NCB On The Trail: Jake Toolson

Roundtable: Future Giant Killers 

March, 25, 2014
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It was a memorable first four days of the 2014 NCAA tournament, with a combination of dramatic finishes and Cinderella stories.

Archie Miller and Dayton knocked off perennial powerhouses Ohio State and Syracuse en route to a spot in the Sweet 16, while Harvard and North Dakota State scored similar upsets on the first day of the tournament.

Perhaps the most shocking result, though, came on Friday when Mercer coach Bob Hoffman led his No. 14-seeded Bears to a hard-fought win over Mike Krzyzewski and the No. 3-seeded Duke Blue Devils.

While these programs aren’t necessarily regulars on our national recruiting page, their postseason success can be attributed, at least in part, to successful recruiting. With that in mind, we once again turned to our team of experts at RecruitingNation to ask them which programs could emerge as potential “Giant Killers” in future years based on recent recruiting efforts:

Conference realignment has had lasting implications on every major conference in college basketball, but the group that might have been affected more than anyone else were the mid-major schools.

Annual powerhouses like Xavier, Memphis, Butler, Temple and several others have now been elevated to “high-major” conferences, leaving a void for other mid-major programs to establish their recruiting superiority at their own level.

So after grading the ACC, American, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac 12, and SEC last week, it’s now time to examine the best of the rest. Grading mid-major classes can be subjective, meaning there’s a little bit of a curve in order to account for the fact that recruiting at this level is tougher than ever before given the unprecedented number of competing programs who can now leverage their high-major conference affiliation.

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Dastrup headlines BYU's class

November, 14, 2013
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BYU head coach Dave Rose announced the signing of five student-athletes on Wednesday evening, including ESPN 100 center Payton Dastrup (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View) who switched his commitment from Ohio State earlier in the day.

The Cougars also added ESPN 100 shooting guard T.J. Haws (Highland, Utah/Lone Peak), three-star small forward Dalton Nixon (Orem, Utah/Orem), two-star small forward Jake Toolson (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland) and center Ryan Andrus (American Fork, Utah/American Utah).

"We are very excited about this group of signees," Rose said. "The commitments from these players mean a great deal to our staff and to our basketball program. This group is comprised of great players that will be terrific teammates. We are looking forward to the opportunity to coach each one of them."

Junior SF Jake Toolson picks BYU 

February, 20, 2013
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According to a report in the Deseret News, 6-foot-5 swingman Jake Toolson (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland) gave BYU a verbal commitment on Tuesday night.


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