NCB On The Trail: Pac-12

ESPN 100 forward will play for Utes

July, 29, 2013
Class of 2014 power forward Brekkott Chapman (Roy, Utah/Roy) will play his college basketball in his home state after committing to the University of Utah on Monday, has confirmed.

Chapman, who is currently ranked No. 49 in the ESPN 100, chose the Utes over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado and Gonzaga, among others. He is the first recruit from the 2014 class for Utah.

Three-star PF Price-Martin picks USC

July, 28, 2013
Class of 2014 three-star power forward Malik Price-Martin (Miami/Northeast) verbally committed to the USC Trojans on Sunday, has confirmed.

The 6-foot-9 Price-Martin held offers from Kansas State, UConn, Louisville, Memphis, NC State and Miami, among others. He is the first recruit for new Trojans head coach Andy Enfield from the 2014 class.

Georgia center commits to Oregon State

July, 23, 2013
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson landed his first commitment from the 2014 class on Monday night with a pledge from center Isaiah Manderson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton), multiple sources are reporting.

The 6-foot-10 Manderson chose the Beavers over Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Auburn.

Arizona PG Casey Benson picks Oregon

July, 8, 2013
Multiple outlets are reporting that Oregon landed a commitment from point guard Casey Benson (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) on Sunday night.

The senior-to-be is the first commitment for head coach Dana Altman from the 2014 class. Benson chose the Ducks over Arizona State, Gonzaga, Colorado, Oregon State and Rice, among others.

Washington State lands PG for 2015

July, 1, 2013
Point guard Tramaine Isabell (Seattle/Lakeside) verbally committed to Washington State on Monday, multiple sources are reporting.

The 6-foot-1 Isabell is entering his senior year but is expected to spend a post-graduate year before enrolling at Washington State in 2015. He also held an offer from Seattle University.

Isabell is the first recruit from the 2015 class for the Cougars.

SG Ahmad Fields picks Utah 

December, 21, 2012
Shooting guard Ahmad Fields (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy) ended his recruitment on Friday with a verbal pledge to Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Fields chose the Utes over USC, Colorado, St. Joseph's and Drexel, among others.

"I felt comfortable on my visit," he told the paper. "I had a great visit, and family is an important thing. It's me and my mom, so I wanted to go where I felt I fit, and I felt it at Utah."

Fields is the fifth recruit for the Utes in 2013, joining guard's Parker Van Dyke (Salt Lake City/East), Brandon Miller (Salt Lake City/Brighton) and Delon Wright (Lawndale, Calif./City College of San Francisco) along with center Marko Kovacevic (Scottsbluff, Neb./Western Nebraska C.C.).

Julian Jacobs signs with USC 

November, 21, 2012
Senior point guard Julian Jacobs (Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines) signed his official letter of intent with USC this week after mulling offers from Santa Clara, St. Mary's and Utah, the school announced.

"We are happy to add JuJu to our class," said head coach Kevin O'Neill. "He can play multiple positions and is a lockdown defender. He is talented and has great athleticism."

Jacobs joins four other signees for the Trojans: ESPN 100 PG Kendall Harris (Richardson, Texas/Berkner), SF Roschon Prince (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), PF Nikola Jovanovic (Serbia/Arlington Country Day) and PG Kahlil Dukes (Hartford, Conn./Capital Prep).

"I'm really happy with our recruiting class," said O'Neill. "I feel really good about all of the guys and I'm looking forward to them joining the Trojan Family."

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Jabari Bird headlines Cal class 

November, 15, 2012
ESPN 100 SG Jabari Bird (Richmond, Calif./Salesian) signed his official letter of intent with California, the school announced on Thursday.

"We have watched Jabari grow as a player for a long time," head coach Mike Montgomery said. "He is a legit size guy that can play both wing positions. He is a scorer. He is a winner. When the game is on the line, he makes a play. He is a player that is well recognized nationally. Everyone knew about Jabari and we are very happy to keep him home. He has a very solid family and a great group that he plays for at Salesian. Jabari is one of the top prospects in America and he is coming to Cal, we couldn't be happier."

Bird will be joined by guard's Jordan Mathews (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) and Sam Singer (Miami/Ransom Everglades) in Berkeley next season.

"We are really pleased with the three young men that have joined our program at this point for next year," Montgomery added. "We really shored up our perimeter position substantially. We have three really good men from three really good basketball backgrounds that are very skilled. The real positive for me is they are terrific individuals. They have great personalities and are going to be tremendous contributors to the University of California."

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Jordan BellScott Kurtz for ESPN.comLong Beach (Calif.) Poly forward Jordan Bell committed to Oregon Tuesday, giving the Ducks their first commitment in the 2013 class.
After a weekend visit to Auburn to check out the Tigers' program, the No. 14 player in California, F Jordan Bell (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic) decided to announce his commitment at a small press conference at the school today. Choosing between life-long favorite Connecticut, Oregon and Auburn, the 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward announced that he will be heading to Eugene to play for Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks.

Ranked as the No. 27 in the West region by ESPN, Bell is just what the Ducks have been in search of in recent years. His long frame, athleticism and untapped potential make him an ideal fit for the Ducks' style of play. Bell has yet to reach his potential on the offensive end, but the defensive end is where the Long Beach Poly standout has made his name.

Bell averaged 8.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 blocks as a junior for the Jackrabbits, who at 29-3 overall, were among the top teams in California last season. Bell had three triple-doubles comprised of points, rebounds and blocked shots. Two of them came against Long Beach Jordan, including a game last January when he finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 16 blocks.

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Jordan Bell picks the Ducks 

November, 13, 2012
Senior power forward Jordan Bell (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) announced his commitment to Oregon on Tuesday at Poly High School.

The 6-foot-7 Bell chose the Ducks over Auburn. Connecticut had also shown interest.

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Stanford lands 3-star PF Schuyler Rimmer 

November, 8, 2012
Power forward Schuyler Rimmer (Orlando, Fla./Boone) announced his verbal commitment to Stanford on Thursday, according to multiple sources.

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UCLA adds SF Noah Allen 

November, 6, 2012
UCLA landed a verbal commitment from three-star small forward Noah Allen (Salinas, Calif./Palma) on Tuesday. The news was first reported by

Allen originally committed to Harvard in July before recently reopening his recruitment. He was also considering Colorado, St. Mary's, San Diego State, San Francisco, Washington State and Northwestern.

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Juco center Kovacevic picks Utah 

October, 23, 2012
Junior college center Marko Kovacevic (Serbia/Western Nebraska C.C.) verbally committed to Utah on Monday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Kovacevic originally signed with Montana last season but was ruled ineligible. He will redshirt at Western Nebraska this season before enrolling at Utah next fall.

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SG Darin Johnson headed to Washington 

October, 14, 2012
Three star shooting guard Darin Johnson (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) chose the Washington Huskies on Sunday, multiple sources are reporting.

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SG Sam Singer commits to Cal 

October, 2, 2012
Three star shooting guard Sam Singer (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) ended his recruitment on Tuesday with a verbal commitment to California, has confirmed.

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