Recruiting Update: April 4, 2018
I plan on doing regular recruiting updates going forward. How regular? I don’t know. Maybe once per month, more frequently when the situation warrants. Most information is found via verbalcommits, which is a great resource for any hoops fan.
One thing of note: when looking at future recruiting classes, the player names are irrelevant at this point (unless they’ve committed). Focus more on the positions/sizes/types of players that are being recruited. Also, positions are per Verbal Commits and do not represent where they will be playing in college (i.e. SF are usually PFs in college).
Scholarships available: 3 (Mustafa Jones, Shakaris Laney, Austin Nehls)
Scholarships filled: 3 (Michael Underwood and Carrington Wallace (signed), Will Ellis (verbal)
Scholarships available: 3 (Eric Bowles, Tyler Kohl, Deion Bute)
Scholarships filled: 1 (Trevian Tennyson (verbal))
Scholarships available: 4 (Tyson Batiste, Joe Hugley, Chris Williams, Harrison Kay)
Scholarships filled: 0
On the day word came out that Nehls was transferring, 6’2” 180 lb. PG Will Ellis signed with the Blue Devils. Ellis, who is from New York City, prepped at Cheshire Academy where he led the team with 14.8 ppg, 6.1 apg and 5.7 rpg. He also did this.
6’5” Michael Underwood and 6’7” Karrington Wallace both signed during the fall signing period.
Underwood, a “big wing”, is a shooter who provides length but needs to put on some weight before he can bang on in the interior. He’s shown some nice footwork putting the ball on the floor, but is unlikely to have the lateral quickness to play the ‘3’ in the NEC. Underwood is from Fort Worth, TX, playing at Southwest HS, where he missed a large chunk of this past season due to a knee injury. The good news is he was able to return toward the end of the season. CCSU was his lone D1 offer. Any minutes for Underwood will likely come as a backup 4 specifically behind Hugley, who struggled staying out of foul trouble last season.
Wallace is a “big”, described as a “very athletic, high-energy player who can step out and shoot, as well as block shots” by Donyell Marshall. He played for national power Archbishop Wood High School in Philadelphia, and had offers from Sacred Heart, NJIT, Binghamton and Towson. Wallace will likely have an opportunity to step right in and earn minutes off the bench at the 5 (and possibly the 4 in a big lineup).
Donyell Marshall and staff have done a nice job identifying talent, as numerous players identified early in the process have committed at Power 5 schools. Chris Doherty, from Marlborough, MA, committed to Notre Dame back in November, while New Jersey kid Alanzo Frink recently committed to South Carolina. Additionally, Tyrese Martin (Talek Williams’ HS teammate) committed to URI and talented guard Tavin Lovan is heading to UAB.
A few local kids secured D1 scholarships recently. Matt Veretto, a 6’7” F from East Catholic HS, chose Delaware over CCSU. Meanwhile, New Haven’s Joe Kasperzyk, who played last season at Woodstock Academy, signed with Bryant and new coach Jared Grasso. Kasperzyk is a 6’2” combo guard who I thought would have fit well on CCSU’s roster. However, the Blue Devil staff never offered.
Speaking of Grasso, he’s hit the ground running, handing out almost 20 scholarship offers within his first few days on the job. I have a feeling he’s going to get that program back quickly.