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Missed while on vacation: Brock Harding (SLU offer) committed to Iowa. I liked him as a possible YC replacement. Undersized but excellent floor general. He's from the Quad Cities and Iowa had been involved throughout but held off for a long time on offering. Once they did, they were his strongest offer and he took it. It'll be interesting to see if he sticks at that level. I think he's good enough but they're always going to be recruiting over you when you're 6 feet in shoes.

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Updated after the new offer:

Kennard Davis - SF, 6-6, 185 - St. Louis, MO (Vashon) - AAU: MOKAN Elite (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @KennardDavis30
Offers: Saint Louis, Missouri State, Indiana State, Illinois-Chicago, Southeast Missouri, Western Illinois.

Interest: Loyola-Chicago, Massachusetts, George Washington, Clemson, Michigan, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Boise State, Drake, SIU-Carbondale, Murray State, Illinois State, Bradley, Evansville, Princeton, Cornell, Ball State, Milwaukee, Elon, Louisiana-Monroe, South Dakota State, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana State, Weber State, Liberty, Radford, Incarnate Word, Northwestern State.

Latest News: Davis received offers from SLU and UIC. (6/28/22)

Scouting Report: Davis is a tough, active wing who scores on three levels. He's capable of highlight reel dunks and three-pointers from well beyond the perimeter. He's aggressive going to the basket and finishes in a variety of ways. He outrebounds larger forwards at both ends and is a strong defender. He likes to push it in transition.

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3 hours ago, Pistol said:

Updated after the new offer:

Kennard Davis - SF, 6-6, 185 - St. Louis, MO (Vashon) - AAU: MOKAN Elite (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @KennardDavis30
Offers: Saint Louis, Missouri State, Indiana State, Illinois-Chicago, Southeast Missouri, Western Illinois.

Interest: Loyola-Chicago, Massachusetts, George Washington, Clemson, Michigan, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Boise State, Drake, SIU-Carbondale, Murray State, Illinois State, Bradley, Evansville, Princeton, Cornell, Ball State, Milwaukee, Elon, Louisiana-Monroe, South Dakota State, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana State, Weber State, Liberty, Radford, Incarnate Word, Northwestern State.

Latest News: Davis received offers from SLU and UIC. (6/28/22)

Scouting Report: Davis is a tough, active wing who scores on three levels. He's capable of highlight reel dunks and three-pointers from well beyond the perimeter. He's aggressive going to the basket and finishes in a variety of ways. He outrebounds larger forwards at both ends and is a strong defender. He likes to push it in transition.

He played well at the Edwardsville Live Period event this weekend with Vashon.  Vashon's depth is overwhelming and as of now them and Staley are the two best MO HS teams.  Staley's two studs are definitely one to keep an eye on.  Kayden Fish just got an offer from Xavier after mainly low major interest and Kyan Evans is a dynamic point guard.  Jordan Pickett from Belleville East, Iziah Purvey from Webster Groves, and Bradley Longcor III from Quincy were other guys who stood out.  

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53 minutes ago, Pistol said:

That's his first power conference offer - which is kind of stunning to me. His combo of size and skill/athleticism is unique.

wonder if this has as much to do with Dennis trying to connect ties with big schools like ESTL, and this is really the only kid right now to do so with. 

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6 minutes ago, wgstl said:

wonder if this has as much to do with Dennis trying to connect ties with big schools like ESTL, and this is really the only kid right now to do so with. 

east st louis is a fast shrinking student population.   they arent even in the largest class in Illinois any longer.  they compete down one level these days.  

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8 minutes ago, billiken_roy said:

east st louis is a fast shrinking student population.   they arent even in the largest class in Illinois any longer.  they compete down one level these days.  

Are you trying to sell the idea that it isn’t a talent hot bed? Nailed it. No one is going to debate that kind of logic with lists of talented players over the last 5 years.

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I meant big schools as in turns out D1 players(even though they've slowed down recently).  But I did not know ESTL dropped down a level, I assume same for football?  

