NCB On The Trail: SEC

Securing two ESPN 100 commitments over a three-day span is high-level recruiting as Bruce Pearl and Auburn landed ESPN No. 75 Horace Spencer (Warminster, Pa./Findlay Prep) Sunday after landing a commitment on Friday from ESPN No. 50 Danjel Purifoy. Spencer picked Auburn over Rutgers, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Temple, Providence, UNLV and South Florida,

Why he committed: Pearl is building his program. Right now there is plenty of playing time and Spencer jumped on the opportunity.
“The coaching staff was passionate about me and how I could start when I come in plus I found the facilities to be amazing," said Spencer.

ESPN 100 PF Noah Dickerson has committed to the Florida Gators over finalists LSU, Washington, Georgia Tech and Georgetown, where he was previously committed.

Let's take a look at what the No. 65 overall player in the class of 2015 will bring to Gainesville, Florida.


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Scout's take: Dores add LaChance 

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Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings is assembling one of the nation’s most under-rated recruiting classes, adding ESPN 100 guard Riley LaChance (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield) on Monday night. The No. 22 point guard became the third prospect to commit to the Commodores in the 2014 class.


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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

 

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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PG Darius Thompson backs off Vandy commitment 

February, 20, 2013
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Senior point guard Darius Thompson (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Blackman) has decided to re-open his recruitment and is no longer committed to Vanderbilt, according to the Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tenn.).

Vanderbilt recently landed transfer point guard Eric McClellan (Tulsa), which played in to Thompson's decision to decommit.

"At the time of his commitment we didn't know (about McClellan)," Darius' father Lonnie Thompson told the paper. "We overlooked it. We though he was competing with (current guard) Kedren Johnson."

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Kentucky's top-ranked class is official 

November, 15, 2012
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari officially announced his 2013 recruiting class on Thursday.

The defending national champions' No. 1 ranked class features the No. 1 PG Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis) and the No. 1 SG Aaron Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis).

"Aaron is more of a scoring guard who can make shots and make plays at the rim," Calipari said. "He can also play some point in a pinch. Like his brother, Andrew, he has the ability to physically dominate the opponent. Andrew comes in ready to play physically at the point-guard position. He's a driver, slasher and playmaker with great size. He and his brother Aaron have the ability to be great on-ball defenders."

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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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No. 15 Martin highlights LSU class 

November, 15, 2012
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ESPN's 15th ranked prospect Jarrell Martin (Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep) signed his official letter of intent for LSU on Wednesday.

"Jarell Martin is an exceptional talent who has the ability to play both outside and inside," first-year head coach Johnny Jones said. "With his ball handling, passing and ability to score, he will be able to create opportunities for other players on his team. He could be a difficult matchup for our opponents."

Martin is part of a class ranked No. 7 on ESPN's RecruitingNation. Also signing with the Tigers were ESPN 100 recruits Jordan Mickey (Arlington, Texas/Prime Prep) and Tim Quarterman (Savannah, Ga./Johnson). LSU also signed John Odo (Nigeria/Hill College) to an SEC aid agreement. Odo is scheduled to enroll in January.

"This class consists of four young men of exceptional talent that will allow us to continue to compete in the highest level in the near future," said Jones. "The versatility of this class is what we were looking for from the beginning. We are excited about the future of LSU Basketball."

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Donovan signs elite 2013 class for UF 

November, 14, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Signing two of the best players in the state has given Florida coach Billy Donovan one of the best recruiting classes in the nation.

And it could get even better.

The Gators signed PG Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./Montverde Academy) and PF Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County) on Wednesday. ESPN.com rates them as the top two players in the state of Florida, and they rank No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, in the ESPN 100. ESPN also ranks the 6-foot Hill the nation’s No. 2 point guard and the 6-10 Walker the nation’s No. 4 power forward.

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Mississippi State lands C Fallou Ndoye 

November, 13, 2012
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ESPN.com has confirmed that 6-foot-11 center Fallou Ndoye (Henderson, Nev./Findlay College Prep) verbally committed to Mississippi State on Tuesday.

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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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Kentucky adds four-star Marcus Lee 

October, 17, 2012
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ESPN 100 power forward Marcus Lee (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) announced his decision to attend Kentucky on Wednesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

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C Dwight Coleby picks Ole Miss 

October, 14, 2012
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Senior center Dwight Coleby (Piney Woods, Miss./Piney Woods) ended his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal commitment to the University of Mississippi. Coleby announced the news via his Twitter account.

He chose the Rebels over Memphis, Georgia, Mississippi State and Southern Miss. Coleby becomes the first recruit for head coach Andy Kennedy and his staff in 2013.

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South Carolina adds 2013 SG Justin McKie 

October, 8, 2012
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South Carolina head coach Frank Martin added to his 2013 class on Monday with a verbal commitment from in-state shooting guard Justin McKie (Columbia, S.C./Irmo), according to multiple sources.

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