Commitment Central: Basketball

Douglas Benton, NCP Editor
NorCal Preps

Gaskin off to Utah

Bishop O’Dowd shooting guard Naseem Gaskin made his commitment to Utah this past week. He took official visits to the Utes and Montana, which has taken an East Bay prospect in each of the last two classes.

The 6-foot-3 Gaskin is a two-way shooting guard who can get to the rim with his dribble, is a tough cover in transition and finishes through contact. His jump shot needs to improve to round out the arsenal. Defensively, he can guard all positions along the perimeter with his athleticism and length.

Gaskin is No. 5 in the 2018 post-summer rankings. He is the first commitment in this class for the Utes.

Johnson makes the call

Returning to St. Francis for his senior year, Logan Johnson’s time in California will be short lived after he announced his commitment to Cincinnati. Ranked No. 4 in the 2018 class, Johnson is in the initial commit in this class for the Bearcats.

Johnson was a summer standout for Tyler Johnson Elite showcasing himself as a very good athlete and scoring guard who can run the point. He has rounded out his game as a jump shooter and defender this summer.

Other finalists for Johnson were UCLA, St. Mary’s and UC Santa Barbara.

Pacific lands key local recruit

Recruiting in your local area is key for any program. In that vein, Pacific earned an important commitment with Pitman 2018 small forward Kaylin Randhawa. A 3-star prospect and No. 11 in the class, Randhawa was the breakout player of the summer.

She has good size at 6-foot-1, handles it well and can score at multiple levels. Randhawa provides defensive versatility and appears to still be on the upswing of the developmental curve.

McCurry commits to Rice

Ranked No. 15 in the 2018 class, Roseville post Ari McCurry has committed to Rice, which went 22-13 last year.

The 6-foot-5 McCurry is second best true post behind Folsom’s Shayley Harris, who played with McCurry with JBS and committed to UCLA.

McCurry has shown steady improvement with the frame to get stronger in the coming years.

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