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Weekend commitment rankings

9/24/2012

The flurry of commitments on Sunday was certainly fun. The tote board for the ESPN 100 reads: Committed 61, Uncommitted 39. The first seven recruits in the 2013 class remain uncommitted, so there’s still plenty of time to sit on the edge of your seat.

Speaking of the edge of your seat and staying in touch with recruiting, how about that Noah Vonleh fella? Vonleh’s the newest uncommitted member of the ESPN 100. He will take the SATs in early October and can take visits once he posts a score.

From an impact standpoint, there wasn’t a major domino that fell over the weekend. That’s not exactly news since very few top 25 prospects took official visits.

Here we go with the most impactful commitments accepted between Friday and Sunday.

1. PF Kyle Washington (Champlain, Minn./Brewster Academy)

Committed to N.C. State

That’s two weeks in a row the Wolfpack have landed a Top 100 player, and though Anthony Barber (Hampton, Va./Hampton) was the higher-rated of the pair, Washington comes with his own distinction: He is the first Top 100 big man Mark Gottfried has recruited at State. The Pack’s well-stocked at the guard positions, but Washington was a much-needed insider.

Here’s the deal: The kid has been getting physically bigger and rapidly improving with his post-up game. There aren’t many programs in the country that wouldn’t be happy with his signature come November.

2. E.C. Matthews (Detroit/Romulus)

Committed to Rhode Island

Guys were lining up to commit to the Rams this past weekend. From Thursday to Sunday, coach Dan Hurley accepted a trio of commitments. Matthews is big on a number of fronts. He could have easily played in a BCS league and been a lot to handle. Drop him in the Atlantic 10 and his ability to get into the paint and finish at the rim should be evident.

The Rams beat said BCS programs for him because they recruited Matthews as a point guard. Matthews doesn’t play full-time point for his high school or AAU team because he shares the role with another Top 100 player, Wes Clark.

The Hurley brothers, Dan and Bobby, Preston Murphy and Jim Carr never wavered. They recruited Matthews to be a point, sold him on it and then played defense against the big boys. URI is loading up.

3. SG Davon Reed (Princeton, N.J./Princeton Day)

Committed to Miami (Fla.)

Coach Jim Larranaga rode a roller coaster last week. When the music stopped, the Canes' top target, Shooting guard Kameron Williams (Baltimore/Mt. St. Joseph), had relocated to Ohio State. Ironically, Ohio State’s top target at the position, Allerik Freeman (Charlotte, N.C./Findlay Prep), committed to UCLA the week before. Here’s what I’m getting at: Everybody has to adjust when it comes to recruiting. The Canes needed multiple talented wings for their recruiting class. Reed stepped up and was the first in the stable.

Reed is a key guy for the Canes. He will shoot it better than he did last summer; we know that and I believe in him. What’s really important and gets discussed too little is Reed’s defensive ability. He could be a kid who guards up to three spots on the floor. This is a good pull for Larranaga.

And one ...

Before putting the weekend to rest, let’s mention one more commitment. You’ve never read a South Dakota State mention in this blog. Well, don’t let this blow your mind. Midweek last week, shooting sensation Anders Broman (Duluth, Minn./Lakeview Christian) committed to SDSU. This kid was one of the best shooters in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. He’s a great student and he’s exactly the kind of kid who could get his 15 minutes of fame in the NCAA tournament one day as he takes down a high seed with a deep 3-pointer.