The latest recruiting news and notes from 247Sports basketball recruiting analyst William Gunter in the Monday Morning Tip-Off.
Four-star 2014 guard Devin Mitchell
Mitchell picks up new offers
Recently named 2014 four-star guard Devin Mitchell (Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill) had a solid week picking up six new offers from Wake Forest, Houston, Kansas State, Tulsa, Tennessee and Marquette. For the 6-foot-3, 170 pound prospect, it was something that he expected following the spring evaluation period.
“It is kind of exciting,” Mitchell said. “I have been playing really well so it is not a big shock but it is so much at one time I didn’t think it would be like that, it is just happening so fast.”
Volunteers head coach Cuonzo Martin placed a call to Mitchell on Sunday night to inform him of his latest new offer.
“He just told me that every time he had come to see me play I had gotten better,” Mitchell said. “That goes to show you what hard work does. I have been big on Tennessee and that was one of the schools I really wanted an offer from.”
Due to family connections, the offer from Buzz Williams and the Golden Eagles was also exciting.
“I am from Chicago so that was a big one,” he said. “I go back there every summer and my grandparents live in Wisconsin, about 20 minutes from Milwaukee.”
With new offers rolling in daily and more to come in the next few months, Mitchell is in no rush to narrow things down or make a decision.
Blanton landed a big offer from Memphis last week.
“I had started to kind of cut it down,” he said. “But things picked up and now I am still open to everybody and looking for the right spot.”
Blanton bounces back from injury
Following a broken wrist during the month of March, 2014 wing Temarcus Blanton (Locust Grove, Ga./Luella) was looking to make a statement in the spring evaluation period. Playing with the Atlanta Xpress, the 6-foot-4, 196-pound wing prospect did just that picking up new interest and a big new offer.
“Recruiting has been exciting lately,” Blanton said. “Florida State, Xavier and South Carolina all called last week and then I picked up the Memphis offer about two weeks ago.”
The offer from the Josh Pastner and the Tigers was a big deal for Blanton. He spoke about the reason he was given for picking up the tender.
“They called me after school and told me they loved the way I played in Pittsburgh,” Blanton said. “They said they loved my heart and how hard I play each time out and they were offering me a scholarship.”
Things are just getting going for Blanton with the summer evaluation period still to come. With that in mind he is not focusing on recruiting much just yet instead trying to improve his game.
“Nobody has really started standing out yet,” he said. “I have been just focusing on basketball and getting myself better on the court while trying to finish this year strong in the classroom.”
Four-star 2015 PF Alex Owens
Along with the offer from Memphis, Blanton also holds offers from Mississippi State, Mississippi, Murray State, George Mason and Charlotte along with several mid-major offers.
Gators offer Owens
Four-star 2015 power forward Alex Owens (Orlando, Fla/Oak Ridge) spent the two weeks of the spring evaluation period playing up on the 17 and under level of the Nike EYBL circuit with E1T1. The move paid off with offers from several new schools recently according to the 6-foot-8 prospect.
“I have picked from Clemson, Florida, Central Florida, South Florida, Georgia, Cincinnati and Kansas State,” Owens said. “I have also been receiving interest from Miami, Florida State, Louisville and that is pretty much everybody I can think of right now.”
The big tender came from the Gators last Monday. It was something that meant a lot to Owens and showed him just how far he had come.
“I talked to Coach McCall and he was telling me how they have been watching and like my style of play,” Owens said. “The offer from them meant a lot to me, it showed that everything I have been doing has paid off. It does motivate me though to go harder and stay humble.”
Owens will stay with the E1T1 17’s group this coming weekend when he travels to Dallas for the third leg of the Nike EYBL league.
2014 point guard Nate Mason picked up new offers last week from Clemson, LaSalle, Appalachian State, Tennessee Tech, Towson, William and Mary and Lehigh. Those programs joined a list of that already included Virginia and George Mason. Mason added that Georgia Tech has started to show strong interest since the evaluation period as well.
Mason is currently at Columbia High School (Ga.) however is considering a transfer to Arlington Country Day (Fla.) for his senior season.
2014 Power forward Javis Howard (Irmo, SC/Irmo) picked up new offers from Norfolk State, Southern Mississippi, Presbyterian and High Point. They join several other mid-major programs like Winthrop, Jacksonville and Wofford as schools that have offered. The 6-foot-8 prospect has started to receiving interest from Murray State, Wichita State, VCU, St. Joe’s and Florida Gulf Coast as well.
2014 Point guard Lance Tejada had a strong week at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in the final week of the spring evaluation period. That led to new interest from Florida State and Connecticut as well as Yale. The six-foot point guard also received a new offer from Murray State to go along with current offers from Miami, Central Florida and George Mason. Tejada will join the Nike EYBL circuit this coming weekend playing point guard for the Southern Stampede.
2014 Power forward Markell Lodge (Creedmoor, NC/Christian Faith Academy) picked up two new offers in recent days. Jacksonville and Oklahoma State stepped forward with tenders for the 6-foot-6 prospect while Xavier, St. Louis and St. Joe’s have all started to show interest.
2014 Small forward Jacobi Boykins (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) has picked up offers after the spring evaluation period from Florida Gulf Coast, Rider, Jacksonville, North Florida, Florida Atlantic and Florida International. Boykins suffered through an injury riddled junior season however has started to pick up interest from LaSalle, Wyoming, Georgia Mason, Murray State and Florida.
2015 Shooting guard Fletcher MaGee (Orlando, Fla./First Academy) landed offers from Kansas State and Central Florida during the spring evaluation period. Playing with the E1T1 16 and under group, the 6-foot-4 guard has also started drawing heavy interest from Butler, Xavier, Miami, Baylor and Clemson.
2013 Junior college shooting guard Chad Frazier (Panama City, Fla./Gulf Coast State College) committed to Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday over Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-4 prospect had already made previous commitments to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M during the process but appears to have settled on the Blazers as his college destination.
2013 Power forward Sidy Mohammad-Djitte(Fayetteville, NC/Northwood Temple Academy) is expected to have a decision on Monday morning around 9:00 a.m. between Clemson, Cincinnati and Memphis. The 6-foot-9 prospect has taken official visits to all three schools in recent weeks with his most recent being to see the Tigers this past weekend.