City Series Recap

26 Oct
Jerome Hunter

Jerome Hunter

The competition was as intense as always this year at the All-Ohio City Series, a weekend long event pitting teams from each of the four high school grade levels from Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo against each other, as teams from across the Buckeye State descended on Reynoldsburg HS for the action. Triple Double Prospects was on hand for the entire weekend, as we were able to identify some really impressive young prospects while also getting news evaluations on known stars. Here are some of the players who stood out in games that we watched….

Chandler Fointrio – ’17 Huber Heights Wayne SG: Last year’s HHW team might have been filled with veterans, forcing talented players like Fointrio onto the junior varsity team. This year, however, we expect Fointrio to shine, as the speedy combo guard showed the ability to score in bunches on the drive. Fointrio played well in transition, attacked defenders with aggression and showed a competitive spirit on both ends of the floor; leading us to believe that he’s going to be one of the next guards to star at Wayne.

Jerome Hunter – ’18 Pickerington North SF/PF: Despite his immense talent, Hunter might actually be underrated statewide, as the 6’6 forward will be playing his first year of high school basketball this season. Hunter is an athletic and versatile forward with a polished skill-set and the ability to score from multiple levels, but it is his new found aggression and competitive edge that has TDP excited. Hunter was more aggressive with his dribble then we’ve seen from him before, as he attacked defenders and drew fouls at will, while also scoring from mid-range with his jumper. With his length and athleticism, Hunter has the ability to be the best player in Ohio’s 2018 class before all is said and done, and his sophomore season will go a long ways toward seeing if he realizes that potential.

Darius Bazley – ’18 Finneytown SF: If Hunter is the most talented forward in the 2018 class in Ohio then Bazley is a close second. A lanky 6’7 forward with pure guard skills and the athleticism to finish above the rim, Bazley was electric on Saturday as a versatile scorer with deep range and a smooth all-around offensive game. Playing at the Division III level in high school ball, Bazley floated under the radar some last year, but he’ll be among the top players in Ohio this season as a sophomore, as he continues to show all of the physical tools, skills and confidence to be one of the state’s premier forwards.

Caleb McConnell – ’18 Dayton Dunbar PG/SG: We first saw McConnell as an 8th grader as a talented and lanky guard with a smooth handle that can attack the basket. However, McConnell was both too skinny and too inexperienced to make a huge impact on the varsity last year. This year should be different though, as McConnell showed a newfound level of confidence as a scoring guard who can make plays for himself and teammates with the bounce. McConnell was particularly dynamic against the Cincinnati sophomore team, as he used his length and agility on the wing to setup jumpers, get by defenders with the dribble and create steals in transition; all essential skills for the Dunbar system.

Dale Bonner – ’18 Shaker Heights PG/SG: Bonner might not get the most hype out of the 2018 Cleveland prospects, but he’s certainly one of the most intriguing ones; as the long and athletic 6’1 guard has grown and looks to be improving his skill-set as a scoring guard with some upside. Bonner will take the helm at Shaker Heights this year as the next in a long line of talented guards, as it will be his job to create offense with his dribble game and ability to get into the lane. Also a versatile defender with the ability to shoot the ball, look for Bonner to be a breakout star in 2018 in the Cleveland area.

Devon Fouche – ’18 Euclid SF/PF: We were impressed with the upside and versatility of Fouche in our first ever viewing of him, as the 6’6 forward showed a skill-set that with some refinement should be effective both inside and outside. Additionally, Fouche has a strong build and good mobility for his size, making him a promising forward prospect to monitor as he gains more experience.

Abba Lawal – ’19 Cincinnati Walnut Hills PF/C: Lawal, a Nigerian import, clearly has the most height in Ohio’s freshman class at 6’11, but he also shows a lot of upside as a basketball player; as Lawal has good hands, can run the floor and shows instincts on both ends of the court. Most of his production right now is off of blocked shots, rebounds and dunks, but as he adds weight and gains experience look for Lawal to be a star in the 2019 class.

Taylor Currie – ’19 Worthington Christian PF/C: An experienced circuit product from the All-Ohio Red 2019 team, Currie is an athletic 6’7 post with a nice skill-set and excellent upside as a consensus top-ten talent in the class statewide. A likely immediate impact player at Worthington Christian, Currie has the agility to run the floor but also plays well on the interior as a traditional big man, all the while as he shows the ability to score from twelve-feet and in with touch and athleticism. As he gets stronger and teams begin to feature him more offensively, Currie could become one of the top talents in all of the state.

