Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Best uncommitted outside of ESPN 100
By ESPN.com staff
It’s getting to be that time of year when commitments are coming at rapidly increasing rates and college programs are quickly moving on to Plan B and Plan C if they haven’t gotten who they were hoping for in the 2014 class.
A quick look inside the ESPN 100 reveals that only 26 players remain on the board, but in virtually all of those cases the players aren’t necessarily open to new suitors as much as they are deciding between a select few programs.
But there is plenty of talent outside of the ESPN 100. And several of those players could help a high-major program in search of impact talent for next season.
So we asked our RecruitingNation experts one simple question:
Who is the best uncommitted prospect not in the ESPN 100?
Ibrahima Diallo (Winston Salem, N.C./ Quality Education) C, 6-foot-10, 215 pounds A long and athletic big man, his greatest asset is his ability to contribute on defense as he can protect the basket with his wing span and shot-blocking ability. Diallo runs the floor and shows a soft touch inside the paint with promise to become a threat inside with put-backs and a short jumper. As a rebounder, he gets the ball off the rim more with his length than his strength. With a player this size still on the board, some high majors will take a chance to develop him because they know he will be in their program for four years. He will visit Oklahoma on Oct. 25 and plans to visit Nebraska shortly thereafter. If he signs early, look for one of these two schools to land him.
Jarvis Garrett (Milwaukee/Notre Dame Prep) PG, 6-0, 170 With all but two (Tyus Jones and JaQuan Lyle) of the top 30 point guards in the ESPN database currently off the board, coaches still in the market for a lead guard are willing to look under every rock in the country. One of the first guys they’ll find is Garrett. Originally a member of the 2013 class, Garrett returned to Notre Dame Prep for a post-graduate year in hopes of pushing his recruitment to higher levels, and he now seems bound to do just that. He’s equally capable of making long-range jumpers or getting into the paint with his dribble and can also play pick and roll. Providence and St. Joseph’s are among his top suitors right now, with the Friars likely to be the favorite. But don’t be surprised if his recruitment gets a lot busier before it’s all said and done.
Isaiah Bailey has solid potential as a shooting guard with good size.
Isaiah Bailey (Compton, Calif./Compton) SG, 6-5, 190 Bailey has been a well-known commodity out West since his sophomore campaign. He has always had that prototypical frame with long arms, and his bounce is high level. He can knock in the 3-point shot, but he is at his best when slashing to the rim in transition. He can score with a runner, a pull-up 3-pointer or an emphatic dunk. Defensively, he has the length and active hands to be a lock-down defender at the next level. With Bailey, it has always been about consistency issues and playing efficient. If he can clean up those aspects of his game, his upside is impressive. He visits Fresno State this weekend and has Memphis, Oregon State, Washington State and Portland State showing interest as well.
Marial Shayok (Ontario, Canada/Blair Academy) SF, 6-6, 200 Shayok has improved at a steady rate, has a good feel for the game and possesses a good basketball IQ. He scores from the midrange, can get to the rim (where he does a good job of drawing fouls), has a good handle that allows him to make plays off the bounce and can deliver the pass when he draws a second defender. Among the schools he is considering are Virginia, Providence and Marquette. Look for Ed Cooley and the Friars to land Shayok when all is said and done.
Javon Bess (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) SG, 6-5, 195 Bess is a multi-skilled wing who is very versatile. He can play all three perimeter positions but is best on the wing. Bess plays hard and is a very good defender with the ability to lock up one-on-one and play the passing lanes off the ball. He has improved as a perimeter shooter and is now a highly sought-after recruit. Javon is a stat-sheet stuffer. He is an excellent rebounder for a guard and has a good enough basketball IQ that he can play some point guard in spurts. Bess was a solid mid-major recruit in the spring and is now being recruited at the high-major level. He is getting interest from Kansas State, Michigan State, Texas Tech, Toledo, Michigan and others.