College Commitment Projections- September Edition, Part 5

by Alex Schwartz

This will be the final set of predictions in the September Edition of Northstar Basketball's college commitment projections for class of 2010 ballers. So far, of the players I have made picks for, I am one for two, with the player on whom I was wrong selecting the school I had labeled as his second choice. I hope to be as successful overall with this as I was for the class of 2009. Without any further ado, here is part five:

Aaron Brown, SF, 6'5, St. Benedict's (NJ)
Favorite: Harvard
2nd in Line: UPenn
3rd in Line: Auburn
Watch Out for: Providence, Virginia Tech

A top-notch student, Brown has the option to either go to an Ivy League school, play in a high-major conference, or head someplace in the middle. From the looks of it, Brown will be opting to head to one of the nation's elite academic institutions, where he would be a major impact player. Harvard and UPenn are the main Ivy League options for Brown, and the Crimson have a leg up on the Quakers. Tommy Amaker has shown that he can lure talented players to Cambridge and will be looking to do so with Brown. UPenn has also gotten some quality players and is not out of the picture yet, but Harvard is in the lead. If Brown decides to go to a BCS school, he will likely choose between Auburn, Providence, and Virginia Tech. These three are all close, and are all working to recruit the NJ/NY/PA area. The Tigers may have may have the slightest lead on the other two, but it is tough to tell. Also, Rice is another school that is in the picture for Aaron. Expect Brown to end up in the Ivy League, likely at Harvard, when it comes down to it.

Maurice Walker, C, 6'10, Brewster Academy (NH)
Favorite: Georgetown
2nd in Line: Pitt
3rd in Line: Texas A&M
Watch Out for: Virginia Tech, Kansas
After playing his high school ball in Canada, the big man came to Brewster Academy for a PG year, and thus far it seems he has made a sound decision, as numerous high-major programs are on his trail. Walker has previously stated that Georgetown, Pitt, and Texas A&M are his top three, and Virginia Tech has been involved for a while. Kansas is another school that has taken notice of the low post player. It may be tough for Texas A&M to maintain the high standing with Walker, as the Aggies already have commitments from two class of 2010 big men in Tobi Oyedeji and Daniel Alexander. Mark Turgeon and Co. are definitely in play though. Georgetown may well be the favorite here. A program that has a history of producing NBA big men and one that has been quite successful under John Thompson III, the Hoyas seem to be in search of another big man to go along with Nate Lubick. Pitt is another program that is hoping to add a post player to its class of 2010, and the Big East is intriguing to a lot of top-notch prospects, such as Walker. Virginia Tech is another option here, and Kansas should never be discounted for any prospect.

Nick Kellogg, PG, 6'2, Columbus DeSales (OH)
Favorite: Ohio
2nd in
Line: Akron
3rd in Line: Miami (OH)
Watch Out for: Wright State, Northwestern

It seems that the son of CBS college basketball announcer/analyst Clark Kellogg will be staying in the Buckeye State for his college ball. Nick has said that Ohio is his leader, as his older brother has transferred there from Providence. Ohio would certainly like to add the other Kellogg and it appears that is what is going to happen. It is not a done deal though, as fellow MAC schools Akron and Miami (OH) along with the C-USA's Wright State are involved as well. These three are on about an equal playing field just behind Ohio, and would probably like to land Kellogg. If one of those three were to land Nick, it would not be a shocker. A couple other programs to keep in mind are Northwestern and James Madison. The Wildcats and the Dukes are recruiting Kellogg and if he does decide to go out of state, it would likely be to one of those two schools. Ohio is certainly the team to beat for Kellogg, as the fact that the Bobcats already have his older brother in the fold is something that no other school can say.

