With De’Ron Davis committing to Indiana on Thursday, the top big man in Colorado is now off the board. Still, colleges at all levels searching for big men 6-foot-7 and taller still have plenty of options within the state’s borders. Here is a look at some of Colorado’s top big men in the class of 2016 who are still uncommitted.
Dallas Walton, 6-foot-11, Arvada West. Walton may have already been signed, sealed and delivered to a major Division I program if not for the knee injuries that have wiped out the majority of his last two seasons. Once schools see that this versatile big man, who can handle it and shoot well from the perimeter, is fully healthy at the start of the season, it’d be hard to imagine the offers not rolling in quickly.
Antonio Capley, 6-foot-10, Ralston Valley. Capley looks like a different player than the one he was in June. He made great strides over the summer, thanks in large part to the tutelage of his Billups Elite 17U coaches. Capley displayed versatility in the post, great footwork, improved defensive motor and an ability to knock down mid-range jump shots a couple weeks ago at the Colorado Elite Camp. He has the look of a low-Division I, high-Division II player.
Daytone Jennings, 6-foot-8, Denver East. Jennings has drawn rave reviews from those who have seen him play with East, the school he will be playing for this season after transferring from Aurora Central. He is a great rebounder with solid length and athleticism who can score in a variety of ways and always looks to attack. He was one of the best standouts at the West Coast Elite camp last week.
Connor McCord, 6-foot-7, Legend. McCord made it a goal to become more explosive since the end of last season, and we’ve seen that in his game since the middle of this summer. Has a nice short- to mid-range jump shot, works hard on the glass and is tough on the defensive end. He’ll find a way to make an impact at the next level and will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself on a talented Legend team this season.
Samba Dioum, 6-foot-7, Denver East. Angels point guard Jack Buckmelter said Dioum has been improved as anyone on the team since last season. Dioum is still raw but athletic, strong and unafraid to bang down low.
Relando Rogers, 6-foot-9, Far Northeast. Rogers is a load at 235 pounds. Some injuries slowed him son as a junior, but he played well at WCE last week, grabbing a spot in the top 20 game. With his aggressiveness and size, Rogers could provide frontcourt depth to a program at some level, possibly at the junior-college route to start.
Marc Reininger, 6-foot-9, Regis Jesuit. Reininger had a strong summer on the AAU circuit and picked up interest from Utah State and Navy, according to his club team, Colorado Elite. He should be a key cog for Regis Jesuit this season.
Jesus Martinez, 6-foot-8, Pinnacle Charter. Martinez is a player who can do a little bit of everything. Runs the floor well, has soft mid-range touch, capable shot-blocker who plays with desire on the defensive end. Good set of skills in the post with a high ceiling.