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2015 shooting guard Camron Justice verbally commits to Vanderbilt

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With a solid four-player 2014 recruiting class months away from arriving on campus, Vanderbilt has landed its first verbal commitment in the 2015 class. Sunday evening 2015 shooting guard Camron Justice announced his decision to verbally commit to Kevin Stallings’ program via his Twitter account.

Justice, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Hindman, Kentucky, led Knott County Central HS to a 25-7 record and a spot in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16. Justice averaged 24.8 points per game this season, with the Lexington Herald-Leader making him a first team All-State selection.

Justice’s shooting percentages according to the Courier-Journal: 54% from the field, 41% from three and 88% from the foul line. Justice is the school’s all-time leading scorer, as he’s scored 2,785 points with one season left to play.

Justice was originally a Tennessee commit before de-committing in early February, and in a story written by Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal one of the schools receiving consideration at the time was Vanderbilt.

Raymond Justice said he knows his son is highly interested in Vanderbilt, which plays a style conducive to Justice’s strengths, and he also mentioned Butler as a team of interest. Butler has not made an offer but was close to doing so before Justice committed to UT.

“He really likes Vandy. He really liked Butler. We’ll just have to wait and see,” his dad said. “He might go right back to Tennessee.”

Vanderbilt’s made some solid additions to its program in recent weeks, with Cornell transfer Nolan Cressler being a quality option at the shooting guard position when 2015 rolls around. Vanderbilt will have just one senior at the position next season in Dai-Jon Parker, with signees Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davis also on board.

Add in Cressler and Justice, along with signee Riley LaChance, and perimeter depth is unlikely to be an issue for Vanderbilt in 2015.

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.