Four Seniors Commit D1

11 Sep
Corry Long

Correy Long

The fall recruiting season has officially kicked in to top gear, as the later part of this week marked the start of the period in which NCAA D1 college coaches were able to visit senior prospects for in-home visits, as well as stop by high school campuses to evaluate prospects at open gyms and/or workouts. Combine that with the fact that players from all over the state are taking official and unofficial visits to colleges, and it is becoming harder and harder to keep up with all of the latest Ohio recruiting news. One thing that can be easily tracked, however, are verbal commitments; and that is precisely what this article will focus on, as four seniors from the Buckeye State have made commitments over the last week. Here’s a look at where each of them will be playing their college hoops….

Correy Long – ’17 PG/SG Cincinnati Hughes: One of the top ranked combo guards in the state of Ohio, the 6’3 playmaker committed to Stony Brook on Friday, giving first year head coach Jeff Boals his first commitment from an Ohio prospect (after Boals had spent the last several seasons as Coach Thad Matta’s right hand man at Ohio State). Choosing Stony Brook over Ball State, Bethune Cookman and Evansville, Long should have a chance to make an early impact on Long Island, thanks to his ability to handle the ball and create plays in the paint for himself and teammates. With several other 2017 and 2018 Ohio prospects having received offers from Stony Brook, it will be interesting to see if Long’s commitment sparks a new trend among Ohio prospects in choosing the Long Island based program.

Nick Muszynski – ’17 C Columbus St. Charles: A late-blooming 6’10 post who had a productive July with Ohio Basketball Club, Muszynski ended his recruitment on Saturday, committing to Belmont while on his official visit. A lanky post player who is still developing as an athlete, the commitment from Muszynski was probably looked at as a long-term investment by the Belmont staff, as they have a history of targeting Ohio big men with skill-sets who slip under the radar. Muszynski reminds us of ’13 Cincinnati St. Xavier C Tyler Hadden, who also signed with Belmont after sliding under the radar among in-state mid-major programs.

Caden Sanchez – ’17 C Columbus DeSales: Just a few days after returning from his official visit to High Point, a South Carolina based D1 program, the 6’7 senior post from Columbus DeSales made his verbal commitment to the Southern Conference school. Sanchez, a strong bodied low post player who earned some college offers this past spring on the travel circuit with Indiana Elite, continued the trend of Ohio players to consider High Point, as the school has made a habit of offering prospects from the Columbus area. In a senior class that is full of big bodies, Sanchez has always been one of TDP’s top ranked post players, due his ability to use his size to carve out position in the lane.

Jon Williams – ’17 PG Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s: Williams became the latest guard from the prestigious Akron STVSM program to commit to a D1 school, as the 6’0 point guard made his pledge to Robert Morris, a Pittsburgh based program in close proximity to William’s hometown of Akron. In Williams, Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole is getting a cerebral floor general who can really shoot the ball from the outside, does not get rattled by pressure and is a team oriented player. Williams chose Robert Morris over several interested MAC schools, and could be seen down the road as a “steal” for the Pittsburgh based program to get him out of the state of Ohio.

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