Tevin Mack, a prized recruit in the Class of 2015, became available last month. But by Tuesday, he could be off the boards once again.
Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported on Thursday night that the four-star small forward will likely announce his college decision on Tuesday. He told Daniels he is down to three schools, however, he would not specifically name them. According to WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina — Mack’s hometown — Clemson, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, UCLA and West Virginia were among seven schools he was considering last week.
Mack committed to VCU back in November, one of two four-star commits in 2015 incoming class for Havoc. That all changed when Shaka Smart left for Texas early last month. He requested his release from his National Letter of Intent, as did Kenny Williams, a four-star shooting guard who later committed to North Carolina.
While the most important task for a new head coach is to make sure that the current players are taken care of, recruits who have committed to the prior staff are important as well. In some instances that can mean informing the player that they no longer fit in the plans, and in others the coach looks to convince those talented players to stay the course and remain committed.
That’s the task new VCU head coach Will Wade is faced with, as he’ll have to go through the process of re-recruiting players who signed with the prior staff. Thursday it was reported by Tim Pearrell of the Richmond Times-Dispatch that VCU signees Jordan Murphy and Kenny Williams have requested to be released from their National Letter of Intent (NLI), with the latter meeting with Wade on Thursday.
This news comes two days after it was reported by the Washington Post that four-star small forward Tevin Mack requested to be released from his NLI but no decision had been made by VCU at the time. In the case of Williams, a Top 100 recruit who held offers from programs such as North Carolina and Indiana, it was reported by Pearrell that the shooting guard is still willing to consider VCU despite receiving the release.
As for Murphy, the Texan is considering Oregon, UCLA, Gonzaga and Miami according to Ben Baby of the San Antonio Express-News. Murphy still has three official visits remaining (he only visited VCU and UNLV before committing), which is a positive for him when it comes to making a final decision regarding his college destination.
If there’s a positive for VCU from a recruiting standpoint it’s that the first of two evaluation periods this month begins Friday afternoon, with another coming during the final weekend of April. There will be opportunities to watch other players in the Class of 2015 that may be looking for offers and will also fit what Wade wants to do with the program as he looks to build upon what Shaka Smart was able to accomplish.
CBT’s Recruiting Roundup: Pair of South Carolina prospects and Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe set decision dates
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, a pair of standouts from South Carolina set announcement dates, and Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe to announce this week.
Perry Dozier sets an announcement
One of the best guards in the country — and best uncommitted players — is committing on the first day of the November signing period on Wednesday. Four-star guard Perry Dozier will decide between Georgetown, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina, Rivals’ Eric Bossi confirmed..
The No. 34 player in the class, according to Rivals, hails from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina and many view the Gamecocks as strong contenders along with Louisville for the 6-foot-6 guard who can run some point or play off the ball.
Dozier took official visits to all five programs, but Louisville was the last visit among his stops. South Carolina and head coach Frank Martin have made a hard push for Dozier to stay home and play alongside Tevin Mack. His commitment will be a major shakeup on signing day either way.
Tevin Mack will also decide this week
Speaking of Mack, the four-star guard and No. 77 prospect in the 2015 class will decide on Tuesday as he chooses between Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, UConn and VCU.
The 6-foot-6 scoring wing is also from Columbia, South Carolina, but attends Dreher High School. Mack, like Dozier, took all five official visits during the recruiting process and took the last visit to South Carolina. According to Rivals‘ Eric Bossi, Mack also took a visit to a South Carolina practice last week, as well, so the Gamecocks have some momentum here.
Mack isn’t a major difference-maker like Dozier could be almost immediately, but he’s still a really coveted piece who could be a valuable role player early on. Mack’s potential decision this week will be important as well.
Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere to decide on Thursday
As the No. 4 overall player in the 2015 class, and a prospect with some of the best upside, Labissiere will be an intriguing announcement for a number of reasons. For one, the 6-foot-11 native of Haiti was recently linked to a new prep school created by his legal guardian to play his senior season.
Baylor, Georgetown, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, and Tennessee are still involved in the recruitment, according to the ESPN release and there are more questions than answers surrounding the big man’s future. Will he qualify academically? Will Skal go and play professionally overseas for a year?
Meanwhile, Briscoe, the No. 9 overall player in the 2015 class, is down to UConn, Kentucky and St. John’s. Kentucky and St. John’s are the two leaders in the clubhouse for the nation’s best point guard prospect.
The 6-foot-3 New Jersey native is a major playmaker as a passer or a scorer and would be a major impact in a class that doesn’t have many guards.
If Kentucky is somehow able to land both Briscoe and Labissiere, then John Calipari would be off to a great start in another class and has more potential one-and-done NBA prospects.
It should be an exciting week on the recruiting trail with so many marquee players making choices.