Recruiting Rumor Mill: 08.16.10 Edition

Posted by nvr1983 on August 16th, 2010

It looks like we can put the Anthony Davis/Chicago Sun-Times fiasco behind us now and get to the normal recruiting news.

  • The big news of the week was clearly Davis officially announcing that he had committed to Kentucky, which almost everybody knew he would for over a week.
  • In a somewhat refreshing decision, Isaiah Austin, one of the top recruits in the class of 2012, has decided to cut the suspense short when he announced last Monday that he had committed to Baylor over a long list of recruiting powers including Kentucky. Is this the first coveted recruit John Calipari has failed to land while he has been in Lexington? He might be slipping.
  • Speaking of Calipari (the man is everywhere during the recruiting season) he had another top recruit (Chane Behanan) visit Lexington on Wednesday. One of the interesting things about this is that Behanan, the top recruit in Kentucky and top 25 nationally who has been making a name for himself this summer, is still waiting for an offer from Kentucky. In the past this might have created an uproar in the Bluegrass State if Calipari had not been getting the best players from all over the nation.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, Fran McCaffery extended a scholarship offer from Iowa to Perry Ellis, a small forward ranked in the top 25 of the class of 2012 (he’s not the fashion designer). We know that McCaffery is obliged to do this, but when some of the other schools who have extended Ellis offers include Kentucky, Kansas (his home state), Kansas State (ditto), Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Wake Forest, we think McCaffery is essentially like this kid proposing to Megan Fox. Having said that, if any female supermodels would like to date a college basketball blogger, e-mail me at rushthecourt@gmail.com (recruiting tips are also welcome).
  • One of the more interesting pieces of news to come out this week was the possibility that Andre Drummond, rated as the top player in next year’s class, might be entering college a year early like Andre Dawkins did last year at Duke. His high school coach, however, says that no decision has been made at this point and he would talk it over with Drummond’s mother.
  • Josiah Turner, one of the top guards in this year’s class, has announced his recruiting visit list, but we would be remiss if we didn’t note his mother’s defense of Isiah Thomas.
  • In case you haven’t noticed Tom Izzo appears to have taken LeBron’s tweet to heart after hearing the local Michigan media questioning his commitment to Michigan State as he has been tearing up the recruiting trail this summer.
  • Tom Crean is starting to land the in-state recruits, something his predecessors struggled to do. Ron Patterson, a guard in the class of 2012, has committed to Indiana where he will join Peter Jurkin, a 7-footer who could provide the Hoosiers with a much-needed presence on the inside.
  • Oliver Purnell might have missed out on Anthony Davis, but it looks like is hot on the trail of Kyle Anderson, Jr., a highly rated small forward in the class of 2012, who apparently liked his visit at DePaul.
  • Xavier landed a big man in 6’9″ rising senior Jalen Reynolds out of Michigan who should give the Musketeers a presence inside over the next few years.
  • Kyle Wiltjer, one of the top power forwards in this year’s class, has narrowed down his list to 7 schools.
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