Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (8/30)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


DeAndre Daniels, a top 20 national prospect, had been mentioned as a possible 11th-hour addition to Kentucky’s basketball team this coming season. But his trainer said Monday afternoon that Daniels will attend prep school in the 2010-11 year and enter college in the fall of 2011. Daniels, a 6-foot-7 wing from Woodland Hills, Calif., committed to Texas in the summer of 2009. However, he changed his mind this year and re-opened the recruiting process. Kentucky was one of several schools wanting Daniels to enter college in the fall semester of 2010 and play this coming season. UK Sports 8/23

Highly recruited basketball star Remi Barry told the Auburn Journal Tuesday he has committed to New Mexico State University. The 6-7, 200 pound forward from France graduated from Del Oro High last spring and was rated the 28th best high school prospect in the country by ESPN while playing at American Heritage high school in Florida in 2008-09. He was unable to play for the Golden Eagles after the California Interscholastic Federation would not grant him eligibility. CIF maintained that Barry transferred to Del Oro from Florida for athletic reasons. Barry’s decision to play for New Mexico State comes as a bit of shock. He was being recruited heavily by basketball powers such as St. John's, UCLA, Washington, Cal, and Colorado to name a few. Barry contends New Mexico State was just a better fit for him. Auburn Journal 8/24

Winter Park basketball standout Austin Rivers has moved to No. 1 in the listing of the nation's top senior prospects and has begun to map out his plan for official campus visits. Rivers, speaking Wednesday before boarding an Orlando flight to Los Angeles for Saturday's Boost Mobile Elite 24 game, said he will take separate weekend trips to Duke and North Carolina in October. He wasn't certain of the dates or the order of those visits. "I think Florida will be my last visit, and Kansas will be my third one," Rivers said. "Those are still my four top schools." Orlando Sentinel 8/25

Top-10 basketball prospect Josiah Turner has reshuffled his list of official campus visits, giving Kansas University a shot to make the all-important final sales pitch. Turner, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, who originally was to visit Arizona on Oct. 22-23 — a week after attending KU’s Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog — will visit U of A on Sept. 17-18. Turner — he improved from No. 12 to 10 in the latest rankings — will visit Louisville on Sept 3-4, UConn Sept 10-11 and Oregon on Oct. 1-2. He still has UCLA and Oklahoma on his list. KU Sports 8/27

In what is probably a positive sign for the Arizona Wildcats, Sacramento guard Josiah Turner is planning to move up his official visit to the weekend of Sept. 17. Details are still being ironed out but Nick Johnson's mother, Michelle, confirmed via text message today that her son will be there with Turner that weekend. Johnson and Turner played together with the Drew Gooden/Oakland Soldiers. Turner was originally scheduled to visit in time for UA's Red-Blue game on Oct. 24, but that would have been a week after he is scheduled to take in Kansas' Late Night in the Phog. Now the Wildcats will get him on campus before he visits Kansas and before Quinn Cook may come to visit Arizona. Since UA probably couldn't take both guards, if they wanted to both play for Arizona, this could put Turner in a squeeze to commit quickly if he likes UA enough. Arizona Star 8/27

John Calipari’s next recruiting class just got a little bit stronger. The Kentucky coach locked up his fourth Top 20 prospect in the Class of 2011 Saturday when’s No. 19 recruit Kyle Wiltjer announced that he was committing to the Wildcats during halftime of the Elite 24 All-Star game at Venice Beach. “I felt I was ready, and it was a good basketball fit,” Wiltjer told after tallying 20 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals to help his East squad hold off the West team for a 127-126 victory. Fox Sports 8/29