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Old 09-14-2017, 10:18 PM
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Missouri State lands another 2018 verbal...
Ronnie Bell is a 6-1 guard (also listed elsewhere as 6-0 and 5-11) from the Kansas City area - who played against Elijah Childs last year, plays in the same conference and was on the All Conference team with Childs
http://www.examiner.net/sports/20170...onference-team

His other offers include Abilene Christian, UMKC, SEMO, LIU-Brooklyn and Drake
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edit- here's another 2018 commit.......

Loyola adds Franklin Agunanne, a 6-9 center from La Lumiere in LaPorte IN
He is a Nigerian (Lagos, Nigeria) who initially landed with a host family in St. Louis (2014) (St. Louis Christian HS) then moved on to San Antonio (St. Anthony’s) TX then transferred to Denton Texas, but unable to play varsity basketball due to their transfer rules - then went to La Lumiere. He also took visits to Tulsa & TCU.
He was 6-9 in junior high when he first arrived in the US but age is never stated (interestingly is stated as "birthdate unknown").

Here are a couple photos from fall of 2014 - looks pretty developed for a 7-8th grader




2018
Bradley - (2 open scholarships)
Drake - Adam Thistlewood, Kendle Moore, James Moors (4 scholarships)
Evansville - (6 scholarships)
Illinois State - Demontay Dixon (1 scholarship)
Indiana State - De'Avion Washington (3 scholarships)
Loyola - Franklin Agunanne (2 scholarships)
Missouri State - Kabir Mohammed, Ronnie Bell (3 scholarships)
UNI - AJ Green (3 scholarships)
SIU - Darius Beane, Sam Shafer (2 scholarships)
Valparaiso - Javon Freeman-Liberty ( scholarships)


2019
Bradley - Aristide Boya (6 open scholarships)
Illinois State - Chris Payton
UNI - James Betz

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Old 09-15-2017, 02:24 PM
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Big day in the Valley as Drake lands a commitment from a 2018 recruit from Auckland, New Zealand- James Moors,
a 6-9 forward - he had narrowed and visited San Francisco & SIU as well
http://verbalcommits.com/players/james-moors
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Old 09-17-2017, 05:36 PM
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Indiana State reached into Iowa to land 2018 Blake Brinkmeyer
https://twitter.com/VerbalCommits/st...44504763416576



2018
Bradley - (2 open scholarships)
Drake - Adam Thistlewood, Kendle Moore, James Moors (4 scholarships)
Evansville - (6 scholarships)
Illinois State - Demontay Dixon (1 scholarship)
Indiana State - De'Avion Washington, Blake Brinkmeyer (2 scholarships)
Loyola - Franklin Agunanne (2 scholarships)
Missouri State - Kabir Mohammed, Ronnie Bell (3 scholarships)
UNI - AJ Green (3 scholarships)
SIU - Darius Beane, Sam Shafer (2 scholarships)
Valparaiso - Javon Freeman-Liberty ( scholarships)


2019
Bradley - Aristide Boya (6 open scholarships)
Illinois State - Chris Payton
UNI - James Betz
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Old 09-24-2017, 05:41 AM
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There is a report that Missouri State has landed 2018 Grant Gelon -
Gelon spent a year at Indiana before transferring to State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO
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Old 09-27-2017, 06:36 AM
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we are approaching the fall signing period.....SIX WEEKS AWAY!

it begins on Wednesday November 8, 2017 and lasts one week until midnight Wednesday November 15, 2017
All of the 2018 commits below are eligible to & expected to sign a Letter of Intent except Xavier transfer Jared Ridder



2018
Bradley - (2 open scholarships)
Drake - Adam Thistlewood, Kendle Moore, James Moors (4 scholarships)
Evansville - (6 scholarships)
Illinois State - Demontay Dixon (1 scholarship)
Indiana State - De'Avion Washington, Blake Brinkmeyer (2 scholarships)
Loyola - Franklin Agunanne (2 scholarships)
Missouri State - Kabir Mohammed (juco), Ronnie Bell, Grant Gelon (juco), Jared Ridder (transfer not eligible until 2018 but won't sign a LOI) (1 scholarship)
UNI - AJ Green (3 scholarships)
SIU - Darius Beane, Sam Shafer (2 scholarships)
Valparaiso - Javon Freeman-Liberty ( scholarships)


2019
Bradley - Aristide Boya (6 open scholarships)
Illinois State - Chris Payton
UNI - James Betz
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:10 PM
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Drake just got a commitment tonight from 6'5" wing Messiah Jones from Simeon HS.
Bradley had interest in him, and he made an unofficial visit to Bradley last February-
http://bradleyfans.com/vb/showthread.php?t=26810

http://verbalcommits.com/players/messiah-jones
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:39 AM
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Drake just got a commitment tonight from 6'5" wing Messiah Jones from Simeon HS.
Bradley had interest in him, and he made an unofficial visit to Bradley last February-
http://bradleyfans.com/vb/showthread.php?t=26810

http://verbalcommits.com/players/messiah-jones
I liked some of the things I saw from him at the tournament last year. Any word on if Bradley stopped actively recruiting him? It stings to see in state guys have success in the Valley when we swing and miss.
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:10 AM
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I can only give you my opinions but I think it is hinted by who we are bringing in for visits what our staff is looking for...

Messiah Jones is listed as a small forward - but surely if you saw any of his games, he is NOT a college-small-forward or wing player at all - the game he plays is a low post banger at 6-5. He never even attempts a shot from more than point blank range.

I think that severely limited the number of mid-major and high major offers he was gonna get.
He might morph his game into a small forward/wing but if we went hard to land him - then he'd be behind several players we already have battling for wing/SF/low post positions (Childs, Stipanovich, Kennell, van Bree).

