruiting is Heating Up.  Will it be Mississippi State, UAB or Auburn?


Richard stated that him and his brother Reginald would like to play together.  They both like Mississippi State, but their not going to count out anyone.  Their top five schools in order are Mississippi State, UAB, Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Reginald and Richard will take an official visit at Mississippi State Labor Day weekend and Auburn late September.  The twins also stated that Auburn is also one of their favorites in which Richard would like to play point guard and Reginald shooting guard.  Stay tuned as the recruiting heats up for them.


Speight likes Auburn, but has offers from Tulane, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Georgia.  


These schools are his top five.  Speight likes Auburn and he stated that the coaches would let him step right in and start for the tigers.  6-10 Speight likes that idea.  He also likes the SEC.  He likes the Bull Dogs and Virginia Tech.  when I first saw this young man, I was impressed with his abilities.  Speight is one of the best big men.  In his class, this would be big-time for Auburn's Coach Jeff Lebo if he lands 6-6 SF Kov Barber of Manchester, GA.  Manchester is currently ranked # 16 by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  In addition, Auburn landing the Delk twins from Mississippi would move their recruiting into the Top 10.


NEWS NOTES: 6-6 WF Tyler Smith- It looks like he's going to Tennessee as we stated last spring.  6-9 PF Rousean Cranwell who was injured most of this summer, will be heading to prep school at Bradenton Pendleton School in Florida.  7-1 Robert Rothburt from Sacramento, CA will play professionally in Europe instead of going to Indiana.  5-10 PG Devon Downey is leaning toward Tennessee.  The South Carolina  native will be another disappointment year if the South Carolina Gamecocks don't land Downey after last year.  Zam Frederick, Resean Dickey headed out of the state.  6-10 CF Jimmy Sutton took an unofficial visit to Miami.  Sutton was impressed with the coaching staff.  Sutton has an official visit to Florida State September 24-26th.  He has ten in home visits with Auburn, south Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Miami and Illinois.








July 29, 2004


Mayfield has Several Offers.  6-0 Corey Spates of

Warrenville, OH Commits to Purdue over Ohio State,

Cincinnati and Xavier



Jeremy Mayfield stated he has received offers from LSU, Baylor, Nebraska and North Texas.  Mayfield impressed out staff at the Adidas Camp with his athleticism, the way he runs the floor and rebounds.  He still needs to fine tune his game, but he has great potential.   



Updated July 27, 2004


6-9 Theo Davis from Bayside (Cordozo) NY verbally committed

to University of Texas over LSU, Arizona and Syracuse.

6-6 Robert Salley from Sacramento (Valley) CA commits to Coach Loronzo

Romar Washington Huskies.  Romar and staff is working hard.  If the huskies 

land 6-6 Markell Webster from Seattle (Prep) WA and 6-8 Jon Brockman

from Snohomish (HS) WA and 6-7 Jamal Baykin from Los Angeles (Fairfax) CA

that will put the Huskies in the Top 5 Recruiting Class.  




Eaton Narrows it down to Three: Oklahoma State,

Georgia Tech and Cincy

Byron stated he loves all three.  However from talking with Byron, 

I got the feeling that it will be Oklahoma State.





Wesley Matthews, Jr. who is ranked # 30 by Youth prep stars Recruiting Magazine chose Marquette over Wisconsin.  5-11 Josue Soto of Jacksonville, FL, Arlington Day HS commits to Miami.




6-7 Lawrence Kinard is a big-time player.  He's very under rated, but that does not stop recruiting.   Showing interest are Memphis, UAB, Mississippi, Arkansas State, Florida State, Georgia Tech and LSU.  Kinard stated that he will take more visits.



6-1 Jovan Adams is one of the top PG in the country and is started to get noticed.  Jovan Adams is not in anyone's top 100, but he has serious game.  Adams stated that he's being heavily recruited by major D-1 schools such as Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, Depaul, Florida  and others.



6-6 Alonzo Gee was the Showtime MVP.  He displayed awesome offensive skills in front of hundreds of college coaches at Suwanee.  Gee averaged 18.6 ppg.  Gee stated that there are many schools recruiting him such as Florida State, Florida, South Florida, Miami, Alabama, Marshall and West Virginia.



6-7 Anthony Mason, Jr. is a player.   We take notice that Arkansas, Stan Health, Ole Miss, Rod Barnes, Georgia Tech Depaul are watching him.  



6-8 PF Gani Lawal  from Riverdale High School can play.  In the first game, he scored 31 points with 15 rebounds.  He is a good fluid athlete who played solid with many coaches  watching; such as Dennis Felton, Tony Shield of Florida State, and Stan Health of Arkansas.  Gani did not disappoint anyone.  He was one of the best underclassmen in the Adidas Showtime.  Georgia has already offered him. 



6-7 PF Anthony Stewart (Jax Bulls)- This young man is a man-child with a big-time athletic body and uses it well.  With time to mature and develop, he's already a high major prospect.



July 13, 2004



6-7 Tasmin Mitchell has been playing tough this spring and summer.  Florida has 

three commits: 6-2 Eric Devendorf , 6-3 Dominic  Kitchen and 6-4 David Huertas.  6-11 Rashard Singleton commits to Georgia.


