Broddie advances timeline
Some significant news broke Tuesday evening.
Randall Broddie (pictured above), a Memphis pledge, opted to reclassify from the 2016 to the 2015 class, according to a source. The 2015 class was Broddie’s original recruiting class. Broddie was ranked as the No. 45 overall prospect and the No. 7 shooting guard.
Since he committed to the Tigers, this has been the behind-the-scenes talk and on Tuesday it came to fruition, much to Memphis’ delight.
While he’s regarded as a shooting guard by Scout, Broddie is really a true combination guard who can certainly slide over and play minutes with the ball in his hands. I suspect that Memphis will utilize him both as a scorer and distributor.
Perhaps Broddie’s biggest strength though is his ability to put up points. The southpaw can get hot in a hurry from long-range, is able to create his own shot opportunities and is wired to score.
The Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac standout joins a Memphis class that also consists of brothers Dedrick and K.J. Lawson.
— Evan Daniels
Pritchard recruitment closes as Jackson's opens
|Jackson won’t play in college for several years, but he’ll be worth the wait|
The good news for West Coast - and perhaps national - programs still searching for point guards is that while Pritchard is no longer available, another highly rated and previously committed prospect is still open.
Frank Jackson, Scout's 32nd rated prospect in the class, committed to BYU in Sept. 2013, but over the last couple of months has quietly been mulling over his options, as he's unofficially visited Arizona State and had dialogue with a number of other programs, including Arizona, Stanford and UCLA.
Jackson hasn't publicly decommitted, but the Scout basketball team's policy is that you're either solidly committed or you're not, and in this case, Jackson is clearly not committed to BYU.
A player who will take a Mormon mission straight out of high school, essentially making him a 2018 prospect, look for Stanford to be seriously involved here.
— Josh Gershon
Now is one of the more interesting times for college coaches on the recruiting trail, even if it wouldn't seem that way. For the most part, college staffs now switch gears from 2015 to 2016 in terms of primary recruiting focus, and also they are starting their season and getting a better feel for their roster, especially their young guys. This gives them a better idea of specifically what they need to focus on in the junior class.
With those two factors combined with the start of the high school season, I would anticipate some new offers going out and some new targets to emerge for each team. It is that time of the year that is a transition, and also it really sets the tone for 2016 recruiting, and who is prioritized as a recruit at each school.
— Brian Snow
Brown’s addition further boosts Tigers
Auburn received immense publicity earlier in the fall when Bruce Pearl corralled three four star seniors and one talented juco guard, but the Tigers quietly made another addition during the fall signing period.
Bryce Brown, a point guard from Georgia, backed off an early pledge to Charlotte and inked with the AU. A combo guard who impressed last summer, including at the Best of the South tournament in July, Brown attended Auburn’s elite camp in August.
As he told Mark Murphy of Inside The Auburn Tigers:
“Talking to Coach Bruce Pearl and some of the other coaching staff, they told me I will come in and be a combo guard," Brown said. "They are looking at me for big minutes right away. I can play the two, which allows me to score, which is what I do best.”
Brown definitely is a scorer, as he proved with the 3T All-Stars. He hasn’t received as much exposure as many of his blue-chip 2015 peers, but he’s a good talent with the potential to man either backcourt position in Pearl’s lineup.
Auburn currently holds the nation’s No. 19 class.
— Rob Harrington
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report