AZ Boys Starting To Reel In Offers
With the first live period in the books and college coaches getting their first look at some of Arizona's top talent on the circuit this spring, the offers are starting to roll little by little. Within the last 4 hours there have been 8 new Division-I scholarship offers extended to Arizona players. Those 8 offers span through 6 players and 7 different college programs. Four of those players play for in-state AAU programs while 2 play their club ball for California-based teams. Of the 8 extended, 5 of the schools offering are considered high-major programs. The other 2 are very solid mid-majors.
You can not count many prospects on the west coast whose recruitment is hotter than 6-foot-6 2020 guard Dalen "DT" Terry from Corona Del Sol. Terry suited up for his Compton Magic 16U elite squad next to a talented supporting cast and shined over the weekend at the Adidas Gauntlet in Irvington. While Terry is just scratching the surface of the player he will be in the future, he is gaining ground much quicker than expected. On Sunday night he was offered a full-ride scholarship to UNLV. Before he could even fully let that settle in, he would pick up his first offer from a PAC-12 school, as California-Berkley would extend an offer. Newly-hired Assistant Coach David Grace had been recruiting Dalen since his time at UCLA, and took that interest and intrigue in him to Northern California and got the offer done on Tuesday night. Terry now holds offers to those two schools, as well as Grand Canyon. He will take the court to showcase that length and ability that has schools surrounding the court to see him this weekend in Atlanta for the 2nd session of the Adidas Gauntlet.
One of the only players in the state whose recruitment is heating up as much as Terry's is 6-foot-10 2020 stretch 4-man Shon Robinson from Higley High. Before Robinson could even put his Jamal Murray Elite jersey on and lace up his Adidas sneakers for the weekend, he received an offer from Ole Miss on Friday morning. He followed that up with a great showing in Irvington at the Adidas Gauntlet. His performance would earn him another high-major offer with the USC Trojans coaching staff in attendance in their backyard. As much as Dalen's talents are intriguing, so are Shon's. At 6-10, he is a lethal outside shooter and is starting to bulk up and play so much tougher inside. He had several big-boy dunks over the weekend and showcased his ability to score at all 3 levels. He also looks to be improving much more on the defensive end. His recruitment should continue to sky rocket in Atlanta this weekend as well. The Chicago-native now pockets offers from numerous mid and high major programs all across the country.
One of the most recognizable faces in all of high school and AAU basketball is 6-foot-3 2020 point guard Nico Mannion. It is starting to become a national image of him in his West Coast Elite uniform playing for Ryan Silver's West Coast juggernaut. While Mannion can undoubtedly pick his school for the most part up to this point, he would receive an offer from a school you don't much hear from in the state of Arizona. The defending national champion's coaching staff was in attendance for Nico's games at the Under Armour circuit in Dallas over the weekend with Head Coach Jay Wright sitting front-row. Nico would get offered a scholarship from Villanova on Monday. Mannion now holds offers from 21 Division-I college programs with tons more set to roll in.
Powerhouse 17U Elite's 6-foot-5 2019 wing Majok "Juke" Deng (Salpointe Catholic) has just picked up his 22nd offer from Kansas State on Tuesday evening. Deng is the only player in Arizona AIA ball that holds over 20+ D-I offers not named Nico Mannion. Deng was also out in Dallas on the Under Armour circuit this past weekend and had a great showing in front of numerous college coaches at every one of his games. Deng should be close to nailing down a top preferred school list soon. However, while he does he will compile the offer list and see if anything comes his way that stands out to him. Juke will be in Indianapolis this weekend for the Under Armour event.
As reported in an article by Relentless Recruiting yesterday, Powerhouse's 6-foot-7 2019 Forward Andre "Big Dre" Harris (Red Mountain) and 6-foot-3 2020 guard Evan Nelson (Salpointe Catholic) were both offered scholarships from UC-Irvine. Both will join Deng in Indy this weekend on the UAA circuit.
No doubt there will be more to come. Stay tuned...