Henricksen: Class of 2016 recruiting notebook

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The early signing period for this year’s senior class is a little over a month away. The recruiting process is complete for 13 prospects in the Class of 2016 as they’ve given their verbal commitment. Several others are taking visits and narrowing things down.

Here are where a few of the top remaining uncommitted prospects stand with their respective recruitments, along with who the 13 committed players will sign with in November.

The uncommitted

Charlie Moore, Morgan Park

The state’s top ranked senior’s recruitment has hit a standstill as a family emergency has temporarily put any official visits on hold. The original final four of Cal, Memphis, Pitt and Illinois is no longer as concrete, with Illinois having taken point guard Te’Jon Lucas and with no other visits currently set. There are also several schools now trying to get back in the mix with the top 100 nationally ranked point guard.

Zach Norvell, Simeon

The 6-5 guard is the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s No. 3 ranked prospect and has taken official visits to both Gonzaga and Georgetown. He will visit Iowa State this coming weekend and the decision looks as if it will come down to those three.

Nick Robinson, Kenwood

As it now stands, Robinson, the Hoops Report’s No. 9 ranked prospect in the senior class, looks as if he will wait it out through the fall signing period without committing. The 6-5 forward has visited and received an offer from Valparaiso. UMKC is heavily involved, while both Old Dominion and Indiana State have picked up their interest.

Zion Morgan, Kenwood

Offers from both Valparaiso and Western Michigan are front and center for the 6-3 senior guard.

Nick Rakocevic, St. Joseph

After taking an official visit to West Virginia, the 6-10 Rakocevic tells the City/Suburban Hoops Report he’s “planning on visiting both USC and California.”

James Jones, Bogan

A top 10 prospect in the senior class, Jones has yet to take any official visits. Jones has become a mid-major hot commodity and has a couple of locals, Loyola and UIC, hot after the 6-3 guard. Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Buffalo have also been involved.

Brandon Johnson, T.F. South

The athletic 6-7 forward recently visited SIUE and took an official visit to UIC this past weekend. Western Michigan is also in the mix as Johnson has already visited the Kalamazoo campus.

Tarkus Ferguson, Belleville Althoff

There weren’t many players who improved their stock more in July than the athletic 6-3 combo guard. He is fresh off an official visit to UIC this past weekend, which followed visits to Tennesee State and Indiana State.

Lorenzo Edwards, Lake Forest

The late-blooming 6-6 forward is receiving various degrees of interest from Saint Louis, Buffalo, Miami-Ohio, Holy Cross, Tennessee State and South Dakota.

The committed

■ Barret Benson, Hinsdale South (Northwestern)

■ Jacob Cushing, Neuqua Valley (Cal-Poly)

■ Chris Duff, Carmel (Western Illinois)

■ Devin Gage, Curie (DePaul)

■ Brendon Gooch, Belleville Althoff (Southern Illinois)

■ Elyjah Goss, Plainfield East (IUPUI)

■ Zach Hollywood, Bradley-Bourbonnais (James Madison)

■ Nate Kennell, Metamora (Bradley)

■ Noah McCarty, Sterling Newman (Northern Illinois)

■ Justin Pierce, Glenbard West (William & Mary)

■ Jarrin Randall, Morgan Park (Western Michigan)

■ Isaiah Roby, Dixon (Nebraska)

■ Matty Smith, South Elgin (Central Michigan)

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