Now that it is September, it means the start of college football and official visits for the nation's top basketball prospects. Nearly 30 players are on the road over the Labor Day weekend. In this first edition of Fastbreak Friday, Rivals.com breaks down who is visiting who.
Disaster puts trip into perspective
Hurricane Katrina imprisoned the city of New Orleans and turned the Gulf South region into a war zone. Several student athletes hail from that area and many have made their way to Houston or Atlanta or other surrounding southern cities. Two hoops prospects were supposed to take their first official visits this weekend. Those trips are likely cancelled.
New Orleans native D.J. Augustin was set to make the short trip to LSU this weekend. However he may have already fled to Baton Rouge. Rivals.com has attempted to reach him to see if he and his family are safe however the phone lines are knocked out.
Biloxi, Miss., native Jejuan Brown also saw his hometown wiped out by the hurricane. Instead of making a trip to West Virginia, Brown could very well be looking for relief from the aftermath that has kept his hometown at bay.
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Cats, Vols hosting key prospects
Brandan Wright kicks off his official visit tour this weekend, making his first stop at the University of Kentucky. The No. 6 ranked senior in the country has never been to the SEC power and Tubby Smith and his staff are happy to finally welcome him to Rupp Arena.
Bruce Pearl has hit the recruiting road running at the University of Tennessee. He's already holding a verbal commitment from Wayne Chism and now the big man's high school teammate Willie Kemp is finally coming to Knoxville for his official visit. Tennessee is one of the frontrunners for his services. He and Chism are one of the top inside-out duos in the country.
JUCO stud Sonny Weems will also make a trip to Tennessee this weekend. Rivals.com's JucoJunction.com rates Weems as the No. 3 overall junior college prospect in the country. He's an athletic wing with a college ready body and a high-major skill level player.
Four-star prospects taking in the elite
Fresno, Calif., native Quincy Pondexter will make the cross-country trip to Connecticut this weekend. After having a sensational summer, the 6-foot-7 small forward quickly became one of the most coveted small forward prospects in the nation. Jim Calhoun and his staff are the first coaches to host him this month. He'll be in Washington next week and Memphis the week after.
The Texas Longhorns already have a commitment from Kevin Durant, perhaps one of the best shooters in the country. The Big 12 school is now bringing in one of the best scorers in the country in California's Patrick Christopher. This is the only schedule official trip for the Compton Dominguez product this September.
Michigan point guard Tory Jackson was long thought as a heavy Michigan lean. However, after not committing early, several other schools have entered into the picture. Southern Cal is one of them. Tim Floyd and his staff worked hard on the 5-foot-11 floor general and now he's going to see the Men of Troy this weekend.
Sleeper Ryan Anderson starts his trips at Cal. The strong shooting big man had a great showing in Las Vegas at the Big Time tournament. Several West Coast schools turned the heat up on the Sacramento area prospect.
Speaking of summer sleepers, Nebraska big man Matt Hill also had a great showing at the Big Time. Since then, high-majors inquired but schools like Utah were in their first. Now the No. 78 ranked senior in the country is headed to Salt Lake City to see the Utes.
Big 12, Big Ten host key recruits
Decision day is inching closer for Minnesota small forward Isaiah Dahlman. He will make his final visit at Michigan State. Soon after he will decided between the Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Also interested in Iowa is New Mexico combo forward Kasey Cunningham. He's leaving the desert for the plains this weekend. Iowa is his first of five trips over the next month and half.
While Oklahoma fans are pumped to see Adrian Peterson in action on the gridiron, Texas point guard Jermaine Beal will be in Norman. He fits OU's point guard make-up and the Sooners are sitting pretty with the Dallas area native.
Also making trips this weekend
Lucas Hargrove - Tennessee State
Jacob Green - Fordham
Larry Wright - San Diego State
Ian Anderson - San Jose State
George Odufuwa - SMU
Adam Koch - West Virginia
A.J. Wilson - Marquette (unofficial)
Underclassmen also making trips
The class of 2007 will also be represented over the Labor Day weekend. Players are taking advantage of the long weekend and checking out several schools.
Louisville struck gold with the commitment of Derrick Caracter earlier in the week. Now their efforts are being shifted to Earl Clark and the class of 2007. One of their top targets, Nolan Smith, is coming to Louisville for the weekend. The Cardinals are the heavy favorite to land the five-star prospect.
In the stands at the South Carolina-Central Florida game was LaRon Dendy along with several other members of the South Carolina Celtics. Dendy, a four-star prospect, is a key target for the Gamecocks.
Florida point guard Martavis Kee was at Florida Atlantic on Wednesday and met with Matt Doherty. The on Monday, the sleeper guard from Fort Lauderdale will be in Tallahassee for the FSU-Miami game.
Chris Wright, one of the top point guards in the class of 2007 told Rivals.com a couple of weeks ago that he will make an unofficial visit to NC State over Labor Day weekend.
There is a possibility that four-star power forward Blake Griffin will make a trip to Oklahoma State. Think his Sooner brother Taylor will give him a hard time for his trip to Stillwater?
Taylor King tripped to Villanova on August 28 and reportedly stopped by Southern California on August 31.
Rivals.com will preview the weekend visitors every week in our edition of Fastbreak Friday.