Uncommitted prospects talk recruitment 

September, 18, 2014
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With the early November signing period quickly approaching, it’s time to take a look at the uncommitted prospects in 2015.

These six players spell out when and where they’re visiting, and what they’re looking for in their eventual destination.

When recruit changes mind, chaos ensues 

September, 17, 2014
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On Sept. 4, Antonio Blakeney told ESPN.com’s Reggie Rankin, "I was very comfortable with the coaching staff," after pledging to attend the University of Louisville.

Two weeks later, he told Rankin, “I made a quick and emotional decision based on the wrong reasons," after decommitting from the Cardinal, before following up with a tweet that read, "I am still really considering Louisville. I like everything about there (sic) program, coaches and fans!!"

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AP Photo/Gregory PayanAntonio Blakeney, ranked No. 14 in the ESPN 100, verbally committed to Louisville earlier this month only to decommit two weeks later.
Which, to those who parent the odd beast known as teenagers, sounds about right. Teens are as certain about their futures as they are the inner workings of nuclear physics.

The difference is, Blakeney is not your typical teen. He is the No. 14-rated player in the 2015 ESPN 100, and what should be his private, independent decision has ramifications from his home base in Florida throughout basketball offices across the country.

Decommitment is not even a word -- shows up underlined in red every time you type it. Yet it is very much a thing in college sports circles, where kids can and do renege on their verbal pledges.

The problem isn’t nearly as bad in hoops as it is in football. Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn did a numbers crunch study this summer and found that, in 2013, only 11.8 percent of the basketball players he studied made multiple commitments, down from 12.4 in 2012.

Still, it happens. And when it does, it sends coaches into a tizzy.


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No. 41 Eric Davis commits to Texas 

September, 16, 2014
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Eric Davis, a combo guard from Saginaw, Michigan (Arthur Hill High School), and the 41st-ranked player in the ESPN 100 chose Texas over Michigan State, UNLV, and NC State today.

Why he committed: Davis made his official visit to Texas on Friday, Aug. 29. “Overall, it was a great visit and the players welcomed me in as if I was already part of the program,” said Davis. “I have developed a close relationship with coach [Rick] Barnes and assistant coach Rob Lanier. I was attracted to how Coach Barnes coaches and how he develops his players.

“I could relate to the personality of the team. I always thought about leaving home … it felt right.”

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Southern California weekend event recaps 

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SAN DIEGO -- The Clash of Classes in San Diego as well as the Ron Massey Memorial Fall Hoops Classic provided an opportunity to take a glance at the future as well as the present of basketball recruits as there were a number of outstanding performances.

Best all-around

Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills, Calif./Chino Hills)
2016, PG, 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, Committed to UCLA
In a nutshell, there is no one in the country quite like the UCLA-bound Ball. The rangy point guard is the best passer out west since a kid named Jason Kidd laced them up at St. Joseph (Alemeda, Calif.). He is a walking triple-double, and he's the best rebounding guard in the west.

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Kelly Kline/Under ArmourChase Jeter, a class of 2015 power forward who has committed to Duke, has seen steady improvement.
Most skilled

Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2015, C, 7-foot, 230 pounds
There isn't a more skilled post prospect in the country, which is why Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, UNLV, Arizona, and North Carolina are champing at the bit for Zimmerman, who reminds us of a cross between Chris Bosh and Greg Monroe. Zimmerman needs to continue to get stronger finishing through contact, but his skill level (inside-and-out) is peerless.

Most improved

Trevor Stanback (West Hills, Calif./Maranatha)
2016, PF, 6-foot-9, 215 pounds
After a subpar July period, Stanback came out with a vengeance at the Ron Massey Memorial. The slender lefty post prospect played with a high motor at both ends. Rim protection, rebounding in traffic, and powerful finishes all were part of the package. At this stage, he is further along than Arizona commit Chance Comanche at the same stage.

