NCB On The Trail: Texas A&M Aggies

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I don't believe Jabari Parker's decision on whether to turn pro has any bearing at all on the college decision of ESPN 100 No. 2 overall prospect Myles Turner.

Turner wanted to finish taking his visits and then try to figure out what his best option would be. He is done with visits; now it’s time for him to weigh all the pros and the cons. He is looking for a situation where he has a strong relationship with the head coach and the overall chemistry of the team. Furthermore, he wants a coach who has proven track record developing his players over the course of a year or over time, and preparing them for the next level will be important.

Whether Parker stays at Duke or declares for the NBA draft won't affect Turner's decision. His list of schools is still the same: Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Texas, SMU and Texas A&M. Look for him to make his decision sometime after the Jordan Brand Classic game, which is at 7 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN2.
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The recruiting process for Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Trinity), the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect, is starting to pick up, as the McDonald's All American prepares to make a decision sometime during the spring/late signing period.

Turner has officially visited Ohio State and Oklahoma State already and scheduled an official visit to Duke for March 8, his father, David Turner, confirmed via text.

Turner will also unofficially visit in-state Texas A&M this weekend and has promised the Texas Longhorns the final official visit before making a final decision.

With Ohio State, Oklahoma State in the books, Duke scheduled and Texas promised the final visit, one official visit is still to be determined. Turner still has Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky and SMU fighting to host that trip, if Turner decides to use it.

Turner will bring a terrific face-up game along with excellent skill and tremendous shot blocking ability to the program he selects.
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy took another excellent point guard off the board on Tuesday when ESPN 100 playmaker Alex Robinson (Arlington, Texas/Timberview) committed to the Aggies over offers from Vanderbilt, Florida State and Pittsburgh and recent interest from Louisville.

"I had a great relationship with the coaching staff, I loved the campus and living conditions at A&M," Robinson said.

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Reggie RankinESPN 100 PG Alex Robinson is a big pickup for Texas A&M.
The four-star prospect, who is ranked No. 89 overall in the ESPN 100, is fresh off his official visit to College Station over the weekend. This is a huge pickup for Kennedy and his staff, starting with the fact that Robinson is an in-state, nationally recognized recruit at a position that is in incredible demand throughout the country due to lack of high-major depth at the position.

"Coach Kennedy was straightforward with me, and I like that," Robinson said. "Coaches talked to me a lot, but Coach Kennedy backed up what he said with facts, and when I did my research those facts were true."

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Notebook: Big weekend in Aggieland 

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Who’s that guy headed to Xavier? Buffalo? They landed a top-100 player? Plus who’s spending the weekend in College Station? All this and more as we empty the notebook.

Hanging with Johnny Football

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Chris Williams/Icon SMIESPN 100 wing Justise Winslow is looking to visit Texas A&M this weekend and Florida next weekend.
The biggest football extravaganza this weekend takes us to College Station, Texas, where Johnny Football faces the best professional college team in the country, Alabama. Can you imagine how many recruits requested a campus visit that weekend?

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ESPN 100 PG Newton names finalists 

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On Tuesday, one of the schools that had been a legitimate landing spot for ESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) was eliminated -- and not by Newton’s doing, either.

When fellow ESPN 100 prospect Phil Booth (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) committed to play for Villanova, Jay Wright’s point guard search was over.

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Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsESPN 100 PG Ja'Quan Newton trimmed his list to UCLA, Oregon, Minnesota, Syracuse, Miami and Texas A&M.
A day later, Newton has narrowed his final list of colleges to six.

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ESPN 100 Frazier delays announcement 

March, 28, 2013
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ESPN 100 shooting guard Keith Frazier (Dallas/Kimball) will not announce his decision on Thursday as was originally expected. The senior confirmed the news to ESPN RecruitingNation coordinator Reggie Rankin.

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ESPN 100 SG Keith Frazier sets date 

March, 13, 2013
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ESPN.com has confirmed that uncommitted shooting guard Keith Frazier (Dallas/Kimball) has set an official announcement date.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Keith Frazier (Dallas/Kimball) grins and laughs when the tougher questions come up, like which school is No. 1 or which official visit was the best of the three he’s taken. He came to Austin to play basketball, not drop any recruiting news.

But now that the UIL state championships are over and Frazier’s senior season has ended, it’s time for the ESPN 100 guard to start closing in on a decision. Next up could be two final official visits.


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Not every top basketball prospect signed with a school in the fall. Some needed a solid senior season to open up even more eyes.

Case in point is three-star shooting guard Frank Booker (Augusta, Ga./Westside). Booker had some offers heading into his senior season. He didn’t make a decision, believing bigger and better things would be coming his way.


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Dave Telep/ESPN.comTony Trocha became the third member of Texas A&M's 2013 basketball recruiting class Thursday.
Texas A&M added to its 2013 men's basketball recruiting class on Thursday when it received a national letter of intent from four-star power forward Tony Trocha.

The 6-foot-10, 220-pound Colombian native inked with the Aggies on Thursday, adding length and athleticism to coach Billy Kennedy's haul, which also includes Stone Mountain (Ga.) Tucker small forward Davonte Fitzgerald and Houston Wheatley power forward Tavario Miller.

“I am excited to add Tony to our program,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said in a statement. “He will have an immediate impact to our program. He is a skilled big man who affects the game on both ends of the floor.”

Trocha arrived at Houston St. Thomas High School in the spring, moving to Texas from Colombia. In the summer, he averaged 16 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Colombian U-18 team at the FIBA Americas in Brazil. Ranked as the No. 28 power forward in the country, Trocha was recruited by several schools, including Arizona, Baylor, Florida, Georgetown, Houston, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, Providence, Texas Tech and UCLA.

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PF Tavario Miller commits to Texas A&M 

November, 19, 2012
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The Texas A&M Aggies landed a pledge from Houston power forward Tavario Miller (Phillis Wheatley H.S.) on Monday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

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PF Melvin Swift picks Xavier 

November, 8, 2012
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Class of 2014 power forward Melvin Swift (Houston/Yates) ended his recruitment on Thursday witha verbal pledge to Xavier, according to www.scouthoops.com.

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UNCW adds post Chuck Ogbodo 

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According to the Wilmington Star News, UNC Wilmington landed a verbal commitment from in-state center Chuck Ogbodo (Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian) on Wednesday.

Ogbodo had high-major interest from Texas A&M and DePaul along with St. Louis and Western Carolina.

"He said all along it wasn't about the conference," High Point head coach Brandon Clifford told the paper. "In the end he felt like UNCW was the best place for him. He feels good about where UNCW is headed, the league and the competition."

The native of Nigeria, who has been in the United Sates for two years, joins Tyler Ptacek (Parma, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) in the Seahawks' class of 2013.

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SMU lands juco center Yanick Moreira 

November, 1, 2012
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New Southern Methodist head coach Larry Brown landed a verbal pledge from junior college center Yanick Moreira (South Plains College) on Wednesday, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

The native of Angola chose the Mustangs over Baylor, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Oregon.

"I think ultimately, [Moreira's reason] was Larry Brown," South Plains coach Steve Green told the paper. "Yanick, I think, was sold on the fact that Larry Brown, in basketball circles, is regarded as a very good teacher."

Moreira joins SG Sterling Brown (Chicago/Proviso East) and PF Ben Moore (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) in SMU's 2013 class.

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SG Darin Johnson headed to Washington 

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

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