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The Tigers lose four seniors who played a significant role, including Joe Jackson, Michael Dixon, Geron Johnson and Chris Crawford.

Memphis does add ESPN 100 prospect Dominic Magee and three other junior college players. What's important to know is that redshirt freshman combination guard Markel Crawford will be ready to go for the 2014-15 season.

Memphis still has plenty of talent in the frontcourt, as Kuran Iverson, Austin Nichols, Nick King and Shaq Goodwin can produce at a high level. The Tigers might struggle at the point guard spot, but there is enough talent there to have a good season.

Also don't forget coach Josh Pastner and his staff already have a verbal commitment from ESPN 60 prospect K.J. Lawson in 2015. He is a stud.

Roundtable: Identifying 2014's sleepers 

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As the 2014 class winds down its final season of high school basketball, the ESPN 100 has been analyzed in virtually every way possible. We’ve broken down the top prospects, picked out the best fits, projected both the immediate impact players, and even forecast those who are likely to show the most improvement over their college careers.

But now we are giving each member of the RecruitingNation team one last chance to go on record with a prospect they believe in, a sleeper they expect to be better than most are projecting, whether it's right away or over time.

Here’s a look at who the experts have their eyes on:

Roundtable: Who'll exceed expectations? 

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While freshmen like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon are dominating the college basketball headlines, there are plenty of other freshmen who are making relatively huge contributions without the same degree of media hype or fanfare.

With thoughts of current freshmen like LSU’s Jordan Mickey, BYU’s Eric Mika, and UCLA’s Zach LaVine, all of whom are putting up major numbers, we asked our team of RecruitingNation experts to name prospects outside of the ESPN 100’s top 25 who could have similarly big freshman seasons, either because of opportunity or fit.

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Stock risers in the ESPN 100 

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Yesterday, Jeff Goodman broke down a list of players poised for breakout seasons in college basketball. But those kinds of seasons don't just happen at the college level. They happen all the time in recruiting, too.

Just take a look back at last year’s ESPN 100. Joel Embiid, Aaron Gordon and Wayne Selden were all players who moved their way up the rankings by virtue of big performances in their senior seasons. Embiid was the classic late-bloomer whose emergence was consistent throughout the year, and Gordon and Selden used specific events, the Hoophall Classic and McDonald’s All-American Game, respectively, to make their statements.

This year, there’s bound to be more of the same. Here’s a look at a few guys in the current ESPN 100 who are definitely trending in the right direction.

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Kentucky should be just fine 

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Six months ago, John Calipari seemed virtually invincible on the recruiting trail. He was riding a wave of momentum fueled by his 2012 national championship, incredible recent success in the NBA draft, and being on the verge of delivering one of the top recruiting classes in the history of college basketball.

But then, unexpectedly, a few breaks went against Kentucky. Top-ranked Andrew Wiggins capped the 2013 class by picking Kansas, and then Calipari lost out to his former mentor, Larry Brown, as his top point guard target of 2014, Emmanuel Mudiay (Dallas/Prime Prep Academy), picked SMU last month.

So have Calipari and Kentucky lost a step?


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Magee gives Memphis dynamic PG 

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Memphis landed its point guard of the future when Dominic Magee (Gretna, La./Helen Cox), the No. 71 player in the ESPN 100, committed to the Tigers on Sunday over Oklahoma State, LSU, Kansas State and recent interest from Kentucky.

Magee told coach Josh Pastner and his staff right before departing from his official visit.

"I became very close to the coaching staff. They made me feel at home and like I was a priority" said Magee.

So, why did Magee commit and how will he fit with the Tigers?


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It was an incredibly busy weekend of action on the recruiting front, not just because of the series of high-major commitments, but also because of trimmed lists, scheduled visits, and scholarship offers, all of which have the potential to create multiple ripples on the pending domino effect.

Commitment Catch-Up

• ESPN 100 PF Craig Victor (New Orleans, La./Findlay Prep) commits to Arizona: The 31st-ranked prospect and 5th best PF in the country announced on Saturday he was heading to Arizona, giving coach Sean Miller his third high level combination forward in as many years.


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Reading through the typical recruiting jargon can be a difficult task, especially for the untrained eye, but suffice it to say that things aren’t always what they seem.

Some of the most misleading statements often include sayings like, "He has offers from," or "He chose school X over," or "He decommitted from," primarily because they consider only one side of the process.

The fact of the matter is that schools choose prospects as much as prospects choose schools, and the former is no less fluid than the latter.

What does that mean? It means that sometimes when a tweet or recruiting article says Player X committed to School Y over offers from Schools A, B, C and D, what it can really mean is that Schools A, B, C and D offered Player X at some point in the past, but are no longer recruiting him, so he decided to commit to School Y.