Samari Curtis – ’19 Xenia SG: While casual basketball fans might not be too familiar with Xenia as a program, they will be soon, as the Dayton suburb has an excellent prospect in Curtis, a 6’2 scoring guard. Curtis is both athletic and polished as a scorer, as he showed the ability to hit jumpers but was far better at attacking the rim at full speed to draw contact and score athletically. Already well built for his age, look for Curtis to be a top prospect in the Dayton area in his class along with Trotwood-Madison’s Amari Davis and Sidney’s Andre Gordon.

Best of the Rest: Craig McGee (’17 Cincinnati Roger Bacon), Harrison Riggs (’17 Toledo St. John’s), Christian Montague (’17 Dayton Chaminade Julienne), Khiry Shelton (’17 Pickerington North), Jaden Sayles (’17 Sycamore), Jay Joseph (’17 Worthington Christian), Tyler Golphin (’17 Cleveland Central Catholic), BJ Duling (’17 Newark), Reece Strohm (’17 Reynoldsburg), Dondre Palmer (’18 Pickerington North), Isaiah Payton (’18 Cincinnati Moeller), DiShon Daniels (’18 Cincinnati Walnut Hills), Robby Carmody (’18 Mars Area/PA), Deshon Parker (’18 Huber Heights Wayne), Emari Baddour (’18 Euclid), Ross Ryan (’18 Centerburg), Dwayne Cohill (’18 Cleveland Holy Name), Alec Pfriem (’19 Cincinnati Roger Bacon), Morgan Safford (’19 Columbus Bishop Hartley), Kemondre Muhammad (’19 Warren Harding), Brandon Rush (’19 Warrensville Heights), Jeremiah Keene (’19 Westerville North), Taevon Louis (’19 Lorain), Amari Davis (’19 Trotwood-Madison)

Three More Seniors Make Commitments

21 Oct
Andy Lucien

Andy Lucien

About twenty-four hours ago we posted about a trio of new NCAA D1 commitments from Ohio seniors. Well, in those twenty-four hours we’ve seen yet another three class of 2016 prospects make verbal commitments to NCAA D1 schools. Here’s the latest on the new commits, and how they might fit in at their respective schools…

Drew Rackley – ’16 New Concord John Glenn PG: The 6’1 smooth point guard became the latest member of the famed 2016 Team Work squad to come off the board on Wednesday, as Rackley announced a verbal commitment to Virginia Military Institute, an NCAA D1 program out of the Southern Conference. The Keydets are picking up a capable playmaker with a good handle, scoring ability and really good vision as a both a passer and slasher in transition. With his toughness and talent, expect for Rackley and teammate Matt Weir to have John Glenn favored to make it to the state final four this season.

Quinton Dove – ’16 Euclid PF: We’ve mentioned before that we believe that Dove might be the breakout player of the year among Ohio seniors; well, now we like his chances even more that he doesn’t need to worry about his recruitment while playing his final season. The super athletic 6’6 forward made a verbal commitment to Rider. The New Jersey based Broncos reached into the Cleveland area to scoop up Dove right before the fall signing period, beating out Buffalo and multiple other NCAA D1 schools that were monitoring Dove, as he’s been heavily hyped around the Euclid area since transferring in from Cleveland VASJ this spring.

Andy Lucien – ’16 North Olmsted SF/PF: Lucien might still be somewhat raw for a senior wing; but, man, is he athletic! The lanky 6’7 forward has great lift off of two-feet, can make the open three-point shot and still has a lot of potential left in his frame; all reasons why Cleveland State was happy to accept a commitment from Lucien on Tuesday night. Lucien chose CSU over UNC-Asheville and some other low-major NCAA D1 interest, giving the Vikings their latest in-state commitment. Just emerging onto the scene around a year ago, look for Lucien to put up some huge numbers in his final season at North Olmsted.

Commitment Watch: Three More D1’s Pop

20 Oct
Frankie Hughes

Frankie Hughes

As the fall signing period quickly approaches, college coaches are putting the pressure on their top senior (class of 2016) targets to make commitments. In the past few weeks we’ve seen many of Ohio’s top prospects make verbal pledges to NCAA D1 and D2 programs. However, the last few days have been particularly busy, as three Ohio seniors have decided where they’ll be continuing their careers after high school, with two of those prospects actually coming from the same prep program. Here’s the latest information on all three of those commitments….

