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College Basketball Recruiting

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

2020 PG Dwon Odom has big time potential

Dwon Odom arguably was the top player in attendance at the Elite Preview regardless of class. From nearly start to finish of camp, Odom showed why he’s already started to collect scholarship offers despite just finishing his freshman season at St. Francis. At 6-foot-3, Odom likely will be recruited as a point guard but he is the definition of a combo guard because he plays both guard spots equally well. (Rivals.com)

Jontay Porter weighs new reality of father and brother at Missouri

Family is very important to the close-knit Porter clan. Ideally, they'll stay together. Two weeks ago, that didn't appear to be a reality. Two of Michael Porter Sr. and Lisa Porter's daughters — Cierra and Bri — are playing at Missouri for their aunt, Robin Pingeton. The rest of the family was nearly 2,000 miles away in Seattle. Now, their reality couldn't be more different: The Porters are coming back to Columbia. (Columbia Missourian)

2017's No. 1 player Michael Porter commits to Missouri

The top senior in America, Michael Porter Jr. asked for his release from Washington this week in wake of Lorenzo Romar being fired. Now, the senior at Seattle (Wash.) Nathan Hale has settled on where he will play his college basketball. The 6-foot-9 small forward confirmed to Rivals.com that he will attend Missouri to play for new head coach Cuonzo Martin. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Looking at impact 2017 players outside top 50

Freshmen Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and Malik Monk have the chance to shape March. While each was heavily coveted, there were others, including Kamar Baldwin, Charlie Moore and Robert Williams, that have surprised many with their play. Who from the 2017 class could make a surprise run for their conference’s freshman of the year honors, but are not found in the top-50 of their class’ rankings? (Rivals.com)

NC State shooting guard signee Thomas Allen asks for release from LOI

NC State entered the spring with one signee in its 2017 recruiting class. That number soon may turn to zero. According to ESPN analyst Adam Finkelstein, shooting guard Thomas Allen has asked for a release from his letter of intent to NCSU. If he stuck with the Pack, the 6-2, 3-star recruit would add depth on the wing behind rising juniors Maverick Rowan and Torin Dorn. (ACC Sports Journal)

NC State basketball recruiting: Pack hosts 4-star guard Blake Harris

The annual coaching carousel brings with it a lot of turnover on the recruiting trail. Kids who were committed and or signed to a certain coach often reconsider when that coach is fired or goes elsewhere. Four-star point guard Blake Harris (Raleigh, NC, Word of God), who signed with Washington and got out of his LOI after Lorenzo Romar was fired, paid a visit to NC State on Wednesday. (Backing the Pack)

2018 four-star Joey Hauser hoping to make decision before senior season

Four-star forward Joey Hauser had a rough start to his junior season this year. An ankle injury sidelined him for the first half of the season, but he returned to action in January and his presence was felt immediately. He averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game and has his team set to play for a state championship this weekend. (Rivals.com)

Michael Porter Jr. asks for release, Mizzou could be landing spot

Last week, Washington fired longtime head coach Lorenzo Romar. Since then, it has been speculated that 2017's No. 1 player Michael Porter Jr. – whose father Michael Sr. was on Romar's staff – would ask for a release. ON Wednesday, the 6-foot-9 small forward from Seattle (Wash.) Nathan Hale confirmed his plans to ask for a release from his National Letter of Intent. (Rivals.com)

Blake Harris released from Washington commitment, to reopen recruitment

ESPN 100 point guard Blake Harris has been granted his release from Washington and will reopen his recruitment, he told ESPN on Tuesday. Harris' decision comes on the heels of Washington firing Lorenzo Romar after 15 seasons with the Huskies. The school hired Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins over the weekend. Harris visited N.C. State on Monday. (ESPN.com)

Duke to Visit Kevin Knox, Trevon Duval on Tuesday

Duke's coaching staff is wasting no time preparing for the future, as they stopped in to see 5-star 2017 point guard Trevon Duval Tuesday morning before heading across Tampa to visit Five-Star small forward Kevin Knox in the afternoon. Duke is looking to add at least three more pieces to its 2017 recruiting class, with Duval, Knox and Mohamed Bamba headlining their list of targets. (247 Sports)

Kentucky now leading for 2018 5-star PG Immanuel Quickley?

