In his popular "Shooting Threes" column today on ESPN's college basketball recruiting section, senior analyst Dave Telep reports that Brewster Academy (N.H.) post-graduate forward T.J. Warren is down to four schools -- North Carolina, NC State, Florida and Georgetown.
You can read the entire column here (Insider only).
The surprise cut for Warren -- a Durham, N.C. native who is the No. 23 overall player in the Class of 2012 -- had to have been Kentucky, which is in the running for several other top uncommitted prospects as well. Telep explains:
T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy) is down to four schools: NC State, North Carolina, Florida and Georgetown. On Monday, Warren texted me and said he’s no longer considering Kentucky. Exactly what does that mean? Did UK chop him from their list or did he slice the Wildcats? The answer lies somewhere in between.
What happened to Warren -- or what happened with Kentucky depending on your point of view -- can be seen two ways. The gist of what happened is likely that Kentucky didn’t view Warren as a top tier small forward target. They are actively, heavily and with great zeal pursuing Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman), Alex Poythress (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast) and Devonta Pollard (DeKalb, Miss./Kemper County).
“I just didn’t feel like I was their main guy,” Warren said. “And the communication wasn’t there.” Translation: the Wildcats either liked their other targets better (plausible given the headliners) or didn’t feel great about landing Warren or they didn’t put the same time and communication resources into T.J. for all of the above reasons.
I tweeted on Monday night that “Kentucky no longer on the list.” I picked my words carefully. At the time, I didn’t know if UK had dropped T.J. or he’d dropped them. It’s this gray area that is often times difficult to discern. You try and do your best to report what happened but the reality is, the devil is in the details and the details can be tough to determine.