May 18, 2010

Whispers: ACC still in play for Noreen? is set to reveal its updated rankings for the 2011 class, but there is still a lot of recruiting activity left in the 2010 class.

One of the more popular 2010 recruits is Kevin Noreen out of Minneapolis, Minn. The 6-foot-10, 217-pound forward had signed with Boston College but was released from his Letter of Intent. One of the stipulations of the release, however, is that Noreen has to sit out a year and only have three years of eligibility if he goes to another ACC school.

That is a problem since Noreen would love to play in the ACC. He is in a holding pattern to see if one of the five ACC schools interested in him - or an ACC school interested in Marcus Thornton - will appeal the stipulation. An appeal could open the door for Noreen to play right away - and for four years - at an ACC school.

There are also plenty of options available to Noreen if things do not work out with an ACC program. He has visited Arkansas and Oklahoma and was impressed with both schools. Noreen is also heavily involved with Northwestern.

In addition, Noreen is taking a couple visits this week. He was slated to be on Iowa's campus Tuesday, then is scheduled to hit Iowa State on Wednesday. Noreen has previously visited both schools.


One of the top travel teams on the circuit has a couple top prospects in Wayne Blackshear and Mycheal Henry who are already committed. Macari Brooks and Mike Shaw are two talented prospects who are still available.

The rumor mill was buzzing on Monday with speculation that Brooks had committed to Fairfield. Brooks, however, informed that he is not committed and still open in his recruitment. Fairfield is a major player in his recruitment, along with Providence, Marquette and Illinois.

Brooks plans to visit Providence and Marquette in the near future.

As for Shaw, travel team coach Nic Irvin provided a school list of Michigan State, UNLV, Texas, Illinois, DePaul and Marquette.


Four-star point guard Shane Larkin, who is the son of former major league baseball star Barry Larkin, has offers from a range of schools including Clemson, South Florida and VCU.

Larkin has recently heard from UCLA and USC. The word out of the Larkin camp is that he is very intrigued with the possibility of playing basketball in Los Angeles - at either of these schools. An offer from either school will likely not happen until Larkin can be evaluated in July.


At one point this spring Tyler Harris, the brother of Tennessee signee Tobias Harris, was planning to reclassify to the class of 2012. Now those plans are on hold, and Harris plans to stay in the class of 2011.

He currently holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, North Carolina State, Seton Hall and Tennessee.


Ole Miss had a busy day Monday, signing three recruits to join the previously signed four-star duo of Demarco Cox and Dundrecous Nelson. Steadman Short, a post player out of Marianna (Fla.) Chipola Junior College, Donald Williams, a wing out of Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley Junior College and Isaiah Massey, and power forward out of Tampa (Fla.) Taag Academy, now round out the Ole Miss 2010 recruiting class.


Three-star shooting guard Chris Denson was scheduled to sign with Auburn on Tuesday.

Another three-star shooting guard Stephan Cole has signed with LaSalle.

San Francisco secured a commitment from 2011 wing prospect Charles Standifer.


Josh Oglesby and Jarrod Uthoff, who are both out of Cedar Rapids, are receiving some serious recruiting attention. Oglesby, a 6-foot-5 guard, has offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Creighton and Northern Iowa. He is also hearing from a host of other high major schools. Uthoff, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has offers from Arizona State, Butler, Creighton, Iowa State, Indiana and Illinois.

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