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2016 5-star point guard Dennis Smith Jr. drew quite a collection of college coaches to Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday to see him participate in an open-gym workout. Mike Krzyzewski, Jon Scheyer and Jeff Capel were among the approximately 35 coaches who were on hand to see the “college day&rdquo…
30 September 2014 | 2:15 am

Last year we said 6’9 freshman Harry Giles “might be the best freshman in the country” and even though the power forward from Wesleyan Christian Academy is still recovering from a torn ACL, MCL and ……
29 September 2014 | 2:31 pm

If you can’t tell from this story about Jayson Tatum in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the entire recruiting process for elite high school basketball players is somewhat of a circus. Tatum is a 5-star prospect in the class of 2016 and he’s being courted by many of the top programs in the c…
29 September 2014 | 2:22 pm

90% of Harry Giles is still better than 99.9% of the planet at basketball. 14 months after tearing his MCL, ACL, and meniscus, 6'10" five-star Harry Giles III is ready to eat.
28 September 2014 | 2:39 am

Editor's note: Each week, InsideMdSports.com provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site. This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Perry Dozier Jr., who was considering Maryland for his final official visit, will visit L…
26 September 2014 | 4:52 pm

Ellenson has already scheduled a trip to visit Kentucky in October. Since that's an official visit, UK is picking up the tab, and while Lexington ain't exactly South Beach, it's still fun to have someone else paying your expenses for the weekend.
26 September 2014 | 2:05 pm

Rice Lake's Henry Ellenson shoots a three-pointer during a Dominican high school versus Rice Lake high school basketball game at Concordia University Friday, December 27, 2013. Rice Lake's Henry Ellenson shoots a three-pointer during a Dominican high school versus Rice Lake high school basketball ga…
26 September 2014 | 4:56 am

Tyus Battle received a visit from Mike Krzyzewski, Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer on Wednesday and, according to ZagsBlog.com, the Blue Devil coaches left a strong impression on the 5-star guard from the class of 2016. Battle is a 6’6”, 190-pound shooting guard who plays for Gill St. Bernard…
25 September 2014 | 1:56 pm

"I think he's the first guy since Brandon Jennings, at least the first big name guy," Rabb said. "He's a really highly recruited player and I think a lot of other big name guys will start doing that.
24 September 2014 | 6:49 pm

According to ZagsBlog, 2015 PF Ivan Rabb will wait until after his upcoming visit from Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels to schedule his official visits. There is no date currently set for his Carolina visit.
24 September 2014 | 2:34 pm

Future Blue Devils Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter have accepted invitations to participate in the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Mini-Camp next month. The two talented high schoolers are part of a group of 53 individuals who will be traveling to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Col…
23 September 2014 | 8:47 pm

Luke Kennard to participate in USA Basketball mini-camp Oct. 4-5 Luke Kennard to participate in USA Basketball event Oct. 4-5 Check out this story on cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/1uDYG3o Franklin senior shooting guard Luke Kennard has an accepted an invitation to participate in the sixth annual USA…
23 September 2014 | 4:04 pm

Dennis Smith Jr., a top point guard in the Class of 2016, is offering a unique perspective into his personal experience with a blog on USA Today High School Sports. Smith’s latest post on the blog went live this morning and he offered some information about his upcoming high school season and…
23 September 2014 | 3:42 pm

One of the top point guards in the class of 2016 hosted the Duke coaches recently for an open gym. So where do the Blue Devils and Dennis Smith, Jr. stand with one another? We sat down with the five star prospect for the complete story.
23 September 2014 | 2:45 pm

PF Ivan Rabb out of Oakland, CA is the 6th ranked player in the class of 2015 and the Hoyas are in hot pursuit, with JTIII scheduled to have an in-home visit with Rabb on Monday. Stay tuned here for all the latest updates on the recruitment of Rabb.
22 September 2014 | 8:34 pm

In keeping with the mantra that “Duke basketball never stops,” Mike Krzyzewski will be on the recruiting trail next week with visits to two of the top prospects in the Class of 2016. According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, Coach K is expected to travel to New Jersey on Wednesday with…
19 September 2014 | 6:03 pm

