Recruiting Roundup: 10/11

Visits, commitments and general recruiting news

by Harrison Sanford October 11, 2011 10:26am ET
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Kentucky, Villanova and Maryland are among the early leaders for the services of Andrew (pictured) and Aaron Harrison.

The summer travel season is complete and school's back in session. Now, the nation’s top prospects are getting closer and closer to deciding where they will play in college. With a large number of uncommitted players left in the Class of 2012, there will be a lot of recruiting buzz going into the fall signing period and high school season. Check back here at fivestarbasketball.com’s ‘Commitment Corner’ every Tuesday to learn more about the week’s biggest news and inside information on the recruiting trail.

Harrison twins getting ready to hit the road

Andrew and Aaron Harrison (Houston, TX/Travis HS) are hot commodities in the 2013 class and it will continue to be that way for a while. According to their father, Aaron Harrison Sr., the duo will visit Kentucky's Midnight Madness this weekend. Following a trip to Lexington, they have unofficial visits set up for Villanova and Maryland the ensuing weekends. Baylor and Texas are also in on the twins.

In some circles, Andrew is seen as the better prospect because of his 6-4 size at the point guard position. In fact, Andrew Harrison is ranked No. 1 by Rivals. Aaron, a smooth stroking shooting guard comes in at No. 8 on Rivals. With their ability to work together on the court, any school courting them better have a good gameplan to implement both of them.

"I'm sure as the sun is going to rise," Aaron Harrison Sr. told Fivestarbasketball.com. "They will be going to school together."

Don't assume that the duo is interested in Kentucky because of its "basketball royalty" status. It's John Calipari's dribble-drive offense and how the twins can be successful using it that is drawing their interest. 

"If Kentucky played the Princeton offense, we wouldn't be looking at Kentucky," Aaron Harrison Sr said. "I have to look out for them and put them in a position to be successful."

Some of the most memorable twins pairings in college were all forwards/big men. Brook and Robin Lopez starred for Stanford. Marcus and Markieff Morris went to Kansas and the Wear twins are getting ready to suit up for UCLA.

The duo just finished up John Lucas Camp this weekend and continues to get ready for high school season at Travis High School

Artis, Sina back out of verbals

In this space, we mentioned that their aren't any consensus top-100 point guards left in the 2012 class. Well, following Dominic Artis' (Richmond, CA/Findlay Prep, NV) decommitment from UCLA - we have one.

"He still loves UCLA and I would say really they're still his favorites," Tamera Davis, his mother told the LA Times. "He just wanted to make sure he was making the right decision and take a step back for a minute."

Artis was on pace to join Kyle Anderson (Jersey City, NJ/St. Anthony's) and Jordan Adams (Lawrenceville, GA/Oak Hill Academy, VA). Artis would still like to sign during the early signing period and has interest from Oregon, Cal, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

Jaren Sina (Hopatcong, NJ/Gill St. Bernard), the 2013 point guard out of New Jersey, decommmited from Alabama.

"I visited the campus a couple times and I still have a good relationship with the coaches and everything," Sina told Zagsblog.com. "I want to have the opportunity to get a better look at some other schools and some other options just to compare it to.”

Sina is hearing from Rutgers and St. John's, among others. 

Notre Dame nabs shooter

On Sunday, V.J. Beachem (New Haven, IN/New Haven) gave his verbal commitment to Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. 

"It felt like the perfect time," Beachem told Fivestarbasketball.com. "I didn't want to wait until after the high school season so this felt right."

Beachem is ranked No. 72 nationally by Rivals and seems to be a perfect fit for the Fighting Irish. At 6-8, the lanky forward has a silky smooth shot that extends beyond the 3-point line. With Coach Brey's emphasis on perimeter shooting, the New Haven High School (New Haven, IN) stud should fit in just fine.

"I think its great for him," Matt Green, Beachem's travel team coach told Fivestarbasketball.com. "You know Mike Brey's ability to use shooters and V.J. is a perfect for that." 

Notable Commitments:

Melvin Johnson (Bronx, NY/St. Beneedict's Prep) - verbal to Miami

Justin Seymour (Smyrna, GA/Campbell) - verbal to Utah

Brandon Watkins (Decatur, GA/Grady) - verbal to West Virginia

Negus Webster-Chan (Ontario, CAN/Huntington Prep, WV) - verbal to Missouri

Notes:

  • Landen Lucas (Portland, OR/Westview) will take an official visit to California this week. 
  • West Virginia, Baylor, Miami, Pitt, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Florida have all offered Mike Young (Jersey City, NJ/Hudson Catholic HS).
  • Allerik Freeman (Charlotte, NC/Olympic) will be visiting Kansas, Villanova and Syracuse starting this weekend.
  • Troy Wlliams (Hampton, VA/Hampton) took unofficial visits to Kentucky and Louisville last weekend
  • Texas, Oregon, UCLA and Louisville are getting in the mix for Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA/Constitution) after he decommited from Villanova this July.

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