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Fayette County wing Dante Sterling had an idea where he would go to college prior to his visit to James Madison last weekend. Then he visited the Virginia school and decided why prolong the decision? He knew where he wanted to go and ended his recruitment on Thursday.

In recruiting, sometimes it is about being at the right place at the right time. For Justin Gray, that was certainly the case. Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith came to watch one of Gray's Florida Select teammates at the Best of the South tournament but walked away intrigued by Gray, a long-armed 6-foot-4 do-everything wing.

James Demery went to Twitter on Monday night and told the world that he is headed to St. Joseph's University to continue his basketball playing days. The 6-foot-5 wing from Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C. visited the Atlantic 10 school last month and saw enough to put an end to his recruitment.

Buford (Ga.) power forward Rakim Lubin took one visit during his recruiting process and couldn't even get back on the plane for a return trip home. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound big man committed to UConn on Saturday morning during his time in Storrs.

Orlando seems like it is become more of a destination area for basketball players instead of just a tourist stop. Adonys Henriquez wants to make sure of it.

He announced his commitment on Twitter after visiting the University of Central Florida this weekend.

Relief and pure joy are the words that can best describe Andre Chatfield’s official visit to Harvard.

Before returning on a flight to Atlanta, the Norcross High senior committed to Crimson basketball program and coach Tommy Amaker. Chatfield picked the Ivy League over Princeton, LSU and Tulane who visited him at Norcross. While those schools delivered their best message, Chatfield just had a better feel for Harvard.

Each week there is a recap of the stories that come across Hoopseen.com and it is consolidated to an easy-to-find area. This week's stories focus on two teams inteh Power Polll, several players committed and the notebooks are filled with information on things to come. Check the links below to find out what you missed.

After winning the Nike Peach Jam in July, a majority of the E1T1 roster went to Washington D.C. for a Nike All-American camp. Michael Gilmore came to the Best of the South and took full advantage of his opportunity that was before him.

Shawn O'Connell narrowed his list to three schools: Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State and Northern Illinois. On Thursday morning, the Milton power forward went to Twitter to announce his decision.

O'Connell went through a well thought out process during his recruitment, visited all of his suitors and weighed the pros and cons against each other. Ultimately, the 6-foot-8 skilled four man decided Mark Byington's program suited him the best.

O'Connell is the second commitment to Georgia Southern in the class of 2014. He joins Devonte Boykins, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Forest City, N.C.

Joseph Lopez, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound power forward from South Miami (Fla.) High School, ended his recruitment over the weekend and committed to Pat Kelsey's Winthrop program.

Lopez shined with Gold Coast over the travel season and saw enough from the Big South program to end his recruitment.

In recruiting, things happen in waves. One player commits and the dominoes tip, forcing a parade of decisions to follow. Here's a quick snapshot at the top players at each position that are still uncommitted in Georgia's 2014 prospect pool.

PG Keith Pinckney, Miller Grove
THE SKINNY: I wouldn't be surprised if Pinckney waits until the spring to sign. That's just my gut. A number of schools have been in to see him at Miller Grove over the last 10 days but as of right now, Pinckney doesn't have a leader or any trips on his calendar.
SCHOOLS INVOLVED: Boston, Georgia Southern, Harvard, Lehigh, Western Kentucky
VISITS SET: None yet.
There are ZERO point guards committed to schools in Georgia's 2014 class.

SG Ahmed Hill, Aquinas
THE SKINNY: What's really happening with his recruitment? I get that question at least once a day. After back-to-back visits from Missouri and Marquette, it looks like the race could be between those two programs. Two things to consider: Buzz Williams has been recruiting him personally longer than any coach involved. Missouri has a commitment from Hill's friend and travel teammate Jakeenan Gant. The two have said they want to play together. According to our sources, Louisville may be prepared to turn the heat up on the Augusta area star. But as of right now, it may be too late. Nevertheless, a lot to chew on.
SCHOOLS INVOLVED: Florida, Florida State, Marquette, Missouri
VISITS SET: Missouri (Nov. 1)
There are TWO shooting guards committed to schools in Georgia's 2014 class.

