NCB On The Trail: ESPN 100 PG news

Miami stays hot, lands ESPN 100 PG 

August, 7, 2013
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The reconstruction of the Miami Hurricanes’ backcourt is complete -- at least as far as the 2014 recruiting class is concerned. ESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) committed to the Hurricanes on Wednesday after considering Minnesota, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Newton is the second Miami commitment in the last three days after shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John’s) picked the Hurricanes on Monday. In addition, ESPN 100 combo guard Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) pledged last December.

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Kelly Kline/Under ArmourESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton committed to Miami over Minnesota, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA.
With three talented perimeter players, including a pair of ESPN 100 prospects, Miami moves into the 2014 class rankings at No. 6.

Newton, who is ranked No. 67 overall in the Class of 2014, will take his official visit to Miami on Sept. 14.
ESPN 100 point guard Larry Austin (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) committed to Tennessee on Thursday over offers from Bradley, DePaul, Iowa, Kansas State, Missouri, SMU and Oklahoma State, among others.

Austin, the No. 68 overall prospect in the ESPN 100, is a great get and a great fit for Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin in what is already an impressive recruiting class that is now ranked No. 7 in the country.

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Kelly Kline/Getty ImagesESPN 100 PG Larry Austin was a priority recruit for Tennessee.
Austin is the Vols’ first ESPN 100 prospect in the 2014 class, but Tennessee also has commitments from four-star power forward Phil Cofer (Atlanta/Whitewater) and four-star shooting guard Jordan Cornish (New Orleans/Brother Martin). Cofer will bring rebounding, shot-blocking and finishing at the rim, while Cornish adds shooting. And now they have a lead guard in Austin who can get them the ball.

So why did Austin pick Tennessee and what will he bring to the Vols?

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ESPN 100 PG Snider opens up recruitment

July, 31, 2013
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ESPN 100 point guard Quentin Snider (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) has decided to reopen his recruitment and is no longer committed to Louisville, according to a report in The Courier-Journal.

Snider, ranked No. 28 in the ESPN 100, originally committed to the Cardinals in August of 2011.

"He's been kind of going back and forth this past month," Snider's father, Scott, told the paper. "There's just a lot of guards. Everybody still wants him to go to Louisville. The family does, and we hope Louisville still recruits him. I don't know if they will or not, but he just wants to make sure it's the best fit for him basically."

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino still holds commitments from ESPN 100 point guard JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, Ind./Bosse) and ESPN 100 small forward Shaqquan Aaron (Seattle/Rainier Beach) in the 2014 class. As a result of Snider's decommitment, the Cardinals drop from No. 3 to No. 6 in the class rankings.

Scott Snider told the paper that he and his son have not spoken to any others schools yet. "We're just going to see if anyone's interested in us and go from there," he said.
ESPN 100 point guard Justin Coleman (Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah) committed to Alabama on Wednesday over offers from Auburn, Arkansas, UAB, Butler and Xavier, among others.

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Courtesy of NikeNo. 72 recruit Justin Coleman committed to Alabama on Wednesday.
Coleman’s pledge puts the Crimson Tide on the board in the 2014 class with the No. 3-ranked player in the state of Alabama and the nation’s No. 72 overall prospect in the ESPN 100.

The point guard position was a huge priority for the Crimson Tide in the Class of 2014, so head coach Anthony Grant and his staff have filled a major need with Coleman on board.

What will he bring and how does he fit with the Tide?

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ESPN 100 PG Newton names finalists 

July, 31, 2013
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On Tuesday, one of the schools that had been a legitimate landing spot for ESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) was eliminated -- and not by Newton’s doing, either.

When fellow ESPN 100 prospect Phil Booth (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) committed to play for Villanova, Jay Wright’s point guard search was over.

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Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsESPN 100 PG Ja'Quan Newton trimmed his list to UCLA, Oregon, Minnesota, Syracuse, Miami and Texas A&M.
A day later, Newton has narrowed his final list of colleges to six.

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ESPN 100 point guard Phil Booth (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) committed to Villanova on Tuesday over offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Temple and Virginia.

Booth, who is ranked No. 81 overall in the Class of 2014, gives the Wildcats their second ESPN 100 prospect and moves Villanova into the 2014 class rankings at No. 8. The Wildcats also have a pledge from small forward Mikal Bridges (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley), who is ranked No. 79 in the ESPN 100.

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Kelly Kline/Under ArmourESPN 100 PG Phil Booth committed to Villanova on Tuesday, giving the Wildcats two ESPN 100 recruits in the 2014 class.
This is huge for Villanova head coach Jay Wright to land two versatile perimeter players from the fertile recruiting grounds of Pennsylvania and the DMV area.

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ESPN 100 point guard Kaleb Joseph (Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy) cut his list to three schools on Sunday night.

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