It was a slow week in terms of commitments, but a couple of high-majors were able to lock up some of their top targets over the last seven days.
Rivals.com checks in with national recruiting expert Jerry Meyer about the latest happenings in the Weekend Update.
Key commitments happen across the country, classes
Could the dominoes be falling after Minnesota landed Colton Iverson?
The South Dakota forward was a hot target for a number of schools, and is certainly a major score for the Gophers. Iverson, a son of a college coach, could force the hand of Georgia prospect Ralph Sampson. The center is also a top target for Minnesota, and the Iverson commitment could actually help the Gophers land the Rivals150 center.
"Tubby Smith has always run a power oriented offense, typically with two low-post players," Meyer said. "It is different than the spread offenses that you see a lot of guard-oriented teams running these days. Securing an Iverson commitment is quite important for Minnesota because of the importance post players will play in the system.
"I don't know where Sampson will go to school, but I don't think Iverson committing will scare him away. I'm sure Coach Smith is stressing the importance of having two prominent big men on the court and the fact that the two could work well together."
The Marshall plan
Why wait? Class of 2010 prospect Kendall Marshall didn't see the need to do so. The five-star point guard committed to North Carolina late last week. The D.C. product is the earliest commitment ever for Roy Williams.
"Williams must be excited about landing a point guard who is in love with the North Carolina program," Meyer said. "Marshall will be an extension of the coach on the court. Williams can give him the basketball and trust him to run the team. There won't be much of a learning curve for Marshall. He should be ready immediately."
Tigers land four-star standout
It looked like a race between several SEC teams for Dunwoody (Ga.) forward Delwan Graham from the get go. The four-star prospect made it official last week. He officially visited LSU and committed to the Tigers. The four-star prospect gives the program a major shot in the arm.
"Graham will bring some toughness to the wing position that any program could use. He is a great competitor who plays with intensity and physicality on every play," Meyer said. "I also love his versatility. He can guard bigger players in the post while also being an intimidating wing defender. Although he won't be a primary scoring option for LSU, Graham can manufacture points with his hustle."
Big men make choices
Virginia Tech landed an anchor for the middle when North Carolina big man Victor Davila gave his nod to the Hokies. The Rivals150 forward is a key recruit for Virginia Tech, Meyer said.
"Davila has a great understanding of his abilities," Meyer said. "He battles around the basket and makes positive plays in the paint while avoiding negative plays by trying to do too much. Virginia Tech can count on him play valuable minutes as a blue collar big man."
It didn't come as a big surprise that Ohio big man Tom Pritchard committed to Indiana. While the 6-foot-8 forward doesn't project as an all-conference player, he fills a role for the Hoosiers. "Pritchard fits the role of a big-bodied banger who can handle the physical nature of the Big Ten," Meyer said. "He is also a player who is skilled with the ball and can complement the skills of his teammates with his high basketball IQ. I don't expect Pritchard to be a star at Indiana, but I do expect him to play an important role."
Penn State landed an under-the-radar big man in New Jersey native Billy Oliver, a 6-foot-8 prospect from Chatham High School.
Utah center Justin Hamilton was a hot mid-major target for a number of West Coast teams, but Iowa State jumped in and landed the 6-foot-10 prospect.
Auburn is making it a point to make strides in Georgia. The Tigers were able to lure Peachtree City native Robert Chubb.
Guards choose destinations
Cal was determined to land a guard from Oregon. The Bears missed out on Brad Tinsley, who opted for Pepperdine, but they were able to get a commitment from Garrett Sim. A rising prospect, Sim might be best served by taking a redshirt year next season.
Oregon isn't the only school in the Pacific Northwest that likes to recruit Chicago. In-state foes Oregon State went back to Chicago - Marshall High School to be exact - and landed another shooting guard. The Beavers signed Mike Stovall from the school last year. Over the weekend, the Pac-10 school returned for Ryan Hare, a class of 2008 prospect. Hare is the first pledge for Oregon State in the class.
Flames hottest mid-major school last week
Liberty took the honors of the best mid-major program on the recruiting trail last week. New coach Ritchie McKay landed a trio of prospects. One was North Carolina guard Seth Curry, the son of former NBA guard Dell Curry and younger brother of Davidson star Stephen Curry.
Curry is joined by Tennessee big man Carter McMasters, a good shooting forward that was recruited by high-majors less than a year ago. Also making a pledge was Arizona big man Austin Smith.
Bobby Cremins had a pipeline from New York when he was the coach at Georgia Tech. Now at College of Charleston, Cremins went back to the area he knows best to land point guard Quasim Pugh.
Illinois center Jake Lindfors committed to Albany on Sunday night. Locals are high on the near 7-footer and call this pledge a major steal.
Air Force picked up forward Trevor Noonan.
Utah big man Nick Thompson will stay in-state and play at Weber State.
UC Davis landed guard Jacob Ranger.
Western Kentucky secured a commitment from sleeper Bryan Narcisse, a 6-foot-6 wing from North Augusta, S.C.
Austin Peay landed a pair of in-state prospects in Robert Elam and Tyrone Caldwell.
High Point went to Gainesville, Fla., for big man Chad July, who committed over the weekend.
Forward Alex Vouyoukas pledged to Davidson.
Furman went to Texas to land forward Neil Duvall.
Genesis One (Miss.) teammates Bernard Webb and Paul Hagler have also made commitments. Webb, a 6-foot-9 New York native, is headed to Manhattan. Hagler, a rough and tough guard, is headed to New Orleans.
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