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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (DEVON HALL, STANLEY JOHNSON, JAYLON BROWN)
We still have some stories on individual players from the recently completed NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camp to publish and get up on the site in the coming days, but also felt it is a good time to clear out the notebook with some tidbits collected over the weekend outside of the Top 100 camp…
COACHES CALLING DEVON HALL
Last week we published our Class of 2014 Intro: Devon Hall so readers could get a better idea of who Devon Hall is. The 6-foot-5, Class of 2014 point guard is a Virginia Beach (VA) native that attends Cape Henry Collegiate School and performed well on the Boo Williams AAU club in the 17U Nike Elite Youth Basketball League this spring. So it came as no surprise to hear that his number was punched in early and often into the phones of college coaches once the clock struck Midnight on June 15th and players in the Class of 2014 could be contacted by colleges.
“Maryland was the first school to contact me at 12:01,” Hall told NBE earlier today. “[I have] heard from Texas, Kansas, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State, DePaul, Florida, Iowa, Miami, Wake Forest and Oregon State.”
With all the phone calls a new offer came as well as increased interest is now being shown by one of the West Coast schools on the list.
“Wake Forest just offered me,” said Hall. “Haven’t hear from Stanford much but now I do.”
While June 15th prior to their junior season was always the date college coaches could first contact rising juniors by phone for the first time, that contact was limited to one phone call a week. Now the contact has been broadened to include text messages, social media instant messaging and their is no limit to how much players can be contacted. Some players we talked to are a little leery about how much contact they will be receiving, but hall is welcoming the new rule put in place by the NCAA.
“I think the idea is great and most coaches already know that each player will be contacted a lot so they won’t try to overwhelm you with calls and texts,” Hall said. “I think it was a great rule change. I will adjust to it and I will be fine especially when I start to narrow down schools.”
PLENTY OF BIG NAMES CHASING STANLEY JOHNSON
Class of 2014 forward Stanley Johnson out of Mater Dei High School in California and the Oakland Soldiers AAU program is one of the most highly recruited players in the class. Currently playing with the USA U 17 national team, Johnson gave NBE the current rundown on the schools recruiting him earlier this morning.
“Offers [from] Arizona, Washington, USC, UCLA, Missouri, Auburn, Virgina Tech and San Diego State,” he said. “Interest [from the] rest of the Pac 12, Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, UNLV, Texas, [and more].”
Johnson, who right now has a visit planned to Arizona following the July AAU period on August 6th, is one of the players a little more lukewarm about the contact rule changes.
“I think it’s good and bad,” said Johnson. “I don’t mind taking calls but there’s things I need to do and sometimes I know that will interfere.”
JAYLON BROWN IS A ’13 STOCK RISER
Jaylon Brown of Fishers (IN) has made quite an impression this spring on the AAU trail with Martin’s Wolverines. The fearless 6-foot, 175-pound guard simply attacks defenders using his supreme athletic ability. He competes and plays with toughness. He is more of a scoring point guard but will create for others with the ability dribble, drive and dish in the lane. Brown’s play in front of college coaches in the April evaluation period brought in new attention from colleges and scholarship offers.
“Miami (OH), Ohio, Illinois State and Akron [have offered] and Virginia, Illinois, Duquesne, St. Joseph’s and Tulsa [are showing interest],” said Brown on the new developments in his recruitment since the April evaluation period.
Currently there is no big favorite, but Brown singled out a few schools that he might be liking a little more than the rest and a trio likely to get visits from him.
“Dayton, Virginia, Butler, Illinois, Illinois State, Ohio and some others,” said Brown of the schools he was currently considering active in his recruitment, adding that “Virginia, Illinois and Illinois State” are schools he would like to visit.
Brown decides to expects to decide on a college following the July AAU period in time to sign in November. He is looking for a school that “just fits me best.”