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CBT’s Recruiting Roundup: Northwestern and Virginia Tech add priority recruits

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Each Monday and Friday, College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips goes over some important news and notes in the world of college basketball recruiting. This week, Northwestern and Chris Collins land a priority recruit, Buzz Williams gets another key piece at Virginia Tech and Temple re-stocks with the 2015 class.

Northwestern lands a priority recruit

Chris Collins showed that he can get results after some big upsets in the Big Ten last season, but in order to break the school’s NCAA Tournament drought and compete in the league Collins also needs to land Big Ten-caliber players.

With the Monday commitment of 6-foot-7 stretch forward Aaron Falzon, Collins did just that. Falzon was a priority recruit for Northwestern’s staff this summer and after a strong 2014 recruiting class that featured mainly guards and wings, adding a front court player that can shoot like Falzon is a luxury for Collins.

Northwestern now has a three-man class in 2015 in Falzon, guard Jordan Ash and forward Derek Pardon. Adding Falzon will give Collins another floor spacer to go along with Bryant McIntosh, Scott Lindsey and Vic Law in the 2014 class to go along with athletic guards in Johnnie Vasser and Ash. The balance between the two classes and eight players Collins is bringing in in 2014 and 2015 is strong.

Collins has built two solid classes at Northwestern so far and if he’s able to show more of a turnaround on the floor in the 2014-15 season, the recruiting momentum could get the Wildcats involved with even more top-100 level players.

Buzz Williams gets another for Virginia Tech

Last week, Virginia Tech and Buzz Williams landed an impact forward in Kerry Blackshear and things were looking good for the new head coach. But after this weekend’s commitment of point guard Justin Robinson, Williams and his staff have to be ecstatic.

As the floor leader for Boo Williams this summer, Robinson helped lead the prominent EYBL program to a Final Four appearance in the Nike Peach Jam before another strong showing at the AAU Super Showcase in Louisville.

Simply put: Robinson makes plays for others and helps win games.

As a steady guard with the ball, Robinson gives Williams a coach on the floor in the near future and he’ll help make other players like 2014 recruit Ahmed Hill and Blackshear better.

Virginia Tech needed to add quality players to compete in a deep and talented ACC and Williams has added two quality prospects before coaching his first game at the school.

Temple re-stocks in the 2015 class

Temple faced a tough season last year. Finishing 9-22, Fran Dunphy’s squad faced injuries and a lack of depth in their first season in the AAC.

And with only one freshman entering the program in 2014 in Obi Enechionyia, the Owls needed to make a splash in the 2015 class to re-stock its roster with talent.

Levan Alston and Trey Lowe, two local guards and members of the Rivals 150 in the 2015 class, was a good start for Temple but the weekend commitment of Ernest Aflakpui gives the Owls a solid interior presence.

Three good prospects from the east coast in the fold should help stabilize Temple’s program a bit and give them some much-needed young blood in the future.

Northwestern lands commitment from top 100 forward

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Chris Collins landed his third commitment in the Class of 2015, as Aaron Falzon pledged to the program on Monday morning.

Couldn’t be more excited to join the Northwestern family,” Falzon tweeted.

Falzon picked the Wildcats over Harvard. Boston College had also recruited Falzon, who played his high school ball for Northfield Mount Hermon, a prep school in New England.

Falzon is a 6-foot-7 forward that is probably closer to being a four than he is a three, but he also happens to be one of the best shooters in the country. Ranked the No. 98 player in the class by Rivals, Falzon joins Dererk Pardon and Jordan Ash in Northwestern’s class. He was a member of the Expressions Elite AAU program that competed in Nike’s EYBL circuit and produced top 100 Class of 2014 prospects Jared Terrell and Abdul Malik-Abu.

