The Hoops Recruiting Inside Scoop talks about Jarrett Allen, Paul Scruggs, Chuck O'Bannon and others

June 7 -- The College Hoops Recruiting Inside Scoop focuses on Jarrett Allen, Chuck O'Bannon, Brandon Williams, Saben Lee, Taurean Thompson, Paul Scruggs and much more...

Thompson could be nearing decision

The long and interesting recruitment of Taurean Thompson continues, but there is at least a light at the end of the tunnel here. It is seeming that once Thompson makes his final visit to Michigan State he will be ready to pick a school. One of focuses of the people advising Thompson has been to make all five official visits, and Michigan State will fill that quota.

Since they offered, most have felt that Syracuse was going to be the ultimate destination for Thompson, but it is beginning to look not nearly as optimistic for the Orange. Not everyone around Thompson is on board with him selection the ACC power, and because of that the Spartans seem to be gaining a lot of momentum in this recruitment.

Seton Hall still has the benefit of being close to Thompson’s mom, and that definitely is a benefit in this scenario, but the Pirates might be in a tough position here.

Keep a close eye on the Spartans, as some close to the situation feel that all parties are okay with Michigan State, and they have a lot of playing time to offer in the frontcourt.

Change coming with Williams?

One of the major thoughts for a while with four-star Malik Williams is that he would stay in the Big Ten. Schools such as IndianaPurdueMichigan State and Iowa were all considered leaders in this recruitment at one time or another, but now it is possible that things are changing.

A bit of buzz coming from people with knowledge of the situation say that Williams and his advisors might not think that the Big Ten is the best conference for him, and that he might do better in a different league. That has let some other schools get a more serious look from Williams who has really slowed down his recruiting timeline in recent weeks.

Schools such as LouisvilleUCLA and Xavier all seem to be trying to get involved with Williams now that he is more likely to look around at all options instead of being locked in on a few schools.

Now this isn’t to say Williams won’t end up in the Big Ten, he very well might, but now more than ever he appears open to other options.

Could Culver go West?

An intriguing recruitment brewing right now in the Midwest is that of Derek Culver. Culver is someone who has roots in the city of Memphis, and seems less inclined to stay close to home than most players who hail from the Buckeye State.

With that Culver has an interesting recruitment. The presumptive leader for a little while has been West Virginia, and the Mountaineers continue to be the team in the best position, but this is going to be a battle for Bob Huggins and his crew.

Arizona is definitely a school that is making a strong move with Culver. The Wildcats have really picked things up recently, and Culver appears to be very interested in the program. Not to mention Sean Miller is comfortable recruiting the state of Ohio from his time at Xavier.

Also Florida is right there as is Xavier, Kansas, Connecticut, NC State, Illinois, and Indiana. Still this one is beginning to take a turn that he could be open to going west, and Arizona is doing their best to capitalize on that.

Scruggs begins to focus Recently

Paul Scruggs released a list of eight schools, but the reality is there is a true top five at the moment with levels within that top five. The five schools seemingly really in the mix right now are LouisvilleIndianaXavierMichigan State and Ohio State.

Of that crew Ohio State definitely appears to be the school that is the longest shot, but the Buckeyes are at least trying. Geography is going to be a major factor here, and even though it is under a four hour drive to East Lansing, that still could be too much of an obstacle for Michigan State.

That leaves the Hoosiers, Musketeers, and Cardinals. Louisville got the most recent visit, and it was a positive. That helped the Cardinals become more of a serious threat, but the definite top two right now is Xavier and Indiana.

Louisville’s proximity to Scruggs’ home gives them a bit more than a puncher’s chance right now, but the Musketeers and Hoosiers have done a tremendous job.

Expect official visits to happen soon after July, and then a decision to follow. This recruitment shouldn’t go too long, and it is looking like everyone is chasing Xavier and Indiana.

Who leads for Chuck O'Bannon? On Tuesday, 2017 Las Vegas Bishop Gorman wing Charles O'Bannon, Jr. narrowed his list down to eight - ArizonaKansasNC StateOregonTexasUCLAUNLV and Washington.

Scout's 49th ranked prospect in the class, O'Bannon has continued to expand his scoring ability this summer and is definitely one of the top guys nationally when it comes to instant offense.

While all eight of O'Bannon's finalists are involved, Texas, USC and Washington are the schools doing the best job with him.

Saben Lee taking visits

One of the West Coast's top stock risers over recent months has been Saben Lee, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol.

This weekend, Lee will take an official visit to Stanford. Next weekend, Lee will take an official visit to Vanderbilt, while Utah could receive a visit this month. Grand Canyon received an unofficial visit earlier this week and could also get him back on campus for an official.

The leader in the clubhouse? Multiple sources believe Stanford is the school to beat.

Brandon Williams receives big offer

A couple weeks ago, Scout's top 2018 point guard on the West Coast - Encino (Calif.) Crisp's Brandon Williams - received a scholarship offer from Arizona.

UA joined a list of programs that includes CaliforniaUCLA and USC on Williams' offer list, but the Wildcats offer was a big one for the 24th ranked prospect in the class.

Sources believe that Arizona was the offer Williams has been hoping for and UA could ultimately end that recruitment early with a full court press.

2019 big man stands out for DC Premier 16’s

A 2019 post prospect to keep an eye on is 6-foot-9, 235-pound Makhi Mitchell, of Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara.

Mitchell, who runs with DC Premier on the spring and summer circuit, had a strong showing at the Under Armour Association Los Angeles event. At his size, Mitchell has offensive potential and is a quality area rebounder.

What does Mitchell consider his strengths?

“Taking guys off the dribble, shooting, posting up and a little bit of everything,” he said. “Just help my teammates too.”

Mitchell has already added scholarship offers from GeorgetownCincinnatiVirginia Tech and Towson.

“I have three more years to go on visits and see what college I like,” he said.

Jarrett Allen saga coming to an end?

There are just four top 100 recruits still available and the highest rated of the bunch is No. 15 overall prospect Jarrett Allen.

Allen, a 6-foot-10 post player out of Austin (Tex.) St. Stephens Episcopal School, recently narrowed his list to Houston and Texas, with Kansas also somewhat involved.

While Allen has struggled to make this choice, all signs point to him selecting Texas and doing so in the very near future.

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