Notebook: Reshuffled Rankings

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

Musical Chairs In Effect

Three highly touted prospects recently reclassified from the 2016 class to 2015, and when that happens adjustments need to be made to the top 100.

LaGerald Vick (pictured above), who recently committed to Kansas, has slotted the highest at No. 37 overall in the 2015 class. The Memphis (Tenn.) Douglass standout is a 6-foot-4 guard with impressive athleticism and shooting ability.

With the addition of Vick, Kansas’ 2015 recruiting class moves from outside the top 10 up to No. 9. Vick joined Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg to make up their 2015 class.

Meanwhile, Owensboro (Ky.) High standout Aric Holman also recently opted to go to school and become eligible for the 2015-16 season. Holman committed to Mississippi State and with his placement at No. 71 in the 2015 top 100, the Bulldogs now have three top 100 prospects in 2015.

Ben Howland’s first recruiting class ranks No. 13 in the 2015 team rankings. Holman joins five-star guard Malik Newman, fellow four-star guard Quinndary Weatherspoon and Joseph Strugg in an outstanding class.

Nick Marshall also recently opted to go to the 2015 class and landed just outside the top 100, but as a four-star prospect.

While there have been rumors regarding a number of players still thinking about reclassifying to 2015, the two we are paying closest attention to are Jamal Murray, who ranks No. 12 in 2016, and Maverick Rowan, who currently ranks No. 27 in the rising senior class.

— Evan Daniels

Dorn gives Wolfpack late lift

Although the time has long since passed when fans had their minds fixed on Class of 2015 recruiting, NC State reeled in an impressive transfer this week who should pay handsome dividends for the Wolfpack.

Torin Dorn Jr., who captured Conference USA freshman of the year honors this past season at Charlotte, has enrolled with Mark Gottfried’s program and, after sitting out the 2015-16 campaign, becomes eligible as a sophomore the following year.

Dorn is a versatile wing player who averaged 12 points per game as a freshman to lead the 49ers in scoring, despite starting only half the team’s games. He shot over 50 percent from the floor and 34 percent on threes, very solid marks for a rookie.

Incidentally, Dorn is the son of Torin Dorn Sr. — who played football at archrival UNC and ultimately in the NFL as a cornerback. Even more incidentally, Dorn Sr. was a collegiate teammate of quarterback Mark Maye, whose son Luke also chose a basketball path and will be a freshman with the Tar Heels this season.

Dorn’s addition to NCSU’s program is more significant than the relatively muted news it generated would illustrate. He’s a fine athlete with strength, skill and a confident, economical playing style that should endear him to the Wolfpack coaching staff.

Moreover, at the final Dave Telep Carolina Challenge, in 2013, Dorn’s enthusiastic and vocal play compelled one of the event’s coaches to inform me that, “He’s the best leader I’ve ever coached at a camp.”

Dorn also considered Miami and others prior to choosing the Wolfpack.

— Rob Harrington

New Mexico looking to reel in legacy

Three-star wing Damien Jefferson is one of the hardest playing players in the country. He is also a legacy to the University of New Mexico, and now the Lobos are working hard to land his commitment.

About New Mexico, Jefferson recently told Scout, "My dad tells me all the time that he wants me to go there, but at the same time he says it isn't about him, it is about me. They have a good program, and my dad tells me all about it, so that is good."

Jefferson also has an offer from Ball State to go along with a lot of interest from high-major programs in the Midwest. This would be the exact type of player New Mexico needs, and it will be interesting to see if they can bring in a legacy recruit to the program.

— Brian Snow

Jackson recruitment could take turn

Given its advantage with both local and LDS prospects, not many elite programs will typically battle BYU for kids in Utah.

When 6-foot-3, 185-pound 2016 Highland (Utah) Lone Peak combo guard Frank Jackson decommitted from his early commitment to the Cougars, it created a rare scenario where that changed, even though Jackson was still considering BYU and planning on taking a two-year mission out of high school.

Recruiting players and knowing you're not going to have them for a few years after they sign is normal practice at BYU, but going after a 2016 prospect who will essentially be in the 2018 class was a new scenario for many of the coaches involved.

However, according to several sources close to the recruitment, there is a growing sentiment that at the end of the day, Jackson may not actually take his mission after high school, even though it's not something that is expected to be finalized and publicized until after the summer.

Should Jackson not take his mission, it would only increase the value of Scout's 11th ranked 2016 prospect to those recruiting him given the fact that they would get him two years sooner than previously expected.

The belief is that Stanford and Duke are the teams to beat, although Utah, UCLA, BYU and Arizona are amongst those still in the mix.

— Josh Gershon

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

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