Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (10/18)
By Bruin Basketball Report
Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.
Adonis Thomas is no stranger to Memphis Madness. The Melrose High senior forward was at FedExForum in 2007 when Derrick Rose made his University of Memphis debut. He was there again a year later when Tyreke Evans wowed a crowd of 14,000 in his public introduction as a Tiger. "It's always great," Thomas said. "But I think maybe this is going to be the biggest one because of the Memphis guys that are on the team this year. It's going to be great to see these guys finally at the college level." While fans will finally get their first peek Friday at Memphis' heralded 2010 recruiting class -- one that has the Tigers ranked among the nation's top teams this preseason -- it's Thomas that coach Josh Pastner and his staff are hoping will come away impressed from the Madness festivities at FedExForum. Commercial Appeal 10/11
There's rumors circulating that Quinn Cook, one of the top point guards in the 2011 class, is close to making a decision between UCLA, Villanova, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas. It looks like it's down to Duke and NC, but the Bruins have an outside chance. Seattle Times 10/11
The buzz in recruiting circles right now is that the Blue Devils have emerged as the favorite to land Quinn Cook, a crafty and sharpshooting point guard who's ranked No. 20 by Scout.com. Cook is close friends with Duke senior Nolan Smith and seemed impressed two weeks ago after a visit from Duke coaches Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Wojciechowski and Nate James. Cook has already taken an official visit to UCLA and is scheduled to see Villanova later this month. Kansas is also trying to get him on its campus. But there's a growing vibe that his commitment to Duke could come any day now. Fay Observer 10/14
But do you really want to know why Josh Pastner has gone to all this trouble to make Memphis Madness the city's must-attend event of the year? You'll find the answer sitting somewhere down in front tonight in the form of Melrose senior Adonis Thomas, whose college decision -- perhaps as soon as next week -- will essentially determine whether the Tigers get the recruiting class they want. Commercial Appeal 10/15
The Red Storm are the favorite to sign scoring guard Nurideen Lindsay of Philadelphia and are in the running for California small forward Amir Garrett, center Norvel Pelle of Compton, Calif., and North Carolina small forward Dominique Pointer, who has narrowed his list to Michigan and West Virginia. New York Post 10/15