Now, why would a school suddenly stop recruiting a prospect? Because they suddenly realized he wasn't good enough? Possibly, but more likely it's because they have since received a commitment from, or feel like they are on the verge of a commitment from, someone else at the same position whom they hold in a little higher esteem.

So, with that in mind, we're going to rewind through a particularly busy few weeks in the national point guard market and make an attempt to translate the real story. Whether it was a prospect who made a commitment or cut his list, we'll tell you which schools are in, which are out, the real story behind whose decision it was, and the bottom line for each prospect. Then we'll circle back and tell you which two ESPN 100 point guards are still uncommitted and open to new suitors.

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AP Photo/Damen Jackson No. 1 PG Tyus Jones recently reaffirmed his desire to play college hoops with No. 1 overall recruit Jahlil Okafor.
News: Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley) reaffirms his intent to go to school with Jahlil Okafor (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young)
In: Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State
Out: Minnesota
Real story: Minnesota is still on Jones' list of seven, but the Gophers aren't on Okafor's list. That, in addition to the fact Richard Pitino and his staff could be seen prioritizing other targets this summer, is indication enough that Jones isn't likely to be staying home next season. The latest twist in the story is Okafor's AAU coach, Mike Irvin, going on record saying there is a great chance Duke lands Jones, while Okafor's camp has denied the Blue Devils are the leader for the package deal.
Bottom line: Jones and Okafor do want to go to school together, but they don't yet agree on where. Jones appears pretty set on Duke, but Okafor not quite as much at this point. ESPN 100 SF Justise Winslow (Houston/Saint John's) is also part of the conversation, making this potentially one of the biggest package deals in recent history.


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Newman vs. Vaughn caps LeBron camp 

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Editor's note: This is the latest entry in Dave Telep's July Road Trip blog. Throughout the month, Dave will check in each day he's on the road while covering some of the biggest basketball recruiting events in the country. He'll let you know where he's at, offer some highlights of the day and give a quick look at what's next.

LAS VEGAS -- The 2013 LeBron James Skills Academy is over, finishing up with the third and final day on Monday. The narrative of the camp is likely to be the performance of No. 2 rising senior Cliff Alexander (Chicago/Curie). Once No. 10 recruit Myles Turner (Euless, Texas/Trinity) went down with an injury, there wasn’t a guy here capable of getting in Alexander’s way, much less stopping him.

Many of the big names like North Carolina-bound Justin Jackson (Tomball, Texas/HYCA), 2014 No. 11 Rashad Vaughn (Minneapolis/Findlay Prep) and 2015 No. 2 Malik Newman (Jackson, Miss./Callaway) played to their reputations, but there are always guys who click it up a notch. Two of the players in the latter group were ESPN 100 power forward Angel Delgado (Troy, N.Y./Redemption Christian) and four-star combo guard Robert Johnson (Richmond, Va./Benedictine Prep).

Here are some nuggets from Day 3 at LeBron. On Wednesday, I’ll have an overall look at what I learned from the camp.

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AP Photo/Damen Jackson via Triple Play New MediaMalik Newman, the No. 2 player in the ESPN 60, is turning into a dangerous scoring point guard.
Newman vs. Vaughn was fun

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Alexander dominates Day 2 at LeBron 

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Editor's note: This is the latest entry in Dave Telep's July Road Trip blog. Throughout the month, Dave will check in each day he's on the road while covering some of the biggest basketball recruiting events in the country. He'll let you know where he's at, offer some highlights of the day and give a quick look at what's next.

LAS VEGAS -- Everyone was assembling. The stage was set for No. 10 rising senior Myles Turner (Euless, Texas/Trinity) to take on No. 2 Cliff Alexander (Chicago/Curie). Unfortunately, the much-anticipated matchup didn’t happen after a leg injury for Turner put this titanic tilt on ice.

Still, a long Day 2 at the LeBron James Skills Academy on Sunday and the first day of games allowed ample time to evaluate and gather intel on many premier players. Here are some nuggets from Day 2.

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AP Photo/Damen Jackson via Triple Play New MediaDay 2 at the LeBron camp belonged to No. 2 recruit Cliff Alexander, who dominated both games he played.
No Myles, but plenty of Alexander

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Top-10 talents shine at Nike Academy 

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UNION, N.J. -- Kean University was host to Nike's Big Man Skills Academy and Point Guard Skills Academy from Monday through Wednesday of this week. A total of 39 elite high school players (16 big men and 23 guards) were in action along with counterparts from the college game, who served as the counselors for the event.

With some of the nation’s top prospects in attendance -- including top-10 talents like Emmanuel Mudiay, Malik Newman and Myles Turner -- here’s a look at who impressed as the best of the best.

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