With only a handful of elite class of 2011 prospects still on the board, lets take a look at where some have visited, who their favorite are and much more.
Alabama: The Alabama-native visited multiple Crimson Tide games including their NIT game against Miami (FL) where they chanted his name during the game.
Auburn: He made a surprise visit to in-state Auburn last Thursday (April 28) and had this to say about it: “I like the campus life and it has everything a player could want.”
Connecticut: The Huskies were one of the late-comers to Lacey’s recruitment and has this to say about UConn: “UCONN came onto me this summer. [Former Connecticut guard] Kevin Ollie was my NBA coach at camp, and he told me how UConn is a school where a lot of guards get drafted, and they get a lot of guards who can play.”
Kansas: He will be visiting the Jayhawks this weekend after missing his original visit because of tornadoes. Says Lacey of his two-day Kansas visit, “I’m looking forward to getting to know coach Self better this weekend. I met him one time. He seems like a cool guy.” He also believes he has a chance at immediate playing time in Lawrence.
Kentucky: Lacey recently made a two-day visit to Kentucky (May 3-4), and had this to say about it: “I enjoyed it. It was great. Just seeing how coach Calipari is … he’s passionate, always helping his players. He’s always on the go about them.”
North Carolina State: He plans on visiting either the Wolfpack or the Huskies before May 18, the conclusion of the spring signing period. They have made a strong late push for Lacey and can offer him more minutes than anyone else.
Notes: Many consider Alabama and Kentucky to be his two favorites and playing time will be a factor as he wants to play as a freshman. He also says his potential school’s fan base will influence his decision. Additionally, there have been conflicting reports about when he will make his decision but he said today (May 5) that there is not set date.
Duke: The Blue Devils jumped on Daniels late and have a special connection to him since his coach at IMG Academies, Andy Borman, is the son-in-law of head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Says Borman on Daniels’ Duke visit during Senior Night, “From everything I’ve heard, he had a really good visit.” It’s unclear how Alex Murphy’s early commitment will impact Daniels’ decision, if it has one at all.
Kansas: Head coach Bill Self visited Daniels April 20 at IMG Academies and is bringing in Daniels’ AAU teammate, Christian Garrett, as a preferred walk-on. The Jayhawks were considered the long-time favorite before Duke came into the picture.
Texas: The former Longhorn-commit has visited Texas since his de-commitment last year but they are considered in the back of the pack since there has been little contact between the two camps.
Notes: There have been many reports that Daniels was supposed to commit at various times in the past couple of weeks but he obviously never did so. Nonetheless, I expect him to commit soon.
Auburn: The Tigers are on of a few schools that has been in contact with Uchebo lately.
Charlotte: He visited the 49ers this past weekend and seemed to enjoy it. “I liked the visit at Charlotte,” says Uchebo. “The coaching staff was really nice, and they took me around the campus and to all the classrooms.”
Indiana: The Hoosiers are another one of a few schools that has been in contact with him.
Notes: He de-committed from North Carolina State in April and isn’t considering any ACC schools since he would have to sit out a year. Says Uchebo, “I want to play right away, and not sit out a year, so I will not be going to any ACC school.” He also says he doesn’t have any visits planned but will likely take some soon. He also plans on making a decision as soon as possible. Additionally, there has been speculation about whether Kentucky is involved but Uchebo says the Wildcats haven’t been in contact even though they saw him play recently.
Georgia: The Bulldogs and head coach Mark Fox are one of Ware’s two favorite schools. Says Ware, “Louisville and Georgia are my [frontrunners]. I just have to talk to the coaches and see if they are still interested in me. I really don’t know where things stand.”
Kansas: He mentioned the Jayhawks in a tweet of schools on his list.
Kansas State: Ware listed the Wildcats as one of his five schools.
Louisville: The Cardinals were another one of the schools mentioned in his tweet but they are also among his favorites. Says Ware, “Louisville and Georgia are my [frontrunners]. I just have to talk to the coaches and see if they are still interested in me. I really don’t know where things stand.”
UCLA: Ware cited the Bruins as one of his five schools.
Notes: Ware has easily had the most interesting recruitment which includes de-commitments from Tennessee and Central Florida and a recruiting scandal involving a convicted felon. Also, he has this list of schools, but like he says, he doesn’t know if they are still interested in him.
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