Commentary

Top recruit's decision coming soon

Originally Published: November 5, 2009
By Scouts Inc.

Harrison Barnes (Ames, Iowa/Ames) may be the most touted and talented small forward still looking for a home, but he's not the only skilled slasher still on the board. Three of the nation's top four prospects at the small forward position have yet to pick a school. Here's a look at where they might end up:

Barnes

Harrison Barnes, SF, Ames, Iowa/Ames
Player rank (position rank): 1 (1)
Considering:

Duke ISU KU UNC OU UCLA
Scouts Inc. says: The more you watch, the more you like him. He has a quintessential frame for the wing and the skills to boot. He is a good athlete with deceptive speed and quickness off the dribble. His offensive game is polished; he can dominate his opponent in a number of ways. Evaluation | Highlights
Recruiting overview: On Wednesday, Barnes confirmed that he will be making his announcement on Nov. 13. Barnes has made official visits to all of his finalists except Iowa State. He was scheduled to visit the hometown school this week. The scuttlebutt has been this one will be a battle of Tobacco Road between Duke and UNC.


Jones

Terrence Jones, SF, Portland, Ore./Jefferson
Player rank (position rank): 15 (3)
Considering:

CatsOU Ducks UCLAWashington
Scouts Inc. says: Jones has a great body and is a versatile forward who scores inside and out. He has a nice stroke from behind the 3-point arc and can also play with his back to the basket or out of the high post. He is skilled playing with his face to the basket, can put the ball on the floor and create his own shot, and has a good feel passing the ball out of the post. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: Jones eliminated Kansas and Arizona from consideration a few weeks ago. By week's end he'll have visited all of his favorites (his last official visit will be to UCLA on Nov. 6). Of all the programs involved in Jones' recruitment, landing him would likely be the most significant for the Ducks. As good as Ernie Kent has been on the recruiting trail, he has missed out on some elite talent in-state -- most recently Kevin Love and Kyle Singler.


Smith

Roscoe Smith, SF, Baltimore/Oak Hill Academy
Player rank (position rank): 16 (4)
Considering:

UConnDuke Hoyas
Scouts Inc. says: Smith is a big-time shooter with a quick trigger and great confidence. He can score in bunches and has the ability to knock down open jumpers in transition as well as in the half court. He sprints the lane for spot-ups, slides to the open area and comes off screens ready to shoot. Evaluation | Highlights
Recruiting overview: Smith has taken official visits to Georgetown, Duke and UConn. He has been fairly cryptic about when he'll make his decision. Also, if Barnes ends up at Duke, it seems unlikely that Smith would go to Durham.


Morris

Jason Morris, SF, Augusta, Ga./Hotchkiss School
Player rank (position rank): 58 (11)
Considering:

ClemsonTech Stanford
Scouts Inc. says: Morris is an absolutely incredible athlete who plays above the rim as few others are capable of doing. He's a fantastic finisher on the wing and at his best in transition. He is very unselfish and a good passer. He has a well-developed left hand, good size and strength for the swing positions, and can take smaller defenders to the low block. Evaluation | Highlights
Recruiting overview: Georgia Tech's location could be beneficial for the Yellow Jackets in their pursuit of Morris, who plays his high school ball in Connecticut. He has made official visits to Clemson and Georgia Tech. A Stanford visit is pending based on his getting accepted to the school. He's on the fence about when he'll make his decision.


Thomas

Shaquille Thomas, SF, Montclair, N.J./Nia
Player rank (position rank): 95 (18)
Considering:

LaSalleProvidence Cuse Xavier
Scouts Inc. says: Thomas has an incredible amount of athleticism, length and upside that will allow him to develop into an outstanding wing prospect, as long as he continues to work at it. He has physical gifts that cannot be taught, but he has to continue to stay focused and engaged throughout games. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: Thomas has been fairly tight-lipped about his recruitment. In addition to the four schools mentioned above, Pitt and Oklahoma State have shown interest. It looks like he'll be waiting to make his decision until the late signing period.

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