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Monday Mailbag: Guards the Center of Discussion
by Garrett Tucker, Future150 (10:58 PM CT, Sun February 10, 2013)
Frazier is one of the top guards still available.
Frazier is one of the top guards still available.
Garrett Tucker
Garrett Tucker:

Future150 Southeast Analyst. Covering high school basketball across the Southeast.

Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- With several questions being posed heading into the spring, analyst Garrett Tucker takes some time to answer questions regarding recruiting and high school basketball.

What is going on with USC’s Kendal Harris? Will he ever play for the Trojans? – (Drew)

The Texas guard is now going by Kendal Yancy-Harris, and with a new name could definitely come a new school. Yancy-Harris has asked for his release from USC following the firing of Kevin O’Neill, but the Trojans are taking some time to fully release him, in hopes of him favoring the new head coach. Nevertheless, he is still being allowed to checkout other schools. In fact, he took an unofficial visit to Texas over the weekend. Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Auburn, TCU, UConn, and many other schools have reached out as well. While Bob Cantu would love to keep him a Trojan, I would be surprised to see it happen.

I keep hearing a lot about this Brandon Roberts kid. How good is he and where may he end up? – (@Alexander1Great)

Brandon Roberts has definitely burst onto the scene in North Alabama and he has been molded into one of the state’s most prolific scorers. Roberts is averaging 35 points per contest, including some sub-50 point games throughout the year. There is no doubt, he can score the basketball from the perimeter in a variety of ways. He has been a star since first suiting up for West Morgan High School this fall and schools have taken notice of his talents. Several schools have jumped in late and are still evaluating him, but Samford, Northeastern, UNC-Wilmington, SE Missouri State, and Texas Southern are on the trail hard. Alabama has also been in to see him a few times, and if the Tide extends an offer, he could be a done deal to Tuscaloosa. His recruitment should begin to separate in the next few weeks as his season comes to a close.

Besides Justin Jackson, who else does North Carolina have the best chance of landing in the 2014 class? – (@bdheelfan)

Before answering this one, I have to say, if North Carolina can continue to do what they are doing, they will easily have another top ten class in 2014. With star point guard Joel Berry already committed to the Tar Heels, it automatically makes it an attractive destination for other players, including Justin Jackson. Like everyone else, I feel UNC holds a large lead for Jackson, and sometime soon, we could see him pull the trigger (sooner rather than later). Other players being connected to Roy Williams’ program includes Justise Winslow, Trey Lyles, D’Angelo Russell, Devin Booker, and Theo Pinson. Of those, I feel like Pinson, Booker and Russell (in that order) are more likely to head to Chapel Hill. There have been a lot of rumblings for Kentucky with Lyles, as well as UCLA making a big impact on Winslow. Another name to keep an eye on is Isaac Copeland, who continues to make strides with his game. If I had to choose one, I would pair Copeland with Jackson and Berry.

Who is the best shooter left in the 2013 class? – (Scott)

Duke’s Matt Jones and BYU’s Nick Emery stick out as some of the top shooters in the group of seniors, but as for the best remaining shooter (and pure guard), I would have to say it is Kimball (Tex.) shooting guard Keith Frazier. The 6-foot-5 shooter is another top talent from the state of Texas, and chances are he will stay in-state for college. Texas Tech saw him go for 30 points in a win last week; he is expected to visit the Red Raiders next weekend, too. Texas, Texas A&M, and SMU are other schools involved.

What are the chances UTEP also gets Daniel Hamilton? – (@maloney021)

No one really thought UTEP would come anywhere close to landed Isaac, Daniel Hamilton's older brother, in the fall. Gotta give credit to Tim Floyd, who kept a relationship with the Hamiltons since their days at USC. Both brothers have made it known they favor playing at the next level with each other, but Daniel is definitely going to have a big recruitment. If UTEP plans to steal another one from the West Coast, they will have to outlast programs like UCLA, Washington, San Diego State, and UNLV; definitely not an easy task for Floyd and the Miners, but it’s a toss-up to this point.

Thanks for all the questions! Send your recruiting questions to or on Twitter at @GTuckerF150.


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