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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (1/25/2013): BERRY GIVES TAR HEELS HEAD START ON ’14 CLASS & MORE RECRUIT NEWS
by Alex Schwartz
While the last week or so has not been crazy on the recruiting trail, it has certainly not been as slow as the holiday season. The rundown includes a few high-major programs adding 2013 commitments, a powerhouse getting a 2014 pledge, USA Basketball releasing some big news and more.
We begin with the 2014 pledge, which came from Joel Berry, the No. 20 prospect in the NBE Sports Class of 2014 Post-July Top 75. Berry, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Lake Highland Prep (FL), has popped for North Carolina, per Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com. He is a major pickup for the Tar Heels and is the highest ranked committed player in the NBE Sports 2014 rankings.
Amida Brimah, a 6-foot-11 class of 2013 center committed to UConn, per Coast 2 Coast Hoops. Brimah attends Archbishop Carroll (FL), after transferring over from Monsignor Pace (FL). He is a bit under the radar and fairly raw, but has some definite upside and can really impact the game when he is in the groove.
Jerron Wilbut of St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (WI) is off the board to Seton Hall, according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com. Wilbut is a 6-foot-3 class of 2013 shooting guard who is in a post-graduate year after attending Downers Grove South (IL).
Sticking with the news on ZagsBlog.com and the current BIG EAST, Rutgers picked up a commitment from South Kent (Conn.) point guard Shane Rector. The 6-foot-1 Rector is the first commit in the 2013 class for Mike Rice and the Scarlet Knights.
Washington has added another point guard to its 2013 recruiting class, as Jahmel Taylor popped for the Huskies, per ESPN.com’s Joel Francisco. Taylor is a 5-foot-11 prospect out of Pacific Hills (CA).
Darius Thompson of Blackman (TN) popped for Vanderbilt, per Tom Kreager of The Daily News Journal. Thompson is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard in the class of 2013, whose other finalists were Auburn and Tennessee, per Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.
Paul Jones of Bulldawgs247 reported that De’Runnya Wilson of Wenonah (AL) committed to Mississippi State to play both football and basketball. A 6-foot-6 power forward on the hardwood, Wilson is also a standout wide receiver on the gridiron. He is a class of 2013 prospect.
Skyler White of Northfield Mt. Hermon (MA) is off the board to George Washington, according to the NMH basketball Twitter account. White is a 6-foot-8 combo forward in the class of 2013 who possesses a pretty nice skill set.
Matthew Taylor, a class of 2013 recruit from Canada, has committed to New Mexico State, per Barry Hayes of HoopStarsCanada.com. Taylor is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who currently attends Future Prep (CA).
According to scrimmageplay.com, Travis Hester is headed to play for the Hofstra Pride. The 2013 recruit is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from The Miller School (VA) who is known for his 3-point shooting.
Richard Williams, a 6-foot-4 small forward from Vermont Academy (VT), has committed to Hofstra, per Alex Kline. Williams, a class of 2013 prospect from New York who is in a post-graduate year, also had Kent State, St. Bonaventure, and St. Peter’s on his list, per Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.
According to Marcus Helton of DMV Elite, Binghamton has added a commitment from Marlon Beck out of Maret (DC). A class of 2013 prospect, Beck is a 5-foot-9 point guard who seems to be a bit under the radar.
Oregon football coach Chip Kelly leaving for the Philadelphia Eagles looks to have had an impact in the hoops world too. Dual-sport standouts Tyree and Tyrell Robinson, 6-foot-4 twin brothers from Lincoln (CA), were committed to Oregon’s football program and were expected to play basketball as well. However, per Rivals.com’s Robert Cassidy, the Robinsons, who are shooting guards on the hardwood, have decommitted from Oregon. They are 2013 prospects.
Roschon Prince, ranked No. 113 in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125, remains committed to USC, per CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello. USC fired its head coach Kevin O’Neill this past week. Borzello also reported that Prince “left the door open depending on who is the next coach.” Prince is a 6-foot-5 small forward from Long Beach Poly (CA).
While Prince plans to stick with the Trojans for now, that does not appear to be the case for Kendal Yancy-Harris of Berkner (TX). Garrett Tucker of Future150.com reported that the 6-foot-4 senior point guard has asked for a release from his Letter of Intent with USC. Yancy-Harris is ranked No. 86 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125.
Jerry Meyer spoke with Team Nashville AAU coach Carlton Battle about 5-foot-10 point guard Cornelius Elder of the Ensworth School (TN). Meyer was told that the dual-sport prospect will be choosing a football offer. He also reported that he was told that Elder, a 2013 recruit, does still want to play both sports in college.
Isaiah Lewis, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, has transferred from The Patrick School (NJ) to Arlington Country Day (FL), per Jay Gomes of NJHoops.com. Lewis is a class of 2013 prospect who was in his first year at The Patrick School, transferring there from Christ the King (NY).
Josh Perkins, a class of 2014 prospect from Regis Jesuit (CO), is down to nine schools, per Scout.com’s Josh Gershon. He reported that the nine finalists for the 6-foot-2 point guard are Arizona, Colorado, Denver, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Stanford.
USA Basketball announced its 10 selections for the 2013 Hoop Summit, which will take place on April 20 in Portland, Ore. The roster includes Aaron Gordon, Kentucky-commit Aaron Harrison, Kentucky-commit Andrew Harrison, Florida-pledge Kasey Hill, Notre Dame-bound Demetrius Jackson, Arizona-commit Rondae Jefferson, Duke-bound Jabari Parker, Arkansas-pledge Bobby Portis, Julius Randle, and Indiana-bound Noah Vonleh.
Jermaine Lawrence, ranked No. 24 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125, was cleared to return to game action, per Zach Braziller of the New York Post. A 6-foot-9 power forward, Lawrence has yet to play this season due to a wrist injury. Recruiting-wise, the senior has a final three of Cincinnati, St. John’s and UNLV.
Isaiah Still, a 6-foot-5 class of 2015 shooting guard, left the Roselle Catholic (NJ) basketball team, per Adam Zagoria.
Paul VI (VA) knocked off its second elite program of the season, defeating Montverde Academy (FL) in overtime. Earlier this season, Paul VI beat Oak Hill Academy (VA). A few days later, Findlay Prep (NV) overcame a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to beat Montverde, who was considering by many to be the No. 1 team in the nation. Findlay Prep won on a 3-pointer by Washington-bound Nigel Williams-Goss with just a couple second left.
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