As college basketball's early signing period approaches (Nov. 10-17), Westchester Academy (High Point, N.C.)
teammates Quincy Miller
and Deuce Bello
figure to be among the biggest newsmakers.
Adam Zagoria reported that the pair was close to picking Baylor, but Westchester athletic director Pat Kahny tried to slow that train in an interview with the News-Record of Greensboro, N.C., on Tuesday.
"Somebody talked to me earlier in the week and I told them that there might be something by the end of this week, but I never said that anything was definitely going to happen," Kahny told the News-Record.
Miller, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward with some perimeter skill, is No. 4 in MaxPreps.com's 2011 Top 100. Louisville has been the other primary player in his recruitment.
Bello, an uber-athletic 6-4, 175-pound guard rated No. 45 in the 2011 class, is expected to be a package deal with Miller. The two also paired up for the AAU club D-One Sports.
- West Virginia landed a pair of verbal commitments in the last two days. Illinois guard Ryan Boatright, No. 38 in MaxPreps.com's 2011 Top 100, and 6-10 Brunswick (Ohio) post Pat Forsythe joined the Mountaineer recruiting class. Bob Huggins previously garnered pledges from Top 100 talents Aaron Brown of Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.) and Tommie McCune of Saginaw (Mich.).
- Ohio State added to a recruiting class rated No. 4 in America two weeks ago by picking up 6-9, 230-pound post Trey McDonald from Battle Creek Central (Mich.). During an injury-plagued junior season, McDonald averaged 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
- MaxPreps.com's Washington correspondent Nathan Joyce cued us in on a couple of commitments from the Evergreen State. Mt. Tahoma (Tacoma) basketball player Xavier Bazile, a 6-3 guard who averaged 19.6 points and eight rebounds per game last season, has committed to Idaho. Auburn's 6-4 guard Kevin Henderson will play basketball at Montana.