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Morning Power Bar: Point Guard City

Basketball seasons come and go, but recruiting never sleeps. BT Powerhouse has it smothered, covered, and delivered.

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The recruitment offers continued to flow this week. A total of 13 offers were extended plus one major committment from 2016 4-Star Point Guard Tony Carr. The headline prospect this week is 2016 3-Star Point Guard Tyson Carter from Starkville High School (MS). He was targeted by three Big Ten schools this week in Ohio State on July 30 and Illinois and Indiana on August 3.

The verbal committment from Carr jumped Penn State 14 spots to #7 in the 2016 Team Rankings per 247/Sports. In addition to Carr, the Nittany Lions have landed 3-Stars Nazeer Bostick (Small Forward) and Joe Hampton (Power Forward). Coach Pat Chambers still has two more scholarships available with 20 open offers on the board.

Label this week of recruitment activity "Point Guard City" as six prospects: Carter, Carr, Troy Brown, Courtney Raney, Aaron Thompson, and Xavier Simpson have been receiving all the love from Big Ten schools.

2016 3-Star PG Tyson Carter 6-4/170

His father Greg Carter played basketball for Mississippi State and is his high school coach at Starkville (MS). He is ranked #2 in the state per 247/Sports and has received 12 offers, including Mississippi State, Memphis, Rhode Island, Iowa State, and Murray State.

Last season, he guided Starkville to a Class 6A state championship where he averaged 17 points, three rebounds, and five assists per game. No doubt, he was the team's engine at point guard. He plays AAU ball for Da House on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit.

The skinny on Carter is that he is a versatile player capable of the point or shooting guard positions. He has great floor vision, a high basketball IQ, and can score anywhere on the floor. He has a deft touch on floaters down the lane. His ball-handling skills are excellent with the ability to change pace. He needs to develop upper body strength. Check out Carter's mixtape:

Big Ten Offers & Commits, News & Notes

8/1/2015: 2017 SF Myles Douglas receives offer from Penn State.

8/1/2015: Nebraska coach Tim Miles hires new assistant coach Phil Beckner.

Phil Beckner spent the past season as an assistant in the NBA Developmental League. He specializes in player development and recruiting, especially in the south and west regions of the country. It has been a coaching carousel for Miles. First, Chris Harriman left for New Mexico and then Rashon Burno left for Arizona State after seven weeks on the job.

8/2/2015: 2018 PG Courtney Raney receives offer from Illinois.

Check out Raney's mixtape from three years ago:

8/3/2015: 2016 SF Mario Kegler receives offer from Indiana.

This 4-Star prospect has game. He is ranked #32 in the nation, #7 at small forward, and the top player in Mississippi per 247/Sports. The Jackson native attended Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, FL, but is looking to upgrade at a more prominent school.

He is listed at 6' 7" and 195 lbs. He has received over 21 offers, among them Ohio State, Maryland, Penn State, Villanova, UNLV, Arizona and Arizona State.

Kegler is a multi-dimensional force who can play the 3-4-5 positions. He is dominant on the boards, a tough defender, solid finisher, and has a smooth touch from the perimeter.

8/3/2015: 2016 PG Tyson Carter receives offer from Illinois and Indiana.

Both Carter and Kegler play AAU ball for MBA Hoops of the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. The duo hail from Mississippi and word on the street is that both are leaning towards Mississippi State.

8/3/2015: 2016 PG Tony Carr commits to Penn State.

This 4-Star is a Philadelphia native and attends Roman Catholic High School. He is listed at 6' 4" and 185 lbs. Carr is ranked #9 at point guard and #1 in Pennsylvania per 247/Sports. He received 17 offers, among them Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Georgetown, Florida State, and Xavier. He will be eligible to sign his LOI in November. Watch his mixtape:

8/3/2015: 2017 PG Troy Brown receives offer from Ohio State.

Point guards keep getting bigger as is the case with the 6' 5" Brown. He is the real deal and a bonafide, certified, rectified 5-Star from Las Vegas Centennial High School. This youngster is rated #7 in the nation, #2 at point guard, and the top player in Nevada of his class per 247/Sports. He has received nine offers and counting from all the big majors, including Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Louisville, Arizona, and UCLA.

Talk about court vision and "eyes behind the head," check out Brown's mixtape with traveling team Las Vegas Prospects:

8/4/2015: 2016 SG Frankie Hughes receives offer from Wisconsin.

8/4/2015: 2016 SF Miles Bridges receives offer from Michigan.


8/4/2015: 2017 SG Javon Pickett receives offer from Illinois.

8/5/2015: 2016 C Clevon Brown receives offer from Purdue and Illinois.

8/6/2015: 2016 PG Xavier Simpson receives offer from Indiana.

Simpson picked up 5th Big Ten offer, the others are Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois, and Iowa. Read more about this 4-Star from Lima, Ohio.

8/6/2015: 2017 PG Aaron Thompson receives offer from Nebraska.

And so sportsrockers, thus ends another Morning Power Bar session. Stay tuned next Friday boys and girls for more up-to-date recruitment hype.

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