NCB On The Trail: Drake

Weekly Commitment Roundup

August, 16, 2013
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SEC
Arkansas
Nick Babb SG Arlington, Texas/James Martin
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 26
Stars: 4

ACC
Georgia Tech
Tadric Jackson SG Tifton, Ga./Tift County
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 24
Stars: 4

Big Ten
Ohio State
A.J. Harris PG Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar
HT: 5-9 WT: 150
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 15
Stars: 4

Big 12
Oklahoma State
Joe Thomasson SG Dayton, Ohio/State Fair C.C. (juco)
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2014

American Athletic
Central Florida
B.J. Taylor PG Orlando, Fla./Boone
HT: 6-2 WT: 177
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 2

Atlantic 10
UMass
Rashaan Armstead-Holloway C Elmer, N.J./Arthur P. Schalick
HT: 6-10 WT: 280
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 38
Stars: 3

Horizon
Wright State
Justin Mitchell SG Fort Wayne, Ind./Wayne
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Mountain West
San Diego State
Kevin Zabo PG Gatineau, Que./Brewster Academy
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Postional Rank: 32
Stars: 3

Mid-American
Miami (Ohio)
Roderick Mills SF Cincinnati/St. Xavier
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northeast
Wagner
Joe Cooper PG Wilmington, Del./The Tatnall School
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Patriot
Boston University
Cheddi Mosely PG Oceanport, N.J./St. Anthony
HT: 6-0 WT: 160
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Loyola (MD)
Cam Gregory SF Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
HT: 6-8 WT: 195
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri Valley
Drake
Ore Arogundade SG Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator
HT: 6-2 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Mid-Eastern Athletic
Norfolk State
Lou Myers SG Philadelphia/Math, Civics and Sciences Charter
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAAC
Rider
Kenny Grant C East Orange, N.J./Hyde School
HT: 6-8 WT: 250
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Iona
Bashir Ahmed SF Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy
HT: 6-5 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southland
Oral Roberts
Albert Owens C Cedar Hill, Texas/Trinity Christian
HT: 6-8 WT: 220
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

San Jose State adds two seniors 

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New San Jose State head coach Dave Wojcik added two Class of 2013 recruits over the weekend.

Shooting guard Rashad Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) and point guard Jalen James (Chicago/La Lumiere) both pledged to the Spartans, according to multiple sources.

Muhammad, the younger brother of UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad, averaged 19 points for Bishop Gorman this past season and chose San Jose State over Wyoming, Drake and Loyola Marymount, among others.

James led La Lumiere to a No. 20 ranking in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings this season and also had interest from Drake, Auburn and Charleston. He was at one point verbally committed to Illinois.

Tulane adds SF Josh Hearlihy 

April, 19, 2013
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Post-grad forward Josh Hearlihy (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Northfield-Mt. Hermon) has committed to Tulane, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Hearlihy originally signed with Utah in 2012 before being released by the Utes and deciding to spend a post-graduate year in Massachusetts. He chose the Green Wave over Drake, George Washington, Santa Clara and Davidson.

"I didn't find anything I didn't like," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I'm excited to go there."

Hearlihy averaged 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds at Northfield-Mt. Hermon.

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Penn State land PG Graham Woodward 

October, 15, 2012
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Two-star point guard Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn./Edina) announced his decision to attend Penn State on Monday. Woodward broke the news first via his Twitter account.

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Illinois SG Brownridge headed to Santa Clara 

September, 19, 2012
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6-foot-2 shooting guard Jared Brownridge (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) gave Santa Clara a verbal pledge on Tuesday, according to the Daily Herald.

Brownridge held nine scholarship offers but narrowed his choices to the Broncos, Drake and Southern Illinois.

"Me and the whole family loved Santa Clara," he told the paper. "But the thing that stood out most was the academic side of Santa Clara. They really astonished us with that. If you graduate from there you get a good degree and on the other side it's a good basketball program. Both ways it fit me, so that's what I chose."

He averaged 20.9 points and 4.3 rebounds as a junior and is the first recruit for Santa Clara in the 2013 class.

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Houston SG will be a K-State Wildcat 

September, 17, 2012
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Kansas State landed a verbal commitment from shooting guard Wesley Iwundu (Houston/Westfield) on Monday night.

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Stanford lands Allen twins 

September, 17, 2012
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Las Vegas twin guards Marcus and Malcolm Allen (Centennial H.S.) ended their recruitment on Sunday when both players committed to Stanford. The Las Vegas Sun reported the news.

The Allen's chose the Cardinal over offers from Rice, Santa Clara, Drake, Northern Arizona, Harvard and Colorado, among others. They visited Stanford on Friday.

"We considered every place we visited, and other places as well," Marcus told the paper. "We liked Stanford, but were open to other places. We are just stoked about the opportunity at Stanford. The trip helped open our eyes. The coaching staff was amazing, and getting to know the players was huge."

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SG Kris Yanku chooses Northern Arizona 

September, 11, 2012
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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that shooting guard Kris Yanku (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft) verbally committed to Northern Arizona on Monday.

"I had a good relationship with the coaches," he told the paper. "They were serious about me and wanted me to come. I feel it's the best fit for me, and I get to showcase my skills."

Yanku held offers from UNC-Greensboro, Drake and Towson.

"Yanku is a good athlete that affects the game in multiple ways," according to ESPN.com's Joel Francisco. "He can slash his way to the rim, play some point guard or lock down the opposing teams best scorer. He needs to smoothen his jumpshot, but he's a winner."

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Joe Boyd headed to Drake 

September, 3, 2012
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According to multiple sources, Drake landed a verbal commitment from Scottsdale, Ariz. forward Joe Boyd (Chaparral H.S.) on Sunday.

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St. Mary's landed a verbal commitment from perimeter player Calvin Hermanson (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego) on Wednesday night, the Contra Costa Times reported.

The 6-foot-5 Hermanson chose the Gaels over Marquette, Oregon State, Utah, Drake and UC Santa Barbara.

"They've been recruiting me for about a year now," he told the paper. "I love the coaches. I have a great relationship with them."

Hermanson was the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Oregon last season after averaging 23.0 points and 7.4 rebounds for Lake Oswego. He joins point guard Cullen Neal (Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado) as 2013 recruits for St. Mary's.

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Small forward Jeremy Morgan (Iowa City, Iowa/West) made his college decision on Wednesday night, verbally committing to Northern Iowa, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

"It felt like the right time to me," he told the paper. "I talked a lot with my parents last night, and it just felt like it was the best fit for me."

The 6-foot-6 Morgan chose the Panthers over offers from Drake, Iowa State, Rice and Weber State. He helped West High to a 26-0 record and a Class 4A state title last winter.

Morgan joins point guard Robert Knar (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) in UNI's 2013 recruiting class.

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