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)
- Anthony Barber
- Chris Walker
- Jarrell Martin
- Karviar Shepherd
- Jermaine Lawrence
- Troy Williams
- JaJuan Johnson
- Kyle Washington
- Damian JonesJarquez Smith
The Rundown Rankings
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.
|Video||HT/ WT/ PPG||Interest
|Offer?||Schools of Interest|
|6-0/160||None||Yes||Committed to Florida|
|6-1/165||Med||Yes||Alabama, Kansas, Louisville|
(St. Benedict Prep)
|6-2/175||Med||Yes||Florida, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, UCLA, Villanova, Virginia, West Virginia|
|6-3/170||None||Yes||Committed to UCLA|
(Terry Parker HS)
|5-11/165||None||No||Committed to Georgia Tech|
|6-1/185||Med||Yes||Butler, Florida State, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State, Notre Dame|
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.
|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|
(De Soto HS)
|6-4/190||None||Yes||Committed to Duke|
(St. John Bosco HS)
|6-4/175||Med||Yes||Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisville, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Washington|
(Hargrave Military Academy)
|6-4/180||Verbal||Yes||Committed to Louisville|
(Princeton Day School)
|6-5/185||Med||Yes||Cincinnati, Connecticut, Harvard, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Fl), Wake Forest, Xavier|
|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.
(Simeon Vocational HS)
|6-7/215||Med||Yes||BYU, Connecticut, DePaul, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, UCLA, Washington|
(Mary Persons HS)
|6-6/185||None||Yes||Committed to Kansas|
(Proviso East HS)
|6-4/180||Med||No||DePaul, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Illinois State, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon State, Providence, USC, Xavier|
(Hargrave Military Academy)
|6-6/165||None||No||Committed to Wake Forest|
My Board: no one
Via Mike, we are no longer recruiting Mickey.
(Holmes County HS)
|6-10/205||None||No||Committed to Florida|
(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|
(Pope John XXIII HS)
|6-9/205||Med||Yes||Baylor, Cincinnati, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers, Saint John's (NY), SMU, Syracuse, UNLV|
(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|
(Grace Preparatory Academy, Inc)
|6-7/190||Med||Yes||Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Providence, Texas, Texas A&M, West Virginia|
(Gonzaga College HS)
|6-5/235||Med||No||Clemson, Georgetown, Louisville, Miami (Fl), Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Villanova, West Virginia, Xavier|
|6-8/225||Med||No||Louisville, Memphis, North Carolina State, Ohio State, UCLA, USC, West Virginia, Xavier|
(Monsignor Pace HS)
|6-8/175||Low||No||Memphis, Miami (Fl), UCF, USC, Louisville, Ohio State, South Carolina, Syracuse|
(Jones County HS)
|6-9/220||Med||No||Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Carolina|
(Scotlandville Magnet HS)
Baton Rouge, LA
|6-9/215||Med||No||Alabama, Florida, Georgetown, Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt|
(Bullitt East HS)
Mount Washington, KY
|6-9/200||None||Yes||Committed to Kentucky|
(Long Island Lutheran)
|6-8/205||Med||No||Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Xavier|
Things are a bit interesting here.
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.
(Dematha Catholic HS)
|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|
|6-9/240||Med||No||Baylor, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas|
(West Charlotte HS)
|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|
(Deer Valley HS)
|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|
|6-9/225||Med||No||Arkansas, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State|
|6-9/200||Med||No||Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Louisville, Marquette, Miami (Fl), Minnesota, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Washington, Wisconsin|
|7-0/220||Med||No||Florida, George Washington, Louisville, UCLA|
Agau (4*, Top 50, Medium Interest, Also recruiting- Georgetown, UConn, West Virginia)
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.