THE 1st week of May is a popular time for high school hoop prospects to announce where they plan on spending their collegiate careers. Many of the highly ranked recruits still remain unsigned and have flagged that their decisions are coming any day now. With eight of the ESPN top 50 ranked high schoolers yet to commit to a school, who can we expect to land where?
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Mohamed Bamba – No. 2 Center, 3rd overall
List of schools: Duke, Kentucky, Michigan & Texas
THE freshman factory at Kentucky already has the 5th best center prospect in Nick Richards committed to the school, and Texas has the 10th best rated 5 guy in Jericho Sims although he is a very different player to Bamba indeed. while Duke and Michigan are yet to recruit a big man in the middle. The Wolverines would love to snap up a five star recruit, but I have a hunch they will be missing out.
Jordan Tucker – No 8. Small Forward, 40th overall
List of schools: Georgia Tech, Oregon & Syracuse
TUCKER’S decision somewhat hinges on what Kevin Knox (keep reading to find Knox on the list) does. Georgia Tech is just 20 minutes from his home making signing there a huge possibility, but the draw of bigger schools in Oregon and Syracuse would be hard to pass up. All three schools covet the scoring and a strong wing presence that Tucker would provide and I’m tipping the Orange will be who he chooses for in the near future
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Brian Bowen – No. 3 Small Forward, 13th overall
List of schools: Arizona, Creighton, Michigan State, N.C. State & Texas
THE decision from Myles Bridges to return to MSU may have ruined their chances of bringing Bowen to their program. Along with the schools listed above Bowen has flagged Florida State and Oregon as other potential programs. It seems like the 13th highest ranked player is still a fair way off making a decision on who to play for in 2017/18. He could join a star studded Arizona lineup or opt to be a one man show at smaller schools. Considering his strong ties to the Spartans though I expect him to choose them.
PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE
Tremont Waters – No. 8 Point Guard, 32nd overall
List of schools: Connecticut, Creighton, Georgetown & Western Kentucky
AFTER previously committing then de-committing to the Georgetown Hoyas, don’t rule out a potential return to the program from Tremont Waters. He has had visits to bigger schools in Indiana, Kentucky and Kansas but seem poised to steer clear of the big schools. I have a hunch he is going to shock the world and deter to lesser known Western Kentucky, which would be a huge coy for the school.
PREDICTION: WESTERN KENTUCKY
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Jeremiah Tilmon – No. 8 Center, 43rd overall
List of schools: Illinois & Missouri
EVER since No 1. prospect Michael Porter Jr went to Missouri he has been recruiting other big names to join him there. According to popular belief he has succeeded with Jeremiah Tilmon, drawing the 43rd best high school recruit to the Tigers lineup.
Trevon Duval – No. 1 Point Guard, 5th overall
List of schools: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Kansas & Seton Hall
DUKE remains the overwhelming favourite to land the services of the uber athletic Trevon Duval. I would love to see him take his talents to the Wildcats and turn Arizona into a powerhouse, but I think Duval to the Blue Devils is now a formailty.
M.J. Walker – No. 5 Shooting Guard, 25th overall
List of schools: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Maryland, Virginia Tech
AS each day passes it seems more and more likely that M.J. Walker will be packing his bags and making Blacksburg, Virginia his home. However, nothing is certain when it comes to college declarations and don’t be surprised if Maryland also makes a late push. I’m backing in the favourite though.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH
Kevin Knox – No. 2 Small Forward, 9th overall
List of schools: Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina
ONE of the biggest names in the recruiting world a lot hinges on Knox’s decision. The outright favourite to secure his services is Duke, but should he sign elsewhere the Blue Devils could target another wing player (I’m looking at you Jordan Tucker). If he does eventually commit to Coach K’s system then other school who were gunning for him will also have to change their recruiting outlook. UNC is fresh off a national championship with some gaps in their roster Knox could easily fill. My tip is he becomes a Tar Heel.
PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA
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