Frankie Hughes – ’16 Garfield Heights SG: Just because everyone is talking about the Katrina Powell scandal when the name Louisville is mentioned doesn’t mean that the Cardinals have stopped recruiting; as legendary head coach Rick Pitino landed a commitment from Hughes, a 6’4 shooting guard out of the Cleveland area on Tuesday afternoon. Headed to a program known for producing NBA talent, Hughes is a long shooter that could fit nicely into a Pitino offense that always revolves around shooting the three-point ball and playing in transition. A confident passer and ballhandler who can do a little of everything offensively, Hughes is, in a way, the second Ohio prospect to commit to the Cardinals in 2016. Joining Hughes in Louisville’s fall signing class will be 6’6 wing VJ King, a talented prospect who spent his first two high school seasons at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s before moving to Virginia. Even though he’s committed to Louisville now, don’t expect Hughes to lose focus on his Garfield Heights team this season, as he’s part of a loaded roster that features fellow 2016 high-major commit Willie Jackson (Missouri).

Derrick Daniels – ’16 Dayton Thurgood Marshall PF: The in-state Miami (OH) Redhawks have shifted their focus to recruiting locally in a talented regional class in 2016, as picking up a commitment from Daniels late last week gave head coach John Cooper his second in-state pledge of the class. Daniels is an athletic and promising power forward who is still physically raw but has great length at the four-spot; which could mesh perfectly with Cooper’s full-court defensive philosophies. Joining Daniels in that class will be fellow Dayton area star Darius Harper, a recent commitment from Springfield, as well as Hargrave Military Academy (VA) PG Braxton Beverly, a native of Southeastern Kentucky. Landing Daniels in the early signing period represents a recruiting coup for the Redhawks and Cooper, as the athletic 6’8 forward was being pursued by several notable mid and low-major NCAA D1 programs.

Braun Hartfield – ’16 Garfield Heights SG/SF: Youngstown State picked up the latest commitment from a Garfield Heights senior on Tuesday, as the well-known prep program’s second NCAA D1 commit of the day decided to stay local and play for Youngstown State out of the Horizon League. While YSU hasn’t been known as a program that recruits heavily in-state, they should be pleased with their addition of Hartfield, a late bloomer who had various low and mid-major NCAA D1 offers. Hartfield is a physically impressive athlete with size on the perimeter and the raw, but developing, ability to score the ball in different ways. As he matures and gains experience playing against the best, something that he’ll get alongside Hughes and Jackson at Garfield Heights, look for Hartfield to be one of the big surprises in Northeast Ohio in his senior season.

John Lucas Camp Recap

4 Oct
Darius Bazley

Darius Bazley

With the location, date and management all changing (two of the three happening last minute), this year’s John Lucas Midwest Invitational faced some early challenges. However, as they have in the past, the folks at John Lucas Enterprises rebounded nicely, putting together another quality camp in Louisville, Kentucky, filled with over fifty future NCAA D1 players. Around fifteen Ohio natives took the floor at JLC, with several of them more than holding their own against elite competition. Here’s a rundown of Saturday’s action in Louisville, plus some recent recruiting news….

Darius Bazley – ’18 Cincinnati Finneytown SF: Bazley might have been the most impressive out of any of the Ohio players in the drill sessions of camp, as his skill level for his size at a slender 6’7 wing forward is very intriguing for a sophomore. Already being recruited at the mid and high-major level, Bazley furthered his exposure on Saturday by playing well in the games also, showing the ability to make lefty jumpers, finish athletically and both handle and pass the ball from the wing as a slasher or transition playmaker. One of the top prospects in Ohio’s 2018 class, expect to hear more and more about Bazley.

Vincent Williams – ’18 Toledo St. John’s SF/PF: Williams isn’t always going to be the tallest or most athletic player around, but we guarantee you that he’s always going to be one of the toughest and most detail-oriented guys. A 6’5 combo forward with a strong build and polished skill-set, Williams is a versatile combo forward who built upon a strong July on the AAU circuit by re-establishing himself with a solid showing at camp. Expect big things from Williams as a sophomore at St. John’s, as his abilities to rebound, defend, use his strength and make open shots make him a versatile threat.

