Williams Staying Home

22 Jun
Xeyrius Williams

Xeyrius Williams

A ninth rising senior from the Buckeye State made a verbal commitment to a D1 college over the weekend, as a suburban-Dayton forward decided to stay home and play for the Flyers. Here’s the full scoop on that commitment, plus other recruiting news and notes from around the state of Ohio, in TDP’s latest notebook…..

  • Xeyrius Williams – ’15 Huber Heights Wayne PF: Williams became the latest Ohio forward to commit to a well-known D1 program on Sunday, when the 6’7 skilled post made a verbal pledge to the Dayton Flyers. Just about a week after receiving the scholarship offer from coach Archie Miller, Williams saw enough during a weekend unofficial visit during Dayton’s team camp to go ahead and pull the trigger on a commitment, giving the Flyers their first in-state commitment of the class. A skilled forward who can face-up and shoot or pass, while also having length to impact the game defensively, Williams is a very good high-post prospect with a strong basketball IQ. The Dayton native also considered several mid-major offers, including a plethora of high-academic programs, before eventually deciding to stay home to play his college basketball. Led by Williams and fellow rising seniors Ahmad Wagner and D’Mitrik Trice, Huber Heights Wayne will likely be the pre-season #1 team in Southwest Ohio next season, and a top-five team in the entire state.
  • Tervell Beck – ’16 Cleveland Central Catholic SF: The top athlete in the 2016 class, Beck has already heard from Dayton, Xavier, Arizona State, Iowa State and UNLV in the month of June, according to his mentor Ant Burns. Beck had sort of an up and down spring on the circuit with King James, but could be poised for a breakout July, as sources in Cleveland are saying that the 6’6 wing is re-focusing on improving his ball-skills in an attempt to match his world-class athleticism.
  • Derek Funderburk – ’16 Cleveland St. Edward PF: Since the start of the June contact period, the 6’9 forward out of Cleveland has heard from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, Xavier, Iowa and others already. After a big spring with the King James Shooting Stars that led to Funderburk becoming a consensus top-50 national recruit, and also led to him earning an invite to NBA Top 100 Camp, Funderburk continues to rack up interest from the nation’s top programs. Combining skill, athleticism, size and a strong work-ethic, Funderburk has proven to have as much upside as anyone in Ohio in 2016.
  • Luke Kennard – ’15 Franklin SG: The Duke commit had a great start to his USA career, leading the United States U18 team with a game high 30 points in his team’s 156-58 win over Uruguay. Kennard will likely continue to play the role of long distance sharpshooter on the team, which features twelve of the nation’s best amateur prospects from the classes of 2014 and 2015.
  • Carlton Bragg – ’15 Cleveland VASJ PF: Bragg was one of the more highly praised prospects, according to reports that TDP read from several top scouting outlets, at the NBA Top 100 Camp this past week in Charlottesville (VA). In a camp targeted at giving NBA scouts their first look at top talent, Bragg produced some impressive numbers against the best in the country; including one 36 points outing where he appeared to focus on scoring on the interior with physicality. Bragg told media at the camp that he plans on cutting his list in September, with Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois and Ohio State being schools that are likely to make the final list.

Other News and Notes:

  • Jalen Avery – ’15 Cincinnati Shroder PG: Received his first D1 offer from Miami (OH).
  • MaCio Teague – ’15 Cincinnati Walnut Hills SG: Added an offer from Oakland to his list.
  • Noah Bramlage – ’15 Ottawa Glandorf PF: Added offers from Bucknell and Northern Kentucky.
  • Jaevin Cumberland – ’15 Wilmington PG: Army became the latest D1 school to offer the guard.
  • Marc Hughes – ’15 Youngstown Ursline PG: Received an offer from local D1, Youngstown State.
  • Anthony Christian – ’16 Akron Hoban SG: Received an offer from Kent State, his second D1 offer.
  • Yavari Hall – ’16 Warrensville Heights SG: Earned his fist D1 offer from Eastern Carolina.
  • Micah Potter – ’16 Mentor C: Received a big offer from Davidson over the weekend.
  • Frankie Hughes – ’16 Garfield Heights SG: After a big weekend at their team camp, Hughes earned a scholarship offer from Dayton while on campus.
  • Kaleb Wesson – ’17 Westerville South C: Ohio’s hottest 2017 prospect led a group of three Columbus based prospects on an unofficial visit to Ohio State last week.


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