Fall Recruiting Preview - Big 12 (Pt. II)

Pair of Top 50 guards considering several programs in need of commitments

Nov. 3, 2007

By Van Coleman

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Part II of the Big 12 is a definite work in progress, as only Texas Tech has recruited more than one prospect.


How the teams finish up the remaining few recruiting weeks until the fall signing period and how they add additional talent in the spring will be the key to the final grade for the conference overall. 


With that in mind, here's Part II of our coverage of the Big 12's fall recruiting:


Texas Tech (Recruiting Log) has received three commitments so far this fall headed by the inside duo of 6-foot-9, 250-pound Robert Lewandowski from Overland Park, Kan.'s Blue Valley and 6-foot-8 Corbin Ray from Katy, Texas' Taylor. They will add depth right away up front for Bob Knight's squad.


In the backcourt, the Red Raiders just received a pledge from 6-foot point Tyree Graham from Fayetteville, N.C.'s Village Christian. He is very quick and will push for PT as a frosh. The Red Raiders aren't done yet and could still add one or two more.


As for who they're still targeting, 6-foot-9, 240-pound Darko Cohadarevic of Seward County CC, Kan., seems destined to join the Red Raiders. He is a skilled Euro-type big man with a mean streak around the hoop.


If he doesn't head to Lubbock, then they will look to 6-foot-9 Dee Proby from Angelina CC, Texas, 6-foot-7 combo forward Chop Tang from Eastern Arizona CC, 6-foot-7 Jeff Taylor of Hobbs, N.M., 6-foot-6 Ray Holliday from College Station, Texas, and 6-foot-8 Mitchell Watt of Goodyear, Ariz., as other possibilities. 


In the backcourt they are still looking at 6-foot-2 Jamel Guyton from Odessa CC, Texas, 6-foot-2 Junior Treasure of Midland CC, Texas, 6-foot blur Emery Joshua from Cypress, Texas' Cy-Fair, 6-foot-3 Garland Judkins of Humble, Texas' Christian Life and Nick Okorie of South Plains CC, Texas.


Baylor (Recruiting Log) has received one commitment so far this fall, but that one was huge as it's from our No. 51-rated senior Anthony Jones of Houston, Texas Jack Yates. He is a gifted offensive talent who has star potential. 


The Bears had an excellent start until 6-foot-8 Storm Warren decided to re-open his recruiting this past week. He says the Bears are still on his list, but is visiting LSU this weekend. 


They are also among the favorites for No. 12-rated Willie Warren from Fort Worth, Texas' North Crowley. He has a long list (Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville and Kentucky), but won't sign early. Back in July, he actually gave a verbal commitment to Baylor, but that only lasted a day as he reconsidered.


Up front, they are still involved with Storm Warren, as well as 6-foot-9 Australian forward Ater Majok of Carlingford American International School, 6-foot-9 225-pound Chris Otule from Fort Bend, Texas' Bush, 6-foot-7 Dom Keller of Lee CC, Texas, 6-foot-9 Chris Roquemore of Garden City CC, Kan., and 6-foot-7 A.J. Hardeman from Cincinnati, Ohio's Harmony Prep. 


On the perimeter, the Bears are involved with No. 48-rated 6-foot-3 J'Covan Brown of Port Arthur, Texas' Memorial (Oklahoma State, Texas, Cincinnati and Kentucky also), 6-foot-5 Scottie Haralson of Jackson, Miss.'s Provine, 6-foot-5 Freddie Riley of Ocala, Fla.'s Vanguard, 6-foot-2 Jamel Guyton of Odessa CC, Texas, 6-foot-4 David Kyles from Dallas, Texas' Kimball, 6-foot-2 Junior Treasure from Midland CC, Texas and highly-regarded former Class of 2006 Top 150 talent 6-foot-4 combo Derwin Kitchen of Iowa Western CC.


Oklahoma State (Recruiting Log) has received one commitment so far this fall from an in-state point guard.


5-foot-10 Keiton Payne from Pawnee, Okla., is solid and is a good passer, but will need time to compete for playing time in Stillwater. 


The Cowboys are still looking to add at least one more backcourt talent as well as possibly another forward to add depth.  It is unsure whether they have one or two scholarships to give.


In the front court, they are looking at Top 100 talent 6-foot-7 Murphy Holloway of Irmo, S.C.'s Dutch Fork, 6-foot-9 Dee Proby of Angelina CC, 6-foot-6 Ray Holliday of College Station, Texas and Dom Keller of Lee CC, Texas. 


In the backcourt, they're in the hunt for No. 48-rated 6-foot-3 J'Covan Brown of Port Arthur, Texas' Memorial, as well as 6-foot combo Rotnei Clarke from Claremore, Okla. 


Brown says he'll decide for the fall signing period and choose from Oklahoma State, Texas, Baylor, Cincinnati, and Kentucky.


