Hoops Roundup: Anthony Bennett nearing a decision; recruiting news
For those that aren't yet familiar with Troy (Mich.) High's
Young isn't the only player making a splash this spring, though. Here are some storylines to monitor as mid-May approaches.
With the All-Star circuit all but at an end, it's somewhat surprising that many 2012 prospects remain unsigned. Five-stars
Bennett, the nation's No. 7 recruit, has narrowed his list to two: UNLV and Oregon. The 6-7 combo forward out of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep eliminated Kentucky and Florida from consideration last week, making the hometown Runnin' Rebels the immediate favorite. Nothing is official, but expect an announcement sometime before the end of next week.
In addition to Bennett, Oregon is in dogged pursuit of Obekpa, a 6-9 shot-blocker out of Centerrreach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American. After initially planning a visit in April, Obekpa is expected to travel to Eugene sometime next week. He's also considering Cincinnati, UConn, St. John's, DePaul and Providence, with no timetable set for a decision.
Pollard and Jefferson have kept their leanings intensely private over the last few months, and that doesn't seem like it will change anytime soon. But the 6-7 Pollard's situation seems to be clearing up. Missouri is out of scholarships following the signing of Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson, and Georgetown appears to be out of the running now that its primary connection to Pollard, assistant Robert Kirby, has left for a similar post at LSU. That leaves Alabama and Texas as the two most likely choices -- though don't be surprised if Pollard elects not to sign a letter of intent.
Finally, January, Rivals' No. 63 prospect, has announced that he will head to prep school and reclassify in the class of 2013. Sources behind the scenes indicate that Goodman could make an identical decision, though nothing has been finalized to date.
That could all be changing. Trocha just took the SATs and will likely enroll as a member of the class of 2012.
After originally being touted as a Perry Jones-type player, Trocha is now being scouted as a Nicolas Batum-type small forward. He has a 7-foot-5 wingspan and good agility, and is considering LSU, Texas A&M, Kentucky, UCLA, Oregon, Ohio State and Providence.
• Three-star power forward
• UConn and Georgetown each signed big men Wednesday. The Huskies added Leon Tolksdorf, a face-up power forward from Germany, while the Hoyas inked
• On the mid-major level, Missouri State added a nice piece on Tuesday.
• After originally signing to play at Rice, Houston (Texas) St. Thomas point guard
• Last week, Croatian shooting guard Mislah Brzoja took a visit to Kentucky. However, that visit has yet to produce and offer, and Brzoja could be making a decision soon. He previously visited Dayton and is also considering Providence, Utah and Marquette.
• SMU is trying to make an impact under new hire Larry Brown, and it hosted a pair of four-star 2013 big men over the weekend. High school and summer league teammates
• A new program has entered the competition for 2014 five-star point guard