If you looked at a scholarship depth chart a week ago for a particular team, throw it out the window. It’s silly season. College Basketball transfers, dismissals and early exits mean that teams that were once non-competitive during the Spring signing period become ultra-aggressive in recruiting efforts to fill spots OR resolved an oversigning problem (yes, we’re talking about you Tom Crean).
How does this all affect Mark Fox and his staff in their attempts to land likely 2 more recruits for 2015? As many that are reading this know, Mike Edwards is visiting Athens this coming weekend, which is great as it would be a luxury to have a 6’10” 220 pound player that plays like he’s a small forward. Mike Edwards has been offered by Kansas State, Nebraska, Boston College, Detroit and Northern Illinois. Edwards also is being pursued by Michigan (he visited Ann Arbor last weekend) and Iowa. With some of these programs, when the offers and interest came out the scholarships weren’t there and with a few they still aren’t!
- Kansas State had 3 players either choose to transfer or get dismissed in the past 24 hours, which freed up space for 2015 recruits and one more spot is now open for the Class of 2015.
- Nebraska has no space available! In fact, they have oversigned by one scholarship spot. This means to land Edwards, they must clear 2 spots. They have 2 Redshirt Juniors. Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford are likely eligible to be immediate transfers. You think Fox would want those guys? Petteway is projected to be the 40th pick of 2015 NBA Draft, which means no guaranteed contract.
- Boston College has an embarrassment of open roster spots and will be able to sell playing time to transfers and talented freshmen.
- Michigan has no space on their roster. They are chasing after Jaylen Brown without a scholarship to give and they hosted Mike Edwards. If they land both, they have to make serious roster moves.
- Iowa has an open spot, but in 2016-17 will be a VERY YOUNG team. Will Fran McCaffery take a better job or more money if Iowa makes the tournament again in 2015-16?
Simeon Carter is a 6’8″ 220 pound Power Forward from Charlotte who is regarded as a 2 star by Rivals, but by Scout as a 3 star. Carter will choose between four schools: SMU, Maryland, Temple and UGA. SMU has been in the lead for quite some time and it is not likely to change barring SMU facing NCAA sanctions. SMU has the roster space and the depth chart appears favorable. Carter also visited SMU for an official visit this past weekend, he’s likely to pull the trigger and go off to play for Larry Brown.
Antonio Vrankovic is a 6’11” 250 pound Center from Fort Lauderdale who is regarded as a 3 star by all recruiting services. UGA, Texas Tech, Charlotte and San Francisco have all notably offered this big man. However, this may all get thrown out the window. Why? Duke is in the mix, but they haven’t offered YET. If Duke offers, Vrankovic will immediately sign. This situation with Duke is a somewhat similar scenario that UGA faced with Tevin Mack. Rather than wait it out and see what Mack did, UGA scooped up E’Torrion Wilridge and took the drama out of that signing ceremony. We may see that happen again here. Duke has plenty of scholarship space as they have 3 spots available and Jahlil Okafor would be foolish not to jump early and be a Top 3 pick in the NBA Draft.
There are teams that have freed up space and there are teams still freeing up space. UGA would need to free up space themselves should they want to sign 2 in the Spring. It will either come by asking Houston Kessler to take on a walk-on spot (he’s been on scholarship for 3 years and is in-state) or Kenny Paul Geno seeing the future depth chart and having to make some interesting choices.