UMHoops.com reports on several expected (and one confirmed) offers to 2012 recruits today.
It turns out that 15 June following a recruit's sophomore year is by NCAA rule, the first day that coaches can contact such recruits and by NABC guideline, the first day that offers should be made to such recruits.
Dylan's post indicates that many, if not most coaches ignore the NABC guideline on offers to rising junior and younger recruits, but John Beilein -- the chairman of the NCAA Basketball Ethics Committee -- "...refuses to officially offer any prospect before June 15th following their sophomore year..."
Here are the prospects who are expected to have received offers today:
- Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (6-foot, G, Park Tudor, IN)
- JaVontae Hawkins (6-foot-5, G/W, Flint Powers)
- Gary Harris (6-foot-3, G, Fishers, IN)
- Matt Costello (6-foot-8, PF/C, Bay City Western)
- Alex Murphy (6-foot-8, PF, St. Marks)
- Ray Lee (6-foot-2, G, Romulus)
And in this follow on post, Joe Stapleton does a Q&A with Harris and learns that he has indeed received his offer.
Has Michigan offered you yet? I just picked up an offer from Michigan today.
What’d you think [of your recent Michigan visit]? I liked it a lot, it’s a great school with a lot of tradition.
Did you get to meet any of the other coaches? I know Jackson just left and LaVall Jordan is taking his place. Me and LaVall, we already had a good relationship. And the other coaches I have a good relationship with, too.
How do you know LaVall Jordan? Well, he used to recruit me at Iowa, then when he didn’t have a job for a certain amount of time we would always talk, he would come to some of my games and stuff.
So it appears the LaVall Jordan hire is already paying dividends.
Here's Stapleton's take on Harris:
Whenever I talk about Harris, I have to remind myself not to drift into hyperbole, but it’s hard sometimes. He’s really, really good. He was the best player in the tournament in my opinion. One of the major reasons for that was his consistency. He didn’t just play well for a half before the other team figured him out. He didn’t just whup on all the bad teams. He carried a U16 D-3 Heat team that was playing up to a 17U championship. He had some help, but he was clearly the best player on the court in every game he played. The thing is, every team knew this, keyed on him, and still couldn’t stop him.
Here's their story on Harris with video of him playing with his team at the King James Classic back in April.