Stanford Basketball is certainly not sitting on its recruiting laurels after securing Scout’s eighth-best Class of ‘17. The Cardinal is leaving no stone unturned while amassing what must be an incredible pile of in-flight peanuts and wi-fi coupons. Every member of Stanford’s coaching staff is away this weekend on recruiting trips.
Head Coach Jerod Haase and Assistant Coach Adam Cohen will be in Virginia and New York at Nike and Under Armour events. Coach Jesse Pruitt will be in Dallas at an Adidas event and Coach Jeff Wulbrun will be in New York and L.A. As details of these trips become available, we’ll report them. For the moment, it’s time to recap some recent comings and goings on the part of Coach Haase and some targets emerging in the Class of ‘18 and beyond.
Andrew Nembhard is a point guard in the Class of ‘19 playing out of Montverde, Florida at Montverde Academy for his prep ball and UPlay Canada for his AAU ball. He is currently ranked as the 15th-best prospect in his class by Scout and the best at both his position. He’s got Baylor, Florida, Missouri, Virginia Tech, USC, Villanova, and Oklahoma listed as schools of interest for the five-star prospect.
Cormac Ryan is a 6’5” shooting guard out of Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts currently ranked 60th overall by Scout and has Boston College, Davidson, DePaul, George Mason, Indiana, Michigan, Penn, Notre Dame, and St. John’s among his schools of interest along with the Cardinal in the Class of ‘18.
Coach Haase hit familiar turf when he saw Keenan Fitzmorris, a 6’10” center out of Lenexa, Kansas. Unsurprisingly, he’s got Kansas and Kansas State among his schools of interest and he’s currently rated with three stars by Scout. He is also among the prospects for the Class of ‘18.
Finally, J’Raan Brooks represents a potential double down for Stanford from Seattle’s famed Garfield High School, alma mater of one Daejon Davis. Brooks is a 6’8” power forward in the Class of ‘18 who seems like the Cardinal’s first step towards accepting an eventual life without Reid Travis. He’s ranked as the 82nd best player in his class by Scout and 17th at his position. One would have to think that Daejon could be contributing to his first Stanford assist months before he plays a game for the Cardinal.
Stanford’s got a murky situation for the Class of ‘18, given that the Cardinal could have anywhere from two to four scholarships available. Dorian Pickens and Michael Humphrey will have exhausted their eligibility, but it’s possible that Reid Travis and Robert Cartwright will return for additional years due to medical redshirts. With that being said, it’s clear the staff is erring on the side of quantity at this stage in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
Coach Haase went 8,858 miles to visit those four recruits, and he’s in New York City and Virginia this week. To a certain extent, the mileage is always gonna pile up given Stanford’s location on the West Coast and the need to have a national/global scope when recruiting to The Farm. Nevetheless, nobody can argue that Stanford’s coaching staff and especially its head coach are setting the model for the kind of relentless investment they expect out of their players.