I promise I won’t comment on UNC being a bunch of cheating fucks today.
Today I am just going to recap a few notes and we will take a look at actual commitments that each team holds. I plan on doing 1/3 of the conference each week for the next 3 weeks.
BOSTON COLLEGE-Scholarship number for 2018=0
Boston College is one of the toughest teams to follow. It just never seems like there is ever any information on them floating around outside the pay sites. Right now they sit at 0 as far as ‘ship count with Winston Tabbs being the only signee for the 2018 class. Tabbs plays his AAU ball for Team Melo and is a really good outside shooter. BC could be an interesting team that is built similar to successful mid majors in 2018-19. They will have the ability to go 4-out and be a bombs away type team.
CLEMSON- Scholarship number for 2018= -1
Brad Brownell has a couple talented kids signed for the 2018 class in Hunter Tyson and and John Newman IV. The fanbase is still holding out hope for Zion, but I don’t see it. That one is going to come down to the K’s. Kansas or Kentucky. My money is on Kansas. They may still be in on Dimon Carrigan but he has been really quiet for a few weeks since his OV to Houston in late September. Brownell’s style of play has always worked against him, but now that his buy out has decreased from $3MM to $1.7MM if he were to be let go at the end of the upcoming season, the constant hot seat talk isn’t helping him either.
DUKE- Scholarship number for 2018= +1
Right now the Blue Devils sit at +1, but that will change when Bagley, Duval, Carter and possibly Trent all declare for the draft at the end of the year. Right now they have Cam Reddish and Tre Jones coming and IMHO will soon be joined by RJ Barrett. If all four of those freshman do declare, coupled with the graduation of Grayson Allen after this year, next season could be very interesting for Duke as they will have little to no ACC experience.
FLORIDA STATE- Scholarship number for 2018= 0
There is one scholarship player on the roster, JUCO transfer Braian Angola-Rodas, while having one player signed in the 2018 class in Devin Vassell. The ‘Noles recently lost out on Colin Castleton and will soon be shunned by Keldon Johnson. Phil Cofer is a RS Jr. who may move on at the end of the season so they could have another spot to fill after the season. Nothing has every stopped Hamilton from over signing classes and worrying about it later so you may see some late bloomers join FSU in the spring.
GEORGIA TECH- Scholarship number for 2018= -1
The Jackets have some interesting stuff going on with their roster. Brandon Alston has 2 years of eligibility remaining after being a grad transfer, but he is enrolled in a 1 year program so that may free up an additional scholarship for next year. AD Gueye is also a RS Junior who may graduate this year and move on, but that is speculation on my part. The Jackets have Shembari Phillips, a transfer from Tennessee sitting out this year, and 2 players signed for 2018 in Michael Devoe and Kristian Sjolund. Devoe is best described as a swiss army knife type player. At 6’4 and a lefty he has a lot of really likable attributes and a high upside. Sjolund is a really good shooting stretch 4/5 Euro type player, who may not really contribute until 2019, but he has a really nice long term upside.
- Vernon Carey, the number 1 player in the 2019 class has narrowed his list to 8 including Duke, Miami and UNC. The usual suspects are also on the list with KU, UK, MSU, Florida and UCLA.
- Romeo Langford took his OV to UNC last weekend. Indiana looks like the team to beat in his recruitment, but at this point I wouldn’t rule UNC out of any battle.
- Pitt offered 2019 post player Brandon Stone on his OV last weekend.
- David Duke pledged a commitment to PC over VT this past weekend.
- Landers Nolley mercifully ended his bizarre recruitment by committing to VT over the weekend.
- Adam Zagoria reporting that Simi Shittu is most likely going to be a OAD player. Vanderbilt and UNC are his final two it looks like.
- Luguentz Dort is down to three schools and no ACC schools made the cut. Miami had been in his final 6. Dort is one of my favorite prospects remaining in the 2018 class. He is a big guard who is built like a brick wall
- Duke has offered Isaiah Stewart.
- Keldon Johnson has cut his list to five including NC State and FSU. Maryland, Texas and Kentucky round out the five. Texas was once thought to be the leader but UK looks to be picking up steam.
- Georgia Tech has offered Zimife Nwojeki and Tre Mann of the 2019 class.
- Devon Dotson committed to Kansas over NC State and others last weekend.
- Clemson is hoping to land the 5th official visit from Zion Williamson. Duke, Kansas, UCLA and Kentucky have taken the other 4.
- Jules Bernard committed to UCLA over Miami. GT was also on him but was, never really a realistic option.
- A couple of big time guys will make their commitments this week. Darius Days (Friday) and Nate Roberts (today) will both be announcing. I’ll guess LSU for Days and Syracuse for Roberts.