6-4 Anthony Green commits to Marquette, 6-10 Vernon Goodridge has his favors.  We caught up with this 6-10 center in Atlanta.  Goodridge gave us his favor- UConn., Georgetown, UMass. and Rhode Island.  Xavier Thad Matta leaves for Ohio State. 6-11 Andray Blatche could by pass and go to the NBA.  6-7 Korvotney Barber his favors- Auburn, Georgia, GA Tech, Alabama, Florida State and many others are pressing him.  Reginald, Richard and Delk are looking to play together.   A list of their favors are Arkansas, Mississippi State, Florida, NC State, Louisville, Tennessee, South Carolina and Miami.   



6'8" Joey Cameron from Birmingham, AL decided to cross the border.  Joey felt that Tennessee was the place for him.


CJ has a Release from the bottom, University of Miami

CJ Giles landed in the Midwest.  He is a Kansas Jay Hawk.  Kansas recruiting class is in the Top 10.  Also 6'7" Micah Downes committed to the Jay hawks.  6'6" Alex Galingo signed with Kansas.



Randolph Morris is a Wildcat

Yesterday Randolph Morris came out with a big smile stating he's entering the NBA Draft, but joking and officially announced that he will be attending University of Kentucky.   


Randolph Morris feels that he would be a complete student-athlete at University of Kentucky.  He stated that Kentucky was the best fit for him.  Coach Smith  did a great job of landing Morris after all the recruiting GURU's knew that Morris would attend Georgia Tech.  Recruiting analyst Harry Douglas stated that in this business you can't take anything for granted.  Mr. Douglas also stated  that Morris will do well and play right away at Kentucky.  Morris averaged 30 ppg and 19 rpg for Landmark Christian.  His academic achievements are 3.9 grade-point average, 1270 SAT score and he's a member of the National Beta Club.  Randolph Morris is a McDonald's All-American and Parade All-American.  He will be a NBA lottery pick in two years.




April 27, 2004


6'9" Walter Sharpe (signs with Mississippi State) - averages 22 ppg and 8,0 rpg.  Sharpe is very strong around the basket and can step out and hit the jumper.  Sharpe would need to improve on running both ends of the floor.  He's a great pick up For Mississippi State, stated recruiting analyst Harry Douglas of youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  6'2" SG Chris Lofton (signs with University of Tennessee) will fit into Coach Buzz Peterson's style.  Lofton who was Kentucky's Mr. Basketball led his Mason County High School team to the State championship.  This year he was passed up by two state schools, Kentucky and Louisville.  WF Calvin Brook (signed with Illinois) was a big time sleeper this past summer.  Recruiting Analyst Harry Douglas stated that he spotted Calvin Brook in May and knew that he was going to be a good player.  




April 4, 2004

By Harry Douglas



Smith Gets his Groove Back in the NIKE Hoop Summit.   Josh Smith scored 27 points.  JR Smith put on a show scoring 17 points.  The high flying Smith helped The USA Team  beat the World Team 99-79.   6'11" Dwight Howard did not play in the NIKE Hoop Summit.   6'9" Al Jefferson scored 13 points.  6'8" Rudy Gay scored 14 points.  Sebastian Telfair scored 7 points, 6 assists and 4 steals.  


The leading scorers for the World team were 6'1" Luha Bogdanovic scored 21 points, 6'6" Churchhill Odia 10 points and 6'8" Juan Diego Palacious scored 10 points with 6 rebounds.  Al Jefferson scored 13 points.  6'8" Rudy Gay scored 14 points.  Sebastian Telfair scored 7 points, 6 assists and 4 steals.   NOTE: 6'11" Dwight Howard and 6'8" Josh Smith are no longer eligible to play D-1 basketball.  They have played in more than two high school all-star games. Josh Smith has already confirmed that he will enter the NBA Draft.  Dwight Howard will announce his NBA status on April 12th.  6'11" Randolph Morris will probably head to Georgia Tech.  Coach Paul Hewitt's team has closed the deal by playing for the National championship this Monday night.  Morris will make announcement soon.



March 13, 2004



6'11" Randolph Morris of Landmark Christian 

will not enter his name in the NBA Draft.  

Correction: Georgia Tech is the front runner for Morris.  Morris will probably announce his decision soon.  We apologize for the previous typing error.  According to a close source,  Morris will weigh his options and make  a decision.   However, Morris is not projected to be a first rounder, but stranger things have happen.  Coach Paul Hewitt success with big post players  will make any big man consider Georgia Tech.  Al Jefferson and Dwight Howard will enter the NBA Draft.



