Posted On: 11/29/18 6:00 AM

The season is well underway!  There is action all across the state and on our travels we caught up with some prospects to get the latest with their recruitments.  Check out our newest installment of the Recruiting Notebook!


We start the notebook off this week with the lone commitment in the last few days.  Lyons point guard Josh Berry gave his commitment to attend Carnegie Mellon University.  The high IQ guard told us why they were his choice.  “I chose Carnegie Mellon because of the great team chemistry between the guys I met on my visit.  Coach Wingen made me a priority throughout the whole process.  I wanted a school that combines high level academics and athletics.  Carnegie Mellon does that playing in the competitive UAA Conference.”  Good pick up in the state’s #86 ranked senior.


Orr’s new standout wing Greg Outlaw made an impact when we saw him play at the Abe’s Roundball Classic.  The athletic small forward got to the rim and also showed he could knock down shots.  Outlaw told us on the recruiting front he said Wyoming is involved.  UW-Milwaukee and UIC are showing interest.  No offers as of right now.


Terry Williams is one of the top returners for Orr.  He is a two guard that is best spotting up for threes.  Williams told us that Florida Southwestern recently offered him.  The Abe’s Roundball Classic was held at Lincoln Land Junior College and after the event was over he landed an offer from the JUCO.


Springfield Lanphier bouncy four man Karl Wright is one of the better power forwards still on the board.  He said he has been hearing from quite a few junior college programs.  Vincennes is showing him a lot of interest.  “They go hard.  I watched them a couple of games with Cardell (McGee).  I have family there.”  Lincoln Trail and Kirkwood are other JUCO’s in the mix.


Curie senior shooting guard Justin Harmon has created some buzz among schools with his play early in the season.  He said Chicago State, University of Illinois-Springfield, McKendree, and Lewis have shown interest in him.


A point guard that impressed by simply playing his role for Curie was Trevon Hamilton.  The pass first point guard got his teammates in positions to succeed.  He said on the recruiting front he is hearing from a lot of D3’s like University of St. Thomas and East Aurora.


Ramean Hinton is the #5 junior in the state.  The strong and athletic Curie wing is primed for a breakout season at the high school level.  On the recruiting front he is already hearing from several schools after a strong summer with Team Rose.  “The only school I have an offer from is UAB.  There are more schools like Miami (OH), Ball State, Green Bay, and Colorado State.”


Mascoutah senior 6’6” face up four man Tyler Jowett impressed us this fall and played well when we saw him earlier this week.  When it comes to playing at the next level he said, “I took a visit to Illinois College a few weeks ago.  Back in September I took a visit to Wisconsin Lutheran College.  I took a visit to Webster.  Lindenwood Belleville offered me a couple weeks ago.”  Any visits planned?  “I will probably take some to a couple JUCOs close like Kaskaskia or McHenry.  Probably take another one to Wisconsin Lutheran College.”


We came away very impressed with the potential of Mascoutah 6’7” power forward Aly Keys who moved to Illinois from Savannah, Georgia.  Bouncy post with length and projectability.  When it comes to recruiting he said he is hearing from Lindenwood-Belleville, UMSL, and Lindenwood (MO).


Mascoutah shooting guard Malik Green is a power wing that can score it.  He says he has heard from Monmouth about basketball, but most of his recruitment is for football which he says he is leaning toward playing at the next level.