The Big 12 Conference is a league that has traditionally scoured the junior college ranks for talent, and this year is no different.
In fact, this weekend, three of the top players left on the board this spring at their respective positions are making visits to Big 12 programs.
Initially, 6-3 combo guard Jaison Williams was slated to visit Oklahoma last weekend. However, Williams' visit was moved to this weekend (Apr. 18-20) so that Kelvin Sampson could attend the Wooden Award ceremonies with Sooner senior Hollis Price.
Earlier this spring, Williams took his only visit to West Virginia, but according to CSI Head Coach Guy Beach, Jaison could be a Sooner by the end of the weekend if OU extends a scholarship offer to him in Norman.
Rutgers, Fresno State and others are waiting in the wings should the marriage between Williams and Oklahoma dissolve this weekend.
One of the fastest rising players in the JC Class of 2003, Cloud County's Dramane Diarra, is visiting his second Big 12 program in as many weekends.
JUCO Junction caught up with Cloud Asst. Coach Shawn Ellis on Friday, and he said that Diarra could make a decision upon returning from his weekend trip (Apr. 18-20) to Colorado. Last week (Apr. 11-13), the skilled 6-8 power forward from France visited Kansas State.
"I would think K-State is the frontrunner right now," Ellis said. "But a lot depends on what happens on his visit to Colorado."
Diarra averaged 15.7 points and seven rebounds per game in 2002-2003, helping the T-birds reach the Region VI semis in Salina, Kan., last month.
Back in the fall, Diarra visited Cleveland State and St. Louis, but neither program is still under consideration.
Pulley, the strong 6-2 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., is hoping to make his third home since leaving high school a permanent one. Prior to enrolling at Barton last fall, Pulley attended St. Louis University, where he played quite a bit as a true freshman in 2001-2002.
Like Diarra, Pulley is visiting his second consecutive Big 12 program in as many weekends. Last week (Apr. 11-13), Pulley visited Colorado. This weekend (Apr. 18-20), he is at Missouri.
Earlier this week, Barton Head Coach Ryan Wolf told JUCO Junction that Pulley has also pledged official visits to Arizona and Texas. Several other schools are hoping that Pulley will add a fifth visit to his slate, but Wolf said that Missouri will likely be Randy's last visit for at least a few weeks.
JUCO Junction will stay on top of all three players' recruiting scenarios until they reach a decision, so keep it here for the top JC recruiting information on the internet.