Posted On: 11/28/18 4:35 PM
The Summit League Team Recruiting Rankings are led by Denver and SDSU who were two of the five Summit League programs that grabbed Prep Hoops top 500 players on National Signing Day. Where does your team rank? Find out at Prep Hoops!
Denver (1). The top spot belongs to the Pioneers who need to land five players in the 2019 class and so far their four additions have put them at the top of the league recruiting wise. The most important recruit is 6-foot-10 center Robert Jones, a Minnesota product who at one point had offers from Xavier and Penn State. Jones was highly recruited also by Cal Poly and Princeton among many others but loved the Denver area. Jones is ranked as a top 300 player nationally. The Denver staff added depth to their backcourt by spanning the country and finding Jaire Eastmond in Georgia, Mykell Robinson in Texas, and Owen McGlashan in New Jersey.
South Dakota State (2). Denver earned the top class because of a top 300 player but SDSU has the deepest class when it comes to talent. The biggest name in the SDSU class is Caleb Grill, the second ranked non prep school player in the state of Kansas and a player that earned offers from Texas Tech, Nebraska, and Washington State this past summer. Grill is certainly a player that should be in the PrepHoops Top 500 when the rankings are resorted this winter. SDSU also grabbed their big man of the future in Owen Coburn, a 6-foot-10 low post player who is ranked in the top ten of the Iowa senior prospect rankings. Baylor Scheierman is one of the better 2019s in Nebraska and then 6-foot-7 power forward Douglas Wilson out of Kirkwood Community College (originally from Des Moines, Iowa) is the 64th ranked junior college prospect in the country.
North Dakota (3). UND still has a pair of spots to fill this spring but they are off to a great start. Six-foot-6 forward DeSean Allen-Eikens was offered a scholarship by UND almost three years ago (his first offer) when he was an underclassmen all-state player at Williston High School in North Dakota. DeSean stopped at three prep schools between his Williston days and his eventual return and along the way built up a big list of offers. Over 25 offers were accumulated (Utah State, Indiana State, Buffalo, Illinois State, and Murray State to name a few) helping DeSean earn a spot in the Prep Hoops top 500. Great get for Coach Brian Jones and his staff.
Omaha (4). The Mavericks are the fourth Summit League team to secure a nationally ranked player (in the Prep Hoops top 500). Six-foot-6 power forward Darrius Hughes is highly rated out of Missouri (454th overall nationally) and a key pick-up for Head Coach Derrin Hansen. Hughes is the 7th ranked player in the state of Missouri while 5-foot-11 guard Lamel Robinson is ranked 8th in the state (and also headed to Omaha). Two solid recruits for Omaha who will look to add at least one more player this spring.
South Dakota (5). The Coyotes will have five scholarships to give in the class overall and so far have inked two signatures. One player is Richard Polanco, a 6-foot-8 forward out of San Diego. Polanco is the 52nd ranked junior college player in the nation (according to the Prep Hoops top 100 juco listing) and he originally signed with Eastern Washington before transferring out. Polanco at one point had offers from USC and Nevada. The Coyotes other commit is a bit of a mystery: 6-foot-7 small forward Hunter Goodrick from Australia’s Centre Of Excellence. We aren’t aware of any other offers Goodrick had so it’s tough to really compare him with the recruits of other schools.
Purdue-Fort Wayne (6). The Mastodons are yet another Summit team that signed a Prep Hoops top 500 player. Six-foot-2 shooting guard Chase Johnston had offers from Rice, Florida Gulf Coast, Vermont, and Stetson among others but his decision was to head to Purdue Fort-Wayne. Johnston’s signature is enough to push PFW into sixth on this list by himself.
Oral Roberts (7). In the giant state of Texas six-foot shooting guard Max Abrams is the 34th ranked player overall and he’s headed to ORU. Abrams had offers from Air Force, Army, Marist, and others but picked the Eagle program for his future. Max will be joined by 6-foot-3 wing Kylen Milton out of Arkansas.
Western Illinois (8). The Leathernecks are going for a big class of at least five players and so far they have added two pieces to their future. One is lengthy wing Jaeden King out of Minnesota who was the third leading scorer of the state champion CDH Raiders last year. King is a top 15 level player in the state of Minnesota. The other fall inked talent for Western Illinois is Kyle Arrington, a 6-foot-10 junior college player who is currently ranked 88th in our juco rankings.
North Dakota State (9). The Bison put together a big haul last spring meaning their fall class is limited to only one guy. That one guy is 6-foot-8 forward Noah Christensen out of Breckenridge, Minnesota, a player that is top 15 level in the state of Minnesota who has taken his team to state twice.