Indiana, Kansas Were First Schools to Reach Out to Thon Maker After Announcement

thonmaker-2-634x840Indiana and Kansas were the first two schools to reach out to Thon Maker after he recently Tweeted he was “on track to graduate” in 2015.

The 7-foot, 211-pound Maker also says he’s “70 percent” that he will reclass to 2015, making him eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.

“The messages were in the hundreds, in terms of college coaches and media reaching out to see what was going on,” Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, told Franklyn Calle of Slam in this story. “It was a little bit of a firestorm for Thon, [head] Coach [Larry] Blunt and myself. [Assistant coach] Chuck Martin of Indiana was on it quick. He was the first college coach to reach out. And then [assistant coach] Kurtis Townsend of Kansas was next just moments later.” To read more of this story, click here

Kassoum Yakwe May Attend Prep School or Reclass to 2015

YakweKassoum Yakwe, a 6-7 2016 forward from Our Savior New American, says he may attend prep school next year or reclass to 2015.

“I have all of my courses done in school,” Yakwe told Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune while visiting Iowa State for Monday’s game against Oklahoma.

“It’s good for me to go to college or go to prep school to work on my game. I can go to college and redshirt and make sure I’m going to play or go to prep school. Me and my guardian are making the decision.

“I’m not going back to high school.” To read more of this story, click here

Veer Singh to Seton Hall for 2015 (UPDATED)

Veer Singh, one of the most talented and mysterious players in the New York metropolitan area, has committed to Seton Hall in the Class of 2015, his mother told Monday morning by phone.

Singh was originally Class of 2016 but is reclassing to 2015.

“He’s going to commit to Seton Hall,” Renee Singh, who moved to the area from Georgia in the fall, said by phone. “He’ll be going 2015.

“I think we are happy with the decision. It was more of wanting him to stay close by since I moved here for him. I like the program and I think he’ll be a good fit there.” To read more of this story, click here

Davon Dillard to California

Davon Dillard,
a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American, has committed to California following an official visit this weekend.

“I’m officially a cal Bear,” he Tweeted.

An athletic wing player who can stroke it from beyond the arc, Dillard had recently trimmed his list to Cal, Creighton, Indiana, Pitt and Purdue.

Dillard is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals and No. 132 overall in the 2015 class.

“He’s a terrific athlete, shoots the 3,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told “Not fully a skilled three-man yet, but very athletic and that’s a good get for them.

“He’s a big-time athlete, he has a BCS body and he’s gotta continue to elevate his skill level. When I first saw him I thought he was more of an under-sized four, but he’s an effort guy, a guy who does play hard. His problem is not focus, he’s gotta flesh out his perimeter skill set.” To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Roundup: Minnesota, UConn, Villanova Watch Diallo, Diarra; Indiana Pursuing Yakwe; Mosely, Livingston Add Offers

HAMIDOU-DIALLO200-11-22Minnesota assistant Kimani Young, UConn assistant Glen Miller and Villanova assistant Kyle Neptune all tripped this weekend to watch the Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy duo of Hamidou Diallo and Mamadou Diarra.

The 6-4 Diallo (pictured) is a 2017 shooting guard ranked No. 38 in that class by Rivals with offers from UConn and Minnesota, among others.

“Hamidou has a great feel for the game which allows him to execute at a high level on the floor,” New York Jayhawks coach Jay David, also an assistant at Long Island Lutheran, told “His ability to score and pass at such a high level is what I think makes him special.” To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Roundup: Duke, Cal, St. John’s, Colorado, Iowa State Among Those Hosting Recruits

Duke, California, St. John’s, Colorado and Iowa State are among the schools that will host recruits on this last weekend of February.

jayson-tatum**Jayson Tatum, the 6-foot-8 2016 wing from St. Louis (MO) Chaminade, visits Duke for Saturday’s game with Syracuse.

“They have one of the greatest coaches ever [Mike Krzyzewski], with almost 1,000 wins now,” Tatum told before Coach K crossed that rubicon. “They have a great tradition, with lots of great guys that come into that program. It’s somewhere I can see myself going.”

Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and St. Louis are among the other schools in the mix for Tatum. For To read more of this story, click here

Tyus Battle Injures Foot, Barely Plays in Front of Mike Brey and John Beilein


Tyus Battle

GLADSTONE, N.J. – Tyus Battle played only a few minutes for Gill St. Bernard’s in front of coaches John Beilein of Michigan and Mike Brey of Notre Dame after suffering what coach Mergin Sina called a foot injury. The 6-foot-6 Battle only took a few shots and did not score a point.

Battle, who did not start against St. Benedict’s because it was Gill’s Senior Night, played a few minutes before walking off into the locker room, where he spent the remainder of the game and did not speak to media.

“He has a foot issue,” Sina told “But I haven’t talked to the trainers.”

There was no word yet on the extent of the injury or if any additional time will be missed for the junior guard. He missed the first portion of the season with a stress fracture in his foot before debuting Jan. 31. To read more of this story, click here