Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report
Roundtable: Most Intriguing 2015 Recruitments
As we've observed since the conclusion of the evaluation period, we've now transition fully into commitment season. What recruitment or recruitments do you think will be the most dramatic heading deeper and deeper into the fall? Evan Daniels: There are a couple of high-level recruitments I'm looking forward to following, primarily because I can't figure out what they are going to do. I'm referring to players like Malik Newman, Jaylen Brown and Stephen Zimmerman. But perhaps the ones that could be the most dramatic and drawn out could be Carlton Bragg. He doesn't appear to be in a hurry with his recruitment and has a host of schools that think they are strongly in the mix. There's still a lot to play out in his deal. He hasn't cut his list, but says he plans on doing that and setting some dates on September 1st. Among the schools involved are Illinois, Ohio State, UCLA, Kentucky, Kansas and many others. Rob Harrington: I'm highly intrigued by Skal Labissiere's ultimate destination. His recruitment has been quieter than that of other elites, and it won't surprise me if he ultimately becomes the best player to emerge from the Class of 2015. He could go to college for one season and make some college coach look like a development genius prior to going very highly in the NBA draft. But that's the thing. Labissiere's recruitment involves more than just colleges, as he might follow in the footsteps of Emmanuel Mudiay and bypass the collegiate game altogether. Given that he's a native of Haiti, he obviously isn't as immersed in college hoops culture as much as most of his American-born peers. And with the prevalence of international prospects in the senior class — also including Ben Simmons and Cheick Diallo, among others — a trend might emerge, at least for those with international pedigree. Brian Snow: The recruitment that I am most interested to watch is five-star point guard Jalen Brunson. Brunson was seemingly all set to go to Temple with his dad ending up on staff, but that now appears to be on hold. With the Temple situation on hold, there seems to be no consensus at all with what Brunson is going to do. Some feel he is likely to stay closer to home and go to Michigan State or Illinois, and both of those programs have put in a heck of a lot of effort into landing him. Then there is the potential of him still ending up at Temple or potentially back in Philadelphia at Villanova. So far Brunson has set up trips to Illinois, Temple, Villanova, and Purdue, but at this point no one seems to have a great idea as to what he is thinking going forward Josh Gershon: I'm most interested in what happens with Jaylen Brown. He's coming off an unofficial visit to UCLA, a school that has picked up serious ground due in part to his AAU team's ties with adidas, and it's put the Bruins in good position to ultimately land him. However, Kansas and Kentucky are amongst the schools that are in line for visits - he told Scout.com that he'll definitely check out UK - and when Bill Self and John Calipari are going full stream after a prospect, you can never count them out. Brown could have more upside than any prospect in the 2015 class, making him a pretty important prospect for all the schools involved.
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