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Posted On: 11/2/18 9:42 AM
November 14, November 21, and November 29. Three important dates to stay cognizant of if you’re a senior basketball prospect. The first two represent the beginning and the end of the Early Signing Period for Division I basketball commits. In Ohio, we’re on-track to have up to 17 seniors sign during that span. Then, November 29: the official start of the high school basketball season.
The imminence of those dates got us thinking that it would be timely to look at the top players who are uncommitted at this time. Although many of the 41 prospects in our weeklong series won’t sign to a D-I program early or late, all of them should play college basketball next season.
Playing with M2K Elite, a Michigan program, this summer, Colbert earned offers from Northwood and Lourdes. This was following a breakout junior high school season where Colbert established himself as an inside-outside scoring and rebounding threat. Right now, he’s a stretch four with athleticism; but, he shows flashes of becoming a dynamic ball-handler who attacks off the bounce consistently.
Malone offered Kinsway in mid-October, his first. We continue to be surprised by Kinsway’s lack of recruitment throughout his career. The powerful 6’4-6’5 athlete is a perfect fit for programs who want to run with smaller lineups. Kinsway can rebound like a four because of his power, effort, and bounce. Meanwhile, his jumper and spin move on the drive are legitimate scoring weapons.
At Hayes this winter, Kinsway and a group of promising non-seniors will be a tough, patient team that should finish with a winning record for the first time in his career.
Despite efforts to build momentum as a basketball recruit this summer, Boyle’s offers still reside on the football side of things as multiple high-academic Division I programs have offered. In basketball, he’s a powerfully and athletically built four with shooting and straight-line drive ability. He can defend multiple spots and out-rebound taller players. We believe Boyle could play at a D-II level.
Per usual, there’s been a loud buzz around Massillon’s football program this winter. Meanwhile, Brett Martin has quietly been waiting to capture the mid-Ohio zeitgeist this winter as he needs a big senior year to earn a scholarship. The sharp-shooter may end up being more of an undersized stretch four because of his willingness to screen and lack of foot speed. Walsh, Malone, Lake Erie, and Mount Union were tracking him this summer.
Martin, a John Hay transfer, is one half of a top ten frontcourt this coming season, alongside Louisville commit Jaelyn Withers. Martin’s athleticism as a combo forward prospect really shines around the rim at the high school level, where he rebounds and finishes with a size advantage. In his short time at the new school, he has received his first offer from Tiffin.