It might be a holiday weekend for most, but for many college basketball coaches across the country it is a work weekend. Many huge visits are taking place, with a few kids really on commitment watch.
One of the huge visitors this weekend is four-star guard Andrew Jones who will make his way to Tucson to see Arizona. The Wildcats have really prioritized Jones since July, and this is his second trip to Tucson since the end of the summer. Most behind the scenes feel that Arizona is one of the top options for Jones, and this could be a situation to really key an eye on if things go extremely well.
Another player most definitely on commitment watch is Te'Jon Lucas. The four-star point guard from Milwaukee is headed out west to USC, and the Trojans have had Lucas as a major priority for some time. USC is definitely in a strong position with Lucas, and with a key football weekend happening, the Trojans are going to do what they can to land a commitment.
Five-star Kobi Simmons continues his visit tour with a trip to UNLV. After visiting Kentucky last weekend, Simmons will see the Rebels as the second stop on his tour. UNLV is a relative newcomer to Simmons’ recruitment, but they are one of the schools that has been on the rise.
In the Big East two schools are hosting priority recruits. Xavier and Georgetown both got the festivities started on Thursday night as Curtis Jones made his way to the Hoyas campus and Taurean Thompson flew into Cincinnati to see the Musketeers. Georgetown is considered a co-leader with Indiana for Jones, and will no doubt try to push hard for a commitment. Xavier has long been considered the leader for Thompson, and there was some buzz of a commitment this weekend, but an offer from Syracuse has made things more difficult on Chris Mack and his staff.
Minnesota is a school with a huge weekend as two four-star prospects make their way to Minneapolis. Power forward Eric Curry and small forward Amir Coffey are priority recruits for Richard Pitino, and the Gophers get the first crack with both.
Also this is a key weekend in Gainesville. Mike White and his staff have their first key weekend. Commitment Eric Hester is taking his official visit, and he will be joined by Jalen Johnson and four-star power forward Tyler Cook.
Some other big visits are Javin DeLaurier to Notre Dame, Cassius Winston to Pittsburgh, Jaylen Fisher and Cameron McGriff to Arkansas, Xavier Simpson to Wisconsin, Kevin Huerter to Maryland, De'Riante Jenkins to VCU, JaQuori McLaughlin to Oregon State, and West Virginia hosts Nick Rakocevic.
The 2016 prospects aren’t having all the fun though. Some early 2017 visits are taking place in unofficial an unofficial capacity. West Virginia hosts priority recruit Derek Culver while Duke will have Tremont Waters and D.J. Harvey campus. Harvey also will see North Carolina State on his trip to the triangle.