Recruiting Roundup: Weekend Visits & Tidbits

Here’s your Friday morning look-ahead to the weekend’s recruiting visits and other news:

**After hosting Louisville’s Rick Pitino, Villanova’s Jay Wright and Rutgers’ Eddie Jordan this week at Gill St. Bernard’s, 2016 guard Tyus Battle will host Kentucky’s John Calipari on Friday. Battle will also trip to Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness, along with Duke’s, and possibly’s Villanova’s, Midnight Madness events.

**Steven Enoch, a 6-10 forward from St. Thomas More, will take an official visit to UConn this weekend and could end up committing on the trip. Enoch told SNY.tv this summer he grew up a huge UConn fan.

**Jarvis Johnson, a 6-1 shooting guard from Minneapolis (MN) DelaSalle, is expected to announce for Minnesota over Wisconsin, Michigan State, UNLV & Baylor. Minnesota and coach Richard Pitino already have three commits in point guard Kevin Dorsey, shooting guard DuPree McBrayer and big man Jonathan Nwankwo. To read more of this story, click here

Mickey Mitchell Recommits to Ohio State

Mickey Mitchell has recommitted to Ohio State after decommitting last month.

“After short consideration, The Ohio State University is the only place for me, staff & players are family. Can’t wait to get back! GO BUCKS!” the 6-foot-7, 220-pound small forward from Plano (TX) Tweeted.

He had taken an official visit to Ohio State last weekend.

Mitchell’s commitment comes one day after Shaker Heights (OH) power forward Esa Ahmad picked West Virginia over Ohio State and Maryland.

Mitchell’s older brother, Mike – a heralded linebacker who played as a freshman at Ohio State over the previous season – left the Ohio State football program in January, citing his father’s health as part of the reason. Mike eventually landed at Texas Tech in Lubbock. To read more of this story, click here

Former Manhattan Pledge Rickey McGill to Iona

Four days after landing a commitment from Kai Mitchell for 2016, Iona on Thursday picked up a commitment from 6-foot-2, 175-pound Spring Valley (N.Y.) combo guard Rickey McGill for 2015.

Mitchell and McGill are best friends and Spring Valley teammates.

“What made me pick Iona was that I wanted to stay close to home,” McGill told SNY.tv. “I love the coaching staff. When I get to Iona, they are going to be hard on me to be successful, not only as a basketball player but as a person in life.” To read more of this story, click here

Jay Wright, Eddie Jordan Looking to Keep Tyus Battle Close to Home

While national powerhouses Louisville and Kentucky come into Gill St. Bernard’s this week and try to take one of New Jersey’s top talents out of the region for college, the local schools are working to keep Tyus Battle close to home.

Villanova coach Jay Wright and Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan watched the 6-foot-5 2016 guard work out Thursday at Gill St. Bernard’s and made a similar pitch.

“They said that he would obviously be an integral part of their programs and it would be a big deal for a kid at his level to stay at home who is being recruited by everybody in the country,” Gary Battle told SNY.tv. “Both of them said, ‘Let’s keep this guy at home.'” To read more of this story, click here

Trevor Manuel to Oregon

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Trevor Manuel committed to the Oregon Ducks Thursday afternoon.

“It’s official next year I’ll be a duck#GoDucks” he tweeted. “Thanks for all the love and support from everyone.”

“I went out there for my official and fell in love with the school,” he told SNY.tv contributor Chip Miller by text. To read more of this story, click here

Malik Newman Excited About Possibly Seeing Drake at Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness

Malik Newman, one of the most sought after guards in the Class of 2015, met this week with Kentucky’s John Calipari, Kansas’s Bill Self and N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried.

But the game-changer for Newman may be that Calipari is the only one who can deliver rapper Drake to his Midnight Madness. Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness is set for Oct. 17 — the weekend after Calipari will host a groundbreaking two-day NBA combine for a team loaded with nine McDonald’s All-Americans.

“[Calipari] said Drake might come this year,” Newman told the Clarion-Ledger. “That would be a really good event to go to. It really lets me know what they’re working with and that [Kentucky] has a lot of connections.” To read more of this story, click here

Djery Baptiste to Vanderbilt

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Djery Baptiste committed to Vanderbilt Wednesday night. He chose the Commodores over UConn.

Listed at 6-foot-11, 245 pounds, Baptiste brings a huge presence down low to the Commodores, who earlier Wednesday missed out on 6-8 Juwan Morgan when he chose Indiana.

Ranked No. 89 in the class of 2015, Baptiste is a raw talent who averaged 2.8 points, and 3.3 points per game this summer for the Texas Titans on the EYBL circuit this summer alongside of Texas A&M commits D.J. Hogg and Tyler Davis, as well as Mickey Mitchell.

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Juwan Morgan to Indiana

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As expected, Indiana has picked up a pledge from Juwan Morgan, the No. 63-ranked player in the 2015 class by 247 Sports.

Morgan chose Indiana over Vanderbilt after visiting Indiana this past weekend.

“Academics, player development and playing time were very important to me,” Morgan said. “I’ve decided to continue my education at Indiana University. I feel like they can give me the best in all three things. I went there on a visit and knew it was the right place for me.” To read more of this story, click here

Jalen Brunson to Villanova

Jalen Brunson, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2015, committed to Villanova over in-state Illinois on Wednesday.

Brunson, who grew up in South Jersey but now plays for Lincolnshire (IL) Stevenson, visited Illinois and then Villanova over the past two weekends, and by all accounts the Villanova visit went very well.

Asked at a press conference what he knew about Villanova, Brunson, whose father Rick Brunson played at Temple and was set to be hired as an assistant at Temple before he was charged this summer in a sexual assault, said, “I knew that it was my parents’ rival school… I didn’t like them growing up. I knew they were a really good program, they’ve had a lot of big-time players and good guards.”

He also said Wildcats coach Jay Wright was a factor in his decision and that it’s “my goal” to stay at Villanova all four years.”

Wright Tweeted: “It’s a great day to be a Villanova Wildcat! #novanation”

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Esa Ahmad to West Virginia

Esa Ahmad, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Cleveland (Ohio) Shaker Heights who was named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year, chose West Virginia on Wednesday over Ohio State and Maryland.

“I have officially committed to the University of West Virginia! I would like to thank everyone who has recruited me!” he Tweeted.

“He chose West Virginia because of the style of play, proximity and because they have a Hall of Fame coach [Bob Huggins],” Ibby Ahmad, Esa’s father, told SNY.tv. “They have tremendous pieces in place for Esa’s arrival.”

Ahmad joins 6-1 point guard James Bolden and 6-10 center Levi Cook in West Virginia’s 2015 class.

Ranked the No. 9 power forward in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports’ composite rankings, Ahmad led Shaker Heights in points (26.5), rebounds (11.5), assists (3.5), blocks (2) and steals (2) per game and was named Associated Press Division I Player of the Year statewide in Ohio.

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