Ohio Recruiting Update

15 Feb

MaCio Teague

Playoff basketball starts as early as Thursday in Ohio, however, as readers of this site know, college basketball recruiting never sleeps. So, even in this most busy time of year for Ohio high school programs, there’s plenty of recruiting news to report from around the state. Here’s the latest on a few key college commitments, as well as a senior from Columbus who is getting some serious attention….

MaCio Teague – ’16 SG Montverde Academy/FL: Teague, a 6’3 shooting guard and class of 2015 graduate from Cincinnati Walnut Hills HS, committed to UNC-Asheville on Monday afternoon, giving the Bulldogs a solid scoring guard to build around in the future. No stranger to Ohio recruiting, UNC-Asheville had been recruiting Teague since his Walnut Hills days, before the high scoring guard decided to go the prep route at Montverde Academy. With a pure shooting stroke and a good offensive feel, look for Teague to play the spot-up shooting role early in his career before possibly transitioning to one of the Bulldogs’ go-to scorers.

Kyle LaMotte – ’16 SG Mason: An underrated athletic scoring wing from the Cincinnati suburbs, LaMotte attracted the attention of several regional NCAA D2 schools this winter as he led his Mason team in scoring, while also earning the top seed in the Cincinnati area in the playoffs. However, LaMotte’s recruitment ended somewhat abruptly on Monday evening, as the 6’2 senior scorer committed to NCAA D2 program Northwood out of Michigan. The second area player to commit to Northwood, joining Cincinnati Moeller PG Nate Georgeton, LaMotte will bring athleticism, scoring and upside to the GLIAC program, who has made it a habit of coming across the Michigan border to recruit Buckeye State talent.

Marreon Jackson – ’17 PG Garfield Heights: It’s uncommon to see a high school junior make a commitment this time of year, but sometimes you just know which school is the best fit. That was the case with Jackson, one of the top junior point guards both in the Cleveland area and the entire state. Jackson earned scholarship offers from several mid-major programs, but made a surprise commitment to Toledo on Monday afternoon, giving the Rockets their first 2017 commitment. With great speed, ballhandling ability and deep range on his jumper, Jackson is a competitive and fiery point guard who has learned how to distribute the ball to talented scorers while playing on a loaded Garfield Heights team. In a 2017 class without many point guards currently being recruited at the mid-major level, give the Toledo Rockets a lot of credit for getting an early commitment out of Jackson.

Andre Wesson – ’16 SF Westerville South: The only player on this list not to make a commitment on Monday, Wesson has made more and more recruiting headlines as the season has gone on for his talented Westerville South squad that is looking to make another run to the state final four. With programs like George Mason and Richmond hoping to earn Wesson’s services, things are getting more competitive, as Ohio State has jumped into the equation. With the Buckeyes having already secured a commitment from Wesson’s’ younger brother, ’17 C Kaleb Wesson, Andre will be taking an unofficial visit this week, as the Buckeyes host Michigan. A versatile 6’6 forward who is a jack of all trades and who can defend several positions, look for Wesson to be Ohio’s most heavily recruited senior heading into the high school postseason.

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