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SportWhere Will 2019's Final Uncommitted Five-Star Recruits Land?

19:45  15 may  2019
19:45  15 may  2019 Source:   si.com

Five-star recruit Boogie Ellis asks out Duke commitment

Five-star recruit Boogie Ellis asks out Duke commitment After throwing out a fabulous freshman trio this past season, the Duke Blue Devils were hoping for much of the same next year. Sure, the team still has what many consider the best recruiting class in college basketball. But that took a hit on Thursday with news that five-star recruit and combo guard Boogie Ellis has asked out of his commitment from the Blue Devils. Per 247 Sports, it’s expected to be granted. Ellis, a Southern California native, was an early signee for head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Co. back in November. The 6-foot-2 guard ranked as the No. 34 overall recruit and No. 5 combo guard in the nation.

Top uncommitted 2019 recruit Vernon CareyAdam Glanzman/Getty Images. Five years ago, Carey would have been perfect just the way he is. He is a big, strong, mountain of a man with great Lorenzo Romar always recruited well, and he would've been the frontrunner to land this 5 - star recruit from

Here' s a look at the seven uncommitted 5 - star prospects and where they might end up for next season. Final prediction: Missouri. The Tigers are coming in late with regard to recruiting Tilmon, but they've been able to quickly become a destination for elite recruits thanks to Porter Jr.' s commitment.

Where Will 2019's Final Uncommitted Five-Star Recruits Land?© Steve Ryan/Getty Images

The biggest uncommitted name in 247Sports’s composite ranking of the top 50 recruits in the 2019 class? Well, it’s LaMelo Ball. Alas, the latest LaMelo news points to him playing overseas next year, keeping the Ball family circus away from college basketball. But there’s still elite talent on the board, in the form of four undecided top 20 recruits. R.J. Hampton (No. 5), Jaden McDaniels (No. 8), Precious Achiuwa (No. 14) and Trendon Watford (No. 17) have yet to announce where they’ll play next year, and those decisions will have a significant impact on the 2019–20 college basketball landscape.

We run down where the recruitment of each of those four stands:

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Ed Orgeron and LSU could land a couple of the uncommitted players at the Under Armour All-America Three prospects—including two 4-star talents—are slated to announce during the game, which For now, though, the hometown Tigers are in great position to land the 5 - star defensive tackle.

National Football Editor Zack Poff and MaxPreps personality Myckena Guerrero discuss which top recruits are still uncommitted and where they are most likely headed.

R.J. Hampton

The Favorite: Kansas. Like many top programs, the Jayhawks are waiting on key NBA draft-related decisions. Regardless of whether Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson elect to remain in the draft past the May 29 deadline, Kansas's backcourt would benefit from the addition of Hampton. After recently reclassifying, the 6’5” point guard is the fifth-ranked prospect in the class of 2019 and his ability to get buckets in bunches could even make him a lottery pick in the 2020 NBA draft. If he joins Udoka Azubuike and Marcus Garrett, the Big 12 could be looking at the beginning of a new streak.

Also in the running: Memphis, Kentucky, Texas Tech. As long as Penny Hardaway has scholarships available, he’ll be a threat to sign any top prospect to Memphis. The Tigers may not bring the star power of last year’s Duke team to town, but they’ve stolen the show this recruiting cycle and it wouldn’t be surprising for them to steal Hampton, too.

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Brian Bowen is the last 5 - star recruit still uncommitted to a college. Wed May 31, 2017 Brian Bowen is the last 5 - star recruit still uncommitted to a college. In fact, only one other top-100 player — Tremont Waters — remains unsure of where he will play next fall.

Regardless of where he lands , Harrison will be the top Big Ten recruit in the class of 2019 , as Trey Sanders' college choice could shift the SEC recruiting rankings, as Georgia, Alabama and Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma, Florida State and Tennessee are in the mix for Haselwood, who displayed his five

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Jaden McDaniels

The Favorite: Kentucky. John Calipari made his name in Lexington hauling in one-and-done recruits from John Wall to Karl-Anthony Towns. Recently, however, he’s been out-gunned by Mike Krzyzewski in Durham, as Kentucky’s recruiting class has ranked second to Duke’s in each of the past three years. With the 2019 class, however, Calipari is back on top, and that’s without McDaniels, who might announce his decision Wednesday. The 6’10” McDonald’s All-American has drawn comparisons to former lottery pick Jonathan Isaac. If he joins guard Tyrese Maxey and wings Kahlil Whitney and Keion Brooks, this will surely be Calipari’s best class since 2015 and put the Wildcats in position to reclaim the SEC.

