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Hoops Recruiting Inside Scoop

What's the latest on the top recruits in the country? Scout's basketball recruiting team -- Evan Daniels, Brian Snow and Josh Gershon -- break down the latest.

Five-star guard Trae Young publicly narrowed his list down to six schools -- KansasKentucky, OklahomaOklahoma StateTexas Tech and Washington -- back in July.

Then he set up official visits to Oklahoma (Sept. 17), Texas Tech (Oct. 1), Kentucky (Oct. 15) and Kansas (Oct. 22). This past weekend Young, a 6-foot-2 guard, had in-home visits with Kansas and Kentucky. 

But don't let the song and dance fool you, Young's real list is at two -- Kentucky and Oklahoma. This recruitment comes down to a battle between a blue blood and Kentucky or staying home and regularly playing in front of friends and family. 

It wouldn't be a surprise to see him land at either Kentucky or Oklahoma. Each have their own advantages. Keep in mind, Young has opted to stay home for high school after strongly considering multiple prep school options.

Texas native C.J. Roberts will take an official visit to Missouri this weekend. 

Although Roberts, a 6-foot-2 combination guard that can really score, has visits set to Georgia and LSU in October, it wouldn't be a major surprise if he wound up making a pledge to the Tigers this weekend. 

Roberts, who is regarded as a three-star recruit, is a talented scorer. He's quick, aggressive and does a good job of creating space for shot opportunities.

Brandon Randolph's recruitment has been a bit of a mystery.

After reeling in more than two dozen high major scholarship offers, Randolph narrowed his list to ArizonaOregonSyracuseWake Forest on Monday. The list was a bit of a surprise, as Louisville has been a school many thought was heavily in the mix for him, especially since he took an unofficial visit. 

Sean Miller conducted an in-home visit with Randolph, Scout's No. 38 overall recruit, on Monday. Dana Altman will have an in-home visit with him on Wednesday. Wake Forest is likely to go in soon, as well.

To date, the only official visit Randolph has taken was to Syracuse this past weekend. But I'd expect he'll take some others in the very near future.

In terms of a leader, this is a tough recruitment to handicap, as the Randolph camp doesn't do much talking and there isn't a lot of information floating around regarding it. But from what I can tell, it's fairly open between the final  four schools.

Five-star point guard Quade Green narrowed his list of schools to nine in mid-August. Green's list included KansasKentuckyDukeTempleSyracuseLouisvilleArizonaVillanova and Xavier

Since then Arizona and Louisville have taken point guards, Duke moved on to Matt Coleman and Kansas appears to be targeting Collin Sexton and Tremont Waters. 

So if you take those schools away, Green's list looks more like Kentucky, Temple, Syracuse, Villanova and Xavier. 

Green, who ranks No. 25 overall, took a recent visit to Syracuse for their Elite Camp and although Green likely wouldn't confirm, indications are that they are the current leader for the talented prospect out of Philadelphia.

One of the West Coast's top 2017 prospects, Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon power forward Cody Riley, took his first official visit this past weekend to USC. The only other visit Riley has set up at this point is to Kansas on Sept. 30.

Throughout Riley's recruitment, the leader has been UCLA, which the Top 30 prospect has been vocal about. All sources indicate that has remained the case heading into visits.

Kansas will have a big opportunity to swing Riley on that trip, while it's possible Connecticut get an official visit as well. However, this is UCLA's recruitment to lose and it's hard to imagine any other school landing a commitment from Riley before he steps foot on the Bruins' campus.

One of the top available power forwards on the West Coast is Ira Lee, Scout's 80th ranked prospect in 2017. The four-star prospect recently checked out of Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep and is now at Santa Monica Crossroads.

Lee previously narrowed his list to Arizona, CalMarylandOregon and Texas, but the Longhorns' commitment from Jericho Sims ended their pursuit.

That leaves four schools left, with Cal set up for an official visit on Sept. 23, Oregon on Oct. 7, Arizona on Oct. 14 and Maryland on Oct. 21.