Dwayne Cohill – ’18 Cleveland Holy Name SG: Already ranked as the best, or one of the best, in Ohio’s 2018 class, Cohill was one of two Ohio prospects at the camp who already holds high-major offers. As a long and athletic guard, Cohill has spent the fall working on making jumpers more consistently, adding weight to his frame and trying to add versatility by playing some point guard. The results at JLC were strong, as Cohill made open shots, but he was more impressive as a distributor in transition. We know Cohill can score at the rim off of the dribble, but if he can continue to add other parts to his game then there’s very little doubt that he’ll stay at the top of the ranking among 2018 guards in Ohio.

Malek Green – ’17 Cincinnati Taft SF: If you follow us on Twitter then there’s no secret that we think Green is Ohio’s most underrated prospect in 2017; and in our mind he furthered our point on Saturday with some strong play. Green used his 6’6 frame and combination of agility and athleticism to make plays on both ends, consistently playing with more effort than his counterparts. While Green’s jumper can be a bit streaky, the versatile forward excels in many other areas, particularly the ability to play with effort either inside or outside on both ends of the floor. Cincinnati Taft is loaded in 2015-2016, but expect the team to only go as far as Green carries them with not just his scoring but his versatility.

Jarius Ward – ’17 Lima Senior PG: A solid, tough guard who can play on or off the ball, Ward was effective on Saturday thanks to his effort and willingness to commit to defense. As he did on the circuit in July, Ward is happy playing a complimentary role next to other talented guards; however, his time will eventually come at Lima Senior after the departure next year of Michigan commit Xavier Simpson. Already holding an NCAA D1 offer, expect Ward to be a huge piece on a Lima Senior team that is capable of cutting down the news in March.

EJ Williams – ’18 Middletown C: With football season underway there’s no arguing that it is difficult for a player like Williams to have football all week and then try and compete at an invite only basketball camp; however, the 6’10 sophomore looked good in Louisville despite those circumstances. The gridiron seems to have helped Williams’ conditioning in a major way, as he seemed quicker, more toned and more flexible in drill work. Camp games certainly don’t benefit big men, but Williams was able to rebound and finish effectively, while going against great competition (including 2017 five-star post Jeremiah Tilmon, a 6’11 freak out of East Saint Louis, Illinois).

Darius Quisenberry – ’18 Tecumseh PG: We didn’t’ catch a ton of Quisenberry in actual game action, but he was impressive in drill work that we saw, showing off his polished jumper, handle and playing with toughness. One of our favorite guards in Ohio in 2018 because of his mindset and competitive demeanor, Quisenberry is quickly becoming a well-known name among college coaches.

Maurice Calloo – ’18 Geneva Spire Academy PF: We’re not sure if we’re going to include Spire Academy kids in our rankings in the future, as the Cleveland area school is loading up on foreign talent to play a non-OHSAA, national schedule; however, Calloo’s play warrants mention nonetheless. A sophomore Canadian import already highly regarded by national scouting services, Calloo is a versatile 6’7 combo forward who is currently more of a power forward trying to become a small forward. With all of the physical tools to be a great prospect, we’ll be eager to follow Calloo on a loaded Spire Academy team.

Jordan Mitchell – ’19 Gahanna Lincoln SF/PF: One of the few freshmen at the camp, and the only one heralding from Ohio, Mitchell more than held his own at JLC. Already standing around 6’6, Mitchell is a versatile combo forward with a mature feel for the game, a polished skill-set and the confidence to attack older competition. Playing alongside Michigan State commit Nick Ward and a few other talented players, look for Mitchell to make an immediate impact at Gahanna Lincoln this season.

Commitment Watch

Rodrick Caldwell – ’16 Huber Heights Wayne PG: Caldwell, our #2 ranked point guard in the state in the 2016 class, made a verbal commitment to Bowling Green last week. Choosing the Falcons over some other regional mid-major offers, Caldwell is a solid pickup for new BGSU coach Michael Huger.

Two More Commitments

25 Sep
Darrius Harper

Darrius Harper

It’s only been about twenty-four hours since our last recruiting update went live here at Triple Double Prospects; but as all readers know, the recruiting landscape can change that quickly. In that short time period, we’ve seen two more Ohio seniors make verbal commitments to NCAA D1 schools, while new information has also come to light about some other prospects. Here’s some more scoop to follow up on yesterday’s report….

