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College Basketball Recruiting

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

2019 five-star wing Josh Green remains open

A five-star recruit in the class of 2019, wing Josh Green recently completed a strong run at the Nike Hoop Summit as he prepares to dive into his recruiting and hit the grassroots circuit. A native of Australia who plays at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG and ranks No. 19 in the junior class, Green has the likes of Virginia, Kansas, USC, UCLA and UNLV active in his recruitment. (Rivals.com)

No. 1 recruit James Wiseman’s mom updates John Calipari vs. Penny Hardaway showdown

James Wiseman is staying at Memphis East High School and staying in the Class of 2019. He’s seriously considering the University of Memphis as an option, but remains high on Kentucky. Wiseman’s former high school and AAU coach, Penny Hardaway, recently replaced Tubby Smith as the coach of his alma mater, vaulting the Memphis Tigers into contention. (SEC Country)

R.J. Barrett powers World to 89-76 win over Bol Bol, United States at Nike Hoop Summit

Traditionally, the Nike Hoop Summit is the United States' game to lose. In the first 20 games, the U.S. won 14, including a 37-point victory in 2016 and a nine-point win last year. But the 21st installment belonged to the World Select Team, which defeated the U.S., 89-76, on Friday at the Moda Center for the World's second-largest margin of victory in the game's history. (Oregon Live)

This year's class of elite prospects eager to 'live out our dreams' in college basketball

This week in Portland, more than two dozen future NCAA and NBA superstars have gathered to participate in the Nike Hoop Summit, an annual showcase event at the Moda Center where the nation’s top high school talent squares off against the world’s top talent. Practices this week have been packed with NBA scouts and executives, all eager to find the next superstar. (USA Today)

Future Duke players usher in new Michael Krzyzewski Fitness Center as Nike Hoop Summit approaches

There's no mistaking the newly-minted Michael Krzyzewski Fitness Center on Nike's campus in Beaverton. Next door to the entrance is a life-size statue of the legendary Duke coach and emblazoned upon walls are Coach K quotes and accolades. On the third-floor basketball court, headlined across half-court and the scoreboard, is one word: "Krzyzewskiville." (Oregon Live)

Former Syracuse commit Darius Bazley breaks down his G League decision

Prior to the Nike Hoop Summit game, Darius Bazley went in-depth on his recent decision to pursue playing in the G League. "I was going to develop either way but at the same you got to take it into perspective that going to college, you’re preparing for college. In the NBA, with the G League and stuff you’re about to go into, you’re preparing for the NBA." (247 Sports)

Nike Hoop Summit 2018: Viewing Info, Rosters and Players to Watch

The next generation of basketball stars converge in Portland, Oregon, on Friday for the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit. For the 21st annual showcase, the USA Junior National Select Team will battle the World Select Team. The USA team features 13 of America's best high school seniors, and they will take on 12 of the top international players who are 19 years old or younger. (Bleacher Report)

Romeo Langford Sets Announcement Date

The top undecided senior in the country, five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford, has set an announcement date. On April 30, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from New Albany (Ind.) High plans to reveal whether he will attend Indiana, Kansas or Vanderbilt. Langford says exact plan for the announcement isn't in place yet and that he's not yet made the actual choice. (Rivals.com)

How might Kansas' ties to FBI investigation impact Romeo Langford's college decision?

In light of allegations related to the Kansas basketball program, it doesn’t appear Romeo Langford’s feelings have changed about the school. Tim Langford, Romeo’s father, said Tuesday he and his family would discuss what Kansas being tied to the FBI's case on corruption in college basketball could mean for his son's impending decision. On Wednesday, Tim Langford said he had no update. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

As high school star skips college for NBA’s G League, others remain skeptical

Darius Bazley decommitted from Syracuse and became the first top recruit to forfeit his college eligibility by declaring his intent to play in the G League, the official minor league organization of the NBA. Many of Bazley’s fellow recruits, and some parents and coaches, said they are skeptical that going straight from high school to the G League will become a trend. (Washington Post)

