EARLY AUGUST COMMITMENT CATCH-UP: USC HITS TRIFECTA & MORE SCORE COMMITS
USC HITS IMPRESSIVE TRIFECTA
It was a tough season for USC basketball and head coach Kevin O’Neill. The Trojans limped through a 1-17 Pac 12 campaign and finished the season 6-26 overall. The pain of the 2011-2012 season is easing as USC has landed a trio of commitments in the recent weeks that show the program will be climbing back up the conference standings in the coming years with Khalil Dukes, Kendal Harris and Roschon Prince pledging to Southern Cal with verbal commitments.
On Tuesday it was Long Beach Poly’s Prince Committing to USC (Press Telegram) that capped off the impressive run of Trojan commits. Prince checked in at #70 on the NBE Class of 2013 Pre-July Live Period Top 75 and the small forward showed NBE on the AAU circuit this summer he is not afraid to attack the basket and mix things up.
Dukes began the commitment craze with his pledge and the Connecticut Basketball Club star had it working offensively all month long in July. USC was the first high-major school to offer and their commitment to him paid off as he pledged to the Trojans just as his recruitment was ready to take off. While certainly not a sleeper to those of us in the Northeast who have become quite familiar with Dukes over the last few years, he was a fairly unknown name among scouts from outside the region heading into July and that all began to change for good at the Adidas Invitational in the first July Live Period. Dukes exploded for 39 points in a playoff win over the Arkansas Hawks with NBE’s Brian Bosworth taking in the action. Dukes is a 6-foot combo guard who scores in bunches by making difficult pull-up jumpers anywhere from 15 to 25 feet.
Urban DFW Elite 6’5” guard Kendal Harris has a scorer’s mentality and showed to be at his best attacking the rim and finishing amongst the big men at the Adidas Invitational. He’s great at weaving through traffic in the lane and finishing from unusual angles that keep his shot from being blocked. The younger brother of Miami Heat guard Terrel Harris, here is a feature on Kendal that Matt Whitfield did following the NBPA Top 100 High School Camp: Kendal Harris Making up for Lost Time.
GATORS SNAG SCHUYLER RIMMER
Boon HS Star Schuyler Rimmer Commits to Gators (Orlando Sentinel) over increasing interest from programs such as Southern Cal, Stanford, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
The 6-foot-9, 233-pound rising senior had two dozen major college offers. He averaged 16.4 points, 13.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots as a junior and upped his recruiting stock this summer displaying his inside-out potential and high basketball IQ.
Rimmer is the thrid commitment for UF coach Billy Donovan in the Class of 2013, joining elite point guard Kasey Hill of Montverde (FL) Academy and Chris Walker of Bonifay (FL) Holmes County, another 6-9 forward. Both Hill and Walker were members of the Top 10 in NBE’s Pre-July Live Period Class of 2013 Rankings.
MIKE YOUNG FINDS PERFECT FIT AT HOME
Since his freshman year Mike Young has been away from home. The 6-foot-8 power forward spent his sophomore year at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark (NJ) and his junior season playing at Hudson Catholic. The NJ Playaz standout will return to St. Ben’s for his senior season and afterwards will head back home to Pittsburgh to play his college basketball for coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers.
Pitt Basketball Received their First 2013 Commitment (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) from the McKeesport (PA) native as Young made the call. Young is aferocious rebounder who showed more and more of a perimeter game all spring and into the summer. He is comfortable knocking down shots beyond the three-point arc, but in NBE’s last viewing of Young this summer at ‘Live’ in AC he had his most success by getting back to his bread and butter of overpowering guys in the paint. He’s an outstanding rebounder on both ends both because of a high motor and huge hands that balls just seem to stick to. Young also scored on the block over both shoulders and defended the post at a high level. Prior to July Young checked in at #62 in the NBE Class of 2013 rankings.
The Panthers continue to make some news on the recruiting trail as The Family point guard Wesley Clark is expected to make an unofficial visit today.
BUTLER GETS A GOOD ONE
Brad Stevens and Butler scored a nice get over the weekend with Andrew Chrabascz, a 6-foot7 power forward out of Cushing Academy and the BABC AAU program.
While some schools didnt take a second look at Chrabascz because he lacks elite size or athleticism for the power forward position but Butler added one of the most skilled big men in the class. Whether it be up-and-unders, jump hooks, spin moves, or anything else you can think of, Chrabascz scores every which way from both the high and low post. He can be an instant impact player for Stevens and the Bulldogs and could be a thorn in the side of high-majors in future NCAA Tournaments.
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