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Five observations: Pangos All-Midwest Freshman/Sophomore Camp 

October, 20, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Here are five observations from the Pangos All-Midwest Freshman/Sophomore camp.

1. Coming out party
When our rankings are next updated it will be very hard to keep 6-foot-10 2017 center Jeremiah Tilmon (East St. Louis, Illinois/H.S.) out of the rankings if he continues to improve and play as he did at the Pangos All Midwest Freshman/Sophomore camp which was held the past weekend in suburban Chicago. Tilmon has grown close to 2 inches since June and is really starting to put it all together. He was hands down the best player/prospect at the event. Tilmon has very good hands and feet. He has a solid touch in the paint and is a very capable rebounder and shot blocker. Jeremiah runs the floor very well for a big man, which makes him a factor in transition. He had dominant moments and has a chance at being a top-20 player in the 2017 class.

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Where is top-30 prospect Elijah Thomas headed? 

October, 20, 2014
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One of the more intriguing recruitments in the class of 2015 has been that of Elijah Thomas, the 6-foot-9 post player from Lancaster, Texas. Thomas has been on the national scene for a few years, and plenty of colleges have rotated in and out of his school list. Multiple schools have been considered the favorite at one point or another, even over the past month. That comes to an end this week.

Thomas will make his college decision on Tuesday afternoon, and five schools remain for his commitment: Illinois, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, SMU and LSU. He took official visits to each school, but the possibility of success is more important to the Dallas-area prospect.

“The deciding factor will be which school will win,” Thomas said. “That’s what I want to do my freshman year. My priority is to go in and win right away.”

Ranked No. 29 in the ESPN100, Thomas will likely find early playing time at whichever school he chooses, but let’s take a look at how he fits at each one.


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Weekly commitment update

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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from Oct. 10-16:

Big Ten
Northwestern
Aaron Falzon PF
HT: 6-7 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 20
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 91

Wisconsin
Charlie Thomas PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 245
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Indiana
Ogugua Anunoby SF
HT: 6-8 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 43
Stars: 3

ACC
Virginia Tech
Justin Robinson PG
HT: 6-1 WT: 178
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 36
Stars: 3

Wake Forest
John Collins PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 221
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 33
Stars: 4

SEC
Alabama
Dazon Ingram SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 183
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 45
Stars: 3

Texas A&M
Admon Gilder SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 17
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 64

Georgia
E'Torrion Wilridge SF
HT: 6-6 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 34
Stars: 3

Pac 12
UCLA
Kobe Paras SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 190
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: 21
Stars: 3

Washington State
Renard Suggs SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Utah
Gabe Bealer SF
HT: 6-5
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Big 12
Texas Tech
Jordan Jackson SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

American Athletic Conference
SMU
Shake Milton PG
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 11
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 71

Temple
Ernest Aflakpui C
HT: 6-10 WT: 220
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 27
Stars: 4

South Florida
Jahmal McMurray SG
HT: 5-11 WT: 160
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tulio Da Silva PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 38
Stars: 4

Central Florida
Tanksley Efianayi SG
HT: 6-6
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Cincinnati
Jacob Evans SG
HT: 6-6 WT: 215
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 33
Stars: 4

Big East
Xavier
Kaiser Gates SF
HT: 6-8 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 25
Stars: 4

Missouri Valley Conference
Missouri State
Ryan Kreklow SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAC
Ball State
Tahjai Teague PF
HT: 6-8 Wt: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 34
Stars: 4

Northern Illinois
Austin Pauga SG
HT: 6-6 WT: 205
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colonial Athletic Association
Elon
Tyler Seibring PF
HT: 6-8
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Atlantic Sun Conference
Florida Gulf Coast
Elijah Long PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Canada

Stetson
Derrick Newton PF
HT: 6-6 WT: 210
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Post Grad

MAAC
Manhattan
Vincent Eze PF
HT: 6-8
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Akintoye Ojo PF
HT: 6-10 WT: 230
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Marist
Brian Parker SG
HT: 6-3
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Southland Conference
Sam Houston State
Ameer Jackson SG
HT: 6-4
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

SWAC
Grambling State
Raekwon Harney PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Big South Conference
High Point
Alonzo Tyson PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Gardner-Webb
Jamaal Robateau SG
HT: 6-5
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Ohio Valley Conference
SE Missouri State
Xavion Dillon SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 205
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

