October 1, 2008

Weekly Wrap: IU filling its future roster

POLL: Your pick for commitment of the week | Indiana climbs in team rankings

It was a rather quiet week in the basketball recruiting world. Because of that, there are few changes in the team rankings.

Who else committed over the last seven days?

Rivals.com's Justin Young looks back in his Weekly Wrap-up.

FEW SHAKE-UPS IN TEAM RANKINGS

Indiana continues to climb up the team rankings. The Hoosiers landed Rivals150 center Bawa Muniru. With his addition, the team climbs to the third overall spot in the team rankings.

The 6-foot-11 post gives the Hoosiers six players in the class. Muniru is one of the top-15 centers in the senior class and gives Tom Crean a big, physical presence inside the paint. Indiana was previously ranked No. 5 in the team rankings.

Arizona split ways with Duncanville (Texas) point guard Reger Dowell, shrinking the Wildcats class to three players.

Because of the loss of the Rivals150 prospect, Arizona drops down to No. 5 overall in the team rankings.

HIGH-MAJORS ADD KEY PLAYERS

Georgetown has proven it can flex its recruiting muscle around the Washington D.C. area. The Hoyas struck again when Markel Starks of Georgetown Prep pledged to the school. The top-six point guard from the class of 2010 hails from the same school that produced Roy Hibbert.

COMMITMENT OF THE WEEK
It may be an urban legend. It may not be. But those that are close to the Minnesota program and have been inside Tubby Smith's office have seen the pictures of Royce White and Rodney Williams sitting on his desk next to those of the Smith family.

At least that is how the story goes.

The pictures were either a good-luck charm or an extra boost of motivation. Whatever the case, Smith landed both players. Williams, a 6-foot-5 athlete from New Hope (Minn.) Robbinsdale, officially committed to the Gophers on Sunday night.

With Williams now on board, Minnesota makes a debut in the top 20 team rankings. The Gophers landed California point guard Justin Cobbs last week. Smith's three-man class debuts at No. 17 overall this week. The class marks the second straight year Minnesota reeled in a nationally ranked recruiting class.

Williams, a top-100 prospect, is one of the top athletes in the class and one of the top players in Minnesota. Williams and White, a five-star prospect and the nation's second best wing, formed one of the best 1-2 punches on the AAU circuit with the Howard Pulley AAU program.

BYU picked up a commitment from Tyler Haws, a Rivals150 player from Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is a major score for the Cougars. Haws is the best player to commit to the program since Lee Cummard in 2004.

Maryland has always had a rugged and athletic forward that causes problems around the basket. The Terps found another big man to play that role in Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln forward James Padgett. The three-star forward is the first player in the class of 2009 to commit to Gary Williams.

Already boasting the nation's 15th best recruiting class, Pittsburgh added another important player to its group. Talib Zanna of Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara said he will play for the Panthers.

Alec Burks of Grandview (Mo.) previously narrowed down his recruitment to Kansas State and Colorado and chose the Buffaloes this week.

Sioux Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt forward Cody Larson, a class of 2010 prospect, visited Iowa unofficially and went home a committed player last weekend. He is the second player to commit to the Hawkeyes in the 2010 class.

Arizona State has locked up another underclassman. The Sun Devils landed a commitment from Josiah Turner, a 2011 point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High School. ASU secured a pledge from Corey Hawkins earlier in the month.

MORE FROM AROUND THE NATION

Sacramento (Calif.) High School shooter Chase Tapley found his fit at San Diego State and committed to the Aztecs. Steve Fisher and staff have a good-looking three-player class so far in 2009.

Western Kentucky went for the 1-2 punch this week with commitments. Orlando (Fla.) Olympic forward William Green and Jordan Swing of Vestavia Hills (Ala.) High School chose the Hilltoppers.

George Mason continues to do a good job of recruiting nationally. The CAA powerhouse went to Mesquite (Texas) High School and landed scorer Vertrail Vaughns.

The Texas-to-Utah connection continues in the 2009 class. Collin County (Texas) Community College big man Matt Read committed to the Utes. He is the third player from the Lone Star State to find his college home in Salt Lake City.

OD Anosike, one of the better mid-major prospects in the class of 2009, committed to Siena. The 6-foot-8 forward projects to be an instant impact level player for the MAAC school.

Furman added a pair of important commitments last week when Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern twins Collin Reddick and Charlie Reddick pledged to the school.

Leeds (Ala.) guard David Murray visited Middle Tennessee State and committed to the Sun Belt school last weekend. He was a one-time UAB commitment.

Creighton has always recruited California well and struck gold again out West when Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower point guard Andrew Bock committed to the Missouri Valley Conference school.

Lake Forest (Ill.) guard David Smith committed to Mark Phelps and the Drake program.

Biloxi (Miss.) point guard Isaiah Canaan became the third player to commit to Murray State in the 2009 class.

Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College shooting guard Devon McBride committed to Arkansas-Little Rock.

There will be sweet music playing in Vermont next fall. Simeon Marsalis, the son of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, committed to the Catamounts this week. The 6-foot-1 point guard from Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy was promptly joined by Brendan Bald, a 6-foot-4 guard from Severna Park (Md.) High School.

Marion (Iowa) Linn Marr forward Zach Bohannon picked Air Force over Bucknell and Albany.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee landed two players over the last week. Florrisant (Mo.) McCluer guard Lonnie Boga and Marion (Ind.) guard Ja'Rob McCallum picked the school.

Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor point guard Mike Grace committed to Yale.

Orlando (Fla.) Olympia small forward Jamel Marshall committed to Florida International.

Richmond (Va.) Douglas Freeman power forward Josh Brinkley will suit up at Delaware.

Lansing (Mich.) Sexton wing Drew Valentine made his pick on Tuesday night and he will be headed to Oakland.




 

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