NCB On The Trail: Elijah Stewart

Four-star shooting guard Elijah Stewart, ranked No. 94 in the 2014 ESPN 100, committed to USC on Sunday. He was the last remaining uncommitted player in the ESPN 100. Here's a look at why Stewart committed and what he will bring to the Trojans:

Roundtable: ESPN 100 commit predictions 

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The ESPN 100 has just three remaining uncommitted prospects, and the competition remains furious for their services.

Myles Turner, No. 2 in the ESPN 100, leads the way, followed by No. 94 Elijah Stewart, who was released from his letter of intent to Loyola Marymount following the firing of coach Max Good, and No. 98 Josh Cunningham.

Devonte Graham wasn’t ESPN 100 eligible by virtue of his post-graduate status, but there is no denying he is a wanted man after receiving his release from Appalachian State. He will take official visits to Kansas and North Carolina State while also considering Virginia, Virginia Tech, Xavier and Providence.

So where are these remaining four prospects headed? No one knows for sure just yet, but here are a few educated guesses:


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When our final rankings came out the other day Elijah Stewart came in at No. 94.

Stewart can play, as he has a rangy frame and is a terrific jump-shooter. He’s an explosive athlete who can compete and perform in any conference. He loves to attack the rim in combination with his jumper, which makes him hard to guard. An area of improvement would be his ball handling, as he attacks with speed more than control.

UNC has inquired, as have USC, UCLA and many other programs.

If Tar Heels go after him hard, they will get a visit. His quick-trigger jumper is just what they need.

Nike Extravaganza recap 

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The 19th annual Nike Extravaganza was quite possibly the best collection of talent in its tenure. When you have Duke-bound Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young) going head-to-head with Arizona-bound Stanley Johnson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), that is about as good as it gets. Add in USC-bound Jordan McLaughlin (Etiwanda, Calif./Etiwanda) putting the St. John Bosco defense on skates and recent ESPN 100 entree Elijah Stewart (Los Angeles/Westchester) scorching the nets, it further solidifies the claim that the event was loaded.

A load in the paint

Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young)
2014, C, 6-foot-10, 270 pounds
Status: Signed with Duke
Okafor didn't get many touches because of Mater Dei's collapsing zone. Once teammate and Saint Louis signee Miles Stewart started draining 3s, it opened up some breathing room for him to operate. He gathered most of his stats on offensive rebounds and utilizing those magnetic hands he possesses. At this level, he can dominate with his length, strength, and post skills. However, Okafor has limited lift and he struggled at times corralling rebounds despite having a significant size advantage.


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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- This holiday season had tournaments sprinkled all over Southern California and one of the better ones was the MaxPreps Holiday Classic. The University of Michigan was represented by the ultra-talented Kameron Chatman (Portland, Ore./Columbia Christian) as well as the multifaceted D.J. Wilson (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian). However, in the end, a school in Mill Creek, Wash. (Jackson) dominated the competition.

Biggest Enigma

D.J. Wilson (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian)
2014, WF/PF, 6-foot-8, 205 pounds
Status: Signed with Michigan
Wilson is eerily similar to what Paul George (Indiana Pacers) was like in high school. Wilson has a smooth shooting touch to 22 feet and has solid ball skills in the open court. However, his motor fluctuates in terms of playing physical in the paint at both ends.


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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- The 62nd annual Pac Shores tournament kicked off the high school season with a bang. The tournament was littered with Division I talent, led by ESPN 100 recruit Daniel Hamilton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and ESPN 60 prospects Tyler Dorsey (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Kendall Small (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair).

Here were some of the top performers from the tournament.

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Weekly Commitment Update

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Big Ten
Indiana
Robert Johnson | SG | Richmond, Va./Benedictine Prep
HT: 6-3 WT: 190
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 10
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 44

Northwestern
Scott Lindsey | SG | Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 42
Stars: 3

Iowa
Brady Ellingson | SG | Menomonie, Wis./Hamilton
HT: 6-3 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Michigan State
Lourawls Nairn | PG | Bel Aire, Kans./Sunrise Christian
HT: 5-10 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 16
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 72

ACC
Georgia Tech
Ben Lammers | C | San Antonio/Alamo Heights
HT: 6-10 WT: 220
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 28
Stars: 3

Miami
Omar Sherman | C | Dallas/Prime Prep
HT: 6-8 WT: 225
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 14
Stars: 4

Big 12
Oklahoma State
Jeff Newberry | PG | Atlanta/New Mexico Junior College (Juco)
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Class of 2014

