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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (10/26/2012): NEWS, NOTES & A DOCUMENTARY YOU SHOULD NOT MISS

October 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

Things have continued to remain mostly calm on the recruiting front over the past few days. There were not big-time commitments to report, but that does not mean we are bereft of news. In fact, a couple mid-major programs received some superb news from potential impact targets lately.

Before getting into the news that has happened since the weekend, I do want to touch on a pair of Sunday commitments that I accidently overlooked in Monday’s Recruiting Notebook.

First off, Missouri picked up its second 2013 frontcourt player in a week when Torren Jones of La Lumiere (IN) popped to the Tigers. The 6-foot-8 power forward is a rugged low post player with a strong frame. A native of Arizona, Jones is ranked No. 94 in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125. His pledge was first reported by Josh Paunil of National Recruiting Spotlight.

Also, Boston College landed a commitment Garland Owens of Massanutten Military Academy (VA). The 6-foot-5 class of 2013 small forward is currently taking a fifth year after graduating from Magruder (MD).

Now, onto the more recent news . . . Marlo Kovacevic of Western Nebraska Community College made committed to Utah. According to CourtCred.com, which reported the pledge, Kovacevic is a 6-foot-11 center who selected the Utes over BYU.

No school has had a better week than Delaware. The Fightin’ Blue Hens struck twice, both on the same day, reeling in a pair of players who could be major contributors. First it was 6-foot-9 power forward Barnett Harris of Fishburne Military School (VA) who selected the CAA program, per his Twitter account.

Not long after Harris made his pledge came an even bigger pickup for Monte Ross and Co. Zacarry Douglas, a 6-foot-8 power forward from National Christian Academy (MD), also made the call for Delaware, per ESPN.com’s Dave Telep. It is still early, but it was not be surprising if Douglas is the best CAA-bound player in the class of 2013.

Another non-BCS program who made a significant addition this week was Wichita State. According to Sam Duren of OKHoops.com, 6-foot-7 power forward Shaquille Morris pulled the trigger for the Shockers. He is a 2013 prospect out of Edmond Memorial (OK) who makes his presence felt around the rim.

Austin Colbert had been down to three schools (Illinois, Miami and Seton Hall), but Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com has reported that Villanova is now on the list too. Colbert, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ), is ranked No. 116 in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125.

Dominic Woodson is another class of 2013 prospect who has trimmed his school list. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels had the news that the 6-foot-9 center out of Huntington Prep (WV) is down to Baylor and North Carolina State. One of the best post players in the country, Woodson checks in at No. 37 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125.

Evan Daniels also had the news that Will Ferguson is reclassifying from 2013 into the 2014 class. He is a 6-foot point guard from Herndon (VA) who runs with the loaded Team Takeover program.

I wanted to conclude with something that is not any sort of recent news, but is still on the topic and actually much more important. For those who did not get to see the ESPN Films ‘30 for 30’ documentary “Benji” on Tuesday night, I highly recommend checking it out. The film focuses on Benjamin Wilson, who was the No. 1 ranked high school basketball player in America in the class of 1985. A star at Chicago’s Simeon High School, Wilson was murdered prior to the start of his senior season. “Benji” is a powerful documentary that most people reading this would likely appreciate.

 

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