Every Friday, BTPowerhouse’s Big Ten Morning Power Bar will detail what’s going on across the league on the recruiting trail. I’ll do my best to give you the good, the bad and the outlandish, right here, right now.
If you don’t like lists or photo edits that show high school basketball players in different schools jerseys or as cartoon versions of themselves with logos forming an almost collegiate halo effect around them, this is probably not the post for you.
You’ve been warned.
Gerald Drumgoole’s Big Summer
Gerald Drumgoole probably isn’t on many Big Ten or college basketball fans radars; and its no fault of your own. Last years All-Greater Rochester Basketball Player of the year has mostly been recruited for... football. Despite having multiple offers to play tight end at schools including Buffalo, Temple and Toledo, Drumgoole made the decision to stick with basketball moving forward.
And for good reason.
After a strong showing with his AAU team, City Rocks, at the Nike Peach Jam a few weeks ago, the 6’5” guard picked up two BIG Division I offers. One from Georgia. And the other?
It seems that was all the reason Drumgoole needed to not only give up football for good, but to announce that he’s taking his talents to La Lumiere Prep School in La Porte, Indiana. Yes, THAT La Lumiere.
Why is that so important?
Well, he’ll be joining forces with 2019 5-star power forward and general hype-beast, Isaiah Stewart:
Stewart — who also has an offer from Maryland but didn’t list them in his Top-10 schools back in May — currently has both Indiana and Michigan State in the running to land his services upon graduation. Could these two become a package deal?
Trayce Jackson-Davis the next Tyler Cook?
HEY! Stop laughing. That really hurts. You know I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to dream a little dream in which a 2019 5-star forward comes to Iowa City and finally wakes up the masses by purposely trying to break the hoops inside of Carver Hawkeye Areana:
Trust me, I’m just as shocked as you are that that little yellow bird made it’s way into Trayce Jackson-Davis current list of programs he’s interested in:
So you’re saying there’s a chance!?
Nah? Not really? Well, then, I hope you enjoy him Hoosier fans. I hope you really, REALLY enjoy him.
A Sunrise in Minnesota?
Earlier this offseason, Richard Pitino hired Kyle Lindsted, the former Sunrise Christian Prep School head basketball coach, as an assistant in his program. With former Sunrise alumni having joined the Gophers in the past in Bakary Konate and Dupree McBrayer, Pitino (and Lindsted) are hoping to go to the well one more time in hopes of coming away with 2019 combo guard, Austin Crowley:
Thankful for all the schools who have recruited me, but for the time being I will be focusing on these 3 schools ❗️ I want to thank my parents and siblings for pushing me to this point Edit by @nickwenger5 pic.twitter.com/MJvMTAv12V— Austin Crowley (@TheRealAC5) August 6, 2018
Stop me if you’ve heard it all before, but from the looks of it, Pitino fell in love with the prospects of Crowley at Peach Jam and offered him immediately after his first game. It’s no wonder why. The Mississippi native is one of the more athletic and long players I’ve seen in the 2019 class (with some expecting him to add another inch or two in height before he graduates) and has some of the best bunnies around:
With his versatility on both ends of the floor and his ability to be a primary or secondary ball handler, Crowley could be a huge piece for the Golden Gophers moving forward.
The Drew (Timme) League
And finally, we have 2019 4-start forward, Drew Timme releasing his Top-10 finalists with not one, not two, but three Big Ten schools in the running:
For those that don’t know anything about Timme, well, you’re truly missing out. Not only did he have offers from over 30-programs, but from a report from CBS Sports earlier this month, he’s one of the goofiest dudes you’ll ever see basketball... and also one of the best trash talkers around:
Thanks to a sweat-soaked throwback-style headband that holds back his floppy hair, which complements his adolescent beard, which somehow aesthetically enhances his gangly -- but skilled -- back-to-the-basket arsenal, Drew Timme is the colorful image of a basketball nonconformist.
What he lacks in athleticism he makes up for in keenness and trash talk. Near the end of games, when opponents think they’ve got his moves and rhythms figured out, Timme will pull out a new technique and again show why he’s a farrago of ripening basketball ability.
If he’s not your favorite recruit moving forward, I’m not sure we can be friends:
This dude will surely be my new spirit animal if he ends up in the Big Ten.