What's the Latest on the Remaining 5-Stars?

Apr. 23 -- Five of Scout's top 15 players are still undecided. But that number will change soon, as Brandon Ingram and Malik Newman have announcement dates set and two others are getting close to a decision...

The Situation: Jaylen Brown seems to have everyone guessing. From college coaches to recruiting analysts to even the people in his camp, no one seems to know where he will go to college. The schools involved are California, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and UCLA. Brown has taken unofficials or officials to each school involved. Brown’s mother told Scout that they don’t intend to do any more in-home visits. She also noted that they don’t have any details or plans for an announcement yet. One source indicated that Brown could very well be waiting to see where Newman, Ingram and Diallo opt to go. Although it seems tough to figure out this recruitment, I don't think we are far from a decision.

The Situation: There are all kinds of questions that surround Thon Maker’s situation. When will he go to school? Where will he go to school? Could he stay in high school in Canada and go to the NBA Draft? There are a lot of things to be sifted through. Maker’s mentor – Ed Smith – told Scout on Monday that he is considering Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky. He’s taken visits to all except for ASU, which was just added to the mix due to Brian Merritt being hired as an assistant coach. There’s a long ways to go here and in my personal opinion I don’t think it’s a guarantee he plays college basketball. Smith did say that as of today they are looking at Thon going to college for the second semester.


The Situation: Malik Newman will announce his college choice on Friday at 1:00 ET. While his list publicly consists of Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State and North Carolina State, the behind the scenes chatter has his list more realistically at Kansas, Kentucky and Mississippi State. Ben Howland has conducted an in-home visit. Kansas met with him just following the Jordan Brand game in New York City. Now Kentucky is expected to have an in-home, but the timing is uncertain. With all that said, things are tracking towards Mississippi State, where his father played, and that's where everyone I've spoken to behind the scenes expects him to go.

After winning the MVP trophy at the Jordan Brand All-American game, Cheick Diallo conducted a late night visit with Bill Self and his staff. Then he met with Kentucky and St. John’s. Iowa State and Pittsburgh are also involved. A source close to the situation told Scout that Diallo doesn’t have any other in-home visits scheduled and doesn’t intend to do any more. The same source told Scout that a decision would be coming “pretty soon.” In all honesty, this decision could come any day now. This one is a close call as we come down the stretch and if I was taking a pick, I'd go with Kansas or Kentucky.

Brandon Ingram is planning to announce his college choice on Monday. His list of schools include Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State and UCLA. Ingram conducted in-home visits with Duke and Kentucky this past Friday. Kansas was in on Saturday. Ingram then met with N.C. State on Monday, Duke again on Tuesday and UNC on Wednesday. At this point, Duke is, in my opinion, the school to beat. I think Kansas and Kentucky would be next in line.




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