By: Kevin Duffy
High School and college basketball is coming to an end, baseball is beginning, and more importantly AAU ball is starting to take form. As AAU is upon us, that consequently means recruiting is starting to heat up. Coaches from around the country are beginning to start over as a new batch of recruits are taking their best pitch to join their teams. I got a chance to talk to various recruits about which schools are in the mix, favorites, visits planned, etc.
Braeden Anderson(2011 Power Forward)-
-Braeden has not committed to Kentucky yet despite rumors.
-He says a decision will come in "a week or two"
-Schools involved include Kentucky, Kansas,Memphis, Missouri and Arizona- all offered.
-Mississippi St. is no longer in contention for Braeden.
Ricky Ledo(Class of 2012 Forward,#11 in ESPN's Super 60)-
-Has no visits set at this point.
-Texas recently offered.
-Other schools that have offered include, "Kentucky, Uconn,Providence,
UCLA,Pitt,Florida, Baylor,Syracuse among other schools"
Willie Clayton(Class of 2012 Power Forward, Rated an 89 by ESPN)-
-Offers from North Carolina Charlotte, Central Florida, Mid Tennessee, and
Austin Colbert(Class of 2013 Power Forward,#13 overall by ESPN)-
-Interest from "Seton Hall, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Xavier, Temple,
Boston College,a little bit from Duke, and Villanova."
-Offers from "Pittsburgh and Xavier".
-Took an unofficial visit to Georgetown.
-Probably will commit after his junior year.
Blaise Mbargorba(Class of 2011 Center,Rated an 82 by ESPN)
-Offers from Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Providence, Maryland, West Virginia,
Pittsburgh, St. Joes and Seton Hall.
Martin Dixon- Green(Class of 2013 Shooting Guard)
-Interest from Uconn, Washington, VCU, Virginia, Iowa St., UNC-Charlotte,
Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, and Missouri.
-Offers from Uconn, Washington, VCU, and Oklahoma
-No visits planned yet.
-Will be playing at Vermont Academy
-Plans to decide in late July-early August.
Kyle Anderson(2012 Point Guard,#5 overall in the class of 2012 )
-Interest from Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John's, Miami, DePaul, Rutgers,
Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, UCLA, Arizona,
Syracuse, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Maryland, LaSalle, UMass, Boston College,
Xavier, Pittsburgh, Uconn.
-Offers from all schools listed above except Duke, North Carolina, and Syracuse.
-Will visit Rutgers this week; not sure of the day.
Ishmail Wainright(Class of 2013 Small Forward, Rated a 93 by ESPN)
-Interest from Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Kansas, UCLA, St. John's, Memphis, UNLV,
Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri St., Baylor, Texas, and UMKC.
-Offers from Missouri, Virginia Tech, Baylor,Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma St.,
Nebraska, West Virginia, UCLA, St. John's ,UMKC,"and UNLV said I'm a must".
Katin Reinhardt(Class of 2012 shooting guard)
-Committed to USC; He liked the coaches and thought it was a good fit.
-Is trying to convince Xavier Johnson to go to USC with him.
Richard Peters(Class of 2012 Power Forward, Rated a 91 on ESPN)
-Recently decommited from Oklahoma University.
-Says he decommited because of the coaching change.
-Washington is high on interest but he is not really focused on his list.
-"I'm just goin' into AAU season and play to my best and see who comes my way"
Deonte Burton(Class of 2013 Small Forward, Rated a 95 on ESPN)
-Marquettte, Illinois, Maryland, DePaul, Iowa State all offered.
-Kentucky and Kansas have shown interest.
-Brewster Coach says,"My style of coaching will fit his game more because we go up and down a lot" about coaching Deonte.
Winston Shepard(Class of 2012 Forward, Rated a 95 by ESPN)
-Winston is considering,"Kansas,Kentucky,Louisville,Texas,UCLA,San Diego St.,New
-Every school above has offered except Kentucky.
-He likes Kentucky because they,"Let their freshman play and they have a lot of
freedom in Coach Cal's offense. He's also a great coach."
-"No visits planned right now. I'll wait it out until my senior year and take my
five official visits".
-"I've visited Texas,Kansas,Memphis,UNLV,San Diego State,and UCLA so far."
-"My best characteristics that I bring to a team is my versatility, perimeter and inside scoring, I can guard 1 to 5, and I can pass the ball well."