The 2012-2013 high school basketball season is just weeks away from
being unleashed, but before we get started, let us play a little catch
up on some of the latest commits throughout the state of Ohio along with
some other news and notes.
The 2012-2013 high school basketball season is just weeks away from being unleashed, but before we get started, let us play a little catch up on some of the latest commits throughout the state of Ohio along with some other news and notes.
The biggest name off the board since late July is Vitto Brown (6’7/PF) of Bowling Green High School. Brown committed to Wisconsin giving Ohio its fourth Big 10 verbal.
Akron has landed a trio of commitments from the Buckeye state in Gahanna Lincoln’s Aaron Jackson (6’5/WF), Walnut Hills’ Isaiah Johnson (6’9/C), and Kwan Cheatham (6’8/PF).
Bethune-Cookman locked up two Toledo prospects in Tony Kynard (6’1/PG) and Clemmye Owens (6’2/SG), both from Rogers High School.
Winthrop did a nice job invading Ohio under former Xavier assistant Pat Kelsey, now the lead man at Winthrop. Josh Davenport (6’4/WF) of Cincinnati Moeller and Keon Johnson (5’7/PG) of Mansfield Senior will be headed to Rock Hill, South Carolina in the fall.
Bloom-Carroll’s crafty point guard Isaac McGlone (6’1) committed to Eastern Kentucky out of the Ohio Valley Conference.
New Albany sharpshooter Jalen Rhea (6’3) popped for American University, Northern Kentucky landed Toledo Central Catholic’s Deontae Cole (6’5/WF), Cincinnati Moeller’s Patrick Wrencher (6’7/PF) has pledged to St. Francis, and Cincinnati St. Xavier big man Tyler Hadden will join Evan Bradds in Nashville at Belmont University.
One of the state’s best shooters, Tyler Ptacek (6’3) of Parma Padua made the call to UNC-Wilmington. Ptacek should challenge as the state’s leading scorer.
Columbus South’s Ellis Williams (6’8/C) verballed to Bryant University where he will join 2012 Brush graduate, Curtis Oakley.
Garrett Mayleben (6’8/PF) of Milford High School committed to Bowling Green after a strong junior season and solid AAU campaign.
Ohio now has 24 Division 1 commitments, which is still a little below its average between 30-35.
Ashland continued to do work on the recruiting trail landing Reynoldsburg’s Wendell Davis (6’3/WF). Ashland scored Newark Catholic’s Jett Speelman (6’7/PF) in the early part of summer.
Lakota East’s Stedman Lowry committed to Division 2 Hillsdale just over a week ago and Garfield Heights’ Richard Parker made the call to Berea College (KY).
Prior Division I Commitments:
Kevin Johnson (6’3/PG)- Cincinnati Summit Country Day (Cincinnati) Marc Loving (6’8/PF)- Toledo St. John’s (Ohio State) Mark Donnal (6’9/PF)- Anthony Wayne (Michigan) Evan Bradds (6’6/WF)- Jamestown Greeneview (Belmont) Jordan Lauf (6’5/WF)- Napoleon (Toledo) Zach Garber (6’8/PF)- Vanlue (Toledo) Zack Denny (6’2/SG)- Valley View (Bowling Green) Maverick Morgan (6’10/C)- Springboro (Illinois)
BEST AVAILABLE PROSPECTS
Best Prospect Still on the Board: Nigel Hayes (6’7/PF) of Toledo Whitmer will likely select between Ohio State, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Point Guards: Austin Gardner (Toledo St. John’s), Duane Gibson (Cleveland VASJ), Randle Clarkson (Brookhaven), Mike Wells (Delaware Hayes), Zac Carter (Ironton), John Draper (Eastmoor Academy), Junior Early (Thurgood Marshall), and Tim Coleman (Withrow).
Shooting Guards: Monty Boykins (Lakota West), DJ Wingfield (Walnut Hills), and Chase Lawson (Eastern Brown).
Wing Forwards: Austin Grimes (Aiken), Jamar Hammonds (Trotwood-Madison), Ryan Logan (Fredericktown), Mark Alstork (Thurgood Marshall), Maurice Ofield (John Hay), Kash Blackwell (Shaker Heights), and Brandon Bapst (Grove City).
Power Forwards: Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), Demonte Flannigan (Cleveland VASJ), Damarion Geter (Dayton Dunbar), Trey Fletcher (Ironton), Mike Mills (Canton McKinley), Marquiez Lawrence (Marion-Franklin), and Wesley Parr (Cleveland Benedictine).
NEWS & NOTES
Satchell Pierce (6’11/C) just received an offer from Miami (OH). Pierce played for Akron SVSM as a junior before playing summer ball with Barberton. He is now enrolled at Kiski Prep (PA).
We reported back in early July about some possible transfers, so here is some closure to those reports.
DJ Wingfield is currently in school at Walnut Hills High School, the district where he junior high basketball. Wingfield has made stops at Cincinnati Country Day and Lockland over the past three years. He will join a loaded Walnut Hills squad, a likely Top 10 squad.
Jordan Tyson (6’10) has transferred from Columbus DeSales to Walnut Hills as well adding depth to an already talented squad.
Shemar Waugh has officially transferred to Columbus Northland from Canal Winchester. Waugh will certainly help a team in need of a point guard. The junior will join a quartet of talented classmates along with a few seniors and talented freshman Seth Towns. MaCio Teague is currently enrolled at Cincinnati Summit Country Day after spending his freshman year at IMG Academy (FL). Teague is still awaiting word from the OHSAA regarding his eligibility at Summit.
Mark Williams (6’8/PF) has enrolled at Montrose Christian in Rockville, Maryland. Williams played two and a half seasons at Cleveland Benedictine before enrolling at Richmond Heights for the remainder of his junior year.
Daniel Dwyer (6’4/2014) has transferred from Detroit Pershing to Lakota West, which should add to an already solid group.
Let it be known that Antonio Campbell, an Ohio University commit, has returned to Holy Cross (KY) after a brief transfer to Cincinnati Taft. The 6-8 Campbell would have been a major impact player.