With Washington now out of the picture, could Kentucky now be the favorite for Bel Air (Md.) John Carroll 2018 5-star point guard Immanuel Quickley? Quickley dropped the Huskies from his list of eight schools after they parted ways recently with head coach Lorenzo Romar and is now down to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Maryland, Miami, Providence and Virginia. (247 Sports)

Video: Senior season highlights of Miami commit Chris Lykes

Fresh senior season video of four-star Chris Lykes. One of the quickest points guards in the 2017 class, Lykes is headed to play at Miami next year. View Video...

Four-star SG Anthony Edwards making moves

Anthony Edwards earned four-star status with his play last summer with the Atlanta Xpress 15-under and the way he started his sophomore season at Therrell High School in Atlanta. At the beginning of January, the No. 45 prospect in the 2019 Rivals150 decided to leave Therrell to attend Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta, and he’s also decided to reclassify back into the Class of 2020. (Rivals.com)

How South Carolina's Sweet 16 run affects recruitment of Zion Williamson

With the decision of class of 2018 mega-prospect Zion Williamson looming, there's another litmus test for Frank Martin's ability to protect South Carolina's borders on the horizon. At this moment, it seems like this is another battle South Carolina is going to lose. But did South Carolina's monumental 88-81 over the Blue Devils do anything to change that? (247 Sports)

Mizzou signee C.J. Roberts remains in wait-and-see after Cuonzo Martin hiring

Missouri’s lone 2017 men’s basketball signee, Richland (Texas) point guard C.J. Roberts, remains in wait-and-see mode after Cuonzo Martin was hired Wednesday as Kim Anderson’s successor. Ultimately, C.J.’s decision hinges on a planned meeting with the Roberts family and Martin next week. The Roberts family doesn’t know Martin aside from his reputation. (Kansas City Star)

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2017 Player Rankings
1DeAndre AytonPFPhoenix, AZArizona
2Michael PorterSFColumbia, MOMissouri
3Mohamed BambaPFNew York, NY 
4Wendell CarterPFAtlanta, GADuke
5Trevon DuvalPGNew Castle, DE 
6Kevin KnoxSFTampa, FL 
7Brandon McCoyPFSan Diego, CA 
8Hamidou DialloSGQueens Village, NYKentucky
9Billy PrestonPFDallas, TXKansas
10Mitchell RobinsonCChalmette, LAWestern Kentucky
11Gary Trent Jr.SGSaint Paul, MNDuke
12Collin SextonPGMableton, GAAlabama
13Brian BowenSFSaginaw, MI 
14Troy BrownSFLas Vegas, NVOregon
15Kris WilkesSFIndianapolis, INUCLA
16P.J. WashingtonPFDallas, TXKentucky
17Jarred VanderbiltSFBellaire, TXKentucky
18Austin WileyPFBirmingham, ALAuburn
19Nick RichardsCManhasset, NYKentucky
20Trae YoungPGNorman, OKOklahoma

2018 Player Rankings
1Marvin BagleyPFTempe, AZ 
2Romeo LangfordSGNew Albany, IN 
3Cameron ReddishSFNorristown, PA 
4Jordan BrownPFRoseville, CA 
6Zion WilliamsonSFSpartanburg, SC 
7Gerald LiddellSFCibolo, TX 
8Simisola ShittuPFMontverde, FL 
9Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJ 
10Khavon MooreSFMacon, GA 
11Javonte SmartPGBaton Rouge, LA 
12Bol BolPFMission, KS 
13Darius GarlandPGBrentwood, TN 
14E.J. MontgomeryPFMontverde, FL 
15Miles NorrisPFChula Vista, CA 
16Immanuel QuickleyPGBel Air, MD 
17Louis KingSFBurlington, NJ 
18Jalen SmithPFBaltimore, MD 
19Keldon JohnsonSGSouth Hill, VA 
20Shareef O'NealPFLos Angeles, CA 
21Brandon WilliamsPGEncino, CA 

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