Hoop news, notes & nuggets: Several players adding schools of interest; transfer updates


Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Jakarr Sampson is regarded as Ohio’s top prospect in the Class of 2011.

2011 combo forward Jakarr Sampson’s recruiting is “blowing up” according
to Don Anderson who coaches the Akron SVSM stand out with the King
James Shooting Stars 16U hoop team. Sampson, though, isn’t the only Ohio player whose stock is rising. We take a look at Ohio’s rising stars and some players who will be wearing different uniforms this winter.

2011 combo forward Jakarr Sampson’s recruiting is “blowing up” according to Don Anderson who coaches the Akron SVSM stand out with the King James Shooting Stars 16U hoop team.

Sampson is hearing from a lot of Big East schools including his favorite at this point Cincinnati.

“UC’s playing style fit him as he will be playing the three in college,” Anderson noted.

Michigan State, Ohio State, Pitt, Notre Dame, and Miami (FL) are on the 6-foot-8 junior-to-be heavy as well.

Cincinnati is also looking at 2011 Devontae Beard a teammate of Sampson with King James and Akron SVSM. The 6-foot-2 Beard has exploded this spring/summer. Look for him to do some big things during the high school season for the loaded Irish.

North Canton Hoover’s 2011 point guard Nyles Evans (5’10) has offers to Wright State and Akron. With his brother at Wright State, look for him to  land there.

Cleveland St. Ignatius 6-foot-4 small forward Shonn Miller is hearing from Cleveland State and Akron.

Akron Firestone’s 2011 Darius Carter is drawing looks from Cleveland State, Kent State, and Akron. The Vikings and Gary Waters would like him to visit.

Zach Price (6’9/2011) from Lakewood St. Edwards is being recruited by all the heavies, but Anderson believes one team in particular is at the top of his list.

Where does Anderson believe the big man will end up? Stay tuned…

2011 Toledo St. John guard Cheatum Norrils is getting ready to start football, but Bowling Green is starting to pursue him for hoops. A lot of teams are staying away from him because they aren’t sure what direction he will take (football or basketball).

2011 big Nate Anderson (6’9/Teays Valley) and 2010 power forward Raphael Carter (6’7/Olentangy) will be getting evaluated by their respective colleges this season. Anderson’s recruiting is picking up after a huge national tournament.

2011 wing Traevon Jackson of Westerville South is currently participating in the Pro-AM Summer League in California. Jackson has offers from Akron, Cleveland State, Miami (OH), and Ohio University.

Trey Burke has some scheduled college visits on the horizon starting this weekend in Athens, Ohio to visit Ohio University. The 2011 Columbus Northland point guard will be headed to Cincinnati next Wednesday followed by Penn State on September 5th, and Baylor on October 24th. Burke and Gahanna Lincoln point guard Stevie Taylor are really starting to separate from the pack of 2011 Ohio point guards.

Trey Lewis, a 2011 guard from Garfield Heights, is lining up his visits and we will have those when available.

6-foot-8 2011 Strongsville wing forward Aaron White is visiting Akron on Friday. He will be heading to Happy Valley to visit Penn State on September 5th. White holds offers from Akron, James Madison, and USC with many more to come.

2011 power forward Will Weeks (6’7) of Garfield Heights missed the national tournament with a broken foot, but don’t be concerned his recruiting will be just fine.

“Will could end up in the MAC or Horizon,” All-Ohio Red 16U boss Benji Burke said. “He has great foot work though he is not real athletic, but he can out craft the opponent on the block. He is the best scoring post in 2011 for Ohio in my opinion.”

2012 big man Kenny Kaminski of Medina is drawing high praise from many including All-Ohio White 16U coach Ed Lyshe.

“Oh man, he is legit,” Lyshe stated. “He is a great shooter, long and a smart player with huge upside.”


We have been following the transfers since March, and there are many we have not received but for the most part we have tried to keep up to date with the heavies.

Here a few more:

Anthony Jackson (6’1)- transferring from Galloway Westland to Gahanna Lincoln.

Dwayne Basemore (6’8)- transferring from Harvest Prep to Walnut Ridge

Reese Rogers (6’7)- transferring from Franklin Heights to Walnut Ridge

Shawn Flemming (6’1)- transferring from Dayton Dunbar to Dayton Northridge

Geron Tate (6’5)- transferring from Westerville South to Harvest Prep

Junior Fortunat (6’9)- transferring from Canada to Akron SVSM
*Fortunat played with the Ohio Basketball Club 16-and-under squad.

Peter Kpan (6’7)- the Franklin Heights big man is trying to decide between Gahanna Lincoln, Walnut Ridge, and Columbus Northland. Perhaps his best options may be either Dublin Coffman, Westerville North, or Westerville South.

Random Thoughts:

Watch out for Strongsville in 2009-2010 with a front line of 6’9, 6’8, and 6’4 things could be looking up. Deverin Muff, Aaron White, and Ray Hamilton will lead the Mustang frontcourt, and with some guard play watch out.

The Cincinnati Royals didn’t get a lot of publicity this AAU season, but these three kids were certainly holding their own in Sardina Eastern Brown’s Tyler Knabb, Cincinnati Roger Bacon’s Willis Flemming, and King Mills’ Spencer Berlekamp.

Our friends at High Major Scoop, are saying keep an eye on Pepper Pike’s Terrance Marshall.

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