Five-star Class of 2016 center Udoka Azubuike, one of the best remaining senior basketball prospects in the nation, ended his recruitment on Thursday and pledged to Kansas in a televised announcement.
The 6-foot-11, 270-pound Azubuike is considered the No. 27 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, according to Rivals, and he was recently announced to the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Choosing from his final four of Florida State, Kansas, N.C. State and North Carolina, Azubuike gives the Jayhawks a bruising center who can seal and score within five feet of the basket with the best of the them. Although Azubuike will need to improve his hands, range and touch, he’s a massive post prospect who should be able to rebound, score near the hoop and clog up the paint on defense.
With Kansas losing Perry Ellis, Hunter Mickelson and Jamari Traylor, Azubuike gives the Jayhawks another big body on the interior and he’s also an important commitment in case Cheick Diallo or Carlton Bragg decide to turn pro.
Azubuike helped a very good Georgia Stars team win the Peach Jam in the Nike EYBL this summer as he played in 25 games. The center averaged 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 66 percent from the field in EYBL play.
Azubuike joins three-star forward Mitch Lightfoot in Kansas recruiting efforts for the Class of 2016.
Indiana picked up its fourth Class of 2016 commitment on Saturday as guard Devonte Green, the younger brother of San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, pledged to the Hoosiers. The 6-foot-1 Green announced his decision to commit to Indiana on Saturday afternoon.
Regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, Green can play a bit of both guard spots and helps Indiana with additional perimeter flexibility for next season. Green joins four-star shooting guard Curtis Jones, four-star big man Da’Ron Davis and three-star guard Grant Gelon in Indiana’s 2016 class.
With the Hoosiers losing Yogi Ferrell and Nick Zeisloft next season — and with the team dealing with roster uncertainty with James Blackmon’s season-ending injury and Troy Williams potentially going pro — Green gives Indiana another insurance policy. The late-blooming Green hails from New York and attends Long Island Lutheran.
Miami picked up its second commitment of the day on Wednesday, this time landing in-state, five-star power forward Dewan Huell. The native of Miami joins four-star guard Bruce Brown as the second player of the day who pledged to the Hurricanes.
The 6-foot-9 Huell is a monster grab for head coach Jim Larranaga because he’s keeping a talented local prospect home and Huell is the type of forward who could be immediately productive. An active big man who can rebound or score running the floor or in the post, Huell is regarded as the No. 23 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.
By adding Huell, Brown and four-star big man Rodney Miller, Miami has put themselves in position to be very competitive in the ACC the next few seasons and they’re doing everything they can to stay in the conference’s arms race.
Miami landed a huge piece in its 2016 recruiting efforts on Wednesday morning as four-star guard Bruce Brown pledged to the Hurricanes during a televised announcement.
The 6-foot-3 Brown is one of the most talented guards left in the Class of 2016 and his ability to score or distribute should help Miami right away. A power guard with a football background, Brown loves to play bully ball with smaller defenders and he’s also a solid perimeter shooter and defender.
Regarded as the No. 49 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Brown joins four-star center Rodney Miller in the Miami class.
During the spring and summer with BABC in the Nike EYBL, Brown averaged 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3 assists per game as he was one of the league’s most complete guards.
Kentucky picked up another top-10 prospect on Tuesday morning as five-star Class of 2016 big man Edrice “Bam” Adebayo pledged to the Wildcats during a televised announcement. The 6-foot-9 Adebayo is currently regarded as the No. 7 overall prospect in the loaded Class of 2016 and he gives head coach John Calipari another ridiculous class, with four, five-star commitments among the group.
A powerful run-and-jump athlete who showed an improved face-up game this summer, Adebayo gives Kentucky another talented big man who can immediately contribute in their rotation. Adebayo’s commitment also marks another huge recruiting win for the Wildcats, as they beat out N.C. State and Auburn for his services.
This loss stings especially hard for the Wolfpack, since Adebayo is good friends and grassroots teammates with N.C. State commitment Dennis Smith.
Also a productive rebounder, Adebayo averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game on the grassroots circuit this spring and summer playing for Team Loaded North Carolina. The big man had a tremendous rapport running pick-and-rolls with Smith in grassroots ball and Kentucky fans have to hope that Fox and Adebayo can also form a lethal combination on similar plays.
With the commitment of Adebayo, this is one of Calipari’s most talented classes on paper yet. With three very good front-court players who have differing skills and one of the nation’s best guards in Fox, Kentucky will be in contention for the No. 1 class in the country once again.
Mississippi State continues to be one of the big stories in recruiting the Class of 2016 as Ben Howland and the Bulldogs landed four-star big man Abdulhakim Ado on Monday night, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
The addition of the 6-foot-10 Ado means that Howland has overhauled the Mississippi State roster very quickly as Ado becomes the sixth four-star prospect to commit to the Bulldogs in the 2016 class. Regarded as the No. 73 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Ado is a defensive specialist and one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the national class. While Howland was quick to add a lot of talented guards early in his 2016 pursuits, adding Ado and fellow four-star big man Schnider Herard the last few weeks helps stabilize the future front court for Mississippi State.
Ado and Herard are joined by four-star wing Mario Kegler, as well as four-star guards Tyson Carter, Lamar Peters and Eli Wright. Howland and his staff have put together a no-brainer top-10 national recruiting class during his first full season of recruiting at the SEC program and this class certainly sends notice that Howland is still a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail.