Welcome to another weekly edition of Recruiting Round-Up. The week started slowly with only two extended offers, but gained momentum with a final tally of 15 offers and a Michigan commitment from 2016 Class Ibi Watson. Eight teams were active and Purdue was boiling with three offers, including 2016 Point Guard Te'Jon Lucas who was offered by Illinois earlier in the week. The Hawkeyes made three offers, including 2019 phenom Matthew Hurt. And we will preview Nebraska and its 2015 Class, more player profiles, video action, and tons of recruitment updates.
Breaking Down Nebraska
Over the next several weeks, BT Powerhouse will break down and shake down each Big Ten school in order of their rankings per 247/Sports. Last week was #4 Indiana, this week is #5 Nebraska, and #6 Purdue is on deck next Friday.
This is by far Tim Miles' best recruiting class, ranked #34 overall per 247/Sports. It is loaded with five recruits, including two 4-Stars and two 3-Stars. His previous three classes were ranked #88, #65, and #62, respectively, while in Lincoln. During his short tenure, Nebraska has recorded a 47-49 mark, including 21-33 in the Big Ten.
It's hard to be optimistic with a revamped roster heading into the 2015-16 season, especially since the loss of Terran Petteway. This could be Miles toughest season with seven newcomers in walk-ons Josh Lanasa and Johnny Trueblood, and freshmen 3-Star Jack McVeigh, Bakari Evelyn, 3-Star Michael Jacobson, 4-Stars Glynn Watson and Edward Morrow.
It will be up to 6' 7" senior shooting guard Shavon Shields to lead this team. Last year, he averaged 15.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Two other players that saw playing time were 5' 9" senior point guard Benny Parker (4.2 ppg) and junior point guard Tai Webster (3.9 ppg). Big Jake Hammond played 3.3 minutes per game.
Unless this freshmen class can contribute immediately, juniors shooting guard Anton Gill and small forward Andrew White need to step up big time. In addition, sophomores Nick Fuller and BJ Day need to elevate their games. There is plenty of depth and competition for minutes at point guard with Parker, Webster, Watson, and Evelyn.
Andrew White, Nick Fuller, and McVeigh will probably share minutes at small forward and Morrow and Jacobson could be battling for a starting spot at the power forward position. If 6' 10" Hammond doesn't produce at the post, Miles will have to go with a smaller, quicker lineup.
No doubt, this season will be a challenge for Miles and his staff to improve upon last year's 13-18 (2-13) record. Too many question marks regarding starting lineup, playing time, and rotation. The bright side, Nebraska has a relatively forgiving pre-season schedule with nine home games and two away contests.
However, the Huskers will face three tough opponents: at Villanova November 17, home against Miami (FL) December 1, and at Creighton December 9. The remaining games are against the likes of Mississippi Valley State, Delaware State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Abilene Christian, and Samford, to name a few.
Nebraska 2015-2016 Depth Chart
|PG||Benny Parker||Tai Webster||
|SG||Shavon Shields||Anton Gill|
Meet the New Cornhuskers
4-Star Point Guard Glynn Watson 6-1/160
Watson is out of Westchester (IL) St. Joseph High School. He was ranked #67 overall by 247/Sports. He chose Nebraska over Purdue and Minnesota, among others. He played AAU ball for the Illinois Wolves where he averaged 14 points and shot 46 percent from the floor.
He led the Chargers to a second straight Class 3A state title his senior season, averaging 15.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. In the semifinals and finals, he scored a combined 47 points en route to a 29-6 record.
Some of his strengths are change of pace dribbling, lateral quickness and overall speed, leadership, and the ability to slash between defenders to the glass. He needs to develop upper body strength and on-ball defense. Watch his mixtape:
4-star Power Forward Edward Morrow 6-7/215
Ranked #62 in the nation by 247/Sports, Morrow attended national powe Simeon High School (Chicago, IL). He had received 14 offers, including Minnesota, Arkansas, California, Creighton, and West Virginia, among others.
He played his AAU ball for Mac Irvan Fire and averaged 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. In one contest, he scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
He paced Simeon last year with 17points, eight rebounds, and three blocks per game. His strengths are defensive rebounding, athleticism, and finishing through contact. Check ou his mixtape:
Big Ten, Big Offers, Big Names, Big News
7/27/2015: 2017 SG Jaylen Sebree received offer from Indiana.
7/27/2015: 2016 PG Te'Jon Lucas received offer from Purdue.
2016 PG Te'Jon Lucas of Mil Washington (WI) & @MilwaukeeSparta has added an offer from Purdue - his second of the day— NY2LA SPORTS (@ny2lasports) July 27, 2015
7/28/2015: 2015 PF Andy Van Vliet signed LOI with Wisconsin.
7/28/2015: 2017 PF Malik Williams received offer from Purdue.
7/28/2015: 2016 SF De'Riante Jenkins received offer from Rutgers.
Another Florida prospect for the Scarlet Knights, this 4-Star is ranked #53 overall per 247/Sports. Listed at 6' 6" and 180 lbs, Jenkins has received offers from Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Clemson, and South Carolina, to name a few. Recently, in five games with the Upward Stars in Las Vegas, he averaged 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He shot 47.5 percent from the field, including 41.7 percent (8-19) from 3-point range.
7/28/2015: 2018 SF Joey Hauser received offer from Wisconsin.
7/28/2015: 2016 SG Ibi Watson commits to Michigan.
Watson plays for Pickerington Central (OH). That high school should sound familiar to Wolverines' fans because it's the same high school current player Caris LeVert played for. Watson is a 3-Star ranked #13 in Ohio per 247/Sports. He is listed at 6' 5" with a 6' 7" wingspan.
He is described as a versatile scorer who is proficient from long range and mid range and can drive hard to the rack. The youngster has received nine offers, including Indiana, Dayton, Akron, and Miami (OH). Check out his junior season mixtape:
7/28/2015: 2017 SF Justin Smith received offer from Purdue.
7/28/2015: 2017 SG Trent Frazier received offer from Illinois.
7/28/2015: 2018 SG Keldon Johnson received offer from Penn State.
7/29/2015: 2019 SF Matthew Hurt received offer from Iowa.
Iowa has offered forward Matthew Hurt of Rochester JM/D1 Minnesota. @HurtMatthew is one of the elite 2019 talents in the nation.— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) July 29, 2015
Quite a storied basketball family. Matthew is a freshman at John Marshall High School in Rochester, MN. As an eighth-grader he averaged 15.2 points and 5.7 rebounds on the Varsity squad. This 6' 8" youngster is considered the top prospect in the state of the 2019 Class. His first offer was Iowa State and his recruitment is gaining interest from Northwestern, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa. His older brother, Michael, has committed to Minnesota.
7/30/2015: 2017 PF Derek Culver received offer from Iowa.
7/30/2015: 2016 SF Brachen Hazen received offer from Maryland.
Columbia City forward Brachen Hazen (2016) confirms that Maryland has extended an offer to him. They saw him in Fort Wayne last weekend.— Trevor Andershock (@INBBallSource) July 29, 2015
7/30/2015: 2016 PF Ryan Kriener received offer from Iowa.
And so sportsrockers, thus ends another weekly Recruiting Round-Up which was highlighted by Michigan commit Iba Watson along with 15 extended offers. Next Friday BT Powerhouse will preview Purdue's 2015 class plus more recruitment hype.
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