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)
Pitt announced a very late addition to its roster as the program signed junior college combo guard Jonathan Milligan. The 6-foot-2 Milligan averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game at Kilgore College last season and helped the team to a 21-9 record.
He’ll give the Panthers another experienced guard to fight for a spot in the rotation this season.
“We are fortunate to be able to add a guard of Jonathan’s caliber at this point in the year,” Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said in the release. “He is a promising combo guard who received a lot of high major interest out of high school and while he was at Kilgore College. He has the ability to score from a variety of spots on the floor and break down defense by getting into the lane. He also has the quickness and instincts to be an outstanding defender in our program.”
While James Robinson returns to the Panthers for his senior season, he averaged nearly 34 minutes per game last season and the addition of Milligan can hopefully help give him some time on the bench to rest. Coppin State graduate transfer Sterling Smith also joined Pitt at shooting guard and combo guard Damon Wilson is a true freshman recruit. Cameron Johnson also returns for his redshirt freshman season after sitting out most of last season after left shoulder surgery.
The perimeter group for Pitt is inexperienced but Milligan’s addition does give them some more depth.