This remains Arizona's recruitment to lose, with Cal running in second heading into visits.

Four-star Villa Park (Calif.) center Evan Battey has a long list of schools still in contention but there are three programs who have first crack at him.

Colorado hosted Battey on his first official visit this weekend, while he'll head to Miami on Sept. 16 and then Purdue on Sept. 23.

Several other schools remain in contention here - amongst them are Boston CollegeDePaulFresno StateNew Mexico and Seton Hall - but Battey likely takes his first three official visits before deciding if he'll take any others.

Four-star 2017 center Branden Carlson has narrowed his list down to four and all of his finalists have scheduled official visits.

The Top 70 prospect from South Jordan (Utah) Bingham will visit finalists BYU on Sept. 16, Utah on Sept. 23, UCLA on Sept. 30 and Stanford on Oct. 7.

Heading into the visits, our intel is that Stanford and BYU likely have a slight lead over Utah, with UCLA being the longshot of the group.

One player who generally keeps a low profile and shies away from naming a list, let alone leaders, is Nojel Eastern. Eastern is a versatile 6-foot-6 player who is considered one of the more unique players in the class because he has point guard skills, but more of a wing physique.

Already Eastern made a visit to Purdue, and sources said it went extremely well. Eastern has a tremendous relationship with Matt Painter and his staff, and also likes the fact that the Boilermakers are the school saying most clearly that his future is at the point guard position.

That said this weekend Tom Izzo made an in-home visits, and Michigan State is a major factor here. Michigan State appeared to be the early leader for Eastern, and at one time rumors out of the Chicago area were that Eastern could be close to picking Michigan State.

The other school seriously involved is Ohio State. Eastern and his mother are very fond of Thad Matta, and the opportunity is there at the point guard position as well.

Overall Eastern might slightly favor Purdue right now, but the other Big Ten schools are making it tough on them. One thing to watch is there is still a strong chance that Eastern waits until the spring to decide.

Five-star forward Kris Wilkes is in the middle of what looks to be an extended visit tour. Already he made his official to Illinois, and up next is one to UCLA followed by a visit to Indiana. Later on in October will be visits to Xavier and Connecticut.

At the moment Connecticut seems to be fading badly here. Indiana appears to have the lead, but Xavier and Illinois are making it very tough on the in-state Hoosiers, and Xavier has an in-home visit on Thursday.

UCLA is a bit of a longer shot here, but they have a chance to wow Wilkes on his official visit, and have been recruiting him as long as virtually anybody.

Four-star point guard Tremont Waters got his first visit out of the way to Georgetown, and up next likely is Indiana before visiting Kansas at the end of the month. UConn is likely out after landing a point guard, and Yale is a massive longshot.

Right now the best intel has Indiana and Kansas with the best chance, though Georgetown put a good foot forward on the visit.

Indiana is getting the most buzz right now, but Kansas likely has the final visit. It is still possible that Georgetown gets the kid, but right now it seems like the Hoosiers and Jayhawks are in the best position.

At this point Gary Trent has a top five of Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, UCLA, and Kansas, but for all the world it seems that Duke and Arizona are the top two here.

Most behind the scenes feel that the Blue Devils are in the best spot as we get going on Trent’s visits, but Arizona has made up a lot of ground recently, and Trent was very intrigued by the commitment of No. 1 prospect DeAndre Ayton to the Wildcats.

It would be a major surprise if Kansas makes any run here, and Kentucky and UCLA don’t appear to be in the top two for the five-star prospect.

One player who could see his recruitment winding down is Xavier Tillman. The three-star prospect is making his official visit to Michigan State this weekend, and with the Spartans pushing hard they could be tough to beat.

Word was Marquette was in a solid spot, but the Golden Eagles already have two interior commitments. Also there is a lot of talk of Tillman wanting to stay close to home, and remaining in the state of Michigan could be a major factor here.

It is tough to know if he plans on committing on the visit or not, but at the moment it sounds like Tillman is leaning to Michigan State over Purdue, Florida, and Marquette.


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