3/25 Recruiting Update

25 Mar

Andre Wesson

With the high school season officially over, all-star games taking place and the grassroots circuit still a couple of weeks away, this week was an ideal set of days for college coaches (especially those of whom have seen their own season end this winter) to work on recruiting. Many of Ohio’s top seniors had already signed NCAA Letters of Intent in the fall, however, the plot thickened around the Buckeye State this week, as two players terminated their letters of intent, as the recruiting situation remains as fluid as ever in Ohio. Here are some of the most notable headlines….

Frankie Hughes – ’16 Garfield Heights SG: With Louisville facing NCAA penalties and the program under a microscope right now, both parties felt that it was right to release Hughes, who signed with the Cardinals in the fall, from his letter of intent. Before committing to Louisville, Hughes received offers from other programs such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wichita State and other notable high-majors; however, it is unclear the recruiting situations of those schools now that several months have passed by. In Hughes, coaches will be drawn to his scoring ability, shooting stroke and passionate style of play, as he’s a versatile guard with considerable upside. While the only potential landing place that has been included in rumors so far for Hughes is Missouri (where Hughes’ high school teammate Willie Jackson is signed), look for both high and mid-major schools to jump all over the Garfield Height star in the coming weeks.

Maishe Dailey – ’16 Cleveland Beachwood SF: The college coaching carousel often leads to commits changing their minds and re-opening their recruitment; which is exactly the case with Dailey, a 6’7 wing forward who was committed to Rutgers before the Scarlet Knights relieved Eddie Jordan of his coaching duties. Dailey released a statement saying that he is still interested in getting to know the new coaching staff and will consider Rutgers again, but this late in the recruiting game we can expect a slew of high majors to target Dailey, who also is reportedly considering the prep school route as well. A smooth offensive player with a pretty shooting stroke, great length and a developing dribble game, Dailey screams upside on the offensive end, and will be highly recruited heading into the spring.

Andre Wesson – ’16 Westerville South SF: The 6’7 forward from the newly crowned Ohio D1 State Champions has received a lot of press for his play in the final four last week; however, this blurb is focused on Wesson’s recruitment. After heavy speculation for almost two months now, Ohio State extended a scholarship offer Wesson’s way this week, as the Buckeyes try to lure the versatile athlete to join his brother, 6’9 C Kaleb Wesson (2017), at the school where their father once played his college basketball. With schools like Toledo, Richmond, George Mason and some other in-state mid-majors still recruiting Wesson actively, there is still no timetable on when Wesson will announce his decision; although the rumor mill certainly favors the Buckeyes as the eventual landing place.

Kobie Johnson – ’16 Middletown PG/SG: After silently committing to NCAA D2 Notre Dame College, a Northeastern Ohio school, a month ago, Johnson made his verbal pledge official this week, announcing to the public that he will be attending NDC. One of the state’s top available guards, Johnson is a superb athlete as a scoring combo guard who can heat it up in bunches when he’s feeling his perimeter shot, or attack off of the dribble. Consider Johnson to be a candidate for early playing time at NDC once he adds some weight, as his skill is undeniable.

Montrece Collins – ’16 Toledo Whitmer SF/PF: A power athlete who came on late in the AAU season and then built upon that reputation with a strong senior campaign at one of Toledo’s top high school programs, Collins verbally committed to NCAA D2 Lake Superior State out of Michigan this week. Due to his toughness, athletic ability and upside, Collins was the target of several in-state and regional NCAA D2 schools, many of whom will be disappointed to see an out-of-state school land the talented forward.

Sterling Manley – ’17 Pickerington Central PF/C: It’s hard to earn a high-major scholarship offer; it’s even harder when you haven’t even played basketball lately due to injury. But that’s exactly what Manley, a 6’9 junior post out of the Columbus suburbs, did this week when he got the call from Nebraska. While the offer from the Huskers is Manley’s first Big Ten offer, it is not his first high-major offer, as West Virginia extended a scholarship offer to Manley earlier this winter, as have many of the region’s top mid-major programs. Currently nursing a double-compound fracture in his leg suffered in a game last month, Manley will be out of action for a while, but this evidently is not slowing down his recruitment.

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