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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, Florida State’s big weekend, Texas A&M continues momentum and can Tom Crean and Indiana pull together a solid recruiting class?

Florida State basketball puts together a huge weekend

Florida State is fresh off of a national championship on the football field and many fans of college athletics wouldn’t associate the school with having a strong basketball program.

But Leonard Hamilton made major waves in the college basketball world over the weekend by landing two high-level wings in Georgia native Malik Beasley and in-state five-star wing Dwayne Bacon. When you couple those two with previous Florida State 2015 wing commit Terance Mann, the Seminoles have the makings of a class that competes with ACC juggernauts like Duke, North Carolina and Louisville.

Bacon, Beasley and Mann all do different things well and when you add a shooter like Xavier Rathan-Mayes to the equation, then the Seminoles have the makings of a fantastic dearth of wing talent for years to come.

Now, can the Seminoles keep the recruiting momentum going by adding an elite point guard or big man with this group in the next year or two? That remains to be seen, but recruits absolutely notice Florida State’s athletic department thriving and basketball should be a sport that is included in that equation.

But if Florida State wants to annually compete with the big boys of the ACC they’ll still need to add a high-level floor general to get those wings the ball and a post presence that can make Leonard Hamilton’s free-flowing offense tough to stop. The wings are a start, and give Florida State a lot of playmaking talent, but they need to keep going if they want to win championships on the hardwood.

Texas A&M continues to pull in talented players

Billy Kennedy and Texas A&M continued its Texas Titans-to-A&M pipeline over the weekend with the commitment of four-star small forward and perimeter shooting threat D.J. Hogg.

The addition of Hogg and Tyler Davis in the 2015 class goes along with Texas Titans guards Avery Johnson Jr. and Alex Robinson in the previous class. Simply put, this is one of the biggest grassroots-to-college pipelines we’ve seen in quite some time and other recruits are starting to notice the influx of talent as well.

Prized five-star guard Malik Newman — not a member of the Texas Titans, but from Mississippi — has scheduled his first official visit to Texas A&M, according to Courtney Cronin of the Clarion-Ledger, and the Aggies also remain in the mix for Titans wing and former Ohio State commit Mickey Mitchell.

Despite resurgent 2013-14 campaigns from in-state rivals Texas and SMU, the Aggies have built recruiting momentum in Texas, and elsewhere, using in-state connections and the hard work of assistant coaches Kyle Keller, Rick Stansbury and Amir Abdur-Rahim.

Texas A&M is already off to a great start in 2015 and more important commitments could be on the way.

Can Indiana put together a strong class?

Indiana and head coach Tom Crean aren’t in the mix with many elite five-star prospects in the 2015 class, but can the Hoosiers still piece together a good group?

That’s what Hoosier fans are hoping for and a big piece of that equation will come on Wednesday when four-star forward Juwan Morgan decides between Indiana and Vanderbilt.

Although Crean and his staff aren’t involved with many All-American candidates, in-part because Indiana’s high school prospects are a bit down in 2015, Crean has still done plenty of good things with under-the-radar prospects that he later develops.

During both his time at Marquette and Indiana, Crean has developed guys like Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo from under-recruited prospects into NBA lottery picks. That’s not to say Crean and Indiana will work that sort of magic with this 2015 class, but it goes to show that talent development is a big part of what Indiana can accomplish.

If Indiana ends up with Mokan teammates Morgan and Shake Milton, the Hoosiers are getting two players that helped lead that program to Peach Jam while each player had a strong spring and summer.

They might not be the All-Americans that Indiana fans are craving, but Crean has shown that he can still win a lot of games without those types of recruits.

Top 50 small forward verbally commits to Texas A&M

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Having already received a verbal commitment from 2015 four-star center Tyler Davis, Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy managed to land another product of the Texas Titans program Sunday afternoon.

6-foot-7 small forward DJ Hogg, considered by scouts to be one of the best shooters in the Class of 2015, announced his decision to become an Aggie via his Twitter account Sunday afternoon. Hogg’s decision comes just after his official visit to Texas A&M, and Davis was also in attendance over the weekend. In Rivals‘ 2015 rankings, Hogg is currently 32nd in the class with Davis five spots ahead of him at 27th.

