Recruiting Update (July 2018): A Deep Dive on the 2019 Prospects
Over the past several years, July has been the busiest recruiting month on the calendar, with the major shoe companies (Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas) holding their major grassroots/AAU tournaments in a variety of locations across the country. Coaching staffs from every school are on the road for all three weekends, and the CCSU staff was one of them.
Donyell Marshall offered 5 scholarships over the period, which is a surprisingly low number compared to a lot of other schools out there. However, given that the Blue Devils already have one verbal commitment for the class of ’19 (Trey Tennyson), and that there are only two seniors on the roster, it’s reasonable that there will only be one or two available scholarships. It’s safe to assume that the staff has decided to focus their attention on a few select prospects.
According to Verbal Commits, the premier publicly available college basketball recruiting site, the CCSU staff currently has 27 outstanding offers for the class of 2019 (excluding Tennyson), including one Junior College player.
In terms of trends, it appears Marshall is going after two more players; a scoring guard, and a "long wing" who could play the 4 and/or 5 in the NEC. Despite losing Deion Bute to graduation this upcoming May, it does not appear a true center is a primary target.
Let's take a deep dive on those 27 outstanding scholarship offers, and see who the staff may be prioritizing. A few caveats: There may be players who were offered previously (i.e. in 2017), and those offers may not still stand. Also, there are some players on this list that are probably "Plan B" guys. Lastly, while Verbal Commits is great, it is not perfect.
Myles Baker (Chicago)- Baker is a pure shooter and scorer. He’s probably on the small side to be a P5 off-guard, but at 6’2” he’d fit really well at the 2 for a low major program. He’s got great form and lift on his jumper, and comes from a winning culture (Whitney Young High School). The Blue Devils offered him in July after seeing him play for Team Rose in the Gauntlet Series. Drexel and Kent St. also offered in July, and he holds previous offers Tulsa, Colorado St., Cleveland St., Milwaukee, and Saint Louis.
Moses Flowers (Boston)- A 6'1" combo-guard from Boston, Flowers saw his stock rise in the spring when he showed an improved handle in addition to his ability to knock down shots. CCSU was on him early, offering in April 2017, and I'd be shocked if they've backed off him. In June he's added offers from Robert Morris and Fordham, and previously held offers from Iona and LIU. NERR currently has Flowers as the #22 player in New England.
Jalen Hayes (Maryland)- Hayes is a lightning quick 5’11” pass first PG, who has also shown the ability to knock down open perimeter shots. The CCSU offer is currently his lone D-1 offer.
D.J. Robertson (North Carolina)- Robertson is a quick 5'11" true PG from Raleigh. He's most known for his handle and speed. and, in addition to his offer from CCSU, picked up two other offers in July; Winthrop and Northern Kentucky. Campbell offered in June.
Brandon Rush (Ohio)- A dynamic 6'2" combo guard, Rush was Prep Hoops Ohio's Breakout Performer of the Year and earned his offer after averaging 30 ppg in a grassroots tournament in April. Rush is a smooth lefty with range who took an unofficial visit to CCSU on June 22nd. He has offers from three other NEC programs: Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (PA) and Robert Morris.
Jamon Battle (Virginia)- A long and strong “3 & D” guy, the 6’5” long wing doubles as a WR on the grid iron and holds a football offer from Delaware St. He has no shortage of hoops offers, however, mostly consisting of low-majors (Robert Morris is the other NEC school to offer). FIU, Murray St. and Old Dominion are some of the more prestigious schools involved.
A.J. Bramah (Sheridan College- JUCO)- Shot 54.3/35.3/62.4 in his freshman year at Sheridan College (averaged 14 ppg and 10 rpg). Bramah’s recruitment took off this July during JUCO Advocate’s JA32 Showcase down in Florida, after which he received 17 offers. He’s an athletic 6’7” (showcased a 40” vertical), and reminds me of a more athletic Joe Hugley, though he’s not the quality of shooter Hugley is. He’d be an awesome “small ball 5” in the NEC.
Jack Glezen (Long Island/Loomis Chaffee)- Things have been quiet for the 6’8” local product since picking up an offer from Donyell Marshall in September. He visited Stony Brook back in June 2017, though Verbal Commits does not list him as having an official offer. Glezen did not crack NERR’s top 15 Connecticut rankings.
Ja’mier Fletcher (Pittsburgh)- Fletcher is big and strong at 6’7” 230 lbs., with CCSU and St. Francis (PA) being the first two programs to offer him. He does hold some higher level offers (UMass, New Mexico, DePaul), though those are all from 2017 and it’s unclear if they still stand. Bowling Green, St. Peter’s, and Wagner are the schools that offered during the summer.
Jaren Phillips- A strong 6'5" 205 lb. wing from Tampa, Phillips fits the mold of a "small ball 4" in the NEC. Verbal Commits (which lists him as a 4-star recruit) shows him as holding an offer from Virginia Tech from back in March of 2017, but things have been quiet on his recruitment since Troy offered in March of 2018.
Connor Raines (West Haven/Notre Dame)- A 6’6” 190 lb. shot maker described as playing with a high IQ, he also has offers from Hartford and Iona. He checks in at #13 in NERR’s Connecticut rankings after his strong play at the Under Armour challenge in July. There have been rumblings that he may choose to do a prep year and reclassify to the class of '20.
