This weekend some key visits take place in the world of college basketball recruiting. Here is a rundown.
Briscoe doing the double
One of the biggest visitors this weekend is Isaiah Briscoe
, and he is making a pair of official visits. Coincidentally the two teams that faced off for the national title last year will host Briscoe for official visits on the same weekend.
First Briscoe will head to Connecticut
to check in with Kevin Ollie and his staff, and then immediately from there he flies to Lexington to visit Kentucky
. These are the first two visits for the five-star Briscoe. The plan is to visit Missouri
in a few weeks, and also he has talked about checking out Seton Hall
and St. John’s, though both of those can be unofficial since they are close to home.
For now Briscoe hasn’t indicated if he plans to decide early or decide in the spring, but he is kicking off his official visit tour this weekend.
Five-star bigs making trips
Two of the most important and talented remaining bigs in the country are also making official visits. Henry Ellenson
is visiting Marquette
while Cheick Diallo
is checking out Iowa State
Ellenson is one of the truly elite talents, and the Golden Eagles appear to be the leader in the clubhouse at the moment. He has already checked out Michigan State
, and a visit to Kentucky is still being planned, but most think that Marquette should be able to get this one done at some point, and this weekend could be huge. It is likely that Ellenson will be hosted on this official visit by his older brother Wally who is a member of the team.
With Diallo all indications are this will be a spring decision, so it is tough to peg an early leader, but the Cyclones have done a tremendous job in this recruitment. Diallo will want to see the campus (again) and get a good feel for the coaching staff if he is going to pick Iowa State, and this weekend will be huge in making that happen.
Other key visitors
is having a big weekend in the 2016 class as they host AAU teammates Kobi Simmons
and Braxton Blackwell
. Simmons is one of the absolutely elite talents in the 2016 class, and Blackwell is a very talented forward with versatility. Ohio State has very limited scholarships in 2016, and are looking to focus in on a few guys early.
hosts their top prospect this weekend as point guard Jawun Evans
makes the trip to Stillwater. Right now the Cowboys are considered the behind the scenes favorite with Illinois
to land the five-star. This visit should be huge in determining who lands his pledge.
VCU is easily having their most important recruiting weekend hosting four-star commitment Kenny Williams
as well as top target and fellow four-star Tevin Mack
. Also making the trip to Richmond this weekend is three-star forward Aric Holman
will look to really make an impression on Perry Dozier
. Dozier is their big focus right now in 2015, and the Wolverines get their shot this weekend for an official visit.
and Buzz Williams will look to make noise this weekend as well. The Hokies host four-star Chris Clarke
as well as Kerry Blackshear
for official visits. Clarke has been considered a lean to Virginia Tech for a little while, and Williams needs to land a huge recruiting win in this class, and Clarke would be exactly that.
will host three-star power forward Kaiser Gates
for an official visit. Gates has family in Ohio, and the Musketeers are hoping that pays off with the versatile forward from the Atlanta area.
will look to lock in the likely final member of their class with Shake Milton
visiting campus. The Hoosiers already have a pledge from Milton’s friend and AAU teammate, Juwan Morgan
, and if they also get Milton that would be a big win for the Hoosiers.
is having a huge visit weekend where Dejounte Murray
, David Crips, Matisse Thybulle
, and Malik Dime
are all on campus. Thybulle is the top remaining top 2015 target for Washington and is an AAU teammate of Murray’s, and the Huskies are hoping to make a push for a commitment this weekend.
is coming off of a visit to VCU, and now he is headed to Wichita State
. The athletic and versatile forward played very well in July, and now is making a name for himself as a top commodity for several schools on the recruiting trail.
Arizona State will host a handful of prospects this weekend. Frank Jackson, Yoeli Childs, Gavin Baxter, Tanksley Efianayi and Markus Howard are all expected for unofficial visits.
Clemson has a big weekend with four-star point guard Ty Hudson set to come to town. Luke Maye is also expected to visit Clemson this weekend.