NCB On The Trail: A.J. Harris

Help is on the way for Big Ten 

February, 25, 2015
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videoTalent continues to pour into this power conference as the Big Ten has 13 ESPN 100 prospects coming in along with five top-40 classes. Help is on the way for next season.

Most impactful class: Ohio State

It’s a class (ranked No. 5) of three top-100 players and one top-100 player from 2014 as this group possesses both quality and quantity. The class doesn't have a current superstar, but it does have a collection of really good players who all bring unique skills and will grow with the program.

Austin Grandstaff (No. 50) provides an instant outside shooter who will open up the post and driving lines for his teammates. Daniel Giddens (No. 56) brings a physical, athletic presence to the paint as he will look to block shots, rebound and finish at the rim. If Giddens develops offensively, the Buckeyes could have an all-league player in the frontcourt.

With the departure of Shannon Scott and D'Angelo Russell playing himself into a potential high lottery pick, A.J. Harris (No. 76) will come in and orchestrate the offense with blinding speed and quickness. Mickey Mitchell adds toughness and versatility, and he is a ball mover as he passes often. A big X factor for the Buckeyes could be point guard Jaquan Lyle (who decommitted from both Louisville and Oregon before a post-graduate year at IMG Academy). If he is focused and in top physical condition, his feel for the game is advanced.

Buckeyes ink three ESPN 100 players

November, 13, 2014
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Ohio State announced the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Making it official for the Buckeyes were three ESPN 100 prospects -- shooting guard Austin Grandstaff (No. 45 overall), center Daniel Giddens (No. 61) and point guard A.J. Harris (No. 72) -- along with four-star small forward Mickey Mitchell.

Head coach Thad Matta's 2015 class is currently ranked No. 8 on ESPN.com.

LeBron James Skills Academy recap: Day 3 

July, 12, 2014
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It was an eventful day at the LeBron James Skills Academy as the night session of games was cancelled due to player fatigue and injuries. Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, and Troy Brown are just a few of the casualties that succumbed to the injury bug. However, despite one session of games there was an epic encounter between the most dominant player in camp in Ben Simmons and super junior Jayson Tatum, as well as a number of fine performances from those that you'll read about in this edition.

Best all-around

Jayson Tatum
2016, WF, 6-foot-7, 193 pounds


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Nike Bigs and Ones Skills Academy recaps 

June, 26, 2014
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UNION, New Jersey -- The first wave of Nike’s annual Skills Academies came to Kean University this week for The Bigs Skills Academy and The Ones Skills Academy, for big men and point guards, respectively.

A total of 34 players -- 19 guards and 15 big men -- took part in three days of skill development led by longtime NBA coach Kevin Eastman while picking up extra tutelage from NBA stars such as Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Carter-Williams and Trey Burke, among others, as their college counterparts went through similar sessions on the next court. Here’s a look at who stood out:


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Five 2015 classes off to fast starts 

June, 3, 2014
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As we turn our attention to the Class of 2015 and the newly released ESPN 100, here’s a look at five college basketball programs that have a head start on the 2015 recruiting trail:


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EYBL Session III recap 

May, 19, 2014
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HAMPTON, Va. -- The third installment of the 2014 Nike EYBL came to the Boo Williams Sports Complex this weekend. Here’s a look at some of the major storylines:


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Buckeyes land ESPN 60 forward

August, 22, 2013
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Junior small forward Mickey Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Plano West) verbally committed to Ohio State on Wednesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Mitchell is currently ranked No. 31 overall in the ESPN 60 for the Class of 2015. He was garnering interest from Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, North Carolina and Texas, among others.

He joins point guard A.J. Harris (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar), who committed to the Buckeyes' 2015 class earlier this month.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

August, 16, 2013
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SEC
Arkansas
Nick Babb SG Arlington, Texas/James Martin
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 26
Stars: 4

ACC
Georgia Tech
Tadric Jackson SG Tifton, Ga./Tift County
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 24
Stars: 4

Big Ten
Ohio State
A.J. Harris PG Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar
HT: 5-9 WT: 150
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 15
Stars: 4

Big 12
Oklahoma State
Joe Thomasson SG Dayton, Ohio/State Fair C.C. (juco)
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2014

American Athletic
Central Florida
B.J. Taylor PG Orlando, Fla./Boone
HT: 6-2 WT: 177
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 2

Atlantic 10
UMass
Rashaan Armstead-Holloway C Elmer, N.J./Arthur P. Schalick
HT: 6-10 WT: 280
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 38
Stars: 3

Horizon
Wright State
Justin Mitchell SG Fort Wayne, Ind./Wayne
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Mountain West
San Diego State
Kevin Zabo PG Gatineau, Que./Brewster Academy
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Postional Rank: 32
Stars: 3

Mid-American
Miami (Ohio)
Roderick Mills SF Cincinnati/St. Xavier
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northeast
Wagner
Joe Cooper PG Wilmington, Del./The Tatnall School
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Patriot
Boston University
Cheddi Mosely PG Oceanport, N.J./St. Anthony
HT: 6-0 WT: 160
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Loyola (MD)
Cam Gregory SF Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
HT: 6-8 WT: 195
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri Valley
Drake
Ore Arogundade SG Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator
HT: 6-2 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Mid-Eastern Athletic
Norfolk State
Lou Myers SG Philadelphia/Math, Civics and Sciences Charter
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAAC
Rider
Kenny Grant C East Orange, N.J./Hyde School
HT: 6-8 WT: 250
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Iona
Bashir Ahmed SF Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy
HT: 6-5 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southland
Oral Roberts
Albert Owens C Cedar Hill, Texas/Trinity Christian
HT: 6-8 WT: 220
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Buckeyes land 2015 PG A.J. Harris

August, 13, 2013
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Junior point guard A.J. Harris (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar) put an end to his recruitment on Monday night with a verbal pledge to Ohio State, multiple sources are reporting.

The four-star prospect chose the in-state Buckeyes over Dayton, Illinois State and Xavier, among others. He is the first recruit for head coach Thad Matta and his staff from the 2015 class.

Elite recruits and sleepers star in Orlando 

July, 27, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The action has been fast and furious at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, as the AAU Super Showcase is heading into the Sweet 16 and elite rounds while the AAU Nationals are just warming up.

On Friday at the Super Showcase and Nationals, a good mixture of elite prospects, rising stars and sleepers continued to stand out, including ESPN 100 prospects Kelly Oubre, Jae'Sean Tate and Devin Robinson, ESPN 60 recruit Skal Labissiere and ESPN 25 phenom Malik Monk.

Here were some of the top performers from Friday in Orlando.

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