College Basketball Recruiting

Daily news coverage of the nation's top college basketball recruits and teams.

Experts say Indiana leads for Keion Brooks, but is that really the case?

Keion Brooks’s father says all the predictions of his 5-star son to Indiana are premature, laughing at the notion that anyone is out in front of his son’s recruitment at the moment. “There are no favorites. We’re taking it day by day. It’s about building the relationships, and, at the end of the day, to find out what will be the best situation for him to help him reach his goals." (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Jaden McDaniels Continues Meteoric Summer Rise, Peach Jam Notes

One of the buzziest subjects regarding Jaden McDaniels, who has become one of the buzziest subjects in basketball recruiting, is his courtship by Kentucky. Five-star forward Armando Bacot Jr. took home MVP honors, averaging 11.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists while playing stellar defense. Top 2019 point guard Cole Anthony certainly lived up to the hype. (Sports Illustrated)

Under Armour Challenge Superlatives

Best in Their New Digs: Will Baker made the switch to the Under Armour circuit this month and started the weekend off with a bang. Most College Praise: Anthony Edwards drew praise from coaches and scouts alike. Top Stock Booster: The state of North Carolina has become known for producing under-the-radar talent late in the recruiting cycle and this year it's Caleb Mills. (

James Wiseman's hold on the No. 1 spot in 2019 now seems up for debate

Heading down south, I was most interested in watching James Wiseman. He's the No. 1 recruit in 2019 and was the centerpiece of the Bluff City Legends, the Nike travel team previously branded as "Team Penny" until Penny Hardaway became the coach at Memphis. Wiseman was fun to watch, but he's got a long way to go and is missing a consistent rebounding habit. (CBS Sports)

C.J. Walker helped himself at Peach Jam

Nothing provides a bigger stage for recruits than Peach Jam. It happens for somebody every summer. And this summer that somebody is 2019 standout C.J. Walker. Basically every regional high-major program -- outside of blue bloods UNC, Kentucky, and Duke -- have offered Walker. And even those schools probably now have to be wondering if they should get involved. (CBS Sports)

NCAA is likely to make this the last Peach Jam college coaches can attend -- that would be a mistake

Obviously, it's a knee-jerk reaction to the ongoing FBI investigation that shook the sport last September and continues to do so. But here's the thing: It won't fix anything. Because there's not a single problem that exists in college basketball, or that has been identified and exposed by the FBI, that'll be solved by eliminating the July Evaluation Period. (CBS Sports)

5-star point guard D.J. Carton commits to Ohio State

Ohio State basketball picked up a commitment from five-star Class of 2019 point guard D.J. Carton on Saturday. The need, Carton's profile, the teams the Buckeyes beat -- it all adds up to the program's most important commitment since getting D'Angelo Russell in 2014. Carton picked Ohio State over Michigan and Indiana, the three finalists he named a week ago. (

Will Baker Shines During First Weekend of Evaluation Period

Will Baker remains a priority for the top programs, and head coaches from Texas, Stanford, Kansas, Georgia, Texas A&M and UCLA were all on hand. The Bruins remain the team to beat, especially after a solid 48 hours spent in Westwood last month for his first official visit. Baker stole the show and cemented his standing as a can’t-miss prospect out of the 2019 class. (

Five-star Jalen Lecque shines in front of college coaches at Peach Jam

Jalen Lecque's quickness and seamless passes in transition were on display Friday at the Peach Jam in front a packed house of coaches including Dana Altman (Oregon), Kevin Keatts (NC State), Jeff Capel (Pitt), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) and assistants from Kentucky and Kansas. The five-star guard broke down a few of the schools that have been in contact. (

Juwan Gary Commits to Alabama

Alabama has landed their second commitment of the 2019 recruiting class in Juwan Gary. The four-star small forward from Columbia (S.C.) Gray Academy announced his commitment Friday over South Carolina, Clemson, NC State and Virginia Tech. The hometown Gamecocks were the perceived favorite for the Top100 recruit before the Tide hosted Gary in June. (247 Sports)

