Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (9/13)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Quinn Cook, the All-Met Boys' Basketball Player of the Year this past season as a junior point guard at DeMatha High, partially tore ligaments in his right knee during an all-star game in Southern California this past weekend and will be unable to play for at least three months. Cook, who has enrolled at Oak Hill Academy in southwestern Virginia for his senior year of high school, said early Wednesday that he will have surgery on Friday. He was injured when he landed awkwardly in the closing seconds of the Elite 24 game in Venice Beach on Sunday. "I'm frustrated but I have to keep a positive attitude because God won't put you through something he doesn't think you will not overcome," Cook said. "I've been through worse." He said the recovery period is expected to take three to four months. Cook has yet to make his college decision, but it is believed he is strongly considering playing for Duke. Arizona, UCLA and Rutgers are among the other schools Cook is considering. Washington Post 9/1

Quinn Cook, one of the nation's top point guard recruits, got much better news than anticipated after surgery on his right knee Friday. Cook only partially tore the meniscus cartilage in his knee, rather than the ACL as originally feared, and will miss five weeks at the most, a source told FanHouse Friday. Cook was injured in the final minutes of last Sunday's Boost Mobile Elite 24 all-star game at Venice Beach in California. Results of an MRI done Monday, according to reports, indicated torn knee ligaments. Steve Smith, the head coach at Virginia's Oak Hill Academy, tweeted this Friday afternoon: "Good news (from) Quinn Cook. No ACL tear should be back in 4-5 weeks! AOL Fanhouse 9/3

Milton High's Julian Royal, who is ranked as one of the nation's top 100 basketball players, took his recruiting trip to Georgia this past weekend and has an in-home visit with Bulldogs coach Mark Fox on Friday. The 6-foot-9 power forward will welcome Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt into his home on Thursday and travel to the Yellow Jackets' campus on Oct. 1. "It was a great visit to Georgia, as Coach Fox and his staff were very cordial," said his father, Charles Royal. "We went to the football game, and anytime the Bulldogs kill somebody like that, it's a great day in the Bulldog Country." Royal is determined to make all three of his official visits, which will end with Wake Forest on Oct. 8. The family looks forward to face-to-face meetings with Hewitt and Fox later this week. AJC 9/6

Five names from the Class of 2011 appear certain to be visited by Arizona coaches after the contact period starts tomorrow: Nick Johnson and Sidiki Johnson (both of whom have already verbally committed), and Josiah Turner, Quinn Cook and Angelo Chol. Turner, a point guard from Sacramento, is scheduled to have an in-home visit tomorrow with UA coach Sean Miller in what will be a crucial development in Turner’s recruiting process. Nick Johnson, Turner’s summer AAU teammate with the Drew Gooden Soldiers, will also be visited in Henderson, Nev., where he plays for Findlay Prep. Cook and Sidiki Johnson, teammates with Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, should receive a visit from UA coaches, including assistant Book Richardson, by Friday. Tucson Citizen 9/8

How hard is the University of Memphis after Melrose High star forward Adonis Thomas? So hard that Tigers coach Josh Pastner got Thomas' mother, Sandra Anderson, and his father, Eric Thomas, to agree to a 12 a.m. in-home visit from Pastner and assistants Jack Murphy and Willis Wilson on Thursday at Anderson's house. The significance of 12 a.m.? Thursday was the first day of the contact period for NCAA college coaches, and Pastner wanted to be the first one through Thomas' door this morning. "He wanted to be the first one, you know, because Adonis is first priority," Eric Thomas said. ... Eric said Florida will make an in-home visit with Thomas on Monday. Arkansas will visit Tuesday and UCLA on Wednesday. "This won't be midnight stuff," he said. Thomas' other finalist is Tennessee, where he will make his first official visit on Friday. The 6-6, 205-pound standout ranked the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2011 by Sporting News will also make an official visit this month to Arkansas (on Sept. 24). Thomas will also visit UCLA (on Oct. 2), Florida (on Oct. 9) and Memphis (on Oct. 15). Commercial Appeal 9/9

Bishop Gorman basketball star Shabazz Muhammad solidified his spot near the top of various recruiting rankings with a dominant showing at the adidas Nations Global Experience in Chicago in August. Muhammad, who will be a junior swingman this season, led USA 2012 with 18 points in an 82-68 loss to USA 2011 in the title game of the event. The 6-5 Muhammad is considering offers from, in no particular order, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, Texas, UCLA, UNLV and others. He has risen to No. 3 overall in's rankings for the class of 2012 and holds the No. 1 spot among shooting guards. Las Vegas Journal 9/9