Commitment Rundown

It was a busy weekend in the recruiting world. Arkansas picked up a local, while Iowa State and Texas tech scored big men.

Arkansas adds 2013 prospect

Mike Anderson is trying to keep the best players in Arkansas home.

This past weekend he got off to a good start by picking up a verbal commitment from 6-foot-2, 160-pound Dederick Lee, a standout at Clarksville (Ark.) High.

Dudley Dawson, of HawgsIllustrated, confirmed the news with the 4A state champion.

"I had in my mind that he (Anderson) was the coach that I wanted to play for in college when he was still at Missouri, but when he came back to Arkansas that just made it perfect," Lee said. "I love his up-tempo style and it is a system I think that I play the best in."

Lee was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sophomore of the Year and averaged 27.5 points and seven assists a game.

Iowa State snags Gibson

Shortly after Brian Gregory took off for Georgia Tech, Percy Gibson, who was once signed with Dayton, decided he would look at other college options.

After considering a host of programs including Virginia Tech, Gibson opted for Fred Hoiberg and Iowa State this past weekend. CycloneSportsReport.com's Greg Ohlson confirmed the news with Gibson.

"After I visited the campus I just felt it was the right place for me," he told Ohlson. "I guess it was just a hunch but when I saw how nice the community was I just knew it was the right decision."

New Iowa State assistant coach Cornell Mann was Gibson's lead recruiter when Gibson committed to Dayton. Now at Iowa State, Mann was a big part of his decision to go with Iowa State.

"It was definitely a factor because he was heavily involved in my recruitment with Dayton and him and I have really built a strong relationship."

Soumaoro will play for Gillispie

Billy Gillispie picked up a 6-foot-8 big man prospect over the weekend.

Daouda Soumaoro, of Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American, recently gave Texas Tech the nod. Our Savior coach Eric Jaklitsch confirmed the decision with Scout.com.

"He decided to go to Texas Tech because they have a need for him to play right away," Jaklitsch said. "Texas Tech is in the Big 12 and Billy Gillespie has had a good track record with big kids. They plan on him playing the 4 and liked his ability to face the basket."

Soumaoro also considered Washington, Saint John's, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Maryland.

Other Notes

*Luke Hancock announced his decision to transfer from George Mason to Louisville on Saturday. Hancock averaged nearly 11 points and lead his squad in assists during his sophomore season.

*Abdel Nader's decision to commit to Northern Illinois was surprising. A member of Scout.com's 2012 top 100, Nader is a 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing prospect out of Skokie (Ill.) Niles North.

*UC-Irvine added Marcus Bradley, of a Del Mar (Calif.) Corona, while Tulsa picked up a commitment from Fork Union (Va.) Military standout David Wishon. Duquesne also picked up 6-foot-8 big man A.J. West.


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