2016 Class Winding Down

13 Apr

D’Mitrik Trice

With the NCAA April Evaluation Period set to begin throughout the country at 6 PM on Friday evening, college coaches are quickly turning their attention from the class of 2016 to the rising seniors, the class of 2017. However, just when we all thought the dust was settled with the 2016 class, new recruiting intel is hitting the wire; as the Buckeye State still has some quality prospects who have either just committed to colleges or are still available. Here’s the latest pulse from around Ohio regarding the 2016 class….

Andre Wesson – ’16 Westerville South SF: Wesson capped a terrific senior season that included the Ohio D1 State Championship by committing to Ohio State, the same school that his father played at, on Wednesday afternoon in a signing day ceremony at his school. Wesson will join his younger brother, 2017 center Kaleb Wesson, as an Ohio State commit, as Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was able to secure a valuable in-state commitment. In choosing OSU, Wesson had to say no to both Butler and Richmond, two of the schools that really recruited him with great intensity. With Ohio State having lost several players to transfer in the past few weeks, Wesson could bring the defensive capabilities from a physical standpoint that the Buckeyes will need to build on what was a disappointing ’15-’16 season.

Frankie Hughes – ’16 Garfield Heights SG: After decommitting from Louisville late in March, Hughes made a verbal commitment to Missouri a few days ago, as the talented 6’4 wing guard has finally found a home for next season. Hughes, the third Division I signee from the Garfield Heights senior class, will have a familiar face on hand next season at Missouri, as he is joining longtime teammate Willie Jackson, an athletic 6’5 forward, on the Tigers roster. Since re-opening his pledge to the Louisville Cardinals, Hughes had attracted various high-major interest from around the nation, but he told the media that the family atmosphere and the opportunity to continue his career with his friend Jackson was simply too much to pass on in choosing Mizzou.

D’Mitrik Trice – ’16 IMG Academy (FL) PG: The 2015 graduate of Huber Heights Wayne is still on the board after spending his postgrad year at one of the nation’s most prestigious academies. However, Trice has seen his options list extend to great lengths in the past two weeks, as the 6’0 lead guard has added offers from Ohio State and Wisconsin to his list. Known as a floor general who can defend, make open shots and make good decisions with the ball, look for Trice to end up at one of those Big Ten schools next year (as most Ohio prospects with offers from the league eventually do).

Justin Sylver – ’16 Cleveland Benedictine PF: A powerfully built 6’7 forward from the Cleveland area, Sylver committed to D2 Edinboro (PA) last week, as he became the latest NE Ohio prospect to cross the state-line and sign with Edinboro. Sylver considered several NCAA D2 offers before choosing Edinboro, a school that offered him based upon the potential they saw in his strong senior season at Bene.


Now that those players are off the board (or in Trice’s case, almost off the board), who are the top remaining players from the Buckeye State who have not committed to a college yet?

Maishe Dailey – Cleveland Beachwood SF: Former Rutgers commit reopened things when the Scarlet Knights changed coaching staffs, and is reportedly juggling some high major offers as well as prep school opportunities.

LePear Toles – Canton Timken SG: An offensive force with versatility, the crafty lefty is still on the board.

Tervell Beck – Cleveland Central Catholic SF: Formerly a high-profile name in Ohio recruiting, it has been mysteriously quiet on the recruiting scene as the 6’7 Beck decides on his plan for next season.

Tre Cobbs – Lima Central Catholic PG: The two-time state champion is a great athlete who had an exceptional senior year with the T’birds.

Drew Rackley – New Concord John Glenn PG: A one-time signee with D1 Virginia Military Institute, Rackley asked for a release after winning the Ohio D2 State Title and is exploring other D1 options.

DJ Hoskins – Dayton Thurgood Marshall PG: A tough-minded defensive guard who can also shoot the ball, Hoskins is one of the better available point guards in the Midwest with grades.

Mason Baich – Dublin Jerome SG: Defender and athlete with a competitive streak, Baich has received D1 offers, and is seeking a high-academic fit for next season.

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