NCB On The Trail: Markell Lodge

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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Weekly Commitment Update

September, 27, 2013
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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

Notes: Cartwright could be double value 

September, 6, 2013
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This time of the year, there's always something brewing. From campus visits to the value of Stanford's newest pledge, we've dumped out the notebook into a nice, tidy column to catch you up.

Cartwright's value could be two-fold


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Notebook: Recruiting notes from July 

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Thanks to a busy July and a run of news this week following the end of the July evaluation periods, the return of our weekly Friday recruiting notebook has no shortage of big-time recruiting info. From a big decommitment for Louisville to a host of trimmed up college lists to notes from a busy month on the road, we’ve got you covered.

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Big-name stars bow out early at adidas 

July, 15, 2013
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video 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 is, offer some highlights of the day and give a quick look at what's next.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Like Brad Stevens from Butler, I’m out. Well, at least for a few days.

This blog has been rocking on the road since July 6 and it’s time to shut it down for a few days while I head home to rest up for the next leg of the road trip. We started in Las Vegas and spent time at the LeBron James Skills Academy, then shuttled down to South Carolina for the Nike Peach Jam before finishing up in Indianapolis at the adidas Invitational this past weekend.

So this is the final installment of the July Road Trip blog until Friday, after we go live from the Best of the South in Suwannee, Ga., starting on Thursday.

For the championship of the adidas Invitational on Sunday, we had several surprises.

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