NCB On The Trail: Tennessee

Georgia center commits to Oregon State

July, 23, 2013
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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.
There are always tough omissions when compiling any list, and more so when it’s a list of the top hoops prospects in the country. Our staff agonized over several players in deliberations for the Class of 2014’s ESPN 100 rankings, which we released today, and several quality players just fell short of making the list. Here’s a look at 12 fringe top 100 guys, keeping in mind some of them may eventually sneak in the next edition of the rankings or at some point before the end of their senior year.

Note: Schools involved is a combination of programs that have offered and others with interest in that particular recruit.

Tre Campbell (D.C./St. John’s College)
PG, 6-2, 160
Committed to Georgetown

Dishing out assists is this future Hoya's calling card. He is stellar at penetrating and kicking, attacking defenders in transition and knowing when to call his own number in the half-court set.

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Vandy lands in-state PG Thompson 

January, 19, 2013
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Senior point guard Darius Thompson (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Blackman) ended his recruitment on Saturday with a commitment to Vanderbilt, according to The Tennessean.


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Tennessee strikes again with SF A.J. Davis 

September, 17, 2012
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Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin landed his second verbal commitment of the day on Monday night with a pledge from 2013 small forward A.J. Davis (Norcross, Ga./Buford). The news was announced by Davis via his Twitter account and was confirmed by sources.

Earlier in the day, ESPN 100 guard Robert Hubbs (Newbern, Tenn./Dyer County) chose the Vols.

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ESPN 100 Robert Hubbs is a Vol 

September, 17, 2012
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ESPN 100 shooting guard Robert Hubbs (Newbern, Tenn./Dyer County) verbally committed to Tennessee on Monday following his official visit to Knoxville this weekend, ESPN.com has confirmed.

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Akron lands N.C. wing B.J. Gladden 

September, 5, 2012
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Small forward B.J. Gladden (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) just returned home from a visit to Akron and made his decision to commit to the Zips over an offer from Tennessee.

"I'm going to Akron," Gladden told ESPN.com. "I love the coaches and the facilities and I am originally from Ohio. [Head coach] Keith Dambrot has great energy, he gets on you and puts a lot on your plate but he cares about his players. They win and go to NCAA tournament, plus my uncle Lebron Gladden played for coach Dambrot at Ashland university."

B.J. plays the small forward position and he helps his team by attacking defenders off the dribble, rebounding and defending. He had a very good spring and summer for the CP3 AAU program. He stepped up his effort and played with an urgency that was not there prior.

He will help Akron with his college ready frame by finishing plays and rebounding on both ends and competing at all times.

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ESPN 100 power forward Austin Nichols (Eads, Tenn./Briarcrest High School) spoke with ESPN's Paul Biancardi on Sunday and confirmed he is down to six schools.

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Tennessee added to its 2012 recruiting class on Tuesday with an oral commitment from 6-foot-4 guard Armani Moore (Kennesaw, Ga./Mount Paran Christian). The news was reported first by www.rivalshoops.com.

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Junior small forward Brandon Austin (Philadelphia/Imhotep Charter) ended his recruitment on Thursday with an oral pledge to Penn State. The news was first announced via his Twitter account and confirmed through multiple sources.

Austin, a 4-star wing who was previously ranked in the ESPNU Super 60, chose the Nittany Lions over Georgetown, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova, Miami and Tennessee.

ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator Adam Finkelstein watched Austin take off for Team Philly on the AAU circuit. "He's a big versatile guard who has a ton of upside," said Finkelstein. "He has the size and skill level to play all three backcourt positions, including the point, and as he continues to grow into his body he's only going to continue to get better.

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Despite reports on Tuesday that power forward Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind H.S.) would decide his college plans next Monday, the Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that he will now announce where he will go on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

While there was speculation Stokes would enroll early and be eligible to play this year, that seems to be confirmed as he has already graduated from Southwind High School and plans on attending a school in January.

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The Knoxville News reported on Saturday that point guard Travon Landry (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones H.S.) gave Tennessee a verbal pledge for its 2013 class.

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ESPNU 100 small forward Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind) has been denied a hardship waiver by the TSSAA Board of Control and will not suit up for Southwind this season, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported on Monday.

Stokes left Memphis Central High last summer and was expected to enroll at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. However, he opted to stay in his hometown and play for Southwind but was ruled ineligible in August.

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Kansas lands Landen Lucas 

November, 13, 2011
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ESPN.com's Dave Telep confirmed on Sunday that center Landen Lucas has committed to Kansas and head coach Bill Self. Lucas made his decision while on his official visit to Lawrence this weekend.

Lucas cited KU assistant coach Danny Manning and how he can help him improve as one of the main reasons for his decision.

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Vols land juco wing 

October, 30, 2011
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According to the Knoxville News, Tennessee landed a verbal commitment from Charleston, S.C. native D'Montre Edwards on Saturday night.

The 6-foot-6 wing from Brevard Community College (Fla.) made his decision while on an official visit to Knoxville.

"When coach (Cuonzo) Martin first came down to visit me, I was sure that not only could he make me a better basketball player, but he could also make me a better person in life," he told the paper. "He understands all I've been through in life, and he alos gets what it's all about being a student-athlete. I knew all about him before I met him."

Edwards is the second commitment for the Vols in the 2012 class. Wing forward Derek Reese (Orlando, Fla.) made his choice in August.

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Power forward Braeden Anderson, who was ruled ineligible at Kansas in September, will take his talents to Fresno St. after committing to the Bulldogs this week, according to ESPN's Dave Telep.

Anderson is currently in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta and will arrive in Fresno in January. He was at Kansas, went to summer school and was then ruled ineligible. Because of a Big 12 rule, he was a partial qualifier and by conference rules he could not practice or remain at Kansas.

"This is a nice score for (head coach) Rodney Terry," Telep said. "The kid is a big body and in their league (WAC) the new staff probably sees him as a guy that they can bring in and help them construct their frontcourt."

UNLV, Tennessee, New Mexico and Memphis had also offered Anderson.

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