                  Morris, Jefferson & Howard



Randolph Morris will be a fine college player.  He will learn more and in two years, he will be a lottery pick.  Randolph Morris average 26 ppg,  17 rpg and 6.5 bpg.  Morris is also very strong in academics and is prepared to attend college or go to the NBA.  He has the body and the strength for the NBA.   Both Al Jefferson and Dwight Howard will enter the NBA Draft.  Our Mississippi source tells us that Al Jefferson is highly considering to go to the NBA.  His dream is to play in the NBA and he possesses a NBA body and knows how to use it well.  Jefferson is very strong and he's ready.  He will make an impact immediately. Our source also tells us that several NBA scouts were present at one of Al Jefferson's high school games.  Jefferson scored 62 points and made 27 rebounds.  That's enough to catch anybody's eye.  Dwight Howard is a lottery pick and next year this time he will be a $40 to $50 million dollar young man. I know his family and Howard played for me for several years.  Dwight Howard is ready and prepared to take on what he will face.  In Howard's State championship game he scored 26 points, 23 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.  With his size, athletic ability and skills, the sky is the limit.  Montavious Waters of Westover in Albany, GA has committed to University of South Florida Bulls.  This was confirmed by my conversation with him.  Waters is currently ranked # 1 in the state and Nationally # 162 by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  Waters will be a good fit for Ray McCullen Bulls. 



February 11, 2004


Clifford Hammonds played AAU basketball with the Atlanta Prep Stars.  He teamed up with Toney Douglas in the back court for three years.  This was the best back court in the country.  Coach Harry Douglas stated that Clifford Hammonds is one of the best ball players and young man he has ever coached.  Coach Douglas indicated that Hammonds will be one of the best guards in the ACC.  Hammonds has nice size, 6'3", 195 pounds, plays 1 and 2 positions and plays great defense.  He averages 25 ppg, 7 rpg, 4 apg and 3 spg.  Clifford Hammonds is one of the most respectful and loving young man.  He's majoring in Engineering and definitely will be successful.  Hammonds comes from a great supportive family.  He is a two-time AJC All-State Honoree and he's ranked # 37  by youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine. Coach Oliver Purnell of Clemson Tigers really wanted Clifford Hammonds.  The coaching staff waited on him and now they have a great player.



January 22, 2004


I have personally have known 6'6" Tasmin Mitchell since he was 11 years old.  My AAU team defeated Tasmin's team a couple of times.  His skills were unbelievable at the age of 11.  My source tells me that there is no way the LSU family and Coach John Brady would let this one get away.  Although Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, UCLA, Oklahoma and Texas have offered him, Tasmin will be a Bayou Tiger.  When its all said and done, put that in your pipe and smoke it.  



6'6" Shaun Livington made it official.  He will play for Duke.  Shawn is one of the top guards in the country.  He played super  this past summer.  Duke has landed a great player, stated recruiting  analyst Harry Douglas.  He is a nice young man.



Khaliq Gant made it official last night.  Gant committed to Cornell University.  Gant stated the coaches showed a lot of interest in him.  Khaliq  played his summer ball under Coach Harry Douglas Atlanta Prep Stars since he was 12 years of age.  Gant is a true student athlete.  He scored 1290 on the SAT, has a GPA of 3.8 and  is the President of the  Senior Class at Tabor Academy.  




6'6" Jermis Smith commits to GA Tech.  Jermis is from Fort Worth, TX Dunbar High School.  Georgia Tech's recruiting class includes 6'5" Anthony Morrow, 6'2" Zam Frederick, and 6'9" Rashean Dickey.


6'3" Ramel Bradley of Bradenton Pendleton school commits to University of Kentucky.  6'4" Clint Stewart from Tulsa, OK, Union High School commits to Kansas State.


6'9" PF Ra'Sean Dickey commits to GA Tech.  His choices were Auburn and GA Tech.  Dickey will team up with AAU teammate Zam Federick.  Galindo commits to UTEP.  This 6'6" WF has a nice touch and can really light it up.   6'6" WF Roy Bright commits to Cincinnati. Bright is very athletic and much better around the basket.  



Jason Rich's decision came down to two schools, Florida State and Kentucky.  It was coach Leonard Hamilton who landed talent of a Wing Guard who is very athletic.  Rich has a mid-range jumper and he can also post.  Florida State is making a strong run in the  ACC.  The Seminoles also landed 6'2" CG Isaiah Swann.  Swann who is ranked # 31 Nationally by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine is a very prolific scorer. 




Alexander Kaun goes to Kansas.  Kaun who is Russian played injured most of the summer.  He is a nice young man.  I spent a lot of time with him at the NBA Players Camp and the ABCD Camp.  Kaun is a physical player who doesn't back down.  He's a good post player who moves his body well and he has a nice drop step. Coach Bill Self has landed 6'9" Darnell Jackson, 6'2" Russell Robinson and 6'11" Alexander Kaun.  Alexander Kaun is ranked # 46 Nationally by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine. 




Louisville landed a big man! 6'9" Brian Johnson made it official to Rick Pitino that he's a Cardinal.  Johnson who is from Virginia- DC area  currently attends Oak Hill Academy at Mouth of Wilson.  Johnson had offers from Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Arizona and others.  Johnson had a good summer.  He is very strong and re-bounds well.  He has a nice set of hands and runs the floor well.


Razorbacks landed a big man! 6'9" PF Darian Townes is from Hargrove Military.  Townes is a prep school player who came out of high school in 2003.  


