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Drew Hackett talks UIC commitment
Monday, 09 September 2013
ImageHoops247: UIC has done a great job getting a jump start on the class of 2015.  They were consistently watching many of the top 16U teams during the July evaluation period.

The Flames grabbed their first commitment in that class with a verbal from Munster (IN) and Illinois Wolves 16U combo guard Drew Hackett on Thursday.  The junior spoke about why UIC was his choice.

“It’s an amazing location to where my family would be able to see all of my home games and even most of my away games.  Also they have a great coaching staff that I feel very comfortable with.  I’d be able to fit in their program very well and be successful at it.  It’s a great school for business with many connections to the Chicago land area.”

Odiase, Sims commit to UIC
Friday, 06 September 2013
ImageESPN:  Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) senior power forward Tai Odiase and Bloomington North (Ind.) combo guard Grant Sims committed to UIC on Sunday. 

Odiase, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward, chose the Flames over Ball State, Kent State, IPFW, Southern Illinois and Valparaiso. Odiase, who is ranked the No. 53 power forward in the country by ESPN, committed to UIC while on an official visit this weekend. 

Sims, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard, also committed to UIC while on an official visit this weekend. He had offers from Air Force, Miami (Ohio) and UNC-Asheville, among others. 

“I was just really comfortable with the coaching staff,” Odiase said in a phone interview on Sunday. “From Day 1, they’ve been recruiting me the hardest. They were the first to recruit me. They really believe in my skill set and feel they can develop me in the next four years. I think they can get me where I need to be in the future.” 

Taylor Truman basketball star Aaron Foster-Smith picks Detroit
Sunday, 18 August 2013
ImageDetroit News: Aaron Foster-Smith, a 6-6 forward from Taylor Truman, committed to Detroit on Friday. 

As a junior last season, Foster-Smith averaged 22.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 2.2 assists, and was named to The Detroit News Class A All-State third team.

"We went for a visit (on Friday)," his mother, Jackie Foster-Smith said. "He said it felt like home to him. 

He likes the coaches. He likes that it's close to home. And he likes the small class sizes. I'm very happy. And I'm so proud of him."

Billings Central's Daniel Meyer to play at Wright State
Friday, 09 August 2013
ImageBillings Gazette: Daniel Meyer of Billings Central has given a verbal commitment to join the men’s basketball program at NCAA Division I Wright State.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Meyer averaged 20.2 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game as a senior, helping Central to a 16-7 record and a runner-up finish in the State A tournament.

He earned all-state honors and was selected to play in the Montana-Wyoming All-Star Series.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 August 2013 )
Canadian guard commits to Valparaiso
Thursday, 18 July 2013
ImagePost-Tribune: Valparaiso has reportedly looked to Canada for the first member of its Class of 2014.

Max Joseph, a 6-foot point guard from Montreal, made an oral commitment to play basketball for the Crusaders, according to

“PROUD to announce that G Max Joseph has verbally committed to VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY!” Rouel Hidalgo tweeted. Hidalgo is listed as a communication director/assistant coach for Brookwood Elite AAU. Joseph’s name is on the Brookwood Elite roster on its website.

In another tweet, Hidalgo wrote: “After gaining interest from Texas Tech, Utah St, NMSU and others, Max’s relationship with Coach Drew and staff weighed heavy on his decision.”

Deberry decommits from Phoenix
Tuesday, 02 July 2013

ImageGreen Bay Press Gazette: A few weeks after giving the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball team a verbal commitment, Destiny senior guard Jerrelle Deberry has had a change of heart, sources confirmed Monday night.

Deberry tweeted on Monday night that he no longer plans to play for the Phoenix and instead is keeping his options open. He added that he appreciates UWGB coach Brian Wardle and assistant coach Jimmie Foster along with the rest of the coaching staff.

The 6-foot-5 Deberry averaged 25.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a junior last season. He had started to attract the interest of several schools, but instead decided to commit to UWGB before the summer season started.


Wright State picks up commitment from another Texas guard
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
ImageDayton Daily News: The Wright State men’s basketball team picked up another verbal commitment Monday when Iowa Western Community College announced 6-foot freshman guard Ryan Bowie had accepted a scholarship to play at Wright State.

Bowie, a native of Lewisville, Texas, averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds and led the team in 3-point percentage (44.0). He scored 20 or more points five times.

Bowie played in 32 games for a that reached the final eight of the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament. Four of his teammates have also moved on to Division I colleges: Creighton, South Dakota, Western Kentucky and Milwaukee.

Green Bay announces addition Rutgers transfer Vincent Garrett
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
ImageNBC Sports: Forward Vincent Garrett was one of four players to announce his intention to transfer from Rutgers in the midst of the program’s tumultuous spring that included the firing of a head coach and the athletic director tendering his resignation.

On Tuesday it was announced that Garrett will transfer to Green Bay, with the school considering the possibility of applying for a hardship waiver that would make the 6-5 Garrett eligible immediately.

If the appeal is unsuccessful Garrett would have to sit out the 2013-14 season, using his one remaining season of eligibility in 2014-15. Garrett’s decision to transfer to Green Bay reunites the Chicago native with former high school teammates Keifer Sykes and Alfonzo McKinnie (Marshall HS).

“As soon as Keifer heard I was transferring he told Coach Wardle about me and when I visited Green Bay I really appreciated how honest and straight-forward coach was with me about everything,” Garrett said in a statement released by the school.

Alabama's Moussa Gueye transfers to Valparaiso
Friday, 14 June 2013
ImageNWI: It’s coming two years later than expected, but Moussa Gueye will finally put on a Valparaiso uniform next season.

Valparaiso basketball coach Bryce Drew announced that Gueye, the one-time Valparaiso commit, will transfer to the Crusaders after playing his last two years at Alabama.

Gueye graduated this spring and will have one season of immediate eligibility.

“We’re very pleased to add Moussa, who was one of the better shot blockers in the SEC last year,” Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew said. “We had a good relationship with Moussa when we recruited him and it helped having that relationship when we started talking again.”

Gueye gave his verbal commitment to the Crusaders in 2009 after he enrolled at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. Gueye reopened his recruitment in 2010 and the Crusaders were still in the mix.

Tevin Findlay Signs to Play Basketball at Green Bay
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
ImageGreen Bay Phoenix: Toronto native Tevin Findlay has officially joined the Green Bay men’s basketball recruiting Class of 2013, as the versatile combo guard signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for the Phoenix on Saturday afternoon, head coach Brian Wardle announced on Sunday.

Findlay is the third signee in the Green Bay recruiting class that will be joining the program next fall. He joins high school teammates Turner Botz and Kenneth Lowe of Little Chute High School, who signed NLIs in the early signing period in November.

“It is a great situation for me. When I went on my visit, I really felt that I was so at home and so comfortable with all of the guys and the coaches. They embraced me from the start. I could really see myself fitting in right away and helping out right away, and that is what you want to do on the college level.

“One really exciting thing about playing for Coach Wardle is his style of play. He likes to get up and down and talks about pushing the ball, and as a guard that just makes your eyes light up. The coaches are really great guys who really know the game, and as a young player that is what you need to be around day in and day out if you want to succeed, grow and reach your full potential.”


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