NCB On The Trail: Texas A&M Aggies

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.

Roundtable: Analyzing the early signing period 

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College basketball's early signing period begins Wednesday, and while 78 of the ESPN 100's prospects have committed to schools across the country, it's time to put pen to paper. Our RecruitingNation analysts break down what they expect to see before the signing window closes on Nov. 19.

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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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 

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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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Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy scored a huge commitment Friday morning as Tyler Davis, the No. 21-ranked prospect overall and No. 6 center in the 2015 ESPN 100, committed to the Aggies over the likes of Kansas, Arizona, Baylor and Texas, among others.


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Minneapolis Nike EYBL recap 

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fourth session of the Nike EYBL gave teams one more opportunity to add league wins and earn the right to participate in the Peach Jam that will crown a champion in July.

Check out some of the many terrific prospect performances we witnessed this weekend at the EYBL:


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ESPN 60 guard Allonzo Trier made Nike EYBL history last weekend, becoming the first player to ever record 30 or more points in each game of a single session.

While the feat has never been accomplished before on the Nike circuit, ironically, Adidas had someone accomplish the very same thing on the same weekend when fellow ESPN 60 guard Jalen Adams finished with 30 or more points in all four of his games.

While Trier and Adams are similar in that they are two of the nation's best scoring guards in the 2015 class, they’re unique in the way they look to attack the defense.


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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.

Scout's take: Aggies land ESPN 100 PG 

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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 

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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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