Posted On: 08/10/18 5:00 PM

 With the July evaluation period now in the rear view mirror, several players from the Class of 2019 have wasted little time in giving verbal commitments. Here is a look at those latest commits.

Avery Taggart 6’3″ Eureka (Southern Illinois) – Taggart had originally committed to SIU to play football, but he still had the basketball jones going on. Playing for TEM Select, he was a big stock riser in July, which included three Division II scholarship offers after a strong performance at the Adidas Three Stripes in St. Charles. He followed up with another big weekend at the Jayhawk Finale and an offer from Southern Illinois followed. Shortly after, Taggart committed to the Salukis where he plans to play both football and basketball.

Broc Smith 6’4″ Republic (Drury) – The talented wing was a consistent player throughout the entire grassroots season for MO Team Carroll. His 3-point shooting was excellent and he earned several Division II offers in the process. In the end. Smith decided to stay close to home and attend Drury, which is one of the top programs in the tough Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Glen McClintock 6’1″ Rockhurst (Air Force) – McClintock is a returning starting guard for a Hawklets team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 5 state tournament. He earned the Air Force offer in late June after some solid play with Team Rush during the spring. He decided to commit the Mountain West Conference school this week.

Trenton Smith 6’6″ Carl Junction (Southwest Baptist) – The strong power forward gave his commitment to nearby Southwest Baptist after a strong grassroots season with MO Team Carroll. One of the top post players in the Southwest Missouri region, Smith had several Division II offers.

Ben Cooper 6’2″ Helias (Truman State) – The talented guard from Mid-Missouri gave his pledge to Truman State of the GLVC this week. He had been getting a lot of interest from a number of Division II schools. Cooper ran with the Gateway Basketball Club during the summer.