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3 minutes ago, AnkielBreakers said:

Are you trying to sell the idea that it isn’t a talent hot bed? Nailed it. No one is going to debate that kind of logic with lists of talented players over the last 5 years.

no it was just a comment about wgsl's claim east st louis is a big school.   just talking size.   nothing about talent.

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3 minutes ago, wgstl said:

I meant big schools as in turns out D1 players(even though they've slowed down recently).  But I did not know ESTL dropped down a level, I assume same for football?  

since my kids are out of school i dont follow the isha and their rules as much any longer so i dont know for sure but i would assume they are not the biggest class in football in illinois any longer.  

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3 minutes ago, billiken_roy said:

since my kids are out of school i dont follow the isha and their rules as much any longer so i dont know for sure but i would assume they are not the biggest class in football in illinois any longer.  

would explain why they seem to dominate even the Chicago schools in football now. 

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9 minutes ago, billiken_roy said:

east st louis is a fast shrinking student population.   they arent even in the largest class in Illinois any longer.  they compete down one level these days.  

East St. Louis's population has been spiraling to ever lower levels for decades now. Even back into the 80's East St Louis still had enough kids they had two high schools that would have qualified for what is now IL's 4A. 

 

It has been a hard half century for metro IL's old industrial towns Like East St. Louis, Granite City, Madison, Venice, etc..  East St Louis Lincoln was IL's top basketball program in the 80's.  Venice and Madison had really outstanding basketball programs, too.

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Lots of new names being added to the interest list. Here are some:

Karson Templin - PF, 6-8, 220 - Lucas, TX (Lovejoy) - AAU: ProSkills (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @karsontemplin
Offers: Sam Houston State, Incarnate Word.

Interest: Saint Louis, Marquette, Butler, Boston College, Colorado, Utah, Washington State, Colorado State, UNLV, Air Force, SMU, Pacific, Belmont, Murray State, Missouri State, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Marshall, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio, Ohio, Southeast Missouri, Chattanooga, Samford, Bucknell, Drexel, Texas State, South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, UMBC, South Dakota, Western Illinois, Oral Roberts, UC-Santa Barbara, Weber State, Lipscomb, Liberty, South Carolina-Upstate, California Baptist, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Abilene Christian, Lamar, Utah Valley, Northwestern State, McNeese State.

Latest News: Templin received offers from Sam Houston State and Incarnate Word. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Templin is a strong, energetic power forward who plays hard at both ends. He finishes strong through contact. He can step out and shoot it from three. He rebounds aggressively at both ends. He's in constant motion off the ball, sprints in transition, and never takes a play off. He has good length, with a 6-11 wingspan, and disrupts/blocks a lot of shots.

 

Jace Posey - SG, 6-4, 175 - Houston, TX (Strake Jesuit) - AAU: Houston Hoops (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @PoseySupreme
Offers: Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, TCU, Arizona State.

Interest: Saint Louis, George Washington, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Illinois, Northwestern, Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M, Missouri, Ole Miss, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State, BYU, Stanford, Colorado, Utah, Washington State, Wyoming, Utah State, Boise State, UNLV, SMU, East Carolina, Missouri State, San Francisco, Portland, Pacific, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, North Texas, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, Louisiana Tech, Sam Houston State, Ohio, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Milwaukee, Chattanooga, Furman, Colgate, Georgia State, Texas-Arlington, Louisiana, South Alabama, Albany, UMBC, South Dakota, Oral Roberts, UC-Irvine, Cal State-Fullerton, Cal State-Northridge, Liberty, North Alabama, Stephen F. Austin, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Seattle, Nicholls State, McNeese State, Northwestern State, Southern, Texas Southern.

Latest News: Posey has been excellent at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Orlando. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Posey is an athletic scoring guard with a college-ready frame. He has tremendous leaping ability and is a highlight finisher. He's speedy in the open court. He can shoot from the perimeter and has some playmaking ability as a passer. He's an excellent on-ball defender. He has the Texas Class 6A state record in the high jump and has full-ride offers for track, as well. He's the son of former Xavier and NBA player James Posey.

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Jaiun Simon - SF, 6-6, 190 - Mableton, GA (Pebblebrook) - AAU: Game Elite (Adidas 3SSB) - Twitter: @jaiun3
Offers: VCU, Loyola-Chicago, St. Bonaventure, Wichita State, Towson, Georgia State, Troy, Appalachian State, Kennesaw State, Winthrop, Mount St. Mary's.

