2011 Boys Basketball Recruiting Updates: Who, where and when?


St. Ignatius’ Shonn Miller has committed to Cornell.

Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Cleveland State, UTEP, Cornell, Ohio, Miami….the list goes on. These are just some of the schools that Ohio’s top basketball recruits have committed to already. See who is heading where and who is still deciding…

Ohio Boy’s Basketball Recruiting News

Recent Commitments:
Shonn Miller (6’6/2011) of Cleveland St. Ignatius has committed to Cornell.

Miller averaged 12 points per game as a junior earning him 2nd Team All-Northeast Lakes District.

Miller selected Cornell over Toledo, Bucknell, and Northeastern.

Alex Lalonde (6’5/2011) of Wooster High School recently committed to Air Force.

In case you missed it:
Ricky Johnson Jr. (5’9/2011) of Akron SVSM has committed to LeHigh where he will join with former Northeast Ohio star, CJ McCollum (Canton Glen Oak).

Jalen Ragland (6’6/2011) of Chillicothe gave a verbal commitment to UTEP.

Trey Burke (6’0/2011) of Columbus Northland committed to Michigan.

Anton Grady (6’8/2011) of Cleveland Central Catholic committed to Cleveland State.

Chane Behanan (6’7/2011) of Bowling Green HS (KY) gave a verbal commitment to Louisville. Behanan started his high school career at Cincinnati Aiken where he spent his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Jakarr Sampson (6’8/2011) of Brewster Academy (NH) committed this past week to St. John’s. Sampson performed at Akron SVSM his sophomore and junior seasons.

Other Commitments:
Brian Sullivan (6’0/2011) of Upper Arlington- Miami (OH)
Stevie Taylor (5’9/2011) of Gahanna Lincoln- Ohio University
Trey Lewis (6’2/2011) of Garfield Heights- Penn State
Travis Trice (5’11/2011) of Huber Heights Wayne- Michigan State
Traevon Jackson (6’2/2011) of Westerville South- Wisconsin
Blake Justice (6’2/2011) of Peebles- Akron
Zach Price (6’9/2011) of Jefferstown HS (KY)- Louisville
**Formerly of Lakewood St. Edward’s

Ohio’s Top Prospect Still on the Board:
Aaron Thomas (6’5/2011) of Cincinnati Withrow will be received an in-home visit from Clemson last Monday.

Thomas got an in-home from Florida State two weeks ago and he has already visited Nebraska.

His final five schools are Florida State, Clemson, Nebraska, Purdue, and Cincinnati.

Still Waiting:
Aaron White (6’8/2011) of Strongsville will be visiting Boston College this weekend after taking a trip to check St.Bonaventure this past weekend. 

”I liked it,” White said.

White visited Iowa two weeks ago.

”It was good and I really liked it,” White mentioned. “They are also putting up a new practice facility.”

White is considering Duquesne, St.Bonaventure, Iowa, and Boston College in no particular order. He told us he may visit Northwestern as well. 

We asked him about distance from home and he said it didn’t really bother him.

”Not really,” White relayed. “I would like my family to get to see me play sometimes though.”

White noted one thing in particular which has been hard.

”The hardest thing so far is telling some of the schools no, but I like the schools I’ve narrowed down to,” the Strongsville senior mentioned.

Down to 3:
Nate Anderson (6’9/2011) of Teays Valley has narrowed his choices to James Madison, Wright State, and UNC-Wilmington.

Brandon Neel (6’4/2011) of Cincinnati LaSalle has an offer from James Madison, which will likely be his choice.

Underclassmen News:
Matt Rhodes (6’5/2012) of Westerville South, Matt Bingaya (6’3/2012) of Delaware Hayes, Ke’Chaun Lewis (6’4/2012) of Columbus Northland, and Devon Scott (6’8/2012) of Columbus Northland all recently visited (unofficially) Miami (OH) on September 11.

Dylan Kaufman (6’4/2012) of Berlin Hiland took an unofficial to Dayton on September 13.

This past Wednesday, T-yonte Robertson (6’0/2014) of Cincinnati Aiken became the first Ohio 2014 prospect to get an offer. Robertson, who plays his travel ball with the Cincinnati Lakers, received an offer from James Madison.

2012 Commitments:
Kyle Molock (6’1/2012) of Dublin Coffman- Purdue
**Likely out for the season with a torn ACL
Jalen Robinson (6’8/2012) of Columbus Northland- West Virginia
Kenny Kaminski (6’7/2012) of Medina- Michigan State

2013 Commitments:
Marc Loving (6’7/2013) of Toledo St. John’s- Ohio State

Ohio State News:
The Buckeyes got a verbal commitment yesterday from Sam Thompson (6’6/2011) of Whitney Young HS (Chicago, IL). Thompson is the third commit for head coach Thad Matta’s 2011 Recruiting Class.

Thompson, who is ranked the 56th best prospect in his class by ESPNU’s Top 100, selected the Buckeyes over Florida.

Thompson will join point guard Shannon Scott (6’2) of Milton HS (GA) and LaQuinton Ross (6’8) of Life Center Academy (NJ).

The Buckeyes will likely have to add two more to this class with Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale, and David Lighty graduating following this season and the likelihood of William Buford and Jared Sullinger leaving early.

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