General News for August 2015

One fast-rising name in the 2018 class recently picked up an offer from Purdue during his quick stay in West Lafayette at the program’s elite camp Saturday. Things seem to just be on the cusp of breaking out and with more work and patience taken with him, Robby Carmody could establish himself as a top-100 recruit within the sophomore ranks.

The past few weeks have been pretty darn good for those in Seattle, Washington. Sure, the NFL season is about to kick off but we are here to talk about the roundball and with it, the work that Lorenzo Romar and his staff have done on the recruiting trail has been quite impressive. While there hasn’t been a ton of recent success on the hardwood compared to past years for the Huskies, the blazing spree of commitments over the past year or so for the UW program is quite impressive.

Last week we unveiled what could be for the ACC when it comes to the 2016 recruiting class. In our next five part series, while things still play out within the respective senior class of prospects on the recruiting front, we will look at what can be expected this coming season on the hardwood for each program and the most important freshman within last year’s 2015 recruiting crop.

Last week we unveiled what could be for the ACC when it comes to the 2016 recruiting class. In our next five part series, while things still play out within the respective senior class of prospects on the recruiting front, we will look at what can be expected this coming season on the hardwood for each program and the most important freshman within last year’s 2015 recruiting crop.

Last week we unveiled what could be for the ACC when it comes to the 2016 recruiting class. In our next five part series, while things still play out within the respective senior class of prospects on the recruiting front, we will look at what can be expected this coming season on the hardwood for each program and the most important freshman within last year’s 2015 recruiting crop.

A rising sophomore at Park View High School in Virginia, Keldon Johnson has become quite the pursued and offered ballplayer. Standing close to 6’5 and with a gift of scoring the basketball with efficiency and at all three levels on the floor, many schools have already taken note.

One of the toughest, hard-nosed forwards on the west coast came off the board today as Solomon Young gave a verbal commitment to Steve Prohm and his Iowa State program. While he was underrated a bit by those within his region, the Cyclones may have found themselves a giant sleeper and a glue-forward over the next four years in Ames, Iowa.

Last week we unveiled what could be for the ACC when it comes to the 2016 recruiting class. In our next five part series, while things still play out within the respective senior class of prospects on the recruiting front, we will look at what can be expected this coming season on the hardwood for each program and the most important freshman within last year’s 2015 recruiting crop.

Every Monday, we will roll out the commitments of the week. Within it, we hope to bring you up-to-date with any and every commitment that was received over the past seven days within the college realm. Adding into it, while some more highly ranked players might be popping off the board, it is hard to disregard a quality fit for both the prospect and the college program. Hence, we will select the top power conference commitment with that in mind, along with one outside of the top conferences.

Last week we unveiled what could be for the ACC when it comes to the 2016 recruiting class. In our next five part series, while things still play out within the respective senior class of prospects on the recruiting front, we will look at what can be expected this coming season on the hardwood for each program and the most important freshman within last year’s 2015 recruiting crop.

If there is one ball player in the 2016 class that fits the mold of the Florida Gulf Coast mantra of Dunk City, it would be Christian Carlyle. A 6-foot-5 wing out of Bishop Kenny High School within the state borders of the Atlantic Sun program, Carlyle ended his recruitment Sunday morning by committing to Joe Dooley and his staff after carrying other offers from programs like Duquesne, North Florida, and UTC.

One of the better remaining prospects on the board in the 2016 class is no more. No, Lindy Waters III did not commit to a school late Saturday night. The 6-foot-6 wing out of Norman North High School decided to take another year to develop before setting foot on a college campus and thus, reclassing to the 2017 class.

When it rains, it pours. That easily could have been said the past few weeks when it came to commitments to programs from within the SEC. 

That made us think… which conference could take the reins from the SEC and go on its own roll in picking up some quality commitments in the coming weeks? The answer? The Atlantic Coast Conference.

Today we dive into part five of the five-part series as we inspect the conference and where each school is at with recruits moving forward. 

While the Purdue basketball program is still focused in on the 2016 class in adding to recent point guard commitment Carsen Edwards, the Boilermakers will put things aside on Saturday as they bring in a bevy of the top talent throughout the 2017-2019 classes. The Indiana Hoosiers might get all of the buzz within its state borders in hosting top-100 talent in Miles Bridges and Curt Jones, yet Purdue is positioning themselves nicely with its an annual elite camp.

We are excited to run our first weekly edition of Fastbreak Friday. We hope this will be the go-to for you every Friday and throughout the weekend in following your favorite program, player, and/or conference as to who might be where. Whether it is a group of visitors, a lone, key official visit, or an elite camp being held, expect the most premier, up-to-date information to be found here at HoopSeen.com each and every Friday morning as to where a certain recruit might be and a possible program’s chances of landing that prospect.

