September 14, 2007

Fastbreak Friday: Five-stars see Chapel Hill






The numbers aren't as big after last weekend's parade of visitors, but the big-time prospects are making it out for visits this week.


Four of the top uncommitted players are on college campuses this weekend, and a number of important class of 2009 prospects are hitting the road as well.


Rivals.com breaks it all down in this week's edition of Fastbreak Friday.



Can the Gators strike gold?



Florida will hand out basketball national championship rings on the field prior to the Gators' football game against Tennessee on Saturday. That scene worked last year on the hoops recruiting front. Nearly all of the 2007 signees were on hand for the festivities, so why change the approach?


This year's crowd for the ring ceremony includes the four 2008 commitments - Ray Shipman, Kenny Kadji, Allan Chaney and Erving Walker. They won't be alone, either.


Five-star junior guard Dexter Strickland is making his first trip to Gainesville for an unofficial visit. Also seeing the sights is top-35 junior big man Erik Murphy.



ACC



Buckle up, North Carolina faithful. This is a very important weekend on the basketball recruiting front for the Tar Heels. Two five-star prospects are making their way to Chapel Hill.


Midwesterners Iman Shumpert and Tyler Zeller will be on campus for their official visits. The trip marks the first time Shumpert has been to North Carolina; Zeller has been there before.


Shumpert is down to the Tar Heels, Marquette and Georgia Tech. Zeller also is considering Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue.


• Conference football fans will be focused on Atlanta this weekend, as Georgia Tech plays host to Boston College in a meeting of two top-25 programs. Paul Hewitt and his staff are welcoming New Yorker Sylven Landesberg, one of the Jackets' top targets for 2008. Also on campus will be two big-timers from the class of 2009, local products Derrick Favors and Noel Johnson.


• For the second consecutive weekend, Duke is hosting one of its top targets. Forward Olek Czyz of Reno, Nev., will see Duke for the first time.


• Class of 2010 five-star point guard Kendall Marshall will visit Wake Forest unofficially.


• New Jersey guard Tyshawn Taylor, a Rivals150 senior, is officially visiting Virginia Tech.


• Maryland is playing host to Tristan Spurlock, a class of 2009 Rivals100 prospect.



Big East



It is a big weekend for Connecticut, as five-star guard Tyreke Evans - one of the best uncommitted players in the nation - visits Storrs. His recruitment is heating up fast. It will be interesting to watch his recruitment play out over the next month and a half.


• New Jersey big man Quintrell Thomas is making the short trip to Rutgers to see what Fred Hill and company have to offer. The visit marks the first official for the three-star prospect.


• Marquette is playing host to summer riser Lance Goulborne, a top-100 prospect, this weekend.


• Connecticut native Devin Hill, a 6-foot-9 forward, will be in Chicago to visit DePaul.



Big Ten



Northwestern is preparing for a big weekend, and the class of 2009 is the target. A trio of talented in-state players will be on campus. Forward Jack Cooley, a major target for Wildcats, is the biggest one to watch. Guard Brandon Paul[/db continues his busy fall visit schedule, as does 7-footer [db]Kyle Rowley.


• There is a junior-college flavor to the visitors at Minnesota. Orlando Allen, a Seton Hall commitment out of high school, is in his second year in junior college. He'll see the Gophers up close and personal. So will forward Devron Bostick.


• Michigan grabbed Indiana shooter Stuart Douglass during the week, and now the Wolverines focus their attention on Kyle Kuric and Nik Garcia, a 2009 prospect. Both will be on hand for the Notre Dame football game.


• Indiana will play host to Cleveland forward Tom Pritchard for his official visit. Wisconsin is getting an unofficial visit from class of 2009 Rivals100 guard Joseph Bertrand.



Big 12



The Rivals.com football game of the week is the Nebraska-USC game in Lincoln, and Doc Sadler and his staff are taking advantage. Big men Garrett Stutz and Colton Iverson will be on campus. Stutz, a near 7-footer from Kansas City, is one of the biggest surprises this recruiting period. Iverson established himself as a national target over the summer.


• Kansas State is hoping to win over Chicago-area big man Josh Crittle, who also hosted Frank Martin and assistant Dalonte Hill for an in-home visit during the week. The three-star prospect is making his first visit to Manhattan. Also in town are popular junior-college wing Mario Little - another Chicago native - and Texas prospect Chris Babb. The shooting guard grew up near Wichita before moving to the Lone Star State.


• Kansas is hoping Darrell Arthur can do his best Bill Self impression this weekend. Arthur, a former five-star high school prospect, likely will be the host for his former South Oak Cliff (Texas) High School teammate - J'Mison Morgan.


• For the second week in a row, Georgia native Toby Veal is going to Colorado. Last week, he saw Colorado State. This week, he's headed to Boulder to see the University of Colorado.


• Iowa State is hosting forward Clinton Mann, who visited Iowa last week. Missouri is playing host to junior-college forward Keith Ramsey.


• Texas A&M continues to extend its reach across the nation. This week, class of 2009 point guard Naji Hibbert of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic is making the trek to College Station. Lone Star State sleeper Nick Russell, from Arlington's Grace Prep, is also scheduled to be on campus.



Pac-10



From all accounts, it will be a quiet weekend in the Pac-10. We only uncovered one visitor. Class of 2009 prospect Jerry Brown of California is headed to Seattle to see Washington's campus. It doesn't hurt that Ohio State will be the opponent on the gridiron.



SEC



Commit first, visit later. That is the plan for new LSU pledge Dennis Harris. The Georgia native will make his first visit to Baton Rouge this weekend. He committed to the Tigers on Thursday.


Harris's AAU teammate, Delwan Graham, is taking his official visit to South Carolina.


• Auburn plays host to in-state target Frankie Sullivan, who has the Tigers tops on his short list.



Mid-majors



UCF is unveiling its new on-campus football stadium with Texas as the visitor, and there will be a trio of important basketball recruits. Georgia guards Ray Willis and Pierre Jordan are visiting, as is Jacksonville forward P.J. Gaynor.


• North Carolina point guard Andre Cornelius is visiting Toledo.


• Florida forward Evan Ravenel is seeing Wichita State for the first time.


• Utah will play host to forward Jordan Cyphers and class of 2009 forward Jeremy Olsen. Olsen also will visit BYU on his trip; he has offers from both already.


• UNLV is playing host to junior-college prospect Dominique Keller and California guard Justin Hawkins.


• It is a big weekend for Loyola Marymount. The West Coast Conference school is hosting Portland guard Ameer Shamsud-din and California guard Wendell Wright.


• Class of 2009 point guard Fred Gulley will be on Tulsa's campus.


• Georgia State continues to take advantage of its regional talent pool. Savannah point guard James Fields and junior-college forward Johnnie Lett, a former Virginia commitment, will officially visit the Atlanta school


• Richmond will play host to Georgia forward Darrius Garrett.


• D.C.-area wing Max Kenyi will make a trip to Penn.


• Air Force is hosting sleeper guard Will Bogan, an Idaho native.


• St. Joseph's landed West Virginia forward Bryant Irwin earlier in the week. Now the Hawks' staff is focusing on prep school forward Orion Outerbridge.


• Miami (Ohio) University is hoping to make a big impression on center Julian Mavunga.

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