Robert Lewis (Compton, Calif./Compton)
2015, SG, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Lewis should end up at the mid-major level due to his shooting touch. The beastly Lewis is a left-handed marksman from downtown, but it's his improved ball skills that caught our eye. There were a number of possessions where he broke down the defense and finished.

Blue collar madness

Chase Jeter (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2015, PF, 6-foot-10, 215 pounds
The Duke-bound big needs to continue to improve his post skills and strength to be productive in the ACC. He is a bit mechanical while attacking on the block (gets off balance), but he plays with a blue-collar mentality, has excellent hands, and his improvement has been steady each and every season.

Best scorer
Tyler Dorsey (Los Angeles/Maranatha)
2015, SG, 6-foot-4, 180 pounds
Oregon definitely opened up Dorsey's eyes of the possibility of joining the Ducks as he continues his recruiting journey. Colorado is next, while Kansas, Arizona State, and California are waiting their turn for this gifted scoring guard. Dorsey has exceptional speed in the open court and put together some spectacular finishes as well. He isn't geared to be a lead guard, but he can score with the best of them.

Best shooter
LiAngelo Ball (Chino Hills, Calif./Chino Hills)
2017, SF, 6-foot-5, 220 pounds
Ball -- the younger brother of the aforementioned Lonzo Ball -- is evolving into quite the prospect himself. The burly wing-type can drain jump shots off the catch out to 25 feet, and he's becoming quite the productive post player as well.

Most explosive
Javonntie Jackson (Compton, Calif./Compton)
2016, SF, 6-foot-4, 180 pounds
Jackson was one of the bigger revelations of the Ron Massey Memorial. The high-flying wing has catapult-like bounce and his first step is tremendous coming out of the triple threat. He needs to learn to play more on balance, but he may be the best prospect out of Compton since DeMar DeRozan.


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Five new faces in the ESPN 100 

September, 15, 2014
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Last week we launched our updated ESPN 100 list for the senior class. We had some new faces on the list. These prospects entered this prestigious list because of their high-level performances, productivity and potential.

It’s an elite list to crack; it’s even harder stay on the list because of the stiff competition.

Here are five new faces in the ESPN 100.


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Weekly commitment update

September, 12, 2014
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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from Sept. 5-11.

SEC
Texas A&M
D.J. Hogg SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 205
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 7
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 34

Missouri
Cullen VanLeer SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ole Miss
Donte Fitzpatrick SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 28
Stars: 3

Vanderbilt
Djery Baptiste C
HT: 6-11 WT: 245
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 22
Stars: 4

Georgia
Tyree Crump SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 170
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: 13
Stars: 4

Jordan Harris SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 175
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

ACC
Florida State
Dwayne Bacon SF
HT: 6-6 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 8
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 38

Malik Beasley SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 5
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 30

Boston College
Matt Milon SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 44
Stars: 3

Jerome Robinson SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Notre Dame
Rex Pflueger SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 39
Stars: 3

Big East
Marquette
Haanif Cheatham SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 22
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 79

Villanova
Jalen Brunson PG
HT: 6-1 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 3
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 23

Big Ten
Minnesota
Jonathan Nwankwo C
HT: 6-10 WT: 240
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 30
Stars: 4

Indiana
Juwan Morgan PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 27
Stars: 4

Pac 12
Arizona State
Jordan Washington C
HT: 6-8 WT: 255
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Oregon
Trevor Manuel PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 35
Stars: 4

Big 12
West Virginia
Esa Ahmad PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 218
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 8
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 42

Mountain West Conference
New Mexico
Mitchell Lightfoot PF
HT: 6-7 WT: 195
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: 17
Stars: 4

Utah State
Brock Miller SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Wyoming
Eric Turner SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 193
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Conference USA
UTEP
Christian Romine C
HT: 6-10 WT: 205
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri Valley Conference
Indiana State
Bronson Kessinger SF
HT: 6-6 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Evaluation Pending

