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The Recruiting Rundown 2013: August

Yes, I know it's not August. But because I'll be strapped for anywhere from the next two weeks to two months, I'm doing the August preview now.

Before we start, a programming note: this will probably be the last monthly rundown for the current recruiting year. After this eval period ends, targets will pretty much be set in stone. Don't worry though, I'll be back with commitment analysis, breaking stories, and occaisional check ins pertaining to recruit interest. Most recruits will commit between late August and September, so this is probably the end of the road for the monthly posts. I plan to post my final thoughts on the class and a 2014 preview.

So, with no further ado, the Rundown Rankings.

Last month (July)

  1. Anthony Barber
  2. Chris Walker
  3. Jarrell Martin
  4. Karviar Shepherd
  5. Jermaine Lawrence
  6. Troy Williams
  7. JaJuan Johnson
  8. Kyle Washington
  9. Damian JonesJarquez Smith

The Rundown Rankings

Anthony Barber
Demetrius Jackson
Chris Jones
Moses Kingsley
Jarrell Martin
JaJuan Johnson
Karviar Shepherd
Kyle Washington
Kenyan Facey

Akoy Agau

A few simple adjustments to the board this month after the evaluation period. Anthony Barber remains the number one target. Demetrius Jackson has been tearing it up and is now on the Louisvillle radar. Chris Jones would be a big-time JUCO point guard. Moses Kingsley is interesting. I don't like his game at all. People expect him to be Gorgui, yet Gorgui, having very, very little skill as a freshman, had considerably more skill than Kingsley. Regardless, we're more or less battling Arkansas for this one. Kyle Washington really likes Louisville, and Marcus Lee is a player that Rick Pitino and I really like. I'm not sure about his mutual interst, but he is very skilled, blocks shots, and has immense talent.

The Rundown

Point Guard

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
School, Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ PPG Interest
Level
Offer? Schools of Interest
2 Kasey Hill
(Montverde Academy)
Montverde, FL
6-0/160 None Yes Committed to Florida
3 Anthony Barber
(Hampton HS)
Hampton, VA
6-1/165 Med Yes Alabama, Kansas, Louisville
4 Tyler Ennis
(St. Benedict Prep)
Newark, NJ
6-2/175 Med Yes Florida, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, UCLA, Villanova, Virginia, West Virginia
5 Zach LaVine
(Bothell HS)
Bothell, WA
6-3/170 None Yes Committed to UCLA
7 Solomon Poole
(Terry Parker HS)
Jacksonville, FL
5-11/165 None No Committed to Georgia Tech
9 Demetrius Jackson
(Marian HS)
Mishawaka, IN
6-1/185 Med Yes Butler, Florida State, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State, Notre Dame

My Board:

Barber

Jackson

Chris Jones

Point Guard

At this point, these are the targets.

Barber continues to dominate, and also seems to be a Bama lean. The good news here is that he WILL visit the campus, and after that, all bets are off.

Demetrius Jackson is from northern Indiana, has very good skills and considerably good athleticism. He is being heavily targeted by Notre Dame and other midwestern schools.

Chris Jones was a Tennessee commit in 2011 until Bruce Pearl was fired. He was fairly highly ranked, in a very strong class to boot.

Shooting Guard

4 Sindarius Thornwell
(Lancaster HS)
Lancaster, SC
6-4/175 Med No Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Fl), Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech
5 Matt Jones
(De Soto HS)
Desoto, TX
6-4/190 None Yes Committed to Duke
6 Isaac Hamilton
(St. John Bosco HS)
Bellflower, CA
6-4/175 Med Yes Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisville, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Washington
7 Anton Gill
(Hargrave Military Academy)
Chatham, VA
6-4/180 Verbal Yes Committed to Louisville
22 Davon Reed
(Princeton Day School)
Princeton, NJ
6-5/185 Med Yes Cincinnati, Connecticut, Harvard, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Fl), Wake Forest, Xavier
NR Darryl Baker
(Jeffersonville HS)
Jeffersonville, IN
6-2/170 Med No Butler, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Xavier

The Board JaJuan Johnson Reed
Only two realistic options left.
We're in the top 3 of JaJuan Johnson, so there's a very good chance that he becomes a Card. Very solid Pitino player, can shoot, good athleticism, enjoys pressing.
Davon Reed probably won't be a Card. He's somewhat low in the rankings, and is a Harvard lean. Very good player, not someone who's a target at this point.
I think we have a legit shot at JJ, but only time will tell.
Small Forward

1 Jabari Parker
(Simeon Vocational HS)
Chicago, IL
6-7/215 Med Yes BYU, Connecticut, DePaul, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, UCLA, Washington
7 Brannen Greene
(Mary Persons HS)
Forsyth, GA
6-6/185 None Yes Committed to Kansas
15 Sterling Brown
(Proviso East HS)
Maywood, IL
6-4/180 Med No DePaul, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Illinois State, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon State, Providence, USC, Xavier
19 Greg McClinton
(Hargrave Military Academy)
Chatham, VA
6-6/165 None No Committed to Wake Forest