Five-star wing Christian Brown looking to bounce back this spring

Five-star small forward Christian Brown didn't have the junior season he was hoping for, so he's looking for a big bounce back this spring. A 6-foot-6 wing at Columbia (S.C.) Lower Richland who ranks No. 23 in the class of 2019, Brown says that he never felt right during the winter. “I didn’t really have the year I wanted and some was because of injuries," Brown said. (Rivals.com)

Alonzo Gaffney Commits to Ohio State

One of the major goals set by Chris Holtmann when he got the Ohio State head coaching job a little under a year ago was to lock down the borders of the state of Ohio on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday Holtmann, according to his high school coach Sonny Johnson, accomplished a big piece of that in earning the commitment of five-star forward Alonzo Gaffney. (247 Sports)

Five-star point guard Ashton Hagans commits to Kentucky

Five-star point guard Ashton Hagans has verbally committed to Kentucky. Hagans, a standout at Covington (Ga.) Newton, originally committed to Georgia, but he backed off that pledge on February 26th. Other schools that offered Hagans included Georgia Tech, Louisville, Providence, Maryland, Georgetown, Memphis, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State among others. (247 Sports)

Trendon Watford has ‘amazing’ home visit with Indiana, more visits coming

Trendon Watford, the 6-foot-8 forward from Mountain Brook (AL), had what his father called an “amazing” home visit Saturday with Indiana’s Archie Miller. That followed a visit last week with Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Miller told Trendon and his father Ernest that Indiana was “all in” for Watford, one of 21 players invited to the Next Generation Sunday program at the Final Four. (Zag's Blog)

Sophomore point guard Jalen Suggs looking to make most of recruiting process

One of the top five players in the 2020 class, elite point guard Jalen Suggs is looking to make the most of his recruitment. The 6-foot-3 point guard from Minneapolis is coming off a state title and the interest has rolled in for Suggs, who counts Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Marquette, Georgia Tech, Baylor, UCLA, Arizona State, Wake Forest and UNLV among his offers. (Rivals.com)

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2018 Player Rankings
1R.J. BarrettSFMontverde, FLDuke
2Cameron ReddishSFNorristown, PADuke
3Zion WilliamsonPFSpartanburg, SCDuke
4Bol BolCHenderson, NVOregon
5Romeo LangfordSGNew Albany, IN 
6Nassir LittleSFOrlando, FLNorth Carolina
7Anfernee SimonsCGBradenton, FL 
8Darius BazleySFCincinnati, OH 
9Tre JonesPGSaint Paul, MNDuke
10Simisola ShittuPFSaxtons River, VTVanderbilt
11Quentin GrimesCGThe Woodlands, TXKansas
12E.J. MontgomeryPFMarietta, GAKentucky
13Keldon JohnsonSGMouth Of Wilson, VAKentucky
14Darius GarlandPGBrentwood, TNVanderbilt
15Immanuel QuickleyPGBel Air, MDKentucky
16Jordan BrownPFNapa, CA 
17Louis KingSFBurlington, NJOregon
18Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJLSU
19Devon DotsonPGCharlotte, NCKansas
20Reggie PerryPFThomasville, GAMississippi State

2019 Player Rankings
1James WisemanCMemphis, TN 
2Vernon CareyPFFort Lauderdale, FL 
3Charles BasseyCSan Antonio, TX 
4Matthew HurtPFRochester, MN 
5Cole AnthonyCGNew York, NY 
6Scottie LewisSFEatontown, NJ 
7Bryan AntoineSGEatontown, NJ 
8Ashton HagansPGCovington, GAKentucky
9Trendon WatfordSFBirmingham, AL 
10Precious AchiuwaSFBronx, NY 
11Chol MarialCCheshire, CT 
12Jalen LecqueCGArden, NC 
13Tyrese MaxeyPGGarland, TX 
14Cassius StanleySGStudio City, CA 
15Balsa KoprivicaCMontverde, FL 
16Will BakerCAustin, TX 
17Onyeka OkongwuCChino, CA 
18Alonzo GaffneyPFCleveland, OHOhio State
19Christian BrownSFColumbia, SC 
20Armando BacotCRichmond, VA 

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