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April 2016 AAC Basketball Recruiting Recap

The late signing period is here, which means coaching changes, transfers, releases and draft declarations. With all the movement, coaches are usually still looking for late additions to fill their roster. It’s no exception in the American Conference. Here is how the AAC classes look.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Signees:

Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy three-star wing Lawson Korita

Blinn College (Texas) wing Corey Henderson

Marietta (Ga.) Covenant Christian power forward Martins Igbanu

South Kent (Conn.) three-star wing Travis Atson

College of Southern Idaho wing Eugene Artison

Australian Institute of Sport center Will Magnay 

Abbeville (S.C.) guard Joseph Battle

Kilgore College (Texas) wing Jaleel Wheeler

Verbal commitments: None

Recent activity: Tulsa signed Artison, Magnay, Battle and Wheeler in the spring, filling out all eight spots vacated by its 2015-16 senior class. Tulsa also added Charlotte transfer Curran Scott, who will sit out this season and have three years of eligibility starting in 2017-18. He’s an Edmond, Okla. native. He averaged 10.5 points per game and shot 44 percent on 3-pointers this year. Tulsa found the space for Scott when freshman guard Kajon Brown transferred out of the program.

Connecticut Huskies

Signees:

Woodstock Academy (Conn.) three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra

Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert (No. 31 overall).

Tampa Preparatory (Fla.) four-star power forward Juwan Durham (No. 61 overall)

Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep four-star wing Vance Jackson (No. 80 overall)

Verbal commitments:

2017 Miami Senior four-star center Zach Brown (No. 30 overall, committed Jan. 20)

2016 Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More three-star combo guard Christian Vital (committed April 28)

Recent activity: The Huskies added Vital after a mid-April visit. He’s a former UNLV signee who picked UConn over Louisville and Iowa. SMU, Dayton, Alabama and VCU had offered before he originally signed with UNLV. UConn’s other guard option, Eastern Florida College guard C.J. Jackson, signed with Ohio State on April 20. Four-star Brewster Academy center Taurean Thompson (No. 86 overall) took an official to UConn on April 18. Along with the Huskies, Thompson is considering Syracuse, Seton Hall, Georgetown and Michigan State, which reportedly still wants him even after landing UNLV grad transfer big man Ben Carter.

SMU Mustangs

Signees:

Oklahoma City Southeast three-star point guard Dashawn McDowell

Australian Institute of Sport three-star point guard Tom Wilson

Australian Institute of Sport four-star power forward Harry Froling

Verbal commitments:

2016 Daytona Beach (Fla.) DME Academy four-star center Ted Kapita

2016 Montverde Academy (Fla.) four-star center Bruno Fernando (No. 76 overall in top 100)

Recent activity: SMU signed Froling on May 2, but there is no timetable for Kapita or Fernando to sign. SMU also landed Arkansas transfer Jimmy Whitt on May 2. The No. 72 overall player in the 2015 class averaged 6.1 points per game for the Razorbacks in 2015-16. He has three years left starting in 2017-18. SMU also will get an official visit from four-star Chicago Morgan Park point guard Charlie Moore (No. 65 overall), a former Memphis signee. Moore told PonyStampede that SMU and LSU will get the final two officials, with Illinois getting an unofficial. Moore is also considering California, Miami, Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky and UNLV. Two SMU junior college offers committed elsewhere in April: Jonathan Mulmore (Georgetown) and Kris Clyburn (UNLV). With the focus on Moore and Whitt, neither is a big miss.

South Florida Bulls

Signees:

Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) four-star combo forward Troy Baxter

Orlando (Fla.) West Oaks Academy point guard Andres Feliz

Brewster Academy (N.H.) three-star wing Malik Fitts

Verbal commitments: None

Recent activity: South Florida hasn’t added any new high school commitments, but it landed USC transfer Malik Martin on May 2. Martin is a Miami native and averaged 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 2015-16, down from 5.2 points per game in 15 starts as a freshman. He will sit out 2016-17 and have two years left.

Temple Owls

Signees:

Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearney four-star combo guard Quinton Rose

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMantha Catholic three-star point guard Alani Moore

Jackson (Miss.) Callaway C Damion Moore

Verbal commitments: None

Recent activity: Head coach Fran Dunphy watched Scotland (Pa.) big man Cheickna Dembele in late March, but he signed with UNLV on April 30. Miami transfer James Palmer visited Temple in late April, but picked Nebraska.

Houston Cougars

Signees:

Round Rock (Texas) McNeil shooting guard Armoni Brooks

Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa C.C. center Valentine Sangoyomi

Odessa College (Texas) power forward Devin Davis

Verbal commitments: None.

