With the final live period for the month of July coming to a close, there's a lot going on in the recruiting world.
Three of Miami's biggest targets, Abdul Malik-Abu, Jared Terrell, and Zylan Cheatham, all cut their lists in the last 24 hours.
Abdul Malik-Abu, a consensus 4* power forward from New Hampshire, trimmed his list to 10:
NC State, Florida, Kansas State, Miami, Kentucky, Iowa State, UConn, Providence, UCLA and St. Johns.
Jared Terrell, a 4* shooting guard, also cut his list to 10:
Florida, UConn, Cincinnati, Providence, Miami, Ohio State, St. Johns, UCLA, Rhode Island and Xavier.
There is a lot of talk about Terrell and Abu, who both play for Expressions Elite, an AAU squad based out of the Northeast, being a package deal. If those rumors are to be believed, there are six schools remaining in the running: Florida, Uconn, Miami, St. Johns, Providence and UCLA.
Zylan Cheatham, the 4* wing man from Arizona, reduced his list of suitors to 8:
Washington, Arizona State, San Diego State, New Mexico, USC, Memphis, Oregon and Miami. For more about Cheatham, read the interview I did with him a few weeks ago. LINK
We're still waiting on word as to whether or not Miami will receive an official visit from any of these three players, but is encouraging that Miami has made their lists with so many other elite programs. I'll have updates for you as they get passed on to me.
Two other minor notes:
* Terry Larrier, an elite small forward from New York, is rumored to be cutting his list at the end of July. Or maybe September. We aren't really sure. Regardless, Miami will almost definitely make his list when he cuts it, and a Maryland blog even predicted that he will be attending Miami as recently as three days ago using the 247sports Crystal Ball.
* Ja'Quan Newton, believed to be the top point guard on Miami's board, tweeted that he would be cutting his list to 5 next week. There is talk of Newton being a package deal with 5* shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead, so Miami being on Newton's list could potentially be huge news. Stay tuned.