Posted On: 08/9/18 6:47 AM
With recently reported offers being announced, it seems as though the Idaho State Bengals and head coach Bill Evans have set some of their focus on the Gem state’s top prospects.
Their latest reported offer with regards to in-state talent is to Boise High’s Cole Alton, a tremendously gifted guard who showed grit and excellent poise out on the court for a very talented and tough Braves team last season. A top-5 2019 player in our soon to be updated rankings, Alton brought it every game that he laced them up last year and showed that he can be a force on both sides of the ball as well against the tough guard competition in 5A SIC.
— BravesBoysBasketball (@BoiseHoops) August 3, 2018
Alton is not without the company of a few other Idaho guards including Eagle’s Tanner Hayhurst, a member of Select Basketball this past grassroots season also was reported to be extended an offer by the Bengals. Playing for Select Red 16U, Hayhurst gained valuable minutes this grassroots season as the Select Basketball program is one of the top in the entire northwest region. Excellent coaching staffs and top-level tournaments, Hayhurst undoubtedly benefitted from his time spent this offseason with Select as he enters a big season ahead.
— Select Basketball (@SelectHoopsUSA) July 22, 2018
Rounding out the recent batch of Idaho State offers to in-state prospects is none other than Jace Whiting, a player who continues to propel himself up our rankings and into the spotlight nationally as he spent his grassroots season playing with Exum Elite in the Adidas Gauntlet. Back in mid-July, Whiting was offered by the Bengals and is already in a crowded lineup of other D-1 schools with their eyes on Whiting.
Whiting plays at Burley for his father head coach Trent Whiting, whom also coached Jace’s AAU team this past grassroots season. As part of the Exum Elite roster, Whiting traveled literally coast to coast playing against some of the best prospects in the entire country in the Adidas Gauntlet. An ultra-skilled shooter, Whiting added to his already excellent tool box of skills while playing for Exum Elite and top programs including a number of division I level schools that are taking notice ahead of the upcoming prep season.
— Exum Elite (@UtahProspects) July 13, 2018