Danny Stewart, PF, 6'6, Neumann-Goretti (PA)
Favorite: Robert Morris
2nd
in Line: Rider
3rd in Line: Fairfield
Watch Out for: Hartford, Marist
As of now, it looks like it is going to come down to Robert Morrisand Rider for the athletic combo forward. While the Colonials may wellbe in the lead, the Broncs are not out of it. Mike Rice is a fantasticrecruiter and Stewart would have a major impact playing in the NEC. Asfor Rider, if Danny decides to stay close to home, Rider might be hischoice, as although RMU is in the same state as his school, it is muchfarther away. Tommy Dempsey has landed some impact recruits of late,and Stewart could be the next one on that list. Fairfield is still inthe picture too, and the Stags would be a good fit for the Philadelphiaproduct. Hartford is still involved too, and is worth keeping an eyeout for. Other programs that have been recruiting Stewart includeMarist, Houston, and Delaware, though that trio seems to have faded abit, though Marist is still in play a bit. At the end of the day, itappears this is going to be a two horse race, with Robert Morriscurrently holding a slim lead over Rider.

Chase Plummer, PF, 6'5, St. Patrick's (NJ)
Favorite: UMBC
2nd in Line: Quinnipiac
3rd in Line: Canisius
UMBC and Quinnipiac will be battling it out for Plummer, or at least that is how it seems right now. Canisius is still in play as well, but looks to be a bit behind the other two. Plummer had a good summer, drew some more interest, saw his list change a bit, and has appears to have sorted through it. With UMBC having been involved with Plummer for a bit longer, and Quinnipiac recently picking up a commitment from a big forward in Ike Azotam, the Retrievers may be in a bit better of a position to land Plummer. Granted, Azotam and Plummer play different styles and also, some players like when schools enter late and show a lot of interest from the start (i.e. Carson Desrosiers), so you can never truly tell. It is tough to tell who is leading between UMBC and Quinnipiac—I have even gone back and forth a bit—but it does look as though it will come down to these two programs, unless Canisius makes a very strong push.

David Samuels, 6'7, PF, Blessed Sacrament (NY)
Favorite: Loyola (MD)
2nd in Line: Fairfield
3rd
in Line: Robert Morris
Watch Out for: Drexel, Quinnipiac

Samuels had an impressive summer and the big man has a host of mid-major schools recruiting him. He has said that Loyola (MD), Robert Morris, and Fairfield are his favorites, and it looks like it could end up coming down to two of those. RMU has already picked up a big post presence, so although the Colonials would still probably like to land Samuels, it may be less likely, unless he is less concerned as RMU's incoming big man, Wilbur O'Neal, is a JuCo player. Loyola (MD) would be a school that Samuels could go to and have an impact as a freshman, which is appealing to just about every recruit out there. Meanwhile, Fairfield is a program that seems to be headed in the right direction, and Samuels could be a part of that. Quinnipiac is also involved with Samuels, but if the Bobcats land Chase Plummer, they would likely be out for Samuels, as Ike Azotam is also in the fold. Drexel has been showing Samuels some love, and if the Dragons are unable to land some of the other big men they are more heavily involved with—Melsahn Basabe and Ashton Pankey are two that come to mind—then they may go for Samuels. Nonetheless, expect this to come down to Loyola (MD) and Fairfield, but there could still be some twists and turns.

Markese Tucker, PF, 6'5, Trenton Catholic (NJ)
Favorite: LIU
2nd in Line: Iona
3rd in Line: St. Peter's

Tucker seems bound for either the NEC or the MAAC, though it is toughto tell which one it will ultimately be, or which school he willeventually decide on. The combo forward has had LIU near the top of hislist for quite some time, and the program appears to be in goodposition to land him. The Blackbirds have been involved with Markesefor a while, yet the NEC school has not locked him up just yet. Ionaand St. Peter's are still in the picture, as Tucker, it seems, wants tostay local. Thus, both schools are viable options. Also, do notdiscount the possibility of Tucker heading to school with his highschool teammate Dondre Whitmore, which might make Iona a bit morelikely. St. Peter's came into the picture a bit later than the othertwo, but the in-state school is definitely a player here. Look forTucker to end up at LIU, but do not write off Iona or St. Peter's.

