Recruiting Notebook
Dayshawn Watkins
Dayshawn Watkins
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 20, 2012


News was aplenty over the weekend. Dayshawn Watkins, Juwan Parker and Terrance O'Donohue all made commitments, while UCLA had three high-level visitors on campus and Louisville added to their 2012 class.

Watkins makes his pick

Dayshawn Watkins surprised many when he ended his recruitment on Saturday.

Watkins, a 6-foot guard out of Jacksonville (Ark.) North Pulaski, committed to Jerod Haase and UAB.

“I had a good relationship with the head coach and I felt that he can get me to the next level being a point guard and he also coached and helped point guard’s like Kendall Marshall, Ty Lawson and Bobby Frasor get to the next level,” Watkins told Scout.com.

He also cited style of play as one of the main reasons for picking UAB. Watkins, a three-star prospect, also considered strong interest from Arizona State, Dayton, Butler and Wichita State.

UCLA has visitors

After scoring the No. 2 class in the country in the 2012 class, UCLA is trying to build off their momentum.

Over the weekend they had three significant visitors on campus. Top 50 power forward prospect Marcus Lee was the only 2013 player in Westwood (Calif.).

A source said the visit was an unofficial and that it “went pretty good.”

UCLA is one of the seven schools on Lee’s list. He’s also considering California, Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisville. Lee is scheduled to visit Louisville the weekend of September 8th, Kentucky on Oct. 12th and Indiana on Oct. 20th.

UCLA also had a pair of 2014 top 25 prospects on campus. Jordan McLaughlin and Parker Jackson-Cartwright both took unofficial visits to UCLA over the weekend.

Louisville adds 2012 big man

Louisville adds a late enrollee.

Mangok Mathiang, of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, qualified academically and met with the Louisville team on Sunday. He’s expected to begin taking classes at Louisville on Monday.

At this stage there are still some hurdles to clear, as Louisville still has not commented on the new recruit. Assuming he gets cleared to play, some expect Mathiang to redshirt his first season.

Mathiang joins top 100 recruit Montrezl Harrell to make up Louisville’s 2012 class.

Tidbits

*Five-star guard Wayne Selden is down to six schools – UCLA, Florida, Ohio State, Syracuse, Missouri and Kansas. He said his list is no specific order.

*Talented 2013 PF Dominic Woodson cut his list to 10 schools on Friday via Twitter. Woodson is now considering North Carolina State, Baylor, Texas A&M, UConn, Memphis, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Rhode Island, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

*Juwan Parker became Georgia’s second 2013 verbal commitment on Sunday. Parker, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Oklahoma, picked UGA over interest from Stanford and Memphis. He joins J.J. Frazier to make up their current recruiting class.

*Tre’Shaun Lexing told Scout.com’s Greg Hicks that he is favoring four schools. He listed Colorado, Washington State, Arizona State and UCLA. UCLA is the only one of the four that hasn’t offered.

*Alabama had four-star wing Troy Williams on campus this past weekend. Alabama also hosted Rockwall (Tex.) High sophomore teammates Elijah Thomas and Austin Grandstaff for unofficial visits.

*College of Charleston picked up a significant commitment on Saturday. Terrance O’Donohue, who played with the Atlanta Celtics on the spring and summer circuit, committed on Saturday.

*Scout.com's No. 4 overall prospect in the 2013 class -- Julius Randle -- took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State this past weekend.

*Goodluck Okonobuh reclassified over the weekend from the 2013 class to the 2014 class, according to AAU coach Vinny Pastore. Okonobuh is also transferring from Tilton (N.H.) School to Wilbraham (Mass.) Wilbraham & Monson Academy.


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