James Wiseman weathers highs, lows of being No. 1 at Peach Jam

The first two days of Nike’s annual Peach Jam tournament forced 2019's top-ranked recruit James Wiseman to combat the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Wiseman had just been ejected for the first time, about 12 hours removed from playing one of the best games of his life. For the moment, a player known nationally for his composure had lost his cool. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

College basketball coaches universally oppose their own proposal to change July recruiting

I am currently at Peach Jam. I have spent the last 24 hours talking with coaches from all levels of basketball about the impending basketball recruiting rule changes, and I cannot find a single one that thinks these changes are a good idea. The most positive response I've heard: “I guess we’ll make it work whatever the rules are.” That was from a recent Final Four coach. (NBC Sports)

Vernon Carey says he'll visit Kentucky basketball for Big Blue Madness

John Calipari and two Kentucky basketball assistants watched Vernon Carey Thursday at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam. Carey will return the visit in October. The nation's No. 3 recruit in the 2019 class said he will attend Big Blue Madness, UK's annual season kickoff event. The 6-foot-10, forward from Florida said he does not have a timeline for a decision. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Q&A with five-star guard Josiah James

Josiah James: "I recently cut my list down to nine (Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Kansas, Michigan State, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia). So I’m getting a lot less calls. It’s still going well. I love talking to every one of them. Cutting it down was something I needed to do and I’m glad I did. I’ll start taking visits after the July period to some schools." (247 Sports)

Deacons add fifth freshman for 2018-19 basketball season

The makeover of Wake Forest’s basketball roster continued Wednesday with the addition of three-star wing Mike Wynn. A 6-foot-7 forward from Charlotte, Wynn originally committed to East Carolina before re-opening his recruitment. He averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals per game as a junior at Liberty Heights Athletic Institute. (North State Journal)

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2019 Player Rankings
1James WisemanCMemphis, TN 
2Vernon CareyPFFort Lauderdale, FL 
3Cole AnthonyCGNew York, NY 
4Jaden McDanielsPFFederal Way, WA 
5Isaiah StewartCRochester, NY 
6Matthew HurtPFRochester, MN 
7Precious AchiuwaSFBronx, NY 
8Tyrese MaxeyCGGarland, TXKentucky
9Scottie LewisSFEatontown, NJ 
10Bryan AntoineSGEatontown, NJ 
11Josh GreenSFBradenton, FL 
12Josiah JamesPGCharleston, SC 
13Jalen LecqueCGArden, NC 
14Trendon WatfordPFBirmingham, AL 
15Keion BrooksSFFort Wayne, IN 
16Trayce Jackson-DavisCGreenwood, IN 
17Jeremiah Robinson-EarlPFBradenton, FL 
18Kahlil WhitneySFRoselle, NJ 
19Onyeka OkongwuCChino, CAUSC
20Wendell MooreSFConcord, NC 

2020 Player Rankings
1Jalen GreenSGFresno, CA 
2Evan MobleyCTemecula, CA 
3Scottie BarnesSFFort Lauderdale, FL 
4R.J. HamptonCGLittle Elm, TX 
5Greg BrownPFAustin, TX 
6Jalen JohnsonSFSun Prairie, WI 
7Anthony EdwardsSGAtlanta, GA 
8Jalen SuggsCGMinneapolis, MN 
9N'Faly DanteCWichita, KS 
10Isaiah ToddPFRichmond, VA 
11Kyree WalkerSFPhoenix, AZArizona State
12Joshua ChristopherSGBellflower, CA 
13Cade CunninghamSFArlington, TX 
14Brandon BostonSGAtlanta, GA 
15Jeremy RoachPGFairfax, VA 
16Isaiah JacksonPFDetroit, MI 
17Jaden SpringerSGCharlotte, NC 
18Jaemyn BrakefieldPFHuntington, WV 
19Nico MannionPGPhoenix, AZ 
20Hunter DickinsonCHyattsville, MD 

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