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Weekly Notebook: Recruit changes name to honor mom, top 2015 recruit ready to decide


12:52 AM, Nov. 20, 2012 EST

Karl Towns with his parents, Jacqueline and Karl. Towns, the top recruit in the Class of 2015, will make his college decision on Dec. 4. / MyCentralJersey.com

On the eve of the early signing period last week, Lincoln (Tacoma, Wash.) swingman Tre’Shaun Lexing legally changed his last name to Fletcher to honor his mother, Bobby Fletcher, for putting him in position to earn a scholarship to Colorado, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Lexing is the last name of Tre’Shaun’s half brother’s father.

Five years ago, Bobby moved the family from Arkansas to Washington to keep her kids on the right path. It was there that Tre’Shaun became one of the top players in the state, earning scholarships from schools like Colorado, Oregon, Gonzaga, Arizona State and Washington State.

He averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds last season.

"I'd probably have a kid by now," Tre’Shaun told Yahoo!. "Because all my friends that I talk to still, have kids. I'd probably have a kid or probably be in jail. So I love her for that. I appreciate her for that."

Tre’Shaun signed with the Buffs during a ceremony on Nov. 14.

2015's top hoops recruit to decide in December

St. Joseph’s (Metuchen, N.J.) center Karl Towns, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2015 class, will make his college decision on Dec. 4. Towns has offers from Rutgers, Florida, N.C. State, Kentucky and Duke.

He played on the Dominican National Team this summer, which was coached by Kentucky John Calipari.

Nichols gets a Twitter boost after commitment

Briarcrest (Eads, Tenn.) forward Austin Nichols had heard stories of players losing Twitter followers after they commit to a school. Fans from the schools that players don’t pick typically hit the “unfollow” button fairly quickly.

But Nichols’ experience was drastically different when he picked Memphis over Duke, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Auburn two weeks ago.

“I actually had my followers go up on Twitter,” Nichols said. “I went from 2,500 to 3,200, so that was pretty good for me.”

If you want to add to that total, you can follow Nichols @a_nichols33.

Hoops Commits

Brethren Christian (Cypress, Calif.) center Mamadou Ndiaye to UC Irvine… Inglewood (Inglewood, Calif.) point guard Brandon Randolph to Xavier… Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) forward Jordan Bell to Oregon… The Rock School (Gainesville, Fla.) Joel Embiid to Kansas.

Football Commits

A&M Consolidated (College Station, Texas) defensive end Jimmie Gilbert to Colorado… Boone (Orlando, Fla.) running back A.J. Turman to Georgia… Irving (Irving, Texas) offensive guard Rami Hammad to Baylor… West Mesquite (Mesquite, Texas) safety Kameron Miles to Texas A&M.

Follow Jason Jordan on Twitter @JayJayUSATODAY.

 

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