Aug 8, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT
Each Monday and Friday, College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips goes over some important news and notes in the world of college basketball recruiting. Today, checking in with some talented 2016 guards from adidas Nations while a flurry of commitments came in this week.
Dennis Smith is still early in the process
After taking adidas Nations by storm and helping his Team Lillard win the title, five-star Class of 2016 point guard Dennis Smith broke down his recruitment a bit to NBCSports.com.
Smith still lists all of his current offers as schools he is considering at the moment. “VCU, UNC Charlotte, Duke, Wake Forest, N.C. State, North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, Miami, Arizona,” Smith said of his offers.
Smith had a busy spring and summer and the North Carolina native doesn’t have any visits planned and he also said that Memphis and Michigan are showing interest in him but have yet to offer.
DeAaron Fox hearing from big-name programs
Smith’s backcourt running mate, fellow five-star 2016 guard DeAaron Fox, has plenty of scholarship offers and interest in his own right and the guard broke down his school list to NBCSports.com
“Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech, mostly all of the Southern schools right now,” Fox said of his scholarship offers.
Although Fox has many Big 12 offers on the table, the 6-foot-3 guard is hearing from a lot of national programs that have shown recent interest.
“Louisville has been showing a lot of interest, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma and Arizona has been showing a little bit of interest,” Fox said.
After a really good performance at adidas Nations, Fox is riding high and playing with confidence and he said he would play either guard spot in college.
Eron Gordon attempting to forge his own path
As the younger brother of two high-major guards, Class of 2016 guard and Indiana native Eron Gordon knows a little bit of what to expect out of the recruiting process.
The younger brother of New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon and former Arizona State and Indiana guard Evan Gordon, Eron is just trying to figure out things on his own when it comes to his recruitment.
Indiana has offered Eron a scholarship, but the youngest Gordon downplayed the notion that he would follow both of his brothers and become a Hoosier.
“I think of Indiana as their own school. They’re a great school but, my brothers, they won’t have any impact on my decision,” Gordon told NBCSports.com. “I feel like what they did is what they did and I need to choose my own path. But I do like Indiana, they’re one of the higher ones on my list, but you know, it’s not definite down the road.”
Purdue, Nebraska and Arizona State have also offered a scholarship and Gordon is also receiving interest from a few schools that are tied to unofficial visits.
“I already visited Duke and I already visited Michigan. I’m planning to visit Kentucky sometime here in the next month or two,” Gordon said.
Kyle Guy sees his recruitment expand after productive July
Kyle Guy helped Indiana Elite to the title at the adidas Super 64 at the end of July and the Class of 2016 guard saw his recruitment expand after a good week in Las Vegas.
While getting dinner with teammates after the championship, Guy started to get a lot of phone calls.
“After we won the championship we went out to eat with the team and we were watching the game and I just got bombarded with calls,” Guy said. “It was a great experience. They’re just being teammates, ‘who’s that? who’s that?’ and just making fun of me. But they were getting calls too so it was great.”
As a guard already on the high-major radar, the 6-foot-2 high-level shooter added five new offers after the July live evaluation period.
“After I had Indiana, Butler, Purdue, Indiana State and Ole Miss I picked up Virginia, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern and North Carolina State,” Guy said.
Two of Guy’s Indiana Elite teammates, Class of 2015 guards Ryan Cline and Grant Weatherford, have already pledged to Purdue and although Guy is friends with the duo, he isn’t necessarily leaning in any direction at this point.
Commitments this week
- There’s only one way the NCAA gets UNC investigation wrong: a 2016 postseason ban 22
- Academic issues expected to sideline St. John’s point guard for fall semester, maybe longer 6
- North Carolina announces receipt of Notice of Allegations from NCAA 2
- LSU’s ’25 is coming’ campaign doesn’t try to hide that they’re monetizing Ben Simmons 1
- Looking Forward: Catching up on the American’s offseason 1
- Five-star center Caleb Swanigan has committed to Purdue 8
- Friday’s most important rule changes only matter if refs actually enforce them 2
- There’s only one way the NCAA gets UNC investigation wrong: a 2016 postseason ban (24)
- Sports book lists Maryland as early favorite to win national title (9)
- Academic issues expected to sideline St. John’s point guard for fall semester, maybe longer (6)
- John Calipari is selling his program when he says national title isn’t a goal (5)
- Frank Kaminsky writes a farewell letter to Wisconsin fans (5)