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Romeo Langford’s father breaks down three remaining schools

Romeo Langford, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from New Albany (IN) High School, went off for 48 points Tuesday night, but his father called it an “off night.” The No. 5 player in the 2018 ESPN 100, Langford recently cut his list to Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt and plans to sign in the spring. “We want to look at each school a little bit more,” Tim said before breaking down each school. (Zag's Blog)

Simi Shittu Commits to Vanderbilt

Five-star 2018 forward Simi Shittu committed to the Vanderbilt Commodores on Wednesday. The second five-star commitment for Vanderbilt in the Class of 2018, Shittu joins top point guard recruit Darius Garland to form one of the best freshman combinations in the country for next season. The Commodores also have a top-150 forward in Aaron Nesmith. (NBC Sports)

Matthew Hurt Continues Visit Tour

Five-star forward Matthew Hurt continued an aggressive visit schedule by taking a trip to Kansas to check in on the Jayhawks. Other fall visits he's taken include Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota (where his older brother, Michael, plays) and North Carolina. Given that he's now seen many of these programs multiple times, I could see Hurt making a relatively early decision. (Rivals.com)

Bol Bol: Shoes to Fill

Bol Bol: "I’ve been thinking about my dad these last few days, while I’ve been making my college decision. I wonder what he would have done if he was alive right now. What would have been the most important factors in choosing a college? What advice would he have given me? My father had a special NBA career. What would he want for my basketball career? He just wanted the best for me." (The Players' Tribune)

5-star center Bol Bol, son of Manute Bol, signs with Oregon

Bol Bol, a five-star center and the son of NBA legend Manute Bol, has signed a Letter of Intent with Oregon. Bol took an official visit to Oregon the weekend of September 30th. He also took an official visit to Kentucky. Bol also considered Arizona, UCLA and USC in his recruiting process and said he was drawn to Dana Altman and Oregon assistant Tony Stubblefield. (Scout.com)

Top 2018 recruit Anfernee Simons considering NBA draft

Anfernee Simons, a consensus top-10 recruit in the 2018 high school class, is strongly considering entering his name in the upcoming NBA draft, he told ESPN this weekend. Simons is currently doing a post-graduate year, or fifth season of high school, at IMG Academy in Florida. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard reclassified from his original class following his sophomore year. (ESPN.com)

2019 five-star Matthew Hurt to visit Kansas

Five-star power forward Matthew Hurt will take an unofficial visit to Kansas this weekend. Hurt was fairly active in the fall taking college visits. Since September 28th, Hurt has taken unofficial visits to Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Duke and Minnesota, where his older brother, Michael, plays. The Rochester (Minn.) standout is regarded as one of the nation's top players in 2019 (Scout.com)

Four-star guard Will Richardson signs with Oregon Ducks basketball; Is 7-1 Bol Bol next?

Oregon coach Dana Altman wasn't going to spoil the secret of Will Richardson, a four-star guard from Georgia who announced Thursday that he signed with Oregon. Richardson is the third player to sign a letter of intent with Oregon during the signing period, but Bol Bol - a 7-foot-1 center ranked as the No. 3 recruit in his class - is also expected to announce he signed with the Ducks. (Eugene Register-Guard)

Top 2019 Recruit James Wiseman Ruled Ineligible This Season

Two Memphis East basketball players have been ruled ineligible for the 2017-18 season after the TSSAA determined Wednesday the school had violated the state's "prior link" rule for transfers. Though the statement does not name the players, there are two who have moved to East and had a prior athletic connection with East head coach Penny Hardaway: Ryan Boyce and James Wiseman. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Jairus Hamilton Earns McDonald's All-American Nomination

Cannon School’s Jairus Hamilton has become one of the nation’s most coveted high school basketball recruits. He’s been a rising star on the AAU circuit. He’s received all-state honors. He’s received more than 20 major college scholarship offers. And now, Hamilton is a candidate to attain the honor every basketball player desires: becoming a McDonald’s All-American. (Concord Independent Tribune)

