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College Basketball Recruiting

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

Is Mitchell Robinson close to a decision?

The case of Mitchell Robinson has been one of the more interesting ones to follow over the past few months. After signing with Western Kentucky and spending some time on campus during the summer, the 2017 shot-blocking machine has decided to transfer. From what we're hearing, a decision should be in very soon – perhaps within the next few days – as well. (Rivals.com)

Five standing out for 2018 five-star Andrew Nembhard

The recruiting process for Andrew Nembhard has sped up significantly. One of the top playmakers in high school basketball, Nembhard made noise earlier this month by reclassifying into the 2018 class and, as a result, some of the top schools in college basketball have come calling. Five programs have begun to stand out for the five-star prospect. (Rivals.com)

Marvin Bagley commits to Duke, reclassifies to 2017

Marvin Bagley, the top player in high school hoops, will play college basketball next season at Duke, he announced on Monday. Bagley recently sped up his recruitment, taking unprecedented official visits during the July evaluation periods. His first trip was to Duke, the weekend of July 21st. Bagley also took official visits to UCLA and USC. (Scout.com)

Top HS basketball recruit Marvin Bagley III to announce college decision Monday

Marvin Bagley III, the best high school basketball recruit in the world, is scheduled to announce where he intends to play college basketball late Monday. The 6-foot-11 forward from Arizona is expected to choose between Duke, UCLA and USC. He visited each school within the past month. Bagley is, and has forever been, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018. (CBS Sports)

2018 PG Tre Jones Commits to Duke

Five-star recruit Tre Jones verbally committed to Duke on Sunday, he told Scout. To go with Duke, Jones also considered Minnesota, UCLA, Ohio State and a handful of other high major programs. Jones took multiple unofficial visits to Duke’s campus, but has yet to schedule his official. Jones is the brother of former Blue Devil and current NBA player Tyus Jones. (Scout.com)

Conference Call: Surprising 2018 recruiting classes

Things are beginning to speed up on the commitment front, as some of the top programs have nailed down its stars of the future. We are accustomed to Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and Duke owning the recruiting world, but the class of 2018 has already brought in a few surprising winners. (Rivals.com)

2019 Armando Bacot Discusses Duke Offer; Schools Working Hardest

After picking up an offer from Duke on Tuesday, Armando Bacot, the 2019 power forward from Trinity Episcopal (VA) School, spoke with D1Vision about what he likes about the Blue Devils. Bacot, who currently holds nearly 40 offers, says that Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma State, VCU, Villanova, UCLA, and Virginia Tech are the schools working the hardest for his recruitment. (D1Vision)

Top 75 2019 PG Rylan Jones talks Utah commitment

Utah’s 2019 class is off to a good start with a commitment from Rylan Jones. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard from Salt Lake City (Utah) is Scout’s 65th ranked prospect in the class. Jones has an excellent skill level and basketball IQ, which is no surprise given his father is a coach in Utah’s Director of Basketball Operations, Chris Jones. (Scout.com)

Which class of 2018 basketball recruits are most likely to pick Kentucky?

The summer travel season for the nation’s top high school basketball prospects is over, and the next stage in the recruiting cycle begins. UK Coach John Calipari — always in the hunt for the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class — still has zero commitments for next year, but the Cats have sent out several scholarship offers and appear to be among the top choices for a few five-star talents. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

The Porter brothers make Missouri college basketball's most fascinating team

That Cal team feels like the best touchstone for the overnight sensation of the upcoming season: the Missouri Tigers. Martin is again the coach. Michael Porter Jr. is the star freshman and the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft. There’s another blue-chip recruit at center in Jeremiah Tilmon. And now the Tigers have added Michael’s younger brother, Jontay Porter. (SB Nation)

Texas lands four-star wing Gerald Liddell

Texas lands its second in-state four-star prospect this week. Days after 2018 power forward Brock Cunningham pledged to join the Longhorns, Gerald Liddell, a highly-sought after wing, made his verbal commitment to Texas. The 6-foot-8 small forward announced his decision on Twitter. Liddell had listed Arizona, Baylor, Cal, Oregon, SMU and UCLA as the six other finalists. (NBC Sports)

Coaches poll: Best prospect, scorer & player to build around

Second place in the best prospect voting was Zion Williamson. The powerful and freakishly athletic forward certainly had his moments in July playing for SC Supreme. “I think Zion is unstoppable in transition,” one high major coach said. “If he ever gets the ball and shoulder ahead of a defender, there’s no one in high school or college basketball that can stop him.” (Scout.com)

Jontay Porter makes it official, will join Missouri this season

The news everyone was expecting, that Jontay Porter himself had all but previously confirmed, became official Wednesday. Porter, younger brother of Missouri forward and potential 2018 No. 1 NBA draft pick Michael, will reclassify to 2017 and join the Tigers program, he announced via social media. Missouri later confirmed the news. The announcement is significant yet not surprising. (NBC Sports)

Duke Offers 2018 Nassir Little and 2019s Armando Bacot, Vernon Carey

Duke extended offers to several elite players in the Classes of 2018 and ’19. The Blue Devils offered Nassir Little, the 6-foot-7 Class of 2018 power forward from Orlando Christian (FL) Prep, who posted his offer on Tuesday via Twitter. Duke also offered Vernon Carey, the 6-10 center ranked No. 1 in 2019 by ESPN.com, as well as Armando Bacot, the 6-8 center ranked No. 32. (Zag's Blog)

JuCo transfer Kenechukwu Chukwuka joins Pitt basketball's 2017 class

Kenechukwu Chukwuka, a power forward from New Mexico Junior College, has committed to the Pitt men’s basketball team. He becomes the 11th and final member of their 2017 recruiting class, the construction of which began after coach Kevin Stallings was hired in March 2016. Chukwuka, who has three years of eligibility remaining, stands as something of a long-term investment. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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2018 Player Rankings
1R.J. BarrettSFMontverde, FL 
2Zion WilliamsonSFSpartanburg, SC 
3Bol BolPFSanta Ana, CA 
4Cameron ReddishSFNorristown, PA 
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, MD 
13Moses BrownCJamaica, NY 
14Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJ 
15Louis KingSFBurlington, NJ 
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 WisemanPFNashville, TN 
3Charles BasseyPFSan Antonio, TX 
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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