Marquie Cooke's is a Hokie.  It didn't take Coach Seth Greenberg long to land a Top 100 Recruit into Blacksburg (VA). Cooke was phenomenal this past spring and summer.  He is a very nice young man with great leadership skills and he's very athletic.  Cooke can do it all.  He is ranked # 35  by youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.



U-Conn got a big-time commitment from a New Yorker, PG AJ Price from Amityville High.  Price was phenomenal this summer.  He's a quick guard with the ball who can light it up from the outside.  

New Yorker Russell Robinson commits to Bill Self's Kansas Jay Hawks.  Russell has been a winner through his basketball career.  This 6'2" guard is very consistent player who can do it all.  His biggest assets are slashing and defense.  Russell can also shoot the ball well.

South Carolinian Zam Frederick commits to Georgia Tech.  Frederick who has a good summer has a nice jump shot with decent ball handling skills.  Frederick would need to loose some weight and be consistent.  



6-8 Dorsey commits to Memphis, John Calipri.  Dorsey is a well sculpture physical player who reminds me of Ben Wallace.  Dorsey is a Pro, but would need to stay in school at least two years.  Dorsey is a fifth year player.



Georgia's little 5'6" PG Ryan Lamb who is an excellent ball handler will be a great fit for coach Ron Jirsa's team.  Lamb would need to get stronger.  He committed to Marshall.

Illinois 6'6" Justin Cerasoli committed to Lou Orr Seton Hall Pirates.  Justin had a great summer.  This flashy combo guard has good ball handling skills.  He shoots the ball well, but needs to get stronger.  


Miami gets verbal commitment from a west coast player 6'10" Chester Giles from Seattle, WA.




6-3  Guard Jason Rich would probably end up at Kentucky or Florida State.  Rich stated that he likes Kentucky.  5-11 Kyle Lowry stated that he's wide open now, but our source tells us that Lowry will be a Pittsburgh Panther.   6'11" Alexander Kaun from Melbourne, FL will most likely commit to Kansas.  Kaun who is from Europe once had Florida as a front runner; but Duke and Kansas are his final choices.  6-2 Cliff Clinksdale from Ocala, FL stated that he's being looked at by Florida State, Georgia, charlotte, Arkansas and U-Conn.  6-9 Brian Johnson of Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson) will soon commit to Louisville.  




Channing Toney stays home to play for the Georgia Bulldogs. 

Channing Toney stated to Recruiting Analyst Harry Douglas that he had offers from Tennessee and NC State, but chose Georgia.  Coach Dennis managed to land  one of the Top 10 Players in Georgia.  A New Yorker comes South to Georgia: 6'0" PG Sundita Gaines committed to Georgia.  Gaines told Mr. Douglas at the NIKE Peach Jam that Georgia is where he would  play.


Taurean Green commits to University of Florida.  We had the chance to speak with green about his choice.  Taurean stated that he felt that Florida is the place for him.  He likes their style of play and Coaches Gant and Donovan have consistently shown interest in him.  

Green is a top player. 


6'6" SF Glen Dandridge from Mt. Zion Christian, NC has committed to Missouri.  6'8" SF Marshall Brown from Lydon B. Johnson in Austin, TX committed to Missouri.  6'2" PG Jamar Butler changed his mind and  withdrew from Cincinnati and committed to Ohio State.  5'11" PG Alex Gordon of Pensacola High in Florida committed to Vanderbilt. 6'3" SG Vincent Banks of Kaurinburg Institute of NC committed to Cincinnati.  6'6" SF Brandon Patterson of Unified Atheimer of Arkansas committed to Mississippi.  6'8" SF David Gomez of Episcopal High in Baton Rouge, LA committed to Tulane.  6'5" WF DeAaron Williams from Limestone High in Borton, IL committed to Wisconsin.  6'6" Cheyenne Moore of South Kent (Prep), CT commits to Clemson.  6'2" SG Danny Morrissey from Brandenton Pendleton school commits to Penn State. 6'0" PG Sebastin Telfair from Lincoln High Brooklyn, NY commits to Louisville.  6'5" WF Bobby Clark from Lanier High Jackson, MS commits to Mississippi.  6'6" WF Rahson Clark from Bridgton Academy, ME commits to Iowa State. 6'7" WF Dorrell Wright from south Kent (Prep), CT commits to DePaul.  6'8" PF Kalen Grimes from Hazelwood Central in Florissant, MO commits to Missouri.  6'8" Darnell Jackson of Midwest High Texas commits to Kansas.  6'7" WF Shawne Williams from Hamilton High in TN commits to Memphis.  6'9" PF DJ White from Hillcrest High in Tuscaloosa, AL commits to Indiana.  6'8" PF Marvin Williams from Bremerton High in WA commits to North Carolina.  6'4" SG Glenn Miles from West end High in Birmingham, AL commits to Alabama.  



