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AAC Hoops November Recruiting Roundup

Patrick recaps November in hoops recruiting and signing day for the American Athletic Conference.

American Athletic Conference teams signed 30 players in the early signing period in November, but just two of them made their decision in November. Six four-star-or-higher players signed with AAC schools. Here’s a look at each team’s signing class and the November additions. Recruiting is quieter now with signing day over, but it should pick up in the new year as the late signing period gets closer.

Connecticut: four signees

Woodstock Academy (Conn.) three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra
Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert (No. 38 overall in top 100) 
Tampa Preparatory (Fla.) five-star power forward Juwan Durham (No. 27 overall)
Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep four-star wing Vance Jackson (No. 63 overall)

November roundup/Other targets: Connecticut signed all four of its commits and has the sixth-best class in the nation, per Scout’s team rankings. Former VCU wing and top-100 recruit Terry Larrier will also play for the Huskies next season after sitting this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Tulsa: four signees

Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy wing Lawson Korita
Blinn College (Texas) wing Corey Henderson Jr.
Marietta (Ga.) Covenant Christian power forward Martins Igbanu
South Kent (Conn.) three-star wing Travis Atson

November roundup/Other targets: Tulsa signed a guard and wing-heavy class, but space for at least four more as eight seniors will leave the team after this season. The Golden Hurricane did not sign Garden City C.C. (Kan.) wing Jabar Ray, who committed in August. He doesn’t appear to be part of the team’s future.

Central Florida: three signees

University School of Jackson (Tenn.) three-star small forward Clayton Hughes
Columbia City (Ind.) three-star hybrid forward Brachen Hazen
Richmond (Va.) John Marshall combo guard Jeremy Sheppard

November roundup/Other targets: UCF signed three talented perimeter players, but it needs a big man to finish the class. Montverde Academy (Fla.) four-star center Bruno Fernando (No. 100 overall) is still uncommitted and has been a target for a while.

South Florida: three signees

Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) combo forward Troy Baxter
Orlando (Fla.) West Oaks Academy point guard Andres Feliz
Brewster Academy (N.H.) wing Malik Fitts

November roundup/Other targets: The Bulls signed their three commits and will likely have just one spot left in the class. Victory Rock Prep (Fla.) center Khadim Gueye is still available and already took his official visit to South Florida.

Temple: three signees

Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearney four-star combo guard Quinton Rose
Hyattsville (Md.) Friendship Academy three-star point guard Alani Moore
Jackson (Miss.) Callaway C Damion Moore

November roundup/Other targets: Rose and Alani Moore committed in the late summer, but Damion Moore committed during his official on Nov. 14, per Hoopseen.com. He signed four days later. The 6-foot-10, 225-pounder chose Temple over Oklahoma, La Salle and UTEP.

Tulane: three signees

Reno (Nev.) International Prep power forward Maxwell Starwood
Reedley (Calif.) Immanuel three-star point guard Colin Slater
San Diego Mission Bay three-star point guard Justin Moore

November roundup/Other targets: Tulane signed its three expected signees. The Green Wave is out of spots unless someone transfers.

Cincinnati: two signees

Burlington (N.J.) Life Center Academy three-star power forward Nysier Brooks
Wilmington (Ohio) four-star wing Jarron Cumberland (No. 77 overall)

November roundup/Other targets: Cincinnati did not add anyone in November but signed Cumberland and Brooks, who committed within 24 hours of each other in July. The Bearcats will also have N.C. State transfer Kyle Washington eligible next year. The burly big man was the No. 91 player in 2013. Cincinnati has space if it wants to add a point guard in the late period. Manhassett (N.Y.) St. Mary’s point guard Devonte was offered a while and is still available.

SMU: two signees

Oklahoma City Southeast three-star point guard DaShawn McDowell
Australian Institute of Sport point guard Tom Wilson

November roundup/Other targets: SMU signed McDowell, who committed in early September, and Wilson, who pledged in mid-October. Even with scholarship reductions as part of the NCAA penalties, SMU has space for a couple big men. Former Arkansas signee Ted Kapita, a top-50 in the class of 2015, is doing a prep year and SNYtv’s Adam Zagoria reports SMU is the “clubhouse leader” for him. Montverde Academy (Fla.) center Bruno Fernando and Australian forward Harry Froling are the other targets. Froling just added an Arizona offer but set his official to SMU for Jan 5-7, 2016.

Houston: two signees

Round Rock (Texas) McNeil shooting guard Armoni Brooks
Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa C.C. center Valentine Sangoyomi

November roundup/Other targets: Houston did not add to its class in November, but it still has space for three more players. Austin (Texas) St. Stephens Episcopal center Jarrett Allen took an official to Houston on Halloween weekend, and the buzz around Allen and the Cougars has picked up recently.

East Carolina: two signees

Beacon (N.Y.) John F. Kennedy wing Elijah Hughes
Little Rock (Ark.) Southwest Christian point guard Shawn Williams

November roundup/Other targets: East Carolina did not add any new members to its class in November, but it gained another spot when forward Marshall Guilmette retired because of injury on Nov. 2.

Memphis: two signees

Southwest Tennessee C.C. forward Jimario Rivers
Chicago Morgan Park Academy four-star point guard Charlie Moore (No. 65)

November roundup/Other targets: Memphis made up for its miss on top target Jaylen Fischer by landing fellow point guard Moore, who picked the Tigers over VCU and California on Nov. 12. He’s 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds and also held offers from Illinois, Creighton, DePaul, Iowa, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Pitt and St. John’s. He makes up for his lack of size by being a quick, smart and tough player.


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