2017 guard David Beatty, who is ranked 96th in ESPN’s top 100 recruiting rankings, cut his list down to eight schools on Tuesday. Indiana, Temple, La Salle, Georgetown, Virginia, UCLA, Maryland and UConn are the finalists for the 6’3″ Philadelphia native who plays his high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep.
Beatty is a high quality offensive talent, who has great range on his jump shot. He still has to improve his efficiency from long range, but he is strong, has a great frame, is physical, can make plays in the lane, and is capable of finishing at the rim and in transition.
Beatty is a solid defender, although he could certainly improve in that area of his game. Passing is another element that could be developed at the next level.
Jordan Chatman transfers to Boston College
Chatman, who played his freshman season under Dave Rose at BYU, committed to Boston College on Tuesday. The 6’5″, 195 pound guard averaged just 2.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 10.3 minutes per game. He shot 38 percent from the field, 34 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw strike.
The Vancouver, WA native played point guard at Union High School, and was a two-star recruit who only received one quality offer (from BYU).
In an interesting case, Chatman is a graduate transfer (eligible immediately), but still has three years of college basketball remaining.
“Chatman left his high school in Vancouver, Wash., with an associates degree and served a two-year LDS Church mission to Taiwan before ever enrolling at BYU.”
Chatman gives Jim Christian a guard who has great size, can play both backcourt positions, has a strong frame, is a willing passer and is capable of getting in the lane.
The Eagles are losing their top scorer Eli Carter and youngster Sammy Barnes-Thompkins, but they do have rising sophomore Jerome Robinson, who should be the team’s best player this season.
Jeremiah Tilmon cuts list to six
2017 center from East Saint Louis, IL is down to Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Texas and Kansas. According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Tilmon is also receiving interest from Missouri and he has yet to cut Kim Anderson and company off his list.
Jeremiah Tilmon also just said that Missouri is still in the mix. @jeremiahtilmon_
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 28, 2016
Tilmon is a bit undersized for a center, however, he’s ranked 29th on ESPN’s top 100 list and is labeled as a four-star or five-star recruit on multiple sites.
Attending La Lumiere in Florida, Tilmon’s squad made the Dicks High School National Tournament final at Madison Square Garden, losing to Oak Hill Academy in overtime. The center suffered a shoulder injury in that game – he had surgery on it – and did not return.
The big man has great potential due to his widely built shoulders, good agility, excellent athleticism, and ability to run the floor. Tilmon is a solid rebounder, but will need to improve his competitiveness and post moves.
Recruit leaves UCLA before career begins
Class of 2016 recruit and three-star small forward, Kobe Paras, withdrew from UCLA after “academic conditions of his admission were not met.”
The 6’5″, 190 pound prospect held offers from UCLA, Arizona State, California, Portland State, Texas-Arlington, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.
Paras was expected to give Steve Alford’s Bruins an athletic wing who plays with energy on both ends of the floor. He has a really effective first step that could have been dangerous in Pac-12 play, while his ability to attack the lane would have also been valuable for the Bruins.
Regardless of Paras departure, UCLA still maintains one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. Point guard Lonzo Ball is the best floor general in the class (he is an ELITE passer), T.J. Leaf is a skilled power forward who can score inside and out, and Ike Anigbogu provides toughness and length at center.
Paras, who played his high school ball at Middlebrooks Academy, will leave a bit of a hole at small forward, but the Bruins will be able to mix and match. Although Noah Allen is transferring to Hawai’i, the team returns Jonah Bolden and they can always move Isaac Hamilton to small forward with Ball and Bryce Alford taking command in the backcourt.
Remember it’s position-less basketball, so this is not a departure that the Bruins have to be concerned about.
Rick Barnes Says He Would Have Left Tennessee if UCLA Paid Buyout
Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes could have been the next head coach for UCLA, instead of Mick Cronin, if only the Bruins were willing to open up their wallets.
Barnes says that if UCLA would have promised to pay Barnes’ $5 million buyout, he would have left Tennessee to take the job at UCLA.
“I think I would’ve been the coach at UCLA,” Barnes said (h/t ESPN). “I’ve said that to people before. I really felt at that time that’s what would happen.”
Barnes was honest and open with his decision process during the news conference, saying that he struggled with making a final decision due to financial matters.
Barnes has since agreed to a new deal with Tennessee that will pay him $4 million per year before increasing to a $6 million annual sum by the end of the contract and provide more cash for his assistants.
“I’m supposed to be at Tennessee,” Barnes said. “And it’s really above and beyond the basketball program. I’m in love with this community. I’m in love with this state. I just think we got a lot of great things going on in this town.”
“A lot of praying went into it, I can tell you that,” Barnes said. “There was a lot going on. When you get down to a situation like that, it has to make sense from a financial standpoint. Bottom line is we couldn’t work it out with the buyout.”
Barnes also informed UCLA that he would not depart Knoxville without talking to athletic director Phillip Fulmer and others in the community.
I told them point blank, ‘I’m not going to walk out of here and not meet with my team,'” Barnes said. “‘I’m not going to walk out of here and not meet with people here that have been really good to me.’ … I said, ‘You just can’t say send a plane tomorrow and we’re leaving. I’m going to make sure this is done the right way.'”
“There was one time in my mind I truly felt that’s what would happen,” Barnes said about potentially taking the UCLA offer. “It got to that point where I felt like my prayers had been answered.”
The Madness is Underway
As we inch closer to selection Sunday, many conference tournaments are underway finding teams who will automatically make the NCAA Men’s basketball. Here are the teams that currently in the tournament:
Atlantic Sun: Liberty
Big South: Gardner–Webb
Horizon: Northern Kentucky
Missouri Valley: Bradley
MEC: Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley: Murray State
Summit League: North Dakota State
Summit League: Saint Marry’s
Out of the 32 conferences with automatic bids in the tournament, 12 of them have been clinched. All the until selection Sunday the remaining 20 conferences will have their tickets punched. Who will that be? Stay tuned!
Tennessee Basketball Ranked 4th In (Early) Preseason Top 25
A school built on football lure now has a thriving basketball team to get behind. In a early CBS basketball poll, the Volunteer squad is ranked 4th in the preseason. This should bring relief to a fan base whose struggled with a lackluster football team in recent years.
Under Coach Rick Barnes (SEC Coach of the year 2017) the Vols went 26-9 last year, won a share of the regular season SEC title and reached the final of the SEC tournament. Tennessee should return most of their pivotal pieces for the 2018-19 season.
Admiral Schofield (2017-2018 ALL SEC second teamer) who tested the NBA waters has returned for his senior year to play along side Grant Williams (SEC player of the year) and Kyle Alexander. If they can stay healthy along with the supporting cast, this team has a legitimate chance to reach the final four.
According to Andy Katz, “Tennessee is the team to beat in the SEC this year,” and did I mention Coach Barnes recruiting is nothing to take lightly. Recently committed 5 star combo guard, Josiah James added his name to the class of 2019 and pushed the Vols recruiting into the top 10 nationally.
Although it’s too early to tell how this season will play out its certain the hype is warranted and reaching heights it hasn’t seen since the Bruce Pearl era.
Could it be!? Tennessee – a basketball school?
Follow the journey when the Volunteers tip off against Louisiana Lafayette on November 9th.
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