Friday, October 12, 2007

It's Madness time

At 12:01 Friday night, the college basketball officially gets under way as college teams tip off the season with full practices. The weekend also means several recruiting opportunities for some of the top players in Georgia.

Here is a run down of who is going where.

Kentucky has had success in Georgia in the past (Jodie Meeks, Randolph Morris, Jeff Sheppard) and since taking over the program, Billy Gillispie has been down to Georgia a number of times.

This weekend, the Wildcats are hosting Dunwoody's Chris Singleton and Northview's Ralph Sampson, III. Both are in the home stretch of their recruitment.

Making the short drive over to UAB are top juniors Lorenzo Brown of Centennial and Ari Stewart of Wheeler. The two will see plenty of each other over the next couple of years as they both anchor two of the top teams in the state.

Westlake, one of the top teams in the state, have boosted its lineup this year with Florida move-in Ray Willis, a skilled and long guard. He's taking an official visit to Oklahoma this weekend. He has already visited Central Florida.

Michigan State was the first school to send a head coach to see Richard Howell, a teammate of Stewart's at Wheeler, and that is paying off. Howell, a 6-7 forward is unofficially visiting the Spartans this weekend.

You probably don't know the name but you will by the time class of 2010 prospect Jason Morris graduates high school. The Augusta native is going to school in Connecticut (Hotchkiss School) and looking to be a national prospect. He'll be at Georgetown this weekend for an unofficial visit.

He's yet to play in a game in high school but Milton freshman Julian Royal is getting a leg up with the best of the best. Sources tell Georgia Hoops, he is headed to North Carolina for the weekend to support family friend and former UNC Tar Heel Charlie Scott. We haven't seen Royal yet but reports are very strong about the youngster.

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