Andy Enfield photographed by Brian Chin | Daily TrojanMen’s basketball recruit J’Raan Brooks announced his decision to decommit from USC and reopen his commitment on Twitter last Friday afternoon. “Due to unforeseen circumstances stemming from the recent news that has come to light in regards to the Trojan basketball program — I have decided to reopen my commitment to examine other available options,” Brooks said in his tweet. “While USC is still very much a possibility, the uncertainty of their situation has led me to believe I should reassess my own.” Brooks, a 6-foot-8 forward from Seattle, becomes the first of head coach Andy Enfield’s three 2018 recruits to decommit from the program just three weeks after news broke of an FBI investigation of assistant coach Tony Bland and multiple other Power Five basketball schools.While Brooks is staying away from USC for the time being, the Trojans are still an option for the four-star recruit in the future — if Enfield and the rest of his staff escape NCAA sanctions.“I have nothing but the utmost respect for Coach Enfield, the rest of the staff, the school and fans of the program,” Brooks said. “However, I need to make sure what I do is best for my future, and ensure I am making an informed decision, while seeing how this process transpires.”Brooks has been quiet regarding potential schools of interest since his announcement last weekend. Washington, a school just three miles north of where Brooks played high school ball at Garfield High, is in the hunt for Brooks, along with Pac-12 rivals Cal, Stanford and Washington State.The rest of the 2018 class, four-star recruits Taeshon Cherry and Kevin Porter, remain committed to USC for the time being despite the allegations surrounding Bland, the Trojans’ head basketball recruiter.Cherry, a 6-foot-8 forward from San Diego’s Saint Augustine High, decided to come to USC due to his close relationship with Bland.“I have a good relationship with Tony and Enfield,” Cherry said in an interview withScout.com. “Their style of play really fits my style of play, and it’s a perfect fit for me.” Cherry is listed as ESPN’s 22nd-best player in the 2018 class and announced his commitment just days after Brooks.Fellow Seattle resident Porter, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from local Rainier Beach, remains committed to USC despite offers from UCLA, Memphis and Washington, among others.For now, Enfield brings back most of his 2016-17 roster, along with three top 2017 recruits in Charles O’Bannon, Jr., Victor Uyaelunmo and Jordan Usher. But questions still remain for the Trojans come 2018 and beyond. Along with senior guards Jordan McLaughlin, Kurt Karis and Elijah Stewart, starting junior forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu are expected to leave school early to try their luck in next year’s NBA Draft.With starting jobs up for grabs in 2018, USC could potentially land another recruit in Brooks’ place if he decides to forgo Enfield’s offer. Of ESPN’s top 100 recruits for 2018, just three have signed letters of intent. Along with local five-star center Bol Bol, USC is still in the hunt for No. 1 overall prospect R.J. Barrett and four-star prospects Elijah Weaver, Khavon Moore and Kamaka Hepa. Considering both Bol and Barrett have fielded offers from top-flight programs like Kentucky and Arizona, USC would be more likely to land Weaver, Moore and Hepa if Brooks elects to sign with another team.If those targets aren’t interested, Enfield and company could potentially save that scholarship for a top player in the loaded 2019 class. While top overall recruit James Wiseman is likely to stay put in the southeast,11th-ranked shooting guard Cassius Stanley from Sierra Canyon or 16th-ranked forward Onyeka Okongwu from Chino Hills could be drifting toward USC. Regardless of undecided recruits in 2018 and 2019, USC awaits the verdicts in the FBI investigations with fingers crossed. The Trojans open their season at home against Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 10.
Casillas’ candidacy wants to wait first to see how events unfold and how the Higher Sports Council reacts. Several experts consulted in the electoral processes in sport, mostly jurists, assure that this hypothetical request for the postponement would have all the options to prosper since it would be the most logical scenario and that, even, it would not have to be only a step to take in soccer, but in all the federations of territorial or national scope. In fact, yesterday the Andalusian Basketball Federation made public the cancellation of their elections until the social panorama improves. A decision that Irene Lozano is one step away from making with the RFEF before the advance of the coronavirus and the state of alarm decreed by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez.It would only be in the event that the CSD did not pronounce itself, when Casillas would ask for an audience to put this issue on the table once again, in the previous meetings with Irene Lozano, his requests for electoral delay were not met. By then, Casillas would already know if the Euro Cup and even the Olympic Games and various World Cups of various specialties, which were so tight on the deadlines, could have already been officially suspended. That and the fact that even the regional elections in Galicia and the Basque Country, for example, are on the wire and at this time it is debated when to hold them, it would make his wish that the duel with Rubiales scheduled for June be delayed a few more months not at all unreasonable. “You have to talk to a lot of people, there are 23,000 people who have to choose the 139 members of the Assembly who will vote for the president, and you have to travel Spain from end to end to speak to all levels with some trips and through some meetings that it will not be possible to do in a long time … “, assures one of Casillas’ partners in this battle that, although it is not yet known that copper is being fought in his name, he will soon announce it. Luis Rubiales was asked last Thursday in Las Rozas by the media about the presidential elections that are to be held in June. Especially in case this coronavirus crisis could change the process deadlines. The President of the Federation, appealing to caution and responsibility, was blunt: “I have nothing planned. I am concerned about the problem of the coronavirus. At the administration level, it remains 100% and the elections are an administrative act. We are going to focus in the coronavirus. Depending on the scenario, we’ll see what happens. ” Nevertheless, That possibility of the elections being affected is gaining weight after the last two days, in which the national problem has increased and the state of alarm has had to be decreed with very strict rules for all the autonomous communities without exception.The environment of Casillas, which is not only reduced as at the beginning of his pre-candidacy to his representative, his promoters and his closest collaborators, but also extends to the territorial presidents, coaches and players who have already given him this month in private their informal vote of confidence, they recognize off the record what They are encouraging him to ask for a postponement of the electoral process when the time is right. That movement could arrive in a matter of days, predictably on March 25, which is when Luis Rubiales had planned to resign as president on a protocol basis to open the electoral process, and especially when the general mood tempers a little and lowers the current state of panic over the pandemic that is punishing Spain and Europe. Taking a step now may seem selfish and unsympathetic. CSD sources have assured Ace that “the only priority for Irene Lozano, Secretary of State for Sport, at this moment is health. How could it be otherwise, the alert state will prevail over all other things, including the elections to the Federation “.