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Vanderbilt may unseat UK for SEC’s best recruiting class in 2018

There’s a surprising development in the nation’s recruiting landscape, as Vanderbilt could end up with a top-three recruiting class in 2018. Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew won over five-star point guard Darius Garland to keep him away from Kentucky, Indiana, Duke and UCLA, and then he went and did the same with five-star forward Simi Shittu. (A Sea of Blue)

2020's top point guard R.J. Hampton talks early visits

Maybe the best guard in the class of 2020, five-star sophomore R.J. Hampton is a scoring machine with skill and feel for the game. Not surprisingly, the 6-foot-4 floor general has attracted offers and interest from all across the country. Among those who have offered include Baylor, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UCLA. (Rivals.com)

Bossi's Takeaways: Marshall County Hoopfest

Unsigned five-star senior Jordan Brown backed up his lofty ranking at the Marshall County Hoopfest on Friday. For now Brown says that he's solid with his final seven, however with so few big man options available in the senior class, I think he's primed for a program in need of an impact big to make a run at. Places like Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina would be wise to at least feel Brown out. (Rivals.com)

Alabama, Florida State at forefront of five-star Trendon Watford's recruitment

The list of schools recruiting Trendon Watford essentially includes all the top programs in the Southeast. He rattled off a list that included Alabama, Florida State, LSU, TCU, Auburn, Mississippi State and Indiana. He also mentioned Kentucky as a school showing interest lately. Virginia Tech offered following Friday’s game as Buzz Williams was in attendance. (Rivals.com)

Virginia Tech loses entire 2019 basketball recruiting class

Virginia Tech has lost all three members of its 2019 recruiting class with the decommitments of B.J. Mack, Keyshaun Langley and Kobe Langley. Mack, a 6-7, 250-pound post player out of Charlotte Christian High School, is ranked No. 159 in the Top 247. He also held Georgia and Virginia Tech offers. All three recruits announced their decommitment on Twitter. (247 Sports)

John Marshall's Isaiah Todd and Trinity's Armando Bacot are rarities in high school basketball

Two high school basketball players in the Richmond area who stand out from the crowd: John Marshall sophomore Isaiah Todd and Trinity Episcopal junior Armando Bacot. Both have numerous Division I offers. Bacot earlier this season announced a list of college finalists that included Duke, North Carolina and Kansas. Todd’s list of offers includes Villanova, Virginia and Kansas. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Ashton Hagans Blog: Hoopsgiving dominance, recruitment, 3.0 GPA

Ashton Hagans: "I know you guys want to hear about my recruitment; I’ve been hearing a lot from Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Florida. I have other offers but those are the schools that I’ve been hearing more from lately. I’m only a junior so I’m in no hurry with anything. I don’t have any favorites at this point." (USA Today)

Five-star PG Ashton Hagans discusses Kentucky, UGA, Georgia Tech

Given he’s one of the top point guards in the country, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Kentucky getting involved with five-star recruit Ashton Hagans. Hagans mentioned Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Auburn as the schools he’s talking with most recently. Hagans has maintained all along he plans on taking his recruitment to the very end. (Rivals.com)

Kansas' chances with Romeo Langford, Zion Williamson

Romeo Langford and Zion Williamson are the biggest targets left on the board for Kansas. The Jayhawks aren't a favorite for either, but they have a fighter’s chance. The Jayhawks are playing catch-up with Williamson. Most of the talk recently has centered around Duke, Clemson and Kentucky. I give the Jayhawks a 20-percent chance with Williamson. Langford may be more attainable. (Rivals.com)

No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett feeling the Duke hate already

Despite R.J. Barrett being the resident nice guy he’s noticed that as of November 10 his reception, at least in the pregame, has become a bit chillier. “I notice those boos now,” Barrett said with a laugh. Such is the life of a high school player who’s signed on to join the most hated program in sports. Barrett picked Duke over Oregon and Kentucky. (USA Today)

E.J. Montgomery playing his best ball, restarts recruitment

Senior power forward E.J. Montgomery has been a household name among recruitniks and fans of high schools hoops for most of his amateur career. Baylor, Clemson, Wake Forest, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Arkansas, NC State, North Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, UConn, Georgia, Wichita State, Butler, Texas A&M and Memphis have been in touch. (Scout.com)

Hoopsgiving: Top Performers

You’ve be hard pressed to find a more competitive player in the high school ranks than 6-foot- 3 Covington (Ga.) Newton guard Ashton Hagans. Hagans is so competitive that it’s contagious with his teammates. Defensively, he moves his feet well, plays physical and doesn’t back down from challenges. (247 Sports)

All eyes on Christian Brown as he gets ready for Lower Richland debut

Christian Brown has heard all the talk regarding his decision to transfer from A.C. Flora to Lower Richland, but he hasn’t let it bother him. He has offers from about 30 Division I schools including Kansas, North Carolina State, Florida, UNLV, Auburn and Florida State, as well as from South Carolina and Clemson. Brown said he will trim his list soon but isn’t in a hurry. (The State)

5-Star PG Ashton Hagans Discusses Recruitment

Five-star junior guard Ashton Hagans filled the stat sheet with a triple-double Friday at the Holiday Hoopsgiving event. Kentucky and Georgia Tech had assistant coaches at Hagans’ game on Friday. Hagans mentioned both of those schools, plus Georgia, Florida and Florida State as the five schools recruiting him the hardest. Hagans mentioned what he likes about all five: (247 Sports)

Bluebloods might miss on these 2019 recruits

The top-ranked player in the 2019 class, Vernon Carey Jr., has cut his list of schools to eight. On the list is a group of bluebloods but also the local program, the Miami Hurricanes. His father was an offensive lineman on the Hurricanes’ 2002 national championship runner-up team. Duke and Michigan State remain the other contenders but the U definitely has a chance. (Rivals.com)

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2018 Player Rankings
1R.J. BarrettSFMontverde, FLDuke
2Zion WilliamsonSFSpartanburg, SC 
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, NY 
14Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJLSU
15Louis KingSFBurlington, NJOregon
16Miles NorrisPFChula Vista, CAOregon
17Jahvon QuinerlyPGJersey City, NJ 
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, GA 
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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