Recruiting Roundup: Weekend Visits and Tidbits

Caleb SwaniganHere’s an early look at this weekend’s recruiting visits. This list will be updated throughout the weekend.

**Newly-minted McDonald’s All-American Caleb Swanigan is seeing a lot of games these days. He was at Notre Dame on Wednesday for their win over Duke. On Saturday, he’ll be at Louisville for the North Carolina game and on Sunday he’ll be at Michigan State for he Michigan game. (Trevor Andershock)

**Miles Bridges and Curtis Jones of Huntington (W.V.) Prep will also attend that game. (Chip Miller)

**Huntington Prep big man Levi Cook visits South Carolina, as we reported here.

**Sam Japhet-Mathias, a 6-11 2017 big man from Vermont Academy, will be at the Providence-St. John’s game, coach Alex Popp told SNY.tv.

**Amir Coffey,a 2016 four-star guard from Hopkins (MN), will take an unofficial visit to Minnesota Saturday. (Ryan James) To read more of this story, click here

Tyus Battle to Make Season Debut, Looking to Cut List

Tyus Battle

Tyus Battle is expected to make his season debut for Gill St. Bernard’s on Saturday against Ridge after missing the first half of the season with a stress fracture, his father told SNY.tv on Friday.

The 6-foot-6, five-star combo guard is also looking to cut his list from 11 at some point in the future.

“He wants to play, high school basketball is part of his happiness,” Gary Battle said. “He needs to work on his conditioning, he hasn’t played in four months.”

Battle has cut his list to 11 schools, but his father said the time off has allowed them to watch a lot of college basketball and “hone in” on several schools.

“We’re going to start narrowing it down soon enough,” Gary said. “I’d like him to do that, so we’ll see if we can get him to do it…I think he’s ready to do that.” To read more of this story, click here

JaQuan Lyle To The Ohio State

jaquan-lyleBy CHIP MILLER

JaQuan Lyle, a four-star shooting guard from Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy, committed to The Ohio State University Thursday night following Ohio State’s 80-56 victory over Maryland.

“JaQuan is big, tough, physical lead guard who can score and pass,” IMG coach John Mahoney told SNY.tv. “His passing and court vision are underrated. He is a perfect fit for the Big Ten style of play.”

With D’Angelo Russell now projected as the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com, Lyle could come in and get immediate playing time with the Buckeyes. He’s averaging 18 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.5 steals at IMG.

“He has the potential to be special,” Mahoney told SNY.tv. “He is learning how to work hard every day and what it takes to be very good. He has been working on his shot which has improved.” To read more of this story, click here

Kansas-Bound Carlton Bragg Hopes to Recruit Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown at McDonald’s Game

The McDonald’s All-American game is always fertile ground for committed players to recruit uncommitted players to join them on campus.

This year figures to be no exception with nine uncommitted players chosen Wednesday night to the April 1 game at Chicago’s United Center.

Kansas commit Carlton Bragg plans to use the forum to recruit fellow forwards Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram to join him with the Jayhawks.

“I think there is a chance I can get them to come to Kansas with me,” Bragg told SNY.tv contributor Chip Miller on Wednesday.

Asked if he was working on a package deal, he said, “Yes.”

“He said that by participating in the McDonald’s Game with them this gives him the opportunity to recruit those two guys,” added Michael Graves, Bragg’s mentor.

Both Brown and Ingram are uncommitted and considering Kansas, among others. To read more of this story, click here

2016 Guard Adrian Moore Entertaining Multiple Schools

Image credit to STERLING Imageworks

Image credit to STERLING Imageworks

By CHIP MILLER

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR — Adrian Moore is one part of a triple-threat guard attack at North Little Rock (AR) High School, but the 6-foot-4 2016 shooting guard realizes that the end of the season means an end to a part of his daily life.

“I have been playing with them [K.J. Hill and KeVaughn Allen] ever since I started the game of basketball,” Moore said. “I know it’s our last year and I’m probably going to be really sad. I really don’t get sad over stuff like this, but these are guys that I grew up with and we’re all brothers and we do everything together. They’re all going to be gone and I’m still going to be here another year. I still have a lot of friends in my grade and below but it’s not going to be the same, I can tell you that.”

Moore continues to work on every aspect of his game. To read more of this story, click here

Pitt, South Carolina, Virginia Tech Recruiting Big Man Levi Cook Hardest

By MATT JESSEN-HOWARD

Winter recruiting is always full of new names and interest, and one of the hottest names in the country right now is Huntington (Va.) Prep’s Levi Cook. The 6-foot-10, 300-pound senior center has leveraged a successful high school season and a slimmer body to the uptick in his recruitment.

“The high school season’s going real well,” he told SNY.tv in an exclusive interview. “We’re 21-2 I think, and I’m playing really good personally. We’re just hungry for a national championship. I’ve been working on getting in better shape and my conditioning. I’ve also been working on improving my skills in every area. I’m starting to get in shape and starting to feel better. Since I came here, I’ve lost 25-30 pounds. My target weight is about 260 or 270.”

Several high-major schools have been calling and visiting the former West Virginia commit recently. To read more of this story, click here