July Live Period Week One Superlatives

Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram remain two of eight uncommitted All-Americans (adidas)
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The first July Live Period came to an end on Sunday. We have writers at each of the three major events during the week, with Scott Phillips covering adidas Unrivaled, Raphielle Johnson covering the LeBron Camp and Rob Dauster at Reebok Breakout and The Showdown. Here are our week one superlatives:


  • Ben Simmons: “Simmons has the ability to take advantage of mismatches on the offensive end of the floor due to his versatile skill set. Defend him with a smaller, quicker player and he can go into the paint to score. Use a bigger, slower man and he can perform well out on the perimeter. And his defensive ability was solid as well throughout the week in Las Vegas.”- Rapheille Johnson
  • Brandon Ingram: “The five-star prospect from North Carolina scored the ball in a number of ways and played with more confidence and physicality than in the past. He went right at the top small forward in the country, Jaylen Brown, and showed no fear.” – Scott Phillips
  • Dwayne Bacon: “There aren’t many players in the Class of 2015 that can get buckets the way that Dwayne Bacon can get buckets. The 6-foot-6, five-star wing capped off his week with a 43-point performance over a team that includes Arizona-commit Justin Simon.” – RD


  • Diamond Stone: “To be fair, this is not entirely Stone’s fault. He got sick during the first half of his first game at the camp. But for a guy that is ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2015 by some outlets, I was disappointed that he only dominated at Reebok Camp for roughly eight minutes.” – RD
  • Carlton Bragg: “When you see how talented Bragg is, you just want him to stop taking the terrible shots and silly plays that occasionally plague his game. When Bragg hits his first jumper it can be a good or bad thing because Bragg either gets hot or starts settling. He has some horrific misses for a top-15 player.” – SP
  • Stephen Zimmerman: “I’ll preface this by stating that it can be easy for big men who don’t get the ball as often as they’d like to get frustrated in camp setting, drifting out onto the perimeter as a result. But even with Zimmerman’s ability to step out onto the perimeter at times, it was almost as if he was negating one of his biggest advantages (his height) over other big men. Maybe he’ll bounce back playing with more familiar teammates when the Oakland Soldiers take part in the Peach Jam.” – RJ


  • Chase Jeter: “No disrespect to Jaylen Brown –another fantastic prospect — but Jeter continues to grow into a really good post prospect with a go-to move in his right hook. Jeter’s post defense and rebounding has started to improve throughout this year, as well.” – SP
  • Skal Labissiere: “Stone is probably the best prospect, per se, but I think Labissiere actually has a higher ceiling than Stone. The 6-foot-11 Haitian has huge hands, long arms, range to 19 feet and a soft touch on a righty jump hook. It’s a valuable skill to be able to dunk anything and everything around the rim. But I’ve yet to see him dominate comparable competition.” – RD
  • Ben Simmons: “Hard to pick anyone else for this spot, although there were other quality performers in Las Vegas. Ivan Rabb, Henry Ellenson, Jayson Tatum and 2017 guard Troy Brown all had their moments. But the pick here is Simmons.” – RJ


  • Horace Spencer: “I couldn’t love Horace Spencer’s game anymore than I do. He’s big, he’s athletic, he rebounds, he defends, he plays hard, he runs the floor, and he knocked down a couple jumpers this week. He’ll produce wherever he ends up.” – RD
  • Deng Adel: “When you consider Adel, now a Louisville commit, has been playing basketball in America for only a year, it becomes even more impressive to see the things he’s doing. He’s a high-motor, do-it-all wing with really good athleticism.” – SP
  • Aaron Falzon: “Listed as 6-foot-8, 214 at the camp, Falzon has the size of a player some programs would look to pigeonhole into the four spot. But his shooting ability from anywhere on the floor makes him a “mismatch” possibility at the college level. There was even talk at the camp of him being the best shooter in the class.” – RJ


  • Grant Riller: “Loved what I saw from the 6-foot-2 guard from Orlando. He beat people off the dribble to the rim, hit a couple threes, split the defense on ball-screens and dunked all over one of the best athletes in the class of 2015, Chris Silva. Abilene Christian and Kennesaw State are his only offers right now.” – RD
  • Riley Welch: “A 2016 point guard from Colorado, Welch is the son of Brooklyn Nets assistant coach John Welch and was one of the adidas camp’s leaders in assists. With only interest from San Jose State and Denver, he’s being under-recruited and should have more teams calling soon.” – SP