ESPN 100 guard Jimmy Whitt made a verbal commitment to Arkansas on Tuesday night. The 63rd-ranked prospect in the country chose the Razorbacks over Missouri, Illinois, SMU, and Marquette and announced his decision at a news conference from Hickman High School.

ESPN 100 SG Kenny Williams made a verbal commitment to VCU on Tuesday, giving coach Shaka Smart his first verbal commitment in the 2015 class. Williams -- the No. 82 player in our rankings -- was one of the breakout performers of the recent grassroots season, taking his recruitment to the very highest levels before trimming his list to Virginia Tech, VCU, Georgetown, North Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma State and Providence earlier this month.

Why he committed: A local product (the No. 2 player in the state), Williams has been on VCU’s campus several times during the course of his high school career, most recently two weeks ago. He took subsequent visits to North Carolina and Georgetown last week before ultimately announcing his decision via Twitter.

“It just felt like it was the right thing to do, the situation couldn’t get any better than VCU,” Williams told ESPN.com, also noting that location and the opportunity for his family to see him play played a major role in his decision.

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Biancardi's Breakdown: Tips for best 

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As the summer evaluation period begins to wind down, we have studied some of the nation's best prospects live and on film.

As a coach it's important to remind a player constantly to work on his strengths and strengthen his weaknesses.

It's a good time to look a little deeper at the current top five players in the Class of 2015 and analyze not only what makes them so great, but what they can do to improve and why it's important to take the next step.


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Dillon Brooks (Mississauga, Ontario, Findlay College Prep), the No. 68 player in the ESPN 100, made a surprise move Sunday and reclassified into the class of 2014 and will enroll at Oregon immediately. He made his official visit to Eugene this past weekend.

Why he committed: "He fell in love with the campus and facilities, along with having a great relationship with the coaching staff," said Tony McIntyre, Brooks' coach at CIA Bounce. "There is need, a fit, a want and opportunity. Anytime you can get all those factors to line up it's a great move."


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ESPN 100 PF Noah Dickerson has committed to the Florida Gators over finalists LSU, Washington, Georgia Tech and Georgetown, where he was previously committed.

Let's take a look at what the No. 65 overall player in the class of 2015 will bring to Gainesville, Florida.


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Nike Global Challenge recap 

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CHICAGO -- The Nike Global Challenge is one of Nike's best Grassroots events as it pits four teams from the U.S., comprising 40 of the country's best high school players, in a tournament with four international teams. This year's international field featured teams from Canada, Pan Africa, China and Brazil.


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Shooting guard Prince Ali (Pembroke Pines, Florida/The Sagemont) School), ranked No. 44 in the ESPN 100, has committed to UCLA over finalists Louisville, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Nebraska. Ali had committed to Connecticut last December before decommitting in May, which opened the door for a number of high-major programs to pursue him. That's exactly what happened.

Let's check out what the Bruins are getting in Ali:


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Weekly commitment update

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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from Aug. 8-14:

Big East
Providence
Alex Owens PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 240
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 16
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 94

Javon Taylor SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2017
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

ACC
Syracuse
Matthew Moyer PF
HT: 6-7 WT: 210
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 4

Big Ten
Iowa
Ahmad Wagner SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 41
Stars: 3

Atlantic 10
Davidson
KiShawn Pritchett SF
HT: 6-5
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAC
Ohio University
Jordan Dartis SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 49
Stars: 3

Horizon League
Wright State
Mark Hughes PG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

WAC
Utah Valley
Richard Harward C
HT: 6-9 WT: 255
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

America East
Hartford
Jason Dunne SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

TreVaughn Wilkerson PF
HT: 6-7 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big West
UC Riverside
D.J. Sylvester SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southern Conference
Mercer
Jaylen Stowe PG
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big South
Radford
Devin Cooper PG
HT: 6-1 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northeast Conference
Fairleigh Dickinson
Malik Miller PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Summit League
IUPUI
Gary Bonds PF
HT: 6-7 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending
It’s “What If” week in the world of college basketball as we consider a series of hypotheticals that could have changed the face of college basketball as we know it. From a recruiting standpoint, we’re looking back at decisions from recent years that could have gone in much different directions.

So what if ...

Andrew Wiggins had gone to Kentucky?

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Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesAndrew Wiggins almost went to Kentucky, which might have put the Wildcats over the top last season.
He was the top-ranked player in the ESPN 100 and widely perceived as a generational-type talent. Yet when he went on national TV to announce his commitment, not even Bill Self knew what he was going to say.

How would things have changed had Wiggins announced for Kentucky instead of Kansas on May 14, 2013? Well, for one, expectations at Kentucky would have been at an all-time high. The Wildcats’ class likely would have been anointed as the best in history and Big Blue Nation would have accepted nothing less than a national championship and maybe even an undefeated season.