Also in the running: Washington, San Diego State, Texas. Kentucky is an unexpected headliner, but these three schools all rate as surprise inclusions. McDaniels is the top prospect from the state of Washington, and his older brother Jalen went to San Diego State. If he lands with Texas, Shaka Smart could have a supersized front court with McDaniels and fellow top-50 prospect Kai Jones.

Memphis Lands Precious Achiuwa as Penny Hardaway Earns Nation's No. 1 Recruiting Class

Memphis Lands Precious Achiuwa as Penny Hardaway Earns Nation's No. 1 Recruiting Class Penny Hardaway has struck again—and this time, it's pushed his team to No. 1. Five-star forward Precious Achiuwa became the latest elite recruit to pick Memphis on Friday, choosing the Tigers over Kansas, North Carolina, UConn and Georgia. The 6’9” Achiuwa, who was born in Nigeria and attends Montverde (Fla.) Academy, is the younger brother of former St. John’s player God’sgift Achiuwa. A McDonald’s All-American, he is the second five-star in the 2019 class to commit to Memphis, joining No. 1 overall recruit James Wiseman. What are the Tigers getting in Achiuwa? SI.

With National Signing Day approaching, SI.com breaks down the top uncommitted prospects in the 1, a handful of coveted prospects remain uncommitted . Their choices will help shape the narrative SI.com breaks down the top 10 recruits , as ranked by Scout.com, who have yet to make their final

Status: Signed with South Carolina. South Carolina already landed the No. 8 prospect in the nation and the No. 1 defensive tackle in this year' s class in A first-team All-American by both MaxPreps and USA Today, Ishmael Sopsher was the top uncommitted defensive lineman in the class heading into

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Precious Achiuwa

The Favorite: Memphis. Memphis is back. Entering his second season with the Tigers, Penny Hardaway has already proven himself as a master recruiter. He’s signed three top-50 recruits, including the class of 2019’s top prospect James Wiseman. Achiuwa, a 6’9” combo forward, can score in a variety of ways. His highlight reel is on par with the best in the country, but his consistency has been questioned. After the commitment of Boogie Ellis earlier this week, Hardaway is simply running out of roster spots for all these elite recruits, but Achiuwa would fit right in with the early favorites in the AAC in 2019–20.

Also in the running: Kansas, UConn, North Carolina, Georgia. After their dramatic 2014 title, the Huskies have dropped off the national radar while missing the NCAA tournament in four of the past five years. But that failure hasn’t been entirely for a lack of talent, as the class of 2016 included two top-50 recruits as well. Still, landing Achiuwa, the 17th-ranked prospect in this year’s class, is better than not landing him. It would be a huge signing for second-year coach Dan Hurley

New Miami coach Manny Diaz winning over fans, recruits with social media posts

New Miami coach Manny Diaz winning over fans, recruits with social media posts Miami athletics director Blake James credits his new coach Manny Diaz for his innovative use of social media even if sometimes he doesn’t understand it. Diaz’s use of eye-catching memes, funny GIFS and hashtags like #TNM — The New Miami — are used primarily to catch the attention of 18-to-20 year-old blue chip recruits, but the message has also resonated with Hurricanes fans, alumni and even the occasional UM board of trustee member. “I think everyone recognizes he is a master with social media,” James said during ACC spring meetings.

Forecast where your favorite prospects will play. MORE: Why is Vernon Carey No. 1 and what programs are in pursuit? From the class of 2019 , the only five - star prospects who have made their decisions are No. 7.

College basketball recruiting predictions for every uncommitted five - star recruit . Where will the nation' s top recruits play college basketball? In 2019 , there are a total of 25 such players according to 247Sports ratings. Out of that 25, only 10 five - stars are currently uncommitted as of this post.

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Trendon Watford

Favorite: LSU. With Will Wade reinstated, all signs point to Watford joining the Tigers when he announces his decision on May 20. The 6’9” Watford can get buckets with anyone, attacking on drives while also hitting the offensive glass at an elite level. With Tremont Waters hiring an agent, Naz Reid also declaring for the draft and Javonte Smart’s status uncertain, Watford would likely play a major role in the Tigers’ offense should he make his way to Baton Rouge in the fall.

Also in the running: Memphis, Alabama, Indiana. 247Sports gives LSU a 94% chance of signing Watford now that Wade is back, but counting out Penny Hardaway could be ill-advised.

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Devonaire Doutrive to transfer from Arizona.
The former four-star recruit is leaving the Wildcats after one season Sophomore guard Devonaire Doutrive is transferring from the Arizona Wildcats, a source confirmed to Arizona Desert Swarm. Verbal Commits was the first to report the news. Doutrive has not entered the transfer portal yet, but he is expected to do so in the next week or two. The former four-star recruit averaged 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game as a freshman, becoming a fan favorite because of his frenetic style of play. But the Wildcats needed to clear two scholarships in order to add transfers Jemarl Baker Jr.

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