Friday, September 17, 2004

Recruiting - Hoops

Well, a few things have happened in the recruiting world. Head over to the recruiting board (in link list) to see all the details. Here is a summary:

- Adrian Thomas committed to Miami. Everyone thought he would be a GT guy so this is a bit of a surprise. His visit to GT was cancelled due to the Hurricane and he just saw it as a sign of things. He likes Coach Haith, likes the proximity to home and honestly seems to think he is needed more at Miami.

- Casaan Breeden has been dropped by GT. Not sure the reasons, but evidently the staff is going in another direction. Breeden was Ra'Sean Dickey's high school teammate for 3 years.

- CJ Miles had an in-home visit with KU's Bill Self this past week. His original visits with Self and Hewitt were cancelled due to family reasons and only Self got a re-schedule so far. There were many questions for Self about playing time and his role on this loaded KU team. On the surface it looks like the questions were answered but there was no commit that night. Miles is supposed to visit GT this weekend and was coming in Thursday but his flight was cancelled. He still may come in on Friday, but it is questionable. It seems that nothing is going quite right with the recruitment of Miles lately.

- Austin Jackson eliminated OK and is now down to GT and Illinois. Still wants to play college hoops and minor league baseball.

- Coach Hewitt has an in-home visit with Chris Douglas-Roberts Monday night. He still has about 6 schools in consideration with no clear leader.

- Interestingly, we are in the top 2 for about 4-5 recruits right now, including Cyrus McGowan (Miss.St), Austin Jackson (Ill), Kevin Rogers (AZ), CJ Miles (KU), Charles Jackson (AU). We are also in the top 3 for Octavious Spann and there are others NOT on the board that you may be hearing about depending on what some of these guys decide.

We are playing with the bigs right now, gonig head-to-head with the major schools, so we can expect to lose our share. However, this class is shaping up quite well. Stay tuned.