Hoops Roundup: Washington lands Nigel Williams-Goss; more news
The college basketball recruiting circuit is in full swing, and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down soon. As AAU tournaments abound, here's a recap of the latest Division-I happenings.
It's easy to predict that the No. 39 prospect in the class of 2013 will be a high-impact player on a college roster. However, the commitment of
Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies have never had issues landing talent, but they've occasionally suffered from a dearth of vocal and emotional leaders. In addition to making an on-court impact, Williams-Goss seems equipped to fill that role.
During his junior season at Piney Woods (Miss.),
As the calendar turns to June, look for Coleby to make a comeback. He is expected to participate at the NBPA Top 100 camp, and his high school coach, Lemuel Jones, hopes it immediately boosts his stock.
"He's gotten off to kind of a slow start this spring because of the rule for foreign kids in April," Jones said. "That's why a lot of people don't know much about him."
While the three-star big man remains a relatively low-profile player, he's not an unknown quantity among several major-conference programs. Coleby has already received offers from Ole Miss, Memphis, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, UTEP and Southern Miss, according to Jones, and others, including Arkansas, have expressed interest. Coleby's blend of size, ability and low-post skill should help his reputation grow in June and July.
"His strength is that he's a 6-foot-9 high energy guy who can hit a 17-foot jump shot but doesn't settle for that," said Jones. "His best game is that on-the-block-with-his-back-to-the-basket game."
At the 16-and-under level, few AAU teams have been as consistently successful as Team Thad. The Memphis-based crew played in the 17-and-under division in Chicago over the weekend, and they went undefeated before falling to the nationally ranked Florida Rams. The result served two purposes: It continued to increase the profile of Team Thad, and it helped showcase the potential of many of its young recruits.
Among the notables:
One of the breakout players of the spring evaluation players has been
Smith said that he has offers from Towson, Quinnipiac, Duquesne, Richmond, Fairfield, St. Peter's, Robert Morris, Manhattan and UAB. He's also on the verge of landing high-major offers, and feels that Penn State, Wichita State, VCU, Syracuse, South Carolina and Miami could extend scholarships by the end of their July scouting sessions. His recruitment is certainly one to monitor.
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• Over the past few weeks, there's been speculation that
• Another player who had a big spring was 6-foot-5 wing
• Duke will host
• Class of 2014 big man