With no FSU football to obsess over for another week, I figure I'll update everyone on how the 2014 basketball recruiting cycle is progressing. As always, bookmark the 2014 Basketball Recruiting Board for daily updates.
The big news is that JUCO PF Cinmeon Bowers is currently on campus for his official visit. Most experts consider him a strong lean to Memphis, but visits can change that. He's a big time space eater, and his services are needed a lot more by FSU than by Memphis.
The next live period (where coaches can evaluate players) begins on Monday, so expect more names to begin cropping up.
POINT GUARD (need 1)
Since the last update, JaQuel Richmond (Houston) and Lance Tejada (ECU) are off the board. Tejada going to ECU is huge for that program, which is making a serious push toward national recognition.
6-1 Alex Robinson, a consensus top-100 player out of Texas, cut his list to FSU, Memphis, Pitt, Vanderbilt, and Texas A&M.
The newest name is 6-1 JUCO Josh Gray, who is one of the quickest players in the nation. He committed to Mississippi State, but their coach was fired. So he committed to Texas Tech, and their coach got fired. After his freshman year at Texas Tech he transferred into a JUCO program so that he could re-open his recruitment without having to rush a decision.
SHOOTING GUARD (need 1)
There's been a lot of action at the 2-guard spot since the last update. Wade Baldwin, who had an FSU official set up for next week, committed (as expected) to Vanderbilt. And Temarcus Blanton committed to USCe (also, as expected).
6-5 Ahmed Hill (Augusta, GA) cut his list to five: FSU, UF, Indiana, Marquette, Missouri.
6-3 Robert Johnson (Chesterfield, VA) cut his list to six: FSU, UNC, Indiana, Pitt, UVA, and Georgetown. He's a high priority for UNC and UVA, and possibly Indiana.
6-6 Adonys Henriquez (Orlando), decommitted from Miami and has re-opened things. FSU needs wings, and Henriquez should be a priority.
SMALL FORWARD (need 1-2)
No real movement here except that Terry Larrier (Bronx, NY) cut his list to six and included FSU.
POWER FORWARD (need 1-2)
In addition to the Bowers visit (see above), 6-8 Josh Martin (Seattle, WA), will be visiting next week. Cheer tall guys you see at the Nevada game.
In a surprise (to me), Bonzie Colson (New Bedford, MA) announced that he'll be taking an official visit to FSU. I hadn't been including him on the board because I didn't feel that he was interested in the Noles. Not the most athletic guy, and undersized in the post, but he has a terrific understanding of the game and how to be successful against bigger players.
CENTER (need 0)