A whole lot of commitment news for this week’s version of the Friday Fill-In. So let’s get right to it.
- 2014 top 100 small forward Riley Norris has decided to commit to Alabama. The in-state product grew up a fan of the school and will now get to represent them as a player. At 6’7 and 180 pounds, Norris will have to put on some weight to compete in the NCAA but this is a good pick up for Alabama.
- A team still looking to get its first win in the NCAA tournament has added some firepower to their roster for 201-15. Mac Mercer will be going to Belmont after his senior season. At 6″9, Mercer can play both forward positions and fills up the basket with effeciency. Last season, he averaged 19 points per game and led his team to a 21 and 4 record. Belmont has largely been dominant in the Ohio Valley conference but has routinely gotten destroyed in the NCAA. The addition of Mercer is a good step in changing that outcome around.
- In a big pick up for the nation’s funnest dry campus for the millionth year in a row, BYU has gotten a commitment out of 2015 prospect Zac Seljaas. Already 6″7, he averaged 15 points, four rebounds and three assists per game last year as a sophomore. Seljaas has the potential to become a game changer for BYU if he continues to develop his game the way he has been playing. Getting an early commitment from him should make recruiting for the class of 2015 that much easier going forward.
- It was a successful week for Alabama as they also got a commitment out of Devin Mitchell, a four star shooting guard from Georgia. After signing Justin Coleman, a point guard, last week and Norris this week along with Mitchell, their 2014 recruiting class is looking quite strong. As a player, Mitchell brings great shooting and scoring ability and should be an instant boost to the Crimson Tide offense.
- The top player in the 2014 class, Jahlil Okafor, is about to start his official visits soon. He has one scheduled for Kentucky on September 9th and will visit Baylor soon after that. Duke is widely reported as the favorite to sign the talented power forward but nothing has come from Okafor’s mouth who has kept his cards tightly. Okafor plays like a quicker and more talented version of Jared Sullinger who was himself a great NCAA player.
- Florida State is always in tough with their conference. The ACC is one of the strongest divisions in all of college basketball and getting help in the form of new players is always welcomed. With that in mind, Chop Chat profiled incoming freshman Keith Bryant this week in an excellent analysis by Joseph Nardone.
- While Kentucky’s team is full of talent and potential, a lot of people have wondered if they will have the leadership necessary to go all the way. Coach John Calipari believes so and he even thinks he already knows who the locker room leaders will be for the upcoming season.