Originally committed to be part of Texas A&M’s highly regarded 2015 recruiting class, combo guard Raquan Mitchell did not join Billy Kennedy’s program this fall. Mitchell would eventually be cleared academically, and on Saturday he announced that he’ll be a Memphis Tiger.
What isn’t clear is when the 6-foot-4 Miami native would be able to officially join the Memphis program. According to L. Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, there’s a chance that Mitchell would be able to join the Tigers this season. Whether that is the case immediately, or if he’d have to wait until the fall semester ends in December, is what’s up for debate.
Memphis can use another body on the perimeter given recent developments. Chris Hawkins is unlikely to play this season, as revealed by head coach Josh Pastner earlier this week according to the Commercial-Appeal, and senior Kedren Johnson is dealing with a shoulder injury that could sideline him for the entire season.
Mitchell gives Memphis an athletic guard capable of making plays on or off the basketball, but given the timing of the move it’s up for debate if he can be a contributor immediately.
Nearly two months after it was announced that he was not cleared academically and therefore would not be a member of the Alabama basketball program, one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2015 received some good news Thursday.
As first reported by Scout.com, four-star shooting guard Kobie Eubanks has recorded the SAT score he needed in order to qualify for an athletic scholarship. The news leaves Eubanks, who originally committed to Baylor before reopening his recruitment last November, with two possibilities to choose from.
He can either join a program that’s on the quarter system right now, or he could wait until December to do so. The latter option would give him a higher number of possibilities to choose from, with many Division I programs on the semester calendar. Whichever path Eubanks chooses to take, the program that lands him will get a talented guard who can both knock down shots from the perimeter and get to the basket off the dribble.
Eubanks was expected to be a contributor for an Alabama team that lost its top three perimeter scorers from last season.
Arizona freshman guard Allonzo Trier is entering the program with a lot of hype after being named a McDonald’s All-American and five-star prospect.
With the loss of perimeter options like T.J. McConnell and Stanley Johnson from last year’s Elite Eight team, Trier could be counted on to be a perimeter scoring option nearly right away. Here’s some highlights of the 6-foot-4 Trier from his senior season at Findlay Prep.
(H/T: Courtside Films)