As signing period ends, possible sleepers ink

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While there is no doubt that most recruiting junkies have their eyes on the blue chip prospects that haven’t made their intentions known, many D1 colleges have been active in filling out their roster over the last week or so. An eclectic group of junior college players, international prospects and sleepers are inking across the landing, and could emerge next season. A sampling of such additions includes:

·  ·         Whatever time frame that fans gave Danny Hurley to get the ship righted at Rhode Island could be too much. He’s already scored important prospects via transfer and the recruiting trail in rebuilding the Rams program. In addition to productive Rutgers big man, Rhode Island added another player that was on Hurley’s team at St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) in junior college guard Xavier Munford. While junior college player rankings are not as readily available as high school ratings, Munford is considered at least a top-50 player in the two-year ranks.

·  ·         Vanderbilt snagged bouncy wing Sheldon Jeter away from his home state of Pennsylvania. He has the kind of athleticism and fluidity that made him sought-after by many high-major schools, and has the potential to develop over time. He’s a name that could come back to haunt the schools that missed on him.

·  ·         While there seems to be the case for an impeding implosion at UConn with mass roster exodus as coach Jim Calhoun ages, rim-devouring big man Phillip Nolan could be a huge late pick-up for the Huskies if he’s able to get initial eligibility. There aren’t a lot of interior options for the Huskies on a depleted roster, and a fast and athletic interior player like Nolan is likely to be used early and often next year.

·  ·         Assistant coach Chris Harriman is noted as an international recruiter, and Nebraska’s addition of Sergej Vucetic is one that Husker fans should file in the back of their minds. While not the prospect that Gonzaga’s recent addition Przemek Karnowski is, Vucetic could be a nice one down the line at Nebraska.

·  ·         In the case of point guard Michael Orris heading to Kansas State, what was expected to be an eventuality came true. Orris inked to play for Bruce Weber at Illinois, but will instead head with Weber to Kansas State. With good size and skill, Orris was definitely worth keeping in the fold for Weber.

·  ·         The focus for many schools is adding a player to complete 2012 recruiting efforts, but Missouri and Missouri State both added players for 2013 last week. The former is 6-7 forward Zach Coleman, who is somewhat of an unknown player, though he runs with a noted grassroots team in the Dallas Mustangs. Missouri State was able to secure a commitment from in-state shooting guard Austin Ruder, an absolutely superb outside shooter who has been filling up nets for the Kansas City-based Spiece Mokan team.

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VIDEO: UConn’s Kwintin Williams would win the NBA dunk contest

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Think that’s too strong?

Look at this dunk:

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He also did this over the summer:

Williams is a 6-foot-7, 215 pound JuCo transfer that should provide UConn with some minutes in the frontcourt this season.

LSU officially announces addition of Kavell Bigby-Williams

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LSU has announced the addition of Oregon transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams, a 6-foot-11 junior that was the National Junior College Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Bigby-Williams, who is a native of London, averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 boards last season as the Ducks reached the Final Four, but he played the majority of the season while under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred while he was at Gillette College in Wyoming.

The local County Attorney declined to charge Bigby-Williams with a crime, and Gillette College police consider the case closed.

“The university conducted a responsible and comprehensive review before approving the transfer,” a release posted on LSU’s Athletics site read, “including close coordination with Title IX officials, multiple discussions with Gillette and Oregon officials and a thorough examination of available public records.”

LSU head coach Will Wade was quoted in that release as well: “This is an issue we all take seriously and we made absolutely sure we did our due diligence before considering moving forward. Kavell understands that and has made clear to me that he’s going to repay our confidence by representing LSU with his very best on and off the court.”

Report: Four-star Mamaou Doucoure has reclassified, enrolled at Rutgers

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Rutgers has made a potentially significant addition to their 2017 recruiting class, as four-star big man Mamadou Doucoure appears to have reclassified.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Doucoure has already enrolled in classes at Rutgers, citing a search of the university’s online database. The 6-foot-9 Doucoure was initially a member of the Class of 2017 before reclassifying to 2018, although there have been rumors that he has been trying to enroll this year.

It’s not yet clear if Doucoure will be eligible to play this season — he has not even been added to Rutgers’ roster online — but if he’s eligible, he should be able to provide rotation minutes for the Scarlet Knights.

Even if he’s not cleared to play this season, his addition matters. He’ll be able to workout with and develop in a Big Ten locker room before getting cleared to play alongside a massive 2018 recruiting class that already includes four-stars Mac McClung and Montez Mathis along with three-star prospect Ron Harper Jr.

Options drying up for top ten prospect Mitchell Robinson

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It’s looking less and less likely that we’ll see Mitchell Robinson on a college campus this season.

Robinson, if you’ve forgotten, committed to and signed with Western Kentucky, enrolling at the school and practicing with the team over the summer. But he left Bowling Green after two weeks and has received a release to transfer out of the program.

And that’s where the difficultly here lies.

He’s a transfer, which means that, as a top ten prospect and a likely one-and-done player, he will be redshirting the only year that he is on campus unless the NCAA would provide him with a waiver, which is unlikely. After Robinson left WKU, three schools have emerged as potential landing spots: LSU, Kansas and New Orleans. LSU ended their recruitment two weeks ago. Over the weekend, Kansas head coach essentially confirmed that Robinson will not be a Jayhawks.

“I would think that we probably won’t sign anybody,” Self told the Kansas City Star.

That leaves New Orleans, his hometown school, or overseas, which is a rumor that has followed Robinson since the spring. The other option? Sitting out and training for a year, which FanRag Sports reported on Sunday is a possibility.

However you slice it, Robinson’s one-and-done year has turned into a mess. He’s still likely to end up as a first round pick — seven-footers that can do the things he does defensively don’t grow on trees — but I can’t imagine that teams are going to be clamoring to use a lottery pick on a player that just spent a year sitting out.

VIDEO: Texas freshman Jericho Sims catches nasty alley-oop

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Texas is in Australia for their team’s summer trip, and Jericho Sims gave Longhorn fans a glimpse of why they may not miss Jarrett Allen’s athleticism all that much this season.