The Evaluation Period ended this weekend with three major AAU tournaments: Fab 48, the Las Vegas Classic, and the Adidas Championships. Yet, there was a calm of recruitment activity as only three offers were extended. Illinois offered 2016 point guard Te'Jon Lucas, Wisconsin offered 2017 shooting guard Kobe King, and Maryland granted 2016 shooting guard De Andre Hunter an offer.
The Fighting Illini have made 13 offers to the 2016 Class with two spots to fill and no commitments. It was Wisconsin's first offer for the 2017 Class with five scholarships available and no commitments. Maryland has extended 18 offers to the 2016 Class with three spots left and has received a verbal commitment from 3-Star Point Guard Anthony Cowan.
The final Evaluation Period of July ended Sunday at 5PM. Next on the recruiting calendar is the Quiet Period which is a restricted time that prevents a coach from having any off campus viewing or interaction with the athlete and parents. However, the athlete is allowed official and unofficial visits, letters, Emails, and calls. This will last for about six weeks, then the recruiting push starts back up September 9-30.
Here's the Scoop on each Recruit:
Illinois offers 3-Star 2016 Point Guard Te'Jon Lucas
2016 PG Te'Jon Lucas of Mil Washington (WI) & @MilwaukeeSparta has added an offer from Illinois— NY2LA SPORTS (@ny2lasports) July 25, 2015
Lucas is listed at 6' 0" and 155 lbs. He has received six offers, among them are Drake, Memphis and Old Dominion. He is gaining interest from Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Marquette. He hails from Milwaukee, WI, and played high school ball for Milwaukee Washington. Lucas averaged 14.3 points and 5.2 assists per game last season.
He played AAU ball for the Milwaukee Spartans and was named NY2LA Tourney MVP in early May. Check out these raw highlights::
Lucas has a tremendous knack of dribble penetration to the rack and finishing with either hand. He likes to push the tempo up and down the floor and shows great court vision in transition. He is a good passer and has a nice outside touch. He is a scoring point guard with tight handles and an excellent feel for the game.
Wisconsin offers 4-Star 2017 Shooting Guard Kobe King
Wisconsin has offered Kobe King of LaCrosse Central.— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) July 25, 2015
King is listed at 6' 2" and 175 lbs and is rated the #44 prospect in the nation, #9 at shooting guard, and the top player in Wisconsin per 247/Sports. He is from La Crosse and plays for Central High School. Last season, King averaged 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
He has received nine offers, including Iowa State, Marquette, and Northern Iowa. According to Scout's Benjamin Worgull, King plans to make an official visit to Wisconsin in August.
This kid is well-built and a very athletic wing with deep, lethal shooting range. Furthermore, he can take defenders off the dribble, penetrate, and score. Check out his awesome dunk over teammate in warmups. Talk about explosive vertical:
Maryland offers 3-Star 2016 Shooting Guard De Andre Hunter
RT @R_Miller12: 2016 Philly Pride (PA) forward DeAndre Hunter has received an offer from Maryland.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) July 27, 2015
Hunter has made huge strides this spring and summer as the offers continue to roll in and he very well could be upgraded to 4-Star status by summer's end. He has received 17 offers so far, among them are Rutgers, Penn State, UConn, UNLV, Virginia, Villanova, and Seton Hall.
He is a Philadelphia native and attends Friends' Central High School. The 6' 7" Hunter is ranked #24 in the nation at shooting guard by 247/Sports. He will probably be a small forward in college.
This past spring, he played AAU ball for Philly Pride on the Under Armour Association circuit. where he averaged 14 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The lanky wing player competed at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June and scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting in one game and dropped 16 points and grabbed three rebounds in another game.
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