NCB On The Trail: Riley Norris

2014 ESPN 100: 10 things to know 

January, 30, 2014

Here are 10 things to know about the updated 2014 ESPN 100 player rankings.

Crimson Tide ink 2014 class

November, 13, 2013
Alabama head coach Anthony Grant announced the signing of three student-athletes on Wednesday, the first day of the men's basketball early signing period.

Joining the Crimson Tide in 2014-15 will be ESPN 100 prospects Justin Coleman (Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah) and Riley Norris (Albertville, Ala./Albertville), along with shooting guard Devin Mitchell (Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill).

Notebook: Bruins host big visitor 

September, 20, 2013
Truth? It’s not a big campus visited weekend. Take a look at the pedestrian football schedule and you’ll see what I mean. However, there are a few stragglers on campus this weekend, some of which are crucial to a few programs this year and next.

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Top five undervalued classes 

September, 19, 2013
Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings landed a commitment from his second four-star prospect in as many weeks over the weekend when Matthew Fisher-Davis (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) joined Wade Baldwin (Hillsborough, N.J./St. Joseph).

With a pair of four-star prospects now on board in mid-September, Stallings’ class is considered good, but not great, by most national standards.

But the reality is that each school comes into the summer with different needs and priorities, and ultimately those objectives are tied to winning basketball games, not class rankings. Coaches consider fit, style, personnel, and a variety of other variables.

For Vanderbilt, that means looking for high-character guys who fit their system and culture. Given that approach, the Commodores are one of five schools off that couldn't hope to be off to a better start.

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Tide's big recruiting week rolls on 

August, 7, 2013
Class of 2014 three-star shooting guard Devin Mitchell (Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill) committed to Alabama on Wednesday over offers from Wake Forest, Georgia, Kansas State and UAB to give coach Anthony Grant his third commitment in the past week.

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Shun Williams2014 SG Devin Mitchell has a knack for scoring in bunches.
In addition to Mitchell, Grant added ESPN 100 small forward Riley Norris (Albertville, Ala./Albertville) on Monday and received a commitment from ESPN 100 point guard Justin Coleman (Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah) last Wednesday. Norris ranks No. 64 and Coleman No. 72 in the 2014 class.

In the span of a week, the Tide went from zero commitments to No. 9 in the 2014 recruiting class rankings.

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Alabama lands ESPN 100 SF Norris 

August, 5, 2013
ESPN 100 small forward Riley Norris (Albertville, Ala./Albertville) committed to Alabama on Monday over offers from Arkansas, Butler, Florida State, Marquette, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and others.

He gives the Tide their second in-state ESPN 100 recruit in less than a week after receiving a commitment from point guard Justin Coleman (Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah) on July 31. Norris is the No. 1 prospect in the state and No. 64 overall in the Class of 2014, while Coleman is No. 3 in Alabama and No. 72 overall in the country.

Norris’ commitment moves the Tide into the 2014 class rankings at No. 9 and is huge for Alabama coach Anthony Grant to keep home two of the top three players in the state.

So why did Norris pick the Tide and what will he bring to Alabama?

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There is a saying among coaches that goes like this, "October to April is when we become a team, the rest is when you become a player."

July is the time of year when elite players step it up a notch and separate themselves from their peers. During the month, college coaches head out to evaluate prospects in full and often make their decisions on which recruits they want or don't want based on a player’s improvement, performance and production.

The players who play the game to prove what they can do get lost in the crowd, while the prospects who focus on improving and winning have the best chance of rising up in the ESPN 100 rankings and furthering their recruiting stock.

Here’s a list of currently ranked prospects whose stock could see a rise this month based on what we have already seen from them and what we project will happen.

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Top performers from NBPA 100 Camp 

June, 17, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – This year’s NBPA Top 100 Camp was littered with skilled prospects from top to bottom and was overall a very strong and deep collection of talent. Former NBA coach John Lucas served as the director of scouting at the camp, which annually attracts high-level prep prospects from all over the country.

The contests were extremely competitive as the players really took pride in their performances. Making the most noise at the camp were the event’s big men, who stood out due to their length in blocking and altering shots, overall efforts in rebounding and ability to run the floor and finish. Several, like center Stephen Zimmerman and Thon Maker, also displayed advanced passing and ballhandling skills.

Let's take a look at the final impressions from the NBPA 100 Camp.

Best performers

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Cleaning out the notebook 

February, 22, 2013

In this week's Friday notebook, two prospects join an exclusive group of high school basketball players, three ESPN 60 stars plot to play together in college and the basketball community suffers a heartbreaking loss.

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