November 10, 2011

Early signing period: Thursday notes

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Carter commits to Georgia Tech

It came down to three schools for Robert Carter, and the highly ranked prospect is staying in-state but headed to the ACC.

A 6-foot-8 power forward from Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh High School, Carter will head to Atlanta to play for Georgia Tech.

He joins Rivals150 prospects and talented wing scorers Marcus Hunt and Chris Bolden in the Georgia Tech recruiting class. - Jerry Meyer

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Poythress to Kentucky

It was a long, drawn-out recruitment for Alex Poythress, but the five-star prospect has settled on a SEC school. And that school isn't in his home state.

Poythress, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast High School, will cross the state border and play his college basketball for Kentucky.

The Wildcats outlasted Florida, Memphis and Vanderbilt to land Poythress.

The No. 19-ranked prospect in the Rivals150, Poythress joins shooting guard Archie Goodwin (ranked No. 12) and center Willie Cauley (ranked No. 39) in the Kentucky recruiting class.

Kentucky's recruiting class as it stands will challenge North Carolina State for the No. 3 spot in the national team recruiting rankings. - Jerry Meyer

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Last-minute visit for Lucas

Three-star big man Landen Lucas is still planning to make a decision during the early signing period. However, he's added one more school to his list and will be taking one final official visit beginning today.

The 6-foot-9 senior from Portland (Ore.) Westview is on his way to Kansas for a last-second official visit before he makes a college decision.

Lucas has already completed visits to Stanford, Tennessee, California and Washington. - Eric Bossi


Top class not all in yet

Sean Miller won't be able to officially discuss his top rated recruiting class -- at least not as whole -- until sometime Monday afternoon. By then, the Arizona boss should have received a signed letter of intent from Grant Jerrett who is waiting until then to sign in a ceremony at La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran High.

Late last night, Miller did get a letter of intent from Kaleb Tarczewski. The five-star big man had not been expected to sign until later this afternoon but his signature was certainly welcomed a little early. Earlier in the day on Thursday, five-star forward Brandon Ashley and high four-star shooting guard Gabe York inked letters during ceremonies at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep and Orange (Calif.) Lutheran.


Wichita State waits

Wichita State is waiting on a technicality to announce its 2012 recruiting class. While Fred Van Vleet, CleAnthony Early, Derail Green and Henry Uwadiae have all signed their national letters of intent, the Shockers are still waiting on the return of Uwadiae's.

The big man's LOI must first head to Nigeria where Uwaldiae's parents can sign and then it will be on the way to Wichita. Regardless of when that letter gets there, Gregg Marshall's crew has put together one of the Missouri Valley Conference's best recruiting classes. A three-star point guard who can control the game, Van Vleet is arguably the conference's top signee. The athletic Early has put up huge numbers through the early part of the junior college season and Green is a thin face-up forward who can really shoot the ball.


Mid-major notes

The CAA has gotten really tough over the past few years and Towson signed a class that should allow them to compete in the conference at a high level. The Tigers received signatures from four players on Thursday.

The highlight of the class is Rivals150 combo guard Jerome Hairston but he's not the only three-star. Point guard Frank Mason and power forward Barrington Alston both check in is three stars while tough power forward Timahj Parker-Rivera is a solid two-star prospect.

Over on the other side of the country, UNLV got letters from four-star combo guard Katin Reinhardt, ranked three-star big man Demetris Morant and still relatively unknown nationally -- but celebrated locally in Baltimore -- point guard DaQuan Cook. The class is a great starting point for new coach Dave Rice in his first year at the helm of the Rebels program.

They didn't get a ton of national fanfare for their class, but Colorado State quietly put together a very nice two-man recruiting class.

Thursday night, the Rams got word that Jordan Mason and Jermaine Morgan had put pen to paper. Both three-star prospects, Mason is an athletic scoring combo guard from Texas while Morgan is a big man with some skill and ability to run the floor from Chicago.


Eric Bossi can be reached at eric_bossi@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @ebosshoops.

Jerry Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@rivals.com. You can follow him on Twitter @3starmeyer.



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