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Marvin Bagley III Discusses Top Six Schools, Possibility of Reclassifying

Marvin Bagley III, the 6-foot-10 power forward and consensus No. 1 player in the class of 2018, says he doesn’t have plans to reclassify to the 2017 class. Through the first three Nike EYBL sessions, Bagley has averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks in 30 minutes per outing. Bagley is currently down to six schools: Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and USC. (Zag's Blog)

2018 Standout Simi Shittu Hearing from Notre Dame, NC State

Simi Shittu, the 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward from Vermont Academy, has yet to formulate a list but is hearing from high-major Division 1 programs. “The schools that I hear from regularly are Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, UConn, Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, N.C. State, Maryland and Michigan,” he said. He hopes to cut his list down to “five or 10” sometime after AAU season (Zag's Blog)

Team Charlotte four-star wing Aaron Wiggins on the rise

Four-star wing Aaron Wiggins of Team Charlotte isn't just one of the most improved players in the Under Armour Association, he's one of the most improved players in the country. During Wiggins' junior season he was able to see the campuses of Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland. Wiggins has also seen some new programs from outside of the region get involved. (Rivals.com)

Top 30 2018 guard Elijah Weaver listing ACC schools

One of the best guards in the Under Armour Association, 2018 guard Elijah Weaver broke down his play, school list and couple of West Coast visits he'll be taking. Weaver is down to a final 12 of Oklahoma State, USC, Maryland, Butler, Villanova, Connecticut, Missouri, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Florida, Virginia and N.C. State. On Monday, he'll check out his West Coast suitors. (Rivals.com)

UAA: Five-star Sylvio De Souza adding to game, Saturday notes

For a little while, it looked like five-star power forward Silvio De Sousa may have topped out a bit as a prospect. Over the last month, though, the big man has shown an expanded offensive game playing for the Florida Vipers. During the winter, De Sousa mentioned Maryland and Louisville as two schools doing well with him. Others like Illinois, Florida, Syracuse and Miami are also involved. (Rivals.com)

N.C. State lands second transfer of day with Utah guard Devon Daniels

A big recruiting day for N.C. State continued Saturday as Utah transfer guard Devon Daniels pledged to the Wolfpack. Earlier in the day, N.C. State and new head coach Kevin Keatts landed another quality transfer in UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce. The 6-foot-5 Daniels just finished his freshman season with the Utes in which he put up 10 points 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game. (NBC Sports)

UNC Wilmington transfer C.J. Bryce follows Kevin Keatts to N.C. State

N.C. State landed an impact transfer on Saturday as UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce will be following former coach Kevin Keatts to the Wolfpack. Bryce averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game last season as he helped the Seahawks to an NCAA tournament appearance. Bryce will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. (NBC Sports)

Only 2 Elite 2017 Recruits Remain After M.J. Walker Commits To Florida State

Needy teams are left chasing two top-40 recruits, five-star small forward Brian Bowen and four-star point guard Tremont Waters. Bowen is reportedly considering at least eight schools but has given no indication on a favorite or decision date. Tremont Waters is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound point guard who signed with Georgetown but received his release after the dismissal of John Thompson III. (Hero Sports)

Big spring means more offers for 2018 shooting guard Jalen Carey

2018 scoring guard Jalen Carey is in the midst of an impressive spring campaign, averaging 18.2 points a game and leading the NJ Playaz in scoring in the Nike EYBL. “I think I’ve been playing well,” Carey told Scout. “I started out great the first two sessions. Individually I’ve been playing well, picking up offers, recruiting has been picking up a lot. Just taking it day by day though.” (Scout.com)

David McCormack's recruitment goes national

A 6-foot-9 center who has lost some of his excess weight and is now in the best shape of his basketball playing career, Norfolk native David McCormack has steadily improved his stock. The tone setter for the Team Loaded VA 17-under team this spring, McCormack’s motor, toughness, and production have impressed. The Oak Hill center broke down some of the schools making a push. (Rivals.com)

2018 four-star Brandon Slater commits to Villanova

Four-star 2018 guard Brandon Slater has committed to the Villanova Wildcats. The Paul VI Catholic guard had held offers from the Miami-Florida Hurricanes, Maryland Terrapins, Louisville Cardinals, Syracuse Orange and Temple Owls among others. In the end though, it’s Jay Wright and the ‘Cats who pick up a victory and what is the first member of their 2018 class. (Big East Coast Bias)

Five-star shooting guard M.J. Walker commits to Florida State

It took a little time for him to arrive at his decision, but five-star senior shooting guard M.J. Walker is finally off the board. During a Wednesday announcement at Jonesboro (Ga.) High, the 6-foot-4 scorer announced that he has committed to play his college basketball for Leonard Hamilton at Florida State. Walker is the sixth member of the Seminoles 2017 recruiting class. (Rivals.com)

2017 4-Star Recruit Sidney Wilson Chooses St. John's Over UConn, Texas

Sidney Wilson, the four-star forward from Brewster Academy, made his college choice on Saturday, announcing his intention to go to St. John's. UConn and Texas were the other finalists. Wilson, 6-foot-7, a versatile player who drew significant interest from UConn, stepped to the podium at the Dunlevy Milbank Community Center in Harlem to announce his choice after 6 p.m. (Hartford Courant)

Slovakian star forward Marek Dolezaj commits to Syracuse

Slovakian star Marek Dolezaj signed with Syracuse on Tuesday, he told Scout. "I chose Syracuse because I felt the most comfortable with their style of play and how they develop wings," Dolezaj said. Dolezaj, a 6-foot-9 forward, took an official visit to Syracuse on May 7th. Dolezaj also received interest from Vanderbilt, Florida, Wichita State, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech. (Scout.com)

Jontay Porter commits to Mizzou, but it's unclear when he'll join Tigers

Jontay Porter, younger brother of incoming Missouri basketball recruit Michael Porter Jr., also committed to join the Tigers, he announced Monday. What's unclear is whether Porter will join Mizzou for the upcoming season or next year? Porter, a 6-11 forward, is one of the nation's top-rated recruits for 2018 but has discussed the possibility of reclassifying to the 2017 class. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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2017 Player Rankings
1DeAndre AytonPFPhoenix, AZArizona
2Michael PorterSFColumbia, MOMissouri
3Mohamed BambaPFNew York, NYTexas
4Wendell CarterPFAtlanta, GADuke
5Trevon DuvalPGNew Castle, DEDuke
6Kevin KnoxSFTampa, FLKentucky
7Brandon McCoyPFSan Diego, CAUNLV
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 
8Simi ShittuPFSaxtons River, VT 
9Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJ 
10Khavon MooreSFMacon, GA 
11Javonte SmartPGBaton Rouge, LA 
12Bol BolPFMission, KS 
13Darius GarlandPGBrentwood, TN 
14E.J. MontgomeryPFMontverde, FL 
15Miles NorrisPFChula Vista, CAOregon
16Immanuel QuickleyPGBel Air, MD 
17Louis KingSFBurlington, NJ 
18Jalen SmithPFBaltimore, MD 
19Keldon JohnsonSGSouth Hill, VA 
20Shareef O'NealPFLos Angeles, CAArizona
21Brandon WilliamsPGEncino, CA 

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