Clarke's final three are OSU, Arkansas and Oral Roberts (where his father coaches).


They will hit the JUCO ranks if they miss on one of those top notch high school guards.


Kansas State (Recruiting Log) has no commitments so far this fall, but has had a great start to their 2009 class.


The Wildcats received commitments from two AAU teammates of the DC Assault program -- our No. 24-rated junior Wally Judge of Jacksonville, Fla.'s  Arlington Country Day School and 6-foot-5 junior Rodney McGruder of Washington, D.C.'s Archbishop Carroll. 


As for this year's class, they're looking to add some size and possibly some wing help.


Up front, they are involved with 6-foot-7 Wesley Witherspoon from Lilburn, Ga.'s Berkmar. He has recently visited LSU and is considering George Washington, Georgia, Clemson, Illinois, Kansas, Connecticut and Texas. 


In addition, they like 6-foot-8 Dwight Miller of Houston, Texas' Westbury Christian, 6-foot-9 post Ken Bowman from Hutchinson CC, Kan., 6-foot-9 powerman Chris Roquemore from Garden City CC, Kan., 6-foot-9 DeAundre Cranston of Daytona Beach CC, Fla., 6-foot-9 Nick Stiggers from Southwest Tennessee CC and 6-foot-10 Steve Toyloy of Miami-Dade CC, Fla.


On the perimeter, the Wildcats are a dark horse with No. 12-rated Willie Warren from Fort Worth, Texas' North Crowley. 


They have plenty of other options, including 6-foot-6 Montrell McDonald from Crowley County CC, Kan., 6-foot-3 Tyree Evans of Motlow State CC, Tenn., 6-foot-4 Teondre Williams of Lawrenceville, Ga.'s Meadowcreek and 6-foot-5 Chris Babb from Arlington, Texas' Oakridge. Babb visited the campus in September.


Nebraska (Recruiting Log) has no commitments so far this fall after coming on the heels of a Top 15 class from a year ago where they added eight newcomers. 


Up front, they are in the hunt for 6-foot-10, 300-pounder Marcus Goode from Lenoir, N.C.'s Patterson School, 6-foot-11 Gene Swindle from Miami, Fla.'s Gulliver Prep, 6-foot post Tyrone McNeal from Miami-Dade CC, Fla.'s, 6-foot-10 Alex Rivas-Sanchez from Pratt CC, Kan., 6-foot-9 Dee Proby from Angelina CC, Texas, Miller 6-foot-8 Dwight Miller from Houston, Texas Westbury Christian, 6-foot-8 power forward Kyle Cannon from San Jacinto CC, Texas, 6-foot-8 post Dan Jennings from Mouth of Wilson, Va.'s Oak Hill Academy and 6-foot-8 Marvin Jefferson of Modesto CC, Calif. 


They have been looking at a few wing players, including 6-foot-6 Jeff Taylor from Hobbs, N.M.'s Sterling Melville, 6-foot-6 Kenneth Clayton from Paris CC, Texas, 6-foot-4 Justin Carter of Fullerton CC, Calif., 6-foot-5 swing man Jonathan Hall from South Plains CC, Texas and 6-foot-6 Andre Gullens from Eastern Oklahoma CC.


Texas (Recruiting Log) has no commitments so far this fall, but the Longhorns have been patient and should see some good results in the next couple weeks. They would like to add some perimeter firepower and are involved with some of the top available talent, with the nation's top available player on campus this weekend in No. 3 rated 6-foot-4 Tyreke Evans.


The one closest to a decision is No. 48-rated 6-foot-3 J'Covan Brown from Port Arthur, Texas' Memorial. He says he'll decide for the fall signing period and has the `Horns on his list among Oklahoma State, Baylor, Cincinnati and Kentucky. 


Our No. 3-rated senior Tyreke Evans from Aston, Pa.'s American Christian is on the Austin campus this weekend but could wait until spring to decide among Texas, Louisville, Memphis, Connecticut and Villanova. 


Those schools are also among the favorites for No. 12-rated Willie Warren from Fort Worth, Texas' North Crowley. He has a long list (Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville and Kentucky) but won't sign early.


The Longhorns are still evaluating other possibilities, including 6-foot-7 Wesley Witherspoon from Lilburn, Ga.'s Berkmar, 6-foot-8 power man Myles Walker from San Antonio, Texas' Antonio, 6-foot-9 Rashanti Harris from Columbus, Miss., 6-foot-7 Martez Walker from Aston, Pa.'s American Christian, 6-foot-6 Jeff Taylor from Hobbs, N.M. and 6-foot-4 Lamar Falley from Hutchinson CC, Kan.


That completes our coverage of the Big 12 conference. We will begin our final conference Sunday, the SEC, right here at Generation Next.

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