2014 continues to lose depth
Dakari Johnson is the latest 2014 recruit to reclassify to 2013.
News broke Monday evening that the five-star center would move forward to the 2013 class, becoming the third top 10 recruit in the 2014 class to do so. Andrew Wiggins and Noah Vonleh both recently made the move.
So the next question is where does Johnson fall in the 2013 top 100?
The 6-foot-10 big man out of Montverde (Fla.) Academy will check in at No. 15 overall and as the No. 1 center prospect in the 2013 class.
Johnson, who had to sit out the high school season last year, led the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in rebounding by reeling in 182 boards in 18 games for an average of 10.7 per game.
Johnson won a Gold medal at the Fiba U17 World Championships. He participated in four games in the event and averaged five points and 4.3 rebounds a game.
Memphis moves up again
It’s not often a prospect makes a college decision that genuinely shocks me.
But Austin Nichols, a four-star recruit out of Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest, managed to do so on Monday when he picked Josh Pastner’s Memphis Tigers over Tennessee, Duke, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Auburn.
The school of thought was that Nichols favored Tennessee because his twin sister is a student there. In the end, Nichols wanted to stay closer to home, according to his father -- Mark Nichols.
With the Nichols commitment, Memphis moves up to No. 2 in the 2013 recruiting class rankings, trailing Kentucky, who has commitments from three top 10 recruits.
Memphis now holds commitments from three top 50 recruits -- Nick King (No. 21), Kuran Iverson (No. 35) and Nichols (No. 50). Pastner and company also hold pledges from Rashawn Powell (No. 87) and three-star guard Markel Crawford.
Current 2013 Top 10
8. Notre Dame
Jones tweets new list
Tyus Jones has a new list of schools.
The No. 1 recruit in the 2014 class tweeted over the weekend that he has narrowed his list of schools down to Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and North Carolina.
Two weeks ago Jones took unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.
Jones, a standout at Apple Valley (Minn.) Senior, jumped to No. 1 in the 2014 player rankings when Wiggins moved to the 2013 class.
A high IQ guy, Jones is a tremendous point guard prospect. His poise and ability to create opportunities for teammates is unmatched at the high school level. He’s also improved his jump shot a great deal.
At the Nike Peach Jam in July, Jones went for 25.8 points and 6.5 assists while shooting 63-percent from the field through five games.
McCullough is first big name to commit in ‘14
The 2014 class isn’t rushing things.
To date, only eight of Scout.com’s 2014 top 75 prospects have made verbal commitments. On Monday, the first top 10 recruit in the class opted to make a pledge.
Chris McCullough, Scout.com’s No. 8 prospect, committed to Syracuse over interest from a host of high major programs.
The other ranked prospects that have made early decisions are Leron Black (Baylor), Quentin Snider (Louisville), Cody Martin (N.C. State), Caleb Martin (N.C. State), B.J. Stith (Virginia), T.J. Haws (BYU) and Anton Beard (Missouri).
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