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College Basketball Recruiting

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Mater Dei basketball star Bol Bol a towering figure like 7'7" father Manute Bol

As a standout basketball player, Bol Bol has been reaching new heights. He and his Mater Dei teammates will face off with Westchester of Los Angeles on Friday at Mater Dei High in the first round of the CIF state championships. Bol Bol’s on-court prowess could be in part, a genetic gift from his father, Manute Bol. The elder Bol was a 7’7” player in the NBA and a celebrated humanitarian in his native Sudan. (Orange County Register)

Top recruit Michael Porter Jr. alley-ooped to himself in championship win

One of the nation’s top basketball recruits, Michael Porter Jr., punctuated his undefeated high school team’s championship win with a self alley-oop off the backboard. That had some serious Zion Williamson flare to it, and he was wowing all night. Porter scored 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help finish the season with a perfect 29-0 record. (SB Nation)

Where does Missouri stack up in the recruiting landscape?

Located in the heart of the state, Columbia is about two hours from both of its main recruiting hubs, Kansas City and St. Louis. While neither Kansas City nor St. Louis will remind anybody of Los Angeles, Chicago, or Washington D.C. in terms of overall talent production, both metro areas consistently produce good talent on a year to year basis. (Scout.com)

Video: Senior Season highlights of Notre Dame commit D.J. Harvey

Fresh highlights of the six-foot-seven small forward from DeMatha Catholic High School, D.J. Harvey. The four-star sharp shooter will be heading to Notre Dame next year. View Video...

Uncommitted senior Jordan Tucker expands focus

In late December, four-star wing Jordan Tucker appeared to be closing in on a decision between Indiana and Villanova. Since then, he’s added two more schools to his list in Georgia Tech and Oregon, and he wants to do more research on each school before making a decision. “I have to take this Oregon visit and I’m going to take it after the season,” Tucker said. (Rivals.com)

Video: Florida State commit Ikey Obiago has 11 blocks in one game

The four-star center Ikey Obiagu recorded block after block in a game this winter with the first 'blocks only' highlight reel I've ever cut. For those Florida State fans worrying about losing Jonathan Isaac to the draft this year, this should be some encouragement with a great rim protector coming in. (Rivals.com)

Arizona basketball recruiting: ‘Sky’s the limit’ for Emmanuel Akot’s potential

After narrowing down his list of schools under consideration last fall, Emmanuel Akot, Arizona's first commit of the 2018 class, zipped through his recruitment, eventually deciding on the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday morning. But why Arizona? “They chose Arizona because they felt that was the best spot for him,” Wasatch Academy Coach Curtis Condie told Arizona Desert Swarm. (Arizona Desert Swarm)

Four-star point guard Tremont Waters requests release from Georgetown

Four-star point guard Tremont Waters requested his release from Georgetown on Saturday. The limited depth of the point guard market has been one of the defining characteristics of the 2017 recruiting class. Since Duke, Kansas, Indiana, Villanova and Syracuse are among the schools that have yet to find long-term solutions, Waters is sure to be widely pursued in the coming weeks. (ESPN.com)

2018 big man Moses Brown is high on priority list for big-time programs

There is a revival of sorts of the throwback center in the NBA this season but in the 2018 class, Moses Brown is the best at replicating the vintage 5-man. A 7-foot center that may have added another inch this winter, Brown has yet to stop growing. (Rivals.com)

2018 SG Will Richardson pursued by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn

Will Richardson’s junior season came to an end last weekend at the hands of five-star Duke signee Wendell Carter, but it was certainly a productive season for the four-star guard in the 2018 class. In the AAA state semifinal game, Richardson, who averaged 31 points per game this year, went for 29 points for Liberty County. (Rivals.com)

Latvian star Robert Blumbergs pursuing college options

There's a trend in college basketball of international stars making their way to the United States. And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. One of the many prospects looking to make their way to college next year is Latvian forward Roberts Blumbergs. And Blumbergs will certainly have options. Thus far, Blumbergs has received a wide range of college interest. (Scout.com)

Roster breakdown for the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic

After duking it out on the court just a handful of times for some of the most epic frontcourt battles of the year, Hillcrest Prep center DeAndre Ayton, an Arizona signee, and Westtown School forward Mohamed Bamba will enjoy the benefit of each other’s dominance as teammates for the West at the Jordan Brand Classic, which tips April 14 at Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, N.Y. (USA Today)

Five-star Emmanuel Akot commits to Arizona

Five-star recruit Emmanuel Akot verbally committed to Arizona on Monday. “I’m going to Arizona and I picked them because when I went there it was a family atmosphere,” Akot said. Akot took an official visit to Arizona on February 25th. He also visited Utah officially on March 2nd. Oregon and Louisville were also on his list of finalists. Akot is regarded as the No. 15 overall recruit in 2018. (Scout.com)

2018 star Emmanuel Akot is closing in on a decision

The next time the class of 2018 gets ranked, small forward Emmanuel Akot will be in line for a move to five-star status. In the more immediate future, the 6-foot-8 junior at Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy is nearing a college decision. Down to a final four of Arizona, Louisville, Oregon and Utah, Akot recently took official visits to Tucson and Salt Lake City and looks ready to make his choice. (Rivals.com)

There’s a clear No. 1 basketball recruit in the 2019 class, and UK is watching

One of the sideshows to last weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities in New Orleans was the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp, an event that brought together more than 40 high-school aged international players. Though he was one of the youngest competitors, R.J. Barrett was the clear standout, earning camp MVP honors as well as praise from analysts. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

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2017 Player Rankings
1DeAndre AytonPFPhoenix, AZArizona
2Michael PorterSFColumbia, MOWashington
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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