Thursday, July 29, 2010

Good Decision: 2011 College Basketball Commits That Got It Right

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College Basketball recruiting is always fun to keep up with. You have recruits that like to play hard to get and want to wait until the last-minute before they reach a final verdict.

However, it's some recruits that like to commit early. It eliminates the hassle of recruiting and lets you focus on the game.

Sometimes giving an early commitment isn't always the best thing. There have been cases where recruits commit somewhere and find out they don't like it. In return, they either transfer or try to work things out.

Instead of going through that, recruits are now taking more time and building relationships. Here are some athletes in the 2011 recruiting class that have already given a verbal commitment. In my opinion, they made the right decision.

G Myck Kabongo 6'2'' - Texas Longhorns
Kabongo is a good point guard. He verbally gave his commitment to Texas early. Texas has been the victim of poor point guard play. Kabongo can come in and fix the problems right away. 

He is very unselfish and has the ability to become a very good guard. He has great handle, a jump shot and improving defense. Kabongo made the right decision by choosing the Longhorns. He surrounded himself with talent and will be coached by one of the College greats.

G Michael Carter-Williams 6'5'' - Syracuse Orange
Carter-Williams made a great decision by choosing Syracuse. He is considered one of the best shooting threats in the class. Syracuse is the best place to show off your shooting ability. 

Not to mention, his handle and skill set also brings another dimension to the Orange. There have been a lot of players that come to Syracuse as a pure-two and leave with point guard skills.

F Marshall Plumlee 6'11'' - Duke Blue Devils
Marshall Plumlee decided to follow his brothers to Duke. I believe that is a great decision on his part.

Coach K has done a great job of curbing players into great prospects at the next level. Not to mention, Coach K will utilize this Plumlee twin.

His ability to spark the post on defense is a must for the Blue Devils. They had it with Brian Zoubek and in 2011 they'll have it with Marshall Plumlee.

F Michael Gilchrist 6'7'' - Kentucky Wildcats
Gilchrist is a very great basketball player. He committed to John Calipari and the Kentucky program during his year in high school.

I think he made the best decision.

Calipari is the only coach to have five first round draft picks. If you think he didn’t help maintain his players and make them better; I think you're crazy. The best way to improve and play at your strengths is with Coach Cal.

G Brandan Kearney 6'5'' - Michigan State Spartans
Have you been a witness to what has happened with the Michigan State Spartans? I have, and I certainly respect the way Tom Izzo improves his players. 

There is a fact stated by many sources that every four-year player under Tom Izzo reaches the Final Four.

You can't tell me you wouldn't want to be coached by Tom Izzo. Brandan Kearney; Good job!

G Marquis Rankin 6'1'' - Virginia Tech Hokies
Marquis Rankin gave a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech and Seth Greenburg. Well I assume you've seen the improvement from Malcolm Delaney.

It's not all Delaney I can assure you that. Seth Greensburg has help Delaney become the best overall guard in the country.

He will do the same with Rankin.

F Tyler Adams 6'9'' - Duke Blue Devils
Adams is considered one of the nation’s top recruits. When I spoke to him about a month ago, he stated that he wanted to get better. The best way for him to do that was to play under Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils.

I agree 100 percent with the decision. Coach K will have a smile on his face knowing he has a physical post presence in Adams.

While at the same time, Adams is soaking up the experience and improving his game.

F James McAdoo 6'9'' - North Carolina Tar Heels
McAdoo made his verbal commitment to the Tar Heels basketball program. He will have the ability to come in right away and contribute.

Not to mention, he will be coached by one of the better coaches in College Basketball.

He improved Tyler Hansbrough from a good player to a Tar Heel great. With time, he can do the same with McAdoo.

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