Weekend recruiting news

Vanderbilt was the big winner during the Holiday weekend, and Maryland scored big right after the Holiday.

Jones will give Vandy length and athleticism inside.

Finding a quality post player was the top 2013 recruiting priority for Vanderbilt. No. 42 ranked big man Damian Jones of Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville Magnet School will fill that need for the Commodores.

At 6-9, 220-pounds, Jones is a long and active athlete with a developing offensive skill package.

Jones has a No. 70 247Composite ranking.

Tuesday morning Maryland received good news when former Xavier guard Dezmine Wells announced he would transfer to Maryland.

Wells is a powerful athlete who thrives on attacking the basket and can guard multiple positions.

He also visited Kentucky, Memphis and Oregon before choosing the Terrapins.

Wells is hoping to receive a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible immediately.


- Colorado picked up its first commitment in the 2013 class from four-star guard Jaron Hopkins of Mesa (Az.) Dobson High School.

- Connecticut snagged its second 2013 commitment out of New York. Four-star forward Kentan Facey had previously committed to the Huskies. Over the weekend he gained a running mate in Brooklyn (N.Y.) South Shore guard Terrence Samuel.

- Tony Bennett went all the way to Encino (Calif.) Crespi Carmelite High School to land point guard London Perrantes. He joins four-star guard Devon Hall in the 2013 Virginia recruiting class.

- Craig Robinson reached even farther to grab Dutch National Team player Olaf Schaftenaar. A 6-9 forward, Schaftenaar will play this season for Oregon State. His brother Roeland Schaftenaar recently played for the Beavers.

- BYU added a three-star big man Luke Worthington of Mequon (Wisc.) Homestead High School to its talented 2013 recruiting class.

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