July 2016 AAC basketball recruiting recap

PonyStampede breaks down the commits and targets for AAC basketball teams as live periods come to a close.

Live periods are over and seniors are turning their attention toward recruiting. The AAC had a slow spring on the recruiting trail and has just six total commits for 2017, but activity picked up in July with narrowed-down lists and visits.

Central Florida Knights

2017 commits:

Pensacola State College (Fla.) PF Kani Coles

Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI three-star PF Myles Douglas (No. 28 PF, committed July 12)

Atlanta Westlake three-star SG Daniel Lewis (committed May 18)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

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

Takeaways:

After not bringing in a single freshman for 2016-17, UCF has two already committed for 2017. The Knights have been prioritizing the DMV area since hiring Johnny Dawkins in March and it paid off with Douglas’ commitment. He held offers from Georgia Tech, Maryland, Temple, West Virginia and Xavier. Lewis is another high-major prospect who had offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, SMU, Vanderbilt and Xavier. Coles is a Baltimore native who will have two years of eligibility left starting in 2017-18. With the large transfer haul the Dawkins brought in this spring, UCF only has space to sign one more player this fall. 

Cincinnati Bearcats

2017 commits:

Houston Wheatley 3-star wing Trevor Moore (committed June 29)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

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

Takeaways:

Mick Cronin wants tough, defensive-minded players. Recently, he has focused on tough players who also have some offensive skill. Moore was one of the best shooters on the Under Armour Association for the Houston Defenders this season. He picked Cincinnati over Illinois State, Murray State, Old Dominion and Stephen F. Austin. The Bearcats have room for three more signees this fall. 

Houston Cougars

2017 commits:

Mansfield (Texas) Lake Ridge shooting guard Mike Adewunmi (committed August 2)

Transfers:

None

Takeaways:

The Cougars have five seniors on the roster for 2016-17, so they can sign a large 2017 class. Adwunmi is a solid mid-major to high-mid-major prospect. He held offers from Boise State, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Rhode Island, Texas-Arlington, Utah State and UTEP. Houston made the top nine for Katy (Texas) Cinco Ranch four-star SG Jay Jay Chandler and the top 10 for Houston Bellaire three-star PG Maxwell Evans.

East Carolina Pirates

2017 commits:

Portsmouth (Va.) Norcom wing K.J. Davis (committed August 4)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

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

Takeaways:

ECU has space for a big 2017 class, so Davis is just getting it started. He held offers from Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Hofstra, Norfolk State, Towson and Youngstown State. With two of their primary big men entering their final season, the Pirates need to put a priority on frontcourt pieces in this class.

Connecticut Huskies

2017 commits:

None

Transfers eligible for 2017:

None

Takeaways:

Despite no commits at this point, UConn has little reason to worry given its recruiting history and players it is recruiting now. The Huskies made the top 8 for Calvary Christian (Fla.) three-star center Victor Uyaelunmo and the top 11 for Indianapolis North Central five-star wing Kris Wilkes. They continue to recruit Roselle Catholic (N.J.) three-star point guard Nate Pierre-Louis, who has visited UConn twice unofficially.

Memphis Tigers

2017 commits:

None

Transfers eligible for 2017:

None

Takeaways:

The Tigers made the top six for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard three-star PF RaiQuan Gray, who has nearly 30 offers, along with Baylor, Florida State, Maryland, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. They made the top 8 for Wellington (Fla.) four-star PG Trent Frazier, but Illinois is considered the favorite for him and Memphis is a real long shot. Memphis has a lot of room for 2017 and the roster for the 2016-17 is still in flux, with center Nick Marshall’s departure leaving it at nine scholarship players.

SMU Mustangs

2017 commits:

None

Transfers eligible for 2017:

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

Takeaways:

SMU is looking to sign a three-man class, with two big men and a guard. It has some flexibility with scholarships despite the NCAA sanctions, because it will play 2016-17 with three empty spots. At guard, expect SMU to make the cut for, Houston Westfield PG Darius McNeill and Tulsa (Okla.) Central three-star PG Elijah Landrum. SMU already made the top nine for combo guard Jay Jay Chandler and the top 10 for PG Maxwell Evans.

South Florida Bulls

2017 commits:

None

Transfers eligible for 2017:

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

Takeaways:

USF has not landed anyone for 2017 and is facing an NCAA investigation for academic fraud that is believed to involve players on the current roster. Just hours after the news of the investigation was announced, assistant coach Oliver Antigua resigned. He is head coach Orlando Antigua’s brother. With the investigation and a last-place finish in 2015-16, there’s not a lot of momentum here.

Temple Owls

2017 commits:

None

Transfers:

None

Takeaways:

Temple got an unofficial visit from Rosell Catholic PG Nate Pierre-Louis in July. It made the final five for Greensboro Day School (N.C.) PF J.P. Moorman, joining Cincinnati, Richmond, Georgia Tech and UNC-Wilmington. The Owls will get a September official visit from Vermont Academy three-star PF Marcus Santos-Silva, according to ESPN.

Tulane Green Wave

2017 commits:

None

Transfers:

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

Ex-UNLV shooting guard Jordan Cornish (eligible in 2017, two years left)

Takeaways:

Tulane will have room for four fall signees, but it made two summer additions to the 2016-17 roster: Quality Education Academy (N.C.) shooting guard Renathan Ona Embo reclassified up from 2017 to join the Green Wave in June, although there has not been an official announcement from Tulane. In July, Tulane signed Brusly (La.) power forward Darian Jones, the younger brother of former Vanderbilt center and 2016 NBA first-round draft pick Damian Jones.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

2017 commits:

None

Transfers:

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

Takeaways:

After an eight-man 2016 class (plus Scott) and with one senior on the roster for 2016-17, Tulsa will sign a very small 2017 class. As it stands now, Tulsa would sign only one player for 2017.


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