Boys Basketball Recruiting Updates: Interest, offers picking up for many


Jefferson junior Adriean Payne continues to be one of the country’s most sought after recruits. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

Hoop fans, here’s a dose of recruiting news for you. Which colleges are courting which players? We know…

Here’s your Hoop News….

2010 Recruiting News:

Brook Turson (6’3/200) 2010 wing of Plymouth High School is down to two schools, Central Michigan and Robert Morris.

“I visited Robert Morris last Friday and really enjoyed my visit,” Turson said. “I have an official visit set for the weekend of September nineteenth to Central Michigan.”

Anton Hutchins (6’4/210) 2010 small forward of Lima Senior has no offers yet, but is hearing from Dayton, Penn State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Xavier.

Hutchins was the leading scorer, leading rebounder, and a three-year starter at Lima Senior. He scored his 1,000th point last year, and was a part of All-Ohio Red 17-and-under national championship team.

The 6-foot-4 veteran is looking for big things this year at Senior.

“I think we can definitely make it to the district and hopefully make it to the state tournament,” Hutchins lamented. “I am going to do my part in trying to make that happen.”

JJ Huddle checked in with Lyndhurst Brush’s Nate Tait this past week to find out the latest with the 5-foot-10 point guard.

Tait said that he has no offers yet, but is hearing from Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Western Michigan, Wright State, and Youngstown State.

Tait is waiting patiently.

“I played pretty good all summer, and now I am just waiting for an offer,” Tait stated.

We asked the youngster how is overall game is coming along.

“My jump shot definitely is my weakness, but I have been working on it all summer so it is almost there,” Tait explained. “My strengths are really everything else in a point guard.”

Adriean Payne (6’10/2010) of Dayton Jefferson’s final five are Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, and West Virginia. Though, many have said that only two dogs are in the fight with Michigan State and WV.

Bryan Theriot (6’9/260) 2010 center of Berea Midpark is getting major interest from West Point and Youngstown State. The big man had an unofficial visit to Youngstown State over the weekend. Theriot is improving every time out.

Rakim Reed (6’5/220) of Canton Timken has two new offers from Pitt and Iowa State for football. Reed is also a hoop standout.

Greg Brown, a 5-foot-10 guard of Freemont Ross High School, has committed to the University of Michigan for football (CB).

Caleb Watkins, a 6-foot-3 and 194-pound quarterback of Middletown, committed to Bowling Green for football. Watkins is also a member of the basketball team.

2011 Recruiting News:

Blake Justice (6’2/175) 2011 wing of Peebles High School has been offered by Albany.

“They will be coming down this Thursday to watch me work out,” Justice said. “Then I go there on the September twenty-fifth. I go to Akron on the twenty-fourth and Miami (OH) on October third. I have already visited Wright State, which all schools have said they are going to come to open gym. I have not scheduled a visit yet for Eastern Michigan or Ohio University and Notre Dame has been sending me a lot of stuff lately.”

Justice told JJ Huddle that he has been working out every day to improve his ability and strength.

Zach Wasson (6’6/212) 2011 wing forward of Orrville is hearing from Ashland, Ball State, Wright State, and Penn State. He has no offers yet. Wasson carries a 3.2 GPA.

“I have been working with a trainer all summer on ball handling and shooting,” Wasson mentioned. “My coach is moving me to small forward this season.”

Brandon Neel (6’4/180) 2011 wing of Cincinnati LaSalle is receiving interest from Ohio University, St.Bonaventure, Miami (OH), and Akron. Neels carries a 2.5 GPA.

“Akron said they have to check my progress, and will be looking to offer soon,” Neel stated.”

Keep Anthony Strother (6’5) 2011 wing forward of Middletown in mind.  He is getting a lot of Division I interest.

Teays Valley’s 6-foot-9 Nate Anderson (2011) recently took a trip to Wright State, and had nothing but good to say about his visit.

“It all went pretty good,” Anderson noted. “I liked it because everything was not too close together and the campus was very nice.”

The 210-pounder has been hearing from a lot more schools since his sterling play in Orlando, Florida at the AAU Nationals.

“I am hearing from Akron, Ohio University, Wright State, Miami (OH), and Penn State and a lot more schools have been sending me stuff since Orlando,” Anderson stated.

All-Ohio Red coach Benji Burke has also been fielding calls from Eastern Kentucky and Michigan for the 2011 center.

Anderson attributes a lot of this to his play in Orlando.

“I played my best basketball in Orlando, and I was doing it from the outside,” the junior mentioned. “I started out a little slow, but about mid-way through I really started playing well.”

The Teays Valley big man feels he needs improvement in one area in particular.

“I really need to work on my handles,” Anderson said.

The big fellow will be called on to do a lot this high school season with TV losing seven seniors and only two kids returning from last year’s team.

“We should be alright because a lot of the teams in our league (Mid State) lost guys as well,” Anderson relayed. “We may even get some move-ins from the Southwest City Schools before it is all over.”

JJ Huddle was able to catch up with Sugarcreek Garaway’s Paul Honigford on Friday night. The 6-foot-8 big man told us that he has offers from Michigan State and Ohio University.

Honigford also said that he would be at Ohio State for the Navy football game on an unofficial visit.

According to High Major Scoop, Travis Trice and Markus Crider of Huber Heights Wayne will be visiting Michigan, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin this month.

The 6-foot-6 Crider visited Michigan State this past weekend.

2011 prospects Trey Burke (5’11) of Columbus Northland and Aaron White (6’8) of Strongsville were in Happy Valley visiting Penn State over the weekend. According to sources close to the situation both were highly impressed with the facilities and coaching staff.

Burke has visited Butler, Cincinnati, Ohio University, and Penn State. He will still be visiting Miami (OH), Dayton, Cleveland State, and Notre Dame.

5-foot-11 junior Trey Lewis of Garfield Heights will be visiting Penn State this weekend.

2013 News:

Highly touted incoming freshman Dontonio Wingfield Jr. has transferred from Cincinnati Walnut Hills and enrolled at Cincinnati Country Day. The 6-foot-2 wing forward has very high potential, but needs to work on his outside shooting.

Wingfield, who is the son of former Cincinnati Bearcat Dontonio Wingfield Sr., played for Midwest Hoops AAU squad that finished 4th in the AAU states.

Cincinnati Walnut Hills has a loaded freshmen class coming in and for once most of them will be staying at the school.

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