Ohio Boys Basketball Recruiting News and Commitments; What’s New?


Wayne senior PG Travis Trice picked the Spartans over Dayton, Minnesota, Ohio and others. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

Ohio has a deep basketball tradition and performances by the state’s top talent this summer hasn’t done anything to discredit that. Below we take a look at what Ohio players have done this summer, who has been watching and who has been offered.

Ohio Boys Basketball Recruiting News and Commitments

Brian Sullivan (6’0/2011) of Upper Arlington has committed to Miami (OH) after contemplating an offer from Toledo as well.

Ke’Chaun Lewis (6’4/2012) and Devon Scott (6’8/2012) of Columbus Northland were both offered by Marshall. The pair plays for the West Virginia Wildcats 2012 unit.

After capturing the inaugural Buckeye Hoopfest, All-Ohio Red’s Trey Burke and Stevie Taylor added to their offer list.

Burke (6’0/2011) of Columbus Northland picked up an offer from Cincinnati as assistant George Jackson and head coach Mick Cronin were at all of his games this week. Other schools showing interest after this week are Marquette, Indiana, and Southern Illinois. Western Kentucky also offered on Tuesday.

Burke had Cincinnati, West Virginia, and Purdue at his day one games at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. 

Taylor (5’9/2011) of Gahanna Lincoln added Richmond to his list of offers as they were in the house for a couple games. Taylor missed a few games this week with an injured calf. Southern Illinois is also very interested.

James Madison has offered Cincinnati LaSalle’s Brandon Neel (6’4/2011) and appeared very interested after his play this week. Neel is also getting attention from Western KY, Southern Illinois, and Western Carolina.

George Fant (6’7/2011) of Warren Central (KY) is gaining serious interest from Cincinnati, Arkansas, Cleveland State, and Southern Illinois.

Fant will entertain USC, Cincinnati, Arkansas, and Cleveland State among others at the Nike Peach Jam this week in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Nate Anderson (6’9/2011) of Teays Valley is hearing from Western Carolina, Saint Francis (PA), Bethune Cookman, and Ohio Northern. Wright State and James Madison are also very interested.

Jake Kretzer (6’7/2012) of Waverly picked up his first offer coming from James Madison.

Kretzer averaged 13.2 points per game over the past three days in the Buckeye Hoopfest helping his 4-Deep team to the 16-and-under championship.

Anton Grady (6’8/2011) of Cleveland CC was followed around much of the Buckeye Hoopfest by Dayton, Cleveland State, and a handful of others. Dayton head coach Brian Gregory was on hand for both of Friends 4 Life games on Thursday.

F4L head coach Eugene White said Grady’s recruitment is still open and they will sit down in August to discuss official visits.

Semaj Christon (6’3/2011) guard of Cincinnati Winton Woods is starting to be noticed by many for his talents on the basketball floor. Christon has earned offers from Bethune-Cookman, Akron, and Ashland thus far after his play in the Adidas Invitational and Kentucky Hoopfest.

Christon was lodged behind Auburn signee Allen Payne, Louisville football signee Dominique brown, and athletic wing forward Nate Mason last season but next year will be his time to shine at Winton Woods.

He teams with WW teammate Dennis Thomas (5’9/2011) on Club Ohio 17U.

Travis Trice (5’11/2011) of Huber Heights Wayne added Northwestern and Richmond to his list of offers.

Trice earned those two based on his play in Milwaukee leading his SYF Players (IN) team to the championship game.

Trice is having an outstanding spring and summer.

His father, Travis Trice Sr., said they aren’t ready to narrow down the list at this point.

“We don’t have a top five at this point,” Trice mentioned. “Too many new phone calls are coming in. Things are good and we are headed back to Milwaukee right now. It looks like Northern Iowa is ready to offer, but haven’t yet.”

According to Trice Sr., Butler is still recruiting the 2011 prospect.

“He has been playing well,” said the Huber Heights Wayne boss. “He didn’t play or shoot it well last week, but his bounce and athleticism has really improved.”

Trice Sr. played at both Purdue and Butler during his collegiate career.

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