Recruiting Notebook: Pastner, Harris & Capel

In this weeks notebook we'll touch on Chris Crawford's decision to stay home, Tobias Harris' upcoming decision, the Expressions loaded underclassman and Jeff Capel's big weekend.

Pastner's Memphis Magic!


No one has ever questioned Josh Pastner for his recruiting ability.

So it should be of no surprise that he's been able to work up a heck of a class during his first six months on the job at Memphis.

On Thursday, Pastner reeled in local standout Chris Crawford, a standout at Memphis (Tenn.) Sheffield. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard made a name for himself during the July circuit playing with the Memphis Magic.

Known as a sharp shooter, Crawford is a perfect compliment to the other members of Memphis' 2010 recruiting class. During the adidas Super 64 he made deep shots under pressure and earned offers from a number of schools, including Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Crawford joins top 15 recruits Joe Jackson and Will Barton, as well as Barton's brother Antonio. Giving Memphis a big time long-range shooter, a dynamic floor general with incredible speed (Jackson), one of the best pure scorers in the class of 2010 and a solid mid-level utility guard.

Handicapping The Tobias Harris Race


There are only seven schools left in the Harris race – Maryland, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky and Syracuse.

Harris has actually unofficially been to all seven schools. He set up and took his first official to Syracuse last weekend, and is due to be in Knoxville (Tenn.) next weekend.

That leaves three more official visits. Currently he's scheduled to head to Kentucky for their Big Blue Madness festivities the weekend of October 17th. He's also said publicly that he would officially visit Louisville likely at the end of October.

That leaves one official remaining for Maryland, West Virginia and Georgia Tech. Harris, however, have said that he will visit all seven schools, so we expect him to do a pair of unofficial visits.

All of this is setting up for a fall decision. Harris will be equipped to make a decision after the officials, especially since he will have visited all of the schools involved more than once.

Expressions Loaded With Underclassman


Todd Quarles, who runs the Expressions AAU Program, is loading up with underclassman.

Ricardo Ledo, Khem Burch and Tyler Olander are just a few of his prospects with high major potential.

Ledo, who has already taken unofficial visits to Boston College and Syracuse, has picked up interest from Kansas, Connecticut, Syracuse, Providence, Boston College, UMass, Indiana, Florida, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Quarles says the interest is warranted and compared him to one of the best scorers in the class of 2010.

"He has good ball handling abilities and he has a great first step," Quarles said. "He can shoot over you at 6-5. He can break you down like a point guard and a has an uncanny ability to get to the rim. He's just a tremendous scorer. He's kind of like Will Barton."

Burch, a 6-foot-, 175-pound 2012 prospect, is still in the process of building his reputation, but Boston College, Providence, UConn and Arizona State have inquired about him already.

"A lot of people haven't seen him play because when he played with us April and May no one got to see him because it wasn't live," Quarles said. "He's a game changer blocking shots and rebounding and getting out and running the floor."

Olander, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound 2011 prospect, is being courted by UConn, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Virginia, Penn State and Boston College.

"He's starting to come into his own," Quarles said. "He's 6-9 and can shoot the ball. He just does a lot of great things."

Big Weekend In Sooner Country


Jeff Capel has a big weekend on his hands.

Two of his primary targets – Harrison Barnes and Doron Lamb -- in the class of 2010 are in Norman (Okla.) for their official visits.

Already Capel has four-star prospect Cameron Clark and T.J. Taylor committed to the Sooners. If he were to add either Barnes or Lamb it would bolster his 2010 recruiting considerably.

To go with Oklahoma, Barnes is also considering North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Iowa State and UCLA. Lamb is also looking at Arizona, Kansas and Kentucky.


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