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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (10/8/12) — DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS…
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by Alex Schwartz
Andrew and Aaron Harrison, arguably the best set of twin brothers to ever come through the high school ranks, announced their intentions to attend Kentucky. Their decision came on ESPNU’s “Recruiting Nation” program on Thursday night.
Andrew, a 6-foot-5 point guard, and Aaron, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, selected UK over Maryland and SMU. The Travis (TX) High School stars are both ranked among the top five players in the nation in the class of 2013.
The Harrison twins are the two highest ranked committed players in the senior class, checking in at No. 1 (Andrew) and No. 4 (Aaron) in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125. John Calipari looks to be on his way to potentially landing the best recruiting class in the nation for the fifth straight time.
With the Harrisons headed to UK, the top four committed players in the 2013 class are all bound for the SEC. Kasey Hill, a 6-foot point guard, and Chris Walker, a 6-foot-10 power forward, are both committed to Florida. Hill, who attends Montverde Academy (FL), is ranked No. 6, while Walker, from Holmes County (FL), is No. 8.
Another SEC school is on a roll on the recruiting trail right now. After landing a pair of ranked prospects last week (Jordan Mickey and Tim Quarterman), the LSU Tigers have struck again. According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog, Johnny Jones landed a commitment from Dylan Johns of Trent Internationale (TX). Zagoria reported that the 6-foot-11 center will enroll early in Baton Rouge, La., and will join the team in December.
Dayton landed a major commitment recently, picking up a pledge from Dayshon Smith, who is ranked in the NBE Sports Top 125. Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com looked to be the first to report that the 6-foot-2 point guard from Putnam Science Academy (CT) had popped to the Flyers. Archie Miller is building a superb backcourt, as Smith joins talented 6-foot-1 shooting guard Kyle Davis of Morgan Park (IL) in Dayton’s 2013 class.
ChicagoHoops.com reported that Illinois has dipped back into Simeon (IL) High School for Jaylon Tate. A 6-foot-2 point guard, Tate is the second player from Simeon in the class of 2013 top pick Illinois. The other is 6-foot-2 shooting guard Kendrick Nunn.
One under the radar commitment that will not get as much attention as it probably deserves is Donte Reynolds’ pledge to Campbell. Justin Byerly reported that the 6-foot-7 power forward from Word of God Christian Academy (NC) had decided on the Camels. Additionally, according to Byerly, Jaquon Brownridge also pledged to Campbell. He is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who is a high school teammate of Reynolds at Word of God.
While the Harrison twins made the biggest news in the past few days, they were not the only top-five prospects in the headlines. According to ESPN.com’s Reggie Rankin, Jabari Parker of Simeon (IL) High School, trimmed to his down to five schools. The programs that remain in contention for the 6-foot-8 small forward are reportedly BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State, and Stanford.
Although it is certainly not set in stone just yet, many people seem to think that Tom Izzo and the Spartans are in good shape to land the Windy City standout.