NCAA Basketball Recruiting: 2014 Class' Top Uncommitted Players
College basketball recruiting is a year-round responsibility for coaches and their staffs.
Some of the best players in the Class of 2014 have not made their college decisions yet. Here is a list of the top uncommitted players of this year’s recruiting class at each position. Check out which schools these elite-level players are considering.
Here we go!
Official visit information is provided through ESPN.com
Point Guard: Keith Pinckney
Most of the top point guards in the country have already declared where they intend to play their college ball.
Out of ESPN's top point guards in the class of 2014, 30 of the best 33 floor leaders are off the board.
However, Keith Pinckney of Lithonia, Ga., (No. 33 rated PG) is still available.
He is a classic pass-first point who is equally skilled at running the break or setting up the action in the half court.
Pinckney is considering offers from Miami, Xavier, Boston University and Harvard.
Point Guard: JaQuan Lyle
JaQuan Lyle is back on the open market.
The 6’4” trigger man from Evansville, Ind., withdrew his commitment from Louisville in mid-September.
Elite-level coaches from around the country wasted no time in contacting and giving the No. 8 point guard a chance to bring his talents to their campus.
Lyle currently has offers from UConn, Kansas, Arizona and Memphis.
Even though he has the size and skills to play any of the perimeter positions, Lyle will be a lethal weapon running the show for one of these top programs.
Point Guard: Tyus Jones
Tyus Jones is the best pure point guard in the Class of 2014.
ESPN’s Dave Telep recently called Jones a “run-the-team, big-time winning player.”
The poised floor commander has a tight handle and ridiculous passing skills.
Jones recently discussed his recruitment on his USA Today blog.
The No. 4 overall player in the class of 2014 confirmed that he and Jahlil Okafor made an official visit to Baylor together and are both planning to stop in at Kansas (Oct. 18) and Duke (Oct. 25) in the coming weeks.
The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones reported in late September that Jones cancelled his visit to Kentucky, which is not good news for the Wildcats.
Watch for the recruiting domino effect to take place when Jones and Okafor make their decisions.
Shooting Guard: James Blackmon Jr.
Three of the top four shooting guards are still trying to figure out where they will be suiting up next year.
James Blackmon Jr. is a genuine marksman from beyond the arc. He has no problem getting his own shot or using screens to launch from all over the floor.
Blackmon Jr. decommitted from Indiana this past summer. He recently announced his current list of finalists, which are: Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State, according to Indystar.com’s Kyle Neddenriep.
Blackmon has taken an official visit to Michigan. He is scheduled to take another to Kentucky the weekend of “Big Blue Madness,” Oct. 18.
Shooting Guard: Devin Booker
Devin Booker is a prototype shooting guard.
He is long (6’5”), can flat-out shoot the ball and has an exceptional basketball IQ.
Booker’s game is like a good chess player who always sees several moves in advance.
He has already taken official visits to Michigan State, Kentucky and Michigan. He has another planned to Missouri—where his dad played in the mid-1990s—before the end of the month (October 2013).
Shooting Guard: Rashad Vaughn
Vaughn’s athleticism is scary, and he continues to build strength that will make him hard to contain on the wing.
He is an assertive scorer who can stick jumpers or consistently get to the rim.
Vaughn has official visits scheduled for Baylor (Oct. 18), Iowa State (Nov. 8) and UNLV (Nov. 25).
Vaughn cancelled a previously scheduled visit to North Carolina. But, the Las Vegas Sun’s Taylor Bern expects that he will reschedule his trip to Chapel Hill at some point.
Small Forward: Devin Robinson
Seven of the top 10 small forwards have already selected their schools to attend next fall.
Devin Robinson—the No. 8 small forward in the nation—could be one of the better wing passers in the 2014 recruiting class.
The slender 6’8” wing is a versatile scorer, able to knock down shots from beyond the arc, and can put the ball on the deck to produce all kinds of trouble.
Robinson has recently taken official visits to Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Indiana and Florida.
He was also slated to do the same at Connecticut, but, according to the Hartford Courant’s Dom Amore, Robinson has cancelled that visit.
Small Forward: Justise Winslow
Justise Winslow is a great all-around player, but he may be best lockdown defender in the country.
Winslow can realistically guard each position, save for center.
He uses his strength, physicality and foot speed to shut off most opponents.
Zagsblog's Adam Zagoria reported that Winslow has already taken official visits to Texas A&M, Florida and UCLA.
Zagoria also indicated that:
His mother said they are planning to visit Duke, Arizona, Stanford and Kansas in October, though she was not certain of the dates.
Small Forward: Stanley Johnson
ESPN’s Dave Telep said that “Stanley Johnson is an A-list star.”
Telep said that, in movie terms, Johnson “went from being Cuba Gooding Jr. to Denzel Washington” during the summer circuit.
Johnson is being pursued by the best of the best.
He has already taken his official visit to Arizona, with stopovers at Kentucky and Florida in the near future.
He is likely to make a trip to Oregon and Kansas, too.
Power Forward: Kevon Looney
The top three power forwards in the class of 2014 are still on the board.
Kevon Looney is a long, lean power forward whose featured quality is his versatility.
You do not have to search long to find someone who is very impressed with this 6'8" forward.
Looney’s final five schools include Michigan State, Duke, Florida, Tennessee and UCLA.
Power Forward: Trey Lyles
Trey Lyles is a surprising, emerging big man.
He already has the size (6’10”, 255 lbs.) to be able to battle with most power forwards or even centers.
Lyles has a full arsenal of low-post scoring weapons.
He can work away from the basket or down low on the block.
The Courier-Journal's Kyle Neddenriep indicates that Lyles is down to considering Louisville and Kentucky.
Power Forward: Cliff Alexander
Cliff Alexander is the top power forward in the 2014 recruiting class.
Alexander is a powerful, explosive post player who dominates on both ends of the court.
He has a great motor and knows how to use his muscular frame to be able to defend, score and rebound at an elite level. Alexander has been narrowing down his top-five schools list. He has already made official visits to Duke and Kansas.
Alexander is planning on also visiting both Michigan State and Memphis.
Center: Thomas Welsh
Because of making some huge strides forward in the last year, Thomas Welsh has moved up the class of 2014 rankings considerably.
Welsh is currently the No. 10 center in the nation.
He has an impressive instinct for rebounding and blocking shots. He also has a good touch in and around the low post.
Because of Welsh’s recent improvements, his recruiting is wide open.
Center: Myles Turner
Nobody made more skills improvements over the last year than Myles Turner.
He went from being an unranked, underdeveloped high school center to a highly sought-after, elite-level prospect who is being recruited by the best programs in the nation.
He plays hard and works hard in order to keep developing his skills.
Turner has already visited Kansas and is dropping in on Ohio State and Texas in the coming weeks.
Whoever signs Turner will be getting a hard-working player with a nonstop motor.
Center: Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor is the No. 1 player in the class of 2014.
He is a highly developed low-post monster who can do everything that is needed to dominate on both ends of the court.
Give him the ball, and Okafor can elevate for a thunderous dunk or step out and hit mid-range jumpers.
He defends and rebounds like a maniac and can alter shots with the best of them.
It is widely anticipated that Okafor and Tyus Jones will attend the same school.
They have already taken an official visit to Baylor. They will be heading to Duke and Kansas in the next couple weeks.
Wherever Okafor ends up going to college, you can count on that program making a run to the Final Four on an annual basis.