Wake Has Huge Recruiting Weekend
Last weekend it was Louisville that took advantage of hosting a big home game. This weekend it was Wake Forest.
Dino Gaudio and his staff had recruits on campus that spanned five classes. C.J. Harris, a 2009 signee, was the only senior in Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum for Wake Forest's win over UNC.
There were a pair of recruits in town from the 2010 class -- Melvin Tabb and Reco McCarter. While the 2011 class had the most visitors. P.J. Hairston, Bishop Daniels, Marquis Rankin, and Jackson Simmons, Marques Teague.
The Demon Deacons also had 2012 standout Shaq Patterson on campus, and even went to the middle school ranks for this one, as Rodney Purvis, a member of the 2013 class, was in Winston-Salem (N.C.) for the ACC tilt.
Teague Has A Lot To Live Up To
When the recruitniks laid eyes on Marques Teague, a 6-foot-1 floor general out of Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike, for the first time during his freshman season many thought he would be far and away a better prospect than his older brother.
Now many have to be second-guessing themselves.
Teague's older brother, Jeff, is in the midst of a huge sophomore season at Wake Forest. On Sunday he went for a career high 34 points in the Demon Deacons three-point win over North Carolina. He leads the ACC in scoring at 20.6 per game.
The ironic thing about the older Teague is that a number of high major programs either passed on him or tried to get involved in his recruitment too late. Looking back, there have to be a lot of assistants coaches be re-thinking that one.
Teague checked in at No. 45 on Scout.com's 2007 list. Marques, a 2011 prospect, is currently ranked in No. 5 overall by Scout.com and is one of the most celebrated lead guards in the sophomore class.
Texas Gets PG For 2011
Tristan Thompson did a great recruiting job for Texas.
The top ranked 2010 prospect picked up some good news Monday morning, as his best friend, Myck Kabongo, informed him that he'll also be attending Texas when he graduates from Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's.
Kabongo, a 2011 recruit, is one of the top lead guards in his class. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard is wise beyond his years and has a great command of his team, despite being just a sophomore.
The 2011 class appears to be loaded out at the point guard spot. Austin Rivers is the top ranked point guard in the class, but Kabongo isn't too far behind, as he's probably more of a pure point than the Florida commit.
Not Many Guards Left In 2010
Guards have flown off the board in 2010 rather quickly.
Already eight of the top 15 lead guards in the junior class are committed, while a staggering 11 of the top 15 shooting guards are verbally committed to a college program.
As far as point guards go, Brandon Knight is the best available, with guys like Phil Pressey, Joe Jackson and Ray McCallum just behind him. The best available two-guard in 2010 is Doron Lamb, but Trey Zeigler, Will Barton and Anthony Brown are solid options as well.
Due to attrition a number of programs are just now realizing they need a guard in the 2010 class, which means it's going to be tough to get involved with a high level guy. Hopefully a few new guard prospects will emerge over the course of the spring and summer.
The big commitment of the weekend was Isaiah Epps' decision to commit to Pittsburgh.
With plenty of attention from Rutgers, Seton Hall and Maryland, Epps had plenty of other options, but opted for the Panthers. Word is Brandin Knight worked that recruitment hard and played a big role in the final decision.
St. Louis also scored a commitment this weekend.
On Tap This Week
The Louisville Invitational Tournament tips off of this week and we'll be covering the action on Tuesday, which will consist of a handful of the best teams in the city. This will give us a prime opportunity to evaluate Josh Sewell, Aaron Cosby, Shaquille Wilson and Eric Mosley.
Wednesday we'll make the trek from Louisville to Indianapolis for what could be two prime time match ups. The Marion County tournament, which begins on Tuesday, potentially could match up Pike and Lawrence North. Pike is led by Marques Teague, while L.N. has five kids committed to high major programs. Teronne Johnson and North Central will play the nightcap of the event.
The Flyin' To The Hoop will mix a number of Ohio's top teams with a handful of national teams -- Findlay Prep, Montrose Christian and San Diego. The event will also feature one of the most anticipated match ups of the season as Columbus (Ohio) Northland and San Diego (Calif.) High will go head-to-head, putting Jared Sullinger (No. 2) against Jeremy Tyler (No. 7).
The Hoop Hall Classic has one of the better event fields of the year. Among the top schools participating are Oak Hill, Montverde, South Atlanta, Tilton, Gonzaga, Neumann-Goretti, DeMatha, St. Anthony, St. Benedict's, Lincoln, LeFlore, Wheeler, Whitney Young and Mater Dei.