Monday, May 4, 2015

The Latest NCAA Basketball News - Jaylen Brown Commits & Nigel Williams-Goss Chooses a School

Over the weekend, the western coast of college basketball got a lot stronger.  Both Cal and Gonzaga picked up top talents in the country to play for them.

The 4th ranked high school player in the country, Jaylen Brown, committed to Cal on Friday night.  Many expected the 6 foot 7 swingman to go to either Kentucky or Michigan, but instead he wanted to head out west.  Brown is going to elevate the Cal program to the next level.  He is known for his ability to drive to the basket and finish through traffic.  While his jumpshot still needs a little work, his high motor will carry him on both sides of the floor.

Cal also has one of the top big men in the 2015 class coming in next year too.  Ivan Rabb, the 8th ranked player in the country, is a 6 foot 11 big who is going to rule the paint for their team next season.  After Rabb played Brown at the Hoophall Classic in January, they went upstairs to talk to each other after the game.  As I predicted after seeing that, Brown and Rabb did indeed pair up to play their college ball together.  Not only will they be a deadly duo in the Pac 12, but they will be one of the best duos in all of college basketball.  A Final Four run for the Golden Bears next season would come with no surprise at all, as their freshman duo has serious potential to be difference makers once the balls are rolled out next season.  Below is our mixtape of Rabb and Brown battling it out at the Hoophall Classic. (Start at the 1:40 mark)

Another west coast school also got richer this weekend.  Gonzaga got Ex-Washington point guard Nigel Williams-Goss to transfer into their program.  Goss averaged 15.6 points and 5.9 assists per game last season as the Huskies point guard.  He was also considering transferring to Providence or UNLV, but he felt the Zags were the right fit for him.  Williams-Goss has serious potential to play NBA basketball, and moving to Gonzaga is a great move for him, not only will he play for a national contender, he will surround himself with a team that plays more his style of basketball.

As the west coast got richer this past weekend, the 2015 commitment class came to a close.  On the other hand, many players are still looking for a program to transfer to.  A notable name to watch over the next few weeks is Ex-Duke player Rasheed Sulaimon.  It has been rumored that he is interested in playing for Maryland.  As the college basketball landscape continues to shape up, one thing is for sure; next year is going to provide fans with another great year of hoops.

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