Basketball Recruiting Roundup
As September winds to a close, the hoop commitments are starting to come fast and furious as players look to get their decisions made before the beginning of the basketball season.
The highest-rated player on the SchoolSports Top 100 to commit this past week was Detroit Northwestern (Mich.) combo guard Chris Douglas-Roberts, who committed to Memphis over Arizona and Miami.
The 6-foot-4, 170-pound senior is rated the No. 19 recruit in the Class of 2005.
Douglas-Roberts, who transferred to Northwestern from Cass Tech (Mich.) this summer, is a long, athletic player with the talent to play both guard positions. He has a good shooting stroke that extends to 3-point range, but he is most effective using his quickness to drive to the hoop.
His abilities as a high-scoring guard should make him a perfect fit under Memphis coach John Calipari. As a junior last season, Douglas-Roberts averaged 32 points per game to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
The University of North Carolina is quietly putting together a stellar recruiting class. Though the Tar Heels' commitments thus far may not be flashy, they have already landed four Top 50 recruits.
The latest UNC commitment is St. Mary's (N.Y.) senior shooting guard Danny Green, who pledged to the Heels last Friday over Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound swingman is rated the No. 45 recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.
Green, who averaged 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five blocks per game as a junior, is one of those all-around players who won't blow you away but does all the little things and fills the stat sheet.
Green joins a recruiting class that also includes Poplar Bluff (Mo.) power forward Tyler Hansbrough, Brother Rice (Ill.) combo guard Bobby Frasor and Bishop O'Connell (Va.) swingman Marcus Ginyard.
More Recruiting News
Michael Beasley, one of the top young prospects in the country, committed to Charlotte earlier this week. Beasley played last season as an eighth-grader at IMG Academy (Fla.) but transferred back home to Riverdale Baptist (Md.) this summer and has reportedly been reclassified as a sophomore this year. No matter what class he's in, the 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward is a super talent and a major commitment for Charlotte. …
Meridian (Miss.) senior center Cyrus McGowan committed to Arkansas over Mississippi State and Georgia Tech earlier this week. McGowan, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound workhorse, is rated the No. 62 recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. …
South Miami (Fla.) senior center Abdul Herrera pledged to Cincinnati earlier this week. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Panama native is rated the No. 68 recruit in the Class of 2005. …
Dominguez (Calif.) senior shooting guard Bryan Harvey committed to Louisville over Arizona State and Kansas last weekend. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound swingman is rated the No. 77 recruit in the Class of 2005. …
Banneker (Ga.) senior small forward Octavius Spann pledged to Georgetown over Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Virginia Tech late last week. The 6-foot-8, 218-pounder is rated the No. 100 recruit in the Class of 2005.