Commitment Watch

28 Jun
Logan Hill

Logan Hill

We’re only a few days away from the start of the July evaluation period, where college coaches will get their final look at Ohio’s top prospects before the start of the new school year. However, before that period starts, some schools are moving quickly to try and secure commitments from their biggest targets, to avoid having another school swoop in and change that player’s mind after a big series of performances in July. Two such prospects from the Buckeye State made decisions over this past weekend, while plenty of other recruiting rumors were circulating as well. Here’s the latest scoop….

Markell Johnson – ’16 PG Cleveland East Tech: After being ranked as Ohio’s top 2017 prospect by this publication and several others, Johnson officially (after months of speculation) reclassified to the class of 2016. Johnson will play next year at North Carolina State, choosing the Wolfpack over Texas A&M, Louisville, Ohio State and others. A big time athlete and scorer, Johnson had been putting up great numbers in the Nike EYBL with King James, after having a final season at East Tech where he contended for Ohio’s Mr. Basketball award. While the departure of Johnson will leave the state without a premiere guard in the 2017 class, we do expect to see Johnson make an impact with the Wolfpack as a backup point guard to likely one-and-done NBA caliber talent Dennis Smith Jr, a fellow freshman next season.

AJ Gareri – ’17 PF Akron Ellet: A long, skilled and talented offensive player, Gareri went from a good to great mid-major prospect thanks to his play as a junior at Ellet, where he scored at will. Using that scoring ability as leverage to earn scholarship offers from several mid-major schools, as well as some high-major interest, Gareri ended the recruiting process early on Sunday, as he committed to in-state power Ohio University. Giving the Bobcats an offensive weapon that can replace the pick-and-pop ability to current star Antonio Campbell after his graduation, Gareri’s skilled game could be an ideal fit in the MAC, where his size and agility make him a tough matchup for opposing power forwards. While many thought that Gareri was likely to end up at Kent State or Akron, the Bobcats staff did a good job securing an early commitment from the 6’8 forward, who will finish up the summer live period with Ohio Basketball Club.

Logan Hill – ’16 PF Massillon Jackson: Another highly recruited prospect by in-state mid-major programs, Hill also made a verbal commitment within the last few days; choosing the Toledo Rockets as his future home for college basketball. Hill was the target of almost the entire MAC due to his athleticism, motor and rebounding ability, as he has proven to be an effective role player at the Nike EYBL level with All-Ohio Red, despite not having natural power forward size for the mid-major level. With Hill expected to make up part of the one-two scoring punch, along with Kyle Young, next year at Massillon Jackson, the Rockets staff made sure to get their commitment from the 6’6 forward early, as they held off other programs such as Bowling Green, St. Francis (PA), High Point and Florida Atlantic.

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