Ohio HS Hoops Insider: Transfers, Offers, Visits and Nike Elite

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It was a big weekend for 2016 prospects as it was the first time they were able to receive direct phone calls from Division 1 coaches. Here is a follow up of the craziness.

Offers

stubbs_colJon Teske (6’10/2016) of Medina picked up offers from Ohio State and Michigan.

MaCio Teague (6’3/2015) of Cincinnati Walnut Hills picked up an offer from Oakland.

Matt Moyer (6’8/2016) of Gahanna Lincoln recently added offers from Iowa and Xavier, and told us he is hearing from UNLV, Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Dayton, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Wisconsin, Illinois, Butler, Rutgers, Arizona State, and more.

Seth Towns (6’7/2016) of Columbus Northland scored an offer from Michigan. He also added offers from Rice and Toledo.

Esa Ahmad (6’7/2015) of Shaker Heights is hearing the most from Ohio State, WVU, Maryland, and Kansas State.

Omari Spellman (6’8/2016) is making headlines for more than just recent offers. Spellman added offers from Florida, Miami (FL), Iowa, WVU, Indiana, Pittsburgh, and Seton Hall along with transferring to the MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts. This will obviously be a huge blow to North Royalton where Spellman has been a big part of its success the past two seasons, which included a tournament upset of Lakewood St. Edward in 2013.

Nick Ward (6’8/2016) of Gahanna Lincoln picked up an offer from Missouri, while in St. Louis for the Elite 100.

Ulmer Manzie (6’8/2015) of Columbus Africentric picked up an offer from Kennesaw State.

Congratulations

Luke Kennard (6’5/2015) of Franklin made huge headlines over the weekend by making the USA Basketball 12-man roster for the U18 World Championships. This is a huge honor for the Duke commit.

Kipper Nichols (6’6/2015) of Lakewood St. Edward will represent USA Basketball this summer in China at the Youth Olympic Games.

Nike Elite 100

The following players recently participated in the Nike Elite 100 for rising sophomores and juniors. Tervell Beck (Cleveland CC), Nick Ward (Gahanna Lincoln), Willie Jackson (Garfield Heights), Rodrick Caldwell (Huber Heights Wayne), Derek Funderburk (Lakewood St. Edward), Xavier Simpson (Lima CC), and Kaleb Wesson (Westerville South). Omari Spellman, formerly of North Royalton HS, was also in attendance.

Visits

Jayvon Graves (2017) of Akron SVSM and Markell Johnson (2017) of Cleveland East Tech visited Michigan State on Monday. The two are teammates with the King James Shooting Stars.

Kaleb Wesson (6’9/2017) of Westerville South will visit Ohio State on Wednesday.

Transfers

Rodrick Caldwell (6’0/2016) will be transferring from Dayton Stivers to Huber Heights Wayne. Caldwell gives Wayne a legit point guard allowing senior D’Mitrik Trice to slide over to the 2-guard.

Ibi Watson (6’5/2016) has moved to Pickerington and will enroll at Pickerington Central High School. Watson averaged nearly 20 points per game at Athens High School as a sophomore helping the Bulldogs to an (18-4) record. Watson’s departure is huge blow to an Athens team that returned its top six scorers. The Division 1 prospect will bolster a Pickerington Central roster that should be one of the most long and athletic teams in Ohio. The Tigers were regional semifinalists a year ago.

Brandon Peters (5’8/2016) has transferred from Cleveland Central Catholic to Warrensville Heights. Peters leaves a gaping hole to a talented and experienced CCC squad. The lefty is a true point guard that does a great job of leading a team.

Malik Bocook, Ramon Wilson, and Jordan Clark join an already talented Harvest Prep squad, which made the Division IV state semis last spring. Bocook and Wilson moved to Columbus after playing for Zanesville the past three seasons. Clark, who is a step brother of Harvest Prep star guard David Dennis Jr., transfers over from Hilliard Darby where Dennis Jr. played as a freshman and sophomore. Those four will join seniors Rael Windley and Dana Coffman for what should be one of the top DIV teams in Ohio.

Prep School Opening in Columbus

City Prep will open up in Columbus this fall and will include grades 6-9. The initial class is headlined by Jerome Hunter (6’4/2018), Stanley (Williams (6’5/2018), and Stephan Williams (6’4/2018). Hunter is arguably Ohio’s top 2018 prospect.

 

 

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