NCB On The Trail: college basketball recruiting

Weekly Commitment Update

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SEC
South Carolina
James Thompson PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Big East
Butler
Nate Fowler C
HT: 6-8 WT: 225
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 30
Stars: 3

Mountain West
San Diego State
Jeremy Hemsley SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 16
Stars: 4
ESPN 60: 52

Ohio Valley Conference
Eastern Kentucky
Paul Jackson PG
HT: 6-0
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ja'Mill Powell SG
HT: 6-6 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Junior College

Morehead State
Anthony Elechi PF
HT: 6-8
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Junior College

Tennessee State
Zach Lee SF
HT: 6-8 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Post Grad

Southern Conference
Georgia Southern
Amonte Potter PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Junior College

Furman
Jalen Williams PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 245
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Andy Brown SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MEAC
Delaware State
Aric Dickerson SG
HT: 6-6 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Junior College

Summit League
South Dakota
Sekou Harris PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 160
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Junior College

Patriot League
Lafayette
Paulius Zalys SF
HT: 6-7
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SWAC
Grambling State
Clayvon Gatlin SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 195
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ivy League
Brown
Chris Sullivan SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Sun Belt Conference
South Alabama
Taishaun Johnson PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 155
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending
ESPN 100 low post player Chris Perry from Bartow (Fla.) High has chosen the University of South Florida over UCF, Cincinnati, Temple, Miami and Tulsa.

This is a big get for South Florida ... literally. Perry stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs 245 pounds and possesses a 7-foot-4 wingspan. You just don't land players like that every day. Paired with center John Egbunu (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach), who has been committed since December, the Bulls now have two ESPN 100 players and a front line that, as it develops, can compete with anyone in the Big East.

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Courtesy of Bartow AthleticsESPN 100 big man Chris Perry committed to South Florida earlier this year.
If you take a deeper look into the decisions by both players, it's worth noting that they play their high school basketball in Florida, which means South Florida's recent success and the hard work by coach Stan Heath and his staff on the recruiting trail is paying dividends in the state. All four of the Bulls' committed 2013 prospects play their high school ball in Florida.

John Dawson will produce at Marquette 

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Courtesy of Matt KingNew Mexico combo guard John Dawson will go cross-country to join Marquette.
Point guard John Dawson (Clovis, N.M./Clovis) is headed across the country to join the Marquette Golden Eagles. Dawson might not be a household name, but he has the game to be a great asset to head coach Buzz Williams' 2013 recruiting class.

"John has really developed as a shooter," Clovis head coach Matt King said of his 6-foot-2, 195-pound combination guard. "He makes good decisions and his No. 1 quality is his versatility. He can play on and off the ball."

Dawson has shown his skills on the travel circuit as well.

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Central Michigan landed a verbal pledge from small forward Nick Carlos (Ashland, Mo./Southern Boone) on Sunday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Those wondering whether or not Butler’s move to the Atlantic 10 would impact their recruiting strategies got their answer on Saturday when head coach Brad Stevens landed a verbal commitment from New England prep senior Andrew Chrabascz (Portsmouth, R.I./Cushing Academy).

The Bulldogs haven’t had much of a recruiting presence in the Northeast under Stevens. In fact, Duke redshirt freshman Alex Murphy is probably the only notable prospect in the last five years to have had any sort of serious recruitment from Butler.

However, with the Bulldogs' move to the Atlantic 10, it’s only natural that Butler begins to explore the Northeast. When the Bulldogs identified Chrabascz, a player who already held scholarship offers from the vast majority of the Atlantic 10, they pursued him as hard as any other school that was recruiting him.

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