I think with our two open 2018 scholarships we are targeting point guard (Ty Mosley, Mark Freeman), wing guys that can replace McGlaston (Koureissi, Bandoumel) and PF or guys that can be big wing players (Jojo Toppin, Mickey Pearson, Amir Allen, Tremell Murphy)
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:17 PM
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BTW- not MVC, but DePaul picked up a comittment from a kid in Class of 2022 - Amari Bailey
a kid who has never attended a day of high school yet...
https://twitter.com/search?q=amari%20bailey&src=typd
DePaul, which already had one verbal commit from an 8th grader (class of 2022)- a 2-star 6'2" point guard named Amari Bailey-
http://verbalcommits.com/players/amari-bailey

Today (10/9/17) just received another 2022 verbal commit from a 2-star 6'1" point guard named Skyy Clark-
http://verbalcommits.com/players/skyy-clark


Dave Leitao was last seen recruiting at a kindergarten looking for 2030 talent.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:35 PM
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DePaul also got a verbal from Cully Payne when Payne was just an 8th grader- I wonder how that turned out..


btw- in a recent ranking of top 8th graders (Class of 2022)
Skyy Clark was ranked #73! Does anyone recognize even one of the names in the 72 spots ahead of Skyy? Or even any of the other 99 in the Top 100?
http://topeliteballers.com/player-ra...class-of-2022/
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:37 AM
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Loyola gets commitment from
2018 PG Isaiah Bujdoso from Hamilton Ontario (Canada) - he is listed at 6-2, 160 lb



2018
Bradley - (2 open scholarships)
Drake - Adam Thistlewood, Kendle Moore, James Moors, Messiah Jones (3 scholarships)
Evansville - (6 scholarships)
Illinois State - Demontay Dixon (1 scholarship)
Indiana State - De'Avion Washington, Blake Brinkmeyer, Cooper Neese (transfer - eligible in 2018-19) (1 scholarships)
Loyola - Franklin Agunanne, Isaiah Bujdoso (1 scholarship)
Missouri State - Kabir Mohammed (juco), Ronnie Bell, Grant Gelon (juco), Jared Ridder (transfer not eligible until 2018 but won't sign a LOI) (1 scholarship)
UNI - AJ Green (3 scholarships)
SIU - Darius Beane, Sam Shafer (2 scholarships)
Valparaiso - Javon Freeman-Liberty ( scholarships)


2019
Bradley - Aristide Boya (6 open scholarships)
Illinois State - Chris Payton
UNI - James Betz

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Old 10-12-2017, 07:51 PM
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Loyola gets another 2018 commitment, this one from a kid from a suburb of Kansas City-
Cooper Kaifes, a 6'3" shooting guard from Mill Valley HS in Shawnee, Kansas.
http://verbalcommits.com/players/cooper-kaifes

That is Loyola's 3rd commitment for 2018-
http://verbalcommits.com/schools/loyola-il
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:31 PM
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ISU lands a 2018 commitment
2018 6’9 PF Rey Idowu - another Florida kid who was originally Class of 2017 but didn't get a lot of offers so reclassified as 2018
so he's doing a year of prep school at Clearwater Academy
His other offers included Louisiana Tech, Canisius, ETSU, La-Lafayette, New Hampshire, Cornell, Little Rock, and IPFW
https://twitter.com/Aholmes20/status/918976110578323456
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ISU lands a 2018 commitment
2018 6’9 PF Rey Idowu
https://twitter.com/Aholmes20/status/918976110578323456

I am trying to find out more about this kid, but there isn't much available info.
He is not highly rated, and has only lower midmajor offers. He is now listed on Verbalcommits.com, but he is not listed in any other recruiting site database that I can find.
http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/rey-idowu

Here is a video, and he looks like a big kid with some potential-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Odsx1BWnrw

Illinois State just got a commitment a few weeks ago from an almost identical under-the-radar player- 6'9" post player Demontry Dixon
http://bradleyfans.com/vb/showthread...#post825132441
http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/demontay-dixon
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:15 PM
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I am trying to find out more about this kid, but there isn't much available info.
He is not highly rated, and has only lower midmajor offers. He is now listed on Verbalcommits.com, but he is not listed in any other recruiting site database that I can find.
http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/rey-idowu

Here is a video, and he looks like a big kid with some potential-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Odsx1BWnrw

Illinois State just got a commitment a few weeks ago from an almost identical under-the-radar player- 6'9" post player Demontry Dixon
http://bradleyfans.com/vb/showthread...#post825132441
http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/demontay-dixon
Pantagraph article says that Illinois was coming down to watch him and that he was starting to draw interest from other high-major teams like WSU. Also great to see that he is a straight-A student and scored 1350 on the SAT. Can't teach size.
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Old 10-14-2017, 03:09 AM
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I would have a suspicion that if the U of I coaches were going to make a recruiting trip to Florida - they likely were planning to watch more than one single player...
..and if Idowu made a trip all the way up here to check out ISU then drive over to IPFW, how come he didn't stop at Champaign-Urbana?
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DePaul, which already had one verbal commit from an 8th grader (class of 2022)- a 2-star 6'2" point guard named Amari Bailey-
http://verbalcommits.com/players/amari-bailey

Today (10/9/17) just received another 2022 verbal commit from a 2-star 6'1" point guard named Skyy Clark-
http://verbalcommits.com/players/skyy-clark
DePaul picked dead last in the Big East again...
...so if DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is getting all these Class of 2022 verbals - what's the likelihood he is even gonna be there five years from now if he does indeed keep finishing last?


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