Fastbreak Friday: STACKED weekend from coast to coast
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: Indiana
Bloomington is the recruiting hotspot of the week with three top-50 players in the 2024 class coming to campus.
C Derik Queen, SF Liam McNeely and PG Curtis Givens all rank among the best available at their respective positions. A connection to keep an eye on is that all three of those guys play at Montverde together. Could that connection bode well for the Hoosiers? Only time will tell, but it certainly can’t hurt.
CAMPUS OF THE WEEKEND II: LSU
Matt McMahon and company have a stacked group of visitors to look out for this weekend in Baton Rouge.
Mikey Lewis, Robert Miller, Vyc Miller, and Billy Richmond make up four top-100 prospects visiting LSU.
The atmosphere on campus should be buzzing as the No. 14 Tigers football team takes over Death Valley.
It wouldn't be a shock to see one or more of these players commit soon after their trip.
JUSTIN YOUNG’S VISITOR(S) TO WATCH: I like what’s happening in Pullman, Washington this weekend. For a team that seems to not have a future conference home (man, I am heartbroken for the Pac-12 or Pac-10 or Pac-8 memories), the Cougars are pulling no punches in hoops recruiting. Washington State has two very significant prospects on campus this weekend. JJ Mandaquit, the Hawaiian point guard, is having a tremendous year as a prep prospects. He was great with USA Basketball and the Utah Prospects on the adidas 3SSB circuit. His hoops mentor is Derrick Low, another Hawaiian native, is a Washington State great. Jaden Steppe, a versatile wing from Tualatin, is one of the best prospects in the Pacific Northwest. On a weekend where the bluebloods are thriving, Washington State is hosting two major targets on their 2024 and 2025 big board.
JOSH TEC’S VISITOR TO WATCH: Boogie Fland, Kentucky. Whenever Kentucky gets their guy on campus, they’re more than likely going to seal that deal. It’s rare that the Wildcats miss on the recruiting trail. Boogie Fland fits the program well. When he’s at his best, he’s a guard that plays with a certain level of electricity that can play well in Rupp Arena. Fland has already visited North Carolina, and he has Alabama and Maryland locked in as well. North Carolina seems to be the frontrunner as of now, but a weekend in Lexington could have him favoring a different shade of blue. Fland is one of the best available guards in the 2024 class.
GARRETT TUCKER’S VISITORS TO WATCH: Robert Miller III, LSU. Saying it’s a big weekend in Baton Rouge is an understatement. In all reality, it may be the biggest recruiting weekend of the young Matt McMahon era. LSU legacy recruit Robert Miller III, an intimidating 6-foot-10 big man from Pasadena (TX), will be among the prospects on campus for LSU. Word on the street is Miller will visit Alabama and Texas as well, but making a strong impression while the talented big man is on campus again could help the Tigers seal the deal. He’s a big domino that McMahon and his bunch hope falls their way.
In this space, we aren’t predicting a commitment but merely acknowledging that if something did happen, it wouldn’t shock us.
Boogie Fland, Kentucky: He is the prototype of the kind of guard that John Calipari likes to recruit, coach and thrive with. Fland is one of the best big game hoopers in the class of 2024. Any time a player visits Kentucky, you have to keep a close watch on a potential commitment soon after.
Jalen Shelley, Arkansas: Any time a player makes a return visit to a school, you better pay attention. The Texan has been a priority prospect for the Razorbacks. The Lone Star State pipeline to Fayetteville has been healthy since Eric Mussleman has taken over the program, too.
ONE MORE THING…
A fascinating visitor is Emmanuel Stephen visiting Kansas. The Jayhawks already have Flory Bidunga—our No. 1 ranked center—committed, but they had Derik Queen on campus last weekend, and Emmanuel Stephen going to Lawrence shows that they're still on the hunt for more in the frontcourt.
Stephen is a traditional big man, so it’ll be interesting to see how Kansas operates with two guys cut from the same cloth if they land him.
Some of the best players from the HoopSeen Association will be on the road this weekend for official visits.
First team All-HSA members Isaiah Otyaluk (No Guts, No Glory) and Sebastian Akins (1 of 1 Elite) and HSA stud Jayan Walker (1 of 1 Elite) all have big visits on tap.
Otyluk will be on Chattanooga's campus. Akins will visit Winthrop and Walker will be in downtown Atlanta at Georgia State.
THE NOTABLE VISITS
Have a good look at our list of visitors compiled from multiple reports and our staff of Josh Tec, Justin Byerly, Garrett Tucker and Justin Young.
|Asa Newell - Texas|
|Billy Richmond - LSU|
|Bishop Boswell - Tennessee|
|Boogie Fland - Kentucky|
|Caleb Holt - Alabama|
|Curtis Givens - Indiana|
|David Punch - Penn State|
|Dellquan Warren, Mississippi State|
|Derik Queen - Indiana|
|Derrion Reid, FSU (7th)|
|Emmanuel Stephen - Kansas|
|Eric Reibe - Harvard|
|Gicarri Harris - Virginia Tech|
|Isaiah Elohim - Villanova|
|Isaiah Otyaluk - UT-Chattanooga|
|Jacob Cofie - Virginia|
|Jaden Steppe - Washington State|
|Jaiden Glover - St. John's|
|Jalen Shelley, Arkansas|
|Jalil Bethea - Miami|
|Jase Richardson, Michigan State|
|Jayan Walker - Georgia State|
|Jaylen Harrell - Providence 2025 UO|
|Jermaine O’Neal Jr. - Tennessee|
|JJ Mandaquit - Washington State|
|Josiah Moseley - Georgia Tech|
|Jovani Ruff - Cal (2025 Official)|
|Julen Iturbe - Boston|
|K.J. Tenner - Murray State|
|Kayde Dotson - New Mexico|
|Khani Rooths - Michigan|
|Kingston Flemings - Texas Tech (2025)|
|Kon Knueppel - Alabama|
|Kon Knueppel - Wisconsin (12th)|
|Liam McNeeley - Indiana|
|Luke Kinkade, The Citadel|
|Malachi Moreno - Arkansas|
|Malik Abdullahi - Princeton|
|Meleek Thomas - Michigan|
|Micah Robinson - TCU|
|Micah Smith - Mercer|
|Mikey Lewis - LSU|
|Nic Codie - Virginia Tech|
|Patrick Ngongba - Michigan|
|Rakease Passmore - Mississippi State|
|Robert Miller, LSU|
|Sebastain Akins - Winthrop|
|Sebastian Rancik - Colorado|
|Tounde Yessoufou - Washington|
|Trent Burns - Rice|
|Trent Noah - Western Kentucky|
|Trent Perry - Colorado|
|Tyler Betsey - Alabama|
|Vyc Miller - LSU|