Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Selby to Announce April 17; Alex Kline’s Recruiting Rundown
Josh Selby will announce his college decision right here in the Big Apple during the Jordan Brand Classic April 17.
The 6-2 senior point guard from Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton lists Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona and UConn as his final four, but Tennessee coaches Bruce Pearl and Steve Forbes recently went to watch him play.
“At one time Josh was going to announce his decision when he finished his visits,” Selby’s mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, told Rivals.com. “Now we are waiting ’til the Jordan Game, so we can see how all the teams play in the tournament. It has nothing to do with us being concerned with what Brandon [Knight] is doing.”
The 6-3 Knight is the nation’s No. 1 recruit according to Rivals and lists Kansas, Kentucky, UConn, Florida and Miami.
His father, Efrem, told me Sunday his son still hadn’t decided but would do so over the next few weeks.
Dave Beckerman, Knight’s coach at Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest, said he expected many of the top players to discuss their options with one another during the McDonald’s All-American Game March 31 in Columbus, Ohio.
Selby, Knight, Cory Joseph and Doron Lamb — the top four unsigned guards in the nation — will all be together and presumably will talk about their college options.
That group will also reconvene April 17 in New York, when Selby will announce.
Coast to Coast Recruiting & Season Updates
By Alex Kline
The high school hoops season is coming down to the wire and what a great few months it has been. With April signing periods creeping up on recruits, visits are being made and decisions are coming. In this article we will profile some players who are weighing their options all around the country.
Perry Ellis, 2012, Heights (KS)Perry’s Mom, Fonda Ellis, On Her Son’s Offers and List: He has six offers. In order by who offered first Kansas, Memphis, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Wichita State and Kansas State. The others that stay in close touch are UNC, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Arizona. They all stay in touch with coach. He has over 40 colleges sending him info; not any order just started making a list. I did the same thing for my daughter.
Fonda Ellis On When Her Son Might Commit: He said when he is ready. It could be his junior year or the beginning of senior year.
Fonda Ellis on Whether Location Would Be a Factor: We have family in S.C. that would love him to go on the East Coast. He really doesn’t say anything about location he just wants the right fit for him.
Kadeem Jack, 2010, Rice (NY)On His Current List: Arizona, Arkansas, UConn, Georgetown, Providence, Miami, Florida, Kentucky, UCLA, California, Seton Hall, and West Virginia. All of the schools have offered except for Kentucky.
On Rumors That Arizona Is His Favorite: I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite. It’s the only school I have visited. As of now they kind of have the edge over other schools.
On His Only Visit to Arizona: It was a great experience. The fans and the whole environment was great.
On other possible visits: I’m not really sure yet. I’m still in the process of figuring it all out.
On When He Will Commit: I will most likely commit to a school in April.
To read the Q&A in its entirety, go here.Todd Mayo, 2010, Germantown (TN) Memphis Grizzlies Star OJ Mayo’s Younger BrotherOn His Current List: Memphis, Tennessee, Missouri, and West Virginia
On When He Will Commit: I will commit at the end of the season.
Myles Davis, 2011, St. Peter’s Prep (NJ)On His Current List: UConn, George Mason, Georgetown, Rutgers, Providence, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, Virginia, Maryland, UMass, St. Joe’s, Marquette, and some more. There is no favorite.
On The Storybook Season: It’s going good for now. I mean, we got this far and were trying to go farther. So the job isn’t done yet. The season is still going on so I don’t wanna curse anything yet.
On Potential Visits: Not yet. I haven’t really done anything about the schools. I’m thinking more about States. That’s the main focus.
On When He Will Commit: I will probably commit before my senior season.
Dwayne Polee, 2010, Westchester (CA)On His Current List: Georgia, Gonzaga, Arizona, USC, Rutgers, and UNLV with no favorite.
On When He Will Commit: I plan on making my commitment in late March or early April.
Gorgui Dieng, 2010, Huntington Prep (WV), Soon To Be Louisville CommitOn His Intentions of Committing to Louisville: I like the people, Coach Pitino, Walter McCarty. He was like 17 years old when he was being recruited by Pitino; now they work together. That shows it can improve a friendship and family at Louisville.
On When He Will Commit: I will not commit until March 15th. I will most likely commit then.
For more on Gorgui’s potential commitment, go here.Nigel Williams-Goss, 2013, Findlay Prep (NV)On His Current List: UConn, Mississippi State, Washington State, UNLV, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Hawaii, Washington, and Tulane.
On If He Has Plans To Commit Despite His Age: No I’m just taking it one step at a time. I’m more focused on winning now.
St. Patrick’s Seniors Reflect upon Abrupt EndingChase Plummer, 2010, UMBC Commit: It is unbelievable. I didn’t think that a great season and my high school career would end like that.
Kyrie Irving, 2010, Duke Commit: It’s sad because all these guys are family and we here at St. Patrick’s are built on brotherhood. This season was really special because although it was my senior season, I’ve become so close with all my teammates. It’s heartbreaking the way the season had to end but now all of the seniors can move on to their endeavors that are waiting for them. I love St. Patrick’s, from the coaching staff teachers and my brothers.
**Also check out this recent interview with Kyrie below.
(Photo courtesy Baltimore Sun)
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
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