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October 28, 2010
Jerry Meyer is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. He tackles your questions in his weekly mailbag feature.
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Is Kansas in trouble with its 2011 recruiting?
And which NBA player does No. 1-ranked prospect Austin Rivers resemble?
These questions and more are addressed by National Recruiting Analyst Jerry Meyer in this week's mailbag.
Latest on Adams
I keep reading that Tyler Adams decommitted from Duke. Is this true? And if so who does Duke try to get to fill that spot?
- Robert from Wilson
There are questions as to whether Adams' commitment to Duke was ever firm in the first place. It isn't easy pulling top prospects out of Mississippi and it looks like Georgetown is the only school with a chance to pull Adams out of his home state.
Adams isn't committed to Duke, and it is now a battle between Georgetown and Mississippi State. The connection of Mississippi State to Adams speaks for itself as an in-state connection. The connection for Georgetown is former Mississippi State assistant Robert Kirby.
Word out of Mississippi is that Adams is slightly leaning to Georgetown, whom he visited for midnight madness.
As for Duke, there isn't a concern of filling that position. The Blue Devils have their five-man of the future in Marshall Plumlee.
What's left for Kansas?
Is Kansas recruiting in trouble this year? Bill Self has missed on two big-time recruits so far and it doesn't look like there is much talent still available to go after.
- Ben from Lawrence
This is a question that seems to be asked every year about Kansas, and then Coach Self pulls off an impressive haul at the last moment. This year, however, it does look like pickings are getting slim.
On the horizon, it is looking essential that Kansas land five-star wing Ben McLemore. At one time McLemore appeared to be a lock for Kansas, but the longer it takes him to commit, the more uncomfortable the Kansas faithful become with his recruitment.
For Kansas to have an acceptable recruiting class by its standards, it will need to at least get two of its remaining targets.
What NBA or NCAA player from the past or present would you compare Austin Rivers' game to?
- Hunter from Nashville
Monta Ellis is on my mind because he had a monster 46-point game Wednesday night for the Golden State Warriors, but I see a lot of Ellis in Rivers.
They are both 6-foot-4-ish combo guards who specialize in scoring. They have exceptionally explosive first steps to the basket and are adept scorers off one foot.
Their athleticism and touch make them reliable finishers at the rim and in traffic. They are both streaky from long range. But they have the ability to pretty much create whatever shot they want off the dribble.
Do you think anyone from Kentucky's team will leave for the pros early this year? If so, who? And who does Kentucky target in the 2011 class if they have those open scholarships?
- Jason from Terre Haute
Kentucky has 11 players on scholarship this season. There is one senior in Josh Harrellson. So at the least Coach Calipari will have three scholarships for the 2011 class.
Obviously, he expects at least one player to leave early for the NBA because he has four five-star prospects already committed in the 2011 class.
Four-star combo guard Trevor Lacey is the main prospect Kentucky has targeted to add to the class.
- Nick from Jackson
This is a realistic class for Mississippi State. It is looking likely that Gardner, a four-star shooting specialist, will choose Mississippi State on Friday. Adams, as stated above, is torn between Georgetown and Mississippi State.
If Mississippi State does pull off this class, it presently ranks as a top five class nationally with one five-star and three solid four-star prospects.
Jerry Meyer is a national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. Click here to send him a question or comment for his mailbag.