Pelle Planning Visits; Kabongo Decommits; Boatright Likes UConn

Things are moving fast and furious tonight in the world of college hoops recruiting….

**First off, Norvel Pelle told me tonight by phone that he plans to visit St. John’s and Washington, but didn’t have the specific dates nailed down.

“I’m starting visits next week,” he said.

The NCAA early signing period runs Nov. 10-17 and Pelle said he hoped to take “two or three” visits before it ends.

The 6-foot-10, 210-pound big man out of Los Angeles Price said he’s also considering UTEP, UCLA and Oregon. He has been to UCLA on an unofficial but not to the other schools. To read more of this story, click here

Tony Wroten to Washington

After all the flirting with Louisville, and the Tweets to Kentucky coach John Calipari, Tony Wroten is staying home.

The 6-foot-5 senior guard from Seattle Garfield, ranked the No. 8 point guard in the Class of 2011 by, chose Washington over Louisville, UConn, Villanova and Seattle University.

Wroten’s father, Tony Wroten Sr., played football for the Huskies from 1981-84.

Two years ago, Wroten led the Garfield High to the Class 4A state championship game while averaging 18.6 points per game. He then sat out his junior year with a torn ACL in his right knee suffered playing football.

Wroten is Washington’s third commit for 2011, following 6-2 guard Hikeem Stewart of Rainer Beach (Seattle) and 6-10 power forward Jernard Jerreau of New Orleans, whom one Division 1 assistant coach said “has a chance to be a pro because of his excellent skills and athleticism.”

The Huskies are also reportedly pursuing 6-8 forward Angelo Chol of San Diego and 6-8 forward Norvel Pelle of Los Angeles.

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Decision Day for Wroten, Brown; Garrett Has Decided; Harris to Visit Johnies; Marist Lands Guard

Two of the top prospects in the Class of 2011, Seattle guard Tony Wroten and Oakland guard Jabari Brown, will announce their college choices tonight on ESPNU.

Brown (pictured) goes at 5 p.m. EST and Wroten follows at 6.

The 6-foot-5 Wroten has a final five of Washington, Louisville, UConn, Villanova and Seattle University, but most expect him to announce for either Washington or Louisville. To read more of this story, click here

Jabari Brown Down to 5 Schools

Jabari Brown, the No. 5 shooting guard in the nation out of Oakland, is down to five schools.

The 6-foot-5 Brown is considering Washington, UConn, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and Oregon, he confirmed Saturday by text.

Brown has already visited Washington and is currently on an official to UConn.

He hits Arizona State Tuesday, Oregon Oct. 2 and Georgia Tech Oct. 10.

“I just want to see everywhere,” Brown told the esteemed Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant during his visit. “Every school I could see myself going to, I just have to be able to actually go out there and experience what life would be like.” To read more of this story, click here

Pelle Close to Taking Officials

Norvel Pelle, the No. 2 center in the Class of 2011, is close to determining which official visits he will take.

In a phone interview Wednesday night, the 6-foot-10, 205-pound Pelle of Los Angeles Price said he was considering St. John’s, UTEP, UConn and “the whole PAC 10 except Arizona.” He specifically mentioned Oregon and Washington from the PAC 10.

He said he wasn’t sure where he would take officials.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I just finished my home visits. I’m planning my college visits soon.” To read more of this story, click here

Norvel Pelle Taking Home Visits

Norvel Pelle, the No. 2 center in the Class of 2011, is in the midst of taking home visits and will decide on his officials after that.

The 6-foot-10, 205-pound Pelle out of Los Angeles Price has had in-home visits with UTEP, Washington, Kansas, Oregon and St. John’s with Arizona due in Wednesday (tonight), according to Dinos Trigonis of Fullcourt Press, who covers West Coast recruiting and has coached Pelle with the Belmont Shore Basketball Club.

Pelle still has in-homes coming with UConn and UCLA.

“After he finishes with those he’ll decide where he’s gonna visit,” Trigonis said. “He’s still trying to figure things out.” To read more of this story, click here

Jabari Brown Considering Maryland, Miami; Mack Planning Visits; Lewis to Delaware

Jabari Brown’s list of seven schools has now expanded to nine schools.

Sort of.

His father, David, said Maryland and Miami are now being considered along with the original seven of Cal, Washington, Oregon, St. John’s, Georgia Tech, UConn and DePaul.

“He’s reconsidering Maryland at this point,” David Brown said Wednesday night by phone. “He’s also kind of looking at Miami a little bit. Jabari was originally not that interested in them. Now he’s a little more interested.”

The 6-foot-5 Brown of Oakland, Calif., is the No. 5 shooting guard in the Class of 2011. To read more of this story, click here

Jabari Brown Cuts List to 7

Jabari Brown, the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2011, has trimmed his list to seven schools and is planning visits.

“Washington, UConn, Georgia Tech, Oregon, DePaul, St. John’s and Cal,” Brown said by phone.

An Oakland, Calif. native who had a terrific summer with the Drew Gooden Soldiers, only has one official planned, to Washington Sept. 18.

“I’m going up to Washington,” he said. “That’s the only one I have but I’m working on a few more. I should have a few more set in the next few days.” 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

Wroten Says Kentucky is 'On Top Right Now'

Tony Wroten hasn’t committed to Kentucky quite yet, but he sure sounds like he wants to.

Wroten a 6-foot-6, 205-pound point guard out of Seattle (Wash.) Garfield, says Kentucky is “on top right now.”

He also listed Villanova, Washington, UConn and St. John’s.

Wroten is training with the USA U17 team in San Antonio, Texas. That team also features Kentucky commits Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, the No. 1 and 2 players in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2011. Wroten is No. 6. To read more of this story, click here