In its last three recruiting classes, Johnny Dawkins’ Stanford Cardinal landed five ESPNU 100 players. On Monday, the latest highly-regarded player to commit was small forward Rosco Allen (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman).
Allen, a 6-foot-9 small forward with a shooter’s touch, visited Stanford, North Carolina and Oregon and looked at UNLV before offering a commitment to the Cardinal. A main component for the timing of this commitment was the recent admission of Allen to Stanford. The Cardinal runs a tight ship academically. Dawkins has one of the most unique recruiting situations of any program in America. They simply can’t get just anyone into school and early admissions are even tougher. While commitments happen in the younger classes, Stanford typically is still trying to gain admittance for senior recruits. It can be a vexing recruiting scenario for a staff.
On the flipside, the Cardinal has a lot to offer. As an elite academic institution, it boasts one of the most well-rounded athletic departments in America. It appeals to a certain type of student-athlete. When a kid like Allen comes along, he’s a must sign recruit because of what he does in the classroom and off the court. Stanford’s recent success with ESPNU 100 talent is significant and the next few seasons will come with the expectations that accompany talented players.
Allen will stretch the floor for the Cardinal and he’s different than the forwards they have on the roster. He’s got a reliable stroke and last summer began playing better off the bounce and getting to the rim more often. He’s operated in the shadow of Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) during his high school caree but at Stanford, he’ll get to spread his wings and should be a frontline player for the Cardinal.
Scales decommitment makes sense
When the Missouri Tigers accepted a commitment from center Aaron Scales (High Point, N.C./American Basketball Institute) there was a relationship there with one of the Tigers top recruits. Scales played summer ball with NC State commit Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room). In addition to playing with Purvis’ AAU team, the Tigers needed size and Scales is 6-9 and over 260 pounds. Frank Haith’s team, the only high-major team to offer him, likely took him thinking long term. Missouri now has a slew of commitments and Purvis isn’t one of them. I’m not saying Missouri took Scales just to get closer to Purvis because the two weren’t packaging themselves as best friends who wanted to play together. However, adding Scales from the same AAU team might have been an attempt to build a wall around Purvis.
You’ll hear that the situation with Haith and Miami contributed to this decommitment. I don’t buy that. Scales is a long-term prospect who picked a school that at the time was a level too high for him. Now he’s got a chance to redo the process and work on his game. He’s got a second chance to make a good decision and we’ll see how it goes.
New schedule changes for AAU
The Amateur Athletic Union (aka the real AAU) released its July events schedule this week. In coordination with the newly minted open periods that were determined last week, the AAU changed around its dates for the Nationals. The Nationals are now July 24-30; traditionally they’ve started around the 26th and used to leak into the final day of July and first day of August. Other events will follow suit per the new recruiting periods.