Two 2019’s Commit

6 Feb
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Deuce McBride

It seems to be a little early for Ohio’s top 2019 prospects to be committing to colleges, but that has been the case in the last 24-hours, as two high profile wing guards from the Southwestern part of the Buckeye State have made verbal pledges, becoming the third and fourth NCAA D1 commits in the current junior class.

6’3 SG Samari Curtis out of Xenia HS was the first to pull the trigger, committing to the Xavier Musketeers on Monday night. A pure scoring wing averaging 30 PPG in his junior season, Curtis has set the GWOC (Dayton’s D1 public league) on fire this season with his ability to make perimeter shots as well as slash to the rim and create opportunities for himself or teammates. An All-Ohio Red product on the Nike circuit, Curtis also considered interest/offers from Cincinnati, Dayton and many top mid-majors programs before selecting the Musketeers.

Less than 24-hours later, Cincinnati Moeller’s Miles “Deuce” McBride, a 6’1 combo guard, joined Curtis as a high-major 2019 commitment from Ohio, as McBride chose to pledge to West Virginia. A tenacious defender with athleticism and versatility, McBride should fit perfectly into the “Press Virginia” style that Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins favors, while McBride also showed an ability to make shots in bunches this past July playing with the Cincinnati Lakers. While McBride has missed this entire season with a foot injury suffered during football, expect his return this spring to solidify his standing as one of Ohio’s top 2019’s.

Curtis and McBride join two Columbus area prospects in Pickerington Central PG Jeremiah Francis (North Carolina) and Upper Arlington SF Max Martz (Penn) as 2019 prospects from Ohio who are committed to NCAA D1 programs, while they also join Wyoming PG Joey Edmonds (NCAA D2 powerhouse Findlay) as the second and third basketball prospects to commit to colleges from the Cincinnati/Dayton area.

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