Dartis, Hughes Staying Home

11 Aug
Jordan Dartis

Jordan Dartis

Two more Ohio class of 2015 prospects joined the list of committed players in the past twenty-four hours, as a pair of scoring guards committed to D1 college programs located within the borders of the Buckeye state.

First, on Sunday night, Youngstown Ursline combo guard Mark Hughes committed to Wright State and their head coach Billy Donlon. Then, Newark shooting guard Jordan Dartis made a verbal pledge to new Ohio University head coach Saul Phillips, the first in-state commitment for Phillips since he took over for Jimmy Christian this past spring.

In finishing up their recruiting journey, Hughes and Dartis couldn’t have taken too more different paths.

Both prospects were highly sought after by mid-major schools, as Dartis has been consistently ranked by Triple Double Prospects as the second best shooting guard in Ohio’s 2015 class, while Hughes skyrocketed up the rankings after a strong summer with his DB Hoops AAU team, and is now ranked among the top point guards in the class.

First with Hughes, the WSU Raiders are getting a scoring point guard who can really shoot the ball with range. Hughes is a gifted offensive player with a deliberate style to his game, and he has shown the ability to be a real playmaker in pick and roll situations. With a pretty good frame for a high school guard, the Youngstown product should be able to contribute on both ends in the competitive Horizon League.

Dartis, who hails from the outskirts of the greater Columbus area, is a strong combo guard who has spent most of his career playing off of the ball. He’s a streaky scorer who has shown the ability to knock down long-range shots, but is even better in creating shot attempts off of the bounce. Having proven himself time and time again over the course of three summers with his All-Ohio Red AAU team, the Newark product is definitely one of Ohio’s top rising senior prospects.

While Wright State and Ohio University get to celebrate the fact that they landed a quality in-state guard, many regional programs are disappointed to have missed out. Before making his decision, Dartis was also weighing either interest or offers from several MAC and Horizon league teams, as well as Minnesota and Kennesaw State. Hughes chose WSU over a couple of other D1 offers, including one from local program Youngstown State.

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