Today in the Morning Rumble, Thon Maker makes a decision for the 2015-16 season, John Carlos Reyes is headed to Boston College, Jarvis Johnson has been ruled ineligible and a Wisconsin point guard has a new haircut.
Huge news out of the NBPA top 100 camp in Virginia as Thon Maker, who could be a game changer for any program, has elected not to reclassify to 2015. Maker will finish out his work at Orangeville Prep in Canada and will have one more season to play with his brother, Matur before joining a US college in 2016.
Maker mentioned that the work load was too much for him handle as he had to continue to work on his game, spend time with his family and also complete a ton of school work.
Kentucky, Indiana and Arizona State have been highly involved in the 5-star defensive big man and Maker will finally take his official visits in November before deciding on a school shortly after. There is some concern that Maker won't ever make it to a US college campus because of amateur issues, but when asked if he would ever play college basketball he responded saying, "Of course."
Providence target John Carlos Reyes committed to Boston College on Thursday evening and this is a huge get for Jim Christian and the Eagles.
Yes, Reyes is only a 3-star prospect, but his rim protection and ability to rebound will be critical in the ACC. Boston College's biggest weakness last year was the defensive and offensive glass and now they have an athlete up front, alongside Dennis Clifford.
Meanwhile, the Friars are in trouble defensively as they don't have a strong rim protector with Paschal Chukwu transferring and Carson Desrosiers graduating.
On to Minnesota, where freshman point guard Jarvis Johnson will be ineligible to play this upcoming season because of a heart condition. The Gophers will keep him on scholarship but the young man was not cleared despite leading his high school team, De La Salle, to four straight state titles with an implanted defibrillator in his chest.
Johnson collapsed in the 8th grade and his heart stopped beating for approximately 10 minutes. He was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but was cleared to play by doctors (hence the four straight titles in high school).
Hopefully, he will eventually be able to play at the Division I level.
After leading the Johnnies to the NCAA Tournament, baseball manager Ed Blankmeyer is back in his role as the head man of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer. The Red, White and Blue will play a 17-game schedule in North Carolina from June 20 through July 8.
This is pretty cool stuff from Bronson Koenig, who has a new haircut to honor his native american heritage. Credit goes to Koenig but we also have to give a shout out to the barber, that must not have been easy.
Lastly, Josh Jackson, one of the top five players in the class of 2016, has denied rumors that he will go overseas instead of playing college basketball. Jackson has offers from Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, UCLA and UNLV. Jackson says that Arizona is recruiting him the hardest.