Friday, September 25, 2009
Fastbreak Friday: Sept. 25
It is Friday and that means visits. Lots of them. Scout.com takes a look at the weekend's visitor's in their On Campus report. We just break ‘em down.
ACC visitor of the weekend: Kyrie Irving (pictured) is visiting Duke. And he’s excited. The top 15 prospect is making his much anticipated visit to Durham and there are no secrets that the Blue Devils are high on his list. While he’s never publicly said it, there is a common belief that Duke is the leader for his services. While it wouldn’t surprise many if he commits shortly after his trip, Irving probably won’t. That’s not how he has handled his recruitment to date. Don’t be surprised to read glowing comments from Irving regarding Duke after this season.
Big East visitor of the weekend: Michael Bradley is visiting Connecticut. That isn’t the most earth-shattering news this weekend. Having Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond, two guys that could be the best players in their respective classes, on campus is the big news. Huge news actually. Amazing news. Nevertheless, neither Knight nor Drummond will commit to UConn this weekend. (Although I do think UConn does land both. Yes, even Knight.) But Bradley, a sleeper big man from Tennessee could be wowed by the highest level school recruiting him and pop for the Huskies. And is there a better high-major program than UConn when it comes to finding untapped talent and developing big men? Food for thought.
Big Ten visitor of the weekend: Northwestern can’t land the big ones, right? That’s the belief in recruiting circles. That could be changing. Bill Carmody and his staff came to Atlanta and plucked a good one away in Jershon Cobb. This week the staff is hosting Florida guard Will Sheehey for an official visit. The 6-5 guard wants to play at the highest level but also go somewhere that offers a great education. While Sheehey won’t be an all-conference level player he could be a three-year starter for the program alongside Cobb.
Big 12 visitor of the weekend: Kansas State is continuing to think outside the box. Frank Martin and his staff are recruiting outside of normal Big 12 recruiting circles for players. Shane Southwell, a native New Yorker, is visiting the Little Apple this weekend. Southwell won’t win you over by scoring a lot of points. That isn’t who he is. The strong bodied 6-foot-6 wing is more of a point forward that is a terrific passer and an aggressive dribble drive wing. K-State is a serious contender for the 2010 prospect.
Pac-10 visitor of the weekend: Huntington Beach (Calif.) wing Anthony Brown is making the trip north to see Stanford. That’s a big deal. The 6-6 high-ceiling prospect is a major Pac-10 target and truth be told, he has the personality of those that play at Stanford. Wouldn’t surprise us at all if he is the latest Johnny Dawkins commitment.
SEC visitor of the weekend: Like recruiting drama? Follow Adrien Payne’s recruitment. The Ohio big man is visiting Kentucky this weekend. His recruitment changes at a daily clip and while West Virginia is probably still the behind the scenes leader, keep an eye on this one. Remember, drama. This one could be fun and by fun I mean confusing and ever-changing.
Mid-major visitor of the weekend: Two places to watch this weekend – BYU and Harvard.
Kyle Collinsworth will make the short trip across the street from his Provo High to BYU for an official visit. The 6-foot-6 wing is quite familiar with the program. His brother, Chris, played for the Cougars before leaving for a two-year Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints mission.
Since Tommy Amaker took over at Harvard, the Ivy League school has raised the bar for recruiting within that league. This weekend is the biggest recruiting weekend for Amaker and his staff since he got the job. Dwight Powell, a National Hoops Report top 15 player, will be in Boston. He won’t be the only top-notch player there. Rod Odom, a top 150 level player, will also be in town.