Offer Season Officially Here

15 Jun
Darrius Harper

Darrius Harper

The middle of June marks an important period in the NCAA recruiting process, as college coaches are able to freely call rising juniors for the first time. This inevitably leads to new scholarship offers for some of the top young prospects in the state, and is especially true with the 2016 class since Ohio is so strong from top to bottom with promising players. Here’s a look at some of the latest recruiting updates that have come across the ears of Triple Double Prospects…

  • Omari Spellman – ’16 North Royalton PF: After a huge spring on the Nike circuit with NYC Team Scan’s 16u team, we weren’t surprised to see Spellman attract a huge offer on the first day of the June recruiting period. The Florida Gators were the first school to pull the trigger on Sunday, extending an offer to the Cleveland area rising junior post player. Spellman has listed UNLV, Cincinnati, Miami (FL), Xavier and Cleveland State as early offers last month; while Villanova and Wake Forest both joined the party late in May by extending scholarship offers. Heading into July’s AAU evaluation period, Spellman will likely be the most watched 2016 prospect out of Ohio, as his combination of size and skill is quite rare for a player his age.
  • Matt Moyer – ’16 Gahanna Lincoln PF: One of Ohio’s most promising talents, Moyer showed signs of maturity over the weekend as TDP looked on at team camp at Xavier University. Playing against another top power forward, in Dayton Thurgood Marshall’s Derrick Daniels, Moyer was active and aggressive on both ends of the floor, attacking the rim and trying to dunk everything around the rim. Also showing the ability to step out on the wing and handle the ball, Moyer was impressive enough to earn an offer from the Musketeers during his team camp visit. Next, the Iowa Hawkeyes became the latest team to get involved in the Columbus area rising junior’s recruitment, as they also extended a scholarship offer over the weekend. With size, athleticism and high upside due to his intriguing skill-set, Moyer will be another Ohio 2016 prospect who will be heavily tracked in July by college coaches.
  • The University of Michiganoffered a pair of rising juniors out of Ohio during what we’ll call an “offer-spree” on Sunday morning, when Wolverines head coach John Beilein extended offers to both Seth Towns, a 6’7 forward out of Columbus Northland and Jon Teske, a 6’10 post from Medina. Both Teske and Towns attended Michigan’s elite camp last week, and must’ve proven to Beilein that they’re ideal fits for his unique offensive system that emphasizes extremely skilled players who can make shots. Towns spent the weekend at Xavier for their team camp with his Northland team, while Teske was on campus for team camp in Columbus at Ohio State. While at team camp, Teske pulled in another big scholarship offer, as the Buckeyes offered the in-state post prospect.
  • Speaking of Xavier’s team camp, TDP stopped by the event, conveniently located a mile from home for us, and came away particularly impressed with the Sunday performances of a pair of prospects out of Dayton Springfield HS. Class of 2016 post Darrius Harper and class of 2017 guard Danny Davis both played exceptionally well in Cincinnati, leading their team to a win over a very good New Castle (IN) team and a near-upset of Indianapolis (IN) powerhouse Pike High School. Harper is a powerfully built 6’7 post who might still be somewhat raw offensively, but can score around the rim effectively with his size, power and deceptively good footwork. The rising junior told TDP that he has an early offer from Northern Kentucky, and is accumulating interest from multiple programs, including Stony Brook and Xavier. Davis, a 6’1 combo guard, looks to be one of the premiere rising sophomores in Ohio, and is really skilled as a perimeter scorer with a strong build and good vision. Also a very promising football prospect, Davis shows a mature feel for the game and competitive poise that only comes from being one of the more experienced 2017 players on the varsity level.
  • Luke Kennard – ’15 Franklin SG: The Duke commit earned one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a high school player on Sunday morning, as the rising senior from Southwest Ohio was named to the United State U-18 National Team. Joining some of the nation’s elite talent from the class of 2015 and 2014, Kennard will be part of a twelve man squad who will compete this summer in the U-18 World Championships. Scouts in attendance noted Kennard’s efficient perimeter shooting and mature all-around games as primary reasons why he was one of the prospects selected for the team, where he will join fellow future Duke Blue Devils in Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones.
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