Fall Recruiting Preview - ACC (Pt. II)

Maryland with two Top 100 commits, Duke still chasing Top 20s


Oct. 21, 2007

By Van Coleman

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We continue our look at the ACC, where a number of schools are already done recruiting for this fall, while a couple of others are still working on classes that could eventually challenge for spots among our Top 25. 

 

With that in mind, here's Part Two of our coverage of the ACC's fall recruiting:

 

Maryland (Recruiting Log) received a commitment this fall from perimeter talent 6-foot-4 Sean Mosely, our No. 55-rated senior and an explosive driver and slasher who can score in bunches.

 

As we went to press, word broke that 6-foot-10 Gus Gilchrist from Temple Hills, Md. Progressive Christian offered up a pledge to Coach Gary Williams and staff. The post-graduate and former Virginia Tech commit is expected to enroll early for the spring semester and redshirt this season.

 

The Terps also picked up a 2009 commitment from 6-foot-8 Jin Soo Kim of South Kent, Conn. School, who can absolutely fill it up from the arc. They would like to add at least one more front court talent.

They are still in the final four for a top uncommitted big man, but it could be an Australian big man who fills the bill.

 

6-foot-11 Ralph Sampson Jr. from Duluth, Ga. Northview has Maryland along with Clemson, but Georgia Tech and Minnesota may lead for his signature. 

 

6-foot-9 Ater Majok from Carlingford, AU American International School visited College Park for Midnight Madness.

 

Boston College (Recruiting Log) has received three commitments so far this fall headed by the recent commitment of 6-foot-7 power forward Evan Ravenal from Brandon, Fla. along with Colorado perimeter duo, 6-foot-4 Dallas Elmore from Fort Collins Poudre and 6-foot-2 Reggie Jackson of Colorado Springs Palmer. 

 

They join 6-foot-8 Vermont transfer Joe Trapani as newcomers next fall in Beantown.

 

Currently, the Eagles don't have any available scholarships.

 

Duke (Recruiting Log) has received a commitment from 6-foot-8 power forward Olek Czyz, our No. 56-rated senior from Reno, Nev. High. He was one of the summer's fastest risers and athletically has tools to make a big contribution as a freshman.

 

They were disappointed recently with the quick commitment made by No. 2-rated 6-foot-10 Greg Monroe.  They have two available scholarships, but as per usual they will only add a player if he has ability to help out right away.

 

They are in the final four for the signature of No. 18-rated senior Elliott Williams from Collierville, Tenn. St. Georges. He will decide November 2 from among the Blue Devils, Virginia, Tennessee and Memphis.

 

Coach K and his staff are also one of the four schools that No. 11-rated 7-foot-2 John Riek-Suas mentioned as college possibilities recently, along with Connecticut, Florida and Georgetown. But Riek-Suas has re-classified as a postgraduate, so he also will be eligible for the NBA Draft. His recruiting is up in the air as we get ready to enter the season.

 

N.C. State (Recruiting Log) has received two commitments from perimeter talents in 6-foot-5 C.J. Williams from Fayetteville, N.C. Britt and 6-foot-2 combo guard Julius Mays from Marion, Ind.

 

Currently the Wolfpack doesn't have any available scholarships and is putting their recruiting efforts into the junior class.

 

They do already have a sophomore commitment from 6-foot-5 2009 wing man C.J. Leslie of  Raleigh, N.C. Word of God.

 

Florida State (Recruiting Log) has received a commitment from one of the Sunshine State's best shooters in 6-foot-4 combo guard Luke Loucks from Clearwater, Fla. High. The Seminoles are still one of the most active schools in the ACC with four available scholarships and this weekend could turn out to be huge for them.

 

They are playing host to Loucks and he will be in full recruiting mode as three of their top targets will join him. Up front, two Top 50 talents will be in Tallahassee in No. 28-rated 6-foot-8 power forward Chris Singleton from Dunwoody, Ga. and No. 44-rated 6-foot-11 center Xavier Gibson of Dothan, Ala. Northview. They are being joined by 6-foot-1 point guard Pierre Jordan, Singleton's teammate at Dunwoody, who is a talented ball-handler and passer.

 

If they don't close on this trio, then they are still involved with a good deal of quality talent. On the perimeter, 6-foot-7 Justin Brownlee is now at JUCO and is showing interest, 6-foot-4 Teondre Williams of Norcross, Ga. Meadowcreek plans to visit Florida State in the near future and 6-foot-5 Chris Turner has listed the Seminoles while just visiting Seton Hall.

 

They have had 6-foot-4 Deividas Dulkys of Henderson, Nev. Findlay Prep on campus and are in the hunt with San Diego State, Illinois and California (currently on Berkeley campus) for his signature.

 

If they miss on this list, look for the Seminoles to become even more active in the JUCO or prep school ranks in the spring.

 

Virginia Tech (Recruiting Log) has received a commitment from 6-foot-10 center Victor Davila from Booneville, N.C. Starmont, who really blew up this spring while playing with the Pump-N-Run Elite squad. He's a tough rebounder with solid tools on the offensive end of the court. The Hokies are still very active and can sign one or two more prospects this fall.

 

Most of their effort has been in the backcourt this fall, with a number of highly regarded guards looking at the Hokies. Among them that have been on the Virginia Tech campus include 6-foot-2 Jersey City, N.J. St. Anthony's point guard Tyshawn Taylor, who is taking a visit to Virginia this weekend, but has the Hokies along with Marquette, Kansas and Georgia Tech as his finalists. 

 

Another fall visitor is 6-foot-2 combo Shaquille Johnson from Jacksonville, Fla. Lee who has Virginia Tech, Tulane, Clemson and Jacksonville as his top four. The Hokies are also involved 6-foot-5 wing Maurice Hubbard of Chantilly, Va. Westfield. They have also shown interest in 6-foot-11 Gene Swindle of Miami, Fla. Gulliver Prep since he re-opened his recruiting. Wing target 6-foot-5 Patrick Jackson of Brooklyn, N.Y. Boys & Girls picked Rutgers over the weekend.

 

Tech had interest in former signee 6-foot-10 Gus Gilchrist of Temple Hills, Md. Progressive Christian, who they've always left a door open for, but saw him just commit to Maryland.

 

We hope you enjoyed our look at the ACC's fall recruiting. We will continue our conference by conference breakdowns with the Pac-10, the Big 12 & SEC, right here at "Generation Next."

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