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Sunday / October 25.
  • 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.”

    Elijah Carter is settling into his new life at Brewster (N.H.) Academy and trimming his college list as well.

    The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carter, a former St. Bonaventure commit, says his top five consists of Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Oregon State, Charlotte and Clemson.

    Carter had an in-home visit with Oregon State assistant Nate Pomeday on Tuesday night. He also recently had an in-home with Cincinnati head coach Mike Cronin and assistant Darren Savino and also took an unofficial to Seton Hall.

    Carter said no official visits are set although Oregon State would like him to visit in late October.

    Adonis Thomas, a Top 15 recruit in the Class of 2011, says he’s still considering attending Tennessee but that the NCAA investigation into Bruce Pearl’s program constitutes a “problem.”

    “I’m still considering them but like anyone that will always be a problem,” the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Memphis native ranked as the No. 6 small forward in the Class of 2011 said Wednesday by phone following an official visit to Tennessee last weekend.

    “You don’t want to go to a school that takes the [NCAA] tournament away from you. You go to school to play in the tournament. You’re playing for nothing [if there’s no tournament]. That’s a big thing but I’m still considering them. They’re still one of the schools on my list.”

    Desmond Hubert, a 6-9 forward from New Egypt, N.J. High, is currently focusing on seven schools but will probably cut his list again.

    Hubert’s list currently includes Villanova, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Princeton, Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest.

    Hubert said no visits are set, but “I will probably cut it again after I take my visits though.”

    Hubert is the No. 15 center in the Class of 2011 and runs with the Playaz Basketball Club.

    Just when you thought it was a three-school race to land Dallas small forward LeBryan Nash, Arizona has jumped into the picture and landed a visit.

    “Yes,” Nash said by text.

    The date of Nash’s official to Arizona remains unclear, but he plans to visit Oklahoma State and Arizona in the next month, and has also mentioned visiting Kansas Oct. 15 for “Late Night in the Phog.” He is due to announce Oct. 21 on ESPN.

    The 6-foot-7 Nash visited Baylor last weekend.

    A parade of high-profile recruits is rolling through the Baylor campus for official visits, and point guard Ky Madden and small forward LeBryan Nash were the latest to visit this past weekend.

    “Real good,” Nash, a 6-foot-7, 227-pound small forward from Dallas Lincoln, said by text.

    “It was great,” Jerome Madden, Ky’s father, said in a phone interview. “I liked pretty much everything, the camaraderie of the players. Just the whole visit.”

    Asked how Madden and Nash got along, Jerome said, “They had a good rapport.”