Recruiting Mailbag: Summer Hoops
Welcome to the MLB trade deadline edition of the Eleven Warriors Recruiting Mailbag.
For those of you who don’t care too much about baseball, well, you’ve come to right place because we’re talking Buckeye Hoops and hardwood recruiting.
I want to take a moment to thank all those who have asked questions over the last few weeks.
Summer AAU tournaments have filled most prospects’ schedules which has given coaches a more than fair opportunity to evaluate and build relationships with each recruit.
When the school year approaches in just a few short weeks, it will become much more difficult for coaches to recruit because firstly, the staff will begin monitoring their players already enrolled as they approach the upcoming season. Secondly, if you think about it, an AAU basketball tournament is like football’s “The Opening” or “Gridiron Kings” just open to college coaches. A coach can be there to support and evaluate multiple recruits at once.
AAU tournaments make it easy for the staff and here’s to hoping Matta and staff made favorable impressions.
Now, on to your questions.
Any updates on those 2013 guards you talked about a few weeks ago?
Sindarius Thornwell actually just got an official offer from Thad Matta and staff a few days ago, which he seems very excited about. Thornwell does boast offers from several major programs around the country, but the Ohio State offer is one of his most prestigious. He is transferring to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia which will definitely change his recruitment a bit, being that he’ll most likely be playing with several other big name prospects which will lead to more coaches contacting him.
Thornwell has seemed to become the one shooting guards with the most hype around his OSU offer, but every school down south wants him at their school. Hopefully, staying close to his family (in South Carolina) doesn’t affect his recruiting because Columbus isn’t too far away.
Chicago PG/SG Kendrick Nunn is also looking to make some moves, but someone else asked a question about solely him, so I’ll discuss him more later.
Will Devin Williams commit to Ohio State?
In all honesty, I would be surprised if Cincy PF Devin Williams didn’t commit to Ohio State.
Williams is playing this high school season down in Florida, but that shouldn’t affect his recruitment at all. If you’ve heard what Williams had to say about Ohio State, you’d probably agree with me. Williams told ESPN ($) after his offer a few weeks ago:
“It means a lot to me being a state kid and things of that nature. Ohio State is a top-10/top-5 team in the country every year, so to get recognition from them is big for me.”
“Me being a state kid and a city kid (Matta coached at nearby Xavier before coming to Ohio State), that was one of the reasons, too. It’s only an hour-and-a-half, two hours away from me.”
Williams is also on the radar of many top programs around the country including North Carolina and Duke, so things could take a turn at any moment a coach decides to pull the trigger.