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Hoophall Classic: Saturday standouts and predictions for Bamba, Reddish, etc.

6-foot-7 small forward Cameron Reddish said that he wants to take some official visits before his junior year is over. He could commit as early as the summer with Duke, Kentucky and Villanova looking like they will battle it out. Right now, it looks as though Duke could have the upper hand. Kentucky seems to be gaining steam with Mohamed Bamba. Slight edge to the Wildcats. (Rivals.com)

Mohamed Bamba Down to 4 Schools, Will Visit Kentucky, Duke

Mohamed Bamba, the 6-foot-11 big man from the Westtown (PA) School, is down to four schools in his recruitment and is planning official visits to Kentucky and Duke. Following his team’s 66-54 win over DeAndre Ayton and Hillcrest Prep (AZ) on Saturday, Bamba said he has eliminated Harvard, Syracuse and UConn and is now considering Kentucky, Duke, Texas and Michigan. (Zag's Blog)

HoopHall Classic: Five-star junior Nazreon Reid dominates

Five-star junior center Nazreon Reid was locked in for Roselle (N.J.) Catholic on Saturday at the HoopHall Classic. The No. 19 ranked player in the class of 2018, Reid's recruitment has taken off. He has offers from the likes of Maryland, Louisville, Villanova, Syracuse, Iowa, Kansas and N.C. State but said that some of the more local programs and one from out West have been pushing hard. (Rivals.com)

Rivals Class of 2019 updated basketball recruiting rankings

A new No. 1 prospect highlights Rivals' latest class of 2019 rankings. Montverde (Fla.) Academy’s superstar wing R.J. Barrett jumps up a spot from No. 2 to take over the top spot in Rivals.com’s top 75 for the class of 2019. We’re dealing with high school sophomores here, so there will be lots of change over the next few years. There’s an awful lot to like about 6-foot-6 wing R.J. Barrett. (Rivals.com)

Top players at the 2017 Spalding Hoophall Classic

From rim-rockers to shot swatters to blow-by speedsters we’ve zeroed in on 10 of the players you can’t miss at the Spalding Hoophall Classic on Jan. 12-16 at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. At 6-foot-11, Mohamed Bamba has a 7-8 wingspan and a 9-5 standing reach. Add in a relentless motor and it’s easy to see why Bamba has such a devastating effect on the opposition (USA Today)

Armando Bacot impresses with room to grow

At six-feet nine-inches tall, Armando Bacot may seem like he can’t get much taller, but at sixteen years-old, he’s not done yet. The sophomore center is the centerpiece for 14-0 Trinity Episcopal. Bacot has already received offers from ACC schools like Virginia, Florida State, and Miami, as well as VCU, Georgetown, and more. In all, Bacot has received 15 offers to play basketball at the next level. (WRIC)

Immanuel Quickley Blog: Getting back to 100 percent

John Carroll’s (Bel Air, Md.) Immanuel Quickley is the No. 1 point guard in the ESPN 60 and No. 11 overall recruit. "My recruitment is going pretty good. I cut my list to eight before the high school started. It’s Duke, Kentucky, Miami, Kansas, Providence, Maryland, Virginia and Washington. I don’t have any plans to take visits right now; I’ll get out to some schools after my season is over." (USA Today)

Oak Hill Point Guard Matt Coleman to Announce College Decision Monday

Matt Coleman, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound point guard from Oak Hill (VA) Academy, will announce his college decision on Monday at the Hoophall Classic, as first reported by Scout.com. Oak Hill faces Nathan Hale (WA) at 1 p.m. on ESPNU. Coleman is down to Duke and Texas, he previously told Scout. His most recent visit was to Texas at the end of October. (Zag's Blog)

Trae Young Blog: Closer to deciding

Trae Young: "With my recruitment, it’s coming toward the end I believe. To be honest, it’s kinda to the stressful point. I’m definitely getting closer to knowing what I want to do. It’s up in the air when I’ll officially decide, but I’m getting closer. The conversations with the coaches are different now; they’re more answering questions about who’s gonna be there or asking if I have any more questions." (USA Today)

2019 SF Cassius Stanley trying to live up to 'The Greatest'

When your namesake is remembered as one of the greatest athletes in the last century, one whose nickname literally was “The Greatest,” it’s safe to say you’ve got plenty to live up to. Harvard Westlake basketball star Cassius Stanley may just be able to live up to the hype, and then some. (Desert Sun)

Hamidou Diallo Planning to Redshirt at Kentucky, AAU Coach Says It Could Spark a Trend

As expected, Hamidou Diallo plans to redshirt at Kentucky this semester and then go full bore for the 2017-18 season, something that his AAU coach thinks could become a trend going forward. “It makes so much sense,” Andy Borman, Diallo’s coach with the NY Rens, told ZAGSBLOG on Saturday after his commitment. (Zag's Blog)

St. John's signee Zach Brown charged with theft

ESPN 100 prospect and St. John's signee Zach Brown was charged with first-degree petit theft after getting arrested Sunday morning in Hollywood, Florida, according to the Miami Herald. It is a misdemeanor charge, according to the Herald, although Brown was also charged with driving with a suspended license and an expired tag. (ESPN.com)

Arizona basketball recruiting: 2018 targets begin to emerge

Don’t fret Arizona Wildcats fans, the 2017 class isn’t done. With four signings in already and two likely still coming, Sean Miller’s current class is still in the building process. However, I wanted to take a moment to update the Wildcats’ big board for the 2018 season. (Arizona Desert Swarm)

Kenyon Martin, Jr. trying to follow in father’s footsteps

One of Southern California’s top power forward prospects in 2019 is a familiar name. Kenyon Martin Jr., the son of former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin, Sr., is a 6-foot-6, 185-pound sophomore out of West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Martin, Jr., who has grown a couple of inches over the last year, is an athletic four man with a high motor who finishes above the rim, rebounds and blocks shots. (Scout.com)

Five-star guard Hamidou Diallo commits to Kentucky

Five-star Class of 2017 guard Hamidou Diallo made things interesting in the recruiting world by committing to Kentucky on Saturday evening during a scheduled announcement. Diallo announced between a final list that included Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and UConn but he only took official visits to see Kentucky and UConn in the last few weeks. (NBC Sports)

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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, OK 

2018 Player Rankings
1Marvin BagleyPFTempe, AZ 
2Romeo LangfordSGNew Albany, IN 
3Cameron ReddishSFNorristown, PA 
4Jordan BrownPFRoseville, CA 
5Silvio De SousaPFMontverde, FL 
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 

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