Pitt snags top 100 PF Mike Young
Pittsburgh made Mike Young a priority and it paid off.
Young, a 6-foot-8 power forward, plays high school ball in New Jersey at Hudson Catholic, but he’s a native of Pittsburgh and his mother still resides there.
The proximity to home and the relentless pursuit from Jamie Dixon and his staff ultimately won Young over, picking the Panthers over a host of schools including Florida, West Virginia, Memphis, Connecticut and others.
Young is a good fit for Pittsburgh, who desperately needed a post player in the 2013 c.ass. When motivated, Young is a very good rebounder, as he pursues the ball off the backboard with intensity. On top of that, he’s a face up guy that can score off jump shots or attacking the defense.
Young is a top 100 prospect and currently regarded as the No. 20 power forward in the 2013 class.
No major dominoes … yet
In years past the days after the final evaluation period yielded a number of commitments.
While there have been a few kids making their college choices, Mike Young is the only top 100 prospect to come to a decision.
So what’s the hold up?
Although the event schedules in May and June mirrored the schedules of years past, I think there were far fewer prospects taking unofficial visits this year compared to recent years.
So with out taking unofficial visits in the spring, I think it’s slowed down the process this year.
Going forward, I expect the process to be sped up. With the new NCAA rules allowing official visits in the spring and opening up modes of communication, I think we will begin seeing more college decisions in the spring starting next year.
List cutting time
The popular thing to do for recruits last week was to narrow school lists. Five 2013 top 100 prospects released cut down lists.
*Xavier Rathan-Mayes is down to 10 schools – Baylor, Connecticut, Alabama, Florida State, Kentucky, Illinois, Memphis, Texas, UCLA and Kansas. He’s planning to cut it further in the next month.
*Kendrick Nunn cut his list to five schools. Among the schools still under consideration are Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, Ohio State and UCLA.
*Top 100 combo guard Roddy Peters released a list that included Georgetown, Xavier, Memphis, Rutgers, Maryland and UCLA. Shortly after releasing his list of six, Peters added Seton Hall to his list.
*Josh Hart has his list at seven. He’s still considering Rutgers, Villanova, Miami, Arizona, Memphis, Penn State and Cincinnati.
*Rashawn Powell, who is set to enter Scout.com’s top 100 this week, is down to Memphis, Alabama, Murray State, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Illinois and Oklahoma State.
While Mike Young’s decision was the biggest commitment of the weekend, there were plenty of other decisions, including USC and Florida picking up a new commitment. Here’s the rundown:
*Kevin O’Neill and his USC Trojans reeled in Texas native Kendal Harris. A three-star combination guard, Harris picked USC over Missouri, Oklahoma State, LSU and Creighton.
*Schuyler Rimmer pledged to the Florida Gators over the weekend. A 6-foot-10, 235-pound center, Rimmer is a hard playing post prospect that will rebound, contest shots and score over both shoulders.
*Brad Stevens and Butler scored their second post prospect in the 2013 class on Saturday. To go with Nolan Berry, Butler added Andrew Chrabacz, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound power forward out of Ashburnham (Mass.) Cushing Academy.
*Corey Redman (2015 prospect) and Nick Carlos (2013 prospect) made verbal commitments to Keno Davis and his staff at Central Michigan this weekend.
*Pat Kelsey scooped up a pair of commitments for his 2013 class at Winthrop. Kelsey dipped into Ohio for both Josh Davenport, of Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller, and Keon Johnson, of Mansfield (Ohio) High. Both are 2013 prospects.
*Eastern Kentucky scored a commitment from Isaac McGlone, of Lancaster (Ohio) High on Saturday.
New rankings on the way
Stay tuned this week, as we will begin to roll out new player rankings.
Look for an updated list of the 2013 class on Tuesday. Shortly after the 2014 and 2015 rankings will be updated as well.