2017 recruiting

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Oklahoma State lands four-star guard Lindy Waters III

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Friday morning Oklahoma State addressed a major need in its 2016 recruiting class, landing a player who just happens to call Norman (home of their biggest rival) home.

6-foot-5 shooting guard Lindy Waters III, announced via Twitter that he’ll be a Cowboy. The four-star prospect, who attends Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas, is Oklahoma State’s third verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 joining fellow guard Thomas Dziagwa and wing Cameron McGriff. He’s a native of Norman, Oklahoma, attending Norman North HS his first two years of high school.

“One of the breakout players of the July evaluation period, Waters is a high-level shooter with good size for his position,” NBC Sports recruiting analyst Scott Phillips said. “Oklahoma State is getting a capable wing shooter who can comfortably space the floor from anywhere within NBA range.”

Waters played for the Oklahoma Wizards Elite program on the adidas Gauntlet circuit, averaging 13.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas in July. Throughout the Gauntlet series prior to Las Vegas Waters averaged 16.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, shooting 47.4 percent from the field.

Waters picked the Cowboys over Butler, Houston and Harvard. And with sharpshooter Phil Forte III entering his final season of eligibility, landing a player of Waters’ caliber who can both knock down perimeter shots and score on multiple levels is an important move for Oklahoma State.

Four-star 2017 guard commits to Creighton

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Creighton went out east and landed a top-100 prospect on Saturday as four-star guard Ty-Shon Alexander pledged to the Bluejays, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.

The 6-foot-3 Alexander had a very good summer playing with Team Charlotte as he showed he was a very good 3-point shooter to go along with a lot of team success.

Alexander represents Creighton’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and a prospect of his caliber is a great start for the class. Regarded as the No. 86 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Alexander is playing his junior season at Oak Hill Academy.


Michigan lands four-star Class of 2017 guard

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Michigan landed its first Class of 2017 commitment on Friday night as Wisconsin native Jordan Poole announced his decision at a press conference at his high school. A 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Poole is considered the No. 104 overall prospect in the Class of 2017.

A strong shooter who is capable of playing a bit of both guard spots, Poole picked the Wolverines over his other finalists of Illinois and Marquette. Poole should be a nice fit in head coach John Beilein’s offense as he shoots it well in a variety of situations and also plays with a high IQ. Michigan has now locked up a key piece for that class early and can pursue other targets more aggressively.



Oklahoma receives commitment from 2017 forward Brady Manek

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Oklahoma received its first verbal commitment in the Class of 2017 Thursday night, and the Sooners have managed to keep an in-state prospect home. 6-foot-8 forward Brady Manek, who attends Harrah HS in Harrah, Oklahoma, announced via Twitter that he’ll play his college basketball for Lon Kruger.

Manek held offers from programs such as Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Oral Roberts, Creighton, Mercer and Santa Clara, and he took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State earlier this week. And Brady’s the second verbal commitment in the Manek family in the last two months, as older brother Kellen verbally committed to Oral Roberts in mid-August.

Manek played his grassroots basketball for the Oklahoma Wizards Elite program this summer on the adidas Gauntlet circuit. Brady still has two years of high school basketball to play, which leaves room for progression for a player who can score both around the basket and from the perimeter.

At present time Oklahoma has two scholarship upperclassmen in its front court rotation in senior Ryan Spangler and junior Akolda Manyang. Among those who will have eligibility remaining when Manek arrives on campus are sophomore Khadeem Lattin, redshirt freshmen Dante Buford and Jamuni McNease and 2016 commits Kristian Doolittle and Matt Freeman.

Four-star point guard Davion Mitchell commits to Auburn

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To say that Auburn’s recruiting has picked up under second-year head coach Bruce Pearl would be a serious understatement. Since Pearl’s taken over the once moribund program has been in the running for some highly regarded prospects, and they’ve landed their fair share too.

Thursday afternoon Auburn received its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2017, as four-star point guard Davion Mitchell announced that he’ll be a Tiger. News of Mitchell’s commitment was first reported by Rivals.com.

Mitchell joins five-star big man Austin Wiley in Auburn’s 2017 class to date, and like Wiley he’s a Georgia native. That’s a state the Auburn staff’s worked hard to recruit, with two of their three 2016 commitments being Georgia natives after getting just one (guard Bryce Brown) in their 2015 class.

The 6-foot-1 Mitchell plays a position where Auburn needed additional depth for the future, with Tahj Shamsid-Deen being a junior and verbal commit Jared Harper (2016) being the options in line for the point guard position.

Mitchell, who attends Liberty County HS in Hinesville, Georgia, played his grassroots basketball for the Georgia Stars program this summer. Mitchell averaged 17.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in the 16U division of the Nike EYBL circuit, shooting nearly 55 percent from the field.

An athletic point guard with the handle needed to attack defenses off the dribble, it will be interesting to see what kind of progress Mitchell can make in his final two high school seasons before enrolling at Auburn.

Four-star 2017 center commits to Texas A&M

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While Texas A&M is still in the process of completing a 2016 recruiting class that currently consists of point guard J.J. Caldwell and power forward Robert Williams, that isn’t the only class they’re working on. Saturday afternoon head coach Billy Kennedy landed his first verbal commitment in the Class of 2017, as 6-foot-10 center Mitchell Robinson made his pledge to the SEC program.

News of Robinson’s commitment was first reported by CBSSports.com.

Robinson attends Landry-Walker HS in Algiers, Louisiana just outside of New Orleans, and he’s ranked 18th in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com. Robinson played for the Alabama Challenge grassroots program this summer, and his performance at the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam in July led to more attention on the recruiting trail from high-major programs.

Playing in the 16U division, Robinson averaged 12.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest during the event.

Texas A&M has enjoyed a good run on the recruiting trail in recent years, with their 2015 class filled with talented freshmen capable of having an impact for a team that has yet to reach the NCAA tournament under Kennedy. Add in their 2016 commits and now Robinson, and Kennedy and his staff are well on their way to getting the Aggies back to the point where they’re playing in the NCAA tournament on a consistent basis.