Fall Recruiting Preview - Big 12 (Pt. I)
Kansas takes over early conference lead with huge Halloween
Nov. 2, 2007
Nov. 2, 2007
By Van Coleman
CSTV.com & Hoopmasters.com
Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.
It has been a slow start for the Big 12 this fall, especially since the conference has finished among the top two conferences in recruiting the past three years.
A number of coaching changes coupled with schools that don't have a lot of available playing time has slowed fall recruiting.
However, this is more of a combination of factors happening rather than it being a trend.
The Big 12 has a new leader in fall recruiting since Kansas had a big day adding the Top 100-ranked Morris Twins to their fall class.
A number of schools are off to solid starts, and a number have yet to sign anyone.
With that in mind, here's Part I of our look at Big 12 fall recruiting:
The top newcomers for the Jayhawks are our No. 33 rated senior 6-foot-3 combo Travis Releford from Shawnee Mission Bishop Miege and the aforementioned Top 10 JUCO talent in 6-foot-5 wing man Mario Little from
Last week, they added one of the top rebounders on the east coast in 6-foot-8 225-pound Quintrell Thomas from
On Halloween, they solidified a Top 10 fall class.
The addition of the
That gives the Jayhawks five commitments this fall, but they may add one more since it's likely that Brandon Rush will head to the NBA next spring.
They were a finalist for No. 39 rated 6-foot-11 center J'Mison Morgan from
They have had No. 12 rated 6-foot-4 shooter deluxe Willie Warren from Fort Worth, Tex. North Crowley on campus and are among eight-or-so schools he's considering, like Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville and Kentucky.
The Jayhawks could also turn to the JUCO ranks where they are one of the leaders for 6-foot-7 Daniel Payne, a definite top-five talent at that level.
Ramsey has the tools to be a double-double guy for the Tigers next year.
Up front, he's joined by 6-foot-9 powerman Steve Moore from
In the backcourt, the Tigers added one of the best shooters in the class in 6-foot-3 Marcus Denmon from Kansas City, Mo. Hogan Prep, along with solid 6-foot-1 passing point Miguel Paul of Lakeland, Fla. Kathleen.
Both will see lots of playing time as freshmen, while 6-foot-5 Kim English of
The Tigers may be finished with their Class of 2008, although they seem to still be interested in 6-foot-2 combo Varez Ward from
Finishing early may give them a jump on the junior class, where they have their sights on in-state talents 6-foot-8 Tyler Griffey from
A big 2009 target is fifth-ranked 6-foot-11 DeMarcus Cousins from
This solid floor leader led his club to a 30-0 record last winter.
Harris is joined by fast rising 6-foot-9 David Loubeau from Davie, Fla. Davie-Westlake, a potential Top 100 2008 talent when we re-do the rankings in February. He has said he'll re-classify from the 2009 class, where he is currently ranked No. 51.
The Aggies reportedly have one more scholarship and could add another perimeter talent either this fall or in the spring.
They are one of the schools who have shown interest in 6-foot-7 Daniel Payne from Coffeyville CC,
They are also looking at 6-foot-3 Garland Judkins from Humble, Texas Christian Life, 6-foot-7 wing Justin Johnson from Wolfeboro, N.H. Brewster Academy, 6-foot-4 combo Ryan Baker from Cypress, Texas Community Christian, 6-foot-7 wing A.J Hardeman from Cincinnati, Ohio Harmony Community, 6-foot-4 wing Devoe Joseph from Ajax, Ontario Pickering, and 6-foot-3 combo Tyree Thompson from Compton, Calif. Centennial.
The Aggies have gotten a solid jump on the junior class, especially in the Lone Star state. Look for them to be in the hunt for 6-foot-8 Quincy Acy from Mesquite Horne, 6-foot-9 John Henson of Round Rock, and 6-foot-8 Ray Turner from Houston Jones next spring and summer.
The Buffaloes are lead by 6-foot-7 wing man Toby Veal from
In the backcourt, 6-foot JUCO point guard Javonte Clanton from Blinn CC,
The Buffaloes appear to be finished for the fall with this quartet and will be able to get a jump on the class of 2009 over the next couple months.
Iowa State (Recruiting Log) has received four commitments this fall headed by a physical rebounder who's stock really rose this fall in 6-foot-7 Clinton Mann from Overland Park, Kan. Thomas Aquinas.
Mann really kicked some tail at the Price Chopper tourney in late July to catch a number of high-major programs' eyes, but the Cyclones were his final choice. His toughness is a key to what the Cyclones like to do up front.
Joining him will be another tireless worker inside in lanky 6-foot-10, 225-pound post Justin Hamilton from
In the backcourt, two early commits will add depth, headed by help at point guard from 6-foot-3 Dominique Buckley from
It looks like the `Clones are done for this fall, but they could add another player with size in the spring.
They are involved with 6-foot-8 L.A. Pomlee from
Look for this list to grow over the next couple months as the Cyclone staff has time to get out and see the nation's top JUCO talent.
Allen is becoming a real force in the paint on the defensive end. He is just flat huge!
Joining him will be springy wing athlete 6-foot-5 Ray Willis from
The Sooners are still very active and could sign at least one more, maybe two.
Up front, they are still watching 6-foot-9 powerman Chris Roquemore from Garden City CC,
But, the backcourt could be the real priority as the Sooners are in the hunt with No. 12 rated Willie Warren from
If they miss on Willie Warren, look for serious consideration to be given to 6-foot-3 combo Garland Judkins from Humble, TX Christian Life, 6-foot-3 Stacy Waters from Detroit, Mich. Renaissance, 6-foot-4 Ryan Baker of Cypress, TX Community Christian, or 6-foot-2 Jamel Guyton from Odessa CC, Texas.
That's our look at Part I of the Big 12 conference. We will kick off Part II tomorrow, right here at "Generation Next."