Lance Stephenson, Latavious Williams the Best of What's Left in NCAA Recruiting

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Lance Stephenson, Latavious Williams the Best of What's Left in NCAA Recruiting
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Today college sports fans got some of what they have been waiting for: the nation's No. 1 point guard John Wall to sign a letter of intent. The move crowns coach John Calipari with the top recruiting class in this year's offseason.

Now there are two more guys that we all want to hear from soon: New York state's all-time leading scorer, Lance Stephenson, and top power forward recruit from Texas, Latavious Williams.

Stephenson has had fans on the edge of their seats since he announced he wouldn't make his decision at this year's past McDonald's All-American game. The sports world had been craving a decision before the game, so you can imagine how eager fans are now.

Especially University of Memphis fans.

That program has been hit hard this offseason due to the loss of Kentucky coach John Calipari. Stephenson has narrowed his list down to Memphis and Arizona. Williams has his list cut down to four, with Georgetown, Kansas State, FIU, and Memphis on his list.

Williams reportedly was going to sign with Memphis until he received a call from FIU coach Isiah Thomas. That was earlier in May, when he visited FIU. But he still hasn't released his final decision yet.

Some speculated that Williams would go overseas and enter the draft in 2010. I see him  signing with a college team and showcasing his NBA campaign in the United States. Stephenson was said he want to pursue a career overseas, but sources say good friend and well-known adviser in sports, Sonny Vaccaro, told Lance's family he didn't think Stephenson would be mentally ready for Europe.

According to reports, Stephenson and his high school teammate Darwin Ellis will have to wait until the end of next month to get the final word on the sexual assault charges they may face.

It's said that they won't get any jail time, nothing more than a fine.

Lance Stephenson's decision is solely based on his location. He has waited so long that he really only has two choices worth looking at in Memphis and Arizona. If he wants to come in, start, and play in a NBA market, Memphis is the school for him.

If he prefers to live on the West Coast and play with his friend Kevin Parrom, he may sign with Arizona.

If all goes well, the University of Memphis basketball program may get a pair of one and done players to get them through this upcoming season. I believe if Stephenson, who is said to be leaning towards Memphis, signs with the Tigers, Williams will join him.

They want make the NCAA tourney and show off skills to prepare for the big league.

Only time will tell. Let's just hope the time will be soon—real soon.

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