Starting Five: Kegler sets visits
Top 30 senior Mario Kegler has set up four official visits, while fellow top 30 senior Cassius Winston has set a decision date. The weekend also saw some key commitments. Get the latest in Starting Five.
Kegler sets four visits
Mario Kegler, the No. 29 ranked player in 2016, will visit Arizona State, Indiana, Maryland and Penn State, according to his guardian and summer coach with MBA Hoops Omhar Carter. The 6-foot-7 forward of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill is hoping to make a decision before the arly signing period in November.
The Sun Devils and new head coach Bobby Hurley will get the first crack at Kegler when he visits this coming weekend. The next weekend, Kegler will head out to see Penn State. He'll then take a break from visits before hitting Maryland (Oct. 15) and Indiana (Oct. 22).
Things are even headed into the visits and LSU and Mississippi State -- both of whom Kegler has seen unofficially -- along with Connecticut and Baylor, are still options.
Winston to announce Friday
No. 28-ranked guard Cassius Winston will announce his decision Friday among finalists Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Stanford.
The six-foot tall point guard from Detroit (Mich.) University visited Michigan State this weekend. That he is just coming off a visit to East Lansing and that Tom Izzo and the Spartans have been involved with his recruitment for so long looks to be pretty positive. On top of that, Izzo has been pretty good when it comes to landing top talent from the state of Michigan. Pitt does have some ties to Winston with assistant coach Smoke Williamson, who used to be part of Winston's summer team The Family (when Winston was younger) and Stanford obviously offers big-time academics.
Though he hasn't yet tipped his hand and cases can be made for each of Winston's three finalists, the Spartans are the favorite.
Five-star forward Miles Bridges, who took an official to Michigan State with Winston, announced late Sunday night that he will cut his list down to three. Look for the Spartans to make that list with Kentucky and most likely Indiana (where he has already visited officially).
Arizona wing opens things up
Three-star wing Cameron Satterwhite decommitted from Colorado on Friday.
A 6-foot-4 shooting guard at Gilbert (Ariz.) Christian, Satterwhite is one of the West Coast's highest flyers. However, there is an interesting twist in his decision to open things up.
Satterwhite tweeted that he would like to explore other options, but it will be interesting to see how schools approach his recruitment because he suffered a torn ACL during the summer that will cause him to miss his senior season.
Prior to committing to Colorado, Satterwhite had received mostly mid-major level attention. Theoretically, most programs stopped evaluating him once he committed and he won't exactly be able to work out for anybody this winter. Still, his athleticism is well known and certainly others took notice of him during the summer, even if they weren't necessarily scouting him while watching him play for the Arizona Power.
UTEP, San Francisco and Cal Poly have already extended offers since Satterwhite opened things up and it will be interesting to see who else is willing to take a chance.
Class of 2018 rankings on tap
The first set of rankings for the class of 2018 will drop Tuesday. There isn't much mystery about who is going to be at the top after we spent most of the last year proclaiming Phoenix (Ariz.) Hillcrest power forward Marvin Bagley the top player of the class.
After Bagley, there are a few no-brainers, like power forwards Silvio De Sousa and Jordan Brown, along with combo guard Javonte Smart, who will rank highly. Beyond those guys, though, the class of 2018 is still up in the air and understandably so.
The class hasn't had enough time to establish any identity. Many players have lots of maturing to do or haven't even made their way onto the radar and the pool of players that Rivals will be ranking from come April of 2018 will be exponentially larger than it is today. Also making things difficult with an early ranking of the sophomore class is that many spent the summer playing on different levels. Comparing domination of 15U to solid contribution at the 16U level or flashes of brilliance at the 17U level is tough to do.
With that in mind, the first ranking will be a conservative top 25 and we'll lean towards those we have seen the most. For now, there aren't likely to be more than 10-12 prospects who get early five-star ratings. Beyond the top 25, look for an additional 25-30 non ranked prospects to be assigned four-star ratings and anywhere from another 35-40 to be assigned three-star designations. As we see more prospects during the fall and early winter, we will tweak the rankings and add star ratings to more prospects.
Weekend commitment catchup
It was a relatively slow weekend for commitments from the Rivals150, but one that sticks out is No. 139 Alani Moore to Temple. What the 5-foot-9 floor general lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his competitive spirit and will to win. During the summers with DC Premier, we've grown accustomed to seeing him make game-winning shots and it won't be a surprise if that continues at Temple. Moore must get stronger and adjust his style some for college, but the bet is he'll be one of those guys that Owls fans love while opposing fans will feel like Moore has been there six or seven years by the time he's a senior.
At Tennessee, the Volunteers lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Oklahoma on the football field. But, Rick Barnes and his staff were at least able to capitalize on the environment and land their first commitment from the class of 2016, combo guard Jordan Bone. A product of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth, Bone is currently unranked, but he is a guy that the Vols staff stalked all summer long. An excellent two-way player who defends as well as he scores off the dribble, he fits the mold of some of the under-the-radar guards that Barnes and his staff found at Texas.
BYU landed a key big man target in hard-working power forward Yoeli Childs. A true hard hat kind of guy in the post, Childs is a physical grinder who pounds the glass, runs the floor and scores opportunistically. At around 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, he's got a strong frame and pairs it with long arms that allow him to play bigger than his size even if he isn't a high flyer. For the most part, the Cougars have been cleaning up on local talent over the past few years and Childs figures to be a key contributor down the road.
Rhode Island dipped down into the state of Louisiana to land three-star big man Mike Layssard. The 6-foot-9 wide bodied center will need some seasoning and work on his low post footwork, but the 250-pounder has potential as a physical, back to the basket guy. Ole Miss landed a commitment from one of their official visitors when Justas Furmanavicius committed during his visit. A 6-foot-6 forward from Poplar Bluff (Mo.) Three Rivers, he's a three-star junior college product who will have two years of eligibility. Finally, Bowling Green landed a sneaky good player in Dylan Frye. The three-star from Florida can play either the one or the two and is a competitor who has a terrific feel for the game. He needs strength, but looks like a guy with potential to be very valuable as an upperclassmen.
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