Darius Harper – ’16 Springfield C: Harper, a massive post from the Dayton area, committed to Miami (OH) on Friday morning, ending speculation as to which sport he would be pursuing at the college level. While many thought that Harper would choose the football route based on his 6’8, 275 pound frame, the Springfield senior’s heart lied on the basketball court. Harper chose the Redhawks over several other mid-major offers on the hardwood and even some BCS level offers on the gridiron. In Harper, Miami (OH) head coach John Cooper is getting a physical paint clogger who has good hands and feet for his size, with the potential to be a pure back to the basket scorer. Conditioning and toning of his huge frame will be key for Harper as he makes the transition from Springfield to Oxford; but expect Harper to get plenty of running in this winter, as Springfield will be among the preseason favorites in the Southwest Region in Ohio.

Malik Smith – ’16 Cleveland Heights PF: Seemingly right after we published yesterday’s report, Smith committed to an NCAA D1 school on Thursday afternoon when he pulled the trigger in favor of UNC Asheville. An energetic, strong and athletic 6’6 forward, Smith will earn his scholarship money in the paint as a rebounder and defender as the coaching staff at UNC Asheville will try and develop Smith’s offensive repertoire. Smith burst onto the recruiting scene this July playing with TNBA, as a particularly strong performance at the Adidas All-In Classic really boosted his stock. Choosing UNC Asheville over a multitude of high NCAA D2 offers, as well as NCAA D1 offers from Air Force and Bryant, Smith certainly had plenty of options before settling on heading down to North Carolina.


Maishe Dailey – ’16 Cleveland Beachwood SF: Per his high school coach, Dailey, a super talented and late blooming 6’6 wing, will take a year of prep school after high school in hopes of finding a home in high-major college basketball. Dailey, who has over twenty NCAA D1 offers, is capable of qualifying academically for next season, but has chosen to become a 2017 prospect to give himself more time to develop his game and add weight.

Andre Wesson – ’16 Westerville South SF: Wesson took an official visit to George Mason this past weekend, as his recruitment still appears to be wide open.

James Manns – ’16 Columbus Walnut Ridge SF/PF: Added another NCAA D1 offer, this one from High Point. Last week Manns took an official visit to Bowling Green.

Evan Kuhlman – ’17 Lakota East PF: An emerging 6’7 combo forward with a lot of skill and developing confidence, Kuhlman added his third NCAA D2 offer of the fall, this one from Fairmont State (WV), on Friday morning. Fairmont State joins Christian Brothers (TN) and Hillsdale (MI) on Kuhlman’s offer list.

Marreon Jackson – ’17 Garfield Heights PG: Jackson’s name has been mentioned a lot this fall, as the 5’8 point guard will be visiting both Cornell and Kent state in the coming days, while he also added an offer from Buffalo.

Dylan Swingle – ’18 Paint Valley C: Swingle, a 6’10 center with a huge frame, has received visits from Dayton, Xavier, West Virginia and Ohio State this fall, per high school coaches.

Tracking The Ohio Commitments

24 Sep

The class of 2016 in Ohio made their latest mark on the recruiting landscape yesterday, as another one of the state’s top prospects committed to a high-major school. In one of the most talented and deep classes in recent memory, Ohio senior class now has twenty-four players who have already committed to NCAA D1 schools (with several others committed to NCAA D2’s) and it’s only late September! Here’s a rundown of the latest 2016 commitments, as well as a rare underclassmen commitment from around the Buckeye State….

Willie Jackson – ’16 Garfield Heights SF/PF: Jackson became the latest high-major recruit out of Ohio, choosing the Missouri Tigers at a press conference at his Garfield Heights High School in suburban Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon. Jackson selected Missouri just days after visiting their Columbia, MO, campus for his official visit, as the Tigers narrowly beat out schools like Boston College, Temple and Akron. In Jackson, Mizzou head coach Kim Anderson is getting a hyper-athletic combo forward with strength and energy who should really help the Tigers on the glass in SEC play. Jackson becomes the latest in a long line of Garfield Heights players to sign at the highest level, and Bulldogs coach Sonny Johnson probably still has one more on his hands this year, as wing guard Frankie Hughes is expected to commit to a high or mid-major NCAA D1 school later this fall.

Ennis Thomas – ’16 Westerville South SG: Thomas committed to NCAA D2 school Lake Erie College out of the Cleveland area earlier this week, the first of what would turn out to be two in-state commitments this week for LEC. Thomas is an athletic wing guard who was a huge piece in Westerville South’s run to the State Finals last year and also a reason while his team is picked to be among the favorites to capture that title this season.

