Top Remaining Prospects in Ohio 2012

27 Mar

With the spring signing period rapidly approaching for Division I and II colleges Triple Double Prospects decided to take a look at who was still left on the board this late in the process. What we found was 20 quality players still available and awaiting scholarships…….

Top Available D1 Prospects

Desmond Ridenour

  1. Rasheed Brooks – 6’5 SG/SF Lexington: One of Ohio’s most improved players, and under the radar gems, will be attending a prep school next year, meaning he will become a 2013 recruit. While he has yet to pick a school Brooks told TDP that he will be playing for an AAU team this spring and summer while deciding which prep school to attend. Brooks is a big time shooter that can create a shot off the bounce with a smooth mid-range game and a solid handle. With another year to get more bouncy and add muscle Brooks could become a solid mid-major recruit, as a 2012 recruit he was being targeted most heavily by Eastern Kentucky and Stony Brook but should see much more interest come his way now that he’ll be on the traveling circuit.
  2. Desmond Ridenour – 6’2 PG Cleveland Benedictine: An athletic and scoring minded guard with good vision Ridenour was featured earlier this week in a highlight video available below. The Cleveland guard has really seen his stock improve over the last few months and is attracting a variety of interest. Dayton, Central Michigan, Loyola-Chicago, and Indiana State are all recruiting Ridenour; while Akron, Toledo, Kent State, Ohio University, Florida International, and Niagara have extended offers. Ridenour is looking to make a decision in the later part of the spring but should be a good asset to a program with his playmaking ability and competitive court demeanor.
  3. Geovonie McKnight – 6’3 PG/SG Middletown: The combo guard’s competitiveness, athleticism, and slashing ability should make him a fit at the low-mid major level of Division I college ball. McKnight has really improved as a shooter both off the catch and off the bounce in his senior season and has showed a better ability to make good decisions as a point guard. Duquesne, Morehead St, Toledo, EKU, Farleigh Dickenson, and Georgia St are the schools after McKnight he reports.
  4. Evan Payne – 6’2 PG/SG Akron Firestone:  A super athlete who’s had quite the year, scouts have not forgotten about the one time Walsh Jesuit star. After spending some time at Huntington Prep (WV) the combo guard returned to the Akron area to graduate, but was unable to play high school basketball in Ohio. Athletically Payne is as special as there is, he truly plays above the rim. Payne knows how to use his elevation to create shot opportunities as he is a natural scorer who learned a lot about the point guard role in his time at Huntington Prep. Currently holding offers from Akron, Loyola Chicago, Cleveland State, Central Florida, and USC; along with interest from Nebraska; Payne is a hot commodity on the recruiting scene despite playing very little organized ball this winter.
  5. Brandon Neel – 6’4 SG/SF Fork Union Military (VA): A postgraduate player originally from Cincinnati LaSalle, Neel has used his year at Fork Union to develop his jumpshot. A high level athlete with some serious leaping ability Neel has the versatility to guard multiple positions. Now with a more overall rounded offensive game Neel is hearing from more colleges. Currently he lists offers from Central Florida, Marshall, and Northern Kentucky.

Others Available D1/D2 Prospects (Alphabetical)

  1. Orlando Berry Jr – 5’8 PG Cincinnati Taft
  2. David “DJ” Blanks – 6’3 SG Akron St Vincent St Mary’s
  3. Davonte Brunson – 5’10 PG/SG Akron East
  4. Chris Connell – 6’8 PF/C Cincinnati Woodward
  5. Malik Dime – 6’9 C Columbus Walnut Ridge
  6. Devin Foster – 6’1 PG Dayton Jefferson
  7. Darrin Harris – 6’5 SF Mason
  8. Antonio Hearn – 5’9 PG Akron Kenmore
  9. Terry Hopewell – 6’7 PF Columbus Independence
  10. Allsane Kah – 6’8 PF/C Columbus Walnut Ridge
  11. KeChaun Lewis – 6’2 SG Columbus Northland
  12. Jalean Lowe – 6’3 SG Cincinnati Taft
  13. Rozelle Nix – 6’10 C Cincinnati Withrow
  14. Carter Smith – 5’10 PG Upper Arlington
  15. Kendrick Williams – 6’1 PG Dayton Fairborn
  16. Paul Woodson – 6’7 PF Cincinnati Aiken
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