Recruiting Notebook: Hoop Group Camp


Posted On: 07/10/18 6:00 AM

The Hoop Group Chicago Camp presented a great opportunity to see prospects from around the state at a variety of college levels.  Here we break down what we learned from a recruiting perspective in our Recruiting Notebook: Hoop Group Camp.


G Tyler Cochran (Bolingbrook – 2019)

Current Ranking: #24
Travel Team: Hooopers

Cochran is a big and physical guard that can score at the rim.  He says the schools making him a priority right now are Toledo, Western Michigan, and UIC.  He took visits to UIC and Toledo in June.  Of UIC he said “The main thing was it is in the city.  The gym is right next to the dorm and all my classrooms so it is not a big walking distance.”  When speaking of Toledo he mentioned “They have really nice new things there with technology.  Nice campus and facilities.”  Miami (OH), Tulsa, and Missouri State have also been in contact.


SF Terrence Shannon (Woodstock Academy – 2019)

Current Ranking: Top 100 Nationally
Travel Team: Mac Irvin Fire

Shannon was a man among boys at the camp with his size and elite athleticism.  He tells us that Florida State and Illinois are really making him feel like a priority.  The wing visited both schools in July.  Also checked out Louisville, DePaul, and Loyola.  Other programs that are showing interest that he would like to see include Georgetown, Wake Forest, St. Louis, and Ohio State.  He doesn’t have a timeline for a decision at this stage.


PG DJ Steward (2020)

Current Ranking: #2
Travel Team: Meanstreets

Steward is an elite point guard with slick handles and the ability to score at multiple levels.  The elite lead guard told us the schools that are reaching out the most include Louisville, Xavier, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and Loyola.  He visited Northwestern in June and was impressed with the facilities there.  Louisville and Notre Dame are a pair of programs that he would like to get out to after July is done.




PG Nate Duckworth (Normal West – 2019)

Current Ranking: #81
Travel Team: Illinois Warhawks

Duckworth is a lead guard that can shoot it at a high level.  He is hearing from UW-Platteville, Loras, Eureka, and Illinois College.  He will look to focus more on visits and recruiting after July.





SG Wes Hooker (Downers Grove North – 2019)

Wes Hooker, Downers Grove SouthCurrent Ranking: #101
Travel Team: Illinois Heat

Hooker is a power wing with athleticism on the perimeter.  He has been talking to Augusta and went to Grand Valley State for their team camp.






SG Adam Taylor (Providence Catholic – 2019)

Current Ranking: #115
Travel Team: Team RWA

Taylor is a plus shooter from the perimeter with some upside as an athlete.  He is hearing from Grand Valley State along with an array of D2 and D3 programs.  Air Force, Navy, Army, Citadel, Siena Heights, University of Chicago, and NYU have showed varying levels of interest.




C Vuk Djuric (Lane Tech – 2019)

Current Ranking: #113
Travel Team: Kessel Heat

This Lane Tech post is a nice combination of skill, strength, and athleticism inside.  He has a lot of small colleges on him including Benedictine, North Park, North Central, Rose Hulman, University of Chicago, and Ohio Wesleyan.  He has visited St. Olaf, University of Chicago, and North Central.  Would like to visit Emory, Rochester, and NYU.



PG Artese Stapleton (Kenwood – 2019)

Current Ranking: #38
Travel Team: Young & Reckless Parham

Stapleton shined at the camp with his slick ball handling and ability to get to the rim.  He tells PHI that he has heard from Cornell and recently visited UIC.  Lehigh is showing interest as well.  Lewis offered at the end of the Hoop Group camp.




SG Jaeden Zackery (Westosha Central, WI – 2019)

Current Ranking: #13 (WI)
Travel Team: Kessel Heat

Zackery is a versatile guard that has plus athleticism.  Showed well at the Hoop Group camp.  He has talked to UW-Whitewater, UW-Parkside, and Quincy.