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College Basketball Recruiting

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Trevon Duval Blog: Kansas and Duke visits

Trevon Duval is the No. 1 point guard in the ESPN 100: "I’ve had two officials since my last blog; I went to Kansas and then I went to Duke. First was Kansas. The game was crazy! I don’t think I’ve ever been in an atmosphere that loud before in my life. I would say the visit was a 10 out of 10. The Duke-Carolina game is really big for basketball. It definitely lived up to the hype. That (visit) was definitely a 10 too!" (USA Today)

Shareef O'Neal: He’s Got Game

I ask Shareef O'Neal, how's the fam? "They're good.” he replies. To know Shareef (his friends call him "Reef") you realize his family is his world. He lives for them, they live for him. Our interview is informal because Reef puts you at ease when you talk to him, he has this subtle calmness that makes you feel like you've known him a long time. He's like that with "every and all." (California Preps)

Five-star Naz Reid realizing potential, nearing major offer

Naz Reid has received his share of attention. Entering the high school ranks with a man’s body along with an already-developed skillset, there was a lot to like about the Jersey native's potential. Fast forward to the current moment and the five-star center seems to be coming around to just how good he can become. Reid is receiving looks from Syracuse, Maryland, St. John’s, Kentucky and Kansas. (Rivals.com)

Boston College Basketball Recruiting Notebook

It’s no secret that the BC staff is trying to add some beef onto next year’s roster with the departure upcoming of starting four man Connor Tava, starting five man Mo Jeffers and the unpredictability of what other unexpected movement there might be on the roster. (BC Interruption)

R.J. Barrett Named MVP of Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

Canadian star R.J. Barrett of Montverde (FL) Academy was named MVP of the 2017 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp this weekend in New Orleans. The 6-foot-6 Barrett, a Class of 2019 wing, was one of seven Canadians invited to the event. Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, USC, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Villanova are involved in Barrett's recruitment. (Zag's Blog)

P.J. Washington sees plenty of room for Kevin Knox in UK’s 2017 class

As soon as five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt announced his commitment to Kentucky back in December, many basketball recruiting observers opined that his addition likely meant the loss of Kevin Knox, another versatile forward from the class of 2017. Kentucky already had 6-foot-8 combo forward P.J. Washington, who signed in November. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Watch a North Carolina high schooler shatter a backboard

Meet Najee Thomas, a 6-foot-10 center from Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville, NC. Watch as he absolutely obliterates a backboard at Douglas Byrd high school, in a video from Hudl. (FOX Sports)

Sons of Shaquille O'Neal, Manute Bol meet in Southern California playoff game

A battle between celebrity sons added some intrigue to Friday's California Southern Section Open Division first round contest between Mater Dei and Crossroads. Ranked No. 5 nationally, Mater Dei advanced easily with an 80-44 win. The sidebar was junior 7-footer Bol Bol of Mater Dei crossing paths with 6-foot-10 Crossroads junior Shareef O'Neal. (Max Preps)

HS Diary No. 6: Mohamed Bamba

Mohamed Bamba is a top-5 recruit in the Class of 2017: "I scored 30 out of 36 on the ACT, probably one of my biggest accomplishments. In January I decided to cut my college list to four: Michigan, Duke, Texas and Kentucky. The process was easy, especially having my family around me for it. It was just a matter of having a few conversations and coming to a consensus. It’s been a fun process so far." (SLAM Online)

Slovakian star, Marek Dolezaj, pursues college ball, high major schools showing interest

One player looking to make the move next year is 6-foot-9 forward Marek Dolezaj, of Slovakia. “I want to be better and I want to be in the NBA," Dolezaj told Scout when asked why he wanted to make his way to the United States. “I can study there and I can play high level of basketball and may be easier to get into the NBA,” he added. (Scout.com)

Top recruit Mitchell Robinson gives hope to Western Kentucky basketball fans

Mitchell Robinson, the first McDonald’s All-American ever to sign with WKU, smiles and gives a wave to the 4,742 fans as he’s introduced during a timeout. One fan jokes that Robinson should sprint to the locker room, put on a Hilltoppers uniform and join the team on the court right now. WKU coach Rick Stansbury probably wouldn’t mind. “The potential is just dripping off of him,” Stansbury said. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Wake Forest Dominates NC State in Front of Talented Recruits

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons dominated NC State 88-58 on Saturday afternoon to improve to 15-10 on the season, including 6-7 in ACC play. The win certainly helped Wake Forest’s NCAA Tournament hopes, and improved their place in the ACC standings, but it also helped with recruits. (Blogger So Dear)

Louisville Basketball Recruiting Big Board

Below we categorize the Cardinals current commitments, along with some of the more highly targeted prospects that U of L is going after, by year. All of the rankings listed are from the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, which takes in to account any particular recruits ranking from all of the major recruiting services. (Card Chronicle)

Trae Young Commits to Oklahoma Sooners

Five-star point guard recruit Trae Young verbally committed to play college basketball at Oklahoma on Thursday. “I’ll be going to Oklahoma,” Young said. “This is the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life. It was so close between two schools (OU and Kansas). The ultimate factor was just I felt comfortable being here. I know what I’m getting.” (Scout.com)

Kentucky's John Calipari to coach U.S. U-19 team at World Championships

Kentucky coach John Calipari is expected to be named head coach of the U.S. team for the FIBA Under-19 World Championships, sources told ESPN on Thursday. The tournament that will showcase the world's best players who are 19 and younger will take place July 1-9 in Cairo. The U.S. team will include rising college sophomores, incoming freshmen and rising high school seniors. (ESPN.com)

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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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