Recruiting Notebook (Aug. 31)

Marquette and Indiana both held elite camps this weekend, Kyrie Irving secured an official date and Jelani Hewitt was named MVP of the Next Level showcase.

Marquette Loads Up For Elite Camp


While next weekend will be a big weekend nationally for official and unofficial visits, Marquette took advantage of the last weekend in August to have an elite camp and get some of the nation's best players to their campus.

After a quick glance of the guys in attendance, Buzz Williams and his staff deserve some kudos for bringing in such a quality group of guys for their two-day event that consisted of prospects spanning four different classes.

Among the top 2010 prospects in the building were Vander Blue, Reggie Smith, LaBradford Franklin, Rickey Scott, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Coleman, Cameron Clark, J.J. Moore, Jayvaughn Pinkston, Tarik Black and Michael Cobbins.

The 2011 group of guys that participated in the camp as pretty good too, as guys like George Marshall, Andre Henley, Brandon Dawson, Jermaine Sanders, Wayne Blackshear, Rodney Hood and Darnell Harris all participated.

The 2012 crop of prospects were led by J.P. Tokoto, Junior Lomomba and DeJuan Marrero, but they also had a Darrell Bowie, Iyad Assad and a handful of other talented sophomore-to-be's in attendance.

Indiana Focuses On Underclassmen For Camp


While it's clear Marquette focused on getting a number of 2010 prospects to go with the underclassmen on campus, Indiana appeared more focused to get some younger prospects to Bloomington for their elite camp.

Both 2011 commits – Austin Etherington and Matt Carlino – were in town for the camp on Saturday. Jeremiah Davis, of Muncie (Ind.) Central, was one of their main 2011 prospects on campus.

Other than J.P. Tokoto, one of the top wings in his class, the majority of the 2012 recruits the Indiana staff had on campus reside within the state. Cheir Ajou, Jeremy Hollowell and Kellon Thomas were all in attendance.

Tom Crean and his staff also had a handful of 2013 recruits in Boomington. Darryl Baker, Darryl Hicks, Collin Hartman and the Scott twins, Brent and Bryson, were all in town for the festivities.

Hewitt Nabs MVP of Next Level Showcase


Jelani Hewitt apparently stole the show at the Next Level Top 24 Showcase, which consisted of the best players in Florida.

Hewitt, a Miami (Fla.) Northeast, went for a game-high 29 points, which included six three-pointers, and led Team Deliver to a 117-104 win over Team Elevate at Orlando (Fla.) Wekvia on Saurday.

"This is good to have on my resume,'' Hewitt told the Miami Herald. "I got MVP of the All-Star game. Now I have even more confidence going into my season. People are going to see that and want to give me their best.''

Florida commits Patric Young and Austin Rivers had solid outings for Team Deliver as well. Young, a 6-foot-8 big man, finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, while Rivers tossed in 13 points.

Khyle Marshall and Stacey Poole paced Team Elevate in the loss. Marshall went for 19 points, while Poole scored 18. Brandon Knight, the top ranked 2010 lead guard, was in attendance, but unable to participate due to an injury.

Irving Sets Indiana Official


One of the best point guards in the 2010 class has set his second official visit date.

According to sources close to the situation, Irving, a standout at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, will be in Bloomington (Ind.) to check out Indiana during the weekend of October 3rd. Irving unofficially visited IU back in May.

Irvin also set an official visit to Duke during the weekend of September 25th.

To go with in-home visits with Duke and Indiana, Irving is also planning to do in-home visits with Kentucky, Texas A&M, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech and UConn. He's yet to set any other official visits.

Lack of Commitments?


It's been relatively quiet on the commitment front the past few weeks.

After the initial surge in early August, where we witnessed 16 commitments in a short four-day span, the amount of pledges have slowed drastically. But with so many visits on the horizon, commitments should pick back up over the next few weeks.

Compared to the last few classes there are still a number of highly rated prospects on the board in the 2010 class. Five of the top 10 prospects and 10 of Scout.com's top 20 are still available.


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