Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Recruiting - Hoops

UPDATE: Chris Douglas-Roberts committed to Memphis tonight.
Some facts I have gleaned from around the 'net:

1. We may be hearing about a decision from D'Andre Bell soon. Stay tuned. He had a good visit last weekend at GT, and will possibly visit UCLA this weekend before making a decision.

2. Interesting quotes from CJ Miles's father - link here.

Recruiting update: C.J. Miles, a 6-5 guard from Dallas Skyline High who has a final list of KU, Georgia Tech and Texas, will visit Georgia Tech (Oct. 8-9) and Texas (Oct. 15-16), then make a decision on his college destination.

He visited KU the last weekend in August.

"We do plan to take visits to Georgia Tech and Texas, but C.J. might be ready to pop after his visit to Georgia Tech is finished," Miles' dad, Calvin, told Shay Wildeboor of rivals.com. "I really don't believe that he could make a decision today if he was forced to. C.J. really wants to spend time on another campus."

Miles' dad said KU and Texas were the "top two teams right now. Coach Self has done a great job recruiting my son. He was just out last week to watch C.J. practice in the gym, so I appreciate the way he and his staff have handled their recruitment of my son."
Fair to say we are trailing the recruiting of Miles at the moment. But getting him to campus will be a victory, then all bets are off. That's all we can ask - just get him to campus.

3. Austin Jackson never visited with Bell last weekend due to a scheduling mix-up. Looks like he has been re-scheduled for this weekend and will attend the GT/Miami football game. Per RamblinRed, a GT verbal would NOT count against our scholarship limit since he would also play minor league baseball in the "off-season".

4. Per RamblinRed, GT did NOT drop Kevin Rogers due to other big-men options opening up - it had more to do with going another direction and attitude issues seemed to have played a part. Probably not a coincidence that he was dropped right after articles popped up quoting him as talking about being a "one-and-done" guy and just wanting to play somewhere where "he can be the man". Sounds like we are better off without a guy like that.

By the way, Rogers has a new list which includes Baylor, SMU, Texas A&M and Illinois, with no leader.

5. Cyrus McGowan is still a mystery with GT / Miss.St / Arkansas vying for him. He is done with all his visits and will probably make a decision in the next two weeks. Another big man, Vernon Goodridge now has Miss.St in his top 3 again, which could help sway McGowan away from there if he pulls the trigger.

6. Charles Jackson is still being recruited by GT, although no offer is on the table. Whether he gets one will probably depend on McGowan / Bynum. He still loves GT for hoops, but is a raw talent. He is a top 100 football player, but his heart is on the court. One of his leaders, Ohio State, just got a big-man commit, so they could be eliminated. Don't forget that he and Lewis Clinch are bigtime buddies. They play on the same AAU team (along with K.Barber who is being recruited by KY and UGA).

7. Andrew Bynum will now be taking a 2 day visit 10/3-4 to GT. He will visit UGA 10/1-2. So it will be a busy 4 days for him.