August 2, 2003


Clifford Hammonds (Cairo) Cairo, GA  

Hammonds gets an offer from an ACC school.  This 6'3" Combo Guard was very impressive at the Super Showcase averaging 25 ppg and  6.0 rpg.  He carries a 4.0 GPA.  Clifford led his Atlanta Prep Stars team to a 2-1 record. Coach Oliver Purnell of Clemson watched everyone of Hammonds games, along with NC State Herb Sednek and assistant Coach Mark Phelps.  Hammonds AAU coach Harry Douglas stated that Hammonds is every coaches' dream.  He is a real role model for kids.  He is ranked nationally by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine as # 35.  Because Hammonds is not ranked by other recruiting services, it makes him the best "sleeper" in recent years.  Hammonds will be an All ACC Player if he accepts the offer from Clemson, stated Mr. Douglas who spoke with the coaching staff.  Hammonds is Clemson's first big time recruit.  Hammonds is in Clemson this weekend on an unofficial visit.  Head Coach Oliver Purnell will make him an offer.  


Other Atlanta Prep Stars in the News:


6'9" Uriah Hethington has gotten an offer from Appalachian State University.  Recruiting Analyst received a phone call from Coach Matt Mcman and stated that an offer was on the table for this junior.  6'9" Uriah Hethington is from Cairo, Georgia and his high school coach is Ike Chance.  Coach Chance thinks that Uriah will be a seven footer.  His summer coach Mr. Douglas stated that Uriah has the potential to be the next Donnell Harvey.  It would depend on his work ethics.  Uriah averaged 10 rpg and 3 bpg.  6'7" Tarod Sanders is getting a lot of interest from Marshall, Oklahoma and Kansas City.  Coach Ron Jirsa is very interested in Sanders.  Coach Douglas stated that Sanders is a beast and still has time to mature.  6'0" Jack Genburg is getting interest from the Ivy Leagues with his 1510 SAT score. Jack was very impressive at the NIKE Super showcase by playing great defense.  6'3" Khaliq Gant gets an offer from Albany NY and Columbia University  Gant is a Top 100.  He is also getting interest from Stanford, Notre Dane, Boston College, Delaware, etc.  6'1" Guard William Souder is getting interest from Stephen F. Austin and Florida State University.  Souder can light it up from anywhere on the floor.  He helped his team defeat  Stumblin Rising Star Team by scoring 11 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists.  College coaches pay attention.  This 6'1" guard has big potential.  Souder will be teaming with 6'11" Randolph Morris at Landmark Christian and placing Landmark Christian as a big time contester against 6'11" Dwight Howard at SW Christian Academy.  Souder will be a big force for Landmark Christian.  coach Bryan Bartley is on track to make the run.  6'2" Toney Douglas finished his last game in style scoring 32 points, 6 steals and 4 rebounds in a defeat to Potanic Bullets 69-65.  Toney stated that it's on to the next level to SEC.  Many are saying that if Toney do what he's doing now in college, he would be at Auburn for three years and go to the next level.  Toney Douglas was the first player in Class 2004 to commit. He is a true leader with great qualities.  Toney led his high school to the Final Four in his sophomore year and  to Finals his junior year.  Toney stated that he's winning it all his senior year.  Toney was one of the top players at the ABCD Camp in NJ, 6th in scoring and team went to Semi-finals; Top Scorer in the NBA Players camp, a top player in the NIKE Peach Jam averaging 15 ppg, Top scorer in the Super Showcase with 35 ppg and team was 2-1; Top player in AAU Junior Nationals averaging 25 ppg and team 2-1.  Toney Douglas played against the best players this year and came out on top.  He stated  that this year was fun meeting and playing against players .  Also, building relationships.  He played with Ron Steele of Alabama, Ra'sean Dickey and Zam Frederick of South Carolina, Mohammed Tangara of NC, JR Smith of NJ and Kyle Lowery of Philadelphia.  Toney played against Dwight Howard of Georgia, Josh Smith and Desean Wright of NY, Darius Washington and Tavern green of FL, Jackie Butler of MS, etc.


Darius Washington (Edge Water) Orlando, FL has already made a commitment to play at Memphis.  Washington stated that Memphis is a good fit and he likes their style of play.  He did not  want to stay home in the state of Florida to play.  Auburn University was once on his mind.  Darius will travel with the Tallahassee Wildcats to Adidas Big time and play back home in the Junior Nationals.  Darius will also attend the ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ and the Team USA Camp in Colorado Springs.  Toney Douglas (Jonesboro), GA stated that Auburn University is a good fit for him despite several other offers, and Coach Ellis is a special coach. Auburn is a family setting and that's the environment he desires to be in.    Toney feels that he could go in, start and be productive as a team player his first year.  His goal is to win a team National Championship while pursuing his degree in Business Management.  Ron Steele (John B. Carroll) Birmingham, AL has made a commitment to University of Alabama.  Steele stated that will  remain home around his family and at Alabama he's going to play a lot.  Steele also stated that Coach Godfrey was very high on him and wanted him, which meant a lot to him.  Steele has been very productive this spring and summer.  He made All tournament Team at Bob Gibbons TOC.  His team defeated the Atlanta Celtics, SE Pump N Run and Tallahassee Wildcats.   


