HAMMOND TO MONMOUTH Deion Hammond, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Riverdale Baptist (Md.) High School, committed to Monmouth on Saturday, as first reported by Josh Newman. Hammond, who averaged 12.8 points and 3.4 rebounds last season, also considered Quinnipiac and Canisius. “Deion got along with the players there, and they really wanted him to come there, as well as King Rice and the staff,” Donald Hammond told Gannett new Jersey on Saturday morning. “They didn’t put too much pressure on him, but they definitely let him know how important he was, and that helped him to make a decision.” Monmouth remains in the hunt for St. Anthony’s senior point guard R.J. Cole, and also has point guard Jamir Moultrie of District Heights (MD) Bishop McNamara on campus this weekend for an official. USC LANDS UYAELUNMO Victor Uyaelunmo, the 7-footer from Calvary Christian (FL) Academy announced his commitment to USC on Friday via Twitter.
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“I decided to go to USC because it had everything I needed. Both academically and basketball,” he explained. “I’m excited to have a great time and be able to works towards my goal in life.”
Uyaelunmo joins Jordan Usher as the second commit in USC’s 2017 Class. They have the 32nd best-recruiting class in 2017 according to 247 Sports.
EJ MONTGOMERY TO AUBURN
EJ Montgomery, the 6-10 power forward from Joseph Wheeler (GA) High School, committed to Auburn on Thursday.
Montgomery becomes the first commit in Bruce Pearl’s 2018 class after taking an unofficial visit to Auburn earlier this month. Auburn now has the No. 4 recruiting class in 2018 according to 247 Sports.
EVERETT RAY TO SMU
Everett Ray, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Trinity (TX) Christian Academy committed to SMU on Thursday.
Ray chose SMU over Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Arkansas, Pepperdine, and Texas. He is SMU’s second commit in two weeks after they recently landed 6-0 point guard Elijah Landrum.
DJURICIC TO HARVARD
Harvard landed a pledge from Danilo Djuricic, a 6-8 power forward from St. Michael’s College in Canada.
He is Harvard’s second 2017 commit following Mario Haskett, a 6-3 shooting guard from Virginia.
Tommy Amaker remains in the hunt for 6-10 Wendell Carter Jr., having made the final four on his list, a 7-footer Mohamed Bamba, who is considering Harvard among his seven.
JUSTIN SMITH DOWN TO 2Justin Smith, a 6-7 wing from Stevenson (Ill., is down to two schools according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com. Borzello reported on Friday morning that Smith will choose between Indiana and Villanova. Smith has taken official visits to both schools, and has cancelled a scheduled visit to Stanford for later ths month. Follow Jacob on Twitter Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And like ZAGS on Facebook