Mohamed Bamba, Scout's No. 2 overall recruit, has now taken all four of his official visits. His last was a trip to Duke during the last weekend of February. He took his official to Michigan on September 3rd, Texas on October 29th and Kentucky on January 21st. Bamba isn't in a hurry to make his college commitment. He's currently in China for a senior trip, so don't expect it t be soon. He appears to be tracking as an April decision. Although I think all four of the schools are certainly still in play, there's a Kentucky feel to this recruitment that is starting to emerge.
Five-star point guard Trevon Duval is finishing up the visit portion of his recruitment. Duval took his first official visit to Kansas on January 31st. He then went to Duke on February 8th. Then on February 25th he visited Arizona and went straight from Tucson to Baylor. Duval is expected to close things out this week with an official visit to Seton Hall. Trying to handicap and gather intel on Duval's recruitment is difficult, so if you're looking for a favorite just throw Arizona, Duke and Kansas in a hat and pick one.
Five-star forward Kevin Knox has been busy this week. Saturday morning, Knox, Scout's No. 7 overall prospect, played in the state championship. Following the loss in the title game, Knox flew to North Carolina for their game against Duke. After spending Saturday night at UNC, Knox spent a couple of hours with the Duke staff on Sunday. While those visits were both unofficial visits, he's previously taken official visits to all four of his finalists. Knox told Scout on Monday that although he hasn't schedule any in-home visits yet, they would likely be something he does before he makes his decision in mid-April.
Brandon McCoy, the No. 8 player in the 2017 recruiting class, has been a bit of a mystery throughout his recruitment. He took unofficial visits to Oregon and San Diego State in early February. McCoy has taken official visits to Arizona (10/8), Michigan State (11/19), Oregon (11/12) and UNLV (10/29). The truth is, even the coaches involved don't have a strong feel for what McCoy will do. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him stay close to home and go to San Diego State, but Oregon is the school that is getting the most play as potential leader.
Most thought that Brian Bowen's recruitment would be over by now, but the gifted five-star wing scorer has put his decision off a few times. Sources close to his recruitment are now saying he's looking at an April decision. Behind the scenes, I've thought Arizona has been in the drivers seat for some time, but he keeps pushing back his decision, which likely means he's unsure of what he wants to do.
Much like some of these others, trying to track down intel on M.J. Walker has been difficult. Florida State has been the school involved the longest and they've certainly done the most work. FSU had him on campus for an official visit the last weekend of October. Although UCLA dabbled with him, they are no longer involved, but Georgia Tech certainly is. Josh Pastner and his staff have had him on campus for multiple unofficial visits, but haven't conducted an official visit.
Four-star post player Jacob Epperson emerged with AUSA Hoops over the summer and since has become a hot name on the recruiting trail. Epperson has already taken official visits to Creighton, Utah and Toledo, where his father played. Our hunch is Creighton may be in the drivers seat, but look out for Texas, as they are expected to get an official visit and are certainly in striking distance.
Four-star wing Jordan Tucker is looking at four schools pretty closely -- Georgia Tech, Indiana, Oregon and Villanova. Tucker has taken official visits to Indiana (11/30) and Villanova (12/13). He's also been to Georgia Tech recently for an unofficial visit. Tucker hasn't set a decision date, but the recent interest in Georgia Tech is certainly notable.
Thanks to an impressive senior season, Devante Doutrive is not only ranked in Scout's top 100, but he's also gained traction among college coaches. Arizona State and UNLV are the main two schools right now, although others have dabbled with him and he has a host of other mid and low-major schools that have tried to get involved. Doutrive's process has been slow, as he hasn't take any official or unofficial visits.