A trip around SoCal recruiting (Part I)

Grassroots
Southern California

Posted On: 07/31/18 2:15 PM

A quick hitting look at the latest in Southern California high school basketball recruiting.

Jarod Lucas commits to Oregon State

The 6-foot-2 Los Altos high school star made his Pac-12 pledge just before the final live period began in Las Vegas. Lucas, who is one of the most decorated high school players in his school’s history, will obviously bring a floor spreading, 3-point shooting threat to the Beavers, but is also one of the hardest workers in SoCal prep hoops.

The Boogie Ellis blow up continues

Few prospects had a more advantageous spring and summer than the Mission Bay stud. Ellis, a 6-foot-2 scoring guard from San Diego, had his recruitment skyrocket while playing with the Oakland Soldiers on the EYBL circuit. It came as no shock to us, however, as the rising senior was one of the top scoring guards on the west coast while playing or the San Diego All-Stars.

Eliis picked up eight offers from May to July, including Arizona, Cal, Oregon, NC State, Wichita State, Creighton, Arizona State, and, most recently, Gonzaga. Ellis adds those to an already impressive list that included San Diego State, USC and Nevada, among others.

Isaiah Hill gaining recruiting traction

Hill has been one of the more under-recruited players in the area over the last year, but that’s changing fast. The 6-foot point guard from Bakersfield Liberty high school and Compton Magic Elite added offers from UC Davis, Boise State and Tulsa over the last week, adding those to ones held from Fresno State, UC Irvine, Bakersfield and San Diego.

Keith Dinwiddie earning his keep

The Truth EYBL 16s and Culver City junior has shot and scored his way into two Division I offers over the last couple of days from UC Santa Barbara and Montana, respectively. Dinwiddie, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is one of the better jump shooters in SoCal’s junior class.

James Keefe drawing Big West and WCC interest

Keefe is your quintessential late-bloomer prospect who continues to trend up as he enters his senior year. The 6-foot-7 high motor forward helped independent travel team Cali Stars to the BigFoot Hoops championship, beating multiple shoe company sponsored teams along the way. Keefe’s performances earned him July offers from San Francisco, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and Idaho State.