It may only be Wednesday but it has already been a busy week in the world of college basketball recruiting. In the last two days, a trio of power six programs have received commitments from their top targets.
Beard continues to stock the Texas pond
The Texas Longhorns landed one of the best remaining recruits in the 2022 class in 6’7 swing forward Dillon Mitchell. A Montverde Academy product is considered a terrific athlete but needs to work on his shooting and his body.
Mitchell is the second five star recruit that Beard has landed during his short time in Austin. Dillon will be joining point guard Arterio Morris in the 2022 class. With a handful of players presumably moving on after this season, Beard still has some work to do to fill his coffers. Given his success on the transfer market in recent years, there isn’t much that Longhorn fans need to worry about however.
Florida adds California Power Forward
Mike White and the Florida Gators added a talented power forward to their 2022 haul this week as they received a commitment from Jalen Reed.
Reed, a 6’9 post out of Southern California Academy, is the #93 overall player in the 2022 class. The Gators beat out schools from both coasts and everywhere in between including Maryland, Xavier, Oklahoma and Houston.
Green is likely the successor to Colin Castleton who is entering his fourth collegiate season. Given the way that Castleton’s production has skyrocketed since arriving in Gainesville, it will be interesting to see how Green is developed once he is part of the program.
Seminoles stay with what works
Florida State landed their fourth commitment in the 2022 class this week with the addition of point guard Jeremiah Bembry.
Bembry, a 6’6 point guard out of Pennsylvania, is what has become the typical Florida State recruiting target. Coach Leonard Hamilton seems to favorite long lean players that can make life difficult for opposing team’s offense.
Jeremiah is not currently ranked by 247 sports but Florida State recruiting wizards Charlton Young and Stan Jones have also done incredible things with developing players in recent seasons. The biggest success story being Devin Vassell who went from an unranked prep player to an NBA lottery selection.
Arkansas to host Top 30 recruit
Razorback’s head coach Eric Musselman will look to continue his hot streak this weekend when Arkansas hosts top 30 player Chris Johnson for an unofficial visit.
Johnson, a 6’5 shooting guard out of Elkins, will be in attendance when the Hogs take on North Texas in a preseason exhibition game. Musselman has already pulled in two top 100 recruits in the 2022 class this month in forwards Jordan Walsh (#27 nationally) and Joseph Pinion (#95 nationally). When you add the commitment of five-star guard Nick Smith on September 29th, the Muss Bus is having the hottest month in Arkansas basketball history.
Even if Johnson ultimately doesn’t commit to the Razorbacks, the program will still welcome one of the best recruiting classes in program history.