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Saturday / March 17.
  • Norvel Pelle Taking Home Visits

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    Norvel Pelle, the No. 2 center in the Class of 2011, is in the midst of taking home visits and will decide on his officials after that.

    The 6-foot-10, 205-pound Pelle out of Los Angeles Price has had in-home visits with UTEP, Washington, Kansas, Oregon and St. John’s with Arizona due in Wednesday (tonight), according to Dinos Trigonis of Fullcourt Press, who covers West Coast recruiting and has coached Pelle with the Belmont Shore Basketball Club.

    Pelle still has in-homes coming with UConn and UCLA.

    “After he finishes with those he’ll decide where he’s gonna visit,” Trigonis said. “He’s still trying to figure things out.”

    Pelle’s high school coach, Michael Lynch, politely referred me to his parents, and a phone call to Pelle’s home Wednesday night was not immediately returned.

    Sources said the St. John’s home visit went very well. The Johnnies are involved with a number of West Coast players, including Pelle and wing Amir Garrett.


    Onetime Seton Hall commit Jamir Hanner will take an official there this weekend, per Alif Muhammad of NIA Prep…Rutgers coach Mike Rice and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon watched Omar Calhoun workout Wednesday at Christ the King, per Omar Calhoun Sr.

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    • Good stuff AZ.

      This would be a big get for Steve.
      ucla does not look good.(too many bigs)
      Pelle does like NY.

      Look forward to what the parents have to say.

      Folks in Zona, refer to him as the next D Will.
      Same area, similiar skills.

      Dinos knows.

    • Who will get a visit?

      ucla,unofficial (will not go to that school)
      usc, unofficial (KO is on it.)
      St J
      U Conn

      and…between UTEP and Kansas Gangster U.

      Any commit news coming up?
      Turner is ready.

    • Here is a direct quote from Turner yesterday Jesse so don’t get too excited yet.

      Oh yes, I’m going to be at Kansas for my visit,” he said. “I’m not going to do anything before I take my official visit to Kansas during late night. I know Coach Self and Coach Townsend are excited about getting me down, so my plans haven’t changed at all.

      “I’m definitely going to visit Kansas before I make my decision,” he added.

      This isn’t saying he is a KU commit, but its saying quit with the he is about to commit this week crap.

    • Well, the direct quote from them….

      They are tired of the recruiting trips.
      They already seen kansas. no big deal.

      SO, do not be surprise with commit news.

      But, if Mrs Ward PROMISED to visit;then, she will go.

      Did she?

    • Woody has dissappeared.

      Can u please let the nation…why Kansas has Zero recruits/commits?


      Does it have to do with the ncaa investigations. Several investigations.
      Tickets scandal.
      Lew ,AD, scandal.
      Josh S. issues with Tenn and Frazier (Self knew about)
      Gangster U fights.

    • haha… Keep it up Jesse. This guy is AWESOME!!!

    • By “disappear” do mean like you did right after Selby picked KU? You went on & on about the “Three Amigo’s” and “Book it” then you didn’t get $hit.

    • RockChalk, please don’t remind us of the infamous Three Amigo comments from this joker. I know we have a legit shot at Turner, but I also realize we’ve lost a few recruits to your damn Jayhawks. Obviously, despite the dumb comments above, Self will sign some recruits. How many scholarships does KU have?

    • ku has quite a few to give, we have 1 unfilled scholly this season and we’re losing morningstar, reed, little, and most likely selby and marcus morris.

    • AZ,

      Zona is having the IN HOME visit with Pelle today.

      Looks like it went great.
      The Turner commit has Pelle and Chol ,jumping on the official visit.

      Whatz up.