VISITOR OF THE WEEK

There are loads and loads of official visits this weekend throughout the top conferences in America and with packed campuses at Purdue and East Carolina for their respective elite camps, though it might seem like a reach, the visit of the week occurs down in Austin, Texas. Shaka Smart and his staff did a great job of finishing off the 2015 class but the 2016 crop might even be more important. With their first full year on campus, the Longhorns may have to bring replace four big men following the 2015-2016 season. Hence, with the visit by La Lumiere center James Banks this weekend, a mobile and interior producer, all eyes will be on if Smart and his crew can lock down one of their bigs of the future. They are deeply involved for Javin DeLaurier, Jarrett Allen, Solomon Young and Cleveon Brown, but with only one other visit set for Vanderbilt with the Peach State native, all eyes will be placed on the Big 12 program and if they can lock down another piece for years to come.

ACC WELCOMES IN LEAD GUARDS

With the sudden depth of the lead guard spot in the 2016 class, a few of the ACC programs will welcome in floor generals this weekend. Pittsburgh gets it first shot in hosting a point guard this weekend where they will bring in a few others from the east coast in the coming weeks. Cassius Winston, a Detroit native, is down to a final four including the Panthers, Stanford, Michigan, and Michigan State. In North Carolina, Canadian guard Koby McEwen takes his first official visit to Wake Forest and it seems as if it is a battle between the Deacs and Utah State. Remaining in the state and one of the most important visits of the weekend is in Durham. Duke is hosting Frank Jackson, a top-20 recruit in 2016, and the lead guard seems to be favoring the Blue Devils and the Cardinals of Stanford. This is one to keep an eye on.

WHO MIGHT POP?

While the official visit tour is just getting started, we have seen an uptick in early commitments this month. It is always difficult to predict a commitment due to all of the dynamics that are involved with the recruiting process, but it seems as if Frank Jackson is nearing a decision. BYU, Utah, Duke, and Stanford make up the senior’s final four and by Sunday, the electric 6-foot-3 guard will have visited all four of the schools in some way or fashion; a commitment could ensue.

Another to keep an eye on is Solomon Young. The California native is taking an official visit to Iowa State this weekend and the Cyclones have done a great job of making the beastly forward feel wanted and needed. A program like Texas has remained intrigued by the Sacramento High product, but no one has worked harder to date on the 6-foot-7 forward than the Big 12 squad.

Finally, the last that could come off the board is Jalen McDaniels. The Federal Way product is taking his first official visit to San Diego State, beginning on Thursday evening, and the Washington native fits the mold of an Aztecs-type at the 4-spot. Very long, rangy, and a versatile defender, others in pursuit include Texas, Arizona State, and the home state Washington Huskies program.

AAC

CONNECTICUT

EAST CAROLINA (ELITE CAMP)

TEMPLE

ACC

DUKE

  • Frank Jackson – 6-foot-3 guard – Lone Peak High School (Utah)

PITTSBURGH

WAKE FOREST

ATLANTIC SUN

FLORIDA GULF COAST

  • Christian Carlyle – 6-foot-4 wing – Bishop Kenny High School (Florida)

ATLANTIC TEN

VCU

  • Josh Parrish – 6-foot-5 wing – Seguin High School (Texas)

BIG EAST

ST. JOHN’S

  • Shamorie Ponds – 6-foot guard – Thomas Jefferson High School (New York)

VILLANOVA

  • Kevin Huerter – 6-foot-4 guard – Shenendehowa High School (New York)

BIG 10

ILLINOIS

  • Xavier Simpson – 5-foot-11 guard – Lima Senior High School (Ohio)
  • Xavier Sneed – 6-foot-5 wing –  Hazelwood Central High School (Missouri)

INDIANA

  • Miles Bridges – 6-foot-6 wing – Huntington Prep (Michigan)
  • Curt Jones – 6-foot-3 guard – Huntington Prep (Virginia)

PURDUE (ELITE CAMP)

  • Courtney Ramey – 6-foot-1 guard – Webster Groves (Missouri) 2018
  • Torrence Watson - 6-foot-4 guard – Whitfield School (Missouri) 2018

BIG 12

IOWA STATE

  • Solomon Young – 6-foot-7 forward – Sacramento High School (California)

TEXAS

  • James Banks – 6-foot-10 center – La Lumiere School (Georgia)

BIG SKY

WYOMING

  • Alphonso Anderson – 6-foot-6 forward – Garfield High School (Washington)

BIG SOUTH

GARDNER-WEBB

  • Precious Ayah – 6-foot-7 forward – Greenforest Christian Academy (Georgia)

