Monday served to be a big day on the 2010 recruiting trail as a host of prospects came off the board. As we mentioned yesterday, 6-6 G/F Shane Southwell committed to Kansas State and 6-6 SF Hector Harold dropped a verbal on Pepperdine. However, the day didn't stop there was a flurry of activity into the late night hours as recruiting continues to heat up nationally.
6-11 C Alex Kirk of Los Alamos High School in New Mexico came of the table Monday night as the young interior talent verbally committed to New Mexico. This has long been speculated from the talented interior prospect who took the grassroots world by story early in the spring and become one of the most discussed and analyzed bigs in the 2010 class over the past 8 months. Skilled and instinctive with nice size and length, Kirk turned in a number of solid efforts on the travel circuit and currently holds the #66 ranking in the 2010 class according to the NY2LASports.com 2010 National Player Rankings released this past June. Kirk competed this past spring/summer for the Houston Hoops grassroots travel organization based out of Texas.
6-6 G/F Anthony Brown of Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, California gave a huge boost to Head Coach Johnny Dawkins and the Stanford Cardinal late Monday night as the talented So Cal standout dropped his verbal to Coach Dawkins and the Cardinal. Brown is a versatile swingman who can play either the SG spot or the SF position and has the ability to score in transition and stroke the perimeter shot. He has a nice frame, solid athleticism, good instincts and has long been regarded as one of the top pieces on the board in the country for the 2010 class. The versatile California talent currently holds the #57 ranking in the 2010 according to NY2LASports.com. He competed this past spring/summer with the Southern California All-Stars grassroots travel programs.
Also coming off the board Monday was 5-10 PG Andre Stringer of Forest Hill High School in Mississippi who verbally committed to LSU. The ultra quick 2010 lead guard from the sip has excellent dribble penetration skills, can handle the rock, can stroke the perimeter jumper, etc. Stringer is one of the top PG's in the South and should be a solid grab for the Tigers in the up-tempo SEC style of play. The young Mississippi talent played with the Jackson Tigers grassroots travel program based out of Mississippi this past spring/summer.
Another solid talent off the board comes from the Midwest as 6-9 2010 F/C Walter Pitchford of New Creations Christian School in Indiana dropped his verbal to the Big East to play for DePaul. The young interior talent turned in a number of solid efforts this past spring/summer as he has nice size and length and was very active around the glass and finishing around the basket. Pitchford runs the floor well and is one of the true interior sleepers in the 2010 class and could develop into a solid catch for the Blue Demons in the coming years. Pitchford competed with the Team Detroit grassroots travel program based out of Michigan this summer and competed in the 2009 NY2LASports.com Summer Jam where he helped them capture the 17U ship.
Big story coming on the scene Monday was the announcement by Arizona State that they are no longer recruiting 2010 SG Daniel Bejarano of North High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Bejarano re-opened his recruitment last week after verbally committing to Texas last year and it was initially thought that the Sun Devils and Arizona would be the frontrunners to land Bejarano. Not to be though as Arizona State rescinded their offer on Monday paving the way for a very likely commitment to the Arizona Wildcats and Head Coach Sean Miller.
Texas A&M struck on the recruiting trail in the 2010 class Monday, this time landing 6-9 PF Keith Davis of DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas. The talented interior prospect chose the Aggies over the likes of Florida, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, and Cincinnati amongst others. The long athletic Texas talent has long shown the promise of being a high major talent and flashed that potential and ability this past spring/summer on the travel set with the Urban DFW Elite grassroots travel program based out of Texas.
Memphis and Head Coach Josh Pastner continue to make waves, this time it was the announcement that 6-9 2011 Forward Johnny O'Bryant of Eastside High School in Cleveland, Mississippi would be attending Memphis Madness on October 16th. O'Bryant has long been regarded by NY2LASports.com as one of the premiere 2011 talents in the country and the young forward currently sits strong at the #7 spot in the 2011 NY2LASports.com National Player Rankings. O'Bryant competed this past spring/summer with the Jackson Tigers grassroots travel program.
Also making news recently was 6-8 2010 SF Terrence Jones of Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. The long talented wing reportedly released his official visit schedule for the fall as he's expected to visit Oklahoma (October 10th), Washington (October 16th), Arizona (October 23rd), Kentucky (October 28th), and UCLA (November 11th) on official visits. The talented forward is also slated to take an unofficial visit to Oregon on October 31st. He is one of the most coveted 2010 prospects left on the board and currently holds the #32 spot in the NY2LASports.com 2010 National Player Rankings released this past June. Jones competed this past spring/summer with the I-5 Elite grassroots travel program based out of Oregon.