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McDonald's Nuggets: Commits of the week, a visit to watch

In this week’s edition of McDonald’s Nuggets, Dan McDonald recaps another really strong week of commitments around the country, along with a visit to watch in the ACC.


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STARTING FIVE: Top commitments of the week

Ernest Udeh
Ernest Udeh (Nick Lucero/

Kansas struck gold this week as the Jayhawks' staff won out over UCLA in the recruitment of four-star center Ernest Udeh (1). The Florida native was one of the major stock risers of the most recent travel season. His ability to dominate in the paint on both ends at 6-foot-10 led to scholarship offers coming in from all over the country. He’ll be a star at Kansas in a hurry.

Miami added its second and third commitments this week, with one of them coming from four-star power forward AJ Casey (2). The Chicago native is the prototypical four-man that college coaches love these days as he’s comfortable playing on the perimeter but also has the length and athleticism to be a factor in the paint.

Like Miami, Syracuse also double-dipped this week with four-star small forward Chris Bunch (3) being one of the two newcomers for the Orange’s 2022 class. The 6-foot-7 wing is the perfect fit to play on the back line of Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone with his length and athleticism. He’s also a very reliable three-point shooter.

Porter Moser continues to put in the work on the recruiting trail as the Sooners were able to land three-star guard Milos Uzan (4) this week. The Arizona native is a talented scorer who can play both guard spots at the next level. Uzan, along with fellow Oklahoma commit Otega Oweh, should make for a nice backcourt for Moser and his staff to build around.

Syracuse also scored a commitment from three-star power forward Maliq Brown (5) this week. The Virginia native again fits the long and athletic type of forwards and centers that Boeheim recruits for the back line of his 2-3 zone. As Brown fills out his 6-foot-9 frame he should be able to anchor the paint for the Orange as he’s a strong rebounder and rim protector.


VISIT TO WATCH: Chandler Jackson takes an official visit to Florida State

Four-star point guard Chandler Jackson continues his official visit tour this weekend with a stop at Florida State. The Memphis native just completed a visit at Tennessee last weekend, and he has also seen Virginia Tech and Kansas. He’s become one of the more popular recruits in the Southeast lately as he’s one of the top available guards in the 2022 class.

Leonard Hamilton is one of the most well-respected recruiters in the country and will have his chance to win over Jackson this weekend. The 6-foot-4 guard won’t overwhelm anyone with his athleticism, but he’s a very skilled player and can play both spots in backcourt.