Offers, Visits and More

26 Jun
Ryan Mikesell

Ryan Mikesell

July is getting closer and closer. With that, schools are trying their hardest right now to cement their position with top targets heading into next month’s AAU Evaluation Period, where D1 colleges will be on the road watching players compete in tournaments. This past week has been particularly busy for some of Ohio’s top targets, as new offers have been extended, and players have taken visits. Here’s the latest from around the Buckeye State….

  • Caleb Tregre – ’15 Cincinnati Walnut Hills PG: One of the great compliments for a point guard is being called “solid”. This means that you’re rarely going to see a turnover or a defensive error from this player, who usually plays a coach on the floor type of role. However, as much as coaches want a “solid” point guard, they covet a “really good” point guard even more. In the last year, Tregre has taken the steps to go from the former to the later, showing solid improvement since transferring into Walnut Hills. The small but passionate guard is a lockdown defender, handles the ball effectively against pressure and can score from long-range or with the mid-range pull-up. Tregre has become one of TDP’s favorite point guards to track because of his heart; but it’s also his head that has college coaches excited. The rising senior carries a near-perfect GPA, while also producing an ACT test score that qualifies him for the Ivy League. Columbia, Princeton and UNC Ashville are among the D1 schools showing Tregre interest at this point, to go along with D2 powerhouse Lincoln Memorial out of Tennessee. Playing on the circuit with the King James EYBL team, Tregre has showcased his game against the best, and will have one more summer and high school season to continue to prove to coaches that he belongs on the court.
  • Ryan Mikesell – ’15 St. Henry SF: Just two days after securing a commitment from a local prospect in Huber Heights Wayne PF Xeyrius Williams, the Dayton Flyers extended a scholarship offer to another local prospect in Mikesell. An AAU teammate of Williams’ with All-Ohio Black 17u, Mikesell had a standout spring on the circuit, including a signature performance on championship Sunday at the King James Classic in Akron during the April evaluation period. While he had been attracting mostly just mid-major interest up until the Dayton offer, several scouts have been quietly thinking that Mikesell could end up at the mid-major plus level. With his skill-set, size and smooth feel for the game, Mikesell has an offensive game that could translate well to college basketball.
  • Kipper Nichols – ’15 Cleveland St. Edward SF: As small forwards around the country begin to make commitments, high major schools are expanding their recruiting territory, looking for a hidden gem. Both Minnesota and Maryland must think that Nichols is one of those potential gems, as the two schools ventured into the state of Ohio to extend offers to the rising senior out of Cleveland. With his strength, versatility and toughness, Nichols should be one of the more closely tracked class of 2015 prospects in the state during the July AAU session.
  • Nick Ward – ’16 Gahanna Lincoln C: Ward’s name continues to grow in recruiting circles, as the Columbus area post picked up another high major offer this week, this time coming from Kansas State head coach Bruce Webber. The Wildcats join the Missouri Tigers as big programs that have offered Ward, who had a terrific spring on the travel circuit with All-Ohio Red’s 16u team. Ward also took an unofficial visit down to Xavier this week, after missing his chance to see the Musketeer campus earlier this month when his team participated in team camp, but Ward was at Nike Elite 100 Camp in Saint Louis.
  • Ohio State also had a busy recruiting week, as the Buckeyes hosted a pair of in-state class of 2016 stars on separate unofficial visits. First, Lima Senior point guard Xavier Simpson stopped by campus to visit the arena, which he just recently won the State Championship at as a sophomore at Lima Central Catholic. Then, local forward Matthew Moyer visited OSU as well. The visit was just one highlight in another hectic week for Moyer, as the 6’8 forward also received an offer from Butler and new interest from Connecticut.
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