With the three July evaluation periods rapidly approaching, Scout's basketball recruiting team -- Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, Brian Snow and Rob Harrington -- dug into the 2016 top 100 to update each players recruitment and evaluation.
Harry Giles, who one NBA executive said was putting on a “video game” like performance at the USA Basketball U19 trials, cut his list of schools to Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse, UNLV and Wake Forest in early February. Giles taken multiple unofficial visits to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest, but has yet to take his first official visit.
Jackson, one of the best athletes in high school basketball, came out with a list of 10 schools in the spring. The 10 contenders are Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State & UCLA. To date, Jackson has taken just one visit. That unofficial visit was to Arizona the weekend of June 6th.
In early April, Tatum, a standout at St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade, narrowed his list of schools to Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and St. Louis. Tatum has taken an official visit to Duke but has yet to set up any other officials. Tatum is expected to make his college choice this summer.
Dennis Smith told Scout at the Stephen Curry Select Camp that Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Louisville and California are prioritizing him. With the past two weeks he’s taken unofficial visits to N.C. State and UNC. Smith has always also visited Duke. He said he wants to make return trips to each of those places, plus see Louisville and California.
Kobi Simmons, a five-star guard, told Scout he did in-home vistis with head coaches from Kentucky, Ohio State, Syracuse, Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona. He went to Georgia on June 27th for an unofficial visit and also cited an unofficial visit to Kentucky. He said he wants to take another trip to Kentucky and also see Ohio State and Arizona as well.
The schools involved in Marques Bolden's recruitment are Baylor, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and UCLA. Bolden's most recent visit was to Texas on June 6th. He took that trip with De'Aaron Fox. He told Scout he wants to take officials in the fall.
Arkansas, Oregon and Kentucky have held in-home visits and are the schools recruiting Malik Monk the hardest, according to those close to the Monk situation. He's unoffically visited Arkansas multiple times and saw Kentucky in August. He also previously visited Kansas. Iowa State and Florida were in the mix prior to coaching changes.
Thon Maker announced at NBPA Top 100 Camp that he would be staying in the 2016 recruiting class. He also has said that Arizona State and Indiana are the two schools recruiting him the hardest. He's taken an unofficial to IU and is expected to visit ASU in the near future.
Frank Jackson, who was committed to BYU last year, took an unofficial visit to Duke on June 22nd. Previously, Jackson taken trips to BYU, Stanford and Utah. Arizona and UCLA are also involved. At this stage all signs point to Jackson bypassing on taking a mission and attending college next year.
Jarrett Allen, a standout at Austin (Tex.) St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, told Scout he’s hearing a lot from Baylor, Texas, Kansas State, San Diego State, Kansas and Kentucky. Allen also has offers from Notre Dame, Indiana, Florida, UCLA and Oregon. He took a recent unofficial visit to Texas. He's previously been on Baylor and Houston's campus.
Five-star big man Edrice Adebayo holds scholarship offers from a host of schools including NC State, North Carolina, Kansas, Maryland, Wake Forest, and Louisville. He's taken multiple unofficial visits to NC State and North Carolina.
At the Nike Basketball Academy, De'Aaron Fox told Scout that Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Arizona, Louisville and Kansas were the schools prioritizing him. He taken visits to Oklahoma State and Texas within the last month and said that he wants to see Louisville and Kansas before he decides. Fox also told Scout that he and five-star center Marques Bolden have discussed going to the same school.
Tough, physical wing Mustapha Heron visited Marquette on June 29th. He also took a visit to Alabama over the weekend and has been on St. John's campus a number of times. Early in his high school career, Heron was committed to Pittsburgh. Slice Rohrssen was the point man on his recruitment at Pitt. Rohrssen is now his lead recruiter at St. John's. Connecticut is also involved.
Terrance Ferguson, a high-level long-range shooter, has taken unofficial visits to Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M. All three of those schools have offered, as have Alabama, Texas, Maryland, Arizona, Memphis and Mississippi State.
On June 19th, Tyus Battle reopened his recruitment from Michigan and took an official visit to Syracuse. The visit was his fourth official visit. Prior to committing to Michigan, Duke, Louisville and Ohio State were also involved.
Markelle Fultz went on quite the visit spree in the spring, as he's taken unofficial visits to Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Xavier. He's planning to take a trip to Arizona in August and also told Scout that he wants to visit Ohio State. Washington, Kansas, Virginia, Maryland, Georgetown, Miami and Washington are also involved in his recruitment.
Dewan Huell released a list of 11 -- Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina and South Florida -- in mid-April. Louisville and UNC are the most recent schools to offer him a scholarship.
