Basketball Recruiting Roundup
Defending national champ UConn got a big commitment earlier this week. And we mean big.
St. Joseph's (N.J.) big man Andrew Bynum, a 6-foot-11, 280-pound senior center, pledged to UConn on Wednesday night over big-time suitors like North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Georgia. Bynum is rated the No. 3 center and No. 26 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.
Because of his combination of size and potential, Bynum was one of the most hotly recruited players in the country, making his commitment a huge one for the Huskies. He's one of the few legitimate centers in the senior class and raised his stock tremendously with his play this summer.
Bynum, who has earned comparisons to former UNC and current Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood, has a 7-foot-3 wingspan that makes him tough to stop on offense and hard to score against on defense. He averaged 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks per game as a junior.
He still needs to polish up his post moves, but there's no doubt he can make an immediate impact on defense for UConn.
"He's got great timing in blocking shots," St. Joseph's coach Mark Taylor told SchoolSports this summer. "By having that presence in the middle, it affects the mental aspects of the other team."
While his commitment is great news for UConn, Bynum's decision marked the second straight week that North Carolina missed out on a top big man prospect. Last week, Athens (Ala.) senior power forward Richard Hendrix chose Alabama over UNC.
More Recruiting News:
While Bynum was busy committing to UConn, another highly recruited big man was de-committing from Texas this week. Cardozo (N.Y.) 6-foot-10, 220-pound senior center Theo Davis has re-opened his recruitment after committing to Texas this past summer.
Davis, who is rated the No. 5 center and No. 41 overall recruit in the Class of 2005, will be a hot commodity now that he's back on the market. Texas is still on his list and Syracuse and St. John's were both previously involved in his recruitment, but expect other teams looking for a center to get involved. …
Berkeley (Calif.) senior power forward Dior Lowhorn committed to Texas Tech over interest from San Francisco, Gonzaga, Washington and UCLA earlier this week. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound bruiser, who is rated the No. 55 recruit in the Class of 2005, is one of the most underrated prospects in the country.