Now that the July evaluation period has come and gone, college coaches are hard at work trying to lock down their top targets. Wednesday, the commitment got off to a start.
Ball State nabs shooter
One of the top shooters in the country will stay local. After being targeted heavily by Ball State, Michael Ramey will play for the team from his home state.
A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Southport (Ind.) High, Ramey has excellent size for the two. In addition to his size and ability to stroke the ball from deep, Ramey is a sneaky athlete who has the strength to ward off defenders and finish through contact.
Bacote stays local
Small forward Andrew White received a lot of attention for Team Loaded during the summer, and deservedly so. But playing a bit in his shadow, wing Aaron Bacote was pretty good himself.
An athletic wing who can attack the basket and shoot the ball, the Hampton (Va.) Bethel product chose Old Dominion on Wednesday.
"It seemed like really the perfect opportunity," Bacote told Matthew Hatfield of virginiapreps.com. "It's close to home, they win in their conference, play a good schedule and I had a good relationship with the coaches. They've been there since ninth, tenth grade, recruiting me and building a relationship. It seemed like there would be no better opportunity out there than to play for them."
Missippi State picks up point guard
Rick Stansbury and his staff at Mississippi State aren't playing around in the class of 2012. If they like you, they are coming after you hard and locking you up.
Wednesday night, the Bulldogs locked up their fourth recruit when three-star combo guard Josh Gray gave the Bulldogs a verbal.
A 6-foot-1 native of Louisiana who spent his junior season at Humble (Texas) Christian Life, Gray visited on Wednesday and told Bob Karskadon of the Bulldog Blitz that things felt right.
"I like the coaching staff," Gray told Bulldogblitz.com. "I like the coaching staff, the players, the community. Mainly the coaching staff. They showed me they want me and they need me."
Gray joins a recruiting class that already includes four-stars Gavin Ware and Craig Sword and three-star shooter Fred Thomas.
Hewitt gets first in 2012
While Aaron Bacote chose Old Dominion over finalist George Mason, Paul Hewitt's program came out just fine on Wednesday.
After a terrific summer for Team Takeover, three-star combo guard Patrick Holloway picked George Mason.
A skinny scorer with a deadly jump shot, Holloway is much more dangerous than he might look. His release is quick, he can create space off the dribble and has become much more adept at creating for others off of the dribble.
Arizona State lands third local
With three-star big man Eric Jacobsen and three-star combo forward Kenny Martin already on board, Arizona State's 2012 recruiting class already had a local flavor.
Wednesday, that flavor intensified as yet another three-star local picked the Sun Devils.
Calaen Robinson a 6-foot-2 combo guard from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol made the plunge after taking a few days away from the summer to think about things.
"They were serious with me before anyone else and have always been there so that means a lot," Robinson told Chris Karpman of ASUDevils.com. "I thought about that and wanted to give them what they gave me so I decided to commit."