Today in the Morning Rumble, two 2017 recruits cut their list to seven, a non-conference showdown was canceled because of the HB2 law, and Jeremiah Tilmon commits to Illinois.
The cut to seven
Team Melo and Roselle Catholic wing Andre Rafus announced via Twitter on Wednesday night that he is down to Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina State, Georgetown, TCU, Butler, and Seton Hall. Rafus is a four-star small forward who is ranked as the number two player in the state of New Jersey for the class of 2017.
St. John's was originally interested in Rafus' services, but they currently don't have a scholarship available for 2017.
Another 2017 prospect, point guard Tremont Waters, has cut his list down to Georgetown, Duke, Kansas, UConn, Kentucky, Indiana and Yale. Waters is 31st in ESPN's top 100 and is the 5th ranked point guard in the class of 2017.
The South Kent, CT has maturity beyond his years, is poised with the basketball in his hands and is capable of using his speed to knife into the lane. Waters isn't a great shooter and doesn't have the prototypical size (6'0", 170), but he competes defensively and limits his turnovers on offense.
Duke has opening in non-conference schedule
Duke was expected to play Albany at the Cameron Indoor Center during the non-conference portion of the schedule. Instead, the game has been canceled as a new New York law prevents state-sponsored, non-essential travel to North Carolina due to the HB2 law.
The Blue Devils now have to find another match-up to fill the open slot on their schedule. That's not always easy in the middle of July.
John Groce lands big name center
Illinois head coach John Groce is on the hot seat heading into the 2016-17 season, but he is building a nice 2017 recruiting class. Earlier this week, Groce and the Fighting Illini reeled in the 29th ranked player on ESPN's top 100 and the sixth ranked center in the class, Jeremiah Tilmon.
Tilmon chose his hometown team over Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State, Texas and Missouri.
The 6'10", 215 pound center is a native of East Saint Louis, IL, and will give the Illini a valuable rebounder and shot blocker for the 2017-18 season.
U18 going for gold
The U18 USA basketball team will begin their road to the gold medal in Chile on July 19. First, they revealed the team's full roster, which made up of three New York prospects. 2017 forward Mohamed Bamba, 2017 guard Hamidou Diallo and 2016 guard Kevin Huerter (Maryland) are the three native New York natives on the team.
They join James Banks (Texas), Jarrett Allen (Texas), Markelle Fultz (Washington), Michael Porter Jr., Trae Young, Quade Green, and P.J. Washington, amongst others, on a squad that should have an easy track to gold.