The Hoops Recruiting Inside Scoop talks about Marques Bolden, Justin Jackson, Jarrett Allen, and more

The College Hoops Recruiting Inside Scoop focuses on remaining big time 2016 prospects like Justin Jackson, Marques Bolden, and Jarrett Allen, and also touches on where some of the top 2017 prospects in the country might be leaning.

Where is Marques Bolden headed?

Today is the day Marques Bolden, Scout’s No. 8 overall prospect, announces his long awaited college destination.

Bolden has been going back and forth between Duke and Kentucky since the fall, when he took official visits to both schools. Each school has led at different points in the recruitment.

Recently there’s been speculation about TCU being a possibly destination for Bolden, but according to multiple sources, they aren’t in the running for Bolden’s services. Since Jamie Dixon has taken over at TCU, Bolden hasn’t been on campus.

Bolden will announce his choice shortly after 2:30 ET at a press conference at his school. Bolden is announcing his decision with a teammate.

Where is Bolden going? It’s a tough call, but if we had to make a prediction, the prediction would be Duke. If the Blue Devils get Bolden, they would jump Kentucky for the No. 1 spot in the 2016 rankings for the second time in three years

Three remain for Jackson

One of the best remaining 2016 prospects is four-star combo forward Justin Jackson. The native of Canada initially signed with UNLV, but he since has re-opened his recruitment and three schools have made themselves viable options.

Currently it is Maryland, Oregon, and Connecticut that are in the mixst few years, and the Ducks made a good impression with their visit. Recently UConn got a visit, and the Huskies have a lot of playing time to sell following for Jackson. Maryland and assistant Bino Ranson have done a good job and built a strong relationship and have playing time to sell. Oregon with Mike Mennenga have had a ton of success in Canada the pa the departure of Daniel Hamilton.

A decision could come down as soon as Friday, and at least right now it seems as though Oregon and Maryland have a slight edge, but counting out the Huskies wouldn’t be wise. No matter what happens it seems as though a decision is coming soon for Jackson, and three schools are in the mix.

Decision soon for Jarrett Allen?

Speculation has run rampant about five-star center Jarrett Allen and his recruitment over the past week or so.

Earlier in the spring Allen, Scout’s No. 15 overall prospect, had narrowed his list to Houston, Kansas and Texas. He previously had taken official visits to all three and has made return trips to nearby Texas this spring.

As of Wednesday afternoon, sources told Scout that all signs were pointing to Texas for Allen. But he opted not to announce on Wednesday and since it's been indicated that Houston is certainly still in the running.

At this point it's unknown if Allen signed a Letter of Intent. A decision could happen as early as today, but if he did not sign, this recruitment could drag on much longer because technically he could sign scholarship papers and just show up to campus on the first day of school. 

UCLA still on top for Riley?

Over the last year, 6-foot-7, 250-pound power forward Cody Riley has made no secret over the fact that UCLA is the team to beat for Scout's 21st ranked 2017 prospect. The Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon powerful four man has said he's in no hurry to make a decision, but that the Bruins are his leader.

Don't be surprised if Riley takes some official visits. Kansas, Oklahoma and UConn are schools that are seriously pursuing Riley and he could take trips to some or all of those programs in the coming months.

However, at the end of the day, something is going to have to go wrong for Riley to choose a school other than UCLA. The recruitment remains the Bruins' to lose.

Who stands out for Scruggs?

One of the toughest players in the class of 2017 is Paul Scruggs. The Indianapolis native has long been on the recruiting radar, but it appears that four schools are really making a strong move for the athletic and dynamic combo guard.

At the moment Louisville, Indiana, Xavier, and Michigan State have seemingly separated themselves from the pack. Recently Scruggs made an unofficial visit to Xavier, and the Musketeers definitely seem to be gaining significant momentum in this recruitment.

Still Indiana has been there the longest, and Michigan State has made sure to make him a priority as well. For Scruggs, who wants to play point guard in college, how he is sold fitting in with the personnel will be huge.

Look for Scruggs to play things out in July, and as he gains more information to narrow his list further. Louisville could make a strong move if they push in August, but that is to be determined.

Sun Devils in prime position for four-star point guard

Another four-star prospect from Sierra Canyon who is leaning a certain way is Remy Martin, a 6-foot, 170-pound point guard. Martin is Scout's 25th ranked point guard in the 2017 class, Martin is best in transition due to his handle, speed and vision.

Last month, Martin told Scout that Arizona State and Kansas are recruiting him the hardest. With the Jayhawks still looking at other point guards in the class, the Sun Devils staff has been able to zero in on the four-star prospect.

There is still time for others to get involved, but as of now Arizona State is doing the best job here.

Young destined to stay in-state?

Typically Ohio State dominates their state and doesn’t allow top kids to leave. However over the past few years a bit of a hole has developed in that fence. Now the question is can the Buckeyes lock down Kyle Young.

Many thought that the moment Ohio State offered the four-star power forward that the Buckeyes would immediately vault to the top of Young’s list, but that might not be the case. The job that schools such as Purdue, Michigan, and Butler have done is going to make things very difficult on Ohio State.

The longer this goes, and it shows no signs of sending soon, the better for Ohio State’s chances, but the Buckeyes do have major ground to make up here, and a trio of other schools might be ahead of them at the moment.

Stock rising for Jackson, recruitment steady

One player who is making a push for five-star consideration in the 2017 class is Jaren Jackson. With that there is no question that his recruitment could take off even higher than it already is.

That is possible because Jackson and his family appear in absolutely no hurry to make a college decision. At the moment Maryland, Georgetown, Indiana, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue, Alabama, Michigan, and Stanford have kind of asserted themselves in a top group, but that is all preliminary.

If there would be a leader now, it would probably be the Terrapins, but expect numerous official visits from Jackson. He and his father have said from the beginning this isn’t going to be a quick process, and with him playing this well, some of the blue bloods could definitely get involved and put a wrench in things for those who have already entered the recruitment.

Wooten about to be in demand?

It's very possible that the West Coast has another post option in 2017. Kenneth Wooten, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound center from Manteca (Calif.) signed with Nevada in 2016. However, Wooten is expected to reclassify to 2017 and transfer to Las Vegas Trinity International.

As of now, Wooten is still committed to Nevada. However, there's a decent chance he asks out of his Letter of Intent and reopens his recruitment.

After making a big jump as a senior, Wooten became a four-star prospect on Scout and this would be a recruitment that would likely see plenty of activity from day one.

Where will Romello White land?

Romello White is a hot name on the recruiting trail, partly because he’s one of the few top 100 prospects still available in the 2016 recruiting class.

White originally committed and signed with Georgia Tech, but when Josh Pastner took over he opted out of his Letter of Intent and reopened his recruiting process. He was released last week.

Bobby Hurley and Arizona State moved quickly and had White, who ranks as the No. 81 overall prospect, on campus earlier this week for an official visits. At this point the Sun Devils appear to be the leader.

Iowa State is trying to get White on campus this coming weekend, while a number of other schools are working to get visits

Expect a decision from White sooner than later. 


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