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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (1/14/2013): ACTION HEATING UP ON RECRUITING TRAIL
by Alex Schwartz
After a long swoon during the holiday season, things have picked back up in a hurry on the recruiting trail. One of the nation’s best big men made his pledge and several, as did a top-notch junior guard and several other players.
Dakari Johnson of Montverde Academy (FL) became yet another part of the star-studded Kentucky recruiting class. The 6-foot-10 class of 2013 center picked the Wildcats over Georgetown and Syracuse.
Johnson had been ranked No. 3 in the NBE Sports Class of 2014 Post-July Top 75, but he has since reclassified up to 2013. UK already has four additional top-15 commits in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125, as John Calipari is putting together his, if not the best class yet.
Isaiah Taylor, a 6-foot-2 point guard from The Village School (TX), has popped to Texas, per Jim Hicks of RCS Sports. Taylor is a class of 2013 prospect and is the first member of the Longhorns’ recruiting class.
Neville Fincher of Hargrave Military Academy (VA) is off the board for the Kansas State Wildcats, per Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com. A 6-foot-9 class of 2013 center, Fincher is a graduate of Teaneck (NJ), who is currently in a post-grad year.
Scott Burgess of ChicagoHoops.com had the news that JuCo prospect Keanau Post committed to Missouri. Post is a 6-foot-11 class of 2013 center who currents attends Southwestern Illinois College (IL).
Kendall Smith of Deer Valley (CA) tweeted that he committed to UNLV. A 6-foot-2 class of 2013 point guard, Smith had previously trimmed his list to a final three of UCLA, UConn, and UNLV, according to Coast 2 Coast Hoops.
San Jose State picked up a pledge from 2013 prospect Rae Jackson, according to Alex Kline. Jackson is a 6-foot-2 point guard out of El Cerrito (CA).
Justin Byerly had the news that Matthew Madigan, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, made the decision to head to Brown, a member of the Ivy League. Madigan is a class of 2013 prospect from Mt. Tabor (NC).
Brewster Academy (NH) head coach Jason Smith announced on Twitter that a member of his team, Rob Champion, has pledged to Holy Cross. A 6-foot-5 class of 2013 shooting guard, Champion graduated from Charlotte Catholic (NC) and is now in a post-grad year.
Adam Finkelstein of the New England Recruiting Report had the news that Kendall Jackson of Suffield Academy (CT) popped for Columbia. The 6-foot point guard is a class of 2013 prospect who is taking a post-grad year after graduating from Bishop O’Dowd.
Columbia also landed a commitment from Chris McComber of REDA (CAN), and that too was first reported by Adam Finkelstein. McComber is a 6-foot-5 class of 2013 small forward.
Amadi Udenyi of St. Thomas More (CT) has made his college commitment and had decided on Hofstra, per Alex Kline. Udenyi is a 5-foot-10 class of 2013 point guard who is taking a post-grad year after graduating from De La Salle (CA).
Seton Hall transfer Freddie Wilson has committed to attend Drexel as his new destination, per a source. Wilson is a 6-foot-2 sophomore point guard who attended Hillhouse (CT). He is a former high school teammate of Drexel’s Tavon Allen.
Darrick Wood, a former St. John’s commit, has signed with Hutchinson Community College (KS), per Dave Telep of ESPN.com. Wood is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who will likely be highly sought after as a JuCo prospect.
Moving onto the class of 2014, Shelton Mitchell of Cutherbetson (NC) tweeted that he pledged to Wake Forest. A 6-foot-3 point guard, Mitchell is a major pickup for Jeff Bzdelik and Co., especially as an early commitment. He is the third superb 2014 prospect from North Carolina to pop for an in-state ACC program, as Caleb and Cody Martin are headed to North Carolina State.
Class of 2014 prospect Bryant McIntosh has made an early commitment to Indiana State, per Scouting Indiana. McIntosh is a 6-foot-2 point guard who attends Greensburg (IN).
Brian Snow of Scout.com had the news of New Mexico landing a pledge from Xavier Adams, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard. Adams is a class of 2014 recruit out of Alvarado (TX).
Tate de Laveaga of Westwind Prep (AZ), has decided on Northern Arizona, per the Westwind Prep hoops Twitter page. He is a 6-foot-1 point guard in the class of 2014.
After decommitting from Baylor, Leron Black of White Station (TN) has a new list of schools, per CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello. Black is considering Baylor, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Connecticut and Vanderbilt, per Borzello, who got that from Black’s AAU coach. Multiple reports indicate that Kentucky has yet to offer Black, who is ranked No. 13 in the NBE Sports 2014 Top 75.
Justin Jackson, one of the top wings in the junior class, tweeted that he is down to Arizona, Ohio State, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington. A 6-foot-7 small forward from HCYA (TX), Jackson checks in at No. 30 in the NBE Sports 2014 Top 75.
Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times reported that Parker Jackson-Cartwright of Loyola (CA) will be out of action for “several weeks” due to a nagging injury to his foot and ankle. Jackson-Cartwright, a 5-foot-8 point guard, is ranked No. 37 in the NBE Sports 2014 Top 75.
Kendall Stephens of St. Charles East (IL) is out for the season due to a shoulder injury, per Eli Kaberon. Stephens is a 6-foot-5 class of 2013 shooting guard who is headed to Purdue for his college ball.
Kuran Iverson, a class of 2013 Memphis commit, is ineligible for the McDonald’s All-American Game because he is too old, per Jerry Meyer of 247Sports. Iverson, a 6-foot-8 small forward, is a Connecticut native who attends Fishburne Military School (VA).
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