College Basketball Recruiting

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

Five-star Drew Timme goes in depth about his recruitment

Five-star big man Drew Timme is getting close to making his college decision. Ranked No. 29 nationally, the senior at Richardson (Texas) JJ Pearce is choosing from Alabama, Gonzaga, Illinois and Texas A&M (Arizona is technically in his final five but their chances look grim). He'll announce his decision on Nov. 14, which is the first day of the early signing period. (

Basketball Recruiting Rundown: Kentucky, Kansas, Villanova, UConn

While Kentucky still boasts a top-10 basketball recruiting class this fall, the program doesn't look to be in prime position to add another recruit during the early signing period. The Wildcats have several targets left on their board - , , , and - but they will either sign late or aren't expected to commit to Kentucky. (

Vernon Carey planning to commit soon, sign late

, the 6-foot-10 big man from the University School (FL), will decide on a college “in the next few weeks” but plans to sign “late,” his father said Monday. The NCAA early signing period runs Nov. 14-21, with the late period set for April 17-May 15. Ranked No. 3 in the 2019 ESPN 100, Carey is done with his visits after taking an official to Michigan State this past weekend. (Zag's Blog)

ESPN report links Christian Dawkins to proposed payments to James Wiseman, top prospects

Would-be agent Christian Dawkins proposed making payments to several top basketball recruits in order to steer them towards his agency, including No. 1 prospect , according to an ESPN report. Dawkins was one of three defendants found guilty Oct. 24 in federal court of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. (Zag's Blog)

Four-star Isaac Johnson commits to Oregon, will enroll in 2021 after LDS mission

Four-star basketball recruit Isaac Johnson, one of the more skilled and unique big man prospects in the 2019 recruiting class, committed to Oregon on Thursday. Johnson becomes the first member of Oregon’s 2019 class, though he comes with one caveat. His plan is to not enroll until the fall of 2021, as he will take his two-year LDS mission upon graduating in the spring. (

Jahmius Ramsey, No. 28 in ESPN 100, commits to Texas Tech

Top-30 senior Jahmius Ramsey verbally committed to Texas Tech on Thursday morning, giving the Red Raiders their highest-ranked basketball recruit in school history. Ramsey, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Duncanville (Texas) High School, chose the Red Raiders over Memphis, although he considered a long list of schools throughout his college recruitment. (

LaMelo Ball wants to play for Duke, Kentucky, or UNC. But is he eligible?

is headed back to high school. The youngest of the Ball brothers has enrolled at Ohio prep school Spire Institute for what will be his senior season, ending his ill-fated professional career after stops in Lithuania and on his father’s fledgling Junior Basketball League. Ball was introduced at Spire on Friday, being welcomed with a billboard in downtown Cleveland. (SB Nation)

Down to five, Akok's decision ahead looms large

The recruiting process has not been short on intrigue for top 35 forward Akok Akok, one of the breakouts from the July evaluation periods. Georgetown, Pitt, Providence, Syracuse and UConn recently hosted the four-star prospect, and a commitment is all that remains for the four-star recruit. Down to a final five, Akok discussed each program remaining in the picture. (

Basketball Recruiting Roundup: Weekend Visits and Tidbits

, the 6-foot-10 5-star center from University (FL) School, visits Michigan State this weekend for his fifth and final official visit. Carey, who cut his list to five in May, has taken official visits to Kentucky, Duke, Miami, and North Carolina. Qudus Wahab, the 6-foot-10 center from Flint Hill (VA) School, visits Syracuse this weekend for his fifth and final official visit. (Zag's Blog)

Five-star center Will Baker commits to Texas

Shaka Smart’s success on the recruiting trail continued Thursday when five-star center opted for the Longhorns. Baker selected the hometown Longhorns over UCLA, and offers from a host of other high major programs. Baker took an official visit to Texas the weekend of Aug. 31. He visited the Bruins multiple times unofficially, and official the weekend of June 28. (247 Sports)

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