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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (11/15/2012): ’15 KARL TOWNS UPSTAGES SIGNING PERIOD OPENING

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

It is rare that the biggest news to come out of signing week involves a player who cannot sign a Letter of Intent for another two years, but one could argue that is the case thus far. That is partially due to the lack of major commitments and partially due to the fact that the news from the sophomore class is pretty big.

Here is a look at some of the bigger stories of the week, some from yesterday, the first day of the early signing period, and some from the days leading up to it.

We start it with the aforementioned sophomore who has grabbed the headlines. In news that looks to have been first reported by Joseph Thompson of SEC Basketball Recruiting, Karl Towns, Jr. has decided to announce his college decision on December 4th. A 6-foot-10 power forward/center out of St. Joseph’s Metuchen (NJ), Towns is one of the best prospects in the nation regardless of class. He is ranked No. 3 in the NBE Sports Class of 2015 Post-July Top 25.

Towns has most of the nation’s elite programs coming after him and basically has his selection of schools. There has long been some chatter about Kentucky when it comes to Towns and the Wildcats could be the favorite here.

Now onto some 2013 news, beginning with commitments . . . Joel Embiid selected Kansas over Florida and Texas, per ESPN.com’s Dave Telep. Embiid is a 6-foot-11 center from The Rock School (FL) who has generated a great deal of buzz over the past few months. He ranks No. 73 in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125.

Just five spots behind Embiid on that list is Jordan Bell, at No. 78. A 6-foot-7 power forward out of Long Beach Poly (CA), Bell has committed to Oregon, according to Gazettes.com’s Twitter page. Bell selected the Ducks over Auburn, with UConn having also been in the mix.

Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com had the news that 6-foot-9 power forward Austin Colbert committed to Illinois. The senior big man from Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ) selected the Fighting Illini over Miami, Seton Hall and Villanova. He is ranked No. 116 in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125.

UC-Irvine got a major coup in landing Mamadou Ndiaye of Brethren Christian (CA), in news that was first reported by Dave Telep. Ndiaye is a 7-foot-5 center who has a chance to absolutely dominate games for the Anteaters.

Justin Hokanson of AuburnSports.com broke the news that Benas Griciunas of Findlay Prep (NV) committed to Auburn. Griciunas is a 6-foot-10 power forward who is from Lithuania, according to the Findlay Prep website.

Fallou Ndoye of Findlay Prep also made his college choice, pledging to Mississippi State according to Scott Golden of Hoop Exchange. The Findlay Prep website lists the 6-foot-10 center as being from Senegal.

Janari Joesaar of Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) has popped to Mississippi, per Neal McCready of RebelGrove.com. Joesaar is a 6-foot-6 small forward and he hails from Estonia according to McCready.

Scout.com’s Evan Daniels broke the news that Omar Prewitt of Montgomery County (KY) committed to William & Mary. Prewitt is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who ranks amongst the very best shooters in the nation in the senior class. He put on an absolute show in Orlando this summer that ranked amongst the best performances of the Live Period and he is a nice get for the Tribe.

Brandon Randolph of Inglewood (CA), who at one point made a brief commitment to Pepperdine, had easily the most interesting signing day story. First, Scout.com’s Brian Snow reported that the 6-foot-2 point guard committed to Xavier, which a source confirmed to me as well. However, several hours later, Rick Broering of MusketeerScoop.com tweeted, “Randolph situation changing rapidly.” Soon after, Snow reported that Randolph’s father wanted him to take a visit to Missouri despite being committed to Xavier. So, it seems that this might not be done just yet.

Matt Bracken of The Baltimore Sun reported that Aquille Carr will not sign with Seton Hall in the early period, but remains committed to the Pirates. A source of mine has also confirmed that news. The 5-foot-6 point guard from Princeton Day Academy (MD) ranks No. 51 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125.

Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star looks to have been the one to break the news that Alex Etherington decommitted from Kansas State. Etherington is a 6-foot-6 small forward who attends Hamilton Heights (IN).

Finally, for numerous signing day updates, you can check out my National Signing Day Blog on Northstar Basketball by clicking Here.

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