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Several schools scored commitments this holiday weekend. Here’s a quick breakdown:
**As we reported here, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson landed a pledge from 6-foot-4 Chipola (FL) College guard Torian Graham.
**Former UNLV forward Savon Goodman committed to Arizona State,according to ASUDevils.com. Goodman will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season while taking classes at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Goodman left UNLV last October after he was charged in Las Vegas Township Justice Court with conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary and grand larceny.
“This opportunity I don’t take for granted for one second,” Goodman told ASUDevils.com. “I know how it felt to sit out for a year and not play because you made a stupid decision. From this point, everyone makes mistakes and I’m not looking back on mine and I’m ready to just get out there and play basketball again and make good decisions.”
**Goodman’s former, UNLV, landed a pledge from 6-6 Montrose Christian (MD) shooting guard Pat McCaw. He told the Las Vegas Review Journal he also considered Georgetown, Missouri and SMU. McCaw joins an impressive recruiting class for coach Dave Rice that includes McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, small forward Dwayne Morgan, power forward Goodluck Okonoboh and point guard Cody Doolin, a senior and graduate transfer from San Francisco.
“I’m a versatile player,” McCaw told the Review Journal. “I can get up and down the floor and play defense. I can shoot it, I can handle it and make plays.”
**Indiana scored a pledge from 7-foot, 235-pound Westwind Prep (AZ) big man Jeremiah April. He reportedly averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and four assists this past season.
“I just liked the coaches and the vibe I got from them and the history of the program,” he told the Courier-Journal. “… I feel like it was a good fit. It’s pretty exciting.”
April joins a class that includes shooting guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson and small forward Max Hoetzel.
**Alabama landed a commitment from 6-7 , 210-pound Oldsmar Christian (FL) wing Jeff Garrett, who also considered Murray State. He joins point guard Justin Coleman, shooting guard Devin Mitchell and small forward Riley Norris in the Tide’s class.
“It’s a perfect fit,” Garrett told SNY.tv. “I fit into what [coach Anthony] Grant is trying to do there.”
Jordan Fair, Garrett’s high school coach, called him “extremely skilled for his size. He handles it very well, passes it well and needs to continue to develop his 3 ball. Played the 1, 2 and 3 for me.
**Michigan landed 6-4 combo guard Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman of Allentown (Pa.) Central Catholic, who scored more than 2,000 points in his high school career and averaged 23.6 as a senior.
“I just think the way [John] Beilein coaches and the way Michigan plays will be right for Muhammad,” Central Catholic coach Dennis Csensits told the Morning Call. “Muhammad is a throwback in that he’s just a guard. He’s not really a point guard and he’s not really a two guard; he’s just a guard. And if you watch Michigan play, they run a lot of two guard type stuff with guys with very similar skill sets to Muhammad.
“So when he started taking a look at Muhammad, I think [Beilein] saw someone who would be a good fit for how they play.”
Abdur-Rakhman joins shooting guard Austin Hatch, small forwards Kameron Chatman and D.J. Wilson and power forward Ricky Doyle in Beilein’s 2014 class.
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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.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.