August 2016 AAC basketball recruiting recap

It’s official visit and commit season in college basketball. Recruits are taking visits and committing before the November signing period. American Conference teams have been getting visitors in frequently and five now have at least one commitment.

Central Florida Knights

2017 commits:

Pensacola State College (Fla.) PF Kani Coles (committed July 22)

Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI three-star PF Myles Douglas (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 CG Terrell Allen (eligible in 2017, three years left)

Ex-Illinois State forward Nick Banyard (grad transfer)

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

What’s Happening:

UCF is the only AAC school with three pledges, but the commitment list did not grow in August. That’s not a surprise, as the Knights are at 13 scholarships for 2017 and would need attrition to add another player.

Cincinnati Bearcats

2017 commits:

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

Canadian C Eliel Nsoseme (committed Aug. 21)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

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

What’s Happening:

Cincinnati added Nsoseme, who is originally from Congo but played for Jerry Stackhouse’s Canadian AAU team. Not much is known about the 6-8 forward’s recruitment and his only reported offer was from the Bearcats. They made the final five for Alabama native and top-100 forward Alex Reese, along with Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia, and UAB. Cincinnati has a visit scheduled with Greensboro Day School (N.C.) three-star PF J.P. Moorman for Oct. 14. They currently sit at 11 scholarship players.

Connecticut Huskies

2017 commits:

Wolfboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy 4-star PG Makai Ashton-Langford (No. 32 overall, committed Sept. 5)

Transfers eligible for 2017:

None

What’s Happening:

Ashton-Langford is the first four-star commitment for an AAC team this cycle. He chose the Huskies over Providence, but also had offers from Boston College, DePaul, Louisville, Rutgers and VCU. 

UConn has hosted and will host a lot of high-profile talent this month. Another top-50 PG, Prolific Prep (Calif.) and Indianapolis native Paul Scruggs, took an official to UConn in August. His AAU teammate, Indianapolis North Central five-star wing Kris Wilkes, is scheduled to visit on Nov. 3. Hyattsville (Md.) DeManta Catholic three-star PF Josh Carlton, who is visiting ECU this weekend, will take his UConn official on Sept. 27. Two other big men recently visited UConn: Weston (Fla.) Sagemont three-star PF Tyler Polley and Westtown (Pa.) five-star C Mohamed Bamba, the No. 2 player in the nation. Finally, Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s three-star SG David Beatty has the Huskies in his top 5. 

Houston Cougars

2017 commits:

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

Transfers eligible for 2017:

None

What’s Happening:

Houston has one commitment, but hosted three big official visitors last weekend: Tulsa (Okla.) Union three-star PF Ethan Chargois, Humble (Texas) Atascocita three-star PF Fabian White and Houston Westfield four-star wing Jase Febres. They recently offered Sappington (Mo.) Providence Classical Christian Academy PF/C S.K. Shittu, a native of Nigeria who played for Team Griffin on the EYBL this season. 

East Carolina Pirates

2017 commits:

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

Transfers eligible for 2017:

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

What’s Happening:

The Pirates got a late 2016 addition from junior college PF Jabari Craig, a former USC signee. They are scheduled to get a Sept. 9 official visit from PF Josh Carlton, who will also visit Connecticut and Clemson. Though he goes to school in the DC area, he is a North Carolina native.

Memphis Tigers

2017 commits:

None

Transfers eligible for 2017:

None

What’s Happening:

Memphis grabbed a late graduate transfer for this season in former Baylor C Chad Rykhoek, who could be the first player to take the court as a grad student despite not playing a minute of college basketball as an undergrad. As far as 2017 recruiting, the Tigers have a Sept.16 official set for Windermere Prep (Fla.) hybrid forward David Nickelberry, who is also considering Georgia, USC and Vanderbilt. They are still involved with Colorado Springs (Colo.) Sand Creek wing D'shawn Schwartz, a top-100 player, but Butler and Colorado are the favorites.

SMU Mustangs

2017 commits:

None

Transfers eligible for 2017:

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

What’s Happening:

SMU hosted its first official visitor last weekend, Tulsa (Okla.) Central three-star PG Elijah Landrum. SMU big men targets Fabian White and Ethan Chargois visited Houston together last weekend and are scheduled to trip to Dallas on Sept. 17 and Sept. 22, respectively. Trinity Christian three-star PF Everett Ray is also coming in on Sept. 22 and SMU is finalizing a late September visit date for Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers CG William Douglas. The coaches will go in-home with Alexandria (La.) Peabody Magnet three-star PG Cedric Russell on Sept. 14, he told PonyStampede.

South Florida Bulls

2017 commits:

None

Transfers eligible for 2017:

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

What’s Happening:

USF keeps going backward on the recruiting trail. The program was already under NCAA investigation for academic fraud that is believed to involve players on the current roster. Now, the Bulls lost two of their 2016 signees: four-star forward Troy Baxter (who ended up at UNLV) and three-star PG Andres Feliz, who left the program. They did add Phoenix Shadow Mountain PG Mike Bibby Jr., the son of former NBA PG Mike Bibby, to their 2016 class.

Temple Owls

2017 commits:

None

Transfers:

None

What’s Happening:

Temple is still commit-less, but has a chance to change that this weekend: The Owls will host Roselle Catholic (N.J.) three-star PG Nate Pierre-Louis and Greensboro Day School (N.C.) three-star PF J.P. Moorman for officials. Moorman is also visiting Cincinnati, Richmond, Georgia Tech and UNC-Wilmington. They hosted Vermont Academy three-star PF Marcus Santos-Silva last weekend. Baltimore Polytechnic (Md.) wing De’Vondre Perry is down to five – Temple, Kansas State, Seton Hall USC and Virginia.

Tulane Green Wave

2017 commits:

None

Transfers:

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

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

What’s Happening:

With a thin frontcourt, the Green Wave is looking to stock up on big men. Tulane, Oklahoma and Penn State were the visit tour for Finnish C Hannes Pöllä in late August, but he committed to the Sooners. As a member of Finland’s U18 team in the 2016 Nordic Championship, he averaged 7.6 points and 8.2 per game. On Sept. 9, Clinton (Miss.) PF Galin Smith will take an official to Tulane. He’s also scheduled to visit, Alabama, LSU and UAB.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

2017 commits:

None

Transfers:

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

What’s Happening:

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. One big target is hometown product Elijah Landrum, who is coming off a visit to SMU. The Mustangs and Golden Hurricane will continue to fight for Landrum.

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