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An Update With 5-Star 2018 PG Immanuel Quickley

A native of Havre de Grace, Maryland, Immanuel Quickley balances schoolwork, challenging to be the premier point guard in his class, and playing drums at his church. As his recruiting begins to heat up, five-star Immanuel Quickley updated us on his recruitment and development over the past few months. "Right now, playing it by ear, you know. I cut my list down to seven." (247 Sports)

Duke-bound Gary Trent, Jr. has been schooled by his father on and off the court

Gary Trent Sr. recalls the clock on his mother’s Cadillac reading 3:17 a.m. when she dropped him off on his first day of work. The former NBA power forward wasn’t starting a job at a 24-hour restaurant. He was selling crack cocaine to help support his struggling and drug-ravaged family. (The Undefeated)

Quentin Grimes bounces back at Adidas Gauntlet

The No. 12 ranked player in the class of 2018, combo guard Quentin Grimes didn't have the game he wanted in a big time matchup with five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley on Friday. He bounced back on Saturday, though, going for 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Grimes has offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, Marquette and several others. (Rivals.com)

Naz Reid Impresses Coaches, Talks Recruiting

A literal Who’s Who of college programs are watching 6'10" Nazreon Reid and his Sports U teammates, at Basketball City on the Under Armor Association circuit this weekend. Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, St. John’s, Rutgers and Seton Hall are just some of the schools sitting courtside. UNC had new assistant Brad Frederick on hand. (Zag's Blog)

HS Diary No. 8: Mohamed Bamba

Mohamed Bamba: So my good friend Anthony Ochefu and I said, “Let’s say we’re going to Cancun so we have an extra week to relax after this long season.” I write a proposal and tell the project advisor, “Yeah, we’re thinking of going to China.” I guess I should’ve done less research on my plan for China, because 3 weeks after I submitted the proposal, I got approval and it was on its way to becoming a reality. (SLAM Online)

How Grayson Allen's return to Duke could affect the Kevin Knox recruitment

Jerry Meyer, 247Sports Director of Scouting, pointed at Duke/UNC target Kevin Knox as somebody who could see the Grayson Allen return as a negative. “With Knox, if anything, I think it would hurt Duke’s chances. With Knox, I think it’s more him wanting to be a star wherever he goes, and Allen coming back makes things a bit more crowded for him. It could also potentially move him to the four (position)." (247 Sports)

2018 guard David Singleton commits to UCLA

2018 guard David Singleton verbally committed to UCLA on Thursday, he announced. Singleton, a four-star recruit out of Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery, picked the Bruins over interest from a host of west coast schools, including Gonzaga, UNLV, Arizona among others. The 6-foot-4 guard is ranked No. 58 overall and as the No. 10 shooting guard in the 2018 class. (Scout.com)

Archie Miller making Romeo Langford a priority

It’s not a surprise that shortly after Archie Miller was hired at Indiana he had a phone conversation with New Albany’s Romeo Langford, considered the No. 3 player nationally and the No. 1 shooting guard in the class of 2018. It also shouldn’t be a surprise that Miller was in Langford’s home for a visit Tuesday along with IU assistant coach Ed Schilling. (Indiana Herald Bulletin)

R.J. Barrett holds on to top spot in 2019 rankings expansion

There isn’t a lot of change in the class of 2019 rankings. As the first of April’s two evaluation periods kicks off this weekend, elite wing recruit R.J. Barrett continues his stranglehold of the top spot while a group of big-time post players tries to catch him. A native of Canada who plays at Montverde (Fla.) Prep, Barrett has established himself as the top player in the class of 2019. (Rivals.com)

Canadian Star R.J. Barrett Considering Reclassifying to 2018

It’s common for Canadian basketball players in the U.S. to reclassify down a year because of the educational system in Canada. Andrew Wiggins did it, and now R.J. Barrett may follow suit. Barrett is the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class and would be among the best in a 2018 class that also includes Marvin Bagley, Zion Williamson, Romeo Langford, Cam Reddish and Moses Brown. (Zag's Blog)

Former Jayhawk Carlton Bragg considering NC State

Former Kansas forward Carlton Bragg, who announced plans to transfer on April 6, is considering Illinois, Xavier, Cincinnati, North Carolina State and Arizona State. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Bragg averaged 5.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 13.8 minutes per game during a stormy 2016-17 season in which the sophomore was suspended for four of KU’s 35 games. (Kansas City Star)

John Calipari visits 5-star point guard Javonte Smart

Kentucky coach John Calipari visited 5-star point guard Javonte Smart Wednesday. Fresh off winning his second straight Louisiana Mr. Basketball award, Smart is ranked the No. 3 point guard in the 2017 class by the 247Sports Composite. He averaged 25 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals per game as Scotlandville won its second LHSAA title in three years. (247 Sports)

Scout's Final 2017 Top 100 College Basketball Recruit Rankings

Now that the all-star circuits have concluded, the time has come to release the final player rankings for the 2017 class. For the past two years Arizona signee DeAndre Ayton and 7-footer Mohamed Bamba have sat at the top of the list. But Michael Porter, already a top five prospect, emerged during his senior season, showing improvement in key areas. We’ve moved Porter into the top slot in 2017. (Scout.com)

Baylor transfer Al Freeman commits to NC State

Baylor graduate transfer Allerik Freeman committed to NC State, he tells Scout. Freeman visited NC State the weekend of April 8th. The 6-foot-3 guard also considered Pittsburgh, Santa Clara and a host of other schools. A native of Charlotte, Freeman averaged 9.4 points and 2.4 rebounds a game last season. During his sophomore season he scored 11.3 points a game. (Scout.com)

Bill Self slated to visit highly-regarded forward Zion Williamson

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Tuesday was scheduled to visit Zion Williamson, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound junior forward from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School, who averaged 37 points and 13 rebounds a game this past season. Williamson, who is ranked No. 2 in the recruiting class of 2018, is considering UNC, Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, South Carolina and others. (Kansas City Star)

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2017 Player Rankings
1DeAndre AytonPFPhoenix, AZArizona
2Michael PorterSFColumbia, MOMissouri
3Mohamed BambaPFNew York, NY 
4Wendell CarterPFAtlanta, GADuke
5Trevon DuvalPGNew Castle, DE 
6Kevin KnoxSFTampa, FL 
7Brandon McCoyPFSan Diego, CAUNLV
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, CAArizona
21Brandon WilliamsPGEncino, CA 

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