Posted On: 08/18/17 2:00 PM
Here, we’ll catch you up on which 2018 prospects from southeast Ohio jumped in our Prospect Rankings and why that is. Additionally, we’ll check out the trend in SEO.
Three of the top four prospects in southeast Ohio have verbally committed to a college program. So, while 7% of the 215 prospects included in our rankings are from this region of the state, 23% of the committed players are from southeast Ohio.
Dylan Swingle (#16) committed to Duquense in mid-May. He didn’t play any grassroots basketball after that. Then, Jake Mcloughlin (#40) and Eric McLaughlin (#47) committed to Ashland and Mt. Vernon Nazarene respectively later in the season.
#45 → #14 Cameron Brooks-Harris, 6’7” W/F, Zanesville / OH-NOVA (Tillman)
Brooks-Harris was without an offer going into July, and then boom, he racked up five in a three-day stretch. It wasn’t by accident either, as he’s showed incredible improvements during this grassroots season, in pretty much every area of the game.
Akron, Marshall, Stony Brook, Cleveland State, and Northern Kentucky, have offered him so far.
#73 → #47 Eric McLaughlin, 6’5” W, Lynchburg-Clay / Hidden Gems Black
McLaughlin is committed to Mount Vernon Nazarene. He’ll enter the program as a rather complete wing — McLaughlin can pass, dribble, shoot, rebound, and defend.
#NR → #122 Branden Maughmer, 6’2” PG, Chillicothe / OEBA Purple
Maughmer jumped onto the Prep Hoops Ohio radar rather soon in the spring and performed consistently well throughout the grassroots season. He’s a shifty ball-handler who puts pressure on the defense with his driving ability.
To our knowledge, Maughmer doesn’t have a scholarship offer. However, he could wind up as a starting point guard at the Division III level at some point in his college career.