The national signing period for college basketball ended on May 20, but there are still two prospects remaining in the Rivals.com Top 100. Lance Stephenson (No. 11 overall) and Noel Johnson (No. 53 overall) are the lone players still searching for a school.
At this time last year, Stephenson was considered one of the top catches in the class of 2009, and he had his pick of schools to choose from. Now among allegations that Stephenson groped a 17-year-old girl, his recruiting picture has gotten a little more blurry.
According to his father, Lance Stephenson Sr., the younger Stephenson has narrowed his list down to Arizona and Maryland, but he wants to clear his name before making his final decision.
Recent Memphis commit Latavious Williams has said that he wants to play with Stephenson, so I would not rule that out as a possible destination as well. First it was Eric Bledsoe, then Williams, and now Florida International head coach Isaiah Thomas is said to be going hard after Lance Stephenson.
With Stephenson being of “one-and-done” mentality, Thomas may appeal to Stephenson because of his NBA connections, but I doubt Stephenson would want to show of his skills in the Sun Belt conference.
Noel Johnson decided to bail on his commitment to USC, with his father saying the current situation surrounding the Trojan’s program is not what Johnson wants to walk into his freshman year.
As of now Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, and Pittsburgh are all potential college choices for Johnson, according to Rivals.com. There are rumors that Johnson, who is from Georgia, wants to stay closer to home.
Should he decide for Paul Hewitt and Georgia Tech, he would join an already stellar recruiting class that contains star center Derrick Favors (No. 3 overall).