In basketball recruiting:
Miami had some interesting – some might say unlikely – competition for James Palmer, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. John’s in Washington, D.C., who committed to the Hurricanes.
Palmer’s other offers, according to the rivals.com database, were from UNC-Greensboro, Radford and Towson. However, Alex Kline of the hoopscoop.com said Palmer finalists included Wake Forest, Memphis, VCU, Temple and Xavier
Miami coach Jim Larranaga has taken a commitment from another point guard, 6-3 Ja’Quan Newton from Neumann-Goretti in Philadelphia. Newton, rated a four-star prospect by rivals.com, reportedly had offers from Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas, UCLA,Virginia and Wake.
FLORIDA STATE was scheduled to welcome 6-3 Benedictine High School guard Robert Johnson for a visit this weekend after receiving a mid-week commitment from four-star Chipola (Fla.) Junior College prospect Cinmeon Bowers.
A rare summer commitment from the junior-college ranks, Bowers, originally from the Milwaukee area, is a 6-7, 250-pound power forward who is in something of the same mold as fellow Seminoles recruit Marvin Sanders (6-5, 233).
Florida State will represent the fourth stop in four weeks for Johnson, whose other visits have been to Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina.
GEORGIA TECH had a nice “get” in Tadric Jackson, a 6-4 shooting guard from Tifton County High School in Tifton, Ga. The Yellow Jackets’ stiffest competition was Georgia in a field that included a host of ACC and SEC programs.
Duke is set to entertain 6-11, 270-pound Jahlil Okafor from Chicago over the weekend of Oct. 25. Okafor, rated the No. 1 prospect in the country by a variety of services, has been to Kentucky and Baylor and also has trips lined up to Arizona and Kansas.
Okafor is from Chicago, the same hometown, as No. 4-rated class of 2013 Duke signee Jabari Parker. Parker played at Simeon Career Academy and Okafor at Whitney Young.
TWO QUARTERBACKS who have committed to Virginia Tech were on opposite sidelines last Friday, when Hylton High School of Woodbridge defeated Stonewall Jackson of Manassas, 36-22.
Hylton quarterback Travon McMillian carried 24 times for 187 yards and completed six of 11 passes for 105 yards while accounting for four touchdowns rushing and passing.
Stonewall Jackson quarterback Greg Stroman had 231 yards in total offense – 117 rushing and 124 passing. McMillian and Stroman each was recruited by the Hokies as an “athlete,” with Stroman almost certain to play cornerback.