Notebook: Drew, Two

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


Drew second recruitment should escalate


When Arizona State landed a commitment from 2015 Los Angeles Fairfax point guard Lindsey Drew (pictured above) last December, the Sun Devils beat out Fresno State for the versatile prospect.

On Tuesday, ASU fired head coach Herb Sendek and Drew subsequently opened up his recruitment. This time around, expect Drew to be more seriously recruited.

Drew is a 6-foot-3, 160-pound point guard who will be able to defend both guard spots at the next level. He has nice length, is a sharp passer, really blocks shots and rebounds well for the position, can create his own shot or get to the basket.

Even though Drew needs to get stronger, he has the physical tools and skill set to ultimately help a high major program. Expect his recruitment to take on a very different feel this time around.

— Josh Gershon


Players shoot for state titles this weekend


This weekend seems to be basically the last set of games for players going after state titles. I will be headed to Columbus, Ohio for the OHSAA State Final Four, and also Indiana wraps up this weekend in Indianapolis.

In Indiana, Caleb Swanigan will look to close his storied career with a state title. Swanigan has been a dominant force in the Hoosier State this year, and now he will have a chance to end it with the title of State Champion.

Swanigan continues to entertain numerous collegiate options

In the smaller divisions, Park Tudor is going for another championship and that will give a big stage to four-star class of 2017 forward Jaren Jackson, who is just beginning to scratch the surface of how good he can be.

In Ohio it is much of the same. At the division I level, the bracket is loaded. St. Edward's behind the leadership of senior Kipper Nichols and junior Derek Funderburk are looking to repeat as champions, but they should get a strong challenge from Huber Heights Wayne, which features recent Dayton commitment Trey Landers.

Also after upsetting Duke commitment Luke Kennard and Franklin, Dayton Dunbar with Ohio State pledge A.J. Harris will look to cap off the year by winning it all, as will Kansas commitment Carlton Bragg and his teammates.

Overall, it should be a big weekend of hoops in the Midwest, where some high profile prospects cap off their years by cutting down nets and winning a state title.

— Brian Snow


Brown dominating center stage


The biggest story in the recruiting world seems to center around the nation's top player -- Jaylen Brown.

The Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler standout managed to get out to California and back without anyone finding out while he was on campus. He was there on Sunday and Monday for an unofficial visit. California hadn’t previously been on his list.

Brown will receive extensive media attention in Chicago

Although his season is over and he's taken multiple visits, Brown, who took his final official visit to Michigan last week, still appears wide open.

"Who knows what he's going to do," one college coach involved told Scout.

The sentiment seems to be that's how most of the schools involved feel. Brown marches to his own beat and is holding his cards close to his vest.

Brown has also taken official trips to Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and North Carolina. Georgia and Georgia Tech have received unofficial visits.

Brown, a 6-7 wing, has yet to set a timetable for making a college decision.

— Evan Daniels


NC Top 80, McDonald’s on Tap


I gained a great deal from last weekend’s regional events, the Super 60 Showdown and VA Top 80.

Following that up, this weekend’s action in Greensboro, N.C., will feature the NC Top 80 on Saturday. Once again, many of North Carolina’s best prospects will tackle their touted in-state peers as well as a few outsiders from bordering states.

This will be the event’s second year and should enable me to develop a very strong knowledge base as the spring travel season kicks into high gear next month.

Also this weekend, several members of the Scout national team and other network colleagues will converge in Chicago on McDonald’s All-American festivities.

Uncommitted players to attend include Jaylen Brown, Diamond Stone, Ivan Rabb, Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, Cheick Diallo, Caleb Swanigan, Brandon Ingram and Thomas Bryant.

That’s nearly half the team and an extremely high number of undecideds at this late stage in the process, and certainly we intend to interview all of them during the course of the week. That should make for fun and illuminating coverage.

— Rob Harrington

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


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