Juwan Durham, who tore his ACL in mid-February, has visited Miami and South Florida within the past two months. Since March, Auburn, Maryland, North Carolina and Syracuse have picked up their attention with him. Florida, FSU, Texas and Uconn are among the other schools showing interest.
Miles Bridges currently has a list of eight schools -- Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina and N.C. State. All but UNC have offered him a scholarship. Bridges has taken unofficial visits to Kentucky, Louisville, MSU, Michigan and Iowa State. He told Scout at the Nike Basketball Academy that he wants to visit Kentucky, Michigan and UNC in the near future.
Winston, one of the top point guards in the 2016 class, is down to Harvard, Michigan State, Michigan and Stanford, a source told Scout. He has official visits set up for Harvard (Sept. 6, Michigan State (13th) and Michigan (Sept. 20th). He's also scheduled to see Stanford in mid-August.
Seventh Woods, one of high school basketball's top athletes, told Scout that South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Louisville and Georgetown are recruiting him the hardest. He’s taken unofficial visits to North Carolina and South Carolina and has yet to schedule any other trips.
The four-star prospect is currently rehabbing a torn ACL, but Coffey holds offers from Arizona, Baylor, Creighton, Indiana, Iowa State, Marquette, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin and Xavier. He's visited Iowa State and Minnesota.
Bradley has one of the more significant offer lists in the country, with Alabama, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Massachusetts, Memphis, Miami, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Rice, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCF, Virginia Tech and Wichita State all having offered. He's officially visited North Carolina.
DeLaurier is one of the hardest playing guys in the class. His offer list includes Baylor, Clemson, California, Florida, George Mason, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Princeton, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Xavier. He took visits this past week to Louisvilel and Vanderbilt. He’s also taken trips to North Carolina, Princeton, Virginia, Virginia Tech and VCU.
Arizona State picked up an early commitment from Bailey, but he broke things off after the dismissal of Sun Devils head coach Herb Sendek. The Sun Devils are still involved, along with Arizona, Connecticut, Gonzaga and San Diego State. He's officially visited UConn and SDSU.
Carr, one of the most versatile guards in the 2016 class, holds offers from Florida State, George Washington, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, La Salle, Maryland, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Providence, Rhode Island, SMU, Stanford, Temple, Wichita State and Xavier. He's visited Maryland and Penn State.
Kegler has a long offer list, which includes Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and UNLV. He's visited Arizona State and Tennessee.
Brown's offer list includes Arizona State, Boston College, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Providence, SMU, St. John's, Texas and Wake Forest. He's visited Providence and St. John's.
James Banks has a long list of scholarship offers that include Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Tulsa and USC. Banks took an unofficial visit to Kentucky on June 6th. Duke has also dabbled with the talented big man.
Killeya-Jones made an early pledge to Virginia, but opted to reopen his recruitment in early June. Since he’s reeled in plenty of college interest. North Carolina recently offered and he visited them on June 13th. He also took an unofficial visit to Kentucky in June. UVa is still recruiting him, according to his mother – Ley Killeya-Jones. She also informed Scout that Florida, N.C. State, Georgetown and California are actively recruiting him.
The versatile combo guard has offers from Boston College, La Salle, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Massachusetts, Memphis, Mississippi State, Murray State, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, Texas, Tulane, Tulsa, UNLV and Washington. He's been on trips to Creighton, Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU.
This four-star prospect has been on the radar for a long time. Arizona and Indiana have really turned up the heat, Texas has picked things up recently, and the hometown Colorado Buffaloes are definitely in the equation.
Huerter had a promising spring and catapulted into Scout’s top 100. He has a long list of offers but Syracuse, Notre Dame, Michigan, Maryland, and Iowa seem to be the schools showing him the most attention.
Robinson wants to narrow list of schools to 10 by end of July and would like to visit Maryland and Florida State. Current schools involved: FSU, Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Stanford, California, UNC, Memphis, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Miami and Alabama. He has visited FSU, Florida, Georgia Tech, UNC and Alabama.
Antetokounmpo hasn’t done a lot in terms of his recruitment to date. Prep school remains an option for him. Iowa State and Marquette have offered with interest from Auburn, Kansas, Maryland, St. John’s, Texas, and Wake Forest
Simpson was close to a June commitment, but he decided to play out July. Xavier is considered the leader with Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, and Iowa State as offers he is considering. Also he is waiting to hear from Michigan State.
The NBPA Top 100 Camp proved to be a disappointment for Taurean Thompson, who was sidelined with injury. Nevertheless, the emerging big man has raised his stock thus far during the travel season. Thompson said recently that he’s close to the Xavier staff and likely will embark upon an official visit this fall, while Arizona State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma are among his other serious suitors. He intends to pare down his list within the month.