We will never know if Wiggins would have been enough to push Kentucky to last season’s national championship. What we do know is that Wiggins’ Achilles’ heel over the years has been his reluctance to embrace that alpha-male mentality that goes along with being a true star. Kansas needed him to be a primary scorer, and so while there was some pressure, there was also patience as he gradually asserted himself more during the course of the year.

The dynamics would have been different at Kentucky, where he would have come in with bolder personalities such as Julius Randle and the Harrison twins. Would that have reaffirmed Wiggins’ tendency to defer, or motivated him to defend his territory right away? There’s no way of knowing, but it certainly would have been interesting to find out, especially for those NBA executives who spent the year trying to project Wiggins’ future.


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Power Forward Alex Owens (Orlando, Florida/Oak Ridge), ranked No. 94 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Providence over finalist Central Florida and Missouri. Owens decommitted from Central Florida back in November. Let's take a look at what the Friars are getting in Owens:

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Every summer prospects go out on the circuit to win, compete and improve with hopes to gain some exposure along the way. When evaluating, there are certain prospects who consistently show up and catch your eye with strong performances at a high level, affecting the outcome of a game.

Here are five players from the 2015 class whose stocks are on the rise in the all-important summer period.

1. Jaylen Brown

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Weekly commitment update

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ACC
Duke
Chase Jeter PF
HT: 6-10 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 6
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 13

Louisville
Donovan Mitchell SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 27
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 73

Virginia
Jarred Reuter PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 225
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 36
Stars: 3

Pac-12
Arizona
Allonzo Trier SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 4
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 19

USC
Bennie Boatwright PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 210
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 13
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 88

California
Oscar Frayer SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 170
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Arizona State
Dominic Green SF
HT: 6-7
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Utah
Makol Wawien PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 47
Stars: 3

Big 12
Baylor
Josph Acuil PF
HT: 7-0 WT: 219
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

West Virginia
Chase Harler SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Michigan
Jon Teske PF
HT: 6-11
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Purdue
Grant Weatherford PG
HT: 6-1
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Penn State
Joe Hampton PF
HT: 6-6 WT: 225
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: 12
Stars: 4

American Athletic Conference
Temple
Trey Lowe SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 35
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 92

South Florida
Luis Santos PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 235
Positional Rank: 27
Stars: 4

SEC
Missouri
Montaque Gill-Ceasar SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 4

Atlantic 10
St. Joseph's
Chris Clover SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri Valley Conference
Drake
Billy Wampler SG
HT: 6-5
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northern Iowa
Justin Dahl C
HT: 6-11 WT: 225
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri State
Jarred Dixon PG
HT: 6-2 WT: 155
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northeast Conference
Wagner
Devin Liggeons SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mount St. Mary's
Marcell Haskett PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 160
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAC
Toledo
Jaelan Sanford PG
HT: 6-3 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Chandler White SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mountain West
Wyoming
Jordan Naughton C
HT: 6-8 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 44
Stars: 2

Andrew Moemeka PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Air Force
Garrett Scheer PF
HT: 6-7 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Fresno State
Michael Kolawole SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Patriot League
American
Delante Jones SF
HT: 6-6 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 45
Stars: 3

James Washington PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 155
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Bucknell
Nate Sestina PF
HT: 6-7
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kimbal Mackenzie PG
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Canada

Army
Gunther Klimes SF
HT: 6-6
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

West Coast Conference
San Diego
Alex Floresca SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big West Conference
Cal Poly
Serigne Athj SF
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 38
Stars: 3

UC Irvine
Justin Wertner SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

MAAC
Iona
Ibn Muhammad PG
HT: 5-9
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Junior College

Ivy League
Dartmouth
Guilien Smith PG
HT: 6-1
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ohio Valley Conference
Austin Peay
Stephen Harris SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Zach Glotta PG
HT: 5-10
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Horizon League
Detroit
Youssoupha Kane C
HT: 6-11 WT: 225
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Summit League
IUPUI
T.J. Henderson PG
HT: 5-11
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending
ESPN 100 shooting guard Donovan Mitchell (New York, NY/Brewster Academy, NH) has committed to the Louisville Cardinals while on his official visit over finalists Boston College, Florida State, Providence and Villanova. He gives head coach Rick Pitino his third four star prospect in the class of 2015.

Let's checkout what Mitchell will bring to the Cardinals.


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ESPN 100 power forward Bennie Boatwright committed to USC on Thursday. He chose USC over Arizona State, UConn, Gonzaga, Washington and Oregon. Here's a look at the type of player coming to the Trojans:


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ESPN 100 SG Trey Lowe made a verbal commitment to Temple on Thursday night, giving head coach Fran Dunphy his first pledge of the 2015 class. See what he will bring to the Owls in 2015:


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