The SEC will be strong with guards in 2004.  Toney Douglas at Auburn, Ron Steele at Alabama, Gary Evin at Mississippi State and Jason Rich at Florida.  The Lethal Weapon Three may be the best guards that have come out in the south.  These players can play with any guards in the country.  The three players are very respectful young men.  Douglas and Steele are more laid back in street clothes, but turn it up on the floor.  Washington is more vocal on the floor, but much laid back in street clothes.  They also have different personalities.  Look for them to be at the top before it's all over.  Douglas, Steele and Washington have been playing each other for years. they will attend the ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ.  Steele and Douglas will also attend the NBA Players Camp in Richmond, VA in June; which will feature 87 of the Top 100 Rising Seniors. The camp is ran by Bob Gibbons All Star Sports. 





May 28, 2003


Our staff had a chance to catch up with Sebastian.  Sebastian may be looking towards the NBA, but the junior has Louisville, Syracuse, GA Tech, North Carolina State,

St. John's UCLA at the top of his list with Louisville and Syracuse leading the way.   Jr. 6'8" Mike Williams of Camden, AL (Wilcox H. S.) made a verbal commitment to Rick Barnes Texas Longhorn at Bob Gibbons.  Williams father was very excited about his decision.  Jr. 6'5" Robert Varden of Indianapolis (IN) Pipe reopened his recruitment last month.  After withdrawing from 

a verbal to Purdue, he made a verbal commitment to Indiana University.



Howard's top favors are Duke, GA Tech, Indiana, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, UCLA, Arizona and other schools.  Most of the schools could have problems with the NBA.  In my opinion, Howard is a pro and is better than Kwame Brown.  Howard is a skillful player who has worked hard to get to this point.  I have seen great progress in Dwight as his former coach.  It is scary what this young man's  potential could be and the sky is the limit. Georgia 6'8" Brandley Strickland signed with University of Evansville.  Bradley who's from Lakeside High School in Dekalb County has a lot of talent.  He will be a great player for Evansville.  





Updated May 13, 2003



6'11" Alexander Johnson of Albany, GA, 5th year Bridgeton Prep sign a letter of intent to play with Florida State.  Johnson is one of the big men in the country.  Florida State will be a force early in the ACC.  Coach Hamilton is doing a great job in recruiting.  6'3" Quin Humphrey signed with Youngstown and it's a steal.




Steele commits to University of Alabama.  Recruiting Analyst Harry Douglas stated he spoke with Steele's summer coach Jerry Bartley, and Bartley stated that Ron Steele committed to Alabama.  This was no surprise to Mr. Douglas who already stated 

that Steele would attend Alabama.   Alabama gets a Top 50 Player in Class of 2004.  Steele is one of the top PG in the country.  Steele has the total package.


Florida 6'5" Jimmy Tobias signed with University of Oklahoma.  Tobias is a very athletic player who played extremely well in the Florida in the Georgia-Florida All Star Games.  Wheaton, Maryland 6'7" Jr. James Gist has committed to University of Maryland.  Georgia 6'10" Alexander Johnson look like he's heading to Florida State, according to recruiting analyst Harry Douglas who talked to Alexander's former coach Charlie Given.  Douglas stated that big Al likes Florida State because it's close to his home town Albany, Georgia.  The coaching staff at Florida State have been working hard to get Johnson.  If Coach Hamilton lands Johnson, the FSU basketball program will be right in the mix of the ACC race.  Look for Johnson to announce his decision in a couple of days.  Don't be surprised if it is FSU.  


High School Player Entering the NBA Draft- 6'10" Ndubi Ebi from Houston,  TX (Westbury Christian), 6'10" Kendrick Perkins from Beaumont, TX (Ozen), 6'8" Lebron James from Akron, OH (St. Vincent-St. Mary), 6'11" James Lang from Birmingham, AL (Central Park), Charlie Villanova from Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy) and 6'9" Travis Outlaw from Statesville, MS (Statesville).



Clifford Hammonds has not had a chance to perform this spring for his Atlanta Prep Stars Elite Team. He team up with All American 1st Team All State Toney Douglas making the Atlanta Prep Stars one of the best back courts in the country.  Hammonds is nursing a turf toe, but that hasn't stopped his recruiting with offers from Mercer and NC State.

The wolf pack is front runner for Clifford Hammonds, with Clemson, Georgia, GA Tech, Florida State all in the running.  Hammonds led his Cairo High School team to State final 8.  Hammonds averaged 26 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.0 apg and 2.5 spg.  Hammonds is a complete player stated coach Harry Douglas.  North Carolina State coach Mark Phelps and Coach Douglas talked for an hour about Hammonds.  NC State is very interested in Hammonds and is on the edge of offering him.  


Class of 2004 Commitments are stacking up  late update on Recruiting news.

California Gabriel  Pruitt stays out west.  Pruitt is from Los Angeles, plays for Westchester has committed to USC.  The rumor is that 6'5" Robert Varden has de-committed from Purdue. But Recruiting Analyst Harry Douglas who is a good friend of Coach Gaddis spoke with Gaddis.  Robert Varden is legally in the custody of Mr.Gaddis.  Mr. Gaddis has strong ties to Purdue.  Mr. Gaddis was a baller at SMU and Robert and his son Desmond will remain with Purdue.   


