One of the potential impact freshman in the Atlantic 10 is still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA.
Luwane Pipkins, who committed to UMass as a Rivals150 prospect back in May 2014, is still waiting to hear from NCAA Eligibility Center as the Minutemen enter the first week of practice, according to Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
“He hasn’t been deemed anything yet by the NCAA,” UMass head coach Derek Kellogg told reporters on Monday. “He’s in limbo to a certain extent. He’s been running the hills of Amherst on his own and doing some things to stay in shape while we wait on his outcome.”
The 5-foot-10 point guard did not make the Minutemen’s trip to Europe this summer; needing to finish high school coursework before heading to Amherst for the fall semester.
Pipkins, rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals, could be a big part of the future for UMass basketball. Trey Davis and Jabari Hines are set to graduate this year, leaving the ball duties in the hands of the Chicago native. Kellogg has hit the recruiting trail hard in recent months, securing commitments from guards DeJon Jarreau and Unique McLean, as well as forwards Chris Baldwin and Brison Gresham, adding to a group of returners for the 2016-17 season that should include Pipkins and shooting guard Donte Clark.
UMass opens the 2015-16 season against Howard on Nov. 14 at home.
UMass landed a big recruiting coup on Monday afternoon as the talented New Orleans package deal of guard De’Jon Jarreau and forward Brison Gresham committed to the Minutemen.
Jarreau and Gresham pledged to the Atlantic 10 school over Miami and they’re the rare package deal who followed through on going to the same school after taking official visits together during the process. Regarded as the No. 39 overall prospect in the 2016 class, the 6-foot-4 Jarreau averaged 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2 assists per game this spring and summer. Gresham, a three-star prospect and No. 132 overall prospect, averaged 7.4 points, 7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game with Elfrid Payton Elite.
Besides both playing for Elfrid Payton Elite in the Nike EYBL, the duo attends McDonogh 35. Joining the New Orleans duo in the UMass Class of 2016 is guard Unique McLean and head coach Derek Kellogg is getting a lot of talent into the program.
In college basketball recruiting, the phrase “package duo” is thrown around excessively, but in the case of New Orleans natives De’Jon Jarreau and Brison Gresham, it actually applies.
Jarreau, a four-star guard, and Gresham, a three-star forward, are high school and AAU teammates and they have taken official visits together to UMass and Miami. The duo announced on Twitter that they are down to those two schools in the recruiting process.
Teammates at McDonogh 35 with Elfrid Payton Elite in the Nike EYBL have been steady throughout the recruiting process in keeping things together. The duo cut their schools lists together and took visits together and now it appears they’re close to making a college decision together as well.
Regarded as the No. 39 overall prospect in the 2016 class, the 6-foot-4 Jarreau averaged 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2 assists per game this spring and summer. Gresham, a three-star prospect and No. 132 overall prospect, averaged 7.4 points, 7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game with Elfrid Payton Elite.
Whoever lands this duo is getting a promising inside-outside duo that have played a lot of games together at the high school level. While Jarreau is generally considered to have more long-term upside because he has good size for his position, Gresham is a proven rebounder and rim protector who will also contribute at the high college level.