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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (10/31/2012): WIGGINS’ NEWS OVERSHADOWS WILLIAMS’ COMMITMENT
by Alex Schwartz
The past few days have continued to be pretty quiet on the recruiting trail over the past several days. However, there were a couple of top-notch players who did make noise with a decision of one kind or another.
It is rare that a commitment from a top-25 player to one of the nation’s elite programs can be overshadowed by something other than a commitment from a more highly ranked player. Nonetheless, that is the case for this edition of the Recruiting Notebook. The biggest news of the past week was Andrew Wiggins reclassifying from 2014 to 2013.
The 6-foot-7 small forward from Huntington Prep (WV) is the near unanimous top prospect in high school hoops, regardless of class. Wiggins had been ranked No. 1 in the NBE Sports Class of 2014 Post-July Top 75, but he will now move to the top spot in the 2013 class.
Wiggins is a truly elite prospect and will be a tremendous pickup for whatever school he selects. Florida State and Kentucky are considered to be the favorites to land the athletic wing from Ontario, Canada.
Now, as for that top-25 prospect who made his college commitment, that would be Troy Williams. Per multiple reports, Indiana is the school of choice for the bouncy 6-foot-6 small forward. Williams, who is ranked No. 20 in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Top 125, is spending his senior year at Oak Hill Academy (VA) after transferring over from Pheobus (VA).
Steve Jones of The Courier Journal spoke with Boo Williams, who said that Troy is the first player from his AAU program to head to Indiana. Williams joins a five-man recruiting class for the Hoosiers than also includes No. 69 ranked Stanford Robinson, a 6-foot-4 wing from Findlay Prep (NV).
According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, DePaul got a commitment earlier this week and it came from the JuCo ranks. Forrest Robinson of Scotch Plains College (TX) made his pledge to the Blue Demons. Robinson is a 6-foot-10 power forward who began his college career at North Texas.
Butler got itself a potential star in the form of 6-foot-2 combo guard Rene Castro of Worcester Academy (MA), who tweeted his pledge to the Atlantic-10 program. The No. 76-ranked player in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125, Castro picked the Bulldogs over schools such as Duquesne and George Washington. He is the second player from the BABC AAU program to commit to Brad Stevens, joining Andrew Chrabascz of Cushing Academy (MA).
One 2013 player who is back on the market is Travis Jorgenson of New Hampton (NH). Evan Daniels had the news that the 6-foot point guard decommitted from Missouri. He is a native of the Show Me State, but Mizzou also has a more highly touted point guard in its class in the form of Wes Clark of Romulus (MI). Clark is ranked No. 45 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125.
Jacey Zembal of TheWolfpacker.com reported that BeeJay Anya of DeMatha (MD) is down to two schools. A 6-foot-8 center who is ranked No. 21 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125, Anya is reportedly focusing on Indiana and North Carolina State.
Speaking of the Wolfpack, Dominic Woodson also has the ACC team in his final two. Well, the 6-foot-9 center from Huntington Prep (WV) tweeted on Sunday that he is “going to make a decision next week.” Woodson checks in at No. 37 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125.
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