Around the Nation: 9/18

In this space we discuss the latest behind the scenes changes to the ScoutHoops.com database, based on stories we publish on the national site as well as stories from network team sites, social media rumblings and other internet tidbits.

This week not surprisingly has brought numerous commitments from the country's seniors, many who chose to wrap up their recruitments prior to the start of their senior seasons.

But even as college coaches conduct in-home and campus visits, they've managed to budget in enough time to make moves on underclassmen as well. After all, recruiting never stops, and getting a jumpstart on 2015, 2016 and beyond stands as a requirement.

1. According to OnTheRadarHoops.com, Marquette has offered a pair of very talented juniors. Nationally touted teammates Daniel Giddens and Jaylen Brown both received invitations to join the Golden Eagle program.

Marquette certainly hasn't been shy about early offers during the Buzz Williams era, but on this occasion they have plenty of company. Brown checks in as Scout.com's No. 10 prospect in the Class of 2015 based on his superlative athleticism, while strong, rugged Giddens slots No. 34.

The fact that either of these two players receives an offer hardly is earthshattering news, but clearly even programs outside their home region feel comfortable jumping into the mix. They'll be two of the most closely monitored juniors during the upcoming season.

2. Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith tweeted on Wednesday that Maryland has offered 2015 wing Donovan Mitchell. The three star shooting guard is emerging as a highly sought regional, high-major prospect and, at Brewster, will enjoy tremendous exposure before a wide assortment of college coaches this season.

3. Although it's obviously early and he's a local, colleague Evan Daniels reports that 2016 Kentucky point guard Quentin Goodin will visit UK's campus on Thursday. Goodin has yet to receive widespread exposure but enjoys a strong reputation within the state at this early juncture.

He also has visited Louisville, Tennessee and Purdue, and chances are he'll begin accumulating multiple offers soon.


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