Two Rival Cincinnati Big Men Headed to the MAC

20 Sep

Two centers from the same high school conference pledged to schools in the same college conference this week, headlining some busy recruiting action in the Buckeye State.

  • Isaiah Johnson– The Cincinnati Walnut Hills senior center committed to Akron on Thursday night. The 6’9 and 275 pound Johnson is the second in-state commitment for the Zips in the 2013 class, and could potentially complete their recruiting class. Johnson chose the Zips over Kent State, and was swayed largely by the style of play that Coach Dambrott’s team plays.

    Isaiah Johnson

  • Garrett Mayleben – The Cincinnati Milford senior power forward, who can also plays center, made the call to Bowling Green to commit to Coach Orr earlier in the week. The 6’9 athletic post chose BGSU over other interest from the MAC, as well as an offer from Wright State. Mayleben played AAU with Isaiah Johnson with the Cincinnati Lakers, and will play against Johnson twice in high school ball this year; possibly starting a friendly college rivalry in the Mid American Conference.
  • Zach McCormick – The Cincinnati Turpin combo guard from the class of 2014 had West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins stop in to check on his progress on Tuesday night. Huggins is approximately the tenth coach to check out McCormick this fall, while other high majors in Virginia and Penn State have also expressed interest in coming to see the athletic scoring guard.
  • Lamonta Stone – The 2015 point guard from Bowling Green has been a hot name of late, and it’s only getting better as Michigan swung down to watch Stone play open gym on Thursday night. Despite his height, at 5’5, Stone is an excellent playmaker with really good offensive instincts.
  • Jeff Thomas – The 6’5 wing from Norwalk has attracted a variety of suitors this fall with Kent State, Miami (OH), Akron, Ohio U, Wright State, Cleveland State and even Purdue all stopping by to watch the intriguing slashing scorer. Thomas could be one of the breakout players in Ohio’s 2014 class, after enjoying an excellent July session on the AAU circuit.
  • Cleveland Shaker Heights HS has two talented young players in ’15 SF/PF Esa Ahmad and ’14 SG/SF Rosel Hurley. Recently, coaches from Kent State and Cleveland State stopped by their open gym to check out the talented two forwards, both of whom had very good July’s with All-Ohio Red. In addition to Ahmad and Hurley, 6’3 senior wing Kash Blackwell is also being recruited at both the Division I and II levels.
  • Austin Gardner – The Toledo St. Johns senior point guard has seen a surge in his recruitment this fall, peaking earlier this week when staff from St. Bonaventure came to watch him workout. According to his AAU coach, Youngstown State and St. Francis (PA) will be coming to check out Gardner in the coming days.
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