By now we know which freshmen should be difference-makers in college basketball this upcoming season. But there are many more first-year players who can impress and impact their respective teams.

Every season, freshmen emerge on the scene as the season unfolds. The adjustment from high school to college, changes in such things as the physicality and speed of the game, and learning how to play with a high basketball IQ, takes time for a newcomer.

1. Kameron Chatman, Michigan: No. 38 in ESPN 100

Scout's Take: Glynn Watson to Nebraska 

September, 1, 2014
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ESPN 100 point guard Glynn Watson committed to Nebraska and coach Tim Miles over Creighton after taking an official visit to Lincoln this past weekend. Watson also had offers from Maryland, Tennessee, Purdue and West Virginia. Here's what he will bring to the Cornhuskers:


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Weekly commitment update

August, 29, 2014
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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from Aug. 23-28:

SEC
Auburn
Danjel Purifoy SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 210
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 10
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 50

Horace Spencer PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 212
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 12
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 75

T.J. Dunans SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Trayvon Reed C
HT: 7-1 WT: 210
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 8
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 68

Texas A&M
Tyler Davis C
HT: 6-10 WT: 270
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 6
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 21

Big 12
Baylor
Jake Lindsey SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 40
Stars: 3

Kansas State
Barry Brown SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Pac 12
Oregon State
Drew Eubanks PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 46
Stars: 3

Arizona State
Markus Howard SG
HT: 5-11 WT: 170
Class of 2017
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 4

Big East
Providence
Drew Edwards SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

American Athletic Conference
Memphis
Nick Marshall C
HT: 6-11 WT: 220
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: 14
Stars: 4

Big 10
Minnesota
Dupree McBrayer SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Post-Grad

Conference USA
Louisiana Tech
Dominic Jackson SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Missouri Valley Conference
Illinois State
Daouda Ndiaye C
HT: 6-11 WT: 205
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Matt Hein PG
HT: 6-2 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Drake
Johannes Dolven PF
HT: 6-8
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Europe

WAC
Seattle
Jake Spurgeon SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Utah Valley
Truman Moore PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 225
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southern Conference
VMI
Austin Vereen SG
HT: 6-4
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Chattanooga
ZaQwaun Matthews SG
HT: 6-4
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Atlantic Sun
Northern Kentucky
Hagen Tyler SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Drew McDonald SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 240
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kennesaw State
Alijah Bennett SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Colonial Athletic Conference
North Carolina - Wilmington
Mark Matthews SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southland Conference
New Orleans
Devon Colley PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 160
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Coleman Edwards SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 160
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Cameron Reed SG
HT: 6-5
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SWAC
Southern University
Brendon Ganaway PG
HT: 5-10
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big South
UNC Asheville
Dwayne Sutton SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Center Diamond Stone, ranked fourth in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2015, has narrowed his list of schools to five.


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Editor's note: This post was updated to reflect Trayvon Reed's commitment to Auburn on Thursday.

Bruce Pearl's return from a three-year show-clause penalty, coupled with three high-profile commitments, made Auburn the talk of college basketball recruiting this week.

Heading into last weekend, Auburn didn't have a commitment to its name in the 2015 class. By the time it was over, the Tigers had landed a pair of ESPN 100 forwards and another junior college prospect, turning Pearl's return into a celebration.

Pearl always intended to make a splash Sunday, strategically planning his first elite camp for his first full day of active duty and even hosting Horace Spencer, one of his top priorities in the 2015 recruiting class, for an unofficial visit at the stroke of midnight.


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Walk into any basketball gym and you’ll find some level of talent. It's easy to see who is the most athletic or the best skilled or even who has the highest basketball IQ, but does that make the player right for your program? As an evaluator of talent, can you look at a group of players with the same skill and size and figure out who is a good fit for you?

Coaches are programmed to believe that recruiting is the key to having success. No argument here, but from my vantage point, it's not about who you sign, because most coaches can identify and land talent; it's all about how you evaluate talent that determines your recruiting -- and your program’s -- success.