BIG WEST

LONG BEACH STATE

CAA

TOWSON

  • JJ Matthews – 6-foot-7 forward – Millwood School (Virginia)

WILLIAM & MARY

  • Kevon Tucker – 6-foot-4 wing – Dacula High School (Georgia)

CUSA

OLD DOMINION

  • Ako Adams – 6-foot-2 guard – Bishop O’Connell High School (Virginia)
  • Alassane Kah – 6-foot-9 center – Kilgore College (Ohio)

TULSA

  • Martins Igbanu – 6-foot-8 forward – Covenant Christian Academy (Georgia)

HORIZON

VALPARAISO

  • Nick Robinson – 6-foot-4 wing – Kenwood Academy (Illinois)

MAC

MIAMI (OHIO)

  • Brock Betram – 6-foot-10 center – Apple Valley High School (Minnesota)

MISSOURI VALLEY

BRADLEY

WICHITA STATE

 

 

MOUNTAIN WEST

SAN DIEGO STATE

OHIO VALLEY

BELMONT

  • Justin Pierce – 6-foot-5 wing – Glenbard West High School (Illinois)

SEC

KENTUCKY

  • Kobi Simmons – 6-foot-5 guard – St. Francis School (Georgia)

SOUTHERN

CHATTANOOGA

  • Jalen Melvin – 6-foot-9 forward – Northwestern High School (Maryland)

WOFFORD

 

Under first-year head coach John Brannen, Northern Kentucky has made a couple of big splashes on the recruiting trail over the course of the past few months. Despite not coaching a game for the Norse, Brannen and his staff have a promising look for the program going forward.

Before being hired in the spring, Brannen’s name was tied with several other regional jobs in the area over the past few years. A native of Kentucky, it was only a matter of time before he landed his first head coaching job, and thus far, it’s looking like the patience is paying off.

Northern Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class is currently made up of five players: Blake Spellman, Jalen Tate (pictured), Dantez Walton, Mason Faulkner, and Carson Williams.

All of the Norse’s commitments are solid prospects, as several of them displayed their talents at Suwannee Sports Academy this summer. However, the travel team programs that Brannen and his staff have been able to raid in their first year on the job is impressive.

Three of the players played on the EYBL circuit with local Nike programs. Tate played for All-Ohio Red and Walton ran with King James Elite, while Williams played for the Travelers, one of the top programs in Kentucky.

Spellman, a St.Louis native, suited up for KC Run on the Under Armour circuit.

And Faulkner didn’t play on a shoe company-sponsored program, but Team Manimal (KY) is one of the top unsponsored AAU teams in the state of Kentucky. He is also one of the top guards in the state, as he averaged 30 points per game as a junior.

It’s generally unheard of for a first-year head coach and new staff to receive commitments from programs like this at the low and mid-major level. Nevertheless, Brannen and his staff are attacking the recruiting trail. It’s obvious they are targeting in-state guys and the surrounding areas. Heading into the Horizon league, they will need to continue to have success in the recruiting world to compete at a high level.

While it’s still early in the process, Northern Kentucky has done a fantastic job on the recruiting trail. It looks like they could have one of the top mid-major recruiting classes in 2016, and, more importantly, they are setting themselves up for the future by dipping into some of the biggest local AAU programs.

A native of Bowie, Maryland, junior guard Jamir Moultrie has become a commodity recruit at the lead spot in the 2017 class. With a college ready body already evident and fine facilitating abilities at his fingertips, HoopSeen caught up with the Bishop McNamara guard as the productive floor general gave a quick rundown on how his summer went and where things stand with his recruitment.

When it rains, it pours. That easily could have been said the past few weeks when it came to commitments to programs from within the SEC. 

That made us think… which conference could take the reins from the SEC and go on its own roll in picking up some quality commitments in the coming weeks? The answer? The Atlantic Coast Conference.

Today we dive into part four of the five-part series as we inspect the conference and where each school is at with recruits moving forward. 

One of the major stock boosters this past July, it was Jalen McDaniels who quickly became quite the commodity recruit on the west coast. Standing at 6-foot-8 but lacking the ideal strength in order to handle greater physicality on the floor, the Washington native still didn’t relent against contact as he boasted the upside that many of the top programs near him might be looking for.

A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Chyree Walker has become a name to know from within the 2017 recruiting class. Standing a 6-foot-4 but with a 6-foot-8 wingspan, the Bullis School wing is capable of playing spots 2-through-4 for his squad. Blessed with a quality physique, long arms, and super productive whenever the game speeds up, things look to be on the uptick with the recruit from the DMV.

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