Posted On: 10/12/18 2:06 PM
This week has been a big one, and it is only Friday afternoon. There have been four players who have come off the board this week with Hank Pulver, Ryan Segall, Wendell DeMyers, and Jesse Bingham committing to NAIA and DII programs. Those are four really impressive players already this week with a weekend that could bring with it a few more.
Huntington University and Huntington North (IN) have quite the relationship. Literally being right across the road from each other is helpful and the 4A school usually has enough talent to keep players coming in. The latest of which is 6’6 wing Hank Pulver.
Pulver is a long, lean wing that can handle the ball and has a lot of room to grow. He’s tapped into his skill a bit as a ball handler and shooter but with some key development he could become of the better players heading into the Crossroads League next year. Likely playing as a 2/3/4 on the perimeter, Hank should provide some defensive help and shooting early with the ability to become a starter level talent in years 2, 3, and 4.
Anytime you can head to a winning program, that is an ideal situation. For homeschool standout Ryan Segall, that opportunity was too good to pass up. With multiple DII schools showing interest, an offer from Ferris State was the fit for him.
Ryan should be a solid player in the GLIAC as a post that can stretch and shoot a bit. His frame, at 6’10, has some strength already and can really help him to get some playing time early if needed. He will need to continue to develop his post scoring ability but his skill as a shooter on the perimeter is already pretty solid and could get him some scoring chances if he can prove he can defend at a high level to get on the court early. Long term fit for a high-level DII program.
One of the more underrated players in the class is 2019 guard Wendell DeMyers and now an out-of-state school has gotten him to pull the trigger before others could get involved. DeMyers committed to DII McKendree on Friday morning making this the third DII commitment this week.
For Wendell, it is all about development with his scoring. The 6’4 guard has great handles for his size, is attack oriented, and really athletic. However, he will need to improve the jump shot and find paths to the rim more often. He does some things athletically with the ball that show his massive upside but just hasn’t put it together enough to breakout. That could happen this season with Avon (IN) and if so, a lot of local programs could be kicking themselves for not getting involved sooner.
For a long time, it was the University of Indianapolis that looked to be in the drivers seat to land Warren Central (IN) wing Jesse Bingham. Maybe even before they offered. Now, they got their guy and a good one from the Indy area.
Jesse, a 6’5 wing, has proven to be a guy on the verge of having a breakout stretch. He was really aggressive and effective at Indy’s Elite Camp and has shown that he can be really good going at the rim. He’s going to have to get to where that mid-range jumper extends to a three-point shot. If he can prove that the range is going to get better, he’s got a chance to be an impact player for the Greyhounds.