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July 30, 2009

Whispers: Schools move in on Selby

Six of the top 10 prospects in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2010 are uncommitted, but none has been under the microscope like Josh Selby.

Selby, the No. 7 prospect in the class, recently decommitted from Tennessee. He is wide open with regard to his recruitment and is waiting to see what schools contact his family. At this point, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State and Texas have made contact, said Selby's mother, Maeshon Witherspoon.

The plan is for Selby to formulate an official school list after the Nike Global Games, which will be played the weekend of Aug. 8.

Parting ways

The writing has been on the wall since the spring, when 2010 combo guard prospect Kendall Williams quit playing for the Pump N Run travel team that has produced a high number of UCLA recruits.

Williams has now officially decommitted from the Bruins, which leaves Tyler Lamb as the Bruins' only commitment in the Class of 2010.

Four-star prospect Ray McCallum is UCLA's top point guard recruit, and the Bruins are also recruiting three-star point guard Trevor Releford.

On the wing, Trey Zeigler, McCallum's travel-team teammate, is a top priority. And in the post, Josh Smith is a must-get for coach Ben Howland, who has been to virtually every one of Smith's games this summer.

Bouncing back

Kyle Collinsworth struggled at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp in June, due in large part to a back injury.

Prior to the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas, Collinsworth's back had healed up - and he was back on his game. Collinsworth averaged around 23 points per game and also impressed with his ballhandling and passing.

In August, his phone line should be buzzing. Arizona State, Stanford, BYU, UCLA, UNLV, Virginia, Wake Forest, Utah, USC and Kansas were all watching his games in Las Vegas.

Reloading

In a quest for consecutive No. 1 finishes in the high school rankings, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep is reloading with some impressive underclassmen transfers.

Out of the 2011 class, two top-30 prospects - Jabari Brown and Nick Johnson - will suit up for Findlay Prep next year. Future 2012 five-star prospect Winston Sheppard plans to be at Findlay Prep for the next three years. And highly touted point guard Nigel Goss will enroll at Findlay Prep as a freshman.

Boost Mobile Elite 24

Half of the participants in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Rucker Park in New York, were announced Wednesday.

Here's a list of the players scheduled to compete so far:

Austin Rivers (2011 Florida)
C.J. Leslie (2010 uncommitted)
Harrison Barnes (2010 uncommitted)
Jared Sullinger (2010 Ohio State)
Josh Smith (2010 uncommitted)
Kendall Marshall (2010 North Carolina)
Rakeem Christmas (2011 uncommitted)
Roscoe Smith (2010 uncommitted)
Tobias Harris (2010 uncommitted)
Tony Wroten Jr. (2011 uncommitted)
Tristan Thompson (2010 Texas)
Will Barton (2010 Memphis)

Free Throws

After averaging just more than 20 points per game in the adidas Super 64 event, four-star forward Casey Prather picked up an offer from Florida to go along with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Sharp shooter Alex Dragicevich is exiting July with offers from Colorado, Notre Dame, Utah, Miami University, Xavier, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Loyola and Rhode Island.

Based on talk during the tournaments in Las Vegas, Louisville is strengthening its position to land five-star center Fabricio de Melo.




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