11. Jarell Martin, 6-7 SF, Madison (Baton Rouge, LA)
Considering St. John’s, Texas A&M, UCLA, Alabama and Oklahoma State and will decide in the spring. “He cut his list down a little bit,” his high school coach, Jeff Jones, told me. “He’s going to decide in the spring. No visits are set so far.” Martin cut Kansas, Arizona and Tulane from his list. More from Jones: ““LSU being the local school, it’s always big. The local school that makes them relevant. We have to wait and see what coach [Johnny] Jones does in his first year and what kind of talent he can bring in.”
12. Isaiah Hicks, 6-7 PF, JF Webb (Oxford, NC)
Committed to North Carolina nearly 14 months ago, before the start of his junior season. He tweeted a simple “just committed to Carolina” a mere four hours after coach Roy Williams offered a scholarship.
13. Rondae Jefferson, 6-7 SF, Chester (Chester, PA)
Committed to Arizona. He initially planned on announcing his college choice on his birthday in January. Instead, the 6-foot-7 wing forward pulled the trigger in September after a home visit with Arizona head coach Sean Miller. “Want to thanks everyone for congratulating me on my choice… I feel great and am proud to say that I Am a #ArizonaWildcat,” Jefferson wrote on Facebook. Florida and Rutgers also made strong bids. “I think that Arizona made him a priority in the recruiting process,” Team Final coach Rob Brown told me.
14. Bobby Portis, 6-10 PF, Hall (Little Rock, AR)
Committed to Arkansas two Augusts ago, before he became a high school junior. This summer, he had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead helping lead the Arkansas Wings Elite to the AAU 11th Grade National Championship at Walt Disney World. The Wings went 9-0 in the tournament. ”He’s A1, and an A1 kid. He’s a nice kid on and off the court,” said his Wings coach, Leighton McCrary.
15. Jermaine Lawrence, 6-9 SF, Pope John Sparta (Sparta, NJ)
Considering Cincinnati, Kansas, Kentucky, St. John’s, Syracuse, UCLA and UNLV and will decide in the spring.
16. Marcus Lee, 6-9 PF, Deer Valley (Antioch, CA)
Cal(ipari) or Cal(ifornia)? Down to Kentucky and California. Will take an official to Kentucky on Oct. 12.
17. Anthony “Cat” Barber, 6-1 PG, Hampton (Hampton, VA)
Committed to N.C. State. The athletic, rugged point guard picked the Wolfpack over Alabama and Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 15. “N.C. State is the perfect place for me to reach my potential and to compete for ACC championships and a national championship!” Barber told the Charlotte Observer by text. “Coach [Mark] Gottfried and [assistant] coach [Rob] Moxley made me believe we can be great.”
18. Isaac Hamilton, 6-5 SG, Crenshaw (Los Angeles, CA)
Considering Washington, Baylor, UNLV, San Diego State, UTEP — and perhaps Florida. “He is a pure scorer with a soft touch. He has great ability to create his own shot in several different ways. Very much a finesse scorer. He is an average athlete and his ball handling needs to improve. Not much of a defender. He had a rough summer with the exception of one monster game in Vegas where he scored 50,” AAU coach Mike Gandolfo told Mike Hancock of Bleacher Report.
19. Robert Hubbs, 6-5 SG, Dyer County (Newbern, TN)
20. Wayne Selden, 6-5 SG, Tilton School, (Tilton, NH)
Considering Kansas, Florida, Missouri, Ohio State, Syracuse and UCLA. Playd last season with Noel, the Kentucky freshman who is ranked a the likely No. 3 pick of the 2013 draft in colleague Joe Kotoch’s recent post on the Top 10 2013 NBA draft prospects. It is worth a read.
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