Here are five common mistakes college coaches make in the evaluation process.


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Elite 24 Roundtable: Best performances 

August, 25, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Saturday's Under Armour Elite 24 game featured some of the nation’s most talented prospects, and Team Liberty came away with the win. Our analysts break down what they saw.


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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- In the ninth annual Under Armour Elite 24 game, Team Liberty scored a 127-116 victory over Team Freedom on Saturday, led by co-MVPs Jaylen Brown (23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Chase Jeter (17 points, 15 rebounds).


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Securing two ESPN 100 commitments over a three-day span is high-level recruiting as Bruce Pearl and Auburn landed ESPN No. 75 Horace Spencer (Warminster, Pa./Findlay Prep) Sunday after landing a commitment on Friday from ESPN No. 50 Danjel Purifoy. Spencer picked Auburn over Rutgers, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Temple, Providence, UNLV and South Florida,

Why he committed: Pearl is building his program. Right now there is plenty of playing time and Spencer jumped on the opportunity.
“The coaching staff was passionate about me and how I could start when I come in plus I found the facilities to be amazing," said Spencer.


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ESPN 100 small forward Danjel Purifoy committed to Auburn and head coach Bruce Pearl on Friday night, announcing his decision on ESPN3 during the dunk contest for the Under Amour Elite 24 game in New York.


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Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy scored a huge commitment Friday morning as Tyler Davis, the No. 21-ranked prospect overall and No. 6 center in the 2015 ESPN 100, committed to the Aggies over the likes of Kansas, Arizona, Baylor and Texas, among others.


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Weekly commitment update

August, 22, 2014
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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from Aug. 16-22

ACC
Florida State
Terance Mann SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 29
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 76

SEC
Arkansas
Jimmy Whitt SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 21
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 63

Missouri
Kevin Puryear PF
HT: 6-7
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Florida
Noah Dickerson PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 237
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 11
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 65

Atlantic 10
Virginia Commonwealth
Kenny Williams SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 34
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 82

Richmond
Julius Johnson SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 10
Indiana
Emmitt Holt PF
HT: 6-6 WT: 220
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac 12
Oregon
Dillon Brooks SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 4

UCLA
Prince Ali SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 14
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 44

Nebraska
Aguek Arop SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2017
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ivy League
Princeton
Devin Cannady PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

America East
Vermont
Josh Speidel C
HT: 6-7 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 28
Stars: 3

UMass Lowell
Ryan Jones PG
HT: 6-3 WT: 160
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAAC
Canisius
Isiaiah Gurley SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southland Conference
Lamar
Nick Garth PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 160
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big South
UNC-Asheville
Jack Costigan SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Sky
Montana
Jared Samuelson SF
HT: 6-7
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

 
NEW YORK -- The Under Armour Elite 24 game is loaded with ESPN Recruiting Nation ranked players from the classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017 and can be seen at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPNU live from Pier 2 of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Let's take a look at five matchups that we are most excited to see.

POINT GUARDS

ESPN 100 No. 62 Jawun Evans 6-foot, 180 (Dallas, Texas/Justin F. Kimball) vs. ESPN 60 No. 9 Dennis Smith Jr. 6-1, 173 (Fayetteville, N.C./Trinity Christian School): In this all-important lead guard matchup, it will exciting to see who will run their team, push the ball and set the tone. Evans -- a great finisher for his size -- has blinding speed and quickness and can get teammates involved. Smith beats defenders off the bounce with ease and is a playmaker for himself or teammates. He is a highlight finisher on the break who can simply put the defense on its heels and create help situations all over the offensive end of the floor.


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ESPN 100 swingman Terance Mann committed to the Florida State Seminoles on Wednesday night, announcing his decision via Twitter. The 76th ranked prospect in the 2015 class had previously cut his list to six schools following the July evaluation period – Arizona State, Boston College, Florida State, Indiana, Marquette, and Rhode Island.


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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.


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