6'4" Aaron Affalo commits to UCLA.


6'9" Cedric Simmonds commits to NC State.


6'8" Rob Kurz commits to Notre Dame.


Latest Recruiting Rumors in Georgia- Coach Paul Hewitt of GA Tech lost two major players in his program.  6'8" Ed Nelson transfers and 6'10" Chris Bosh goes to NBA.  Coach Hewitt has been working hard for 6'11" Dwight Howard and 6'10" Randolph Morris.  The rumor is that these two players are a lock for Tech.  What a perfect fit for Georgia Tech.  Both Howard and Morris would come in and start, making Coach Hewitt with one of the best front court in the country. 6'8" Josh Smith is looking toward the NBA.  Smith's Coach Wallace Prather stated that Smith is looking to play the 2 at 6'8", which is why Smith shoots the ball a lot.   Recruiting Analyst Douglas stated that both Josh Smith and Dwight Howard can play in the NBA, but it would be best that they play college ball to mature more.  Both are Top Five Players Nationally.


National Hoop News- 5'11 Combo Al Lowry from Philadelphia has been hooping this spring.  Lowry with his smooth crossover and quickness to the basket destroyed the Family Team in the Spiece Run N Slam.  This Philadelphia native went for 41 points and took home MVP honor.  Youth Prep Stars has Al Lowry ranked 35th Nationally.  We first discovered this young man two years ago at the AAU Nationals.  6'3" Willie Frank Tolbert of Red Level has committed to Auburn.  Auburn also signed 6'8" Dwight Curtis of Chicago.  Alabama is the front runner for 6'4" Glenn Miles of Birmingham Westend High School.  Alabama is looking to keep 6'0" Ron Steele in the state.  Our staff thinks that Steele is the best guard in the state.  Alabama, UAB, Auburn, Miss. State, Tennessee Southern Miss. and others are in hot pursue of Steele's services.  Alabama contacted Jerry Bartley of Pepsi Challenge and he stated that 6'4 WF Demario Carroll is a big time player.  Bartley stated Carroll is a hard worker and consistent player.


Deep Hoosier South Recruiting News- In Alabama the state's best player is 6'9" DJ White maybe be heading to Hoosier State, but the two in state colleges are knocking on the door- Auburn and Alabama.  Coach Mike Davis is an Alabama boy.  He  played for Alabama and knows the White family seems to have the edge but Auburn may be the right fit for DJ White.  First, he would come and start right away.  Secondly, he would be a lottery pick in two to three years.  He would have the opportunity such as Tennessee Ron Stay, who broke many SEC records.  DJ White is the same type of player who works hard, rebounds well and scored around the basket.  Don't be surprised if Auburn Assistant Coach Tracy Dildy make  a strong move for DJ White and 6'9" Walter Sharp. Coach Dildy has already made Auburn's 2004 recruiting at the top fifteen.    Florida News- Perhaps its best state player is Darius Washington, who has already committed to Memphis.  Washington is from Orlando, Florida.  Recruiting Analyst Harry Douglas of Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine stated that he had the opportunity to work with and watch Darius grow.    Toney Douglas played against Darius Washington  in the 11 Under and 14 Under AAU National.  Darius big start was when he was MVP of the Super Select Camp at Georgia Tech as a 15 year old player.  Darius played against Eddie Basin, Josh Powell, Karl Hollingsworth, Charlie Bell, Cortez Davis, Chris McFarland and Sean Dockery.  6'3" Jason Rich of Orlando, Florida is having a great summer.  Our Florida people tell us that Florida Billy Donovan is ready to offer Rich a scholarship.  We knew that Donovan was high on rich because last year at the Florida Camp, Rich dunked on 6'10" LaMarcus Aldridge.  Donovan's eyes lit up and he was focused on Rich the remaining of the camp.  Just call it a done deal that the Florida staff and Anthony Gant will not let Rich get out of the state.  New York 6'2" Russell Robinson of Rice got his hoops on out in Texas causing his stock to rise. Dwight the assistant coach for Gaucho's and friend of Mr. Douglas stated that St. John's is in the front runnier.   Russell loves New York and wants to stay close to home.   



6'10" LaMarcus Aldridge from Dallas committed to Texas.  


6'3" Daniel Gibson Combo G from Jesse Jones High School in Houston, TX has committed to Rick Barnes Texas Long Horns.  Daniel is ranked # 1 in the nation by Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine.  Texas Basketball Review has Gibson rated # 1 guard in Texas.  Gibson and LaMarcus played for one year on the same AAU team.  Texas also has a commitment from Jr. 6'6" Dio Dowell from Texas City High School.  


6'6" Dion Dowell of Texas City committed to Texas.


6'0" Darius Washington may be headed to Memphis.  The rumor is that Darius wants to make an early commitment and Memphis is very high on his list. 


6'10 Alabama James Lang maybe headed to NBA.  Lang cancelled his visit to Louisville.


