As expected on Saturday, Alterique Gilbert, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove, committed to UConn. Gilbert, ranked the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com, also considered Syracuse, Illinois, Texas and Louisville, but only visited UConn. “I love the relationship me and coach [Kevin] Ollie have, and my mom as well,” Gilbert told ESPN.com. “My reasoning for the commitment is me being comfortable with the whole situation. I just decided to take the best thing for me and my family. We just came to a conclusion together that it would be the best fit for me.”
Shenendehowa’s Kevin Huerter played with LeBron James and Anthony Davis last month near Los Angeles. The game was in a converted airplane hangar, which seems appropriate given the way Huerter’s basketball career is taking off. He is deluged with scholarship offers from Villanova, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami, Iowa, Indiana, Creighton, Davidson, Penn State, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Stanford, among others. Locally, Siena and the University at Albany have both made offers.
Camden (N.J.) High linebacker Dymelle Parker told Scout eight days ago he was going to make more trips before deciding on a school, but a few days later he elected to end his recruitment and he committed to Syracuse. It was the expected destination, and Scout caught up with Parker, who explained why he decided to move on the Orange and end his recruitment.
Mohammed Bamba does play his high school basketball at the Westtown School (Pa.), and he’s certainly worth noting here. The rising junior–who stands a lanky 6-11 but can pass, handle and shoot better than most guards–is a fantastic talent and a great student to boot, and his recruitment is reaching the highest possible levels. While Kansas, UConn, Syracuse, Arizona, Texas, Villanova, Maryland and many others have already offered, Bamba has said there’s one school in particular he’s hoping to land a scholarship from: Duke. Don’t be surprised if it happens this month.
Harry Giles III notched his fifth-consecutive double-double (13 points and 16 rebounds) and Villanova-bound point guard Jalen Brunson posted 14 points, seven assists, five rebounds and no turnovers to lead Team USA past Croatia, 79-71, in overtime of the FIBA U19 World Championship Sunday in Greece. It was Team USA’s second-consecutive FIBA U19 gold medal.
Crean may have his eyes on a recruit, Kassoum Yakwe, who could potentially be this year’s version of Holt – another young player who could choose to enroll in school in the next two months and develop over several years in a college program. The 6-foot-7 forward, who attends Our Savior New American (N.Y.) and plays for the PSA Cardinals AAU program, could begin his college career this year or attend prep school for a season – similarly to Holt’s original plans.
Brad Hawkins Jr., a four-star wide receiver from Camden, N.J., verbally committed to Michigan today, becoming the 21st member of the Wolverines’ 2016 recruiting class. Hawkins is listed at 6-feet-2 and 195 pounds. He’s ranked by rivals.com as the No. 7 prospect in New Jersey and No. 206 in the country, as well as the No. 42 receiver.