Recruiting Update (5/6/18)
Since our last update, Donyell Marshall received verbal commitments from JUCO forward Jamir Coleman and combo-guard Ian Krishnan, who will be replacing the departing Eric Bowles and Talek Williams. The incoming class is now five deep (Michael Underwood and Carrington Wallace have signed, while PG Will Ellis committed at the end of March), and while it hasn’t officially been announced yet, there’s a high probability that next year’s roster is now finalized.
With that, the coaching staff has turned towards the 2019 class (and beyond). As things stand now, Coach Marshall has just two scholarships available, with 6’4” guard Trevian Tennyson (who verbally committed in March) taking one of them.
The coaching staff has been busy lately, as the last two weekends in April represented the last “Evaluation Periods” until July. Marshall seems to be specifically targeting bigs, which makes sense given Deion Bute’s pending graduation, but has also offered a pair of wings, and a couple of point guards. Onto the notes:
The CCSU staff offered a pair of AAU teammates (Team Loaded 804 out of VA) after watching them at the Gauntlet Series Regional qualifier in DC two weekends ago. Jamon ‘Doc’ Battle, a 6’5” wing, is an explosive athlete and finisher who has shown an ability to shoot from deep. His teammate, 6’9” 220 lb. big Jaden Frazier, is a strong rebounder who has an improved jump shot. Both players also picked up offers from Austin Peay, while Eastern Kentucky also offered Battle. Both guys have a variety of low/mid-major programs after them.
At the same tournament, Shawn Walker Jr. and Kadin Shedrick (AAU team Garner Road out of NC) caught the staff’s attention, enough to garner scholarships. Walker, who is listed at 6’5”, is a tall combo-guard who can both handle the ball and shoot it. He had a huge weekend, with some big time programs (St. Louis, Rice, Butler) checking in on him. The same can be said for Shedrick, a lanky 6’10” 190 lb. big who, in addition to picking up offers from a few min-majors, has added Rice and Ole Miss to the list (Nebraska offered pack in October). He’s new to basketball, but is quickly turning into a prospect.
Three other bigs targeted by the coaching staff over the last couple of weeks is Ray Somerville (6’9” 235) from Pennsylvania, 6’7” Dakota Rivers from Florida and 6’7” Jalyn McCreary from Kennesaw, GA. Rivers also picked up an offer from FIU (Conference USA), while Somerville added offers from URI, Towson, Canisius and Toledo. McCreary, a physical lefty, was offered by Murray St., Georgia Southern and Georgia St.
Brandon Rush (Ohio) and Jalen Hayes (Maryland) were the two PGs Marshall went after. Rush, a 6’0” lefty, put up some big scoring numbers at a tournament in Pennsylvania over the weekend (averaged 29 ppg). Hayes, who is listed at just 5’11” and 155 lbs., only has the one D1 offer so far.
While the staff is clearly focused on the 2019 class, they did extend an offer to ’20 prospect Quevian Adger, a 6’8” big who can step out and hit shots from deep.
According to Verbal Commits, the number of open offers for the Class of ’19 currently stands at 21 (excluding Tennyson). Three of those players, all offered last summer, have seen their profiles take off. Tre Mitchell, a 6’9” big who plays at Woodstock Academy, has an impressive list of schools vying for his services, including Notre Dame, Xavier, Vanderbilt, UConn, Creighton and Illinois. Tyson Etienne, a PG from New Jersey, has a list including DePaul, Maryland, Dayton and Illinois. And James Bouknight, a SG from The MacDuffie School (where Kashaun Hicks played) has picked up offers from VCU, UConn, Minnesota, Temple and Kansas St.
Things will likely be quiet on the recruiting front over the next few months, as the next Evaluation Period begins July 11. The July Evaluation Period is a big one, and is where the staff identified both Krishnan and Tennyson.
Scholarships available: 5- Mustafa Jones, Shakaris Laney, Austin Nehls, Talek Williams, Eric Bowles
Scholarships filled: 5- Michael Underwood and Carrington Wallace (signed), Will Ellis (verbal), Jamir Coleman (verbal), Ian Krishnan (verbal)
Scholarships remaining: 0
Scholarships available: 2- Tyler Kohl, Deion Bute
Scholarships filled: 1- Trevian Tennyson (verbal)
Scholarships remaining: 1
Scholarships available: 5- Tyson Batiste, Joe Hugley, Chris Williams, Harrison Kay, Jamir Coleman
Scholarships filled: 0
Scholarships remaining: 5