May 2016 AAC basketball recruiting recap

Heading into June, almost all notable high school players have decided, even the ones who were released from letters of intent due to coaching changes. But it’s still transfer season, and AAC teams are active in the transfer market. With summer workouts starting for some teams, here is how the 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

Transfers: 

Ex-Charlotte combo guard Curran Scott (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Recent activity:

Tulsa is full for 2016-17 and has not landed anyone in the 2017 cycle yet.

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.) five-star power forward Juwan Durham (No. 61 overall)

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

Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More three-star combo guard Christian Vital

Verbal commitments: None

Transfers: None

Recent activity:

Vital, the lone late period addition and a former UNLV signee, signed May 18. UConn parted ways with its only 2017 verbal, Miami Senior four-star center Zach Brown. Four-star Brewster Academy center Taurean Thompson (No. 86 overall) cut his list to Michigan State, Seton Hall and Syracuse, eliminating UConn. Findlay Prep (Nev.) forward Justin Jackson (No. 36 overall), a former UNLV signee, committed to Maryland. He visited UConn in May. Huskies seniors Rodney Purvis and Amida Brimah withdrew from the NBA Draft.

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

Blinn College (Texas) shooting guard Morris Dunnigan

Verbal commitments: None

Transfers: None

Recent activity:

The Cougars added a late signature from Dunnigan, a 6-foot-3 off-guard who has two years of eligibility left. A Joliet, Ill. native, Dunnigan averaged 22.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 2015-16 and was named junior college All-Region XIV first-team. Houston’s last high school target, five-star center Jarrett Allen, signed with Texas on June 3.

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: None

Transfers: 

Ex-Arkansas combo guard Jimmy Whitt (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Recent activity:

SMU missed on its last 2016 high school target, Morgan Park (Ill.) point guard Charlie Moore. The No. 65 player in the class committed to California. Montverde Prep (Fla.) four-star center Bruno Fernando announced he is reclassifying to 2017 and opted out of his verbal commitment. He was not expected to sign with SMU due to qualification issues. The same goes for DME Academy (Fla.) four-star center Ted Kapita. SMU is sitting at 10 scholarships and could add a transfer for 2016, or sit on the 10 and put the three unused ones toward its sanctions. The only transfer target is ex-Kentucky guard Charles Matthews, a former four-star. Per ESPN, he has visits scheduled to Michigan and Xavier.

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

Transfers:

Ex-USC power forward Malik Martin (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Recent activity:

Martin committed on May 2. He 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. 

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

Transfers: None

Recent activity:

Temple did not land a transfer or a commitment in May.

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

Transfers:

Ex-Wake Forest center Andre Washington (grad transfer)

Ex-Hawaii point guard Isaac Fleming (eligible in 2017, one year left)

Recent activity: 

ECU’s only May addition was Fleming, who averaged 9.5 points per game in each of his first two years at Hawaii. A handful of other transfer who were considering the Pirates went elsewhere: Former NC State wings Caleb and Cody Martin (Nevada), former Duquesne forward L.G. Gill (Maryland) and former Lipscomb point guard J.C. Hampton (Texas A&M).

Cincinnati Bearcats

Signees:

Dallas Advanced Prep International three-star power forward Nysier Brooks

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

Verbal commitments: None

Transfers: 

Ex-Sacred Heart combo guard Cane Broome (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Recent activity: 

Cincinnati did not add anyone in May and is sitting at 11 scholarships.

Memphis Tigers

Signees:

Southwest Tennessee C.C. forward Jimario Rivers

Auburndale (Fla.) point guard Keon Clergeot

Verbal commitments: None

Transfers:

Ex-Coppin State combo guard Christian Kessee (grad transfer)

Recent activity: 

Even after a busy May, Memphis is still sitting at three open scholarships. Kessee was Tubby Smith’s first addition. He’s immediately eligible and averaged 14.6 points per game last season while making 39 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also considered Tulane, Rutgers, Ole Miss, Old Dominion and Wyoming. Clergeot is a former Texas Tech signee under Smith. Before signing in the fall, he picked the Red Raiders over VCU, Towson, Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech, Duquesne, Chattanooga and others. Two more potential big men are still available. Smith recruited Minnesota grad transfer Charles Buggs when he was coaching the Gophers, so the fit is logical. 2016 three-star New Orleans Helen Cox big man Khalea Turner is considering Memphis, Baylor and UTEP.

Central Florida Knights

Signees: None

Verbal commitments: 

2016 Baltimore Mount Zion Prep point guard Caesar DeJesus (committed May 8, has not signed yet)

2017 Westlake (Ga.) three-star shooting guard Danny Lewis (committed May 18)

Transfers:

Ex-Michigan wing Aubrey Dawkins (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Ex-Louisiana Tech wing Dayon Griffin (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Ex-Drexel combo guard Terrell Allen (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Ex-Illinois State forward Nick Banyard (grad transfer)

Ex-Texas Tech center Rokas Ulvydas (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Recent activity:

Johnny Dawkins continues to overhaul the roster. The final two signees under Donnie Jones were released from their letters of intent: University School of Jackson (Tenn.) three-star small forward Clayton Hughes and Richmond (Va.) John Marshall three-star combo guard Jeremy Sheppard. Dawkins landed his first 2016 pledge with DeJesus picking UCF over offers from Chattanooga, Winthrop, GMU, Canisius, Maine, Robert Morris, North Texas and Saint Louis. He had late interest from Texas A&M, Iowa State, Florida State and Baylor. 

Dawkins brought in five transfers, four in May. Banyard, a hybrid forward eligible immediately, averaged 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds for Illinois State last season. The 6-foot-5 Griffin averaged 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for Louisiana Tech in 2015-16. Allen was a CAA All-Rookie selection after averaging 9.8 points per game and posting a 1.9 assist-turnover ratio. Ulvydas played 23 total minutes for Texas Tech, which burned his redshirt halfway through the season. The Knights were among Louisiana Tech grad transfer Merrill Holden’s six finalists, but he committed to Iowa State.

Tulane Green Wave

Signees:

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

Verbal commitments: None

Transfers:

Ex-Vanderbilt power forward Samir Sehic (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Recent activity: 

Two of Tulane’s fall signees were released and committed elsewhere: San Diego Mission Bay three-star point guard Justin Moore committed to Georgia Tech and Reno (Nev.) International Prep power forward Maxwell Starwood signed with Texas State. New head coach Mike Dunleavy’s first addition was Sehic, who averaged 4.7 minutes per game at Vanderbilt as a freshman. 

A high school and transfer target went elsewhere: Three-star 22 Feet Academy (S.C.) wing Darius Hicks had Tulane as a finalist, but he signed with N.C. State on May 16. He was a one-time Mississippi State commitment. Coppin State grad transfer guard Christian Kessee picked Memphis over Tulane and others.


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