MEAC
North Carolina A&T
Ramses Sandifer PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Murray State
Cletrell Pope SF
HT: 6-6
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Horizon League
Oakland
Xavier Hill-Mais PF
HT: 6-7 WT: 240
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Valparaiso
Daniel Relvao PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 235
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Summit League
South Dakota
Tyler Hagedorn PF
HT: 6-8
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big West Conference
Cal Poly
Hank Hollingsworth C
HT: 6-10 WT: 220
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Kentucky welcomes high-profile prospects for Big Blue Madness 

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Last weekend, Kentucky had about 90 NBA scouts on its campus for a practice that was televised on ESPNU -- yet this weekend will feature an even bigger event for the Wildcats.

Friday brings Big Blue Madness to Lexington, where the Kentucky faithful will pack Rupp Arena for their first look at the 2014-15 edition of the Wildcats, the likely preseason No. 1 team in the country. More important, it is also the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for John Calipari and Kentucky. Seven five-star prospects from the classes of 2015 and 2016 are expected on campus this weekend, in addition to four-star commit Charles Matthews.

Calipari and his staff haven’t tried to downplay the event to the prospective recruits, either.

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Shooting guard Admon Gilder Jr., ranked No. 64 in the ESPN 100, made a verbal commitment to Texas A&M on Thursday over finalists SMU, Oklahoma State and Baylor. Here is a breakdown of what Gilder will bring to the Aggies.

Why he committed: "I felt the most comfortable there when I visited," he told ESPN.com. "I could see myself there. I know I can come in and have an opportunity to fight for a starting position."

What he brings: The four-star shooting guard will bring efficiency to both ends of the floor. On offense Gilder will excel on the break by getting to the rim and finishing through contact. He can knock down the open three off the catch or rhythm dribble. He is a good passer, decision-maker and play-maker with the ball in his hands, which allows him to help at the point guard position. Defensively Gilder is capable of defending both guard positions at the college level.

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Scout's Take: Shake Milton picks SMU 

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ESPN 100 point guard Shake Milton verbally committed to SMU on Wednesday, choosing the Mustangs and Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown over Oklahoma and Indiana. Now that the No. 11 point guard is off the board only two ESPN 100 lead guards remain available: Isaiah Briscoe and P.J. Dozier. Here's a look at what Milton will bring to Dallas:

Why he committed: Milton was looking for a coach who he felt could bring out the best in his game now and help him in the future. "I really want to be coached by Coach Brown because he can help me reach all the goals that I have athletically and academically," Milton told ESPN.com. "He has coached and developed so many players plus one day when the ball stops bouncing I want to work in a NBA front office and someday be a general manager. I feel coach brown can help get me in the right direction after my career."

What he brings: One of the most steady point guards in the senior class, Milton is more of a decision-maker versus a risk taker, one who values the ball and the possession. As a lead guard with passing vision, Milton emphasizes pushing the ball with a speed dribble or the hit-ahead pass to put pressure on the defense. Milton embraces major moments in a close game and shows the fortitude needed to shine in clutch situations. Being a big guard at 6-foot-5 with a long frame he can be a good defender. He is not the best leaper nor does he own blow-by speed, but his size and length cover ground to get him where he needs to be. If he commits to guarding he will be able to defend the small quicker opponent.

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Both the shooting guard position and small forward spot provide the senior class with great depth. Finding pure, knock-down shooters is always hard, as many players can make shots but few can do it on a consistent basis.

Let's take a look at the five best shooters in 2015 and examine what separates them from the rest.


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ESPN 100 combo forward Aaron Falzon made a verbal commitment to Northwestern on Monday morning, giving coach Chris Collins one of the best shooting forwards in the country. Falzon was recruited and ultimately offered by a variety of programs from high-major conferences but visited Harvard and Northwestern in recent weeks before making his decision.


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Five observations: John Lucas Midwest Invitational 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Here are five things we learned from the John Lucas Midwest Invitational camp last weekend.


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Kansas couldn't boast 90 NBA scouts at a practice the way Kentucky could last weekend. But the Andrew Wiggins' draft night outfit that Bill Self jokingly sported Friday at Late Night in the Phog was reminder enough that the Jayhawks are taking a backseat to no one when it comes to producing pro talent -- or attracting five-star recruits.