My Board: no one

Via Mike, we are no longer recruiting Mickey.
Power Forward

3 Chris Walker
(Holmes County HS)
Bonifay, FL
6-10/205 None No Committed to Florida
4 Jarell Martin
(Madison Preparatory Academy)
Baton Rouge, LA
6-8/215 Med No Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Georgetown, Louisville, LSU, Marquette, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, West Virginia
6 Jermaine Lawrence
(Pope John XXIII HS)
Sparta, NJ
6-9/205 Med Yes Baylor, Cincinnati, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers, Saint John's (NY), SMU, Syracuse, UNLV
9 Kuran Iverson
(Northwest Catholic HS)
West Hartford, CT
6-8/190 Low No Connecticut, Florida, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Georgetown, Kentucky, Louisville, Rutgers, Saint John's (NY), Seton Hall, Villanova
10 Jordan Mickey
(Grace Preparatory Academy, Inc)
Arlington, TX
6-7/190 Med Yes Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Providence, Texas, Texas A&M, West Virginia
17 Kris Jenkins
(Gonzaga College HS)
Washington, DC
6-5/235 Med No Clemson, Georgetown, Louisville, Miami (Fl), Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Villanova, West Virginia, Xavier
18 Devin Williams
(Montverde Academy)
Montverde, FL
6-8/225 Med No Louisville, Memphis, North Carolina State, Ohio State, UCLA, USC, West Virginia, Xavier
19 Malik Price-Martin
(Monsignor Pace HS)
Miami, FL
6-8/175 Low No Memphis, Miami (Fl), UCF, USC, Louisville, Ohio State, South Carolina, Syracuse
22 Jarquez Smith
(Jones County HS)
Gray, GA
6-9/220 Med No Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Carolina
24 Damian Jones
(Scotlandville Magnet HS)
Baton Rouge, LA
6-9/215 Med No Alabama, Florida, Georgetown, Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt
25 Derek Willis
(Bullitt East HS)
Mount Washington, KY
6-9/200 None Yes Committed to Kentucky
NR Kentan Facey
(Long Island Lutheran)
Brookville, NY
6-8/205 Med No Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Xavier

Things are a bit interesting here.

The Board:
Martin
Lawrence
Facey

First off, lets talk Kentan Facey. This is really interesting, because we began recruiting him out of nowhere. Not sure about his strengths and weaknesses, but he is from Jamaica and very close friends with, guess who, Samardo Samuels. This gives us a big leg up, and I think we'll be in the final couple of schools. He's rising very quickly.
Martin remains quiet. He is percieved to be an LSU lean. I have heard nothing about Rick being at his and Lawrence's games. I would assume that it means that we're all but out of the sweepstakes here. Commitment is highly unlikely.

Center

1 BeeJay Anya
(Dematha Catholic HS)
Hyattsville, MD
6-8/255 Med Yes Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
2 Dominic Woodson
(Huntington Prep)
Huntington, WV
6-9/240 Med No Baylor, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas
3 Kennedy Meeks
(West Charlotte HS)
Charlotte, NC
6-8/290 Med Yes Clemson, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Fl), North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech
4 Marcus Lee
(Deer Valley HS)
Antioch, CA
6-9/220 Med Yes Arizona, California, Duke, Florida, Louisville, San Diego State, St. Mary's, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Virginia Commonwealth, Washington
8 Moses Kingsley
(Huntington Prep)
Huntington, WV
6-9/225 Med No Arkansas, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State
13 Kyle Washington
(Hotchkiss School)
Lakeville, CT
6-9/200 Med No Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Louisville, Marquette, Miami (Fl), Minnesota, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Washington, Wisconsin
NR Joel Embiid
(Montverde Academy)
Montverde, FL
7-0/220 Med No Florida, George Washington, Louisville, UCLA

The Board:
Kingsley
Akoy
Agau (4*, Top 50, Medium Interest, Also recruiting- Georgetown, UConn, West Virginia)
Marcus Lee

You all know about Lee and Kingsley. Akoy Agau just got an offer from Rick and co. He is an athletic shot blocking center who can finish well through traffic. Very skilled. Very nice complement in our system, one to look out for.
Final Predictions: First, here's the final prediction chart. These are the players to watch. Bold players are those I think will commit, stone cold locks, italics are who I think we have a good shot at, and players in regular type are either backup recruits, or recruits that are like Chris Walker: we're there at the end, but at the same time, we're not there. Somewhat unlikely. Basically, it's a depth chart. Tried to use Excel, wouldn't copy. So you get this piece of crap

Point Guard: Demetrius Jackson Chris Jones (Will get one of these two, not both, assuming no Barber commitment) Anthony Barber

Shooting Guard: Anton Gill JaJuan Johnson

Small Forward: None

Power Forward: Jarrell Martin Jermaine Lawrence Kentan Facey

Center: Moses Kingsley Kyle Washington Karviar Shepherd Akoy Agau Marcus Lee

There you all go. Hopefully, we'll be seeing another one of these soon in the form of a commitment rundown. And our final question of the month:

Take your pick: Demetrius Jackson or Chris Jones.

Again, thanks for reading, and GO CARDS.

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