The worst kept secret in college basketball hit the airwaves tonight. D.J. White's press conference took place and the national Top 10 recruit announced he would attend Indiana. Sporting a Hoosiers cap, White deftly fielded questions. His commitment is the biggest recruiting news to hit Bloomington since the Jared Jeffries announcement.
"I told them I want to come but I haven't committed," Robert Dozier said of Memphis. Should his mother give her seal of approval down the road, he'll be a Tiger. Dozier said he wasn't considering anyone else at this time. Sounds like a commitment is imminent to us? "I'm going to commit to Memphis by the end of the summer."
Charles Thomas gave us a school list that consisted of just two: Oklahoma and Florida State. He's got his reasons for liking both. "I've seen the facilities [at Oklahoma]," Thomas said. "Wow! They were building things left and right." As for FSU, Leonard Hamilton coached his cousin Mario Bland in college.
Last month there were some rumblings about K.C. Rivers possibly committing early to Wake Forest. He addressed that rumor today. "It's safe to say that they lead but it's hard to say when I'll commit." Rivers said that the Deacs, North Carolina State and North Carolina are in the mix.
Marquise Gray appearances on the circuit are rare but he's here this week and he'll be at the Hoopfest with Flint Affiliation next. Carmelo Anthony and Rudy Gay had a little chat before the forward left for camp. Basically, there's a lot of similarities in how they hit growth spurts at the same time and how their stars were on the rise heading into July. Don't think for a second "Melo" isn't whispering Syracuse in his ear. Sources told us Gay is listening intently. We asked Ollie Bailey, one of the most competitive guys here who he wants a piece of and he quickly responded with DJ White.
Junior power forward Keith Brumbaugh already likes Florida, Florida State, Indiana and Arizona. Monta Ellis, one of the finest junior guards in the country likes Alabama, Texas, North Carolina and Duke. Robert Clark said he's pretty open but told us that Iowa, Florida State and Western Kentucky are aggressively recruiting him. We told you to watch out for the Orangemen with Rudy Gay. Also on the list are Maryland, Indiana, Villanova, Connecticut, Arizona and Virginia.
Power forward Robinson Louisme likes Tulane (offer), Miami (offer), South Florida (offer) and Boston College (offer). Forward Ollie Bailey has offers from Rutgers and Purdue. Also in the mix are Marquette, Seton Hall and Connecticut. Junior power forward Tyler Hansbrough likes Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas and Florida.
Jerome Johnson couldn't believe he measured in at 6-6 and frankly, that could be an inch shy without shoes. Johnson has recently visited Penn State, Providence and Northeastern unofficially. Channing Toney's famous father Andrew - you know the 76ers and Celtics? - is a player himself. He likes Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Connecticut, Georgetown, UAB and USL (dad's alma mater). Junior Martell Webster is hearing from Arizona, Washington, UCLA, Maryland, Indiana, Missouri, UNC and Duke.
Jerome Habel has a scholarship offer from Virginia Commonwealth. He's perplexed by the lack of interest in him and quite honestly, so are we. Why wouldn't you want a 6-9 shot blocker and rebounder? Williams Thomas, a power forward out of Mount St. Joe in Baltimore is hearing from Virginia Tech, Richmond, Rutgers and Nebraska but doesn't have any offers.
I'm not spilling any beans now. I want to go on my visits. - Brian Johnson's comment to a rumor circulating that UNC was about to get a commitment.