As we continue to track the recruiting movements by the senior class’ uncommitted All-Americans, decisions are expected from them in the weeks to come with their seasons having ended and the college hoops season also coming to a close.
Attention will begin to shift to the junior class and one of 2011's best happens to be at the top of the recruiting headlines.
Austin Rivers, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Florida 6A state champion Winter Park, made an early commitment to Florida but has maintained interest in Duke, as well. The Orlando Sentinel featured Rivers this week and he spoke about now also considering schools beyond the two.
"I've been following Duke really closely in the (NCAA) tournament and I love the way they set screens and give so much freedom to (Kyle) Singler and (Jon) Scheyer," he told the paper. "I've always loved the way Florida plays. I've been watching Kentucky and the way (coach John) Calipari let his guys go, which is great. Texas really lets their guards play."
"I'm not going to be as busy with basketball as I've been in the past. I'm going to take the time to make my body bigger and stronger and to make this decision. By the time school starts back (in August), I think I'll know where I want to go."
Going even further, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams visited Winter Park’s practice on Thursday. Winter Park will play in the National High School Invitational from April 1-3 in Baltimore, Md.
Rivers averaged 23.9 points this year and was also named MVP of top national tournament the City of Palms.
A native of Turkey, 6-foot-9 power forward Enes Kanter committed to Kentucky this week.
He visited the school earlier this month for its Senior Day game that had been much-highlighted by the top underclassmen on campus in Michael Gilchrist (6-7 WF/Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick) and Quincy Miller (6-9 CF/Chicago, Ill./Raleigh, N.C./Quality Education Academy).
Kanter came to the United States this year after coming off an MVP performance in the European U18 Championships. He scored 32 points and had 25 rebounds in the tournament final. This season he played at Stoneridge Prep (Simi Valley, Calif.) after having bounced around in the fall with brief stops at Maine Central Institute (Pittsfield, Me.), Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) and Mountain State Academy (Beckley, W.V.).
He scored a season high 43 points with 18 rebounds in Stoneridge’s matchup with Westwind Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.). Once settling at Stoneridge, he committed to Washington but would open back up by season's end.
On April 10, Kanter will play in the Nike Hoop Summit for the International team alongside other foreigners playing in the states like Canadians Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) and Croatian native Duje Dukan of Deerfield (Deerfield, Ill.).
Two years ago in New York, Kanter played in the International Game of the Jordan Brand Classic. Moses Abraham, a 6-9 shot-blocking specialist, chose Georgetown over Indiana. A native of Nigeria who attended Progressive Christian (Temple Hills, Md.) this year, Abraham took visits to both his finalists along with Maryland and Tennessee.
Abraham joins Nate Lubick (6-8 PF/Southborough, Mass./St. Mark’s), Markel Starks (6-2 PG/North Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep), and recent commit Aaron Bowen (6-5 SG/Jacksonville, Fla./Raleigh, N.C./Quality Education Academy) in the Hoyas’ 2010 class.
Tyler Olander, a 6-9 forward, will stay home and play for nearby Connecticut. Olander transferred to Worcester Academy (Worcester, Mass.) for his senior season but returned home to E.O. Smith (Storrs, Conn.) midway through the year, where they reached the second round of the Class L playoffs.
Olander joins Michael Bradley (6-10 C/Chattanooga, Tenn./Tyner Academy), Jeremy Lamb (6-4 SG/Atlanta, Ga./Norcross) and Roscoe Smith (6-8 WF/Baltimore, Md./Mouth of Wilson, Va./Oak Hill Academy) in the Huskies’ 2010 class. He had planned to visit Florida, Virginia and Wake Forest.
There have been several mid-major commitments this month and with the schools making noise deep into the NCAA Tournament, it’s important to note a pair of significant commitments made at the level this past week.
Juvonte Reddic will sign in the spring period with Virginia Commonwealth. The 6-9 forward helped lead Quality Education Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) to the National Christian School Athletic Association postseason tournament championship alongside Aaron Bowen (Georgetown), Stargell Love (Baylor) and top junior Quincy Miller. He had interest from Maryland, Oklahoma and Ole Miss.
Walter Lemon will head to Bradley. The 6-2 lefty guard from Julian (Chicago) helped lead his team to the Class 4A Marist regional championship game. He attended the Reebok All-American Camp this past summer and ultimately chose Bradley over Loyola-Chicago and Southern Illinois.
From the Class of 2011, one chose to stay home with his college decision while another backed off a previous commitment.
Ladarius White gave a verbal commitment to in-state Ole Miss. A 6-5 guard from McComb (Jackson, Miss.), White attended the Rebels’ NIT game against Memphis and pledged following the game. He helped lead McComb to a 5A South state title this season and chose Ole Miss over interest from Baylor, Kansas, Louisiana State, Memphis and Mississippi State.
Matt Carlino will look around after giving an early commitment to Indiana. The 6-3 shooter moved from Arizona to Indiana and attended Bloomington South this year. He helped the team continue its winning streak that reached 49 games before being snapped in the regional final.