Recent activity: Houston, Kansas and Texas look like the final three for St. Stephens Episcopal (Texas) five-star center Jarrett Allen. Davis, the former Indiana Hoosier, picked Houston on April 18 over Mississippi, Iowa State, Purdue, Cincinnati and Temple. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward has two seasons of eligibility and was named an NJCAA first-team All-American. He averaged 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in his only season at Odessa. He last played for Indiana as a freshman in 2013-14, when he averaged 2.4 points per game. He missed the 2014-15 season due to injury. Houston had also offered junior college guard Kris Clyburn, who committed to UNLV.

East Carolina Pirates

Signees:

Beacon (N.Y.) John F. Kennedy wing Elijah Hughes

Little Rock (Ark.) Southwest Christian point guard Shawn Williams

Westlake (Ga.) wing Raquan Wilkins 

Verbal commitments: None

Recent activity: Wilkins committed on March 29 and signed on April 13. He is a state title winner and also won the 2015 EYBL Peach Jam with the Georgia Stars. East Carolina also landed Wake Forest grad transfer Andre Washington. The 7-foot, 240-pounder and former three-star recruit last played in 2014-15, when he averaged 1.6 points per game. A pair of grad transfers – forward L.G. Gill (Duquesne) and guard J.C. Hampton (Lipscomb) – is considering East Carolina.

Tulane Green Wave

Signees:

Reno (Nev.) International Prep power forward Maxwell Starwood

Reedley (Calif.) Immanuel three-star point guard Colin Slater

Verbal commitments: None

Recent activity: San Diego Mission Bay three-star point guard Justin Moore asked for a release, he told Scout’s Evan Daniels. Moore signed with Tulane in November and originally held offers from Arizona State, USC, Nevada, San Diego State, San Diego, Utah State and Georgia State. Three-star 22 Feet Academy (S.C.) wing Darius Hicks will commit on May 7, per ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. His final three are Tulane, Cincinnati and Missouri. He is a one-time Mississippi State commitment. Coppin State grad transfer guard Christian Kessee is considering Tulane, according to multiple reports. He averaged 14.6 points per game in 2015-16.

Cincinnati Bearcats

Signees:

Burlington (N.J.) Life Center Academy three-star power forward Nysier Brooks

Wilmington (Ohio) four-star wing Jarron Cumberland (No. 72 overall)

Verbal commitments: None.

Recent activity: Along with Tulane, Cincinnati is in the mix for former Mississippi State commitment Darius Hicks, who announces on May 7. The Bearcats lost out to Houston on Devin Davis and to Nebraska for James Palmer. They did get Sacred Heart transfer guard Cane Broome, who averaged 23.1 points per game in 2015-16. He has two years left and will sit out 2016-17. Cincinnati, along with  will get a visit from Liberty transfer Evan Maxwell, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. He will have to sit out next season as well. Louisiana Tech transfer Merrill Holden is considering Cincinnati and visited in mid-April. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 8.0 points per game last season.

Central Florida Knights

Signees:

University School of Jackson (Tenn.) three-star small forward Clayton Hughes

Richmond (Va.) John Marshall three-star combo guard Jeremy Sheppard

Verbal commitments: None

Recent activity: After guards Adonys Henriquez and Brendan Boyle transferred, Columbia City (Ind.) three-star hybrid forward Brachen Hazen got a release from his letter of intent and wing Aubrey Dawkins transferred to UCF from Michigan, UCF has two open spots. Hazen committed to Arkansas. Senior guard Matt Williams, who was set to transfer to Wake Forest, changed his mind and came back to UCF. The Knights are among Louisiana Tech grad transfer Merrill Holden's six finalists, according to CBSSports’ Jon Rothstein.

Memphis Tigers

Signees:

Southwest Tennessee C.C. forward Jimario Rivers

Verbal commitments:

2017 Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview guard Khalil Garland (committed March 1)

Recent activity: After Josh Pastner left to become the head coach at Georgia Tech, Charlie Moore got a release from his letter of intent. Tubby Smith has six open spots for next year, and it could become seven if Dedric Lawson opts to stay in the NBA draft. He has not signed with an agent and can return to school after the NBA Draft Combine. Copping State grad transfer Christian Kessee visited Memphis on May 2, according to multiple reports. He's also considering Tulane, Rutgers, Ole Miss, Old Dominion and Wyoming. 2016 three-star New Orleans Helen Cox big man Khalea Turner is down to Memphis, Baylor and UTEP, per the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

(Note: use ESPN's transfer list to see all transfers in college basketball, where they have committed and who they are considering) 


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