Five-star guard Quentin Grimes commits to Kansas

Bill Self and his staff at Kansas had high hopes for their 2018 class and they are well on their way to reaching them after Wednesday's addition of five-star combo guard Quentin Grimes. The No. 11 ranked player in the senior class and a big time scorer capable of playing either guard spot, Grimes mad his decision public during a ceremony at his high school. (Rivals.com)

Four-star guard Tyler Herro commits to Kentucky

Tyler Herro committed to Kentucky on Tuesday, giving the John Calipari three commitment in the 2018 class. Herro, who decommitted from Wisconsin in October, said he developed a bond with the Kentucky coaching staff. Herro took his official visit to Kentucky this past weekend. It’s the only trip he took following his decommitment from the Badgers. (Scout.com)

NC State adds forward Derek Funderburk to 2018 basketball class

Former Ohio State forward Derek Funderburk signed a National Letter of Intent Tuesday to play for NC State. Originally in the class of 2016, Funderburk redshirted a season ago for Ohio State. After OSU fired coach Thad Matta in June, new head coach Chris Holtmann dismissed Funderburk from the team for a "failure to meet team expectations." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Notre Dame basketball gets commitment from three-star recruit Chris Doherty

Three-star small forward Chris Doherty plans to join his AAU teammate Nate Laszewski at Notre Dame. Doherty committed Monday to play for the Irish. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Doherty is from Marlborough, Mass. and the No. 55 small forward in the 247Sports.com composite rankings. Rutgers and Vermont were among the schools he reportedly considered. (Chicago Tribune)

Five-star point guard Darius Garland commits to Vanderbilt

Five-star 2018 recruit Darius Garland committed to Vanderbilt at a press conference on Monday at Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy. Garland selected the Commodores over Indiana, Kentucky and UCLA. Garland took official visits to all four of his finalists. Vanderbilt is also actively pursuing and among the finalists for five-star recruits Simi Shittu and Romeo Langford. (Scout.com)

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2018 Player Rankings
1R.J. BarrettSFMontverde, FLDuke
2Zion WilliamsonSFSpartanburg, SC 
3Bol BolPFSanta Ana, CAOregon
4Cameron ReddishSFNorristown, PADuke
5Romeo LangfordSGNew Albany, IN 
6Jordan BrownPFRoseville, CA 
7Gerald LiddellSFCibolo, TXTexas
8Simi ShittuPFSaxtons River, VTVanderbilt
9Tre JonesPGSaint Paul, MNDuke
10Darius GarlandPGBrentwood, TNVanderbilt
11Khavon MooreSFMacon, GA 
12Immanuel QuickleyPGBel Air, MDKentucky
13Moses BrownCJamaica, NY 
14Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJLSU
15Louis KingSFBurlington, NJOregon
16Miles NorrisPFChula Vista, CAOregon
17Jahvon QuinerlyPGJersey City, NJ 
18Reggie PerrySFThomasville, GAMississippi State
19Keldon JohnsonSGMouth Of Wilson, VAKentucky
20Jalen SmithPFBaltimore, MDMaryland

2019 Player Rankings
1Vernon CareyPFFort Lauderdale, FL 
2James WisemanPFMemphis, TN 
3Charles BasseyPFLouisville, KY 
4Scottie LewisSGEatontown, NJ 
5Cole AnthonyPGNew York, NY 
6Matthew HurtSFRochester, MN 
7Bryan AntoineCGEatontown, NJ 
8Chol MarialCCheshire, CT 
9Balsa KoprivicaCFort Lauderdale, FL 
10D.J. JeffriesSFOlive Branch, MS 
11Ashton HagansPGCovington, GA 
12Cassius StanleySFStudio City, CA 
13Trendon WatfordSFBirmingham, AL 
14Christian BrownSFColumbia, SC 
15LaMelo BallPGChino, CAUCLA
16Precious AchiuwaSFBronx, NY 
17Tyrese MaxeySGGarland, TX 
18Jeremiah Robinson-EarlPFMission, KS 
19Onyeka OkongwuCChino, CA 
20Chandler LawsonPFMemphis, TN 

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