Each week, Starting 5 takes you on a tour of the recruiting landscape. It delves into topics, recruiting trends and stories. This edition focuses on the pressure of drawing out your commitment, the Elite 24, Indiana's busy weekend, the five best uncommitted point guards and No.
While Larry Brown celebrated moments after Emmanuel Mudiay gave his SMU Mustangs a verbal commitment Saturday night on national television, Tom Izzo likely went into full-fledged panic mode.
Marcus Smart and Doug McDermott are already on the map. Ditto for guys like the Michigan duo of Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, who both passed on the opportunity to go to the NBA after last season.
Editor's note: Every week in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the watercooler conversations around the office.
Brad Stevens left Butler for the Boston Celtics, P.J. Hairston’s future is in jeopardy at North Carolina and the ACC is bigger and better than ever thanks to the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.
Cliff Alexander has lived in the shadow of fellow Illinois big man Jahlil Okafor. Until recently. Now the 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward has made his way into the conversation for the top spot in the Class of 2014 -- currently held by Okafor.
Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) was unknown and anonymous just a few months ago, heading into the April recruiting period. A broken ankle kept him off the summer circuit last season and kept him off the radar for most of the elite college programs.
So ESPN’s College GameDay slate for 2013-14 is a beast.There’s nostalgia, a chance at history, a few classic rivalries and a couple of meetings that could determine the hierarchy in top conferences.
1. The Presidential Medal of Freedom award for former North Carolina coach Dean Smith was an honor well deserved. The recognition by President Barack Obama, like those before him since President John F.
Five-star center Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Trinity) has confirmed that he has trimmed his list to eight schools. In no particular order, the finalists for high school basketball’s hottest prospect are Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
For college coaches, the National Basketball Association is an irresistible siren. It's not hard to figure out why: Coaches are insanely competitive people with a burning desire to take on and conquer new and ever larger challenges.
Shooting guard Rashad Vaughn (Golden Valley, Minn./Findlay Prep) has narrowed his school list down to 11, according to a tweet from the ESPN 100 prospect.
Kansas coach Bill Self discusses his recruitment of Andrew Wiggins and his team's chances this season.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Bill Self sat in the restaurant at the Augusta Marriott and couldn’t stop smiling. It was one of those smirks you see from someone who has gotten away with something.
Derrick Jones was far from unknown when the July evaluation period tipped last week, but the 6-foot-6 wing firmly ensconced himself as one of the top prospects in the class of 2015.
Derrick Jones (Philadelphia/Archbishop Carroll) had the type of week most kids can only dream about last week. The 6-foot-6 rising junior swingman was already a top national prospect -- ranked No.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- We hear it just about every year. A couple of players mention they want to play together in college, a package deal of sorts. Then it gets down to crunch time and they realize it’s just not practical, so they go their separate ways.
2014 ESPN 100 five-star guards Rashad Vaughn (Golden Valley, Minn./Findlay Prep) and Josh Perkins (Denver, Co./Huntington Prep) are discussing playing together in college, SNY.
Last month, Recruiting Nation's Dave Telep noted that North Carolina's next big target in 2014 was very likely Rashad Vaughn (Minneapolis, Minn./Findlay College Prep), the top-ranked shooting guard in the class.
Six-foot-eight small forward Malik Pope (Elk Grove, Calif./Laguna Creek) is ranked ESPN's No. 30 recruit in the class of 2014, and on Tuesday he cut down his list of schools.
Last season we began this exercise. Here's how we did last season. Not terrible, but certainly some room for improvement. We'll move forward again this offseason by making preseason picks for every single game on the Big 12 schedule.
NBA general managers have become accustomed to flocking to Lexington, Ky., and next season will be no different. In fact, John Calipari will have as many legitimate NBA prospects on the Wildcats' 2013-14 roster than at any point since his arrival in 2009.
The busy July in basketball recruiting isn’t just about the players -- it’s about the college coaches, too. Specifically, with three open evaluation periods (July 10-14, July 17-21 and July 24-28) and more than a dozen major events throughout the country, it’s about where those coaches are and which prospects they are watching.
Jason King discusses the news that Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has been reprimanded by the NCAA for striking a scorer's table during the NCAA tournament.
Perry Ellis was fortuitous to play behind Jeff Withey and Kevin Young during his first season in Lawrence. The 6-foot-7 forward did not have to fill a large role in either the Jayhawks' offense or defense, using roughly a third of Kansas' available minutes and providing solid scoring off the bench -- a perfect scenario for a freshman.
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