Interest: Saint Louis, Dayton, Loyola-Chicago, Richmond, Fordham, La Salle, St. John's, Virginia, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Illinois, Northwestern, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Wyoming, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulsa, Tulane, Belmont, Murray State, Drake, Indiana State, Illinois-Chicago, UAB, Rice, Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana Tech, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Ohio, Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, Chattanooga, Mercer, East Tennessee State, Western Carolina, Lehigh, UNC-Wilmington, Northeastern, James Madison, North Carolina A&T, Elon, Drexel, Marist, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Troy, Vermont, UMBC, Montana State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville State, Stetson, Liberty, Queens, Stephen F. Austin, Utah Valley, Seattle, Fairleigh Dickinson, Radford, Charleston Southern, Alabama State.

Latest News: Simon received offers from VCU and Winthrop. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Simon is an athletic, aggressive wing who plays hard. He's a strong rebounder at both ends and does the dirty work for his team. He's a slasher who dunks everything he can. He creates his own shot in the mid-range and works well in the pick and roll. He can guard three positions.

 

Cameron Manyawu - PF, 6-8, 200 - Kansas City, MO (Staley) - AAU: 816 Hoops - Twitter: @CameronManyawu
Offers: Valparaiso, Indiana State, South Dakota State, Oral Roberts.

Interest: Saint Louis, Dayton, Loyola-Chicago, St. Bonaventure, Xavier, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia, Kansas State, Colorado State, Santa Clara, Belmont, Northern Iowa, SIU-Carbondale, Indiana State, Illinois State, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, North Texas, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, IUPUI, SIU-Edwardsville, Southeast Missouri, Lindenwood, Chattanooga, Samford, Louisiana-Monroe, South Dakota, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Kansas City, UC-San Diego, Weber State, Central Arkansas, Liberty, Lipscomb, Queens, Northwestern State, Howard.

Latest News: Manyawu received an offer from Valpo. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Manyawu is a long, athletic, playmaking big man. He has good footwork and a strong, wide base, along with good burst. He's a powerful finisher and aggressive rebounder. He contests shots at the rim.

 

Eddie Ricks, III - SF, 6-8, 180 - Clarksville, TN (Clarksville Academy) - AAU: EAB Tennessee (Adidas 3SSB) - Twitter: @EddieRicksIII
Offers: Morehead State, Southeast Missouri, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State, Lehigh, North Carolina A&T, Hampton, Austin Peay, Jacksonville, Radford.

Interest: Saint Louis, Dayton, Loyola-Chicago, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Northwestern, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Kansas State, BYU, SMU, Temple, Belmont, Murray State, Evansville, Cornell, Columbia, UAB, North Texas, Western Kentucky, Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, Miami-Ohio, Northern Kentucky, Purdue-Fort Wayne, Tennessee-Martin, Southern Indiana, Furman, Chattanooga, Samford, Elon, Northeastern, Appalachian State, Little Rock, South Alabama, UC-Irvine, Cal State-Fullerton, Jacksonville State, Liberty, Lipscomb, Abilene Christian, UNC-Asheville, Radford, South Carolina-Upstate, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida A&M, Chicago State.

Latest News: Ricks received an offer from Morehead State. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Ricks is a long, athletic wing with guard skills. He plays at a fast pace and has good court vision. He's versatile at both ends and has a smooth game despite how long he is. He can shoot it from the perimeter and gets to the rim with ease. He's a feisty on-ball defender.

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Jean Aranguren - G, 6-3, 175 - Valencia, Venezuela (Springfield Commonwealth Academy, MA) - AAU: NY Jayhawks (Adidas 3SSB) - Twitter: @jeanaranguren1
Offers: St. John's, Boston, UMBC, Fairleigh Dickinson.

Interest: Saint Louis, Colgate, Hofstra, Northeastern, Saint Peter's, Maine, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville State.