SF Eric Lockett, Whitefield Academy
THE SKINNY: His recruitment is as simple as it gets. He has four schools on the list. He's met with all four schools. He will eventually visit these four schools and ultimately make a decision. Now, which one wins out? Well, that's a tough question. The gut is this: How will he connect with the team on the visit? That could be the ultimate factor.  
SCHOOLS INVOLVED: George Mason, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky
VISITS SET: Western Kentucky (Sept. 21), George Mason (Sept. 28), Southern Miss (Oct. 4)
There are TWO small forwards committed to schools in Georgia's 2014 class.

PF Chris Cokley, Savannah
THE SKINNY: Once considered a strong lean to Ole Miss, the 6-foot-7 power forward is back on the recruiting radar and schools have taken notice. LSU and Georgia have recently made entry-level inquiries with the athletic big man. He's taken an official visit to Georgia Southern already.
SCHOOLS INVOLVED: Georgia Southern, Marshall, Jacksonville, Savannah State
VISITS SET: None
There are SIX power forwards committed to schools in Georgia's 2014 class.

C Tim Rowe, Berkmar
THE SKINNY: Injuries kept the 6-foot-10 big man out of the spotlight this summer so the upcoming high school season could prove to be his real opportunity to step up and shine. A number of schools have come in to see him this fall but his decision could go into the late signing period.
SCHOOLS INVOLVED: George Mason, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Western Michigan, Wichita State
VISITS SET: None yet.
There are TWO centers committed to schools in Georgia's 2014 class.

 

There is an ACC history in TJ Lang's house and the 6-foot-5 wing is ready to continue it. The Mobile, Alabama native took an official visit to Viriginia Tech last weekend and decided he was ready to end his recruitment and play in the same conference where his dad played 20 years ago.

"There have been two players from Mobile that will play in the ACC," Lang said. "My dad and now me."

Transforming into a student of the game is nothing new for Avery Patterson.

The senior guard watches from every person he can to learn how to play the point guard spot. Patterson takes a little bit from everyone’s game. His desire is to add something new to his game.

Adonys Henriquez’s re-valuation of himself is a reason why colleges programs from across the country and anywhere in between are pursuing him.

The 6-foot-6 combo guard has picked up offers from Butler, Creighton, Southern California, Minnesota, Clemson and Central Florida. Several other schools are headed to Orlando Christian within the next few days to make an evaluation on Henriquez.

St. Pius X center Nick Harris took two official visit, gathered enough information on the programs and took the time to weigh out his options between Miami of Ohio and College of Charleston. On Wednesday night, the 6-foot-10 senior decided it was time to end his recruitment.

Changing one’s mindset is essential for one’s growth.

It took Amir Warnock some time but it all came together in his own head. He committed to being a better player and getting the opportunity to play at the next level. His list of schools has been trimmed down to Coastal Carolina, Winthrop, Gardner Webb and Jacksonville. He has an official visit set for the Florida school on September 26.

Everyone needs a little push in life. Sometimes that push can come from within, a coach or a parent. In Kendall Crute’s case it’s a combination of the three.

The North Cobb Christian senior is one of the players in the Class of 2014. Crute currently holds offers from College of Charleston, UAB, Murray State, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Ohio University, Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi and Georgia State.

Who is the best of the best in Georgia? Everyone in the Peach State asks the question. The discussions happen.

Starting Tuesday, we'll roll out our top 28 teams that will be considered for our top 20 Power Poll. Classifications don't come into play. The list will be an all-classes view into Georgia. Who really is the best team in the Peach State?

Our staff will be on the road this high school season watching games in real time and seeing with our own eyes. That's just the way we do things at Suwanee Sports Academy.

The first official Power Poll will be released on Monday, Dec. 2. Until then, we'll take a closer look at the best teams coming into the season. Until the players play and until actual results are finalized, we'll reserve opinion on who is the best. Until then, we hope you enjoy the team previews.

Will your team make the cut?

The evolution of a point guard is evident based on the time the player puts into work on their skills. For Tobias Howard, the time in the gym has helped him develop into a solid floor general.

This summer the North Gwinnett junior has emerged as one of the top point guards in the Classs of 2015. Howard showed leadership, the ability to run a team and skills to play on or off the ball. He is coming into his own and a lot of that comes from just time spent on improving his skills.