Amayo Narrows List; Recruiting Rundown

By ALEX KLINE

When Kelvin Amayo entered high school at NIA Prep in New Jersey, he was under the radar.

Throughout his career, he has played with some of the top tier talent in the area and always taken a backseat. Now, as one of the top unsigned seniors in the country, Amayo is a star.

It didn’t come easy, though. The 6-foot-4 guard/forward had to work at it.

“It took me hard work in the gym to be even brought up with the best in my class and nobody knows that this was my true drive to be great,” he said. To read more of this story, click here

Carter to Sign in Spring; Patterson to D-League; Memphis' Kendrick to Play Tonight (UPDATED)

Former St. Bonaventure commit Elijah Carter will wait until the spring to sign with a school.

“Yes, I am,” Carter said by text.

Asked why he would not sign in the fall, Carter said, “So that I can bond more with the coaches I will be around for the next four years.”

The 6-foot-2 Carter, the No. 22 point guard in the Class of 2011, is still considering Oregon State, Seton Hall, Charlotte, Rhode Island and South Florida, but will now have an entire season at Brewster to mull his options — and perhaps consider other options.

“Yes, there is a chance new schools can get in,” he said.

The NCAA early signing period runs Nov. 10-17. To read more of this story, click here

Carter, Hubert Still Weighing Options

After taking weekend official visits, New Jersey products Elijah Carter and Desmond Hubert are still weighing their options as they move closer to decisions.

The 6-foot-2 Carter, a Willingboro, N.J., native, visited Oregon State this past weekend and watched the football team pound Cal, 35-7, on Homecoming Weekend.

“I had a great time,” Carter said by text. “I really enjoyed the college life out there.” To read more of this story, click here

Carter, Hubert Hit the Road

Two of New Jersey’s top 2011 recruits will hit the road on official visits this weekend when guard Elijah Carter trips to Oregon State and forward Desmond Hubert heads to Maryland.

“Taking an official tomorrow [Friday] to OSU,” Carter said Thursday night by text.

A year after initially committing to St. Bonaventure, the recruitment of the 6-foot-2 Carter has exploded, with Pac-10 and Big East schools getting involved.

At this point, Seton Hall, Oregon State and Charlotte appear to be the most likely destinations for Carter, who plays at Brewster (N.H.) Academy. To read more of this story, click here

Elijah Carter Has a Top Five

Elijah Carter is settling into his new life at Brewster (N.H.) Academy and trimming his college list as well.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carter, a former St. Bonaventure commit, says his top five consists of Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Oregon State, Charlotte and Clemson.

Carter had an in-home visit with Oregon State assistant Nate Pomeday on Tuesday night. He also recently had an in-home with Cincinnati head coach Mike Cronin and assistant Darren Savino and also took an unofficial to Seton Hall.

Carter said no official visits are set although Oregon State would like him to visit in late October. To read more of this story, click here

West Virginia Adds McCune; Moreland Eligible at OSU

West Virginia picked up a verbal commitment Tuesday from Tommie McCune, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Saginaw, Mich.

McCune, ranked No. 29 at his position in the Class of 2011 by Rivals, committed after an unofficial visit to Morgantown Tuesday.

“Tommie McCune has committed to West Virginia,” All Ohio Red coach Benji Burke told Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop. “He committed about twenty minutes ago.

“He thought it was the right time to commit and I think it is a great decision.” To read more of this story, click here

Carson Has 4 Visits in Mind

Jahii Carson has four official visits in mind — and one of them is St. John’s.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Carson out of Mesa (Az.) High said he plans to take officials to Arizona, Washington, Oregon State and St. John’s.

He plans to leave one official open and said he would probably take it to Alabama or North Carolina.

He has already visited UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona and Arizona State unofficially. To read more of this story, click here

Oakland Soldiers Big Men Drawing Looks

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — That Oakland Soldiers are one of the most star-studded outfits on the summer recruiting trail.

With guards Nick Johnson Josiah Turner and Jabari Brown and 6-9 bigs Kyle Wiltjer and Brandon Ashley (2012), the Soldiers drew everyone from Roy Williams to Gary Williams to Ben Howland at last week’s Peach Jam.

“Before the game I notice who’s in the building. But when the game starts, I’m all about the game,” Wiltjer said.

Wiltjer missed at least one game at the Peach Jam with painful migraine headaches that forced him to visit the emergency room. To read more of this story, click here

Coaches Swarm to Watch Oakland Soldiers

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, a Who’s Who of college  coaches assembled in Gym 1 here at the Riverview Park Activities Center to watch the Oakland Soldiers 17U AAU team.

Sitting courtside were Roy Williams (North Carolina), Bill Self (Kansas), Gary Williams (Maryland), Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech), Ben Howland (UCLA), Fran McCaffery (Iowa), Craig Robinson (Oregon State), Tony Bennett (Virginia), Tony Barbee (Auburn), John Beilein (Michigan), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Kevin O’Neill (USC), Mike Montgomery (Cal) and Dana Altman (Oregon), among others.

“It’s pretty good,” said Nick Johnson, a senior guard with the Soldiers and Findlay (Nev.) Prep. “Just coming from LeBron [James Skills Academy], that was the big stage. All of them were there so I kind of got used to it. It takes some getting used to, but I think I’m used to it now.” To read more of this story, click here

Maurice Walker to Trim List This Week

Maurice Walker is one of the most sought after big men in the Class of 2010.

The 6-foot-10, 280-pound Toronto native is currently playing at Wolfeboro  (N.H.) Brewster Academy and plans to cut his list with his father later this week.

“We plan on sitting down this week to hash out our top five and see if we can schedule our visits for the spring and get that portion of things wrapped up,” Craig Walker said Monday by phone.

Walker is ranked No. 12 among centers in the Class of 2010 and No. 118 overall by Rivals.

Craig Walker said the current list for his son includes Seton Hall, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Marquette and St. John’s. He added that South Florida, Oregon State and Memphis have also expressed interest. To read more of this story, click here