And so goes one of the most entertaining recruiting rivalries in recent memory as Kansas hosted five of the best available prospects in the ESPN 100, four of whom are set to be in Lexington a week later.

Just as Kentucky’s practice was beginning on ESPNU on Friday afternoon, Jaylen Brown, Stephen Zimmerman, Carlton Bragg, Brandon Ingram and Tyler Dorsey were arriving on Kansas’ campus along with a long line of equally talented underclassmen, including Jayson Tatum and Malik Monk, among others, who were taking unofficial visits.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Hoop Exchange's Florida Fall Festival brings together well-coached teams and gifted individual players from throughout the state of Florida to showcase their talents all under one roof in this two-day basketball buffet held at the Orlando Sports Center.

Here are five observations we took away from this high-level event.

1. ESPN 100 power forward Ben Simmons (No. 1) did a great job moving the ball. His passing in the open court and to cutters in the halfcourt was terrific. The future LSU Tiger also rebounded and led the break, where he made good decisions. Simmons also did a great job of picking his spots during the game. He knew when to dominate and let everyone know he was at the top of the food chain and the best player in the class.

2. ESPN 100 small forward Deng Adel (No. 30) played extremely well. He is a smooth and skilled wing who is very athletic and always in full attack mode. The future Louisville Cardinal is also extremely versatile and competes on both ends of the floor.

3. ESPN 60 center Udoka Azubuike (No. 9) is the most powerful above-the-rim finisher and two-hand area rebounder regardless of class. He has good touch in and around the lane that is very much undervalued because of his power. And unfortunately he doesn't have to use it much on the high school level because he can overpower his opponent seemingly at will. His offer list seems endless: Florida State, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Indiana, Kansas, Syracuse, Florida, USC, UCLA and Kentucky.

4. Montverde Academy has the twin towers consisting of ESPN 100 center and recent Wake Forest commit Doral Moore (No. 60) and Florida State center commit Jean Marc Christ Koumadje. Both are over 7-foot, extra long and mobile with off-the-charts upside with continued development. They both contested and blocked shots, rebounded and showed above-the-rim finishes during the event. These two rim protectors have bright futures if they work to add strength and take advantage of individual skill development.

5. ESPN 60 shooting guard Maverick Rowan (No. 38) had several very impressive possessions, displaying his excellent shooting skill off the catch or dribble. He is also a very good passer who competes with toughness and has an excellent basketball IQ. His offer list is just as impressive as his game: Pittsburgh (where he was once committed), UCLA, Louisville, Iowa State, Virginia, NC State, Florida, Florida State, Wisconsin, Penn State and West Virginia among others.

Notes

  • Class of 2018 combination forward E.J. Montgomery Jr. from Montverde Academy has all the makings to be special. This lefty has great size at 6-9. He can straight-line drive, has a nice mid-range game, rebounds and finishes above the rim on the break with authority. He can defend multiple positions and has tremendous upside.
  • ESPN 100 small forward Keith Stone (No. 100) is down to Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, VCU and Virginia Tech. Stone displayed excellent skill from the wing. He can hit the open 3, drive and has a nice mid-range pull-up. He's very crafty in traffic when he gets deep in the lane.

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It wasn’t even two months ago that we polled 12 of the top players in the ESPN 100 with two questions.

1. Who is the best player in the class of 2015?
2. Who would you most like to team with at the next level?

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When word of Kentucky coach John Calipari’s unprecedented NBA-combine-centric practice first leaked, it was met by its fair share of cynicism, much of which centered around the opinion that the event would be more about future Kentucky players than current ones.

In other words, this had more to do with recruiting than with NBA exposure, or so some believed.

What has evolved in the month since is that the combine has turned into more of an appetizer for what is always Kentucky’s main course when it comes to fall recruiting, next weekend’s Big Blue Madness.

While next week’s guest list reads like a who’s who of the best available prospects in the ESPN 100, the most notable prospect expected in Lexington this week is perhaps the least likely to be impacted by the combine.


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Weekly commitment roundup 

October, 10, 2014
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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from Oct. 3-9.

Big East
Marquette
Henry Ellenson PF

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