In this week's recruiting roundup it seems appropriate to discus the recruiting changes that will soon make their way to the college basketball scene. According to a release from the NCAA on Friday, the Division I Leadership council has agreed in principal to changes to the current recruiting model. The changes are expected to become official following another meeting of the leadership council on October 27th.
The council was able to reach a consensus on the following issues:
- A start date for official visits beginning after the men's basketball championship in April of the junior year.
- Deregulating the type of communication between coaches and prospects (including text messaging and other forms of electronic communication).
- Allowing unlimited communication after Aug. 1 before the junior year in high school.
- Permitting evaluations at certified nonscholastic events on two weekends in April, with some restrictions.
- Permitting some contact at a prospect's educational institution in conjunction with an evaluation, with some restrictions and requirements.
Personally, I'm a fan of the first change and the last two. Today, official visits can only be taken by seniors in high school. By allowing them to officially visit colleges (and have their way paid), the recruits can realistically take in the atmosphere of potential schools from their junior year, on. It makes sense to give the kids better access and more time considering they'll soon be making the biggest decision of their lives.
The second and third change are quite frankly, ridiculous. Deregulating communication between coaches and players and allowing unlimited communication before the player's junior year is extremely intrusive and unnecessary. Can you imagine how far some coaches will take the "unlimited contact" provision? Juniors in high school will have their cell phones blowing up uncontrollably throughout the school day (and night), yet said student better keep his grades up in order to meet the NCAA academic requirements! How the Council ever agreed to this revision is far beyond me. Without further ranting, let's get to this week's recruiting roundup!
Following his de-commitment from Mississippi State, Seton Hall reached out to 2012 PG Josh Gray (Phillis Wheatley). Shaheen Holloway is the lead Pirates recruiter according to Adam Zagoria. Georgia Tech, Nebraska and Penn State all contacted ESPN's 16th rated PG (2012), this week. On Thursday, Penn State, Nebraska and Miss St also watched Gray work out. A source close to Gray's recruitment told me the player, "really wants to play in the Big East" and they could see him landing at South Orange. The bad news? A day later, the Big East contacted Houston (where Gray plays his high school ball), about the possibility of joining the conference. Immediately, I suggested Houston would probably get involved with Gray following the speculation regarding the invite to the conference. Well, they have. Gray is on campus in Houston today on an unofficial visit taking in a Cougars football game. Talk about timing.
- Assistant coaches, Shaheen Holloway and Chris Pompey were in Hyattsville, MD on Tuesday to watch 2013 PG Jairus Lyles. DeMatha head coach, Mike Jones told me that Lyles likes Seton Hall, but 'definitely' likes Wake Forest, while Penn State has just recently begun their pursuit of Lyles as well. There is not a firm timetable on when he might make his college decision. Since the early summer, Wake has been considered the heavy favorite to land the 150th ranked recruit in the class of '13. Lyles has been offered by Oklahoma State, but is drawing interest from a long list of schools including: Georgetown, West Virginia, Maryland, NC State.
Last Saturday, we reported 2013 PG Jaren Sina was on campus for an unofficial visit, taking in practice with his father/coach and former Pirate, Mergin. This weekend, the Gil St. Bernard's junior is taking an unofficial to Penn State.
2012PF Charles Mitchell (Wheeler, GA) also visited Seton Hall last Saturday and I'm told the visit went great. Mutual interest between the staff and the player remains high, however, given Seton Hall's strong commitment to bring a point guard on board out of the '12 class, I don't see how Mitchell can make his way North to New Jersey. It's unfortunate, I feel very strongly that Mitchell could be an immediate contributor in the Big East, it just doesn't look as if a fit is possible.
2013 SG Kevin Johnson enjoyed his visit to Seton Hall last weekend and later tweeted, "I might be Pirates bound," which he deleted a few hours later. A source close to the staff tells me that although Johnson had a tremendous visit, he was simply excited on Twitter and a commitment is not expected anytime soon. I'm told Johnson has many other visits lined up before he'll consider making a decision.
- 2014 PG Conrad Chambers (Friends' Central) and 2013 SF Tyler Roberson (Roselle Catholic) attended Villanova's Hoops Madness last night, while Chambers was also at Rutgers' event last weekend. Seton Hall has offered both players.
- Seton Hall has reached out to 2013 SG Anton Wilson (Flora MacDonald Prep), who has also heard from Campbell, BC and UNC-Ashville. The 3-star Scout and Rivals recruit is thought to be considering Central Michigan, Cleveland St and URI. Other schools showing interest include: Georgetown, Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State. Wilson makes the second Michigan player the Pirates have contacted in the last two weeks, though as we updated last week, there is very little chance of Dwaun Anderson landing in South Orange. After news broke that Seton Hall was not interested in bringing him on board as '11 recruit, Anderson cancelled his scheduled weekend visit.
Follow the jump for the second half of this week's recruiting roundup!
- 2013 PF Mike Young (Hudson Catholic) tells PantherLairr West Virginia is still 'recruiting him the hardest, Baylor is putting in work and Pitt is also a good fit.' In other words, he's still open, but still leaning West Virginia. The Pirates have offered.
2012 PF Daniel Dingle (St. Raymond's) visited Auburn last weekend on an official visit and last night arrived at Temple for an official this weekend. The Pirates were heavily recruiting Dingle, however there no longer appears to be mutual interest.
- On Tuesday, St. Joe's watched 2013 SG Davon Reed (Princeton Day School), while Seton Hall, Penn and Penn State all talked to the four-star recruit. The Pirates have offered and have been all over Reed's recruitment, though his list of potential suitors is extremely long.
- I'm told the Philly trio of 13 SG Miles Overton, 12 PG Daiquan Walker and 13 PG Rysheed Jordan did not visit Seton Hall on Sunday as planned for their unofficial visits as they couldn't find a ride, but they're planning on still visiting soon.
Along with the Philly trio, 2012PG Joey Gripper (Mount Clare, PA) was slated to visit Seton Hall last Sunday as well, but also had car trouble! No surprise, the following day he gave Alex Kline his updated list and the Pirates were not included.
Last Sunday, 2012 C Neville Fincher (Teaneck, NJ) listed Seton Hall amidst a slew of mid-majors. See my note on Charles Mitchell for why he's unlikely to call South Orange home.
- 2014 SG Anthony Pate visited Seton Hall and Rutgers on unofficial visits last Friday as a member of St. Patrick's high school. St. Patrick's coach, Chris Chavannes, recently told me Anthony is no longer a member of St. Pat's. In speaking with a source, I'm told Pate has transferred to Long Island Lutheran in NY for mainly academic reasons. Pate wants to take advantage of LUHI's business program due to the increased interest he's been receiving from Yale and Notre Dame. The player will be immediately eligible to play in New York. I'm told that Pate's interest in Seton Hall remains high.
- One time Seton Hall target, 2012 C Blaise Mbargorba committed to SMU yesterday. Although Seton Hall had offered the 7-footer, Mbargorba had cut the Pirates from his list quite a while back.
On Thursday, Lamont "Momo" Jones was granted a hardship waiver allowing him to play this year at Iona following his transfer from Arizona. Over the summer, Jones visited Seton Hall and Coach Willard before choosing Willard's old club over his present one.
- 2012 PF Charles Buggs (Hargrave Military Academy) is thought to be narrowing his decision down to either Minnesota or Arkansas. Buggs took an official to Minnesota in early October and arrived in Fayetteville last night for an official with the Razorbacks. Seton Hall assistants watched Buggs workout at HMA, in recent months.