Today in the Morning Rumble, Shamorie Ponds has decided to cut his list, UTEP snags a commitment, Obekpa will visit yet another school and the Ball brothers will be playing for the Bruins.
Chris Mullin is looking to make an impact in the 2016 recruiting class as he's targeting Rawle Alkins, Mustapha Heron and Shamorie Ponds. Ponds decided to cut his list down to four schools, Providence, St. John's, Minnesota and Creighton, on Sunday and the Johnnies seem to be in a solid position.
Ponds is being sold as the face of the Johnnies program and has an opportunity to remain in New York City to play for a solid Division I Big East program.
The four-star guard, who is ranked 67th in ESPN's top 100 2016 class rankings, visited Creighton this weekend and has already taken a visit to St. John's.
In 2015 recruiting news, former San Diego State commit Brodricks Jones has committed to UTEP over Providence and Memphis. The 2-star prospect from Los Angeles, CA was expected to visit both the Tigers and Friars but decided that UTEP was the best fit when he was visiting the campus over the weekend.
Chris Obekpa has had trouble finding the right fit for his next school as North Carolina State and Minnesota both dropped out of the mix for his services. Now, the shot blocker will visit UNLV on Monday, according to Jon Rothstein and CBS Sports.
The Runnin' Rebels will look to pair Obekpa alongside another fearful paint player in Goodluck Okonoboh. The former Johnnie will have to sit out the 2015-16 season while having one year of eligibility remaining.
Lonzo, LiAngelo and now LaMelo.
The 13-year old prospect, LaMelo Ball, will join his brothers Lonzo (2016) and LiAngelo (2017) at UCLA as he committed for the 2019 season on Saturday. The brothers all play on the same summer league team (coached by their parents) and LaMelo dominated this year, averaging 20 points per game despite playing against older competition.
John Calipari just recently reeled in Jamal Murray, who will have to reclassify from 2016 to 2015, and now he has done the same with seven-foot Australian star Isaac Humphries.
Humphries is a strong big man who is a talented rebounder, has effective hands and a soft touch around the rim. He is not going to dominate a game like Karl-Anthony Towns or even play to the level of Dakari Johnson right away but he has the potential to develop into a solid post presence (especially when coming off the bench).
The concern should be about the eligibility of Skal Labissiere. Does this move mean that there is a chance he doesn't play this year?
Bruce Pearl thinks that Auburn Arena is one of the loudest arena's in college basketball. I love the confidence from the coach but really? What about the Cameron Indoor Center? How about Allen Fieldhouse? I think the Tigers are a long way away from matching that type of crowd noise.
Kentucky and North Carolina will play an alumni charity exhibition game at Rupp Arena on September 13. Warriors star Harrison Barnes is apparently getting a head start on starting a team that can knock off the Wildcats.