Missouri State
Zach Cameron-Chodes PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Loyola (IL)
Maurice Kirby C
HT: 6-9 WT: 230
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

MAC
Northern Illinois
Levi Bradley SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jaylen Key PF
HT: 6-6 WT: 210
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Laytwan Porter PG
HT: 6-0
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Western Michigan
Josh Davis SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Bowling Green
Jamir Andrews SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Southern Conference
Mercer
Ethan Stair SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Western Carolina
Elijah Pughsley PG
HT: 6-1 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Patriot League
Lehigh
Matt Holba SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colgate
Dana Batt PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 210
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Navy
Matt Cullen SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 160
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colonial Athletic Conference
UNC-Wilmington
Devontae Cacok PF
HT: 6-6
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Williams & Mary
Hunter Seacat PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 208
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Drexel
Terrell Allen PG
HT: 6-2 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAAC
Iona
Kai Mitchell PF
HT: 6-5 WT: 250
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ricky McGill PG
HT: 6-1 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big West
UC-Davis
Rogers Printup SF
HT: 6-4 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Sun Belt
Appalachian State
Emarius Logan PG
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Arkansas-Little Rock
Tyson Batiste SG
HT: 6-2
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big South
Radford
Edward Polite SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Presbyterian
Austin Venable PF
HT: 6-7 WT: 240
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ohio Valley Conference
Eastern Illinois
Casey Teson PG
HT: 6-1
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northeast Conference
Robert Morris
Isaiah Still SG
HT: 6-6
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Summit League
Oral Roberts
Javan White PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Biggest moves in new rankings

September, 11, 2014
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Today is the day.

After a full summer of evaluations and deliberations, national rankings have now been updated across the board with a new ESPN 100 in the Class of 2015, ESPN 60 in 2016 and ESPN 25 in 2017.

A lot has changed since the spring, but the most glaring difference is the omission of the previous top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2016, Thon Maker, who announced last week that he would be transferring to Athlete Institute in Canada.

Maker's departure opened the door for a new No. 1 prospect in the ESPN 60, and that title now belongs to Jayson Tatum. The ultra-efficient 6-foot-7 swingman starred at virtually every stop this summer, including with Team USA's under-17 team, helping him leap Josh Jackson from the No. 3 spot.

Still, all eyes will be on the Class of 2015, as plenty of prospects saw their stock jump, and a number of others fell down the list.

Read the rest of the story here. Insider

Scout's Take: Top-25 Brunson to Nova 

September, 10, 2014
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Jalen Brunson, the No. 22 player in the ESPN 100, made his college choice Wednesday as he picked Villanova over Illinois. He visited both schools and also had Michigan State, Temple and Purdue on his list.

Why he committed: The opportunity to play early as a freshman in a system that plays a multiple-guard lineup was attractive. "There was a comfort level with coach [Jay] Wright, and he is a proven guard coach," Brunson's father, Rick, said.

What he brings: As a classic point guard, Brunson can see and read the game. There are not many guards who look to throw it into the post, but Brunson does it better than most. He's a pass-first point guard who will run the team, but he can also knock down elbow jumpers and has improved his 3-point shot into a viable option. This lefty can take a bump and protect the ball on his drive. He already owns a high basketball IQ, but he still wants to improve, as he possesses a teachable spirit to learn and grow as a player.

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Scout's Take: No. 41 Ahmad picks WVU 

September, 10, 2014
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West Virginia scored a big commitment on Wednesday from forward Esa Ahmad, landing their highest remaining target in the Class of 2015. Ahmad -- the No. 41 player in the ESPN 100 -- had previously named a top five of Maryland, Ohio State, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin.


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John Lucas' 40/40 Combine event recap 

September, 8, 2014
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- The John Lucas Basketball 40/40 Combine brought some of the top high school players in the country to Texas. Here's a look at what we saw.


