Notebook: High stakes for Thybulle

In our weekly Notebook feature, the national team explores creative and broad topics from the grassroots hoops realm.

Thybulle has one last visit

Being a player who has mostly flown under the national radar who also comes from a relatively less-covered region of the country in the Pacific Northwest, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Matisse Thybulle's (pictured above) recruitment hasn't received a lot of publicity.

But it doesn't make the 6-foot-6, 185-pound 2015 small forward from Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic any less important for the schools remaining in the hunt.

Thybulle has officially visited California, Oregon and Gonzaga, with his fourth and final trip going to Washington on Sept. 27.

California and Oregon haven't been eliminated, but it's expected to come down to Gonzaga and Washington, with both schools relatively even heading into the Huskies' visit, multiple sources have speculated.

Thybulle's size, length, athleticism, motor, defensive and rebounding ability project him as a guy who, at worst, should be a key role player on a winning team. If his handle and jumper continue to progress, he has the chance to be much better than that.'s 73rd ranked prospect in the class, it's hard to put a number on Thybulle's true value given his tools and how hard he plays. He'll be an important addition wherever he goes.

— Josh Gershon

Arizona’s 2015 recruiting class is back on top.

After giving up the spot in’s 2015 recruiting class rankings for nearly two weeks, Sean Miller and his staff were able to secure a commitment from top 50 recruit Chance Comanche and move back into the pole position.

Miller currently holds pledges from three five-star recruits – Ray Smith (No. 12), Allonzo Trier (No. 13) and Justin Simon (No. 17) – plus Comanche (No. 44). While a terrific class already, the Wildcats aren’t done and have at least one more scholarship in 2015.

Louisville falls back to No. 2 in the rankings. They hold commitments from Deng Adel (No. 18), Donovan Mitchell (No. 20) and Raymond Spalding (No. 39), after suffering a de-commitment from Antonio Blakeney on Monday. Duke, which has commitments from Chase Jeter (No. 9) and Luke Kennard (No. 22), is No. 3 in the rankings.

Another change to the 2015 class rankings is Connecticut’s position. With the commitment from Steve Enoch (No. 64) over the weekend, Kevin Ollie now has a pair of top 100 prospects. Enoch joins Jalen Adams (No. 26) to make up their current recruiting class. Connecticut’s class is ranked No. 12 overall.

2015 Team Recruiting Rankings

— Evan Daniels

It could be a long and interesting spring

Some years the top kids all seemingly choose to decide early, and other years many of them decide to wait. While things can and do always change when it comes to the timing of decisions, right now it is looking like we will have a drama filled winter and spring as many of the elite senior prospects seem intent on waiting out their college decision.

< In the five-star range alone Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb, Cheick Diallo, Caleb Swanigan, Carlton Bragg, and Isaiah Briscoe all seem more likely to be spring decisions than fall decisions. Add in a few other players such as Brandon Sampson and Derrick Jones who could also very easily be spring decisions, and it is becoming apparent that college coaches are going to have a long wait for some of their top prospects.

In general I do not feel that these cases are all that related to one another, none of the kids mentioned are especially close and it isn't like they are waiting to see what one another do, but it does seem that this year the decision has been made to wait things out more so than in year's past for many of the top targets.

— Brian Snow

Mudiay inks with Under Armour

Under Armour announced on Tuesday that prized 2014 talent Emmanuel Mudiay has inked a sponsorship deal with the company.

That move hardly surprised anyone, but from a recruiting perspective, it could impact the decisions of upcoming prepsters who are considering bypassing college basketball.

Mudiay opted for China over SMU

While players at this juncture are unable to proceed directly from high school to the NBA, they could follow in Mudiay's footsteps and play in an overseas professional league for one season. Not only is Mudiay drawing a paycheck in China from his team, the Guangdong Southern Tigers, he now adds revenue from Under Armour as well.

Simply put, then, he's making a mint while his 2014 peers will be playing without monetary compensation at American universities. Of course, it's not as simple as it seems, given Brandon Jennings' mixed reviews of his foreign experience prior to joining the NBA.

But at a time when the league has discussed the advent of a two-year minimum on high schoolers before they can join the NBA, the overseas avenue could become increasingly popular for elites.

And, in fact, in my view the NBA is unlikely to pass the two-year rule for that very reason. The last thing the league wants is to institute rules that facilitate the rise of a competitor. The association has reached out aggressively to emerging hoops markets the past two decades, and players such as Mudiay could force the league to retract its stated goal of adding another 12-month delay from high school to the pros.

— Rob Harrington

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report

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