Bryan Mauro-Contributing Writer (@threecolorbeard)
Now that the first live period for recruiting has started, there are a lot of top recruits still left out on the market. There is a month left until the late signing day, so we should see resolution on many of these kids by the end of the month. There will be a new weekly recruiting segment, where I will delve into my recruiting rankings for each conference.
This week, lets review the top unsigned players still on the market:
Mohammed Bamba- Bamba is the best player still on the market. He is a 6’11” power forward who can do it all. He has a nice offensive game with extremely polished post moves, and can shoot it from outside. He is an elite rebounder and shot blocker, and is also extremely athletic for his size. He doesn’t lumber around and clog the lane like some big men. In fact, he moves well enough that he was able to compete in the dunk contest at the McDonald’s All American game. This is usually reserved for the smaller wings. Bamba has received a scholarship from every blue-blood program in America, but his final five schools have some interesting names in it. His final five includes Michigan, Texas, Duke, Kentucky, and Arizona. His former teammate and one of his best friends, Hamidou Diallo, is already enrolled at Kentucky, and has been helping recruit Bamba.
Trevon Duval- Every team needs a point guard to run their offense. Trevon Duval from IMG Academy is the best point guard in this class. He is an elite ball handler and passer, great shooter, and can get to the rim. He also has a knack for drawing a foul and getting to the line. His game reminds me a lot of Frank Mason from Kansas. His final five schools are Kansas, Seton Hall, Baylor, Arizona and Duke. Duke and Kansas are the favorites as they both are in need of a true point guard to run their team. Duke doesn’t have a point guard on the roster, and the incumbent point guard from Kansas, Frank Mason, has graduated.
Kevin Knox– Kevin Knox is a little harder read as to where he will attend college. Knox is talented enough to be a one year player, and probably will seek a school that will let him play for a year before he will enter his name into the draft and test the NBA waters. Knox can shoot the three and shoot it well, as was evidenced by his entering of the three point contest at the McDonald’s All American game. Kevin Knox has a good relationship with new Missouri coach and former Cal coach, Cuonzo Martin. Cuonzo Martin is trying to do a quick rebuild. Missouri already possesses a commitment from the number one player in this class with Michael Porter Jr., so they are making a nice run for Kevin Knox. In fact, Kevin Knox just took his last official visit to Missouri 2 weeks ago. He could be part of the team with Michael Porter Jr. that could help Missouri rise from the ashes of the SEC and compete for a conference championship. Knox’s final five schools are Duke, Florida State, Missouri, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
Brian Bowen- Brian Bowen is one of the best high school basketball players I have seen come along in quite some time. He has good size, good build, plays good defense, and man oh man can he shoot. He attended one of the best high school basketball programs in the country. La Lumiere is loaded with top Division 1 talent, with Jalen Jackson and Jacob Epperson already signing to Power 5 conference schools. Bowen was the engine that made this team go. In my opinion, Rivals and 247 have him ranked a little low. His final 5 are Creighton, Arizona, Michigan State, NC State and Texas. Creighton and Michigan State already have signed one of his teammates, and Creighton also just recently signed Alan Huss, the former head coach at La Lumiere, to be one of their assistant coaches. He should be deciding soon.
Next week: I will release my team recruiting rankings for the Big 12.