by Harrison Sanford November 15, 2011 12:08pm ET
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.
With more big names coming off the board last week (see below), there are slim pickings when it comes to recruits. Among the top-caliber players available are Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman) and Anthony Bennett (Brampton, Ont., CAN/Findlay Prep, NV). Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, TN/Southwind), Devonta Pollard (De Kalb, MS/Kemper County), Amile Jefferson (Philadelphia, PA/Friends Central), Ricardo Gathers (Laplace, LA/Riverside Academy) and Tony Parker (Lithonia, GA/Miller Grove) pace the remaining class standouts.
Kaleb Taczewski's (Claremont,NH/St. Mark's) commitment to Arizona put the Jayhawks in scramble mode. Much effot was put into securing the big man. So much so that they passed up on nearby targets Cameron Ridley
(Fort Bend, TX/Bush) and Shaquille Cleare (Houston, TX/The Village School). Once they missed out on the St. Mark's center, Landen Lucas (Portland, OR/Westview) became a focus.
"It actually was hard," Lucas told KUSports.com, "but Kansas was the only school I would have picked that late. They jumped in. They jumped in strong. I really feel that even though they came in late, for some weird reason I feel I’ve known them for a long time."
Lucas was one of the last true big men left and now gives the Jayhawks a solid frontcourt trio headlined by Perry Ellis. Zach Peters (Plano,TX/Prestonwood Christian Academy) is also a member of the class.
In the backcourt, Andrew White (Charlottesville, VA/The Miller School) and Muhammad are recruits to keep an eye on.
Alex Poythress reassured Kentucky fans this past week by committing to the Wildcats. Amid worry that Coach John Calipari wouldn't be pulling off his typical top notch staff, Poythress adds athleticism at the small forward spot.
"Kentucky is a good school," Poythress told Fivestarbasketball in an earlier interview. "I like their offense. Coach Cal [John Calipari] is a good coach. He's a pretty good guy. He knows what he's talking about. He's been around basketball a long time."
Gary Harris (Indianapolis, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) added some more punch to an already stacked Michigan State class. He is seen by some as the best shooting guard in the nation. Get a look at their class outside of him below.
Finally, Robert Carter (Snellville, GA/ Shiloh) brings his wide array of post moves at the 4-spot to Georgia Tech.
A.J. Ashtroth (Tampa, FL/Faith Baptist Christian) - Vanderbilt
Darion Clarke (Conyers, GA/Oak Hill Academy) - Charlotte
Robert Upshaw (Fresno, CA/San Joaquin Memorial) - Kansas State
Tyrone Wallace (Bakersfield, CA/Bakersfield) - California
- Christopher Opekpa and Mike Young were in attendance for St. John's game versus UMBC this past weekend
- Jarnell Stokes indicates that he might sign in the spring.
- Amile Jefferson took an official visit to Stanford this past weekend and is undecided when he will make a decision
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