Matt Miller, SG, 6'0, Mount St. Joseph (MD)

Favorite: UMBC
2nd in Line: Radford
3rd in Line: UNC-Wilmington
Watch Out for: Holy Cross, Bucknell

The shooter from the Old Line state had a good summer and likely left the summer with a handful of more options than what he had when he entered. In-state UMBC has been listed by Miller as a co-favorite along with Radford and UNC-Wilmington. Considering that Miller is an under the radar prospect, one would think that the in-state program would be a likely destination, as is the case a lot. Radford has a good shot at Matt also, and he seems to like the school. UNCW should not be discounted either, although it may be a bit more of a longshot, as the baller might be a better fit a bit of a lower level. Patriot League programs Holy Cross and Bucknell could move up the list due to their academic reputations and the fact that Miller would be a nice player in that league. It is tough to read Miller's recruitment, as has yet to really be sorted out it seems, but UMBC looks to be in good position.

Wayne Newsom, PF, 6'7, Piscataway (NJ)
Favorite: Iona
2nd in Line: Delaware
3rd in Line: Robert Morris
Watch Out
For: St. Peter's
There seem to be a few school that have separated themselves from the pack in Newsom's recruitment. Over time, Wayne has seen many programs at the low-major and mid-major levels express interest and it now appears that Iona, Delaware, Robert Morris, and St. Peter's are garnering the most attention from the big man. Newsom is seriously considering all of these schools, though St. Peter's may be just a tad behind the other trio, yet the Peacocks are still a squad to watch out for. Delaware has come on late and has made a push to get closer to the top of Wayne's list, even surpassing RMU it seems. The Colonials, who are in the hunt for many quality players, are still very much in play though. Right now it does seem that Iona is the leader for Newsom, but that could change quickly. While Gaels are likely in the driver's seat, the MAAC school is not in the clear just yet, as a handful of other schools would like to land the Garden State prospect.

Dondre Whitmore, PG, 5'8, Trenton Catholic (NJ)
Favorite:
Central Connecticut State
2nd in Line: Iona
3rd in Line:
Rider
Whitmore appears to be intrigued by the opportunity to get away from home a bit and head to Central Connecticut State. The Blue Devils really picked up their recruitment of the undersized combo guard over the summer. It seems as though CCSU has made a strong impression on Dondre, but the school has not locked him up by any means. Iona is recruiting Tucker as well, so that could make the Gaels a strong option if the pair wants to attend college together as some high school teammates choose to do. Whitmore's first scholarship offer came from Rider, and it is not uncommon to hear a player cite the fact that a school was there from the get-go when he commits to a school. In addition, if Whitmore decides going away from home is not in his best interests, the Broncs play right around the corner. Central Connecticut State is the frontrunner for Whitmore, but this is not done by any means.

James Herring, SG, 6'3, Philips Exeter (NH)

Favorite: Dartmouth
2nd in Line: Bucknell
3rd in Line: Cornell
Watch Out for: Columbia, NJIT

A Patriot League/Ivy League recruit, Herring will almost certainly end up playing in one of those leagues, or at NJIT, after he completes his post-grad year. Herring went to Riverdale Country Day (NY), and is now spending one year at Exeter, one of the best academic schools in the nation. Herring has listed Dartmouth as his favorite in the past, and has also seems to have interest in Bucknell. Those two will likely be the top dogs in Herring's recruitment, but there are some others that are in play. Cornell and Columbia are two Ivy League programs that James could potentially take his game to, and where he would be a solid get. NJIT is another program that is in the discussion. The fact that Ivy League schools cannot offer athletic scholarships should not be overlooked, which bodes well for Bucknell, NJIT, and other Patriot League programs. Expect Herring to end up at Dartmouth or Bucknell, but do not set that in stone just yet.

Note- photos of Brown and Stewart are from http://scouthoops.scout.com/; photos of Tucker and Newsom are from http://www.nj.com/; photo of Kellogg is from http://www.columbussports.com/; photo of Samuels is from http://www.nypost.com/sports/high_school; photo of Whitmore is from http://www.trentonian.com/; photo of Herring is from http://www.riverdalepress.com/
 

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