Friday, September 11, 2009

Fastbreak Friday: Sept. 11 has released it's On Campus list for this weekend's visitors. And the list of important visitors is long. Here is a look at the top visitors by conference’s in our weekly Fastbreak Friday column.

ACC visitor of the weekend: It is hard to pick just one visitor for the ACC this weekend. San Diego big man James Johnson is visiting Virginia and New England native Carson Desrosiers is visiting Wake Forest. Both could be commitments come Monday.

Johnson is making a return visit to Charlottesville and that is important because he gushed about his time spent in the lovely Virginia town this summer for the NBPA top 100 camp. He and his family also have a connection with UVa head coach Tony Bennett from a spiritual perspective.

Wake Forest has recruited and developed big men like Desrosiers in the past and you better believe that has been expressed during the recruiting process. Desrosiers is a highly coveted big man in a weak big men talent pool. Look for Wake to put the pressure on him.

Big East visitor of the weekend: Connecticut is one of the few programs in the country that can recruit from coast-to-coast with little trouble. More times than not, it is because they have to. Connecticut has not been a hot bed for big-time national prospects.

But it is in 2012. The state is home to center Andre Drummond, who is considered by ESPN, Rivals and Scout as the No. 1 player in the 2012 class. The 6-foot-10 big man from Hartford will be in Storrs this weekend for an unofficial visit. His recruitment will certainly go national but the Huskies have to be considered the team to beat for the future star.

Big Ten visitor of the weekend: Clearly, all eyes in college athletics will be on Columbus, Ohio this weekend as the Buckeyes play host to Southern Cal. And standing on the sidelines for the game will be an army of basketball prospects.

The 2010 recruiting haul will all be there. So will a host of other important prospects. Perhaps the most important non-committed players on campus are juniors Bradley Beal and Quinn Cook.

Beal is one of elite shooting guards in the nation. His recruitment looked like a two-horse race between Kansas and Florida for the longest time so his trip to Columbus is substantial and important.

Cook, a dynamic point guard, is one of the top floor generals in the 2011 class and the Buckeyes are looking for another major impact player at the point like Mike Conley. Cook could be that guy.

Big 12 visitor of the weekend: Oklahoma is playing host to Kansas City point guard Trevor Releford and that’s important because it looks like the Sooners will fight for his services with Alabama. The chess match begins this weekend for the jet quick floor general.

Pac-10 visitor of the weekend: The National Hoops Report is a huge fan of Dwight Powell. The Canadian is a very skilled post player that can burn you on the blocks with his back to the basket game. He can face up at the elbows and knock down the jumper. He’s good on the glass. He’s clearly great in the classroom. And he’s the number one target for Johnny Dawkins and the Stanford coaches. Powell is probably leaning to the Pac-10 program at the moment with Georgia Tech close behind. But don’t be surprised if he commits after a visit.

SEC visitor of the weekend: Keep an eye on this one. Tennessee is hosting Georgia guard Trae Golden for a visit. Golden’s buddy Jordan McRae is already a Vol commit. UT put the push hard on Golden this summer and Bruce Pearl’s club might be in the driver’s seat with the Georgia native. Georgia and South Florida are in the mix, too, but Tennessee could end the weekend (or shortly thereafter) with a pledge from Golden.

Mid-major visitor of the weekend: It seems like every week the mid-majors are recruiting impact guys and getting them on campus earlier and earlier. Here are five that you should watch closely:

Khyle Marshall visiting Butler – The Floridian was hurt at the latter part of July and kept a lot of high-majors away because he was out of sight, out of mind. And Butler knows how to take advantage of that.

Josh Huestis visiting Harvard – Tommy Amaker is recruiting players that have never looked at Ivy League schools in the past. Huestis, if he decides Harvard is the place for him, could be the best commit to date.

Brandon Young visiting UMass – The D.C. area guard is a major sleeper and UMass is taking advantage to it’s deep roots in the nation’s capitol.

Alex Kirk visiting New Mexico – No brainer recruit for Steve Alford to land. The big-bodied center is a native of the state and would be a coup if Kirk decided to stay home.

Chane Behanan visiting Western Kentucky – The former Cincinnati recruit is the latest high-major player to give a peek to the Hilltoppers. Ken McDonald is the best recruiting head coach WKU has had for some time.

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