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September 8, 2010

Ask the Experts: Five-star commitment coming?

Rivals.com basketball recruiting analysts Jerry Meyer and Eric Bossi weigh in on four current topics.

What was the most difficult decision in your Class of 2013 rankings?

Meyer: When ranking sophomores it is difficult in general. That is why we only went with a top 15 in this ranking. There were approximately 10 prospects who felt for certain belonged in the top 10, but knowing what order to put them in is a difficult task. Over the next couple years we will get a much better feel for that order, but it is just so difficult when they are this young. And as usual, picking the No. 1 prospect was not easy. Andrew Harrison, however, has the size for his position, athleticism and skill package that we felt separated him from the pack.

Bossi: I don't know if there's any one decision that stands out to me because the entire process of putting together any kind of list for kids that young is not easy. These guys are still very young, at very different stages in their physical maturation process and there are still a lot of guys that we haven't seen or who nobody knows about yet. But, not surprisingly the top spot was a tough one to pin down. Andrew Harrison, Rodney Purvis and Julius Randle all have impressive track records for kids so young and picking amongst them was tough.

What has been the most underrated commitment for the 2011 class?

Meyer: Perhaps the least publicized and least talked about commitment out of the top 50 prospects in the country is Levi Randolph to Alabama. Randolph, who is the No. 29-ranked prospect in the Rivals150, is a legitimate combo guard with a lethal midrange game. He does need to improve his physical strength and defensive play, but he will provide a unique dimension to Alabama's backcourt.

Bossi: I'm a huge fan of what Washington just did in picking up Hikeem Stewart, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Seattle (Wash.) Rainer Beach. He's currently No. 111 in our rankings but I think he's a guy with huge upside and think he's going to end up being a pretty important player for Lorenzo Romar when it's all said and done.

Louisville had a big week with the commitment of Chane Behanan and hosting some heavy hitters for visits last weekend. Considering the offseason Rick Pitino endured, is this surprising?

Meyer: Despite the turmoil, Pitino is still considered one of the best coaches in the game and Louisville has a storied tradition in basketball. There was the potential for this scandal to take Pitino and the program down. Pitino, however, stepped up and faced the music and redeemed himself to most people by the way he has handled things since it became public. Everyone has made mistakes in their lives and most people want to forgive. Looks like Louisville is receiving a positive recruiting bump from all of this. Can't say that I'm that surprised.

Bossi: I'm not surprised. People make mistakes and generally people are pretty forgiving of those who admit their mistakes and look to move on. Not to mention, today's young athletes really hate being judged and most aren't quick to judge others. Pitino has been able to build up a level of trust with some high level players, and frankly they don't care about what else has gone on with him and I get the sense that they don't think it's any of their business either.

Which five-star do you anticipate being the next to commit?

Meyer: I wouldn't be surprised if Pitino received a commitment from Quincy Miller sooner than later. Now, I'm not saying it is a done deal that Miller is headed to Louisville or that he even commits before the spring. But it appears that Louisville has made significant headway with Miller and his teammate Deuce Bello. Presently, there is heavy speculation that the two end up at Louisville in the near future.

Bossi: It's not always easy to predict something like this but my best guess would be Quincy Miller. While he seems to enjoy the recruiting process, there are a lot of signs pointing to Louisville and nobody else seems to have a bunch of buzz around them.



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