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Monday / July 13.
  • Missouri announced the signing of forward Jeremiah Tilmon of East St. Louis, Ill.

    The 6-foot-10, 235-pound big man averaged 15.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game. He previously committed to Illinois but then decommitted after the coaching change.

    “It’s truly exciting to keep a young man like Jeremiah at home with Mizzou Basketball,” coach Cuonzo Martin said. “Jeremiah, as a player and person, possesses the type of skill and presence we’d like to become a staple of this program. We feel that he has the ability to become a game-changing presence on both ends of the floor. His parents, April and Jeremiah, Sr., raised a son who we feel can really flourish at the University of Missouri.”

    M.J. Walker, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Jonesboro (Ga.) High School, is currently on an official visit to UCLA, sources confirmed to ZAGSBLOG.

    Walker, ranked No. 25 by ESPN.com, is one of four Top 40 players in the ESPN rankings who remains uncommitted, along with Mohamed Bamba, Brian Bowen and Tremont Waters.

    Walker has also recently visited Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

    “What has taken him so long to commit is he comes from a very smart family and they know basketball,” Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman told 247Sports.com. “His mother played at Hampton and his dad played at Norfolk State. His sister played at Miles College, a Division II school in Alabama.

    “A lot of high school kids these days have people and a network to help them make a decision. But they are taking their time with this to make sure they not only have the right program but also the right place for M.J.”

    Trevon Duval, the top point guard in the Class of 2017, announced his commitment to Duke on Monday.

    The 6-foot-3 Duval chose the Blue Devils over Arizona, Baylor, Kansas and Seton Hall.

    “Next year I’m going to be playing basketball at Duke University,” Duval said in his Players Tribune announcement below. “I’m excited to evolve as a student, as a basketball player and now, and forever, as a Blue Devil.”

    Duval, who averaged about 16.5 points and 8.0 assists this season at IMG Academy (FL), is projected as the No. 11 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com, and is expected to spend only one season at Duke.