Fastbreak Friday

27 May

Justin Anderson changed his commitment from Maryland to Virginia.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Each Friday the National Hoops Report will go through the notes of the week in the world of recruiting. Which team won the week? Which commitments stand out? What news should you know? Fastbreak Friday answers those questions.

COMMITMENT OF THE WEEK

R.J. Hunter of Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike to Georgia State. The son of new Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter picked his dad’s school over interest from Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Iowa.

The elder Hunter left IUPUI in large part because he wanted to be at a school with a competitive advantage to help entice his son to come and play for him in college. Clearly the move the Atlanta paid off for the family.

Trey Zeigler turned down high-major offers to play for his father, Ernie, at Central Michigan. Zeigler was one of the top scoring freshman in his first season. Ray McCallum, Jr., did the same thing. He spurned high-major schools to play for his dad, Ray, Sr., at Detroit.

The younger Hunter could be a star in waiting in the CAA. Georgia State hasn’t had a big star on the roster in quite some time. No pressure young Mr. Hunter. No pressure at all.

DECOMMITMENTS OF THE WEEK

Justin Anderson switched from Maryland to Virginia.

“The Cavaliers were always my second choice behind Maryland,” Anderson said in a press release from Montrose Christian. “After the departure of Coach (Gary) Williams and Coach (Rob) Ehsan it just feels like the right fit.”

Williams retired and Rob Eshan was recently hired at Virginia Tech.

Anderson is the best player to commit to Virginia in the Tony Bennett era. According to Jerry Meyer at Rivals.com, Anderson could be climbing up the rankings.

Anderson is one of the more freakish athletes in the 2012 class with his strong physique, long wing span and tremendous leaping ability. He plays with a strong motor and can also defend multiple positions. The promising progress in his skill game landed him in the five-star range of the most recent Rivals150. 

Jordan Goodman reneged on his commitment to Rutgers.

NCAA DUMBS DOWN THE T.O.C.

For the first time in 17 years, Bob Gibbons and his terrific Tournament of Champions won’t be taking place at North Carolina, Duke or N.C. State.

That’s a crying shame.

I wrote about this topic last month. The NCAA prohibits any boys basketball tournament to be held on college campuses. http://nationalhoopsreport.net/2011/04/22/toc-takes-a-major-hit-kids-are-the-real-losers/

Yeah, because that makes a lot of sense. Gibbons is hot under the collar about it, and he should be.

“This rule doesn’t affect football. It doesn’t affect golf or soccer or tennis or swimming. It’s only boys basketball. Right now, we could have a girls basketball tournament on all these campuses. But not one for boys.”

The tournament will go on but not playing at the famed college basketball campuses has caused a number of high profile teams to withdraw from the event.

I, for one, hope Gibbons and other tournament directors follow through with a class action lawsuit against the NCAA. The rule makes zero sense and it is unlawful.

ON TAP

Because of the venue challenges for Gibbons, other tournaments inherited more top flight teams.

The third session of the EYBL tour is this weekend in the Los Angeles area. You can follow the games via box scores and check the latest stats here.

The Best Buy Chicago Classic looks like it will be a big hit. The major .com sites will be there, too.
Check the National Hoops Report on Tuesday for the Weekend Linkage.

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