Former Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby is headed to the Big Ten.
“Committed to Illinois,” he told SNY.tv by text.
“Coach [John] Groce, the staff and the fans all made me feel at home,” he added. “Coach Groce really put his best foot forward and my family and I felt he was sincere.
“It’s a great opportunity here and it fit everything I was looking for in my new situation.”
Cosby began his Illinois visit Thursday and was supposed to visit Missouri beginning today (Saturday). Instead, he pulled the trigger for the Illini. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Austin Colbert is headed to the Big Ten.
The 6-foot-9 power forward from Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) verbally pledged to Illinois in the SNY studios on Monday.
A native of Chesapeake, Va., Colbert chose the Illini and head coach John Groce over Miami, Seton Hall and Villanova.
“I’ve decided that I’m going to attend the University of Illinois,” Colbert said. “Fighting Illini.”
Many observers had Colbert penciled in for Villanova, but Colbert decided otherwise about a week ago. To read more of this story, click here
Huntington Prep shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes will visit Illinois this coming weekend and UConn the following weekend, according to the New Haven Register.
Illinois head coach John Groce and assistant Dustin Ford visited the 6-foot-4 shooting guard Tuesday at the West Virginia school, and UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and assistant Karl Hobbs were in on Monday.
He is also considering Florida State, alma mater of his parents.
“It definitely plays a factor, my dad playing at Florida State,” he told the paper. “Not a lot of kids can say their dad played at the same school recruiting you. My To read more of this story, click here
Arkansas on Saturday landed 6-foot-9 Huntington (W.V.) Prep big man Moses Kingsley, according to reports.
Huntington coach Rob Fulford has compared Kingsley, who committed on his visit to Arkansas and was also being courted by Louisville, to Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng.
“They’re very similar,” Fulford told the Louisville Courier Journal. “Gorgui was probably a better shot-blocker at this stage, but Moses is a little better offensively at this stage.” To read more of this story, click here
By ADAM ZAGORIA & ALEX KLINE
At 6 feet 10 inches and with natural shot-blocking abilities, Nerlens Noel may well be the best defensive player in the Class of 2013.
“Nerlens has cat-like reflexes, incredible instincts, quickness, reflexes for a guy his size,” said Tilton (N.H.) School coach Markus O’Neil. “He has uncanny shot-blocking ability.
“He can do a lot just naturally on defense. He’s got a decent frame on him. He needs to continue to get stronger and build his offensive skills.” To read more of this story, click here
By ALEX KLINE
When Johnnie Vassar decided to leave his home state of Illinois for prep school in Massachusetts, the state did not forget about the talented guard.
Now a freshman at Lawrence Academy, Vassar is one of the top point guards in the country. On Saturday, he returned home to take an unofficial visit and picked up his first scholarship offer.
“I just finished my visit to Illinois,” he said. “It went really well and they offered me, as well.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK – From the Big East to the ACC to the Big 12, freshman are already making big headlines in college basketball.
Class of 2010 stars who have looked impressive early in the season include Kyrie Irving of Duke, Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State, Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb of Kentucky, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph of Texas, Jereme Richmond and Meyers Leonard of Illinois, Tobias Harris of Tennessee, C.J. Leslie of N.C. State, Joe Jackson of Memphis, Pe’Shon Howard of Maryland, Dwayne Polee of St. John’s, J.J. Moore of Pittsburgh, Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati, Dion Waiters of Syracuse and Mike Poole of Rutgers.
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Anthony Davis is ranked as the No. 2 power forward in the Class of 2011, yet hardly anyone knew who he was before this spring.
After growing seven inches in a year, Davis is now 6 feet, 9 inches and 187 pounds.
“He went through a major, major growth spurt,” said Anthony Davis Sr. “He’s eating us out of house and home, for sure. He just won’t gain the weight.”
Davis burst onto the national scene this past spring and was named Most Promising Prospect at the recent NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. To read more of this story, click here
Quincy Miller has plenty of college options and he’s not shutting any doors right now.
A 6-foot-10, 210-pound power forward from High Point (N.C.) Westchester Country Day ranked as the No. 3 player at his position in the Class of 2011, Miller rattled off an impressive list of college offers.
“Syracuse, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Illinois, Duke, Memphis, Texas, Tennessee, Baylor, N.C. State and Oklahoma,” Miller said by phone from the USA U18 team trials in San Antonio, Texas.
Miller said he has no favorites and no timetable in mind. To read more of this story, click here
Kyle Cain is back from his official visit to West Virginia and must now decide his next move.
The 6-foot-7 forward from New Hampton (N.H.) prep has now taken four official visits and has one remaining.
“He’s going to decide if he’s going to visit either Arizona State or Alabama with his last visit,” New Hampton coach Peter Hutchins said.
Cain visited Rhode Island and Northern Illinois before committing to Rhode Island. After decommitting he has been to Illinois and West Virginia. To read more of this story, click here