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Roundtable: ESPN 100 commit predictions 

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The ESPN 100 has just three remaining uncommitted prospects, and the competition remains furious for their services.

Myles Turner, No. 2 in the ESPN 100, leads the way, followed by No. 94 Elijah Stewart, who was released from his letter of intent to Loyola Marymount following the firing of coach Max Good, and No. 98 Josh Cunningham.

Devonte Graham wasn’t ESPN 100 eligible by virtue of his post-graduate status, but there is no denying he is a wanted man after receiving his release from Appalachian State. He will take official visits to Kansas and North Carolina State while also considering Virginia, Virginia Tech, Xavier and Providence.

So where are these remaining four prospects headed? No one knows for sure just yet, but here are a few educated guesses:

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Only three players are left on the board in the ESPN 100, and Myles Turner is the only one who's a game-changer. But it doesn't mean there is talent out there who won't help a major program.

JaQuan Lyle, who is ranked No. 41, is a setup point guard with a strong body and is capable of playing as a freshman. His greatest assets are his passing ability and basketball IQ. He understands the game. Lyle plans on making his college decision soon and is down to Oregon, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Memphis.

No. 99 prospect Josh Cunningham is a hybrid forward who excels on the break and in defending in the half court. He has enough of offense to keep opponents honest and is looking at many schools, including Indiana and South Carolina.

There are always guys outside the top 100 who can help programs at different levels next season. If they are still unsigned in the late period, it could mean a lot of things. Some may be waiting on their grades, while others are still blossoming, and a few may be hoping for better offers.

Mack’s stock on the rise 

December, 22, 2013
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The 12th annual Chick-fil-A Classic holiday basketball tournament features some of the nation’s top prospects. One prospect who came into the weekend without national fanfare but is seeing his stock rise is junior shooting guard Tevin Mack (Columbia, S.C./Dreher High). The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Mack has three high-major offers with more expected.

“It’s Georgia, Clemson, VCU, Mississippi State, Florida State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech recruiting me the hardest,” Mack said on Friday. “My biggest offers are Georgia, Virginia Tech and Houston, but Clemson and VCU are recruiting me very hard. Clemson, VCU and also Wake Forest want me to come see them. Wake Forest said they will offer if I come up there for a game.”


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2016's Woods more than a highlight 

December, 21, 2013
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 12th annual Chick-fil-A Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament features another standout group of future college and likely NBA stars. One of those future stars is 2016 ESPN 25 No. 21 Seventh Woods (Columbia, S.C./Hammond School).

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound high-flying guard has been a YouTube sensation since middle school, and his all-around game id developing and catching up to his special athleticism.


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

September, 6, 2013
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American Athletic Conference
Louisville
Jaylen Johnson | PF | Ypsilanti, Mich./Ypsilanti
HT: 6-9 WT: 210
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 15
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 62

Big Ten Conference
Illinois
Leron Black | PF | Memphis, Tenn./White Station
HT: 6-7 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 6
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 36

Big 12
Baylor
Mark Vital | SF | Lake Charles, La./Washington-Marion
HT: 6-4 WT 215
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: NA

West Virginia
Jevon Carter | SG | Maywood, Ill./Proviso East
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Big East
Marquette
Phillip Flory | SG | Wisconsin Rapids, Wis./Wisconsin Rapids
HT: 6-3
Class of 2017
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Conference USA
East Carolina
Lance Tejada | PG | Hollywood, Fla./Blanche Ely
HT: 6-1 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 22
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 96

Glenn Bryant | SF | Marietta, Ga./Kell
HT: 6-6 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southern Miss
Willie Carmichael | PF | Apopka, Fla./Wekiva
HT: 6-7 WT: 195
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

ACC
Virginia
Isaiah Wilkins | SF | Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian
HT: 6-7 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Wake Forest
Isaac Haas | C | Piedmont, Ala./Hokes Bluff
HT: 7-1 WT: 275
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 18
Stars: 4

Pac-12
UCLA
Trevon Bluiett | SF | Indianapolis/Park Tudor
HT: 6-5 WT: 205
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 10
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 41

Utah
Kyle Kuzma | SF | Burton, Mich./Rise Academy
HT: 6-8 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 27
Stars: 4

Isaiah Wright | PG | Boise, Idaho/Borah
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Stanford
Robert Cartwright | PG | Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep
HT: 6-2 WT: 165
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 34
Stars: 3

SEC
Auburn
Sam Logwood | SF | Indianapolis/La Lumiere
HT: 6-7 WT: 205
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 20
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 78

Jack Purchase | PF | Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist Grammar
HT: 6-10 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Vanderbilt
Wade Baldwin | PG | Hillsborough, N.J./St. Joseph
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 29
Stars: 4

