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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (12/3/2012): TOWNS DECISION COMING; OTHER NEWS TRICKLING IN ON RECRUITING FRONT
by Alex Schwartz
Things have been very quiet on the trail over the past week, with few major commitments. However, there were a few newsworthy items from the high school hoops world lately and they are detailed below.
First off, the Oklahoma High School Sports Express reported that Stevie Clark of Douglass (OK) had signed his Letter of Intent to attend Oklahoma State. Clark is a 5-foot-10 point guard and he is ranked as the No. 101 player in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125. He is the second talented guard to pledge to the Cowboys recently, joining 6-foot-2 shooting guard Detrick Mostella of La Lumiere (IN).
Jeff Tarpley of AggieYell.com had the news that Tony Trocha inked with Texas A&M. Trocha is a 6-foot-10 center from Colombia who attends Saint Thomas (TX). The long post player has some definite upside and Scout.com’s Evan Daniels reported that he may enroll in College Station this season.
Class of 2013 stud Julius Randle will be out for three months with a fractured right foot, per Jason Jordan of USA Today. Randle, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Prestonwood Christian (TX), is ranked No. 5 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125.
Randle is the second star player from Prestonwood Christian to suffer a major injury recently. As we mentioned in a previous Recruiting Notebook, Matt Welch of the Plano Star Courier reported that Mickey Mitchell is out for the season with a torn ACL. Mitchell, a 6-foot-6 small forward, is ranked No. 1 in the NBE Sports Class of 2015 Post-July Top 25.
Rysheed Jordan of Vaux (PA) is down to St. John’s, Temple and UCLA, per Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com. The 6-foot-3 point guard is ranked No. 17 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125. Zagoria noted that he expected to decide after his visit to UCLA, which took place this past weekend.
Marcus Bryan, a class of 2013 prospect, has decommitted from Appalachian State, according to James Blackburn of BasketballElite.com. Bryan is a 6-foot-7 power forward from the Ravenscroft School (NC). Bryan was initially set to transfer to The Miller School (VA) and reclassify to 2014, but according to HighSchoolOT.com, he returned to Ravenscroft instead.
According to Garrett Tucker of Future 150, Kentucky head coach John Calipari went out to see Tyus Jones last Monday night. Jones is a 6-foot-1 point guard from Apple Valley (MN) who checks in at No. 2 in the NBE Sports Class of 2014 Post-July Top 75. However, he is actually the No. 1 player in the class since Andrew Wiggins has reclassified to 2013. The junior floor general has a final eight of Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Kentucky is also expected to be the recipient of Karl Towns early verbal commitment tomorrow. Currently ranked #3 in the NBE Sports Post-Summer Class of 2015 Top 25, there is a strong possibility the 6-foot-10 Towns could reclass into the Class of 2014 in the future. Although he is not currently tipping his hand and saying recently he was undecided, Towns visited Lexington recently for the UK/LIU game and he was coached last summer by Calipari and Orlando Antigua on the Dominican Republic National Team.
Marcus Helton of DMV Elite reported that elite 2016 prospect Thon Maker has transferred to Carlisle School (VA). The 6-foot-11 center is considered by many as the best player in the country in the freshman class.
This is not related to high school hoops, but rather is something much more important. It is currently Jimmy V Week and thus I wanted to share the link to Jim Valvano’s famous speech from the 1993 ESPYs. If you have not seen it, I highly suggest watching it. If you have, then you know how great it is and may well want to watch it again.
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