A developing, hard-working native of Queens, Rodney Miller continues to maintain a high-major recruitment. He has taken official visits to Wake Forest and Miami, the Hurricanes recently having enjoyed success with other Big Apple products. Miller obtained an offer from Seton Hall this past spring and has visited with the Pirates as well, and he has taken an unofficial trip to Cincinnati with Georgia Tech also in the mix.
A two-year veteran of the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Jaylen Fisher brought an aggressive, confident style to the nation’s most talent-laden event. He must improve his jump shot but possesses the size and strength to be an effective scorer at the college level. He hasn’t yet moved his recruitment forward in a serious fashion but has amassed an impressive list of schools with contenders such as Arkansas, Memphis, Baylor, Connecticut and Iowa State in the mix.
Jitterbug combo guard Shamorie Ponds launched himself into national prominence — and our top-100 — this spring thanks to prodigious scoring numbers on the EYBL circuit. Now an entrenched major conference talent, Ponds continues to manicure a recruitment that includes an ever-increasing number of contenders. He has become a top priority for Chris Mullin and the St. John’s program — which he has visited unofficially — and also lists Minnesota, Miami, Georgia Tech and Xavier among his favorites.
Jethro Tshisumpa established himself as the premier shotblocker at the NBPA Top 100 Camp last month, immediately serving notice that he belongs in the top echelon of post defenders. A native of the Congo, Tshisumpa is raw offensively but performs so well on the other end that he’s beginning to generate high-major steam. Arizona State leapt out to a head start by offering first, which compelled the long-armed athlete to make an unofficial visit to Tempe last week. For now, at least, the Sun Devils appear to lead.
Ado, a native of Nigeria, has spent majority of the spring battling injury, but he returned to the court in June. Ado has visited Tennessee on three occasions during the Donnie Tyndall era. Ado also took a visit to Louisville during the season. His list also includes Memphis, Auburn, Oregon and UNLV.
It already has been a great year for the Young family, as Joseph Young captured the Pac-12 player of the year awards at Oregon last season and became an Indiana Pacers second round draft selection. Well, Jacob Young intends to keep the momentum going, and the Houston product carries top-100 status into the heat of summer. He recently obtained an offer from Texas and he jumped on it, giving Shaka Smart a pledge on Jun 30th.
Almost quietly, Eron Gordon posted some impressive scoring performances at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. The Indianapolis native already nearly boasts a college-ready body and should be able to contribute as a freshman at whichever school he chooses. At present, Butler, Indiana, Arizona State, Notre Dame and Michigan are the standouts.
Steady, cerebral point guard Bryce Aiken is a student of the game and also a gifted student academically as well. For that reason the New Jersey floor general is entertaining a blend of programs that span coast to coast and include elite academic universities. He lists Florida State, Illinois, Stanford, Seton Hall and Miami highly.
Sometimes, a player just knows. That clarity is exactly how the recruiting scenario played out for Isaiah Roby, who committed to Nebraska last fall. A 6-7 wing forward who’s widely overlooked nationally, the Illinois native pledged to the Huskers on the heels of a campus visit. He chose Tim Miles’ program over offers from Georgia, Creighton, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois.
Welsh is a skilled, competitive center who needs time to fill out physically and lacks great athleticism, but ultimately he projects as a solid college player. The Southern California native is the brother of UCLA post Thomas Welsh and is beginning to carve out his own identity. He doesn’t have as much interest as many others in our top 100 and thus has a lot to play for this month, but he does hold offers from Georgia Tech, San Diego, Santa Clara, UC-Irvine and UC-Santa Barbara.
Sam Cunliffe reserved a permanent place for himself in Arizona State lore last month. The Seattle wing — who wields a very smooth jump shot and boasts impressive all-around ball skills — became the first prep player to commit to ASU during the Bobby Hurley era. Cunliffe also had drawn offers from California, Colorado, Gonzaga, Utah, Washington and Washington State, prior to pledging to the Sun Devils.
It was almost a year ago that Matthew Moyer announced for Syracuse. A native of Ohio, Moyer committed to the Orange following an unofficial visit and chose them over schools such as Dayton, Butler, Kansas State, Tennessee, Xavier and others. A lot has changed since that time, including NCAA sanctions levied against the SU program — Moyer never wavered, however — and the utility forward’s own progress this year. At the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Moyer demonstrated outstanding athleticism, stamina and competitive drive despite lacking strength. He projects as an outstanding fit for Syracuse.
California always seems to produce an abundance of high-major guards, and Devearl Ramsey can include himself among that select fraternity. The sleek floor general boasts impressive quickness and speed and should develop into a fine defensive player as well. He holds five major conference offers heading into the live period: USC, California, Arizona State, NC State and Texas.