Georgian 6'10" Alexander Johnson has not made a commitment yet.  Look for Coach Dennis Felton to make a move at Johnson.  The rumor is that someone took the SAT for Johnson may have Georgia in more hot water.  Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida, Indiana and Kentucky would like to have Johnson.  


Georgian 6'3" WF Quin Humphrey wants to be a Memphis Tiger, but the coaching staff hasn't made a decision yet.  Humphrey is a very athletic and skilled player who plays good defense.  


6'7" Pat Ewing a Jr. committed to Indiana Hoosers.  Mike Davis keep loading up.  Ewing who is from Ft. Washington in Maryland attended Nation Christian Academy.  


6'1" Harry Douglas of Jonesboro High School committed to University of Louisville  football team.  He will play Wide Receiver. 



Furman came into the state and landed a big PF from Columbus, Georgia, 6'9" Quin Powell of Jordan High School.  6'1"  Guard Anthony Miller from Whitfield Academy commits to Citadel.  6'5" PG Mike Woodard of Creekside High School commits to Youngstown State. Maurice Almond committed to Rice University.



Brent Petaway goes big!  6-8 forward, 220 lbs. Petaway of McDonough, GA attend Griffin High School and is coached by Coach Qualls.  Petaway has had a tremendous spring and summer with his summer team the GA Stars.  Petaway has been one of the hottest forwards in the country with his big time performance in major tournaments this year.  During the super Showcase and the AAU Jr. Nationals, Youth Prep Stars talent evaluator Mr. Harry Douglas spoke with him.  He stated that he has committed to Michigan.  Brent was very instrumental in the GA Stars Final Four appearance in the Junior Nationals.  Mr. Douglas stated that Petaway is a class act young man and that 

Coach Tommy Amaker is getting a complete player and person.  Brent Petaway had strong interest from Uconn., Georgetown, Syracuse, Florida State, Georgia and several more. Petaway is very athletic has a nice touch from outside.  Petaway has  has a vertical leap of 48 inches.  Petaway is a big time player who is still learning the game.  Youth Prep Stars has Petaway ranked # 90 Nationally and 6th in state.  Brent Petaway's gpa is 13.0, rpa 9.0 and blocks 7.5.  


6-9 Jermareo Davidson commits to Alabama.  Jermareo is a young pup that will be explosive this year, stated talent evaluator Mr. Douglas.  Mr. Douglas had the opportunity to coach and work Jermareo out with some of his NBA drills.  Mr. Douglas also stated that Jermareo was another Tyson Chandler.  Jermario can handle the ball, shoot and rebound.  He just need some good coaching to develop him, which would come out at the collegiate level.  Coach Godfried has a steal.  Jermareo attended Stone Mountain High School and transferred to Wheeler.  He is a good student and young man who is from a good family, state Mr. Douglas.


6-3 Guard Tim Morris of Whitfield High School in Atlanta, GA committed to Stanford.  Tim will take his game out west where the Cardinals have been NCAA for the last ten years.  Tim Morris will fit right in with his style of play and knowledge of the game.  Tim Morris game will even improve because he is a hard worker.  Tim is a scorer and versatile player who gives you everything he has.  Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine has Tim Morris ranked at # 88 nationally and # 3 in the state. His gpa is 16, rpa 3.5 and apg 2.5.  


6-1 Guard Matt Causey committed to Georgetown.  Matt showed strong performance this spring and summer against competition.  Matt is a senior who attends Berkmar.  Mr. Douglas stated that he has known Matt since twelve years old and coached him at the ABCD Camp. He knew that Matt would be a good player.  Georgetown is getting a first class person as well as player.  Matt Causey is a gamer and very competitive who likes to win.  Youth Prep Stars Recruiting Magazine ranked Matt Nationally # 110 and 5th in the state.  His gpa is 17, rpg 2.0 and apg 5.0.


6-5 Corey Gibbs will stay home to play for Georgia Bulldogs.  University of Cincinnati  Bob Huggins could have had 6-5 power forward, but Corey wanted to stay close to home to see after his mother, stated his AAU coach Sandra Glass.  Jim Harrick would need Gibbs services who reminds me of Donnell Harvey.  


6-10 Shawn Taylor made verbal commitment to Alabama.  Shawn is a tremendous shot blocker, stated Mr. Harry Douglas who was his first AAU coach.  Taylor could be a great player if he continues to work hard and put on weight.  


6-9 Dane Williams from Columbus High School of Columbus, GA committed to Cornell.


6-5 Morris Almond from McEachern High School committed to Rice


6-10 Major Wingate from North Gwinnett High School committed to Tennessee.


6-9 Jean Grebe from Chamblee High School committed to Dayton. 


6-5 Gerald Stegall from Redan High School committed to Nebraska.


6-9 Coleman Collins from Chamblee High School committed to Virginia Tech. 


6-9 Rashun Bryant from Coosa High School in Rome committed to Colorado.


6-2 Bryan Smithson of North Cobb High School committed Middle Tenn. State


6-9 Troy Williams from Monroe High School committed to Centenary.


Former Atlanta Prep Stars 6-3 JR Pinnock committed to Wichita State