Commitment Watch: Three More D1’s Pop

20 Oct
Frankie Hughes

Frankie Hughes

As the fall signing period quickly approaches, college coaches are putting the pressure on their top senior (class of 2016) targets to make commitments. In the past few weeks we’ve seen many of Ohio’s top prospects make verbal pledges to NCAA D1 and D2 programs. However, the last few days have been particularly busy, as three Ohio seniors have decided where they’ll be continuing their careers after high school, with two of those prospects actually coming from the same prep program. Here’s the latest information on all three of those commitments….

Frankie Hughes – ’16 Garfield Heights SG: Just because everyone is talking about the Katrina Powell scandal when the name Louisville is mentioned doesn’t mean that the Cardinals have stopped recruiting; as legendary head coach Rick Pitino landed a commitment from Hughes, a 6’4 shooting guard out of the Cleveland area on Tuesday afternoon. Headed to a program known for producing NBA talent, Hughes is a long shooter that could fit nicely into a Pitino offense that always revolves around shooting the three-point ball and playing in transition. A confident passer and ballhandler who can do a little of everything offensively, Hughes is, in a way, the second Ohio prospect to commit to the Cardinals in 2016. Joining Hughes in Louisville’s fall signing class will be 6’6 wing VJ King, a talented prospect who spent his first two high school seasons at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s before moving to Virginia. Even though he’s committed to Louisville now, don’t expect Hughes to lose focus on his Garfield Heights team this season, as he’s part of a loaded roster that features fellow 2016 high-major commit Willie Jackson (Missouri).

Derrick Daniels – ’16 Dayton Thurgood Marshall PF: The in-state Miami (OH) Redhawks have shifted their focus to recruiting locally in a talented regional class in 2016, as picking up a commitment from Daniels late last week gave head coach John Cooper his second in-state pledge of the class. Daniels is an athletic and promising power forward who is still physically raw but has great length at the four-spot; which could mesh perfectly with Cooper’s full-court defensive philosophies. Joining Daniels in that class will be fellow Dayton area star Darius Harper, a recent commitment from Springfield, as well as Hargrave Military Academy (VA) PG Braxton Beverly, a native of Southeastern Kentucky. Landing Daniels in the early signing period represents a recruiting coup for the Redhawks and Cooper, as the athletic 6’8 forward was being pursued by several notable mid and low-major NCAA D1 programs.

Braun Hartfield – ’16 Garfield Heights SG/SF: Youngstown State picked up the latest commitment from a Garfield Heights senior on Tuesday, as the well-known prep program’s second NCAA D1 commit of the day decided to stay local and play for Youngstown State out of the Horizon League. While YSU hasn’t been known as a program that recruits heavily in-state, they should be pleased with their addition of Hartfield, a late bloomer who had various low and mid-major NCAA D1 offers. Hartfield is a physically impressive athlete with size on the perimeter and the raw, but developing, ability to score the ball in different ways. As he matures and gains experience playing against the best, something that he’ll get alongside Hughes and Jackson at Garfield Heights, look for Hartfield to be one of the big surprises in Northeast Ohio in his senior season.

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