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2019 forward Romeo Weems continues to be a top priority

With a combination of size, skill, athleticism, and toughness, Romeo Weems has asserted himself as one of the top Midwest recruits in the class of 2019. The versatile forward has been a staple at USA Basketball and continues to be heavily recruited. About his junior season, Weems said, "It has been going good. I think my shot is improving and also my ball handling." (247 Sports)

E.J. Montgomery, Jahvon Quinerly more cautious and focused in second recruitment process

5-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly would’ve never guessed he’d be in his senior year smack-dab in the middle of pursuing a state title with the stress of picking a college hovering over him. Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) forward E.J. Montgomery can certainly relate. He’d been committed to Auburn for two years before opening up his recruitment last September. (USA Today)

Anfernee Simons enjoys N.C. State visit, no more trips currently scheduled

Anfernee Simons enjoyed his weekend visit to N.C. State for the North Carolina game. “It went [well],” Simons’ father said via text message. “Great environment, great style of play, great coach! They said he was a priority and that they want him to play the one. No other visits have been scheduled. Simons previously took an official visit to Tennessee for the Kentucky game. (Zag's Blog)

Vernon Carey Begins Visit Process

Vernon Carey Jr., the top-ranked junior, began his official visit tour this past weekend as he visited Michigan State. Carey, who is down to a final eight of Duke, Miami, Kentucky, Florida, Kansas, UCLA, UNC and the Spartans, has not been vocal in assessing where things stand in his recruitment. The Hurricanes and Blue Devils have been the most discussed landing spots. (Rivals.com)

Wake Forest signee Jaylen Hoard knows where to improve

Jaylen Hoard knows what he signed up for — both figuratively and literally. The 6-foot-8 senior forward at High Point Wesleyan wants to be pushed to greatness, and that means hearing things that aren’t always positive. “That’s mainly why I chose Wake,” said Hoard, who signed with Wake Forest in the fall. “I want coaches to push me. I don’t want to be average.” (Winston-Salem Journal)

2019 wing Marcus Watson becoming target of ACC programs

Marcus Watson has been a popular target for college coaches since last summer playing with the Georgia Stars 16-U. The four-star wing is an explosive athlete and an all-around scorer with great size at 6-foot-6. Georgia, Georgia Tech, NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Tennessee are among the schools he’s had the most contact with lately. (Rivals.com)

Indiana's highest-rated 2018 recruit Jerome Hunter: 'I can produce right away'

Pickerington North coach Jason Bates used to show Jerome Hunter old game tapes, just to remind him. This, Bates would tell his 6-7 matchup nightmare of a forward, this is what you’re capable of when you really turn it on. “We’d watch those games,” Bates told IndyStar, “just to show him how dominant he could be.” He is an extremely versatile wing who has great size. (Indianapolis Star)

Kentucky's pursuit of E.J. Montgomery heats up, new predictions and other recruiting notes

It didn’t take long for John Calipari to get back on the recruiting trail following the Wildcats’ home loss to Tennessee on Tuesday. Less than 24 hours after that defeat, Calipari and UK assistant coach Kenny Payne were at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., to see five-star post player E.J. Montgomery, who has emerged in recent weeks at the Cats’ top remaining target for the class of 2018. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Arizona commit Brandon Williams doing big things out west

Arizona bound point guard Brandon Williams didn't play this past spring or summer due to knee surgery that also cost him his junior year, but he's fully recovered and playing better than ever. Averaging almost 25 points during his senior season at Encino (Calif.) Crespi, the No. 37 ranked player in the class of 2018 is making a case for a move back to five-star status. (Rivals.com)

2019 wing Zimife Nwokeji commits to Florida State

On Thursday, Florida State got their 2019 class started right with the addition of in-state talent Zimife Nwokeji. At around 6-foot-7 with a high level skill set, Nwokeji is someone who brings a lot of versatility to the court, and he feels that fits in well with what Hamilton likes to do. "It’s close to home," said Nwokeji of his decision. "I grew up here and it is just felt like home." (247 Sports)

2018 wing Ochai Agbaji commits to Kansas

2018 wing Ochai Agbaji committed to Kansas on Thursday. “I’m going to Kansas University because it’s a great program, has a winning culture and I think I can fit in there,” Agbaji said. Agbaji, a standout at Kansas City (Mo.) Oak Park, said the Jayhawks began pursuing him aggressively in January, before offering him a scholarship last Saturday, while on an unofficial visit. (247 Sports)

R.J. Hampton Blog: Triple-doubles, recruitment, 4.0 GPA, and more

Little Elm (Texas) sophomore point guard R.J. Hampton is one of the top players in the country, regardless of class, with a who’s who of college suitors to match his five-star status like UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and many others. Hampton, who is ranked No. 2 overall in the ESPN 25, is averaging 31 points per game this season. (USA Today)

Four-star point guard Tyger Campbell commits to UCLA

One of the more unique recruitments in the class of 2018 has come to an end. Four-star point guard Tyger Campbell decided to announce his commitment on Tuesday morning ending what has been a unique situation. In the end Campbell re-affirmed his commitment to UCLA after initially de-committing from DePaul in just before the November signing period. (247 Sports)

USA Basketball, NCAA invite top 24 Class of 2019 prospects to compete in events at Final Four

USA Basketball and the NCAA have invited 24 of the top prospects in the Class of 2019 to attend the Final Four in San Antonio and compete in events surrounding the college games. The Next Generation Sunday Program will run March 30-April 1 in San Antonio. The program offers players an opportunity to attend the games, play on the Final Four court and much more. (Zag's Blog)

Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine, Kofi Cockburn attend Duke-St. John’s

Duke got some recruiting done while playing St. John’s in “The Garf” game at Madison Square Garden. After watching 2019 point guard Cole Anthony of Archbishop Molloy on Friday night, Duke attracted several other Class of 2019 stars to the game Saturday. Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine of the Ranney (N.J.) School and Kofi Cockburn of Christ the King all sat courtside. (Zag's Blog)

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2018 Player Rankings
1R.J. BarrettSFMontverde, FLDuke
2Zion WilliamsonSFSpartanburg, SCDuke
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, NYUCLA
14Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJLSU
15Louis KingSFBurlington, NJOregon
16Miles NorrisPFChula Vista, CAOregon
17Jahvon QuinerlyPGJersey City, NJVillanova
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, GAGeorgia
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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