Oct. 7, 2007
By Van Coleman
CSTV.com & Hoopmasters.com
Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.
We are just beginning the stretch run to the fall signing period (Nov. 14 - Nov. 21), and the colleges are getting ready to kick off practice next week.
The past couple of weeks have been very busy with campus visits and a number of national level commitments. But rather than cover individual commitments, I'd like to look at who's doing well in conference recruiting and who some of the surprise schools are as we move toward the November signing date.
With that in mind, here's Part II of the Big East (Part I), looking at those hoping to rebound from last year's finishes in the bottom half of the regular season conference standings:
Villanova (Recruiting Log) doesn't have any commitments at this time, but is still in the hunt for No. 3-rated 6-foot-4 Tyreke Evans from
Providence (Recruiting Log) has a commitment from 6-foot-8 power forward Bilal Dixon from
Among some of the early names we've seen with the Friars are 6-foot-4 Sean Kilpatrick, an athletic wing talent from
St. John's (Recruiting Log) doesn't have any commitments at this time, but is certainly very active this fall. The Red Storm missed recently on No. 37-rated Sylven Landesberg, who's headed to Virginia, but are still in the hunt for two special wing talents in No. 45-rated 6-foot-6 Mookie Jones from Peekskill, N.Y., who will visit on Oct. 27, and 6-foot-4 Devoe Joseph of Ajax, Ontario Pickering School, who was on their campus two weeks ago.
Jones will also visit DePaul, Marquette, Rutgers, and
If they miss on that duo, then 6-foot-5 Patrick Jackson from
Up front, the Red Storm is close on four talented prospects. They are in the final three at this point, along with Villanova and Kansas, for the 6-foot-9 Morris twins Marcus and Markieff, who are prepping at
Currently the Huskies are in the hunt for a number of the nation's better wing guards in No. 3-rated Tyreke Evans, No. 12-rated Willie Warren and this weekend's visitor in 6-foot-4 Devoe Joseph from
Up front, they are one of the five players along with Duke,
The Huskies are also involved with 6-foot-9 Matt Simpkins from North Bridgton, Maine Bridgton Academy, who has said he'll visit Storrs sometime this fall, along with 6-foot-8 Dan Jennings from Mouth of Wilson, Va. Oak Hill, and 6-foot-9 Latavious Williams from Starkville, Miss., along with 6-foot-7 Wesley Witherspoon from Lilburn, Ga. Berkmar.
Recently, No. 19-rated Terrence Jennings from
Seton Hall (Recruiting Log) has a commitment from one of the
The Pirates are still involved with a couple of forwards with local ties in 6-foot-7 Kevin Jones from Mount Vernon, N.Y., and 6-foot-8 power man Dan Jennings of Mouth of Wilson, Va. Oak Hill Academy. If they miss on this duo, look for them to look at available prep school and JUCO talent in the spring.
The recent visitors are headed by 6-foot-11 Gene Swindle from
They also like 6-foot-7 wing shooter Michael Morrison from
Rutgers (Recruiting Log) has commitments from No. 49-rated Michael Rosario from
The Scarlet Knights have shown early interest in adding some help at the forward spot.
No. 45-rated 6-foot-6 wing man Mookie Jones from
Last but certainly not least is 6-foot-5 Big Apple wing Patrick Jackson from
Cincinnati (Recruiting Log) has commitments from one of the top power men in the class in No. 62-rated Yancy Gates from Cincinnati, Ohio Withrow High. He is a physical big man who can finish around the hoop. High-scoring 6-foot combo Cashmere Wright of Savannah, Ga. Urban Christian joins the Bearcat backcourt. They could add one or two more with shooting guard the current priority.
The Bearcats are in the hunt with No. 12-rated 6-foot-3 shooter Willie Warren, but if they get a visit it won't be until spring as he only has time for fall visits to Oklahoma (10/6) and
6-foot-4 jumping jack Teondre Williams will visit with Cashmere Wright. He also likes Florida State,
The Bearcats are on the short list with former Indiana commit 6-foot-4 Eshaunte Jones from
They're also still in the hunt for the final visit, along with Baylor, Kentucky and Louisville, of No. 39-rated 6-foot-10 J'Mison Morgan from Dallas, Texas South Oak Cliff. He's visited UCLA,