As I was typing this update and planning on telling you guys of the Melo to Syracuse rumblings, it became official. Fab Melo, ranked as the 2nd best center in the 2010 class by Scout.com, and someone that Rick Pitino’s staff had made a primo target, is officially going to Syracuse. Fab, who is planning on traveling back to his home country of Brazil today, decided on Syracuse over his other three finalists: Louisville, UConn and Florida. Towards the end, many insiders saw it as a two horse race between Louisville and Syracuse with Louisville having the slight edge. Many insiders were apparently wrong.
Justin Young of National Hoops Report gets the credit for making it official first, but the rumblings spread like wildfire about an hour ago and many sources indicated that this was indeed the case. This is a major loss for the Cards as Melo was a recruit that their staff spent plenty of time making game appearances with during the July evaluation period. Evan Daniels of Scout.com has the scoop on quotes from the big man’s coach here. You may need a subscription to read it.
Now…back to the original report
Just wanted to update you guys on a couple of things.
First, Torrel Harris, via text, confirmed that two weeks ago when the Cats really picked up the interest in Tobias, they did extend an official offer. It was the head man Calipari himself doing the deed. Tobias and his family plan on narrowing the list down at the end of August and we’ll keep you posted on who makes the cut. Two other bits of news on the Harris’ family front is that Tobias will be attending the Syracuse Elite camp at the end of August and his little brother, Tyler Harris, who looks like a shorter version of Tayshaun Prince, will be reclassifying to the 2012 class. Smart move for the kid as he has a lot of developing left to do, especially in the muscle department.
Second, UNC and IU both picked up some pretty big in-state commitments. UNC got a verbal from Scout.com’s #19 overall ranked prospect in PJ Hairston. He’s a 6-5 shooting guard who just got the official scholarship offer from the Heels a few days ago. IU received a verbal from Austin Etherington. He comes in at #57 on Scout’s 2011 list and is a 6-6 forward, but is probably more equipped to play the shooting guard position at the next level. I really like his game and I guess Coach Crean does too.
Lastly, Justin Young, a national expert in the recruiting game and the man I referenced above, writes a very nice blog called National Hoops Report. He’s got the complete Adidas Nations rosters and the Nike Global Games rosters posted and he also did a very nice job of ranking the top 25 in the 2010 class. If your a recruiting junkie like me, you’ll love it.
Tomorrow I’ll have an update that I’m sure you guys will like, looking into the 2010 class, so don’t miss it.