Friday, September 6, 2013
Notes: Cartwright could be double value
By Dave Telep
This time of the year, there's always something brewing. From campus visits to the value of Stanford's newest pledge, we've dumped out the notebook into a nice, tidy column to catch you up.
Cartwright's value could be two-fold
Stanford is hoping new commit Robert Cartwright can assist in recruiting center Thomas Welsh.
When Stanford added point guard Robert Cartwright this week, it insured stability once Chasson Randle graduates. Cartwright is a worker and a chip-on-the-shoulder guy. Others are higher rated, but this kid is going to win a ton of games in college. He clearly waited for Stanford, and once he cleared admissions, the commitment came quickly.
"It was the school that I had been set on for quite a while," Cartwright said. "They were the leader; I made no secret about that. It was where I wanted to go. I couldn't be any more happy with my decision."
Johnny Dawkins is hoping the kid drops his first assist for the program quickly. Center Thomas Welsh is on the Cardinal hit list and is a travel teammate of Cartwright.
"Hopefully, I can start with getting in Thomas Welsh's ear. That's a guy that I played with and a guy that I really respect as a person and player. I enjoyed playing with him the last three years."
About Tyus Jones ...
Last weekend, Tyus Jones and his bodyguard Jahlil Okafor visited Baylor. The Bears are in the mix for Jones but not expected to land both. Behind the scenes, among the schools recruiting the pair, there's a theme. If they could remove one school from the equation, it would be Duke. "I wish they were gone," one recruiter said.
Think about this: Duke hasn't flinched with Jones. The Blue Devils have no contingency plan should they miss the Minnesota floor general. That means the Devils are either walking a tightrope or they're supremely confident that Mike Krzyzewski's relationship with the young man can bring it home. Duke is the final visit, and the recruitment is expected to go the distance.
Dastrup not sure when mission will happen
Power forward Payton Dastrup will take a Mormon mission sometime during his collegiate career. Depending on the school and the roster, he could do it before enrolling or a year into his college career. We know he'll make officials to Ohio State, Virginia, Kansas and BYU. Florida could receive a trip and Arizona and UCLA are in the mix.
Northwestern team to beat for McIntosh?
Chris Collins' actions in July confirmed our suspicions. He has zeroed in on Indiana guard Bryant McIntosh. The Wildcats are strong, and Purdue is charging. The Boilermakers host him Sept. 15, and Vanderbilt steps into the mix Sept. 28. Here's a milestone to watch for: Sept. 9. That's the night Northwestern comes into his living room and might seek to end it and ask for the commitment.
Who's on campus this weekend?
No. 1 recruit Jahlil Okafor visited Baylor last weekend and will visit Kentucky this weekend.
• The Kentucky Wildcats have a big weekend. Jahlil Okafor is on campus along with Devin Booker and junior Charles Matthews. We're expecting the Wildcats to also have Tyler Ulis on campus. Ulis and Booker began their official visit to Michigan State on Friday. They'll leave East Lansing on Sunday bound for Lexington. Cue the drama. Ulis' recruitment is getting very interesting.
• Andy Kennedy is a proven commodity in terms of handling complicated players (see Marshall Henderson). Torian Graham, a one-time NC State pledge now a juco sophomore, visited Ole Miss this week. The Rebels have shots to give, and Graham is a scorer. We'll see how it plays out. Graham likes Arizona State, Memphis, Florida State, Buffalo and Central Florida.
• Abdul-Malik Abu is deciding Sept. 7. He won't be in Raleigh this weekend, but he was at NC State on Thursday.
• Last weekend, Iowa had white-hot Tyler Ulis on campus. This time around it's small forward Jackson Forbes officially.