So few great things happen on Monday but one of the good things is talking about all the significant happenings in the world of college basketball as we ramp up to the season kick off next week!
Big names come off the recruiting board
It was another big week in recruiting as a bunch of power six teams landed their targets. With just over a week left in the early signing period there are a bunch of dominoes falling in the recruiting world.
The Alabama Crimson Tide celebrated the first day of November with not one but two commitments. The #11 player in the 2022 class, Brandon Miller made his commitment early and was soon joined by the #62 player in the class, Noah Clowney.
Nate Oats will now welcome a trio of top 65 recruits next summer. It would appear that this Alabama program will be a fixture in the dance for seasons to come.
UCLA landed their big man of the future on Monday as well with the commitment of Adem Bona. The 6’9 post out of wine country is the #19 ranked recruit in the 2022 class and the #5 center. The Bruins beat out Kentucky for the commitment after Mick Cronin missed out on recent Kansas commit Ernest Udeh Jr.
Florida State continued their red-hot recruiting with another commitment in combo guard Chandler Jackson. A four-star, top 125 player in the 2022 class, Jackson is now the fifth commitment in the Seminoles 2022 class. True to Florida State form, four of the new recruits stand between 6’6 and 6’9.
Other power six schools landing recruits in the last seven days were Nebraska with Jamarques Lawrence, Washington with Keyon Menifield and Auburn landing top 50 guard Chance Westry.
Injuries are piling up before the season
It’s something we as college basketball fans, writers, players and coaches have to deal with every season in every sport: Injuries. Jameis Winston wasn’t the only major athlete to go down with a knee injury this weekend. ACL/Knee injuries are having an impact all over college basketball.
In last week’s week in review I spoke about Xavier’s Zach Freemantle who was spotted in crutches. As predicted, his prognosis has gone from week to week to “hopefully being back by conference play.” That is a tough blow to the Musketeers as Freemantle is one of the Big East’s best players.
Travis Ford and Saint Louis also lost their best player but he won’t be back at all. Javonte Perkins. The two-time All-A10 selection averaged over 17 points per game last season and shrugged off a professional career to return to the Billikens.
Georgia Tech spark plug Donald “Bubba” Parham is also out “indefinitely” with what is assumed to be a meniscus tear. While this type of injury is less severe than an ACL tear, there are degrees to the injury. Sometimes the tear does not ever require surgery.
If that is the case, we could see Parham back around the middle of December. If surgery is required, Bubba may not return until late February at the earliest.
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