It's three down and two to go!
We're talking about the five week Spring Signing Period, which began on Wednesday, April 14th, and will run through Wednesday, May 19th. And with two weeks still to go the most interesting thing left to be determined appears to be whether 6'6 Dwayne Polee from Los Angeles (Westchester) CA will pick St. John's, Oregon or Georgia.
If you will recall, Polee made one of the earliest verbal commitments ever when he picked USC during the fall of his freshman year. And, ironically, less than a year later his father who goes by the same name was hired as the Director of Basketball Operations by then Trojans head coach Tim Floyd. The younger Polee has always had his father's incredible natural talent and world-class athleticism. However, while his peers were developing physically and improving their skill level, Polee's game appeared to go backwards as he lost confidence and no longer could just live off of his freak-like athleticism. And last fall when new USC head coach Kevin O'Neill landed 6'7 Garrett Jackson from Portland (Westview) OR, who is a similar type player, but with a better skill set, Polee reneged on the verbal commitment that he made three years earlier.
At the time we suspected that it would only be a matter of time before the father was forced to start looking for a job. But the timing of yesterday's resignation is extremely interesting in light of the fact that his son's college decision is imminent. And making the story even more interesting is the fact that none of the schools that are recruiting the son can hire the father into a similar position to the one he previously held due to the rule that was passed by the NCAA in January 2010 that prohibits schools from hiring anyone associated with a basketball recruit for a two-year period before or after the player enrolls at the school.
If 6'9 Terrence Jones from Portland (Jefferson) OR decides to renege on the commitment that he made last week to the University of Washington and, instead, goes to the University of Kentucky, that obviously would trump the pending decision by Polee. However, as things stand now, Jones is committed to the Huskies. And, until he says otherwise, that's the end of the story.
We also are intrigued by some of the signings and commitments that we added earlier today to our list of Recent Commitments. The first is addition of 6'9 John Wilkins from Southeastern Iowa (JC) IA to Illinois State's recruiting class. Yes, that's the same guy who originally signed with Bradley, but sat out the last two years after being declared ineligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse due to questions about his amateur status. However, a month-and-a-half ago he verbally committed to Iowa State. But this athletic power forward with the potential to evolve into the next Craig Brackins apparently changed his mind about playing for the Cyclones after the recent coaching change.
The second is the signing of 6'9 Kyle Hunt from Snead State (JC) AL by Middle Tennessee State. This is a a guy who had 21 double-doubles en route to averaging 17.8 ppg and 11.8 apg and earning Alabama Community College Player-of-the-Year honors. Hunt has a good pull-up jumper, is a great offensive rebounder, and brings to the table that New York City toughness (he's originally from Queens).