Whitehead checks out Pirates
The highest-ranked player on the road this weekend is No. 12 Isaiah Whitehead, who's making an unofficial visit to nearby Seton Hall on Saturday. The Pirates already have enjoyed a stellar post-summer period, recently picking up a commitment from top-50 forward Angel Delgado.
Whitehead would represent an even greater coup. Not only is he very highly ranked, obviously, he's the subject of a recruiting battle that also features powerhouses such as Indiana, Syracuse and UCLA. Seton Hall hasn't been considered among the leaders despite its local proximity, but their Saturday visit gives the Pirates a puncher's chance.
Sharpened Claws Await Blue-Chippers in Ann Arbor
This weekend will help determine exactly how much goodwill Michigan generated with last season's run to the NCAA final.
The Wolverines will host prime target Kameron Chatman for an official trip, and Donte Grantham will be in town in an official capacity as well. Less formally, 2015 guard Jalen Coleman and 2016 guard Tyus Battle will be visiting unofficially.
As for Chatman, the West Coaster would be a tremendous pickup due to both his talent and the fact that he would serve notice that the program can pull an elite prospect out of others' back yards.
Double duty for Ulis, Booker
He'll have a buddy in tow. Nationally rated wing Devin Booker will follow the identical schedule, bringing loads of talent to the respective campuses this weekend.
Looney to take in sights at Cameron
Duke is swinging for the fences with the Class of 2014, most notably taking a cut at top-ranked, potential package duo Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. Kevon Looney is a top target as well, and he's making his official trip to Durham.
'Dawgs on the hunt
Georgia hasn't made big waves yet during the 2014 cycle, but this weekend has shaped up as a huge one for Mark Fox's program.
The Bulldogs will play host to Matthew Fisher-Davis, Daniel Purifoy, Tevin Mack, Marcus Sheffield, Tookie Brown and freshman point guard Luis Hurtado. The idea is to get all the guys on campus amid the buzz for a huge football game — the 'Dawgs host South Carolina — and generate momentum.
Mostly Quiet on the Western Front
A relatively slow weekend awaits Pac-12 programs. After UCLA hosted Trevon Bluiett and Quentin Snider last weekend — winning a pledge from Bluiett in the process — no one is hosting a top-35 senior this weekend.
Other Key Visits
Speaking of Okafor, the No. 1 prospect will check out Kentucky's alumni game along with elite juniors Charles Matthews and Derrick Jones. Okafor won't be accompanied by Jones on this occasion, however.
Illinois will host prized point guard Quentin Snider for his official visit. He's fresh off a trip to UCLA, and thus the Louisville native will be making his second straight tour of a campus away from his home region.
Left for dead very recently, Miami has resurrected itself in the race for Paul White and will have him on campus this weekend for some South Beach action. Ja'Quan Newton already is on board, and the Canes would love for White to become their second top-100 commitment.
Nebraska hopes to notch a huge win for huge center Elbert Robinson, and he'll be a weekend-long presence in Lincoln. The Huskers are looking to make a move up the standings and add a talented, legitimate center, and Robinson certainly is that.
Zylan Cheatham has been closely linked to San Diego State and Washington, and the Aztecs take their shot at him this weekend. The utility forward later will visit the Huskies and New Mexico, at the minimum, with Arizona State also in the hunt.
Vanderbilt hosted Kell a week ago, and the Commodores will receive another fast-riser — Michael Humphrey — on an official basis this weekend. He'll join Riley LaChance in Nashville, who's also taking his official trip.
Mississippi State has a big weekend planned as the top prospect in 2015 -- Malik Newman -- will be on campus. As will Kevaughn Allen, Demetrius Houston and Joe Strugg.