Wednesday, October 28, 2009
12 @ 12: Where are they going?
It is almost November and in recruiting, November means two things: the high school basketball season starts and players sign their National Letters of Intents. There are still a number of top players that have yet to make their college decisions. Where will they go? We take a shot at where we think the top 12 uncommitted players in the class of 2010 may be going.
1. Harrison Barnes - Duke. I’m sticking to my guns with this one. I’m also sticking to my belief that Oklahoma, not North Carolina, is second.
2. Brandon Knight - Connecticut. The reason? Playing time. He could play every minute he wants when he’s in Storrs.
3. Adrien Payne - Florida A&M. Why not? The big man from Ohio seems to always have a new list. But in all seriousness, West Virginia is our pick.
4. Tobias Harris - The Big East. From there, it is hard to call. The gut says Syracuse. Connecticut is the other likely finalist.
5. Jelan Kendrick - Since he maintains his decision will come in the spring, we still believe that his list of school will change a number of times. Memphis and Georgia Tech are strong right now.
6. Doron Lamb (pictured) - The Big 12. From there, it is hard to call (part two). The gut says Oklahoma. Kansas is the other likely finalist.
7. Josh Selby - Kentucky. He makes perfect sense for John Calipari. He’s Chris Douglas-Roberts, part two.
8. Terrence Jones - Washington. And he’ll be a Pac-10 All-Conference player as long as he’s there.
9. Justin Coleman - Prep school or junior college. Or tricky recruiting.
10. Tarik Black - Memphis. His buddy, Joe Jackson, is already locked up for Josh Pastner. Black could follow suit.
11. Josh Smith - UCLA. And not a soul will be surprised.
12. Ray McCallum - Detroit. Chance to play for dad? Chance to help his team make it to the NCAA tournament? Chance to be a mid-major star? Hard to pass on all of that.