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As a junior at Plano West HS in Plano, Texas, Hogg averaged 20.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.6 blocked shots and 2.3 assists per game. During Nike EYBL play with the Titans Hogg averaged 15.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, shooting 45 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.

When Hogg arrives on campus he’ll join an experienced group of wings, including Antwan Space, Davante Fitzgerald and Houston transfer Danuel House, and he’ll have the opportunity to earn playing time upon his arrival when considering the Aggies’ offensive struggles in 2013-14. Texas A&M finished last season with just one player averaging double figures (House will help them offensively when he becomes eligible), and they ranked 13th in the SEC in scoring offense and 12th in field goal percentage.

Hogg becomes Texas A&M’s second commitment in the Class of 2015, and the 2014 and 2015 classes could be critical for Kennedy’s program if Texas A&M can take advantage of the momentum gained. In Kennedy’s first three seasons in College Station the Aggies have yet to reach the NCAA tournament, but with Kennedy having recently received a contract extension the athletic director feels that the program is moving in the right direction.

Texas A&M’s work on the recruiting trail of late certainly backs that up. The next step: making a similar progression on the court.

College Basketball Talk’s Recruiting Roundup

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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, Doral Moore takes an official visit to Kentucky, Texas A&M’s pipeline to the Texas Titans and do-it-all utility wing Chris Clarke cuts his list to seven.

Doral Moore visiting Kentucky

Kentucky will host a big official visit this weekend when Georgia native and 7-footer Doral Moore trips to Lexington. Moore doesn’t have the five-star rating of many of his Class of 2015 front court counterparts, coming in at No. 38 according to Rivals, but the thing you have to like about Moore is his upside is as high as many big man in the class. With great natural size, good touch around the basket and in the mid-range and length under the hoop that helps him as a shot blocker, Moore has a chance to improve greatly once he gets to college and gets in a weight room.

And while the Wildcats might actually have too many quality big men this season, many of them could leave for the NBA or for more playing time at the end of the season and Moore could use a year or two of seasoning before earning quality rotation minutes inside.

With John Calipari’s recent track record with Willie Cauley-Stein — who was also not a five-star big man as a high schooler and got better in college as a late-blooming 7-footer — Moore could be attracted to the chance to be Kentucky’s next project in the post.

Texas A&M continues Texas Titans pipeline

On Friday afernoon Tyler Davis commitmented to Texas A&M, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. The commitment of the No. 35 player in the class, according to Rivals, and a 6-foot-9 center is significant in a number of ways. For one, the Aggies are getting a massive post scorer with good hands and feet who is a load to move off of the block. Kennedy getting a potential McDonald’s All-American in a class loaded with elite big men is a great start in the Class of 2015.

But another reason Davis’ commitment is big for head coach Billy Kennedy is it continues to the Texas Titans-to-Texas A&M pipeline that has developed in recent years.

The Aggies pulled in a pair of point guards from the Titans in the 2014 class in Alex Robinson and Avery Johnson Jr., and now they have started their 2015 efforts with a Titans big man in Davis.

The Titans have been one of the more successful grassroots programs in recent years and Davis, along with Texas A&M targets D.J. Hogg and Mickey Mitchell, have played with Robinson and Johnson Jr. the last two years in the EYBL. The Titans made Peach Jam in both years and the group plays well together while also being tight-knit.

As Rivals’ Eric Bossi noted on Twitter, the Aggies are getting some buzz now for both Hogg and Mitchell, who decommitted from Ohio State last night. If Kennedy can keep that pipeline open, it would be greatly beneficial, because the Titans are usually stocked with some talented players while the coaching staff there does a good job of developing players.

2015 wing Chris Clarke down to seven

One of the best winners in the class is do-it-all small forward and Class of 2015 top-100 player Chris Clarke. The 6-foot-6 Clarke had a really good summer with Boo Williams and helped the team make the EYBL final four this year.

Now, the native of Virginia has formed a list of seven, according to Corey Evans. Clarke is down to Creighton, Florida, Iowa State, Minnesota, Tennessee, UConn and Virginia Tech.

It will be interesting to see if Clarke opts to stay home and play for Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech, as Williams and staff relentlessly followed Clarke in July. Rivals puts Clarke at No. 64 in their current 2015 rankings.