The first evaluation period of July commenced this past weekend and several Big Ten coaches and staff were out in full force for the Nike Peach Jam (North Augusta, GA), the Under Armour All-America Camp (Baltimore, MD), and the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale (Atlanta, GA). Let's launch the ballyhoo.
Minnesota offered 2017 Point Guard Darius Perry and 2016 Power Forward Reed Nikko. The Gophers' 2016 class already has one committ in 3-Star Small Forward Michael Hurt. They have generated 15 open offers and have two spots available. The 2017 class has no committs and eight open offers with three scholarships remaining.
Rutgers offered a pair of shooting guards in 2016 DeAndre Hunter and 2017 Michael Okaura and 2016 point guard Quentin Jackson Jr. The Scarlet Knights have 16 open offers on the table for the 2016 class with no committs and four scholarships available. The 2017 class consists of nine offers, no committs, and five scholarship positions.
Here's the scoop on each recruit:
2016 Point Guard Quentin Jackson Jr 6-4/195
Thankful to have received an offer from Rutgers Univeristy pic.twitter.com/291fE86TwH— Quentin Jackson Jr. (@QAJ5_) July 12, 2015
Eddie Jordan was on hand Friday night for the Peach State Select 24, liked what he saw in Jackson, and offered Sunday morning. One of the fastest-rising players in the country, that makes 23 offers and counting for this pure, highly-coveted point guard. The long list includes Northwestern, Harvard, De Paul, Clemson, Florida, and Florida State, to name a few.
This 4-Star has a great feel for the game and is very cerebral. He has explosive quickness and size and tons of scoring capabilities. He transferred to Carlisle School (VA) from Word of God in Raleigh, NC after his sophomore season.
Check out the handles on this youngster. Tell me Mr. Jackson doesn't have his act together, "books and basketball."
2017 Point Guard Darius Perry 6-2/160
Just heard Richard Pitino (Minnesota) offered Darius Perry after watching him play today @ESPNRNHoops— Reggie Rankin (@ReggieRankin) July 10, 2015
Perry is a 4-Star ESPN Top 60 Player from Powder Springs, Florida. He has received six offers, among them Wake Forest, Xavier, Florida State, and Kansas State. Only 15-years-old, he is the backup point guard for Game Elite 17-U squad of the Adidas Gauntlet Series.
Perry has ideal size and length for a point guard. He is a good ball-handler and mid-range jump shooter. He has explosive quickness and does a nice job penetrating the lane.
Watch this kid fill it up from NBA 3-point range.
2016 Power Forward Reed Nikko 6-9/210
2016 PF/C Reed Nikko from Maple Grove/Net Gain Sports has received an offer from University of Minnesota #Gophers— NY2LA SPORTS (@ny2lasports) July 11, 2015
Richard Pitino offered this 3-Star local boy from Maple Grove (MN) High School. Nikko has received six offers, including Missouri, Fairfield, and North Dakota. Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Nebraska are showing interest.
2016 Shooting Guard DeAndre Hunter 6-7/180
— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) July 10, 2015
Hunter has exceptional size for a shooting guard. He hails from Philadelphia, PA, and has received nine offers from Penn State, St. John's, and North Carolina State. Arkansas, Maryland, and Virginia have shown interest. This 3-Star is ranked #26 in the nation per 247/Sports at his position.
Hunter missed his sophomore season at Friends' Central School due to a broken ankle. However, he has fully recovered and is on the radar as a high-major wing. He plays AAU ball for Philly Pride of the Under Armour Association. He is the team leader in points (14.0 ppg) and rebounds (5.2 rpg).
He is a versatile wing player that can face-up or play with his back to the basket. He has the length to defend any position. Hunter has a nice stroke from 3-point range and not afraid to shoot from mid-range.
Check out this smooth operator with an array of shot-making goodies.
2017 Shooting Guard Michael Okaura 6-3/18
2017 PG Mike Okauru of Garner Road has picked up his first offer from Rutgers. Great size & athleticism. @michaelokauru— Future150.com (@Future150) July 11, 2015
Rutgers is the first school to offer Okauru from Raleigh, NC. He plays AAU ball for Team Garner Road of the Under Armour Association. He is long, slashes to the rack, and has great decision-making in transition. That first offer is always exciting and plenty of his buddies shared in the excitement with tweets and retweets. Here is a couple of them.
Congrats to my boy @michaelokauru on his 1st offer! Many more to come homie— David Reynolds (@Dreynolds30) July 12, 2015
— Dwayne West (@garnerroad) July 11, 2015
And so, there you have it, smothered, covered, and delivered. Monday and Tuesday are Dead Periods before the second Evaluation Period heats up July 15-19.
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