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USA developmental team camp recap 

October, 6, 2013
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The USA Basketball Developmental National Team minicamp featured some of the nation's best high school talent representing the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Head coach Don Showalter and his staff put the players through numerous intense and competitive drills, controlled scrimmages and game situations in this four-workout, two-day minicamp.

Note: ESPN 100 No. 1 overall player Jahlil Okafor didn't play on Day 1 after rolling his ankle during a one-on-one in the post drill.

Here are a few players who were impressive this weekend from the ESPN 100, 60 and 25 rankings.

ESPN 100 Standouts

Best Motor
Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Trinity)
C, 6-foot-11, 225 pounds
Considering: Kansas, Ohio State, Texas, Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma State

Turner's talent and shot blocking is well-documented, but his consistent motor also makes the big fella special. Regardless of the outcome of the possession, Turner never stops playing. He runs, jumps and competes at a high level, which makes him stand out.

ESPN 100 SF Larrier commits to VCU 

September, 16, 2013
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ESPN 100 SF Terry Larrier (Bronx, N.Y./Phelps School) made a verbal commitment to VCU on Monday night following his official visit this weekend. Larrier, ranked No. 59 overall and No. 15 among small forwards, was widely expected to choose between VCU and Connecticut, but was also considering Florida, Florida State, and Miami among others.

The commitment punctuates what was a breakout season on the spring and summer travel circuits, as Larrier came into his AAU season without a single high-major offer but ultimately wound up with his choice of BCS suitors after a strong showing with Team Scan on the EYBL circuit.


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Four-star guard Robert Johnson (Richmond, Va./Benedictine Prep) has come a long way in the past year. This time a year ago, he had only some mid-major scholarship offers, and he fondly recalls his first offer.

"I still remember when (UNC Greensboro head coach) Wes Miller offered me a scholarship,” Johnson said. “I was so excited."

These days, Johnson is one of the fastest-rising and most sought-after recruits in the country thanks to strong performances this spring and summer on the travel circuit playing for Boo Williams, the powerful AAU program out of Virginia.


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ESPN 60 L.J. Peak has Top 5

June, 1, 2013
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Earlier this week, four-star small forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) took to Twitter to announce his top five schools.

The ESPN 60 junior wrote "My top five (No Order): South Carolina Georgetown Ohio st. Florida st. UCONN".

Peak spent last season at Whitney Young H.S. in Chicago but returned to his native Gaffney, S.C. in April and will finish his high school career there.
Editor's note: This story originally ran on Feb. 28. With Andrew Wiggins' college decision on tap for Tuesday afternoon at 12:15 p.m. ET, here is a complete breakdown of his game from RecruitingNation's Paul Biancardi.

By now, you probably know that Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) is an extra-special prospect. The best high school basketball recruit in the country, Wiggins is the kind of player who doesn’t come around very often. He’ll make an immediate impact in college and then likely go on to a long, successful NBA career.

It’s no wonder some of college basketball’s best programs -- he’s down to Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas -- are salivating at the chance to get him on campus.

But what exactly makes him such an amazing prospect? Here’s a full scouting report of his game, complete with strengths, areas for improvement and what his ultimate potential could be.

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No. 1 recruit Wiggins set to announce

May, 13, 2013
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The top-ranked senior and only uncommitted ESPN 100 prospect is finally ready to make his decision.

Small forward Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) will announce his college choice at 12:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday at a small event at his high school. Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford tweeted Sunday night that Wiggins will not hold a press conference ceremony but will instead sign in front of classmates, family and friends.

Wiggins, who will decide between Florida State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, was named the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year after averaging 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game this season for Huntington Prep.

Wiggins is named Naismith Award winner

February, 25, 2013
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Senior small forward Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) was named the 2013 Naismith Trophy winner as the top boys high school basketball player on Monday. The award is handed out by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The 6-foot-8 Wiggins is the top-ranked player in the ESPN 100 and is averaging 23.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.1 blocks for Huntington Prep this season. Other finalists for the award were seniors Jabari Parker (Chicag0/Simeon) and Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty).

Wiggins was named along with Lone Peak (Utah) head coach Quincy Lewis, who received the award as the top boys high school coach.

"The strong performances of Andrew and Quincy this season stood out for our voters among the thousands of players and coaches throughout the country," said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. "The two are very deserving of the Naismith Awards, demonstrating the talent and will to succeed that we've come to expect from past award winners."

Wiggins remains undecided on his college plans and is considering Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

2014 PG Anton Beard back on the market 

February, 14, 2013
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Junior point guard Anton Beard (North Little Rock, Ark./Parkview) is no longer committed to Missouri. Beard announced the decision via his Twitter account.

"Me and my family have decided to reopen my recruitment and uncommitted from the Missouri university," Beard wrote on Wednesday.

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Demarcus Croaker commits to Murray State 

December, 3, 2012
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According to multiple sources, 6-foot-4 shooting guard Demarcus Croaker (Orlando, Fla./Jones) verbally committed to Murray State on Sunday.

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ESPNU's RecruitingNation rundown 

October, 25, 2012
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ESPNU's RecruitingNation will air on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET and feature the recent commitments of ESPN 100 prospects.

ESPN's National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi and Sr. Analyst Dave Telep will breakdown the commitments of Ishmail Wainright (Baylor), Jarquez Smith (Florida State), Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State) and Johnathan Williams III (Missouri).

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Top 100 commitments highlight ESPNU's RecruitingNation 

October, 18, 2012
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A slew of recent ESPN 100 commitments will highlight Thursday's RecruitingNation on ESPNU.

National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi and Analyst Dave Telep will breakdown the past week's verbal commitments, which include Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State), Marcus Lee (Kentucky) and Roddy Peters (Maryland). Kansas recruit Wayne Selden (Boston/The Tilton School) is also expected to appear on the show to discuss his pledge.

The recruitment of power forward Johnathan Williams III (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind) will be looked at as well. Williams is expected to announce his decision on Thursday night and is down to Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan State and Georgetown.

The program airs at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

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Smith doubles FSU's weekend tally

October, 14, 2012
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It's been quite a weekend for Florida State basketball.

Just 24 hours after receiving the commitment of the No. 24 prospect in the country, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, the Seminoles doubled their total with four-star forward Jarquez Smith (Haddock, Ga./Jones County).

"It was the great atmosphere, the coaches and I think they have a really good plan for me," Smith said.

Smith chose Florida State over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. He and Rathan-Mayes are the only commitments for the Class of 2013.

Florida State lands another ESPN 100 

October, 14, 2012
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24 hours after getting a verbal commitment from ESPN 100 shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, Ont./Huntington Prep), the Seminoles struck again on Sunday night with a pledge from ESPN 100 power forward Jarquez Smith (Haddock, Ga./Jones County), according to sources.

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ESPN 100 Rathan-Mayes picks FSU 

October, 13, 2012
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ESPN 100 shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, Ont./Huntington Prep) announced his decision to attend Florida State on Saturday night.

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Three-star shooting guard Demarcus Croaker (Orlando, Fla./Jones) tells HornsNation he will not be able to make his official visit to Texas this week, and odds are it won’t happen until next month at the earliest.

Croaker (6-foot-4, 178-pounds) was going to try to make his visit last week but had to wait until he received his ACT test scores. He didn’t get them in time but has gotten them now.

“They weren’t the test scores I needed, so I’m taking the test at the end of this month on the 27th, and we’re going to go from there,” he said.

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