Examining the four five-star recruits still on the board as late signing period approaches

Examining the four five-star recruits still on the board as late signing period approaches


Examining the four five-star recruits still on the board as late signing period approaches


World center Ziming Fan, left, posts up against USA's Jarrett Allen, right, during the first half of the Nike Hoop Summit preps basketball game. -- Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports Images, Gannett ORG XMIT: US 134692 Nike hoops 4/9/2016 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Jarrett Allen (right) defends against World center Ziming Fan during the first half of the Nike Hoop Summit (Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer, USA TODAY Sports)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Nike Hoop Summit wasn’t just comprised of 13 of the top high school seniors in the country — a third of the team was made up of the four five-star recruits who have yet to pick a school.

That didn’t hurt the USA Junior National Select Team Saturday, rolling the World Select Team 101-67 at the Moda Center.

As we await the kickoff of the NCAA’s Late Signing Period, which will commence Wednesday, we examine where things stand with each player.

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Josh Jackson, Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.), SF

Considering: Arizona, Michigan State, Kansas.

The Latest: Jackson told USA TODAY High School Sports that he was going to tweet out his decision to the masses after revealing it to family and close friends Monday at his home in Michigan. We posed some off the beaten path recruiting questions to Jackson that turned out to be quite revealing. The question: You’re on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean and you can only save one of the three head coaches on your list; who’s getting pulled in?

Jackson picked Arizona’s Sean Miller because “Sean’s my guy and, out of the three coaches, I’ve probably got the best relationship with him. He coached me with U19 USA Basketball and I think just having that experience with him is why. I can’t really say I have as close a relationship with the other two coaches, but I’m pretty sure they’re great people.”

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Read into that how you will, but as an Arizona fan you can’t exactly be hating your chances.

Still, Jackson has done an exceptional job of keeping information close to the vest so don’t bet the farm either way.

Terrance Ferguson, Advanced Prep International (Dallas), SG

Considering: Kansas, Baylor, Maryland, Texas, Arizona, Alabama, North Carolina.

The Latest: Ferguson caused quite a stir this week when he told reporters at Nike Hoop Summit practices that, after North Carolina offered him this week, he was planning a visit this coming week. History says that a team coming in this late in the game doesn’t have a legitimate shot, but the Tar Heels are coming off an epic national title game, which they lost to Villanova.

Yes, that type of exposure matters.

Still, time will tell if the Tar Heels can make quick connections with Ferguson and his family.

Jarrett Allen, St. Stephens Episcopal (Austin, Texas), C

Considering: Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Houston.

The Latest: The story all along with Allen was that getting him to leave the state was going to be a tall order, but if Marques Bolden opts to go somewhere other than Kentucky it could help the Wildcats’ chances of landing Allen, the top-ranked center in the ESPN 100. Still, Texas and Houston remain strong here.

Marques Bolden, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas), C

Considering: Duke, Kentucky, TCU.

The Latest: Bolden said he’s planning to meet with Duke on Sunday to hear their final sales pitch. He met with Kentucky a couple of weeks ago. Most believe that it’s a two-horse race between the Blue Devils and the Wildcats for the 6-foot-11 center’s services.

Bolden has been getting an earful from No. 1 overall player in the ESPN 100, Harry Giles III all week at the Nike Hoop Summit. Giles said he feels good about Bolden joining him in Durham, N.C., next season. It can’t hurt that Coach K and Co. will get the last face time with Bolden, but Kentucky is, well, Kentucky. Never count out Calipari and the ‘Cats.

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