Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Recruiting - Hoops

Ok, the recruiting picture is starting to come to light. Some is good and some is not so good, but we are down the home stretch on some big names on our board. Pay close attention the next two weeks.

1. Kevin Rogers and Arizona are officially "split". That leaves GT, SMU and Baylor, if you can believe it. SMU and Baylor are late players, but he is giving them strong consideration. Rogers visits Baylor this weekend. I would give us a 60% chance or greater in landing Rogers.

2. The CJ Miles sweepstakes just got tougher. Brandon Costner just committed to NC ST. That means Miles has a clearer path to the remaining Kansas scholly if he wants it. On the other hand, it makes the odds that he will visit GT Oct 9 greater, since he shouldn't hear the eminant sounds of ticking clocks on that last 'ship. I would give us about a 40% shot at landing Miles.

3. Austin Jackson is down to Illinois and GT and will likely make his decision next week. He had an in-home visit with Paul Hewitt Monday night. He visits GT this weekend along with De'Andre Bell. After the weekend visit he will probably announce. I give GT a 50% shot at Jackson.

4. Chris Douglas-Roberts told recruiting analyst Dave Telep that his final 5 are Miami, Memphis, Arizona, Ohio State and Oklahoma. I wouldn't count out GT yet, but things are looking dim with CDR. I would put our odds at 20%.

5. Cyrus McGowan will visit Arkansas this weekend. While things were looking great and he seemed to be down to GT and Miss.St, Arkansas seems to be a strong late player for him. Not only do they have a campus visit, they are the only team right now with an in-home visit scheduled. He will probably make his decision soon after the ARK visit.