by Franklyn Calle
On Monday LSU received a verbal commitment from nationally ranked sophomore John Isaac. The 6-4, 210lbs shooting guard picked the Tigers over Ole Mississippi, Florida, Georgia Tech, Texas, and Kansas. Isaac has been averaging over 18 points and 10 rebounds per game for the season. The Leesville, Louisiana, native currently attends Pickering H.S. and is the first commitment of 2011 class for LSU. Head Coach Trent Johnson has one verbal commitment for the 2010 class in Jalen Courtney, a forward from Mississippi. Johnson has two signees for the incoming class of 2009 this fall in Aaron Dotson, a Seattle native shooting guard from Rainer Beach H.S., and Eddie Ludwig, a Metairie, LA, native from Metairie Park Country Day School.
Rutgers landed Nigerian native center Brian Okam when he verbally committed to the Big East School on Tuesday. The senior currently attends Lake Highland Prep School in Orlando, Florida. He did not suit up for Lake Highland this year because he no longer had eligibility. After arriving to the United States from Nigeria almost three years ago, Okam spent his first two years at Archbishop Carroll in Washington D.C. and Montrose Christian in Maryland before ending up at Lake Highland this year. The 7-0 center picked Rutgers over Georgia Tech. The Scarlet Knights have two commitments for the 2009 class in Dane Miller, a 6-7 small forward from Rush Henrietta H.S. in Rochester, New York, and Austin Johnson, a 6-7 forward from Blair Academy in New Jersey. Okam ranks among the top 15 centers in the nation.
One of the top shooting guards in the west coast, Jordan Mackie, gave the University of San Diego a verbal commitment on Wednesday. The 6-4 shooting guard attends Dorsey H.S. in Los Angeles. Mackie becomes the fourth commit for San Diego in their 2009 recruiting class. The Toreros have already signed Cameron Miles-a 6-1 point guard from Skyline H.S. in Texas, Chris Manresa-a 6-8 power forward from Tesoro H.S. in California, and Ken Rancifer-a 6-6 small forward from El Cerrito H.S. in California.
George Washington received a verbal commitment from Harvey, Illinois, native Tim Johnson. The 6-4 shooting guard is currently finishing up a prep year at Lee Academy in Maine. Johnson becomes the Colonials’ fifth commitment for the 2009 recruiting class which includes Kinley Branch-a 6-5 shooting guard from Stone Mountain H.S. in Georgia, Dwayne Smith- a 6-6 shooting guard from Bridgton Academy in Maine, David Pellom-a 6-8 small forward from Charis Prep in North Carolina, and Daymon Warren-a 6-9 power forward Worcester Academy in Massachusetts.
Small forward Christian Webster gave a verbal commitment to Harvard. The 6-5 senior currently attends Landon H.S. in Bethesda, Maryland, where he averaged over 23 points per game. He received interest from others Ivey League schools as well from the Atlantic 10, Patriot League, and Colonial Athletic Association. Webster now joins 2009 Crimson recruits Brandyn Curry- a 6-1 point guard from Hopewell H.S. in North Carolina, Dee Giger- a 6-6 shooting guard from Christ School in North Carolina, Kyle Casey- a 6-6 small forward from Brimmer & May in Massachusetts, and Jeff Georgatos- a 6-8 power forward from Episcopal School of Dallas in Dallas, Texas.