Latest News: Aranguren received an offer from BU. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Aranguren is an explosive combo guard with playmaking ability from either position. He scores in a variety of ways and is a knockdown three-point shooter. He has a strong handle and finishes through contact. He has good vision and plays with high energy. He's tough, with a strong work ethic. Originally from Venezuela, Aranguren relocated to the NYC area. He transferred from Upper Room Christian School in NY to Commonwealth Academy in Massachusetts.

 

Trey Autry - SG, 6-4, 195 - Syracuse, NY (Western Reserve Academy, OH) - AAU: Albany City Rocks (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @trey_autry
Offers: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, St. Joseph's, George Washington, Fordham, Maryland, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Florida International, Towson, Siena, UMBC, UC-Santa Barbara, Bryant.

Interest: Saint Louis, Xavier, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Temple, Murray State, Illinois State, Cornell, Rice, Ohio, Miami-Ohio, Hofstra, James Madison, Iona, Stony Brook, Georgia State, Coastal Carolina, Vermont, Albany, Cal Poly, Florida Gulf Coast, Mount St. Mary's.

Latest News: Autry received an offer from Cincinnati. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Autry is a smart, athletic, well rounded guard who mostly plays the two but can play PG, as well. He can really shoot the ball. He's a strong passer and playmaker. He has good length and creates a lot of deflections on defense. He transferred to Western Reserve Academy in Ohio from Jamesville-DeWitt HS in NY to focus more seriously on basketball. He is the son of Syracuse associate head coach Adrian Autry.

 

Elijah Gertrude - G, 6-4, 180 - Jersey City, NJ (Hudson Catholic) - AAU: Albany City Rocks (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @elijah_gertrude
Offers: St. Bonaventure, Seton Hall, St. John's, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, Iona, Saint Peter's.

Interest: Saint Louis, George Washington, DePaul, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Northwestern, Memphis, East Carolina, Murray State, Holy Cross, Elon, Siena, Bryant.

Latest News: Gertrude will visit Virginia soon. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Gertrude is a two-way combo guard who scores going downhill and plays lockdown defense. He's crafty and fluid getting to the rim and has great leaping ability. He can knock it down from outside. He's smart and finds his spots or makes plays for his teammates. He has high-level defensive ability with quick hands and good footwork.

 

Brandon McCreesh - SG, 6-4, 175 - Bronx, NY (The Hotchkiss School, CT) - AAU: Riverside Hawks (Under Armour Association) - Twitter: @MccreeshBrandon
Offers: La Salle, Saint Peter's, Manhattan.

Interest: Saint Louis, Loyola-Chicago, Ohio State, Boise State, UNLV, Air Force, Illinois-Chicago, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Cornell, Columbia, Rice, East Tennessee State, UNC-Greensboro, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Army, Boston, Elon, William & Mary, Fairfield, South Alabama, Vermont, UMBC, NJIT, New Hampshire, Binghamton, Maine, Massachusetts-Lowell, Cal State-Fullerton, Lipscomb, Seattle, Mount St. Mary's, Fairleigh Dickinson, Loyola-Maryland, Howard.

Latest News: McCreesh played very well at the NEPSAC Showcase in June. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: McCreesh is a smart, efficient three-level scoring guard. He's an excellent shooter who always manages to find his spots and get his shot off. He keeps defenders on their heels with his ability to drive and score inside or in the mid-range. He defends multiple positions at a high level.

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2 hours ago, Pistol said:

Lots of new names being added to the interest list. Here are some:

Karson Templin - PF, 6-8, 220 - Lucas, TX (Lovejoy) - AAU: ProSkills (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @karsontemplin
Offers: Sam Houston State, Incarnate Word.

Interest: Saint Louis, Marquette, Butler, Boston College, Colorado, Utah, Washington State, Colorado State, UNLV, Air Force, SMU, Pacific, Belmont, Murray State, Missouri State, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Marshall, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio, Ohio, Southeast Missouri, Chattanooga, Samford, Bucknell, Drexel, Texas State, South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, UMBC, South Dakota, Western Illinois, Oral Roberts, UC-Santa Barbara, Weber State, Lipscomb, Liberty, South Carolina-Upstate, California Baptist, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Abilene Christian, Lamar, Utah Valley, Northwestern State, McNeese State.

