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Junior College Recruiting Updates: Signings/Visits

By Brad Winton, JuCo Recruiting, 04/11/12, 11:45AM EDT


Here is a look at the latest JUCO recruiting news on signing day:

Wichita State picked up another big JUCO commitment from Nick Wiggins. Wichita State was Wiggins first and last visit. Wiggins explained why he picked the Shockers. He said, “The coaches don’t try to hide anything and they just want to win. Coach Marshall made me feel really comfortable and has coached JUCO transfers before so he knows what I need to be successful. I felt at home and my heart told me to do it. I talked to my Dad (former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins) and he told me to take a leap of faith.” Wiggins signed his NLI and will graduate this spring, which will allow him to get on campus in Wichita this summer.

The Washington Huskies received an NLI from Mark McLaughlin, the leading scorer in junior college basketball. McLaughlin averaged 28 points and 8 rebounds per game for Tacoma CC this season.

Cincinnati received an NLI  from power forward Titus Rubles of Blinn College. The 6-7/220lb. forward averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds at Blinn this season.

Northwest Florida State forward Neiko Hunter (6-7/220) signed his NLI with Middle Tennessee State. Hunter averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds per game for the national runner-up.

Iona added versatile face up four man, DeSean Anderson (6-8), of LA Trade Tech (CA). Anderson is a smooth and athletic four man who can step out and play some three.

South Alabama signed Dre Conner of Labette CC. Conner is a point guard who averaged 17 points and 6 assists per game this season.

Patrick Agho of Baton Rouge CC committed and signed with Prairie View A&M. Agho is a 6-6 forward.

Other Recruiting News:

Devon Branch, an athletic guard out of Cloud County CC, gave a verbal commitment to Oregon. Branch is one of the most athletic JUCO wings. He is excellent in transition and has the ability to finish above the rim.

Matt Korcheck, a 6-9 forward of Cochise College (AZ), recently gave a verbal commitment to Arizona and plans on signing his NLI in the next few days. Korcheck is one of the most skilled JUCO post players in the country.

According to multiple sources, Auburn is hosting two JUCO big men. Orlando Sanchez of Monroe College and Renan Lenz of Arizona Western College will be on campus this weekend. Sanchez proved that he can definitely compete at a high-level with his performance in Hutchinson, KS at the NJCAA D1 National Tournament.

Geron Johnson is expected to sign his NLI this week and send it in to Memphis. Johnson is a 6-4 guard and is one of the best junior college players in the country. Here is more on his situation from Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial Appeal –

Several Indian Hills CC players have picked up major interest of late after seeing them at the national tourney. DJ Bennett will visit Oklahoma and Arkansas the next two weekends. Gary Ricks will visit Drake this weekend. Brandon Spearman  has interest from Detroit, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Northern Iowa and will plan visits soon. Jameel McKay (2013)  has picked up interest from Wichita St, Iowa St, Missouri, Memphis, Marquette, Arkansas, Indiana and USC.