NCB On The Trail: Missouri Tigers

Just when we thought the Class of 2014 was in the books, ESPN 100 SF Montaque Gill-Ceasar (Vaughan, Ontario/Huntington Prep), who was the No. 41 player in the 2015 class, reclassified to 2014 and signed with the Missouri Tigers. If Gill-Ceasar had remained in the Class of 2015, he had offers on the board from Baylor, Illinois, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and West Virginia so far, in addition to Missouri.

Scout's take: SG Booker to Kentucky 

October, 31, 2013
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Five-star shooting guard Devin Booker (Moss Point, Miss./Moss Point) committed today to Kentucky over offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri.

Landing the third-best shooting guard in the Class of 2014 and the No. 18 overall player in the ESPN 100 is another huge get for the Wildcats. How will he fit?


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USA developmental team camp recap 

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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.


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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SEC
Missouri
Ronnie Suggs SG (Washington, Mo./Washington)
HT: 6-4 WT: 17
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Baylor
Damiyne Durham SG (Oakwood, Texas/Oakwood)
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

American Athletic Conference
SMU
Emmanuel Mudiay PG (Dallas/Prime Prep)
HT: 6-5 WT: 190
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 2
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 5

Houston
JaQuel Richmond PG (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian)
HT: 6-1 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 26
Stars: 4

Big East
Providence
Paschal Chukwu C (Westport, Conn./Fairfield College Prep)
HT: 7-1 WT: 220
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 5
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 58

West Coast Conference
Gonzaga
Josh Perkins PG (Denver/Huntington Prep)
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 6
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 24

Big West Conference
UC Santa Barbara
Gabriel Vincent SG (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary's)
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Ivy League
Princeton
Aaron Young PG (Lynchburg, Va./Virginia Episcopal)
HT: 6-1 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Brown
Jason Massey SG (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage)
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

MAAC
Fairfield
Tyler Nelson SG (Lawrence, Mass./Central Catholic)
HT: 6-0 WT: 165
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Missouri Valley Conference
Missouri State
Chris Kendrix SG (Willard, Mo./Willard)
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big South
Longwood
Ryan Badowski SG (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick)
HT: 6-3 WT: 165
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Atlantic 10
St. Bonaventure
Idris Taqqee SF (Ashburnham, Mass./Cushing Academy)
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

 

Weekly commitment roundup

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Big Ten conference
Ohio State
Mickey Mitchell SF Plano, Texas/Plano West
HT: 6-foot-6 WT: 210 pounds
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 31
Stars: 4
ESPN 60: 31

Big East conference
Seton Hall
Angel Delgado PF Troy, N.Y./Huntington Prep
HT: 6-8 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 16
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 63

Pac-12 conference
Arizona
Craig Victor PF New Orleans/Findlay Prep)
HT: 6-8 WT: 205
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 5
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 31

ACC
Syracuse
Kaleb Joseph PG Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy
HT: 6-3 WT: 165
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 10
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 51

Maryland
Trayvon Reed C Snellville, Ga./Shiloh
HT: 7-1 WT: 210
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 9
ESPN 100: 84

SEC
Missouri
JaKeenan Gant PF Springfield, Ga./Effingham County
HT: 6-8 WT: 210
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 7
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 37

Tennessee
C.J. Turman C Madison, Ga./Morgan County
HT: 6-9 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 15
Stars: 4

Alabama
Brandon Austin SF Montgomery, Ala./Carver
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 14
Stars: 4

Big West conference
UC-Santa Barbara
Justin Burks SF Las Vegas/Arbor View
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

CAA
Drexel
Rashann London SG Philadelphia/Roman Catholic
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ivy League
Princeton
Mike LeBlanc SF Dover, N.H./New Hampton School
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

NEC
Farleigh Dickinson
Devin Eke PF Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic
HT: 6-6
Class of 2014
Position Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

America East
Binghamton
Justin McFadden SG Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion
HT: 6-5 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Vermont
Brandon Hatton SG Covington, Ky./Dixie Heights
HT: 6-2
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Cam Ward SG Marshall, Wisc./Marshall
HT: 6-2 WT: 155
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending
ESPN 100 power forward JaKeenan Gant (Springfield, Ga./Effingham County) is a great pickup for Missouri head coach Frank Haith, because he fills the need for an athletic power forward and the Tigers lock up a nationally ranked player from the fertile recruiting ground of the state of Georgia.

Gant committed to Missouri over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida State and Georgia Tech, among others.

Why did he pick Missouri, and what will he bring to the Tigers? Let's break it down.


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Trey LylesCourtesy David Dixon/tnl1.comNo. 4 recruit Trey Lyles trimmed his list to Kentucky, Louisville, Florida and Butler this week, but it could come down to a battle between John Calipari and Rick Pitino.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Trey Lyles cut his final college list to four earlier this week down here at the Peach Jam, and the onetime Indiana commit kept the dream alive when both Louisville and Kentucky remained in the hunt.

Lyles is a stud, ranked No. 4 in the ESPN 100. Think a 6-foot-9, 250-pound version of Tim Duncan. Not overly athletic, but super skilled and with an extremely high IQ. The senior power forward out of Arsenal Tech in Indianapolis can score with both hands in the paint, has terrific touch around the basket, can bury shots from midrange, and can even step out beyond the arc and drain shots from deep.

No. 1 point guard Tyus Jones and No. 1 overall Jahlil Okafor have soaked up the majority of the headlines in the 2014 class thanks to their talents and their willingness to play together in college, but Lyles could have as much of a winning impact as anyone in this entire group. He’s a versatile scorer who can rebound, pass and help lead a team. He’s more than capable of being a double-double guy as a freshman in college thanks to his rebounding instincts.

Florida and Butler also made the cut in Lyles’ final four, but this one could very well come down to a Battle of the Bluegrass. In fact, many of those close to this recruitment feel it will ultimately be John Calipari vs. Rick Pitino.

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SF Chris Sandifer picks Mizzou 

June, 28, 2013
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Six-foot-5 small forward Chris Sandifer (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) gave Missouri a verbal commitment on Friday, he confirmed to ESPN.com.


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Shane Rector headed to the SEC 

April, 21, 2013
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Former Rutgers recruit Shane Rector (Bronx, N.Y./South Kent School) verbally committed to Missouri on Saturday, according to the Kansas City Star. Rector made his decision while on an official visit this weekend.


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Raleigh big man commits to MTSU 

February, 20, 2013
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6-foot-8 center Tyrek Coger (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) verbally committed to Middle Tennessee on Wednesday. The senior announced his decision via his Twitter account.

Coger was at one time a Missouri recruit before opening his recruitment up as a junior.

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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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ESPN 60 Leron Black back on the market 

January, 2, 2013
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Junior forward Leron Black (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) decommitted from Baylor on Wednesday, ESPN.com has learned.

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Mizzou signs Top 20 class 

November, 15, 2012
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Missouri head coach Frank Haith announced the signing of three prospects on Wednesday, including two ESPN 100 performers.

PF Johnathan Williams, III (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind), PG Wes Clark (Romulus, Mich./Romulus) and PF Torren Jones will join the Tigers in 2013-14.

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PG Travis Jorgenson opens up recruitment 

October, 26, 2012
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6-foot point guard Travis Jorgenson (Columbia, Mo./New Hampton School) has decided to open up his recruitment and is no longer committed to Missouri. The news was reported by www.rivalshoops.com.

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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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