Latest News: Templin received offers from Sam Houston State and Incarnate Word. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Templin is a strong, energetic power forward who plays hard at both ends. He finishes strong through contact. He can step out and shoot it from three. He rebounds aggressively at both ends. He's in constant motion off the ball, sprints in transition, and never takes a play off. He has good length, with a 6-11 wingspan, and disrupts/blocks a lot of shots.

 

Jace Posey - SG, 6-4, 175 - Houston, TX (Strake Jesuit) - AAU: Houston Hoops (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @PoseySupreme
Offers: Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, TCU, Arizona State.

Interest: Saint Louis, George Washington, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Illinois, Northwestern, Nebraska, Florida, Texas A&M, Missouri, Ole Miss, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State, BYU, Stanford, Colorado, Utah, Washington State, Wyoming, Utah State, Boise State, UNLV, SMU, East Carolina, Missouri State, San Francisco, Portland, Pacific, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, North Texas, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, Louisiana Tech, Sam Houston State, Ohio, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Milwaukee, Chattanooga, Furman, Colgate, Georgia State, Texas-Arlington, Louisiana, South Alabama, Albany, UMBC, South Dakota, Oral Roberts, UC-Irvine, Cal State-Fullerton, Cal State-Northridge, Liberty, North Alabama, Stephen F. Austin, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Seattle, Nicholls State, McNeese State, Northwestern State, Southern, Texas Southern.

Latest News: Posey has been excellent at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Orlando. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Posey is an athletic scoring guard with a college-ready frame. He has tremendous leaping ability and is a highlight finisher. He's speedy in the open court. He can shoot from the perimeter and has some playmaking ability as a passer. He's an excellent on-ball defender. He has the Texas Class 6A state record in the high jump and has full-ride offers for track, as well. He's the son of former Xavier and NBA player James Posey.

Will the recruiting push in Texas eventually land a player?

I'm glad to see we're still working places like the Bronx and Jersey City. I think we'll have a better chance in the East.

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Last one for now:

T.J. Ford, Jr. - PG, 5-9, 160 - Missouri City, TX (Ridge Point) - AAU: Houston Hoops (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @tjfordjr2
Offers: Texas-Arlington.

Interest: Saint Louis, Creighton, Texas, Texas A&M, East Carolina, Belmont, Rice, Louisiana Tech, Southeast Missouri, Elon, St. Thomas, Stephen F. Austin, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Tarleton State, Abilene Christian, Texas A&M-Commerce, Incarnate Word, Fairleigh Dickinson, Texas Southern.

Latest News: Ford has had a very good NBPA Top 100 Camp. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Ford is an undersized but strong, quick, talented PG. He has a great feel for the game, pushes the ball, and makes good reads. He controls pace and has high-level passing ability. He's a smart, disciplined defender. He has a quick, confident release from the perimeter. He is the son of former Texas and NBA player T.J. Ford.

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11 minutes ago, ACE said:

Will the recruiting push in Texas eventually land a player?

I'm glad to see we're still working places like the Bronx and Jersey City. I think we'll have a better chance in the East.

Yes.

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5 minutes ago, Pistol said:

Last one for now:

T.J. Ford, Jr. - PG, 5-9, 160 - Missouri City, TX (Ridge Point) - AAU: Houston Hoops (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @tjfordjr2
Offers: Texas-Arlington.

Interest: Saint Louis, Creighton, Texas, Texas A&M, East Carolina, Belmont, Rice, Louisiana Tech, Southeast Missouri, Elon, St. Thomas, Stephen F. Austin, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Tarleton State, Abilene Christian, Texas A&M-Commerce, Incarnate Word, Fairleigh Dickinson, Texas Southern.

Latest News: Ford has had a very good NBPA Top 100 Camp. (7/1/22)

Scouting Report: Ford is an undersized but strong, quick, talented PG. He has a great feel for the game, pushes the ball, and makes good reads. He controls pace and has high-level passing ability. He's a smart, disciplined defender. He has a quick, confident release from the perimeter. He is the son of former Texas and NBA player T.J. Ford.

This one makes me feel OLD

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