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October 3, 2008

Fastbreak Friday: Memphis making a run?

MORE: Weekly Wrap: IU filling its future roster | Updated 2009 team recruiting rankings

The first weekend of October is traditionally a slow one for visits.

Many student-athletes are taking the SAT. Coaching staffs are waiting for the fireworks later in the month when practices begin and Midnight Madness events are held.

Sometimes it can be an easier sell when coaches can show off their team to prospective players.

However, there are still some big football games this weekend which means basketball coaches will try to use the on-campus atmosphere to impress some recruits.

Here's a look at who's going where this weekend.

ACC

VISITORS OF THE WEEKEND
Memphis knows how to do things, and do them up big. The Tigers are at the center of the recruiting world this weekend because a pair of five-star prospects will be in town for a visit.

Xavier Henry and Thomas Robinson are scheduled to be on Memphis' campus this weekend. So will junior college prospect and former Pittsburgh commitment Darnell Dodson.

Henry, the nation's third best player and top overall shooting guard, is in the middle of an intense back-and-forth struggle between Memphis and Kansas, last year's national championship game participants.

It has been well documented that Henry's brother, C.J., is now part of the Tigers program after a stint in the New York Yankees minor league program. The elder Henry was a Kansas commitment coming out of Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City High School.

Now the younger Henry is in the same struggle Memphis or Kansas? Henry will visit KU in two weeks.

Robinson, a top-20 prospect nationally, has already visited Kansas and the Jayhawks are very high on his list. Memphis will now have a chance to knock his socks off. The relentless rebounder from Maryland is now at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He is also scheduled to visit USC later in the month.

The Memphis versus Kansas recruiting battles are one of the top storylines of the recruiting period this fall. Could this weekend change the race? Stay tuned to Rivals.com to find out the latest news in basketball recruiting.

Virginia Tech knows how to roll out the red carpet in the fall. It seems like every football weekend, the Hokies have a host of local prospects on campus for the day's activities. This weekend will be busy - as usual.

Lamont Jones, a 6-foot-1 scoring guard from New York, will be on campus this weekend. Underclassmen Jordan Latham, Travis McKie and Mychal Parker are also expected to be in Blacksburg this weekend.

The recruitment of Ryan Kelly continues to stay busy. The top-20 prospect from Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft School is stopping by North Carolina's campus.

The Miami Hurricanes snuck a big-timer out of Atlanta last year with Dequan Jones. They are doing it again. The Hurricanes are playing host to top-50 junior Jalen Kendrick of Southwest Atlanta Christian for an unofficial visit. Kendrick visited Georgetown unofficially last month.

BIG EAST

Notre Dame is playing host to Albany City Rocks teammates Will Regan and Taran Buie, both 2010 prospects who are ranked in the Rivals150, for unofficial visits.

Stan Heath and the basketball program are hoping to take care of business this weekend with Keith Clanton, arguably the top target on the 2009 recruiting board for USF in 2009. The Orlando (Fla.) Christian big man is in the home stretch of his recruitment.

St. John's commitment Omari Lawrence of South Kent (Conn.) returns home this weekend to the Big Apple and will be on campus. His role will most likely be recruiter to Jordan Williams of Torrington (Conn.). Williams will be on campus for an official visit.

Class of 2010 forward Tobias Harris of Glen Head (N.Y.) Lutheran and Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln point guard Stevie Taylor, a 2011 prospect, will be on West Virginia's campus.

BIG 12

Baylor has the future of the program in Waco this weekend. Commitments Cory Jefferson, A.J. Walton, Perry Jones and Jamison Sterns will all be on campus.

Givon Crump, a 6-foot-7 forward from Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, will also be on campus. He's high on the recruiting board for the Bears, and he will have plenty of people to talk to this weekend.

Kansas State is bringing in Will Spradling, a 2010 point guard from Overland Park (Kansas) Shawnee Mission South.

BIG TEN

Matt Vogrich is in the home stretch of his recruitment. The talented shooter from Lake Forest (Ill.) will visit Michigan officially. The visit marks the last official visit for the Rivals150 guard.

A potential 3-point shootout for the ages could happen this weekend, too, in Ann Arbor. Russell Byrd, a 2010 prospect from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Blackhawk Christian, will be in town unofficially. He and Vogrich can shoot with the best of them.

PAC-10

Jordan Hamilton, the nation's top small forward, will make a return visit to Southern California this weekend. He was part of the star-studded weekend when the USC Trojans played Ohio State in football last month. This weekend he'll have the full and undivided attention of the staff.

The same can be said for Michael Snaer when he is at UCLA. The five-star shooting guard will stop by Westwood for a visit and see what the Bruins have to offer. One of Snaer's is former AAU teammates, Malcolm Lee, is a freshman for the Bruins.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei forward Andy Brown will be back in Tucson to visit Arizona. He has been on campus several times and wants to see the school and talk to the coaches before making his decision.

New Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins is returning to his North Carolina roots to look for a point guard. Brandyn Curry of Hopewell High School in Charlotte will make the cross-country trip to see the Cardinal.

AROUND THE NATION

Former Georgetown commitment and four-star prospect Chris Braswell will take a close look at Charlotte over the weekend.

It is homecoming weekend at Appalachian State, and the city of Boone will certainly be booming. Class of 2010 wing Jeremy Burgess of Athens (Ga.) Academy will be in town for the festivities. Class of 2011 forward Anthony Gill of Charlotte (N.C.) Christian will be on campus, too. Greenfield School (N.C.) teammates Brian Richardson and Jeremy Jeffers, both juniors, will visit Appalachian State, too.

Gonzaga continues its search for an under-the-radar big man. Paramount (Calif.) High School forward Devonte Elliott is scheduled to be in Spokane this weekend.

George Mason gets a crack at talented forward Johnny Williams of Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian High School.

Ben Simons of Cadillac (Mich.) Senior is headed to Wisconsin-Green Bay for his third official visit.

Forward Isaiah Philmore of John Carroll (Md.) is visiting Central Florida.

Mableton (Ga.) Whitefield Academy guard Brandon Reed is trekking to Arkansas State for his first official visit of the fall.

Detroit (Mich.) Detroit Community center James Still is visiting University of Detroit this weekend. He is also looking at Detroit, Duquesne, and Providence.

Chicago (Ill.) Payton College Prep wing Chris Eversley will be in Houston to see what Rice has to offer.

Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley Community College shooting guard Raymond Cody is visiting Idaho.

Bear (Del.) Caravel big man Erique Gumbs will make the quick trip up to St. Joseph's for a visit.

Riverdale (Ga.) forward Terell Barnes will visit Tennessee Tech officially.

Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) forward Brian Fitzpatrick will make his way to Penn for a visit.

Columbus (Ohio) Northland teammates J.D. Weatherspoon (2010) and Trey Burke (2011) will visit Akron unofficially.

Louisville (Ky.) Jeffersontown point guard Aaron Cosby is visiting Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Cosby won't be alone. Class of 2009 commitments Drew McGhee, Drew Kelly and Orlando Williams will also be on campus.

Houston St. Thomas point guard Blake Jolivette will be on American's campus.



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