When it comes to his recruitment, Ivan Rabb has a detailed plan in place. A select group of programs have been invited to Oakland, Calif., to meet with the nation's No.
18 September 2014 | 10:27 pm

SB Nation recently completed a composite ranking for the Top 50 recruits in the class of 2015, and there are multiple players who have connections to the Duke basketball program. If you’re unfamiliar with a composite ranking, it’s when someone combines the recruiting rankings from multip…
17 September 2014 | 6:09 pm

SB Nation has combined the recruiting rankings from each of the four major recruiting outlets into a composite ranking of the 2015 recruiting class. Three Georgetown targets and one Georgetown commit are in the top 50. PF Ivan Rabb is 6th, C Skal Labissiere is 7th, and PG P.J. Dozier is 26th.
16 September 2014 | 6:46 pm

On the heels of a couple of official and in-home visits with California, UCLA, and Kentucky and being named the #5 prospect in the Class of 2015 by ESPN , Courtside Films has a new Ivan Rabb mixtape out.
16 September 2014 | 5:01 pm

Ivan Rabb is one of the top players in the country in the 2015 class and he still remains uncommitted in the recruiting process. As the No.
16 September 2014 | 4:28 pm

Luke Kennard ranked No. 26 nationally by ESPN.com in 2015 class Luke Kennard ranked No.
11 September 2014 | 3:58 pm

Maker's been in the news recently due to his move from The Carlisle School in Virginia to Athlete Institute in Canada , and while some have questioned the move there's no questioning his skill level. Among the other players training at Athlete Institute will be his brother Matur and guards Jalen Poy…
11 September 2014 | 3:18 am

West Virginia has landed one of Northeast Ohio's biggest prizes. On Wednesday, Shaker Heights senior Esa Ahmad announced that he has committed to play basketball for the Mountaineers.
10 September 2014 | 8:09 pm

A day after an in-home meeting with coach Thad Matta, and two days before he was to make an official visit to Ohio State this weekend, 2015 forward Esa Ahmad ended his recruitment this afternoon by announcing he has committed to West Virginia . Ahmad had made official visits to Maryland two weekends…
9 September 2014 | 7:00 am

Duke commit Luke Kennard had a solid summer and he's still regarded as a five-star prospect. The 6-foot-5 lefty shooting guard is the No.
9 September 2014 | 3:21 am

Thon Maker, hailed as the top player in the 2016 class, will further hone his skills in Canada as he and his younger brother Matur have officially enrolled at the Athlete Institute in Canada. "We believe this is the best decision for Thon, Matur and my family," said Smith.
6 September 2014 | 8:58 pm

The curious legend of the No. 1-ranked player in the Class of 2016 continues, as Thon Maker announced he'd be heading to high school at Athlete Institute in Ontario.
6 September 2014 | 5:47 pm

Thon Maker , the No. 1 player in the Jamal Murray and Jalen Poyser, and playing an international schedule as well as many games back in the states makes the schedule strong.
5 September 2014 | 10:06 pm

Chaminade's Jayson Tatum has been rated the No. 1 basketball player in the junior class in the nation by scout.com.
4 September 2014 | 7:28 pm

The Duke basketball program has been making the cut for many top recruits over the past couple weeks, and it happened again on Monday with Jayson Tatum. The 6’8”, 190-pound wing from St. Louis, MO., is considered by many recruiting services to be the top player in the class of 2016, and…
4 September 2014 | 7:03 pm

Top Class of 2016 prospect Thon Maker has withdrawn from the Carlisle School and is reportedly considering heading to Canada to finish out his high school career. The 7-0, 205-pound center is hoping to get a package deal with his younger brother, Matur, a 6-9, 180-pound small forward in the Class of…
4 September 2014 | 5:20 pm

The class of 2016 Rivals150 continues to look like one that has some long-term star power in it. At the highest level, 7-footer Thon Maker has risen to the top of the class, but his grip on the No.
4 September 2014 | 3:56 pm

