Around the Nation: 10/3

In this section we discuss the latest behind the scenes additions and alterations to the knowledge pool, based on stories from throughout the network along with social media rumblings and other internet and word of mouth tidbits.

Things are moving rapidly as basketball season approaches. Several decisions are due in the next 48 hours, including for Goodluck Okonoboh, Donte Grantham and likely others. Check out the October 3rd recruiting report for the latest intel on their decisions, and here's a bit more information arriving at HQ.

1. James Blackmon is down to five schools: Kentucky, Indiana (where he'd previously committed), Kansas, Michigan and Michigan State. He cut Purdue, Louisville and North Carolina from his list of eight.

The Wildcats and Hoosiers are involved with other perimeter targets as well, and the Hoosiers in particular would love to get Blackmon back in the fold. They recently picked up a pledge from combo guard Robert Johnson and are looking for further outside firepower, and undoing the disappointment from Blackmon's prior de-commitment would bring welcome relief.

Incidentally, Blackmon and Johnson received my vote for Nos. 1 and 2 as three-point shooters this past summer, so clearly IU fans are tantalized over the possibility of getting them both.

2. Khadeem Lattin was overshadowed during the spring and summer by his elite wing teammates for the Houston Hoops, but the slender center is conducting a high-major recruitment of his own. Lattin is very explosive and, while not a great offensive player, should accumulate loads of blocked shots in college.

According to Longhorn Digest, he has enjoyed his recent trips to Texas and Oklahoma, and he's also interested in USC. The Big 12 hasn't exactly pieced together a banner recruiting class thus far, and for the sake of the conference Lattin would be a great pickup if the 'Horns or Sooners could land him.

3. According to David Borges via Twitter, Bonzie Colson is down to Notre Dame and Florida State and expects to announce this weekend. Though undersized, Colson has the strength and attitude to play inside. The Irish and Seminoles each have hosted him for an official visit, and prior suitors included UConn and Pittsburgh, among others.

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