Tough, overachieving forward Lamar Stevens has been a workhorse for Team Final this year on the EYBL circuit. He leads the team in scoring and rebounding and has seen multiple regional high-majors jump headfirst into his recruitment. Penn State and Pittsburgh are hoping to keep Stevens — who is transferring from Haverford to Philadelphia Roman Catholic for his senior year — within the state, while Indiana, SMU and Temple are among others giving pursuit.
There are early commitments and there are really early commitments, such as the one Mark Vital delivered to Baylor almost two years ago. Entering his sophomore year at the time, Vital — a Lone Star native — loved the fit and proximity to Scott Drew’s Bears. Since then, he has grown into a muscular and highly athletic hybrid forward who excels attacking along the baseline or out-fighting bigger players.
Broad-shouldered wing Jarron Cumberland has compiled fantastic numbers this year for the King James Shooting Stars. The Ohio native is averaging 18 points per game, including 39 percent on threes. Cumberland considered scholarship offers from Purdue, Xavier, Butler, Florida State, West Virginia and Purdue, before committing to Cincinnati and July 1st.
Raised in Canada and prepping in New England, Eddie Ekiyor is an understated talent who carries top-100 credentials despite a relative lack of exposure in the United States. The sturdy big man has drawn acclaim on the international stage, however, including last year with the Canadian 17-under squad. Wake Forest, Miami, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, Kansas State, Vanderbilt and Xavier are recruiting him. He's yet to take any official visits.
From April to June, Joey Brunk won over numerous admirers thanks to his skilled interior footwork and excellent touch around the basket. Albeit not an explosive athlete, the Indiana product has developed tools by which he can compensate effectively. A star for the Indy Hoosiers on the Under Armour circuit, Brunk managed his recruitment aggressively and made a pair of official visits — to Butler and Oklahoma — in the spring. He announced for Chris Holtmann’s Bulldogs just a couple weeks ago and, in addition to Butler and OU, also had drawn offers from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Northwestern, Purdue and Xavier.
Tendonitis in his knee slowed Curtis Jones at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, but the Virginia guard took an unofficial visit to Indiana afterward — former Huntington Prep teammate Thomas Bryant will be a freshman at IU this fall — and continues to navigate his recruitment at a breezy pace. Jones is an excellent jump shooter who also recently traveled to Georgetown and Maryland. Missouri and Florida are other noteworthy contenders.
Notre Dame scored a strong, intelligent guard when Temple Gibbs committed to the Fighting Irish in the late spring. A refined, tough and skilled combo guard, Gibbs intends to transition full-time to the point in college. He shoots well and possesses ample strength for the ACC level, and he’d also drawn offers from Georgia Tech, Miami, Oklahoma, South Florida, Virginia, VCU, Seton Hall and others.
When he arrives at Harvard, Chris Lewis will bring a power and interior skill level that’s rare for the Ivy League. Obviously an excellent student, Lewis opted for a basketball/academics balance, rather than playing for the largest program he could. And he certainly didn’t lack for options: The Georgia native picked up offers from Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia Tech, Miami, Mississippi State and more prior to announcing for Tommy Amaker’s program early this year.
Prior to the April evaluation period, neither we nor many college coaches had watched Lamar Peters extensively. But Peters changed all that during the spring, establishing himself as a high-major prospect and skyrocketing into the top 100. A New Orleans product, he excelled on the Adidas circuit and impressed many coaches in the process. Mississippi State sped to the head of the field and was able to secure a June commitment, relying heavily on assistant coach Korey McCray — who became familiar with Peters during his stint on the LSU staff — as well as Ben Howland’s experience developing point guards. Prior to his commitment, Peters also claimed offers from Baylor, Illinois, LSU, South Carolina, Tulane, Tulsa and others.
As with Peters, one spot ahead at No. 98, Cameron Lard also hails from Louisiana and competes for New Orleans Elite on the Adidas circuit. The sturdy big man also is considering Mississippi State, and Baylor, Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma State are in the mix, among others.
After an early pledge to Purdue and subsequent de-commitment, Indianapolis point guard C.J. Walker proved his mettle in the spring, showcasing that he can perform effectively against national competition despite lacking ideal size (5-11). He’s a tough, versatile performer who contributes on both ends of the floor. Not wanting to drag out his recruiting process any more than necessary, Walker set up three visits for the early summer: Xavier (unofficial), Florida State (official) and Butler (official). He pledged to the Seminoles following his trip to Tallahassee and will give Leonard Hamilton four years of backcourt solidarity.
Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, Brian Snow and Rob Harrington contributed to this report