At 6'2" with a volcanic vertical, a tight handle, a steady 3-point shot & an ability to punish defenses with a pass, Dennis Smith, Jr. is the embodiment of a 21st century pg.
3 September 2014 | 11:36 pm

For the past few weeks, rumors have swirled that five-star junior big man Thon Maker could be leaving the Carlisle School in Martinsville, Va.
3 September 2014 | 5:30 pm

Kinston High School's senior standout narrowed some 12 offers in half, which now include UNC, Duke, N.C. State, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA.
3 September 2014 | 4:40 am

With two 5-star commits already secured for the Class of 2015 for the Duke basketball program, the coaching staff is now focusing its recruiting efforts on some of the other top prospects in the country to again deliver one of the best incoming classes in college basketball in 2015. Luke Kennard and…
2 September 2014 | 11:11 pm

Luke Kennard ranked No. 11 nationally by Mike DeCourcy Luke Kennard ranked No. 11 nationally by Mike DeCourcy Check out this story on cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/1ufNMla Franklin senior shooting guard Luke Kennard is ranked the nation's No.
2 September 2014 | 3:40 pm

Brandon Ingram, a five-star prospect in the class of 2015, announced in a tweet that he has in has cut his list of schools to six - Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, NC State, North Carolina and UCLA.
2 September 2014 | 12:10 pm

Chaminade's Jayson Tatum closing in on college decision Chaminade junior, Jayson Tatum, cut his list of potential colleges down to ten.
2 September 2014 | 1:24 am

Carlton Bragg, a 6-foot-9 forward from Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph and Ohio's top-ranked recruit in the class of 2015, announced his five finalists today and Ohio State is not among them.
2 September 2014 | 12:15 am

Over the course of the past year, Jayson Tatum of Chaminade (MO) has established himself as a legitimate contender for the No. 1 player slot in the 2016 class nationally. As such, he’s the type of prospect that has his pick of any college basketball program. Tatum trimmed his list to ten…
1 September 2014 | 9:48 pm

Chaminade's Jayson Tatum, who is ranked No. 1 junior class of 2106 by Scout.com., revealed his top 10 choices for a college to play at Monday on Twitter.
1 September 2014 | 8:29 pm

After receiving offers from more than 20 schools, Villa Angela-St. Joseph senior Carlton Bragg cut his recruiting list to five schools on Monday.
1 September 2014 | 8:24 pm

6′-8″ forward Brandon Ingram of Kinston (NC) has established himself as one of the elite prospects nationally over the course of the spring and summer. To no surprise, many of the nation’s elite college basketball programs have heavily pushed to land Ingram, but only six finalists…
1 September 2014 | 4:02 am

Two of the top-15 prospects in the 2015 class, big men Diamond Stone of Dominican (WI) and Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake (WI) both narrowed their recruiting lists in recent days. Both prospects played on USA Basketball’s U17 Gold medal winning team, and are focusing on only a few…
29 August 2014 | 10:33 pm

Ellenson narrowed his list down to Kentucky, Marquette and Michigan State. Meaning that Duke, North Carolina, Wisconsin, UCLA, Georgetown, as well as others, were cut from the 6-10 power forward's list.
29 August 2014 | 3:26 pm

Wisconsin five-stars Diamond Stone and Henry Ellenson have both made major cuts to their school lists. Who still has a shot?
29 August 2014 | 3:13 pm

Although the Wisconsin Badgers missed the cut for top 10 recruit Henry Ellenson, top 2015 big man Diamond Stone tweeted out his top 5 and Bo Ryan's team was one of the lucky ones to land in that list.
29 August 2014 | 1:30 pm

There was more good news on the Duke recruiting trail Thursday as Diamond Stone, one of the top players in the class of 2015, trimmed his list of potential schools to five—a list that includes the Blue Devils. Duke was named in his final five, along with Maryland, Oklahoma State, UConn, and Wi…
29 August 2014 | 8:43 am