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Edited By: CJ Watson
On Friday night at Copper Canyon HS in Glendale, AZ the Super 80 event hosted by Area Codes Basketball took place. It was a chance to check out some of the top prospects in the State of Arizona, with the 2013 and 2014 classes taking center stage. Recent Arizona State verbal Kodi Justice (2014) (Dobson HS, Mesa) took part in the Future Stars Freshman/Sophomore Showcase, and he showed flashes of the talent that landed him the offer from the Sun Devils. Justice was able to get things done on the wing, knocking down perimeter shots in addition to getting to the basket.
Also on tap this weekend were the Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence, Kansas, the Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest and the Double Pump Best Buy Challenge Spring Classic in Las Vegas.
I had a chance to catch up with Waverly Austin from Dallas, TX in the class of 2010 last night to get an update on how the recruiting process is going for him.
At 6'10/235lbs Austin is a good athlete who runs the floor well and does a good job crashing the boards on both ends. He finishes strong inside and has a nice touch out to the mid-range. On the defensive end he blocks or alters a lot of shots with his leaping ability.
PHR: What schools are showing the most interest right now?
WA: Georgetown, Florida State, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas and Florida International.
On Monday night John Wall a 6'4 185lbs point guard from Raliegh, NC decided it was finally time to end his on-going recruiting battle and follow his heart and pick Kentucky.
He picked Kentucky over Miami, Duke and Florida. This was a tough decision for him to make but in the end he couldn't pass up the chance to play for Coach John Calipari.
On Wednesday night Jeremy Tyler a 6'11 (235 lbs) junior shocked the basketball world when he announced that he will skip his senior year at San Diego H.S. in California to pursue a professional career overseas.
He is considered a top five prospect in the class of 2010 by many scouting services. He had been verbally committed to Louisville and Coach Pitino before making this announcement.
It has been reported that his likely destination will be Spain but there are a handful of teams that have shown interest in trying to sign him.
Earlier today one of the most talked about recruiting sagas of the spring period came to a close when standout shooting guard Xavier Henry announced he will attend University of Kansas in the fall.
He had been committed to Memphis last month before head coach John Calipari decided to leave for Kentucky. He had a clause in his (LOI) that allowed him to opt out if Coach Calipari left the school for a different University. After which he decided to re-open his recruitment which has led him to look at Kansas once again who had been his other finalist when he selected Memphis.
On Tuesday, night DeMarcus Cousins who is widely considered a top 5 prospect in the class of 2009 made his college decision for a third time. This time he decided to follow Coach John Calipari to Kentucky after he took the job.
The first school he committed to was UAB and Coach Mike Davis but when they refused to put a clause in his letter of intent that would allow him out of his commitment if Coach Davis were to leave the school, he re-opened his recruitment.
Well all the suspense with the recruitment of DeMarcus Cousins (LeFlore, AL) is over with him picking Memphis this weekend. DeMarcus Cousins took an Un-official visit to Memphis this weekend for their regular season finally against Tulane.
DeMarcus Cousins who is rated the #1 center in the class of 2009 had been verbally committed to UAB during the fall signing period, before they decided not to honor his request of allowing him out of his letter of intent if Coach Mike Davis were to leave the school for another job.
Today, 2009 standout power forward Renardo Sidney (Fairfax, CA) surprised no one when he picked University of Southern California.
Other schools in the running for his services were UCLA, UNLV, Virginia, Texas and Mississippi State.
Earlier in the week it looked like he was headed to cross-town rival UCLA until on Wednesday when they decided to end their recruitment of him. This opened the door back up for USC to come in make a final pitch to the Sidney family on why USC was the place for Renardo.
Renardo Sidney a 6’10/255 power forward is planning on ending his recruitment this Sunday, when he will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. PDT. Renardo is a top ten player in the class of 2009; the schools in the running for his services include UCLA, USC, UNLV, Virginia, Mississippi State, Texas and UConn.
Renardo still needs to take the SAT and qualify to gain NCAA eligibility for next season. The rumors going around the west coast are that he is a done deal to UCLA if he can qualify.
Michael Gilchrist a 6’7 combo forward in the class of 2011 for national powerhouse St. Patrick (NJ) has named an early list of five schools. The colleges on his list include Memphis, Rutgers, UConn, Virginia and Villanova.
Tristan Thompson a consensus top five prospect in the class of 2010 who was dismissed from St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) team last week for public insubordination has found a new school. The talented forward who is verbally committed to (Texas) has decided to finish his year at Findlay Prep (NV) which is ranked #3 in the ESPN Rise Top 50 rankings.
The 12th annual Nike Hoops Summit will take place on April 11th at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR for the second year in a row. The game will match up some of the elite high school ball players in the USA against the top international prospect under the age of 19. This all-star game is very unique in the fact the players will be playing as representatives for the home countries. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. (PDT).
The 2009 contest will take place in the sunshine state at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center on April 1. This is the most prestigious All-American game that is held on the high school level and is comprised of 24 elite players from the East and West coast. The game will be aired on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.
Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, GA) (C) Georgia Tech
Alex Oriakhi (Tilton School, NH) (C) UConn
Ryan Kelly (Ravenscroft School, NC) (PF) Duke
Milton Jennings (Pinewood Prep, SC) (PF) Clemson
Dante Taylor (National Christian Academy, MD) (PF) Pittsburgh
Tristan Thompson a 6’9 combo forward from Canada who has been playing his high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) and verbally committed to Texas, has been kicked off the team. Tristan Thompson was leading St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) with 19.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
North Carolina vs. Duke is the number one rivalry in college sports and it takes place tonight at “Cameron Indoor Stadium”. This is a huge night for recruits to be on campus to watch one of the biggest games of the season.
Duke has a few players coming on campus who have already verbally committed to play in “Cameron Indoor Stadium” which are Josh Hairston (Courtland, VA) and Tyler Thornton (Gonzaga, DC) of the class of 2010.
The Jordan Brand All-American game announced the rosters for the game held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This year’s event tripleheader will begin with an International Game at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Regional Game at 5:30 p.m., and the All-American Game at 8:00 p.m. The International and regional rosters will be announced at a later date. The All-American game will be aired on ESPN2.
In one of the most highly anticipated games of the season two national powers met last night at the “RAC” on Rutgers campus. This game was between # 3 St. Benedict’s (NJ) and # 5 St. Patrick (NJ) each team boost numerous division one players across their rosters.
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About CJ Watson
CJ is a freelance writer & high school basketball scout who runs and writes a blog called Grassrootsballin. For several years, he worked for the Slam Dunk to The Beach national holiday tournament. On his blog, CJ covers live events and the national recruiting scene.
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