Big Time Day Two: News and Notes

LAS VEGAS – It's getting that time of the month when recruiting information is at a premium. Everyone is keeping very close track of the guys they are recruiting and prospects are under the microscope. Here's some of the good stuff we picked up along the recruiting trail on Thursday.

News and Notes

Commitments

Wyoming OK, so this isn't a new one but we wanted to make sure you got it for those of you keeping score at home. Steve McClain took a commitment from CO PF Supo Jegede, a native of Nigeria. He's 6-9 and 200 pounds.

Rob Lanier Award II

It's funny how things come full circle. Today's Rob Lanier Award for recruiting creativity goes to … Rob Lanier. The new Siena head coach was caught sporting a Turner-Carroll H.S. T-shirt to a Donyell Marshall AAU game. Turner-Carroll is home to Ed Turner and Loren Stokes, a pair of Siena recruits. Note to future "Rob Lanier Award" candidates: the T-shirt thing is getting a little old. Maybe a switch to hats or shorts would be preferable.

TX forward Kyle Wilson drew a crowd of head coaches including Mike Montgomery, Bill Self, Mike Brey, Rick Majerus and Kelvin Sampson. … Rick Pitino watched Michigan Hurricanes junior Olu Famutimi play today. We know he's one the Cardinals covet for next year. … Speaking of the Hurricanes, Missouri head coach Quin Snyder took in one of their games and don't think the Tigers are going to backoff on Famutimi because Louisville wants him. …

NY PF Matt Gorman seems to be struggling with his offense this month. Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins was on hand to watch him. So was Western Kentucky head coach Dennis Felton. … UTEP head coach Jason Rabedeaux was watching CA SF Bobby Jones. Steve McClain was also on hand watching him as well. …

Tulane's Shawn Finney and Texas assistant Brian Cousins made a point of watching recently de-committed SF Derek Burditt. … East Carolina head coach Bill Herrion watched PF Curtis Withers this morning. … Florida made a point of watching CA junior forward Trevor Ariza and MA junior SG Mike Jones as they played on juxtaposed courts. …

New Old Dominion head coach Blaine Taylor was in the house watching NC forward Billy Houston. … California assistant John Wheeler kept track of swingman Marquis Kately on Thursday. … Delaware's entire staff was on hand watching DC Assault forward Ylrich Kossepka. … Arkansas' Nolan Richardson watched PA SF Omar Williams and word is the Hogs have offered. Williams mentioned Villanova, Seton Hall, St. Joe's, Georgetown, Iowa, George Washington, LaSalle, Drexel, Virginia, Delaware and Ohio State as some schools that have shown interest. …

PF Chris Bosh says Florida, Michigan, Miami and Georgia Tech are his schools. Paul Hewitt, Billy Donovan and Perry Clark watched him Thursday night. … Brad Buckman is going to see his recruitment "blow up." We've heard UCLA, Illinois and Missouri are on him hard. Texas is there too and we wouldn't sleep on the Longhorns with Buckman. North Carolina will likely try and get involved as well.

Illinois Fire swingman Chris Burras says Loyola, Western Michigan, Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois are on him. …

WA SG/SF Marcellus Kemp says he likes Gonzaga, UNLV, Utah, Seton Hall, Oregon and Oregon State. What, no Washington? Kemp says the Huskies have started sending him letters since his performance at ABCD but he's not interested. He feels a little under appreciated by the hometown Huskies. …

LA swingman Spencer Ford likes Georgia, LSU, Miami, Boston College, Louisiana Tech and UL-Lafayette. … CA SF Marquis Kately says California, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine and Stanford are inquiring about him. He says it's too early for a good list. …

Here's something you don't come across everyday: a recruitable Division I basketball player from Montana. Mike Chavez is going to sign DI papers this fall. He says Montana, Montana State and Oregon State are recruiting him. He's a 6-7 forward from Butte, MT. … NC C Adam Simons has offers from Elon, Virginia Tech and Western Michigan. He also is hearing from Wake Forest, NC State and Notre Dame but isn't sure of the interest level from those programs. …

Houston Superstars forward Richard Law played well again. Houston head coach Ray McCallum was in attendance and so were two assistants from New Mexico State who had to like what they saw.


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