Jamil Riggins (Philadelphia)- Verbal Commits lists Riggins as 6’6” 200 lbs., but he’s physically imposing and really attacks the rim. He’s another lefty big who probably has the athleticism to be a stretchy-4 at the NEC level. He visited Siena back in June unofficially, and, per his Twitter page, will be announcing his final schools soon. Hampton, St. Peter’s, and Binghamton have gotten involved recently.
Dakota Rivers (Florida)- The 6’7” Rivers is the type of guy who would be a “small ball 5” in the NEC, but also athletic enough to see some time at the 4. He took an unofficial visit to Florida Gulf Coast in June, and also holds offers from FAU, FIU, Mercer and Stetson. CCSU is the lone northeastern school on him for the time being.
Preston Santos (Rhode Island/Woodstock Academy)- Santos has a ton of low-to-mid major offers, including a few of A-10 schools (UMass, URI, George Washington, and St. Bonaventure). Siena, Fairfield, Bryant and Buffalo are also involved. Santos is a high flying long-wing who is strong academically, and is currently #17 in NERR’s New England rankings.
Dereon Seabron (Virginia)- A long 6’6”, Seabron is first and foremost an athlete who has the ability to put the ball on the floor and finish at the rim. Mount St. Mary’s and Robert Morris are involved, as are a few MEAC schools.
Peter Sorber (New Jersey)- Sorber is a 6’7” 220 lb. big who picked up offers from two NEC schools back in July of 2017; CCSU and FDU. Since then, things have been quiet on the recruiting front for him.
Shawn Walker Jr.- A 6'5" wing from North Carolina, is described as a "glue guy" who can guard three positions. He holds offers from a variety of low mid-majors, including Buffalo and Gardner-Webb.
Guys worth keeping tabs on:
Jalyn McCreary (Georgia)- McCreary is long and athletic, another guy who could probably play a “small ball 5” in the NEC, but would likely be a stretchy, bouncy 4 at the high major level. After hearing from mostly mid majors prior to this summer (FGCU, Murray St., Jacksonville, UMass to name a few), his recruitment picked up during the summer with South Florida, Xavier, and Charlotte offering. It’s not a lock he ends up at a P5 school, but for now it appears CCSU would be pretty far down his list.
Naim Miller (Pittsburgh)- Miller is a 6’3” scoring guard who CCSU offered way back in September 2016. Miller visited Mount St. Mary’s last week, and confirmed offers from Stony Brook and Buffalo, with interest from Loyola (MD) and Drexel (no mention of CCSU).
Christian Ray (Pennsylvania/Haverford School)- Ray is another guy from the Pittsburgh area. He’s a 6’6” pure wing who does a lot of the little things, and is also strong academically. He’s on record as saying that Lehigh, Brown and Stony Brook are in line for official visits, though Jacksonville, Hartford and Rice have come calling recently. He seems to be eyeing more prestigious academic institutions.
Ray Somerville (Pittsburgh)- Somerville is a true 5 at 6’9” 235 lbs., and he really played well this summer. He stated that Loyola Marymount, URI and La Salle are in the best shape right now (he’s unofficially visited the latter two), and just last week picked up an offer from New Mexico.
Nate Spurlock (Virginia)- Spurlock recently announced his reclassification to the class of ’19, and is prepping at Massanutten Military Academy (same school that Seabron attended). Spurlock is a true big at 6’7” who hasn’t picked up a D1 offer since Jamion Christian offered (for Mount St. Mary’s) back in January 2017.
Players who have moved on:
James Bouknight (New York/MacDuffie School)- A guy who CCSU was on early, Bouknight has risen to 4-star status with his performance over the past calendar year, and has vaulted up to #5 in the NERR’s New England rankings. On 8/10, he announced his final 5 schools; Virginia Tech, Miami, VCU, Indiana, and UConn.
Tyson Etienne (New Jersey)- Etienne is a 6’3” guard who is a true shot maker and really took off at the Pangos All-American Camp in June. He holds offers from a variety of P5 schools, including Illinois, Maryland, Seton Hall, Auburn and Oklahoma. It’s worth noting that CCSU was the first school to offer Etienne a scholarship; nice job identifying talent by the Blue Devils coaching staff.
Jaden Frazier (Virginia)- Jamon Battle’s AAU teammate, Frazier is a 6’9” 220 lb. lefty big. He recently announced his final 6 schools, with CCSU not having been included (Coastal Carolina, Wofford, Western Carolina, Appalachian St., Murray St., and Chattanooga). Other schools left off include Quinnipiac, Kent St., James Madison and Austin Peay.
Tre Mitchell (PA/Woodstock Academy)- A year ago, Mitchell picked up his first D1 offer from the Central Connecticut State University. Now? The 6’9” 250 lb. beast has offers from Louisville, Notre Dame, Xavier, Vanderbilt and UConn, among others. He’s currently #4 in New England, according to NERR.
Kadin Shedrick (North Carolina)- Shedrick’s recruitment absolutely blew up in July, as he went from a mid-major prospect to a high major guy in the blink of an eye. A 6’10” true inside-outside threat, Shedrick will choose from a variety of P5 schools; Illinois, Providence, UConn, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, St. John’s and Xavier, just to name a few..