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Vanderbilt basketball among finalists for five-star prospects Simi Shittu, Darius Garland

How good could Vanderbilt basketball’s recruiting class be? Very good. Easily one of the Commodores’ best ever. But the gap between second-year coach Bryce Drew landing a pretty strong class and a best-ever class could lie in the upcoming decisions of a pair of five-star prospects, Simi Shittu and Brentwood Academy’s Darius Garland, who count Vanderbilt among their final choices. (The Tennessean)

Ayo Dosunmu is down to Wake Forest, Illinois

High scoring five-star point guard Ayo Dosunmu has cut his list to a pair of schools. The Chicago area product is now down to Wake Forest and Illinois he announced on Sunday night. At 6-foot-4 with elite speed, Dosunmu is one of the most physically gifted point guards in the country. He is nearly impossible to keep out of the lane, and his shot has been improving each year in high school basketball. (Scout.com)

After visits by Maryland and Kansas, five-star guard Devon Dotson set to commit Friday

Minutes after four-star guard Eric Ayala announced he would be committing Saturday night, another Maryland target, five-star guard Devon Dotson, tweeted that he’ll be doing the same — but on Friday. Dotson, rated the No. 24 overall recruit in the 2018 247Sports.com Composite rankings, is expected to choose between the Terps and Kansas, both of which visited him Wednesday. (Baltimore Sun)

Five schools remain in contention for five-star Keldon Johnson

During his time at the USA Basketball Trials, Keldon Johnson remained a productive threat as he nears his college decision. A 6-foot-6 wing known primarily for his scoring prowess, Johnson was one of the top standouts from Colorado Springs. “I narrowed it down to five schools,” he said. “Maryland, Texas, Kentucky, NC State and Florida State are all involved.” (Rivals.com)

USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp Superlatives

Best Dunker? "Name one other person out here that can do what Zion Williamson does. He's on a level of his own." - 2018 forward Nassir Little; Class of 2018 MVP? "Either Cam Reddish or Jahvon Quinerly. Cam was just a bully on the court." - 2020 point guard Jalen Green; Best Point Guard? "Tre Jones. He’s always getting people involved." - 2020 guard Jalen Suggs. (Rivals.com)

Javhon Quinerly hires lawyer, remains committed to Arizona

Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly became a major topic of conversation during last week’s FBI investigation into college basketball. “It was the worst week of my life,” Quinerly, a 6-foot guard out of Jersey City (N.J.) Hudson Catholic, said. Early last week the FBI announced they arrested four college basketball coaches, three agent/advisor types and multiple people that work for adidas. (Scout.com)

4-star wing Jules Bernard commits to UCLA

Four-star wing Jules Bernard, a standout at Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward, verbally committed to UCLA on Tuesday. Bernard picked UCLA over a list that also included Kansas, Miami, Oregon and USC. Bernard took an official visit to the Bruins this past weekend. “I chose to commit to UCLA because I think it’s a perfect fit for me,” Bernard said. (Scout.com)

Vernon Carey likes Michigan State's family atmosphere

Five-star big man Vernon Carey said Michigan State and Duke are recruiting him the hardest. He discussed them in this Q&A. Who has prioritized you and really said, “you’re our guy”? Michigan State and that’s pretty much it. How was the unofficial visit to them? It was really good. I feel like a lot of colleges, everybody is trying to get theirs and go to the League, but with them it’s playing as a family. (Scout.com)

DePaul now has two commitments from eighth graders

Dave Leitao picked up a commitment over the weekend, as Skyy Clark announced on his Instagram page that he will be joining his friend Amari Bailey in attending DePaul when they enroll in college. These kids are both currently in eighth grade. DePaul, as of this moment, has more commitments in the Class of 2022 – kids that have yet to play a high school game – than they have in the Class of 2018. (NBC Sports)

Zion Williamson goes in-depth on recruitment

Zion Williamson: "I (visit) Kentucky next weekend, Duke the week after and I’ll probably set up two more after those. I’ve done Kansas and I had to cancel my Kentucky one and reschedule it due to a death in my family." What’s Duke’s pitch been to you? "Just play me everywhere, improve my game as much as they can within those six to eight months and send me off to the league." (Scout.com)

2018 four-star forward Jermaine Harris verbally commits to Rhode Island

The Washington area’s top big man knows where he’s going to college. Jermaine Harris, a 2016 All-Met power forward from Rock Creek Christian Academy, verbally committed to Rhode Island on Friday in front of an assembly at the Upper Marlboro school. The 6-foot-8 Harris is a four-star recruit and ranked 85th by ESPN in the Class of 2018. (Washington Post)

Darius Garland to see 3 more schools, planning early decision

Darius Garland is in the thick of the recruiting process. The 6-foot-2 guard is down to Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt. Garland took his first official visit to his hometown school, Vanderbilt, the weekend of September 23rd. Next up is Kentucky this coming weekend for Big Blue Madness. Garland will then see Indiana the weekend of the 21st and UCLA the weekend of the 28th. (Scout.com)

Simi Shittu Visits Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt's basketball coaching staff is hopeful to not only impress Vermont Academy 5-star power forward Simi Shittu but impress him enough for a possible commitment. The Commodores have made Shittu a priority recruit. A month ago, Shittu released his top three schools in Arizona, North Carolina and Vanderbilt with plans to officially visit all three. (Scout.com)

Experts say LaMelo Ball should play high school basketball again, but where?

LaVar Ball not allowing his youngest son, LaMelo Ball, to play high school basketball for the next two years could impair LaMelo’s development as a player. Ball, saying he was upset with comments made by Chino Hills (Calif.) High coach Dennis Latimore, earlier this week said he was pulling LaMelo out of the school and would train him and have him home-schooled for two years. (USA Today)

Two schools remaining for top center Bol Bol

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei No. 1 center Bol Bol is down to Kentucky and Oregon, he told reporters at USA Basketball minicamp in Colorado Springs Saturday. Bol (7-1, 225), who is ranked No. 3 overall in the 2018 class by the 247Sports Composite, eliminated Arizona, UCLA and USC. Fresh off his first official visit to Oregon, Bol will visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness next weekend. (247 Sports)

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