Louisville receives verbal commitment from one of the summer’s best players

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While Brewster Academy guard Donovan Mitchell entered the summer with high-major offers, it can be said that he was being overlooked in some circles. Mitchell changed that by putting together an outstanding summer, making him the biggest riser of the season with regards to recruiting boards.

Thursday night Mitchell tweeted that he has verbally committed to attend Louisville, adding to a 2015 recruiting haul that ranks as one of the nation’s best to date.

Mitchell joins wing Deng Adel and power forward Raymond Spalding as players who have verbally committed to play for Rick Pitino, and his skill set fits well with the Cardinals’ style of play. Mitchell’s a high-level scorer but he isn’t selfish offensively, as he’s a solid distributor of the basketball as well. And as a solid defender, he’ll fit in well with Louisville’s pressure defense.

Louisville loses two guards at the end of the 2014-15 season, with Chris Jones and Wayne Blackshear both entering the campaign as seniors. Among the perimeter players who will have eligibility remaining when this trio arrives on campus are Terry Rozier, Anton Gill and Quentin Snider.

Among the other programs considered by Mitchell were Boston College, Florida State, Providence and Villanova. Mitchell, who committed to Louisville while on his official visit, took an unofficial to Villanova on Monday.

Power forward Jarred Reuter becomes Virginia’s first 2015 commitment

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With Anthony Gill and Mike Tobey in line to be seniors in 2015-16, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett and his staff needed to add some depth to the power forward position. On Saturday the Cavaliers received a verbal commitment from one of the best passing big men in the Class of 2015, which certainly helps the reigning ACC champions when it comes to addressing the power forward position.

6-foot-8 forward Jarred Reuter, who attends Brewster Academy, decided to commit to Virginia while visiting the school this weekend. News of Reuter’s commitment was first announced by Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith, with Reuter tweeting the news himself shortly thereafter. The other schools considered by Reuter were Iowa, Providence, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

Reuter played on a loaded Brewster Academy squad that finished the 2013-14 season with a 33-2 record, and among his teammates were forwards Isaac Copeland  (freshman at Georgetown) and Jonah Bolden (freshman at UCLA) and guards Devonte’ Graham (freshman at Kansas) and Donovan Mitchell (a member of the 2015 class who put together an outstanding spring/summer).

As mentioned above about Virginia, the front court is where Bennett and his staff will need to add bodies in the next two recruiting classes. Darion Atkins will be a senior this coming season with Gill, Tobey and small forward Evan Nolte reaching that point the following year. That leaves Jack Salt, Marial Shayok and Isaiah Wilkins (all are freshmen this season) as the only front court players with eligibility remaining following the 2015-16 season.

Adding Reuter, who as noted above has been lauded for his passing ability out of the post, to the fold helps Virginia in the depth department but this is an area where the staff will undoubtedly look to add more bodies as the recruiting cycle rolls on.

Larry Brown, SMU offer Brewster Academy duo

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SMU head coach Larry Brown was on the Brewster Academy campus on Wednesday and by Friday afternoon, he had offered two Brewster players.

On Friday, according to a tweet from Adam Zagoria, SMU had offered 2014 power forward Chris McCullough. The Mustangs had offered post-grad guard Ron Patterson earlier in the week and Brown was scheduled to meet with Patterson on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-10 McCullough recently transferred to Brewster and  is considered one of the top prospects in his class. The Bronx native holds offers from Kansas, Indiana, West Virginia, Louisville, Maryland, and Memphis. In late August, he took three unofficial visits to Seton Hall, Syracuse, and Memphis.

Patterson, like McCullough, is in his first year at Brewster. The 6-foot-2 guard had originally committed to Indiana and planned on being part of a highly-touted incoming freshman class for Tom Crean. However, in late August he failed to meet IU’s academic standards. Since electing to attend Brewster, Patterson has draw interest and offers from several schools.

On Sunday, Brewster head coach, Jason Smith tweeted that Patterson had offers from SMU, Kansas State, Providence, and Xavier. The Indianapolis native held an in-house visit with Xavier on Monday.

“[The] Xavier visit went well,” said Patterson in a phone interview on Friday. “Both of my parents enjoyed it. I’m planning to take an official visit there next weekend.”

Patterson has also seen interest from Iowa, Marquette, Villanova, and Florida State.

The former IU commit would be a good grab for Brown and the Mustangs. Patterson averaged 18.5 points, six rebounds, and four assists per game last season as a senior at Broad Ripple High School (Ind.). SMU is one of three remaining teams that could land Andrew and Aaron Harrison, but many believe SMU is a distant third behind Kentucky and Maryland.

Brewster is a power in prep school basketball, finishing 2011-2012 with a 33-1 record and claiming the National Prep School championship.

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Former Indiana guard Ron Patterson will take prep year at Brewster Academy

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Ron Patterson, formerly a freshman guard at Indiana who did not qualify academically at the school, will take a prep year at Brewster Academy (N.H.), Patterson tweeted late Monday night.

“I think he just sat down with his family and they felt like that was just the best otion for him to just get each component, his game and the academic side of it ready,” Patterson’s AAU coach Chris Hawkins told HoosiersHQ.com. “The plan is for him to take advantage of everything they can do for him up there. Once he sets foot on another campus, he’ll be ready to go.”

Patterson was a full qualifier and made his way through the NCAA clearinghouse, but did not meet academic standards required for admission to Indiana.

The Indiana native graduated from Broad Ripple HS (Ind.) as the school’s all-time leading scorer and averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game as a senior in 2011-12.

According to reports, Indiana is not a likely destination for Patterson once he completes his year with Brewster due to limited scholarship spots in 2013. His departure cut Indiana’s overbooked 2012 scholarship list down to 13.

He had the opportunity to play immediately at another Division I school, having drawn interest from schools that include Xavier, Illinois, Marquette, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, and Providence, according to Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com.

Brewster is a perennial powerhouse, having gone 33-1 in 2011-12 and winning the National Prep School championship.

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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_