The list of 2018 Recruits Decommitting Lengthens from Bribery Scandal

COURTNEY RAMEY 2018 RECRUITS Courtney Ramey | Photo | Todd Burandt | adidas

Since news broke that the FBI had been investigating a college basketball bribery scandal, the list of 2018 recruits de-committing is only growing.

September 27th, 2017

The first to reopen his recruitment was EJ Montgomery, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Wheeler (GA) High School. Montgomery’s father broke the news Wednesday to Scout just a day after the news broke that Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person was involved in the bribery scandal. The 6-foot-10 forward is ranked as the no. 25 player for the class of 2018, per 247 Sports. He was the only 2018 Auburn commit thus far and have since allowed season ticket holders refunds.

With the news of Rick Pitino being placed on unpaid administrative leave, IMG (FL) Academy 6-foot-3 combo guard Anfernee Simons announced his decommitment from Louisville on Wednesday via his Twitter account. Simons is the No. 12 overall player and the No. 1 combo guard for the class of 2018, per 247Sports.

Less than 30 minutes after Simons announcement, Courtney Ramey, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Webster Groves (MO) High School, withdrew his commitment from the Cardinals, per Eric Bossi of Rivals. Ramey is the No. 37 overall player and the No.1 player in Missouri, per 247Sports.

September 28th, 2017

On Thursday evening, Oak Ridge High (FL) 6-foot-6 shooting guard Antwann Jones announced his decision to decommit from Oklahoma State and reopen his recruitment.

“Due to the recent events that have taken place, my family and I have decided it’s in my best interest to de-commit from Oklahoma State University,” Jones said via a statement released on Twitter . “This decision wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it’s for the best. I appreciate all the love and support from Oklahoma State fans.”

Jones is ranked No. 71 overall and the No. 13 shooting guard in the country, per 247Sports.

October 4th, 2017

2019 6-foot-5 shooting guard David Johnson announced his decommitment from Louisville.

“I’ve decided that I’ll be reopening my recruitment,” Johnson told Evan Daniels of Scout. Johnson originally pledged to Louisville on Sept. 15th. With the bribery scandal leading to Pitino’s recent departure, he has decided to reopen his recruitment. Kentucky and Xavier were two schools that showed significant interest in Johnson before he committed.

Johnson is No. 61 overall and the No. 9 shooting guard per 247Sports for the Class of 2019.

October 13th, 2017

J’Raan Brooks announced via Twitter he was withdrawing his commitment to USC and will reopen his recruitment and explore other options.

“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 a statement released via Twitter. “While USC is still very much a possibility, the uncertainty of their situation has led me to believe I should reassess my own.”

“I have nothing but the utmost respect for coach Enfield, the rest of the staff, the school, and fans of the program,” Brooks continued. ” 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 entire process transpires. Thank you.”

October 19th, 2017

Jahvon Quinerly, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Hudson Catholic (NJ), decommitted from Arizona on Thursday. The top 20 point guard committed to the Wildcats in early August.

“After careful consideration, my family and I have determined it is in my best interest to retract my verbal commitment to the University of Arizona,” Quinerly said in a statement released via Twitter.

“I’d like to thank my extended family and fans for your continued support. Your positivity and kindness never goes unnoticed.”

According to 247Sports, Quinerly is the No. 14 overall player for the Class of 2018 and the No. 3 point guard. Quinerly was considering Kansas, Seton Hall, Stanford, Villanova, Virginia and UCLA prior to his commitment to Arizona.

Here is a list of remaining commitments to schools in question from the FBI scandal:


– Shareef O’Neal
– Brandon Williams


– Taeshon Cherry
– Kevin Porter

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