Gabe Kennard – ’16 Toledo St. John’s PG: One of the top 2016’s in the Toledo area, Kennard, a powerfully built point guard who can also score, became Lake Erie College’s second in-state commitment this week, as he pledged to play for LEC on Tuesday. Combining with Thomas and Bedford power forward Lamont Rhodes, Kennard represents part of a three man class for the in-state school who not only secured three solid Ohio prospects but also three prospects from different parts of the state.

Blake Furcron – ’16 Elyria SG: To be honest, we’re only familiar with Furcron in name; as he’s been mentioned by Northeastern Ohio basketball minds as a potential sleeper in the 2016 class. But unfortunately, TDP has not had a chance to evaluate the high scoring wing. However, at least one college took note of the 6’2 scorer this past week, as Furcron committed to Ohio Dominican University shortly after being offered by head coach Dan Evans. The third NCAA D2 commit of the week from the 2016 class, Furcron is a prospect we hope to watch this year as a senior at Elyria.

CJ Fleming – ’17 Cincinnati LaSalle PG: Just about a week after Cleveland St. Edward point guard Tommy Schmock verbally committed to Findlay, Cincinnati LaSalle’s Fleming became the second point guard from Ohio’s 2017 class to verbally commit to an NCAA D2 program. The 5’10 floor general, known for his toughness, vision and scoring committed to Bellarmine, a top-10 NCAA D2 program out of Louisville, KY. In Fleming, Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport is getting his point guard of the future, as Fleming fits well into Davenport’s culture that emphasizes toughness and fundamentals.

Latest Ohio Recruiting News

20 Sep

The fall evaluation period has heated up in Ohio over the last two weeks, as regional schools as well as programs from over a thousand miles away have been in the Buckeye State to check out some of the top 2016, 2017 and 2018 prospects. While we haven’t seen an Ohio senior make a verbal commitment since back on September 9th when Lima Senior’s Xavier Simpson chose Michigan, that doesn’t mean that the senior class hasn’t been busy, as top players from the class have made visits all over the country. Here’s a rundown of the latest recruiting news from around the state….

Maishe Dailey – ’16 Cleveland Beachwood SF: Dailey has been a well known name in Ohio for only a few months, but that hasn’t stopped some of college hoops’ top programs from checking him out lately. Specifically, Dailey spent the weekend at Michigan these past two days, checking out a Wolverines program that has already landed verbal commitments from three Ohioans in the 2016 class. With over twenty mid-major offers, Dailey is now trying to land a coveted high-major offer before making his decision; as one of the top sleeper wings in the Midwest with plenty of untapped talent it wouldn’t be surprising to see Dailey wait until the spring to see which new programs join his recruitment.

Derrick Daniels – ’16 Dayton Thurgood Marshall PF: Daniels’ name hasn’t had as much buzz around it as it once did, but the 6’8 athletic front-court player still earned a valuable mid-major offer on Saturday, as the Miami Redhawks offered the local product. While college coaches still want to see Daniels add strength to play effectively at the next level, Daniels combination of size and athleticism would make him a potential all-league shot-blocker in the MAC or a similar conference, should he sign to that level.

Tommy Schmock – ’17 Cleveland St. Edward PG: Schmock became Ohio’s second 2017 prospect to make a verbal commitment this past week, when the 5’11 point guard from St. Ed’s decided to make an early pledge to in-state NCAA D2 powerhouse Findlay. According to Schmock’s father, Findlay was the offer that his son coveted the most, and the tough floor general was eager to jump on it when Oilers head coach Charlie Ernst extended the scholarship offer to Schmock this past week.

Several college programs have been making rounds in Northeast Ohio in the 2017 class this past week, as schools like Florida, Butler, Wisconsin, Michigan, West Virginia, Xavier, Clemson and others were seen watching the area’s top players, including Cleveland East Tech guard Markell Johnson, Massillon Jackson forward Kyle Young, Akron Ellet forward AJ Gareri and Warren Harding power forward Derek Culver. Florida made the biggest headlines of all the visiting schools, as the new Gators staff extended scholarship offers to both Johnson and Culver, making a statement that the SEC school is interested in recruiting in Ohio.

For up to the minute updates on visits, offers and to see which programs are evaluating which prospects, follow Triple Double Prospects on Twitter at @Corey_Albertson.


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