My vacation begins when this post ends.
Next time you hear from me, I’ll (hopefully) be really tan and really caught up on Breaking Bad. For now, I’ll help catch you up on UConn’s recruiting targets for the class of 2013. Since my last roundup, Winston-Salem swingman Greg McClinton gave a verbal commitment to Wake Forest. And Davon Reed, a top 50 prospect nationally, received a scholarship offer from UConn Monday. Check the roundup out below.
Note: Players listed in the “high interest” category are recruits I’ve talked to over the past few months. I’m gauging their interest on the interview.
Xavier Rathan Mayes, 6-4 SG, Ontario: I’ve never heard a recruit rave about a coach the way Rathan Mayes did about Kevin Ollie. He has 33 offers — that number may have gone up since last week — so UConn has some competition, but the Huskies are most definitely in the mix. A prolific scorer who once put up 63 points in a high school game, Rathan Mayes hopes to make a stop to campus while he’s visiting his father, a New Haven resident.
Also considering: Kansas, Baylor, Florida State, North Carolina State, Kentucky (has not cut list yet)
Decision: No timetable
Akoy Agau, 6-9 PF, Omaha, Neb.: Physical big man who has won three straight state titles at Omaha Central. Had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 14 blocks in last year’s state championship game. He recently visited Georgetown and West Virginia.
Also considering: Georgetown, West Virginia, Xavier, Marquette, Nebraska, Creighton
Decision: Agau said he’ll likely wait until the spring signing period.
Kendall Smith, 6-3 PG, Antioch, Calif.: Smith, a smooth, pass-first guard who averaged 9.1 assists per game as a junior, wears a personalized UConn jersey in his Twitter picture. My hunch is that he’d commit on the spot if offered by the Huskies.
Also considering: USC, Washington, San Jose State, Long Beach State, UNLV, Colorado, Portland
Davon Reed, 6-5 SG, Princeton, N.J.: Often compared to Jeremy Lamb because of his length and spot-up shooting, Reed recently cut his list to eight. UConn offered the highly-touted New Jersey prospect Monday afternoon. Louisville, one of Reed’s other top choices, has not extended an offer. The Cardinals have been in steady contact, though.
Also considering: Louisville, UConn, Memphis, Miami, Cincinnati, Xavier, Harvard, Wake Forest
Decision: Reed hopes to make a choice “sometime in the fall.”
Stevie Clark, 5-10 PG, Oklahoma City: Scoring point guard will sort through “25-30 offers,” his mother said. Clark recently took a visit to UCLA, which just inked 2013 floor general Zach LaVine (a move that could deter Clark from heading to Westwood).
Also considering: Missouri, Memphis, Oklahoma, Marquette, UCLA
Reggie Cameron, 6-7 SF, Jersey City, N.J.: Big-time shooter who would be a good fit alongside guards that penetrate and create open looks. He’d like to make a visit in August.
Also considering: Florida, NC State, USC, Villanova, West Virginia and Miami (Fla.)
Decision: Before start of high school basketball season
Kentan Facey, 6-9 PF, Long Island: Jamaican big man transferred to U.S. to gain exposure. He’s an adept shot blocker who needs polish offensively.
Also considering: Florida, St. John’s, Rhode Island, Drexel
Decision: Facey said he’s planning a visit to UConn. He’d like to make a decision before fall of his senior year.
Jordan Bell, 6-7 PF, Long Beach, Calif.: Noted as an elite shotblocker, Bell has offers from many high major programs. He’s “waiting for a UConn offer,” according to some reports.
Kuran Iverson, 6-8 G/F, Hartford, Conn.: Once touted as a top 10 prospect in his class, some programs soured on Iverson in recent years. His stock is skyrocketing, however, after some strong performances this summer. Analysts have questioned his desire/work ethic — the whole Andre Drummond dilemma — but his raw skill is undeniable: He has NBA shooting guard size and tremendous ball skill for someone 6-foot-8.
Also considering: Oklahoma State, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Seton Hall (per CBS Sports recruiting expert Jeff Borzello)
Decision: Could come within next few months (also per Borzello)
Wayne Selden Jr., 6-4 SG, Roxbury, Mass: Physically, he doesn’t look like a rising high school senior. Scout.com considers him the No. 1 shooting guard in the country. Needless to say, he’d be a huge pickup for UConn.
Also considering: Florida, UCLA, Harvard, Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky (per ESPN.com)
Terrence Samuel, 6-3 PG, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Word is Samuel has become a top priority for the Huskies. He’s an explosive athlete who is still developing consistency on his 3-point shot. Samuel, considered one of the top prospects in New York City, is AAU teammates with two other UConn targets, Kentan Facey and Jermaine Lawrence.
Marcus Lee, 6-9 PF, Antioch, Calif.: Considered one of the premier shot blockers in the class of 2013, Lee is one of the nation’s hottest recruits. Rivals.com reports that he holds nearly 30 offers. He could be a package deal with high school teammate Kendall Smith.
Tyler Roberson, 6-7 SF, Roselle, N.J.: One of the most sought-after prospects in the Northeast, Roberson picked up an offer from UConn in late May.
Also considering: Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Syracuse, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Florida
Jermaine Lawrence, 6-9 PF, Springfield Gardens, N.Y.: An athletic big man with 3-point range. It’s no wonder almost every high major in the country is lining up to see Lawrence, who averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks per game after transferring midway through his junior year of high school.
Dominic Woodson, 6-10 C, Round Rock, Tex.: At 6-foot-10, 265 pounds, Woodson is one of the most physically-imposing players in his class. He attends prep school at Vermont Academy.
Jarvis Williams, 6-8 PF, Gordon College (Ga.): A junior college All-American, Williams averaged 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this past season.
Isaac Hamilton, 6-4 SG, Los Angeles: A smooth, versatile scorer who ranks as one of California’s elite prospects. He’s the younger brother of former Texas guard Jordan Hamilton.