Joel Berry (Apopka, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) won't be joining North Carolina until fall of next year, but the commitment Monday from the ESPN's No. 12 ranked player in 2014 is an intriguing one for a number of reasons.
Is there a chance that Noah Vonleh could be the first one-and-done for coach Tom Crean at Indiana? The 6-foot-8 big may be one of the top rebounders in the Big Ten next season, and the forward has drawn raves since stepping onto the Bloomington campus this summer.
Derrick Jones was far from unknown when the July evaluation period tipped last week, but the 6-foot-6 wing firmly ensconced himself as one of the top prospects in the class of 2015.
The strength of Drexel's backcourt has never been disputed -- the combination of Frantz Massenat, Damion Lee, and Chris Fouch, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility earlier this season, means the Dragons have arguably the top backcourt in the CAA.
Before Kenneth Ogbe committed to Utah, there was significant pursuit for the 6-foot-6 German prospect. Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reported that after speaking with a source close to Xavier's coaching staff (Xavier, along with Georgia Tech and the Utes, was recruiting Ogbe) and that person confirmed Ogbe '.
TaShawn Thomas has been a favorite of the tempo free community ever since the 6-foot-8 forward stepped onto the Conference USA (and now American Athletic Conference) campus.
Tyler Roberson is an integral part of Syracuse's 2013 recruiting class, a 6-foot-7 wing who should be able to play either forward slots in the 2-3 zone and use his ability to get to the bucket off the bounce, potentially becoming an integral part of the Cuse's offense in his freshman season.
A knee injury could force Texas Tech transfer Wannah Bail to miss part of his first season at UCLA. Of course, that will only be the case if he's deemed eligible immediately with the Bruins in 2013-14.
As talented as Jabari Parker is, and as long as he's been considered a top prep recruit, it's no wonder the soon-to-be Duke Blue Devil is considered to be a likely one-and-done candidate.
UPDATE: Pepperdine transfer Jordan Baker reportedly will decide between four schools.According to this tweet by Matt L. Stephens of the Coloradoan, Baker said today that Colorado State, Iowa, Providence and Florida State are his top four.
Stanford is a team many experts around the country are starting to peg as a sleeper in the Pac-12 next season. Yesterday, Jon Rothstein of CBS called the Cardinal and their Bay Area rival Cal the two sleepers in the conference.
Providence's commitment on Monday night from ESPN 100 small forward Jalen Lindsey (Franklin, Tenn./Huntington Prep) was significant for the Friars for a number of reasons.
Aaric Murray, the productive 6-foot-10 center who transferred from La Salle to West Virginia, has been dismissed from the Mountaineers, according to this story by CBSSports.
Oregon's big, experienced frontline last season included seniors E.J. Singler, Arsalan Kazemi, Tony Woods and Carlos Emory, and as a result the Ducks were among the top rebounding teams in the Pac-12.
Incoming Kentucky freshman Julius Randle is ranked No. 2 on Chad Ford's early 2014 Big Board, and if the draft was held today that is probably the spot where he'd be selected.
Not many recruits have seen their stock rise over the last few months the way Myles Turner has. But Craig Victor has certainly been dynamic as well. The talented forward currently ranks No.