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Scout's Take: D.J. Hogg picks Aggies 

September, 7, 2014
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ESPN 100 SF D.J. Hogg was on his official visit to Texas A&M this weekend and made his commitment to the Aggies on Sunday. He chose A&M over Baylor, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma State and Arizona. Let's take a look at Hogg in greater detail:


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Scout's Take: Bacon to Florida State 

September, 5, 2014
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ESPN 100 SF Dwayne Bacon committed to Florida State and head coach Leonard Hamilton while on his official visit Friday. The No. 40 overall player in the Class of 2015 picked the Seminoles over offers from USC, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, SMU and South Florida among others.

Let's break down what Bacon will bring to Tallahassee.


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Scout's Take: Beasley to Florida State 

September, 5, 2014
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ESPN 100 No. 51 recruit Malik Beasley, one of the better scoring guards in the senior class, made a verbal commitment to Florida State on his official visit Friday. He was planning on visits to Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth, Wake Forest and St. John's as well.

Let's take a look at what this means for the Seminoles.


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Scout's Take: Cheatham to Marquette 

September, 5, 2014
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Shooting guard Haanif Cheatham, No. 78 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Marquette over California and Georgetown.

Check out what Cheatham brings to the Golden Eagles' program.


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Weekly commitment update

September, 5, 2014
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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

Pac-12
Oregon State
Tres Tinkle SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 9
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 45

Stephen Thompson Jr. SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 20
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 55

Derrick Bruce PG
HT: 6-3 WT: 155
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Post Grad

Big Ten
Nebraska
Glynn Watson PG
HT: 5-11 WT: 160
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 12
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 96

Rutgers
Corey Sanders PG
HT: 6-2 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 4
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 32

Big 12
Kansas State
Dean Wade PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Tennessee
Shembari Phillips SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Admiral Schofield SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 220
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Auburn
New Williams SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Big East Conference
Providence
Tyree Chambers PG
HT: 6-2
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Europe

American Athletic Conference
East Carolina
Kentrell Barkley SF
HT: 6-5
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

ACC
Virginia
Ty Jerome PG
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Louisville
Antonio Blakeney SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 3
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 16

Conference USA
Western Kentucky
Frederick Edmond SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Missouri Valley Conference
Wichita State
Landry Shamet SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAC
Bowling Green
Jalone Friday PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 220
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kent State
Jaylin Walker SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

WAC
Seattle
Malik Montoya SG
HT: 6-2
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ohio Valley Conference
Southeast Missouri State
Robby Dosier SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

America East
UMass - Lowell
Keith Hayes PG
HT: 5-10
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Sun Belt Conference
Louisiana - Monroe
Marcus Washington SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Georgia State
Malik Benlevi SF
HT: 6-5
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Patriot League
Lafayette
Sam Dunkum C
HT: 6-11 WT: 225
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Army
Dylan Hamlin C
HT: 6-11 WT: 230
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Will Culliton SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big South Conference
Winthrop
Adam Pickett PG
HT: 6-1 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Bjorn Broman PG
HT: 6-0
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Atlantic Sun Conference
Northern Kentucky
Brennan Gillis SF
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ivy League
Cornell
Troy Whiteside SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAAC
Quinnipiac
Aaron Robinson SG
HT: 6-4
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Andrew Robinson SG
HT: 6-4
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southland Conference
Lamar
Terrance Hubby PF
HT: 6-5
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Sky Conference
Eastern Washington
Jesse Hunt PF
HT: 6-6 WT: 205
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Weber State
Riley Court SF
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southern Utah
Nicholas Pete SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Northern Arizona
Corey Brown PF
HT: 6-8
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southern Conference
Mercer
Cory Kilby SF
HT: 6-7
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Independent
N.J.I.T.
Reilly Walsh SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northeast Conference
Central Connecticut State
Jahlil Nails SF
HT: 6-5
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Robert Morris
Matty McConnell PG
HT: 6-1
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

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