DeLaurier's momentum continues
Javin DeLaurier has been among the hottest basketball prospects in high school basketball this spring and summer.
His momentum continued this past Sunday, when he picked up a scholarship offer from North Carolina during an impromptu unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.
“We talked for about an hour and a half,” DeLaurier said of his conversation with Roy Williams. “Then at the end he offered me a scholarship. I was ecstatic.”
To accompany the offer from UNC, DeLaurier cited offers from Texas, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Princeton, Xavier, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Boston College, Miami, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Marquette, Notre Dame and Georgetown.
“Right now, I’m just feeling really blessed by the all the attention,” DeLaurier said. “I’m just sort of going through the rest of the summer with an open mind and seeing what will happen and what options develop.”
DeLaurier, who has also visited the “Virginia schools” and Princeton, said he presently doesn’t have any other trips on the docket.
DeLaurier recently jumped from No. 100 in Scout’s 2016 top 100 all the way up to No. 38 overall. He will participate in the prestigious NBPA Top 100 Camp, which tips on Wednesday.
— Evan Daniels
Rising Juniors to Face Stern Test
While our coverage of this week’s NBPA Top 100 Camp will blanket the field, don’t be surprised if the 2017 prospects on hand generally perform under expectations.
The NBPA Camp historically has chewed up and spit out underclassmen, sometimes famously so. There have been exceptions to that general rule, of course — Cheick Diallo was a powerhouse in 2013 — but many touted youngsters have failed to notch an impression at the event.
With that established, consider the gauntlet thrown down for this year’s underclassmen. Big names such as DeAndre Ayton, Michael Porter, Nick Richards, Mohamed Bamba, Trevon Duval, Jalek Felton, D.J. Harvey and Gary Trent reportedly will be in attendance, and it will be a major surprise if at least a few of those guys don’t stumble during the four days of action in Charlottesville.
While our purpose here is not to highlight any player’s frustrations, certainly we’ll paint a honest picture of the week’s happenings — with all its attendant highs and lows.
Given that college coaches from essentially every major conference program will be tracking the proceedings, stakes run high despite the fact that NBPA is a closed event. Bring on camp!
— Rob Harrington
Four prepsters remain in the hunt for USA U19 team
On Monday, the USA U19 squad underwent its first round of cuts, narrowing a group of 21 potential players to 16.
Four rising seniors - including Scout's top three prospects in 2016 - made the cut.
Power forward Harry Giles and small forwards Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum — who are ranked one through three, respectively, in the 2016 class — and small forward Terrance Ferguson, ranked No. 17, are all still in contention to make the team.
Giles, Jackson and Tatum comprise one of the best trios that high school basketball has seen in several years, making all of them serious candidates to make the team.
The USA U19 coaching staff will narrow down its roster to 12 before leaving for Heraklion (Crete) Greece to compete in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship from June 27-July 5.
— Josh Gershon
Georgetown Pursuing Legacy
One of the top players in the state of Indiana is actually a Georgetown legacy recruit. That is Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor standout Jaren Jackson, a 6-foot-8 stretch forward who has really grown physically and with his game over the past 12 months. On Monday, the Hoyas offered Jackson a scholarship.
In the past Jackson has made it clear he is fond of the Hoyas, and this could make Georgetown the front runner in the recruitment, though Jackson and his parents also have insisted that they want their son to go through the process and not rush.
Along with Georgetown, Vanderbilt also recently offered. Those offers added to a mix that already included Indiana, Purdue, Butler and Xavier, which all have hosted Jackson on campus at least once, and in most cases multiple times.
— Brian Snow
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report