Fastbreak Friday: Blue bloods aiming high this weekend
This week’s Fastbreak Friday is absolutely stacked. There are high level visitors from coast to coast and from border to border. In this week’s column, we look at a couple of power conference schools and who is coming to campus, a number of notable visitors and even identify some players who could be on the commitment radar.
Let's start the break. Shall we?
CAMPUS OF THE WEEKEND: Duke
It feels like it’s been relatively quiet on the confines that house Cameron Indoor, but we all know that won’t be the case for long. One doesn’t have to be a recruiting head to know that Duke typically gets its man.
Two big names are coming to campus this weekend in Kon Knueppel and Nate Ament. Both rank as top-50 prospects in the 2024 and 2025 classes respectively.
Being the senior of the duo, Knueppel is the one firmly on commitment watch. He’s a prolific scorer with great feel. He led the EYBL in scoring this past spring.
Duke already has commitments from Isaiah Evans and Darren Harris in the ‘24 class. Knueppel could be the next domino to fall in what’s expected to be another loaded class in Durham.
It doesn’t hurt that their No. 21 football program hosts Northwestern and has significant momentum in the college football world. Campus should be abuzz.
JOSH TEC’S VISITOR TO WATCH: Billy Richmond, Kentucky
Richmond still has big-time visits on the horizon, but his trip to Lexington is one that has other schools praying they can get him on campus afterwards.
Kentucky has been a favorite to land Richmond since they jumped in on his recruitment.
Playing for the New Jersey Scholars on the EYBL circuit, Richmond is in the same program that current Kentucky freshmen DJ Wagner and Aaron Bradshaw played for.
The connection is there. The brand name is there. The larger-than-life coach and environment are there. Keep an eye out.
GARRETT TUCKER’S VISITOR TO WATCH: Chase McCarty, Missouri
McCarty’s almost finished up with his official visit tour this fall. He’s already seen Houston and Tennessee, and now Dennis Gates and the Tigers are on deck.
Why is this a visit to watch? McCarty is very close with former Missouri player Kobe Brown. In fact, McCarty and his family have already made some trips in the past to Mizzou to see their close friend in action, so the familiarity is there.
It also doesn’t hurt that Brown was a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers in this past summer’s draft. I expect Gates and his staff to make the most of the existing relationship in place and to capitalize on Brown’s professional status.
JUSTIN YOUNG’S VISITOR(S) TO WATCH: Larry Johnson, Creighton
Can we talk about the job Greg McDermott has done at Creigthon? He's won 300 games during his tenure there and churned out pros along the way. The Blue Jays are matching that same kind of energy on the recruiting trail but going nationwide to find the best of the best.
Johnson, a Savannah, Georgia native, is the newest high-level player to take a trip to Omaha for an official visit. He's one of my favorite long-term guys in the class nationally.
PEACH STATE TRIPPERS
Gicarri Harris, Purdue: This is one of the visits of the weekend to watch. Harris and Purdue have been linked for quite some time. Matt Painter has made several trips to Loganville (GA) Grayson games to see Harris over the years.
Micah Smith, FGCU: 2024 F Micah Smith has been hitting the road taking plenty of visits during this late-summer cycle. His tour takes him to Southwest Florida to Florida Gulf Coast. It looks like this is the penultimate stop with Clemson being the final visit.
KJ Greene, UCF: Greene is going to be a busy man in the coming weeks. With trips to UCF, Florida State and South Carolina scheduled, he won’t have a dull weekend for nearly a month. A betting man would keep the South Carolina visit on the forefront of his mind, but UCF and FSU are no slouches either.
|Acaden Lewis - Virginia 2025 UO|
|Billy Richmond - Kentucky|
|Bishop Boswell - Georgia|
|Brandon Stores Jr. - Rutgers 2025|
|Brooks Bahr - Nebraska|
|Caleb Holt - Georgia Tech 2026 UO|
|Cam Ward - Notre Dame|
|Chance Mallory - West Virginia (2025 UO)|
|Chase McCarty - Missouri|
|David Punch - NC State|
|Ethan Lathan - Georgia Tech|
|Gicarri Harris - Purdue|
|Hudson Greer - Iowa|
|Jael Martin - Pepperdine|
|Jahki Howard - Arizona State|
|Jared Harris - Mississippi State|
|Jayan Walker - St. Bonaventure|
|Jayden Johnson - Ohio State 2026 UO|
|Jaylen Harrell - Rutgers 2025 UO|
|Jordan Scott - Georgetown 2025 UO|
|Josh Reed - Drexel|
|Josiah Moseley - Illinois|
|Julen Iturbe - Vermont|
|K.J. Tenner - Drake|
|Kayde Dotson - Loyola Chicago|
|Khani Rooths - Maryland|
|KJ Greene - UCF|
|Kon Knueppel - Duke|
|Kon Knueppel - Virginia|
|Kuol Atak - Oklahoma|
|Labaron Philon - Ole Miss - RESCHEDULED|
|Larry Johnson - Creighton|
|Malachi Moreno - Michigan|
|Malcolm Thomas - Villanova|
|Malik Abdullahi - Sam Houston|
|Micah Smith - FGCU|
|Mikey Lewis - Illinois|
|Naas Cunningham - West Virginia|
|Nate Ament - Duke|
|Nigel James - Syracuse (2025)|
|R.J. Jones - Florida|
|Rakease Passmore - Oklahoma|
|Sadiq White - Syracuse|
|TJ Crumble - Ohio State 2026|
|Toni Bryant - Georgia Tech 2026|
|Tre Johnson - Alabama|
|Trent Burns - DePaul|
|Trent Sisley - Wisconsin (2025)|
|VJ Edgecombe - Florida State|