NCB On The Trail: SEC

Kentucky's No. 1 class officially signs

November, 14, 2014
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced the signing of three ESPN 100 recruits on Friday, giving the Wildcats coach the No. 1 class on ESPN.com.

Heading to Lexington next season will be the top-ranked point guard Isaiah Briscoe (No. 13 overall), the No. 5 center Skal Labissiere (No. 11) and the No. 12 shooting guard Charles Matthews (No. 44).

"All three of these players had dreams to play at Kentucky," Calipari said on the school's website. "Those dreams are now a reality. We didn't have to beg any of them. They wanted to be here. They are all different, yet collectively they will complement each other nicely. It's a great start to what could be a super class again."

Calipari's recruiting classes have finished No. 1 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013) or No. 2 (2012, 2014) every year since he took over in Lexington.

South Carolina inks two ESPN 100's

November, 14, 2014
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Two ESPN 100 prospects have signed official letters of intent with South Carolina, head coach Frank Martin announced Thursday.

The class is headlined by the second-ranked point guard on ESPN.com, P.J. Dozier (No. 21 overall), who committed to USC on Wednesday.

"I couldn't be happier that P.J. Dozier has decided to stay home," Martin told the school's website. "A 6-7 guard, who is a point guard, who knows how to play off the ball."

He will be joined by ESPN 100 power forward Chris Silva (No. 96).

"Chris Silva is a 6-9 forward from New Jersey, who is an unbelievable athlete and fearless in how strong he plays," Martin added. "He can step out and shoot the basketball and block shots with the best of them.

"We are super excited for what those two guys will bring to the table. They complement our team in ways that we need and we are lucky to have both of them."

Dozier is the highest-rated recruit Martin has landed since taking over at USC in 2012.
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Isaiah Briscoe, the 13th ranked overall prospect and top rated point guard in the ESPN 100, committed to Kentucky live on ESPNU's Recruiting Nation signing day special on Thursday night. Briscoe, who stars at Roselle Catholic High School, is coming off a huge summer after leading the New Jersey Playaz to the EYBL championship at the Peach Jam.

ESPN 100 point guard P.J. Dozier committed to hometown school South Carolina on Wednesday over finalists Louisville, North Carolina, Michigan and Georgetown.

Here is a look at what Dozier brings to the Gamecocks:


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Texas A&M signs top-five class

November, 12, 2014
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ESPN 100 center Tyler Davis headlines Texas A&M's second-ranked class on ESPN.com. Aggies head coach Billy Kennedy announced Davis' signing along with three other ESPN 100 prospects on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.

"Tyler is the first guy who committed to us in this class and really got this whole thing going," Kennedy told the school's website. "He's from a great family and great school at Plano West. On the court, he’s a big-body guy who can score around the basket and also step out and make a 15-footer. He does so many things well. He’s got a great motor and can pass the ball, but one of the biggest things I like about him is he’s got a nastiness and a toughness about him on the court."

The other signees for Kennedy and the Aggies are ESPN 100 center Elijah Thomas, ESPN 100 small forward D.J. Hogg and ESPN 100 shooting guard Admon Gilder.

"Elijah is a very versatile player and one of the first guys we offered a scholarship to three years ago," Kennedy said. "He comes from a great family and basketball program at Lancaster High School.

"I really think D.J. is the best shooter in the country. He can put it on the floor as well as do a lot of things on the perimeter, but the one thing he really excels at is shooting the ball and scoring."

“Admon is a combo guard who can really score. He's in the mold of Dominique Kirk and Donald Sloan, a guard who can play any of the one, two or three spots."

Texas A&M's class ranks No. 2 overall on ESPN.com.
Center Elijah Thomas, ranked No. 29 in the ESPN 100, committed to Texas A&M on Tuesday over finalists LSU, Illinois, SMU and Oklahoma State. Thomas gives Aggies head coach Billy Kennedy his fourth ESPN 100 prospect from the state of Texas in the 2015 class. Let's take a look at what Thomas will bring to the A&M program:


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It was clear several weeks ago that ESPN 100 small forward Keith Stone was zeroing in on Florida. From an outside perspective, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before the Zion Lutheran (Florida) product officially popped for the Gators. And that moment came on Monday night, as Stone chose Florida over South Carolina and VCU. Here is a look at what Stone will bring to Gainesville:


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Shooting guard Admon Gilder Jr., ranked No. 64 in the ESPN 100, made a verbal commitment to Texas A&M on Thursday over finalists SMU, Oklahoma State and Baylor. Here is a breakdown of what Gilder will bring to the Aggies.

Why he committed: "I felt the most comfortable there when I visited," he told ESPN.com. "I could see myself there. I know I can come in and have an opportunity to fight for a starting position."

What he brings: The four-star shooting guard will bring efficiency to both ends of the floor. On offense Gilder will excel on the break by getting to the rim and finishing through contact. He can knock down the open three off the catch or rhythm dribble. He is a good passer, decision-maker and play-maker with the ball in his hands, which allows him to help at the point guard position. Defensively Gilder is capable of defending both guard positions at the college level.

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Scout's Take: D.J. Hogg picks Aggies 

September, 7, 2014
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ESPN 100 SF D.J. Hogg was on his official visit to Texas A&M this weekend and made his commitment to the Aggies on Sunday. He chose A&M over Baylor, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma State and Arizona. Let's take a look at Hogg in greater detail:


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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.


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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 

October, 1, 2013
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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

August, 30, 2013
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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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