SEC
LSU
Aaron Epps | C | Tioga, La./Tioga
HT: 6-9 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac 12
Oregon State
JaQuori McLaughlin | PG | Gig Harbor, Wash./Peninsula
HT: 6-2 WT: 155
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Conference USA
Marshall
Henry Uwadiae | C | Nigeria/Kirkwood C.C. (Juco)
HT: 6-11 WT: 210
Class of 2014

Shane Hall | PF | Paintsville, Ky./Johnson Central
HT: 6-9 WT: 210
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 40
Stars: 3

North Texas
Jeremy Combs | SF | Dallas/Carter
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Old Dominion
Isaiah Maurice | PF | Durham, N.C./Bull City Prep
HT: 6-8
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big East
Creighton
Leon Gilmore | SF | Manvel, Texas/Manvel
HT: 6-7 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 26
Stars: 4

Xavier
Makinde London | PF | Thompson's Station, Tenn./Montverde Academy
HT: 6-9 WT: 195
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 22
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 91

Atlantic 10
St. Joseph's
Markell Lodge | PF | Creedmoor, N.C./Christian Faith Center
HT: 6-6 WT: 190
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

St. Bonaventure
Jordan Tyson | C | Cincinnati/Fishburne Military Academy (Post Grad)
HT: 6-10
Class of 2014

Virginia Commonwealth
Mike Gilmore | PF | Tallahassee, Fla./Rickards
HT: 6-9 WT: 210
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 19
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 76

Duquesne
Eric James | SG | Westerville, Ohio/Westerville
HT: 6-5 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

AAC
Central Florida
Chad Brown | PF | Deltona, Fla./Deltona
HT: 6-8 WT: 210
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MVC
Indiana State
Brandon Murphy | PF | Birmingham, Ala./Carver
HT: 6-7
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

America East
Maryland - Baltimore County
Malcolm Brent | SG | Silver Spring, Md./Kimball Union
HT: 6-4
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ivy League
Columbia
Noah Daoust | C | Montreal/Hotchkiss School
HT: 6-8 WT: 230
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Yale
Sem Kroon | C | Greenwich, Conn./Northfield-Mt. Hermon
HT: 6-10
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAC
Toledo
Cuyler Mosley | SG | Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek
HT: 6-3 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kent State
Devon Andrews | PG | Lorain, Ohio/Lorain
HT: 6-4
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

West Coast Conference
Loyola Marymount
Elijah Stewart | SF | Los Angeles/Westchester
HT: 6-5 WT: 165
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Ohio Valley Conference
Eastern Kentucky
Daniel Norl | SG | Clarksville, Tenn./Kenwood
HT: 6-2 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big West Conference
Long Beach State
Temidayo Yussuf | SF | Alameda, Calif./St. Joseph Notre Dame
HT: 6-7
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Hawaii
Isaac Fleming | PG | New Castle, Del./Massanutten Military Academy
HT: 6-3 WT: 190
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

CAA
Delaware
Skye Johnson | PF | Lynchburg, Va./Virginia Episcopal School
HT: 6-9 WT: 230
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northeastern
Devon Begley | SG | Pearland, Texas/Pearland
HT: 6-3
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big South
Winthrop
Joseph Lopez | SF | Miami/South Miami
HT: 6-6 WT: 225
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southern Conference
Chattanooga
Shaquille Preston | SG | Metairie, La./East Jefferson
HT: 6-3 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Georgia Southern
Shawn O'Connell | SF | Alpharetta, Ga./Milton
HT: 6-8 WT: 190
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Sun Belt
Texas - Arlington
Kevin Hervey | SF | Arlington, Texas/Bowie
HT: 6-6 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mountain West
Utah State
Julion Pearre | SG | McKinney, Texas/McKinney North
HT: 6-2
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Atlantic Sun
Northern Kentucky
Jordan Garnett | SF | Indianapolis/Warren Central
HT: 6-6 WT: 190
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Summit League
North Dakota State
Evan Wesenberg | PF | Germantown, Wis./Germantown
HT: 6-7 WT: 190
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Patriot League
Navy
Daniel Noe | SF | Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton
HT: 6-5 WT: 205
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colgate
Sean O'Brien | SG | Philadelphia/Penn Charter
HT: 6-2 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

NEC
Mount St. Mary's
Mo Sallah | PF | Falling Waters, W.Va./Fishburne Military Academy (Post-Grad)
HT: 6-9 WT: 205
Class of 2014

Farleigh-Dickinson
Darian Anderson | PG | Washinton, DC/St. John's
HT: 5-11 WT: 150
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

MAAC
Qunnipiac
Dimitri Floras | SG | Merrimack, N.H./The MacDuffie School
HT: 6-1 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

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