August 27, 2007

Weekend Update: Visits produce news





The first weekend of visits is in the books.


What happened? Who committed? Who is on the bubble? We break it down in the Weekend Update.


The first official weekend didn't include a large number of visits, but it did produce some important news.


Clemson lands point guard


Clemson has searched high and low for a point guard in the class of 2008. They had one for a couple of months in Cashmere Wright, a small-school star from Savannah, Ga. However, Wright opted out of his non-binding verbal commitment.


Enter Andre Young. The Tigers went back to the Peach State and found another small-school star in Young[/db], a 5-foot-8 winner from Albany's Deerfield-Windsor High School.


"I was hoping to take all five official visits, but we were just wowed," Young told TigersIllustrated.com shortly after he made his decision. "I made a list of the pros and cons. The only con I could think of was the color orange. But I can get used to it. It was my color in middle school. That was probably a sign for me at a young age."


Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer says Clemson struck it rich with the Rivals150 member.


"The Tigers got a good one in Andre Young," Meyer said. "Ever the underdog as an undersized player, Young led his Georgia Blazers AAU team to a number of championships. He is a player with heart who knows how to win, and that is exactly what Clemson needs."


Young was joined by fellow Georgia native Tanner Smith on the visit. Smith has four more official visits on his list for the fall.


Bears snag big man


Baylor has always had an eye for the future, and the Bears locked up a key prospect in the 2009 class in Corey Jefferson. The in-state big man chose the Big 12 school on Saturday.


The 6-foot-10 forward has a world of upside, says Meyer.


"Corey Jefferson is one of those players … you know he is going to be good, but he has a chance to be great," Meyer said. "Right now he has a gift for blocking shots and impacting the game around the basket. It will be interesting to see how his offensive game develops, but without a doubt he is a huge pickup out of the 2009 class for Baylor."


Point guard U?


"Arizona has earned the moniker of Point Guard U, and the recent commitment of Abdul Gaddy only strengthens this tradition," Meyer says about the recent decision of the nation's second best point guard in the class of 2009.


Gaddy follows in the footsteps of fellow five-star prospects Jerryd Bayless (2007) and Brandon Jennings (2008). Arizona has showed its staying power on the West Coast, nabbing prospects in-state, in Los Angeles and in Seattle.


Gaddy participated in Arizona's elite camp and played along side several of the pioneers of Point Guard U.


"Arizona has always been my dream school," said Gaddy. "When I was younger and watching college basketball, it always seemed that Arizona was playing. I would watch their great guards like (Mike) Bibby and (Jason) Terry and knew I wanted to play there. There couldn't be a better place for me to play."


Running at Rucker


A couple of things were clear at the Elite 24 game in Rucker Park in New York City over the weekend. First, defense was optional - the final score was 169-164. Top-five junior Lance Stephenson scored a game-high 38 points. Jennings, an Arizona commitment, also handed out 23 assists according to the official scorers.


News & Notes


Chicago guard Chris Colvin received an offer from the University of Illinois. Colvin is one of the top prospects in the state and is a high priority for the Illini in the class of 2009.


Seton Hall hosted Tyreke Evans unofficially this weekend. The five-star guard has Big East schools Louisville, Connecticut and Villanova in the mix. Memphis and Texas are also in the running for Evans' services.


Seton Hall is playing host to Rivals150 forward Kevin Jones today for an unofficial visit.


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