Commitments Galore on Monday; Tyler Harris to Reclassify

A slew of players committed on Monday…here’s a brief rundown:

**Nimrod Tishman, a 6-6 point guard from Israel who averaged 18.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists at the Under-18 European Championships in France last month, has been admitted to Florida. Tishman must pass through the NCAA Clearinghouse and could enroll at Florida Aug. 24, according to a report on GatorSports.com. If he does, he could help out a team that lost Nick Calathes to Greece. New York’s Erving Walker is the lone point guard on Florida’s roster. To read more of this story, click here

Bruce Pearl: 'I Don't Want Somebody that Doesn't Want to Play for Us'

Bruce Pearl lost a top commitment recently when 2010 point guard Josh Selby decommitted from Tennessee while Pearl was coaching Team USA to a gold medal in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Rumors flew that coaches from other programs were whispering into Selby’s ear and taking advantage of Pearl’s absence.

Selby is now being recruited by everyone from Kentucky to Kansas to UConn to Maryland.

“I think as coaches, we want to ethically make sure that if a guy’s got a commitment, leave him alone,” Pearl told ESPN’s Andy Katz on Monday in Orlando in a segment that appeared on ESPNU. “Now, student-athletes have a right to do what’s in their best interests. To read more of this story, click here

Sterling Gibbs May Decide This Summer; Team NJABC Wins Joe Brown Memorial Tournament

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Sterling Gibbs is only a rising junior, but the Seton Hall Prep point guard may make the call on college this summer.

After scoring 16 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in the New York Panthers 59-58 semifinal loss to Team NJABC at the Joe Brown Memorial Tournament, Gibbs said he plans to take unofficial visits this summer to Oklahoma, Indiana, Villanova, Kentucky and Duke.

His father, Temple Gibbs, said his son could decide later this summer.

“We want to make a commitment by the end of the summer. I just want to get him set,” Temple said. To read more of this story, click here

Brandon Walters to Siena

Former Seton Hall forward Brandon Walters has decided to transfer to Siena.

The 6-foot-9 Walters must sit out a year per NCAA transfer regulations and will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2010.

“I chose Siena because I thought it would be a great growing atmosphere as a person,” Walters said Saturday by phone. “It’s the only team up there so they get a lot of exposure.

“I like the coaching staff. They’re very good people. I feel like I can trust them my next three years as a player. I just want to help the team win.”

Walters, out of Brooklyn Lincoln High School, also considered Drexel and Manhattan. To read more of this story, click here

Gibbs Says Villanova is His Leader

***Read the feature on Ashton and Sterling Gibbs here.***

I’m working on a feature story on brothers Ashton and Sterling Gibbs of Scotch Plains, N.J., both of whom are playing for USA Basketball teams this summer.

Check back later for the full story, but I’m posting this college update first.

Sterling, a 6-foot point rising junior guard out of West Orange (NJ) Seton Hall Prep, says Villanova is his leader at this point.

“I would say right now the favorite would be Villanova,” Gibbs said Thursday by phone after he scored 13 points as the U.S. beat Venezuela 102-76 in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mendoza, Argentina.

“I just like the way that they play and how their guards play. They’re just an open offense. There’s not real set plays. They just like to have players who could just make plays.” To read more of this story, click here

Quintrell Thomas to UNLV

Former Kansas forward Quintrell Thomas has decided to transfer to UNLV.

The 6-8, 250-pound Thomas also considered Siena, St. Joe’s and St. Bonaventure, but went with the Rebels because of his comfort factor with their staff and the appeal of the school and environment.

UNLV was near the top of his list the first time around and this time head coach Lon Kruger and assistant Lew Hill showed immediate interest. To read more of this story, click here

Signing Day Roundup (UPDATED)

Today is the last day of the NCAA spring signing period and there are still a couple of Big Fish swimming around the pond…Here’s a brief update on what we know.

**The Lance Stephenson Saga looks like it will drag out for a while since the sexual assault case has been adjourned to June 29. Attorneys for both Stephenson and Darwin “Buddha” Ellis said they were trying to get the case dismissed, but there is nothing new as of Wednesday.

Arizona and Memphis appear to be the primary players for Stephenson, although we have heard Maryland’s name tossed around a bit. Stephenson has repeatedly said he won’t go to Europe and Sonny Vaccaro has advised him against going that route.

**Kentucky confirmed that it received a Letter of Intent from John Wall.

**Keith Spellman, a 6-2 senior shooting guard out of Brooklyn Thomas Jefferson High, signed with Morgan State. To read more of this story, click here

John Wall to Kentucky

Kentucky coach John Calipari completed a blockbuster recruiting class with the commitment of John Wall, the No. 1 prospect in the nation.

“Our relationship helped out a whole lot,” Wall said Tuesday morning by phone. “It was a tough battle to the end, and just the relationship I had with Coach Cal and the other guards he had in the last two, three years, it gave them the edge. “

Wall joins Demarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton, Jon Hood, Eric Bledsoe and Darnell Dodson in a tremendous recruiting class for Calipari, who left Memphis to take the Kentucky job.

Cousins is ranked No. 2 in the Rivals 150 for 2009, Orton is No. 22 and Bledsoe No. 23.

Wall had initially listed Memphis as his leader when Calipari was the coach of the Tigers, but then opened up his list after Calipari switched schools. To read more of this story, click here

Lance Drops 20 to Lead Panthers to Final; Quintrell Thomas Visiting Iona

Lance Stephenson dropped 20 points on 5-of-14 shooting to lead the New York Panthers to an 80-71 semifinal victory over New Heights in the 2009 Is8/Nike Spring High School Classic in Queens, N.Y.

The Panthers will meet the Playaz sophomores in Sunday’s final at 11.

Stephenson, who did not speak with reporters about his college plans, added 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 3 turnovers. He was 10-of-11 from the stripe.

Hofstra-bound guard Chaz Williams scored 10 of his 18 points in the third quarter for the Panthers. He added five rebounds.

Arizona-bound guard Kevin Parrom tallied 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting  and added 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. To read more of this story, click here

Thomas Holding Off on Decision

Quintrell Thomas will hold off on making a college decision until Memorial Day weekend.

Thomas, the former St. Patrick of Elizabeth (N.J.) forward who is transferring from Kansas, will choose from among Siena, St. Joe’s and UNLV.

“He just finished finals and is coming home this weekend,” said Derrick Bobbitt, Thomas’ AAU coach. “He just wants to take his time making this decision. He knows he has to get it right this time around.”