Jake’s Take: Volume 4, daily mailbag.

Took some time away from Jake’s Take due to the crazy madness we call “recruiting season,” now I’m back with week four of Jake’s Take. Many questions were answered, read up, LET’S ROLL.

I get this question every week, now I’ll answer it like I do every week lol. So as Stockrisers reported earlier last week Qudus Wahab will announce his college decision this Thursday. His final five includes Pittsburgh, Georgetown, UConn, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. Currently, no team is considered a “lean,” it also happens that multiple teams in his final list will be in to see him this week.

Pittsburgh’s Jeff Capel and two assistants were on hand this Friday for Wahab. A few seats down from Capel sat Virginia Tech’s Buzz Williams and Christian Webster. Fast forward to decision week and so far UConn is slated to be in on Monday. The other team’s in his final five are slated to be in at some point this week but no dates are set.

As for the other big men they’re targeting, one stands out for Pitt fans. Kofi Cockburn, besides Wahab, is a major want and a major need. He’s got scheduled visits to Illinois, and he’s visited UConn already. It’s been reported that he’s got a desire to visit Pittsburgh likely after his Illinois visit.

Last week Oak Hill played and Tim O’Toole was in for Cockburn.

I think Harvey reclassing to 2019 would be more of a development thing. Harvey has major upside and will be a stud when developed at the next level. Mark Few has done an excellent job with his guards the past few years and Gonzaga’s pitch is that he could be one of Gonzaga’s next great guards.

For 2019, they’re competing with Nevada who also said they’d take him in 2019. But if Gonzaga is the party to land him whether it’s for 2019 or 2020, they’ve got a good class on their hands. Right now Gonzaga is easily a top-10 class, as Stockrisers reported before they’ll likely land a commitment from Euro superstar Oumar Ballo “aka baby Shaq,” that’s a move that would insert them for good in the top-5.

As for Nevada, they’ve also given the 2019 option to Kyree Walker who’s a major target for the Pack. For 2020, Harvey says Louisville, Arizona State, and others are on him.

USA Today’s Jason Jordan and I both reported earlier this weekend that Edwards will use his last four official visits on Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, and Florida State. This would eliminate Kentucky, but this weekend a team not on that list was in for him. UNC’s Roy Williams was in for him on Saturday and has shown major interest in Edwards. The list he gave off was where he’s likely to take visits, no dates have been made or have been set yet which means we could see change.

As for my team to watch out for in this one, Georgia is my darkhorse. Tom Crean got Edwards’ first official visit and also saw him on Saturday as well. They’ve been on Edwards for a while and continue to keep close tabs on him.

For me, it’s Cole Anthony. After getting one of his official visits UNC has been in to watch Anthony on multiple occasions including this past weekend. Last week Anthony made a surprise visit back to Chapel Hill, no one had any idea that Anthony would be there. Many expect him to commit to UNC including me as well.

He’s also got a pretty good relationship with UNC signee Armando Bacot as well after the two won a gold medal together in September. Wake Forest’s Danny Manning has also kept close tabs on Anthony and saw him this weekend.

I like MSU’s chances with Isaiah Stewart. I told Y’all before Vernon Carey Jr committed that Tom Izzo would land one or the other. After MSU’s victory at Florida Saturday afternoon, Izzo flew straight from Gainsville to Indiana where he watched Isaiah Stewart and Keion Brooks.

Stewart would be a major get for MSU (or any school), I think as major of a get if they would have landed Carey Jr. Stewart in the next few years will be a pro and a great one. Many believe he has the potential to be the top player in the class, that could happen.

Brooks’ recruitment is more UK-Indiana for me but as we know in the recruiting world, things can change, and they can change fast. Both are likely to announce decisions in the next few weeks. For Stewart, I’d say Duke is their primary competition.

Louisville has kept tabs on guys like Caleb Love, Jabri Abdur-Rahim, and many others. My name to watch in the 2020 class for the Cards is Lynn Greer. The guard who currently attends Roman Catholic (PHI), was slated to officially visit UofL a few weeks back but had to cancel due to the flu.

Greer told Stockrisers he will reschedule his visit to campus, Greer was the first 2020 prospect set to officially visit UofL.

 

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