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Monday / December 9.
  • UNLV and head coach Marvin Menzies are having quite a 24-hour recruiting run.

    Less than one day after landing top-15 recruit Brandon McCoy, UNLV signed Shakur Juiston, the National Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year, and Amauri Hardy, a point guard out of North Farmington (MI).

    The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward from Hutchinson (KS) Community College chose UNLV over DePaul, and Iowa State. Rutgers, Kansas and Rhode Island were also involved.

    “It was a tough decision between UNLV, Iowa State and DePaul,” Hutchinson assistant Jay Cyriac said. “Shakur felt very comfortable with what he saw on his visit to UNLV. Coach Menzies actively recruited him and was able to build a strong relationship. The guidance and mentorship that [Playaz director] Jim Salmon offered him through the process was one that helped him weigh all his options. Shakur ultimately felt that the atmosphere at UNLV was similar to what he had here at Hutch. UNLV fans are getting a great one!”

    The former Paterson (N.J.) Eastside star started in all 37 games for the Blue Dragons, averaging 17.3 points and 12.1 rebounds. The Newark, N.J., native posted 27 double-doubles.

    A year ago a prominent Seton Hall basketball star won the Haggerty Award as the best player in the New York metropolitan area.

    He then tested the NBA Draft waters, received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine and ultimately entered the Draft.

    A year after Isaiah Whitehead landed with his hometown Brooklyn Nets, another Seton Hall player, junior big man Angel Delgado, could follow Whitehead’s trajectory.

    Delgado on Wednesday became the second straight Seton Hall player to win the Lieutenant Frank J. Haggerty Award as the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) Player of the Year. Delgado was set receive the honor Wednesday night at the annual Met Writers dinner at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.

    “It made me feel good,” he said Wednesday by phone. “I gotta be happy. I think my teammates are happy for me, too, because in my opinion I think they deserve it more than me because they helped me to become a better player on the court and off the court.”

    With the recent signings of Brian Bowen (Louisville) and Tremont Waters (LSU), every player in the 2017 ESPN 100 has now signed with a school.

    For more recruiting news, check out my Top 10 Recruiting Storylines from the April live period on Fanrag.

    Also, here’s November’s breakdown from the early signing period if you want to look back and reminisce.


    4/25: Brandon McCoy, the 6-foot-11 power forward from Cathedral Catholic (CA) High School, committed to UNLV. Read more here.

    2017 ESPN 100 Rank: No. 15

    Schools: Arizona, Michigan State, Oregon, San Diego State, UNLV