Hoops Roundup: Top 2012 recruits Muhammad, Noel weighing options
The wing scorer from Bishop Gorman has one final visit scheduled for the weekend of April 7, when he'll head to UCLA. Other top contenders for the nation's top recruit are Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and UNLV, and the competition is fierce: Muhammad averaged more than 30 points and 10 rebounds while leading the Gaels to another Nevada Class 4A championship.
The No. 4 recruit in the 2012 class, Bennett won't take any visits until after the April All-Star circuit. The combo forward is down to Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, UNLV and Washington, and should start wherever he lands immediately.
After a sensational senior season in which he averaged 23.8 points, 15.7 rebounds and 5.1 blocks, the 6-foot-7 combo forward will wait to see who nearby Mississippi State hires to replace coach Rick Stansbury. Pollard is also expected to visit Georgetown and Kentucky before making a decision, and Alabama, Missouri and Texas all remain very much in the mix.
A recently reclassified member of the recruiting class of 2012, Noel is making progress towards his much anticipated college decision. The shot-blocking specialist has made trips to three schools -- Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse -- and has in-home visits scheduled with Kentucky and Syracuse schedule for the week ahead. His length (6-10, 200) and athleticism could allow him to make an instant, Anthony Davis-type impact at the next level.
The bruising 6-foot-9, 250-pound center has been one of the toughest recruiting reads in the 2012 class. The timetable for Parker's decision is still unknown, but the top contenders appear to be Kansas, Memphis, Ohio State and UCLA. He averaged 16.6 points and 10.9 rebounds as a senior.
There have been rumors of Jefferson's pending decision for quite some time now, but as of yet, a final call has not been made by the 6-foot-8, 197-pound combo forward. Local schools Temple and Villanova are fighting to keep him near home, while Duke and N.C. State are trying to lure him to the ACC. Whatever school lands him will get a prize: Jefferson averaged more than 17 points while leading Friends Central to a 22-5 record in 2011-12.
With four-star St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) point guard
Plenty of time remains in Briscoe's recruitment, but Syracuse, which has already offered, seems to be the early frontrunner. Villanova is also in strong pursuit (Briscoe has visited the campus), and Arizona, UConn and Kansas are in serious contention. Baylor, Cincinnati, DePaul, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Seton Hall have also offered the precocious 6-foot, 200-pounder.
• Georgia Tech landed 2012 point guard
• With a state title and tournament MVP under his belt, 2013 power forward
• Boone High (Fla.) power forward
• Tulane became the latest school to offer 2013 Rivals150 point guard
• Providence and Seton Hall have entered the mix for 2012 combo guard