The most valuable recruit in class of 2013 may surprise


There is nothing about the 2013 class that is set in stone as the summer evaluation periods progresses, but one thing appears to be clear, that the most important recruit isn’t Sports Illustrated cover boy Jabari Parker or ironman power forward Julius Randle.

That would be either Andrew or Aaron Harrison. It’s like this:

The 6-4 twin brothers from Travis (Texas) are considered by many to be top-5 recruits, but there isn’t a reputable source that considers either No. 1 overall. But the twins are a package deal. If a college gets one twin, they get the other. Land one top-5 player and automatically snag another? That’s an incredible value.

Both pack over 210 pounds on to their muscular frames, and while scouts generally consider Andrew the point guard and Aaron the shooting guard, the reality is that both players are combo guards who feed off each other. Aaron is the more prolific outside shooter and Andrew a dime dropper when not crashing to the rim, but both work in concert with each other, as one would expect twins to do.

Their skill level, advanced physique and bullish style of play have turned heads playing for their father on the Houston Defenders this summer, to the detriment of their opponents.

Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor or Villanova are the schools chasing the twins. When they decide, that school will have at least one full season with what conservatively a top-10 backcourt in college basketball and what seems likely to be at least a top-5 recruiting class, regardless of where they end up.

Yes, others in the class may have the highest long term NBA potential (the aforementioned Randle has a strong argument), but with both twins headed to the same college, a Harrison has to be the most important recruit to be landed in the 2013 class.

(Photo from The Hoop Doctors)

Kellon Hassenstab runs Hoopniks.com. Follow him on Twitter @hoopniks.

George Washington lands 5-foot-3 point guard

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George Washington landed a commitment from Darnell Rogers, a 5-foot-3 point guard, from Georgia on Tuesday night.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported the commitment.

Rogers is the son of Shawnta Rogers, the 5-foot-4 point guard who played for the Colonials from 1995-99, earning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors as a senior.

“My dad is an alum, and I have a family relationship with the coaching staff,” Darnell Rogers told ESPN. “Their starting point guard is leaving when I come in. It’s a great situation for me and I also love D.C.”

In July, during the Nike Peach Jam, you may have seen clips or photos of the diminutive floor general playing for CP3, alongside arguably the nation’s top recruit, Harry Giles. In 22 appearances with CP3 in the Nike EYBL, Rogers averaged 10.0 points, 3.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game.

By the time Rogers reaches campus, Joe McDonald and Alex Mitola will have both exhausted their eligibility, while Paul Jorgensen and Seton Hall transfer Jaren Sina will both be juniors.

He joins power forward Collin Smith in GW’s Class of 2016. The two commits are separated by 18 inches.

Louisville campus police reviewing escort allegations

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Louisville campus police now say they are reviewing allegations that a former men’s basketball staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory.

Katina Powell has alleged in a book released online over the weekend that former Cardinals director of basketball operation Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for dancers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players’ Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The school reported those allegations to the NCAA and has launched an investigation.

“The University of Louisville Police Department, in consultation with the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, is reviewing allegations regarding the men’s basketball program,” University police chief Wayne Hall said Tuesday in a statement.

It was the first confirmation that police are looking into the allegations. When contacted last week, a campus police operator said they weren’t aware of the book allegations, and it was unclear at that time if an investigation had been launched.

Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has said that McGee denied Powell’s allegations.

McGee left in 2014 and is currently an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City, which has put him on paid leave.

Pitino said Saturday that he hasn’t read Powell’s book titled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen” and doesn’t plan to. The 104-page book was published by an affiliate of the Indianapolis Business Journal and is scheduled for hardcover release Oct. 12.

The woman said that she and three of her daughters, along with other women, danced and stripped for Louisville recruits and players and performed sex acts with them, according to the book. Powell, 43, also said McGee offered recruits alcohol at those parties.

Upon hearing of the allegations, Pitino said he did some investigating on his own before being told by the school’s compliance department not to talk to players. But the coach said he talked to other assistants about the allegations and all of them denied knowing of the activities outlined in Powell’s book.

“I’m going through 15 people who worked here, and not one person even had a premonition of something wrong,” Pitino said. “Not one person living in the dorm had even the slightest premonition. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Louisville has hired Chuck Smrt of the Compliance Group, which assists schools in NCAA cases, to review the allegations.

McGee left Louisville in 2014 to become an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City under Kareem Richardson, who was a Cardinals assistant from 2012-13. He was placed on paid administrative on Friday and has been unavailable for comment. McGee’s Louisville attorney, Scott Cox, didn’t comment because the investigation is ongoing.