South Carolina
TeMarcus Blanton | SG | Locust Grove, Ga./Luella
HT: 6-4 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 37
Stars: 3

Atlantic 10
Virginia Commonwealth
Justin Tillman | PF | Redford, Mich./Pershing
HT: 6-8 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 29
Stars: 4

George Washington
Paul Jorgensen | PG | Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 45
Stars: 3

Horizon League
Illinois-Chicago
Tai Odiase | C | Chicago/Homewood-Flossmoor
HT: 6-9 WT: 195
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Ivy League
Pennsylvania
Mike Auger | PF | Hopkinton, Mass./New Hampton
HT: 6-6 WT: 205
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Cornell
Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof | SF | Rockville, Md./Gonzaga College
HT: 6-7 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Yale
Eric Anderson | PF | West Chester, Pa./The Haverford School
HT: 6-6 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Sun Belt
Georgia State
Jeff Thomas | SG | Norwalk, Ohio/Norwalk
HT: 6-5 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jordan Session | SF | McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing
HT: 6-9 WT: 190
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colonial Athletic Association
College of Charleston
Evan Bailey | SG | Massillon, Ohio/Jackson
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Atlantic Sun
Mercer
Jestin Lewis | SG | Richmond, Va./Wallace State C.C.
HT: 6-2 WT: 170
Class of 2014
JUCO

Jacksonville
Tim Bond | SG | Baltimore/City College H.S.
HT: 6-4
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAC
Buffalo
Mory Diane | SG | Detroit/Country Day
HT: 6-3 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

WAC
Cal State Bakersfield
Sadiq Inuwa | PF | Houston/La Lumiere
HT: 6-7 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Starting 5: Kuzma grows on Utes 

September, 3, 2013
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Each week, Starting 5 takes you on a tour of the recruiting landscape. It delves into topics, recruiting trends and stories. This edition focuses on the Utah Utes' recent run of commitments, emotional toughness in recruits and tells you what happened on last weekend's commitment spree.

Utah could have one in Kuzma

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The Utah Utes last weekend added a player that isn’t nationally known – yet – but is significant to the future of the program. Small forward Kyle Kuzma (Burton, Mich./Rise Academy) is one of those neat stories that manage to fly under the radar until that first breakout week on the scene in college. Consider yourself warned.

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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.

2013 PF Reynolds commits to Villanova

April, 23, 2013
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Villanova added a late addition to its 2013 class on Tuesday when power forward Darryl Reynolds (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Worcester Academy) committed to the Wildcats, he announced at a press conference.

Reynolds graduated from Lower Merion (Pa.) last spring before spending a prep year at Worcester (Mass.). He chose the Wildcats over South Carolina, Utah and Seton Hall.

Reynolds is the third 2013 recruit for Villanova, joining ESPN 100 prospects Kris Jenkins (Upper Marlboro, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.) and Josh Hart (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends).

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball picks 'Cats 

April, 10, 2013
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Senior point guard Dominique Hawkins (Richmond, Ky./Madison Central) announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Wednesday morning, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.


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Ducks land son of former NBA All-Star 

March, 7, 2013
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Small forward Elgin Cook (Milwaukee/Northwest Florida State College), the son of former NBA all-star Alvin Robertson, verbally committed to Oregon on Wednesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Cook originally signed with Iowa State out of high school but opted for junior college after failing to qualify. The 6-foot-6 wing chose the Ducks over Gonzaga, Arkansas, Illinois, New Mexico and South Carolina, among others.

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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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Kansas lands PG Frank Mason 

October, 8, 2012
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Point guard Frank Mason (Petersburgh, Va./Massanutten Military) gave a verbal pledge to Kansas on Monday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Mason made his decision following his official visit to Lawrence, Kan., this weekend. The post-grad prospect originally signed with Towson as a senior last year but opted for a fifth year.

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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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ESPN 100 Sindarius Thornwell makes call 

October, 1, 2012
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Shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell (Lancaster, S.C./Oak Hill), ranked No. 44 in the 2013 class, verbally committed to South Carolina on Monday evening. Thornwell announced his decision via his Twitter account.

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PG Frank Mason to visit Kansas 

September, 25, 2012
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The Kansas Jayhawks have been growing their point guard list in the last two weeks. Making an official visit this weekend to Lawrence is three-star point guard Frank Mason (Petersburg, Va./Massanutten Military).

The post-graduate point guard signed with Towson last season before failing to qualify. He made an unofficial visit to Maryland and Virginia Tech while South Carolina, UTEP and Rutgers have offered. Alabama is also in the mix.

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