NCB On The Trail: West Virginia Mountaineers

Scout's Take: No. 41 Ahmad picks WVU 

September, 10, 2014
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West Virginia scored a big commitment on Wednesday from forward Esa Ahmad, landing their highest remaining target in the Class of 2015. Ahmad -- the No. 41 player in the ESPN 100 -- had previously named a top five of Maryland, Ohio State, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

USA developmental team camp recap 

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The USA Basketball Developmental National Team minicamp featured some of the nation's best high school talent representing the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Head coach Don Showalter and his staff put the players through numerous intense and competitive drills, controlled scrimmages and game situations in this four-workout, two-day minicamp.

Note: ESPN 100 No. 1 overall player Jahlil Okafor didn't play on Day 1 after rolling his ankle during a one-on-one in the post drill.

Here are a few players who were impressive this weekend from the ESPN 100, 60 and 25 rankings.

ESPN 100 Standouts

Best Motor
Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Trinity)
C, 6-foot-11, 225 pounds
Considering: Kansas, Ohio State, Texas, Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma State

Turner's talent and shot blocking is well-documented, but his consistent motor also makes the big fella special. Regardless of the outcome of the possession, Turner never stops playing. He runs, jumps and competes at a high level, which makes him stand out.


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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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
ESPN 100 point guard Kaleb Joseph (Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy) cut his list to three schools on Sunday night.

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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 2015’s ESPN 60 rankings, which we released Wednesday, and several quality players fell just short of making the list. Here’s a look at 12 fringe top 60 guys, keeping in mind that some of them may eventually sneak in the next edition of the rankings or at some point before the end of their junior year.

Editor’s note: Schools involved is a combination of offers and interest.

Joseph “JoJo” Anderson (Houston/La Lumiere)

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WVU adds juco forward in 2013

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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins announced the signing of juco power forward Jonathan Holton (Miami/Palm Beach State C.C.) on Monday.

The 6-foot-7 Holton played one season at Rhode Island (2011-12), averaging 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in 28.5 minutes before leaving the university because of legal issues.

"Jonathan is the a prototype Big 12 forward," Huggins said in a release. "He can really score it off the bounce, play with his back to the basket, stretch defenses to make 3-pointers, as well as being a terrific offensive rebounder. He should give us immediate help on the frontline."

Holton is the fifth incoming recruit for Huggins, joining ESPN 100 PF Devin Williams (Cincinnati/Montverde Academy), PF Elijah Macon (Columbus, Ohio/Brewster Academy), C Brandon Watkins (Decatur, Ga./Grady) and PF Nathan Adrian (Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown).

Purdue lands Ohio shooting guard

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Junior shooting guard Dakota Mathias (Elida, Ohio/Elida) verbally committed to Purdue on Sunday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

The 6-foot-5 Mathias chose the Boilermakers over offers from Boston College and West Virginia. He is the first recruit for Purdue from the 2014 class.

Junior wing commits to Fordham 

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Six-foot-6 junior small forward Eric Paschall (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry) ended his recruitment early with a verbal pledge to Fordham on Thursday night, according to The Journal News.


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ESPN 100 Devin Williams to West Virginia 

November, 3, 2012
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ESPN.com has confirmed that 6-foot-8 power forward Devin Williams (Cincinnati/Montverde Academy) verbally committed to West Virginia on Saturday.

Williams, ranked No. 84 in the ESPN 100, had narrowed his choices to the Mountaineers, Ohio State and Memphis.

"[West Virginia] fits my playing style," Williams told ESPN.com. "I feel that I am a [head coach Bob] Huggins guy. I like the players and coaches. West Virginia is somewhere I feel I can come in a make an impact right away. I think I will be a good player in the Big 12."

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Sophomore center Cook makes choice 

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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins received an early verbal commitment on Wednesday night from Class of 2015 4-star center Levi Cook (Glen Daniel, W.Va./Liberty), according to the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette.

The 6-foot-10, 300 pounder was offered by the Mountaineers this summer and decided he did not want to wait any longer.

"West Virginia offered this past summer. And it's always been my dream to be a Mountaineer," he told the paper.

Cook averaged 18.6 points, 15.4 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots as a freshman last year. He also held an offer from Marshall and was garnering early interest from Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Maryland.

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ESPN 100 SG enjoys Alabama visit 

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Head coach Anthony Grant and the Alabama basketball staff hosted another ESPN 100 prospect over the weekend as Memphis, Tenn., shooting guard JaJuan Johnson made an unofficial visit to UA on Saturday.

“It went good,” Johnson said. “They showed me the campus. It caught me by surprise. I didn’t think it was going to look like that. It was really big, the whole school itself, and [Coleman Coliseum] is a place I could see myself playing at. It has a real college atmosphere.”

Jajuan Johnson
Reggie Rankin/ESPN.comJaJuan Johnson, the No. 54 prospect in the Class of 2013, made an unofficial visit to Alabama this past weekend.
On his visit, Johnson met with the entire coaching staff and had a one-on-one session with Grant. The two connected right away.

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Schyler Miles has Gators in his top three 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With just a few short weeks left until National Signing Day, three-star linebacker/fullback Schyler Miles (Tampa, Fla./Berekely Prep) has started to narrow down his choices.

"Florida, West Virginia and Kansas are probably standing out the most right now," Miles said, "But in no particular order."

Miles, who has already visited Florida, will visit West Virginia this weekend and is unsure if he will visit Kansas before making his decision.

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