Notebook: Imminent Decisions

Dejounte Murray

In our weekly Notebook feature, the national team explores creative and broad topics from the grassroots hoops realm.

Dominos beginning to fall?

While there haven't been too many commitments from top players in the class of 2015, things are beginning to take hold on the wing in the Midwest. Already Luke Kennard has picked Duke, Austin Grandstaff has selected Ohio State, and most recently Sean McDermott picked Butler and Ryan Cline chose Purdue.

Now consider that a few other fast moving situations are going on. First, transfer Eron Harris will decide between Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State, and likely will do so quickly. Also, four-star wing Kyle Ahrens is beginning to really focus, and seemingly is locked in on Michigan State.

Where this becomes interesting is with Jalen Coleman. The four-star wing from La Porte (Ind) La Lumiere had a tremendous spring with All-Ohio Red on the AAU circuit, and is expected to narrow down his list very shortly.

What makes it interesting is some of the top schools seem to be Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Illinois. With that, how will the potential upcoming decisions of Harris and Ahrens impact Coleman and his choice? That is not yet known, but the dominos are beginning to fall, it could be quite interesting to see what happens in the crowded wing market in the Midwest.

— Brian Snow

Murray ready to announce

Dejounte Murray will announce his college decision on Tuesday.

Murray, a standout at Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach, recently said Gonzaga, Washington, California, Oregon and Arizona were the schools recruiting him the hardest.

Originally, Murray wanted to wait until the fall to announce, but that changed with a tweet on Monday.

A 6-foot-5 lengthy wing prospect, Murray is a notable athlete with impressive scoring tools. He's a good driver, a capable shot maker to three, has potential as a defender and is a good passer.

Murray strung together one of the better single game performances I've seen this spring at the Sacramento EYBL, where he buried four three-pointers and went 9-for-14 from the field for 25 points.

Murray is currently ranked No. 11 at the shooting guard position and No. 46 overall in the 2015 class.

— Evan Daniels

Riley ahead of the curve

At this past weekend's Pangos Camp, many fans watching Cody Riley for the first time wondered how he possibly could be a rising sophomore? The beastly power forward not only outplayed, but actually outmuscled players two years his elder. In addition to an advanced physique, he also boasts explosive athleticism and makes a lot happen above the rim.

We can't frame Riley in a rankings discussion because, as is always the case, we don't like to rush our first list. Players need time to season, and the Class of 2017 simply isn't ready. But they will be relatively soon, and Riley already has earned a spot on the list.

Riley's stature and status reside at top level

In many cases we disagree with coaches' and parents' decisions to have rising sophomores play at the 17-under level, but Riley proves an exception. Watching him bully 15s or 16s throughout the summer would be doing no one any favors, as he wouldn't improve and his wispy opponents definitely would not enjoy the experience. That's how an elite prospect can develop bad habits.

Riley is ahead of the game in multiple categories and will continue to register frequently here at

— Rob Harrington

West Coast prospects flying off board

Give the coaches recruiting the West Coast credit; when it comes to 2015, they've been able to lock down top targets at record pace.

With Dejounte Murray (as mentioned above) announcing his commitment this afternoon, that will put another dent on the list of four and five-star talent still available on the West Coast.

Here's a rundown of who is committed and who is still left:


Justin Simon, PG, Arizona

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

Kendall Small, PG, Oregon

David Crisp, PG, Washington

Tyler Dorsey, SG, Arizona

Jeremy Hemsley, SG, San Diego State

Chimezie Metu, PF, USC

Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington


Marcus LoVett, PG

Stephen Thompson, Jr., SG

New Williams, SG

Rex Pflueger, SG

Ray Smith, SF

Cameron Walker, SF

Tres Tinkle, PF/SF

Ivan Rabb, PF

Bennie Boatwright, PF

Chase Jeter, C

Stephen Zimmerman, C

Chance Comanche, C

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