Jarred Vanderbilt, the No. 6 small forward in the Class of 2017 per 247Sports.com, cut his list to nine via Twitter on Friday.

The 6-foot-8 Vanderbilt out of Bellaire (TX) Victory Prep is down to Kentucky, Houston, Kansas, Arizona, Oregon, North Carolina, TCU and Baylor.

 (USA Basketball)
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NEW YORK -- The recruitment of Victory Prep star junior forward Jarred Vanderbilt is in its infancy, but it is worth noting that the Houston native is one of just 10 players from the class of 2017 with an offer from Kentucky.

The 6-foot-8 Vanderbilt got a taste of Commonwealth fandom when Victory Prep participated in the Marshall County Hoop Fest and the Bluegrass Showcase last month. While in the area, Vanderbilt took in Kentucky's game against Arizona State at Rupp Arena on Dec. 12.

The Houston school, which is coached by 10-year NBA veteran Rodney McCray, will be back in Kentucky Jan. 7-10 for Mustang Madness in McCracken County.

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Djery Baptiste committed to Vanderbilt Wednesday night. He chose the Commodores over UConn.

Listed at 6-foot-11, 245 pounds, Baptiste brings a huge presence down low to the Commodores, who earlier Wednesday missed out on 6-8 Juwan Morgan when he chose Indiana.

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Oak Hill (Va.) Academy point guard Shelton Mitchell?committed to Vanderbilt on Friday, head coach Steve Smith told SNY.tv.

The onetime Wake Forest commit also considered Missouri.

"He had a great visit an he really likes Coach [Kevin] Stallings," Smith said. "He's a pass-first point guard with the ability to break down the defense and create offense for himself or a teammate."

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Riley LaChance, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Brookfield (WI) Central, committed to Vanderbilt Monday night.

"Just made the best decision of my life officially committed to Vanderbilt University!! So excited to be apart of the Commodore family!!!" he Tweeted.

LaChance also considered Iowa, Minnesota and Creighton.

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Wade Baldwin of St. Joe's-Metuchen (N.J.)?is one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2014. He had cut his college list to Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Pitt. In this Player Blog, he makes his college call.

The recruiting process started for me in my freshman year of high school with my first NCAA Division I offer.

Since then, it has been an incredible journey being recruited by some of the top academic and basketball schools in the country.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Turns out the Vanderbilt Commodores don't need Festus Ezeli to win a tournament after all.

Behind a combined 27 points from John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor and a clutch jumper by Brad Tinsley with 4.5 seconds left, Vandy won a tight contest over previously unbeaten Oregon State, 64-62, to capture the Legends Class Monday night at the Izod Center.

"We want to win championships and this is the start, so we got it and we're feeling good," Jenkins, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, said after being named tournament MVP.

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With the NCAA early signing period for basketball beginning on Wednesday, several top New York-area stars are still mulling their decisions and may sign late, while others appear on the verge of announcing.

JayVaughn Pinkston, a 6-foot-6 forward from Bishop Loughlin considered the top prospect in the Big Apple, hasn't picked a school yet and may or may not sign late.

"We cannot say definitively," New Heights athletic director Kimani Young said Wednesday morning. "There's still a possibility that he commits early.

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Rod Odom has decommitted from Arizona and is now headed to Vanderbilt instead.

"Yes," the 6-foot-8 Long Island native wrote Monday in a text message. "It's a better fit for me academically and its closer to home."

Odom, ranked No. 88 overall in the Class of 2010 and No. 19 among small forwards, initially committed to Arizona earlier this month.

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Rod Odom is headed West.

"I am an Arizona Wildcat," the 6-foot-8, 210-pound?Odom, a senior from Long Island who plays at Concord (Mass.) Middlesex,?said by text.

Reach by phone a little after 6 p.m., Odom said he made the decision "about 10 minutes ago."

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Rod Odom took his final official visit to Boston College this weekend and is now set to decide among four schools.

The 6-foot-8, 195-pound Odom out of Concord (Mass.) Middlesex?says he will choose one of the following four schools: Arizona, Boston College, Vanderbilt or West Virginia.

"I'm pretty much done taking visits," Odom said Sunday afternoon. "I'm just looking to talk things over with my family the next couple of days."

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Rod Odom, the 6-foot-8 wing from Concord (Mass.) Middlesex, is on his way to Arizona this weekend for his first official visit.

"I'm in the airport waiting to go," Odom, the No. 19 small forward in the Class of 2010, said Friday morning.

After the Arizona visit, Odom will take an official to Harvard next weekend and then? Boston College Oct. 3.

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Just got back from the Federer-del Potro U.S. Open final and I'm still a little shocked at what transpired...also a little sad that the Open is over. I'm a big tennis guy and these are two of my favorite weeks of the year.

Props to my boy Chris Chaney, the former Patterson (NC) School coach, who predicted del Potro earlier Monday (maybe before that). Someday I plan to cover Wimbledon and maybe even the Australian Open. So stay tuned for that...

Anyway, here are the hoops highlights of the night:

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Cameron Wright, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound combo guard from Cleveland (OH) Benedictine who initially committed to Ohio State, committed to Pittsburgh on Sunday night after visiting the school Saturday.

"Yes, I did about an hour ago," Wright said by phone.

Wright chose Pitt over an impressive slate of schools including Indiana, UCLA, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Cleveland State. Florida and West Virginia also showed interest.

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One of the hottest names on the AAU circuit this summer is J.J. Moore, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior wing from Brentwood, N.Y. who will play at South Kent (Conn.) this fall.

Virtually every Big East assistant I spoke with had interest in Moore.

Now he is in the process of planning his visits.

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I just finished up a story for the upcoming issue of Basketball Times on Canadian forward Tristan Thompson and thought I'd mention a few things.

I covered the Texas-bound Thompson during his stint at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, when he was listed at 6-foot-8, 215 pounds. He's now 6-10, 240 with a game that screams NBA potential. His mother, Andrea, said Tristan's great-grandfather grew to 7 feet.

Thompson just returned Tuesday morning from an 18-hour adventure home from the FIBA U19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. It was 13 hours from Auckland to Los Angeles and another five to his home in Toronto.

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Seton Hall picked up its first commitment of the 2010 Class when Fuquan Edwin verballed on Thursday.

He picked the Pirates over Providence, which he visited earlier this week.

Edwin, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward out of Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, made the commitment after visiting the school for two hours Thursday with several family members, including his mother, Anisa Thomas, stepfather, Hassan Hargrove, and grandfather.

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Duke guard Elliot Williams is leaving after one season because of family medical reasons.

He is expected to file an appeal for a waiver of the NCAA's year in residence transfer rule that would require him to sit out the 2009-10 season. Williams is seeking to transfer closer to his hometown of Memphis, Tenn., to be near his family.

He initially chose Duke over Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Memphis.

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Miami Dade point guard James Beatty has still not announced his decision despite the passing of the May 20 NCAA late signing deadline.

Despite an Internet report that Beatty was deciding between Rutgers and Miami, a source on the Miami staff said the Hurricanes were not recruiting Beatty.

"Not right now, we're not," the source said. "We decided that's not what we needed right now."

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