Friday, September 18, 2009
Fastbreak Friday: Sept. 18
Scout.com takes a look at the weekend's visitor's in their On Campus report. And truth be told, it is a rather slow week for visitors. But some elite level schools have some elite level players in town.
ACC visitor of the weekend: Super junior Austin Rivers says he is committed to Florida. In fact, he is adamant. But the son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is visiting Duke this weekend unofficially. Form your own opinion on whether or not he is firmly committed to the Gators. The buzz regarding his thoughts about looking at other schools started in the summer and Duke was the first, and sometimes only, school to be mentioned. Surprisingly, this chain of events isn’t a big topic of discussion in the hoops arena. Nevertheless, Rivers will be in Durham this weekend to simply “take a look.”
Big East visitor of the weekend: None of note this week. Bummer.
Big Ten visitor of the weekend: None of note this week. Bummer, part two.
Big 12 visitor of the weekend: It is a HUGE weekend in Norman, Oklahoma as a number of top players are making their way to Sooner country. Texans Cameron Clark, a big time 2010 wing, and LeBryan Nash, a big time 2011 wing, lead the charge. The two are probably the most likely to commit to OU. Also joining the fun are a pair of coach’s sons – Ray McCallum and Trey Zeigler. The Michiganders played together with Team Detroit and McCallum even lived in Norman when his dad, Ray, Sr., was an assistant coach for Kelvin Sampson.
Pac-10 visitor of the weekend: Reprint: 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. (We wrote this last week but Powell didn’t visit on the 11th. He will this weekend.)
Also of note: Arizona is hosting Anthony Brown and Rod Odom for official visits. Brown has long considered the Wildcats even throughout the coaching roller coaster. He is one of the most versatile players in the West.
SEC visitor of the weekend: Brandon Knight is visiting Kentucky. That is a big deal. The muscular guard is the first elite level player from the 2010 class to visit UK in the new John Calipari era. The Wildcats clearly have him high on the must-get list and the staff has been working hard to get the top guard in the country in town. Keep an eye on this trip.
While Knight is the guy that the fans all want to see in Lexington, it is Stacey Poole, an aggressive guard and son of a former Florida Gator, could be the high school player to commit this weekend. Poole told Rivals.com that he is leaning UK’s way. Wouldn’t be a shocker if he pops before the sun rises on Monday.
Other visitors that are visiting potential favorites: Trevor Releford (Alabama), Casey Prather (Florida) and Demontre Harris (South Carolina).
Mid-major visitor of the weekend: A lot of choices here but the one that stands out the most is Tyreek Duren visiting LaSalle. Team Final was one of the best AAU teams on the circuit this year because of Duren’s play at the point. The 5-11 Philly native is the latest future A-10 star in the backcourt. He could be a star in his hometown, too.