More Names off the Board

5 Nov

After another weekend of commitments from around the region, the smoke is starting to clear some on the Ohio/Kentucky front. Ohio’s top available senior is now committed to a Big XII school, while the new top available player is down to just a pair of Big Ten powerhouses.

Devin Williams

  • Devin Williams – The 6’8 power forward from Cincinnati, who is spending his senior season prepping at Montverde Academy in Orlando, FL, made his decision public on Saturday evening when he chose the Mountaineers of West Virginia and coach Bob Huggins. Credit the work done by assistant coach Erik Martin as a huge factor in Williams recruitment, as the aggressive rebounder and low post scorer chose WVU over his other two finalists, Ohio State and Memphis. Williams should provide half of a dangerous freshman one-two punch next year when he is joined at West Virginia by Columbus native Elijah Macon, a 6’9 power forward with dangerous athleticism. Macon is currently spending a year of prep school at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. A top 100 prospect, Williams was previously Ohio’s best available senior and will now pass the torch on to Nigel Hayes.
  • Nigel Hayes – The 6’7 Toledo Whitmer forward narrowed his list from three finalists to just two on Sunday when he scratched Stanford off of his list. Hayes is now down to just Ohio State and Wisconsin. With Devin Williams turning down the Buckeyes to head to WVU there is a definite possibility that OSU pushes even harder, and eventually lands, the athletic, tough and versatile forward. Also helping OSU’s cause is that they have a commitment in 2013 from fellow Toledo native, and Hayes’ friend, Marc Loving. Wisconsin will not be outdone however, assistant coach Lamont Paris has a reputation for pulling stars out of the Buckeye State, and the Badgers have already secured the commitment of Bowling Green PF Vitto Brown in 2013.
  • Lou Manniaci – An athletic 6’6 power forward from Cooper HS in Northern Kentucky, Manniaci made a verbal commitment to Division II Lincoln Memorial on Sunday; giving LMU their second big man commit in 2013 to go along with Canton McKinley’s Mike Mills. Manniaci is an alumni of Ohio AAU team Shining Stars.
  • Terry Rozier – Fans remember Rozier as a graduate last spring from Cleveland Shaker Heights, well now Rozier is doing a postgrad year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia before heading to the University of Louisville. One of the most talented teams in the country, Hargrave has given Rozier the keys to the car as the 6’2 point guard is the primary facilitator of offense. Rozier made national headlines last week when he scored 33 points in a scrimmage against another national powerhouse from Virginia, Oak Hill Academy. Consistently ranked in the top 75 in the country, Rozier’s year at Hargrave could see his stock swell even higher.
  • Trevell Beck – The 2016 wing, who already stands 6’5, from Cleveland Central Catholic is quickly joining the conversation of being among the top two freshman players in Ohio, along with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s shooting guard VJ King. After showing off his scoring ability, playmaking abilities off of the dribble, and insane athleticism at both the Buckeye Prep Fall Showcase and the Nike All-Ohio City Series, Beck is already beginning to hear from high major programs, and could be the next big thing to come out of Cleveland if he continues to add weight and develop the rest of his skill-set.
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