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College Basketball Recruiting

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

One-and-done not going away as soon as expected

For the last year, we've been operating under the assumption that "one-and-done" will soon be a thing of the past and that the rule likely could be changed in time for members of the 2019 class to go to the NBA directly out of high school. However, NBA commissioner Adam Silver's comments over the weekend indicate we may need to pump the brakes a little. (Rivals.com)

How good is hotly recruited Jaden Springer? "It’s not fair"

Jaden Springer, who turned 15 in September, is blessed with explosive leaping ability. He’s the No. 11-ranked player nationally in the class of 2020 by 247 Sports. The recruiting service also ranks Springer, a 5-star recruit, as the nation’s second-best shooting guard in the class. It’s no coincidence that his scholarship count includes N.C. State, Tennessee and UCLA. (Charlotte Observer)

2018 four-star Khavon Moore set to take three official visits

Four-star forward Khavon Moore, one of the top available prospects from the 2018 class, has scheduled three official visits for the coming weeks. The No. 44-ranked prospect in the 2018 Rivals150, Moore was originally expected to announce his commitment on Feb. 3 but those plans were scuttled after a season-ending injury interrupted his travel plans. (Rivals.com)

E.J. Montgomery recaps Duke unofficial visit

On Monday, five-star forward E.J. Montgomery stopped by North Carolina to watch a game and meet with the staff. Then on Wednesday, the 6-foot-10 power forward swung by Duke to see what the Blue Devils had to offer. “It was good,” Montgomery said of the trip to Duke’s campus. “I met with the coaches and saw the gym. I watched the game and a practice.” (247 Sports)

Western Kentucky basketball is in the mix for one of nation's top 2019 recruits in Charles Bassey

In listing colleges in the running for Charles Bassey, arguably the top basketball recruit in the 2019 class, the player’s guardian Hennssy Auriantal named Kansas, UCLA, Cal, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky. Could Bassey, a native of Nigeria and 6-foot-10-inch star center at Louisville’s Aspire Academy, ultimately wind up in Bowling Green with the Hilltoppers? (Louisville Courier-Journal)

2020 5-star hoops recruit Jalen Johnson staying patient amid college recruitment flurry

When Jalen Johnson makes a public appearance these days, he knows which direction the conversation from supporters will steer. Johnson is inarguably the best high school basketball player in the state of Wisconsin’s 2020 class, and that means anyone who recognizes him outside the house is likely to ask one question: Are you coming to Wisconsin? (Land Of 10)

Kentucky basketball recruiting: Q&A with Evan Daniels on E.J. Montgomery, James Wiseman

Five-star power forward E.J. Montgomery will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Feb. 24. The former Auburn commit is John Calipari’s top, and perhaps only, remaining target in the 2018 class. We caught up with 247Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels on a Wildcat Country podcast for the latest on Montgomeryand top 2019 recruit James Wiseman. (SEC Country)

2018 PF J’Raan Brooks decommits from St. John’s

J’Raan Brooks, the 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward from Garfield (WA) High School, decommitted from St. John’s Thursday morning, a source confirmed to ZAGSBLOG. Brooks committed to the Red Storm on Dec. 24 following his decommitment from USC earlier in the year. Brooks also visited Cal after decommitting from USC. (Zag's Blog)

Vanderbilt basketball blue-chip signees, NBA players will be on hand when Romeo Langford visits

Vanderbilt basketball recruit Romeo Langford will attend the Commodores’ game Saturday. And who will be there with him? Two blue-chip Vanderbilt signees and two recent NBA players. Brentwood Academy point guard Darius Garland and four-star signee Aaron Nesmith will be joined by Golden State Warriors first-round pick Damian Jones and New York Knicks rookie Luke Kornet. (The Tennessean)

Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly commits to Villanova

Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly will play college basketball at Villanova. During a season where Villanova has one of the best point guards in college basketball in Jalen Brunson, Jay Wright found a worthy replacement in Quinerly. Quinerly originally committed to Arizona but backed off his commitment following an FBI Investigation into college basketball. (247 Sports)

2019 forward Romeo Weems continues to be a top priority

With a combination of size, skill, athleticism, and toughness, Romeo Weems has asserted himself as one of the top Midwest recruits in the class of 2019. The versatile forward has been a staple at USA Basketball and continues to be heavily recruited. About his junior season, Weems said, "It has been going good. I think my shot is improving and also my ball handling." (247 Sports)

E.J. Montgomery, Jahvon Quinerly more cautious and focused in second recruitment process

5-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly would’ve never guessed he’d be in his senior year smack-dab in the middle of pursuing a state title with the stress of picking a college hovering over him. Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) forward E.J. Montgomery can certainly relate. He’d been committed to Auburn for two years before opening up his recruitment last September. (USA Today)

Anfernee Simons enjoys N.C. State visit, no more trips currently scheduled

Anfernee Simons enjoyed his weekend visit to N.C. State for the North Carolina game. “It went [well],” Simons’ father said via text message. “Great environment, great style of play, great coach! They said he was a priority and that they want him to play the one. No other visits have been scheduled. Simons previously took an official visit to Tennessee for the Kentucky game. (Zag's Blog)

Vernon Carey Begins Visit Process

Vernon Carey Jr., the top-ranked junior, began his official visit tour this past weekend as he visited Michigan State. Carey, who is down to a final eight of Duke, Miami, Kentucky, Florida, Kansas, UCLA, UNC and the Spartans, has not been vocal in assessing where things stand in his recruitment. The Hurricanes and Blue Devils have been the most discussed landing spots. (Rivals.com)

Wake Forest signee Jaylen Hoard knows where to improve

Jaylen Hoard knows what he signed up for — both figuratively and literally. The 6-foot-8 senior forward at High Point Wesleyan wants to be pushed to greatness, and that means hearing things that aren’t always positive. “That’s mainly why I chose Wake,” said Hoard, who signed with Wake Forest in the fall. “I want coaches to push me. I don’t want to be average.” (Winston-Salem Journal)

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2018 Player Rankings
1R.J. BarrettSFMontverde, FLDuke
2Zion WilliamsonSFSpartanburg, SCDuke
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, NYUCLA
14Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJLSU
15Louis KingSFBurlington, NJOregon
16Miles NorrisPFChula Vista, CAOregon
17Jahvon QuinerlyPGJersey City, NJVillanova
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, GAGeorgia
12Cassius StanleySFStudio City, CA 
13Trendon WatfordSFBirmingham, AL 
14Christian BrownSFColumbia, SC 
15LaMelo BallPGChino, CA 
16Precious AchiuwaSFBronx, NY 
17Tyrese MaxeySGGarland, TX 
18Jeremiah Robinson-EarlPFMission, KS 
19Onyeka OkongwuCChino, CA 
20Chandler LawsonPFMemphis, TN 

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