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Men's Basketball Recruiting 2017-2018
Verbal Commits is reporting a commitment from 6'3" point guard Xavier Pinson. Buffalo and Toledo were also recruiting him. He will play at Simeon HS (or rather Neal F Simeon Career Academy) in Chicago this year. Last year he was at St Patrick's HS in Chicago.

We only have 2 seniors this year, so we don't have a lot of scholarships to offer. Since Zabo and Ridenour are graduating this year, and Avery and Taishaun Johnson are gone after next year, point guard is a need.
10-09-2017 07:22 AM
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Not many verbals yet around the league. ... Is this one or two verbals for Kent State??? And does anybody know or heard of anything about the latest guy.
(This post was last modified: 10-11-2017 10:23 AM by cleveland.)
10-11-2017 10:23 AM
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(10-11-2017 10:23 AM)cleveland Wrote:  Not many verbals yet around the league. ... Is this one or two verbals for Kent State??? And does anybody know or heard of anything about the latest guy.

This is our 2nd verbal for next year. Deandre Gholston was the first. Pinson had a slew of low- and mid-major offers and was leaning toward Buffalo at onen point. One source had him as the 20th overall prospect in Illinois.
10-11-2017 07:32 PM
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Record-Courier says 11th best in Illinois (4th rated point guard) and recruited by Iowa, DePaul, Georgetown, and Toledo. Looks like a good passer.
10-11-2017 07:38 PM
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Well we can close the book on this kid as he has reopened his recruitment.
10-14-2017 05:58 PM
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That's really weird. Anyone know the story behind that? A bigger school pushing him to decommit so they can keep him on the back burner as a back up plan maybe?
10-15-2017 06:59 PM
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(10-15-2017 06:59 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  That's really weird. Anyone know the story behind that? A bigger school pushing him to decommit so they can keep him on the back burner as a back up plan maybe?

Agree , really weird ... these kids have been recruited for awhile, and often make three or more visits to schools.

They 'visit' expecting to be offered, and are usually given a week to make up their mind. ... Recruiting in a slimy business, so who knows what made the kid change his mind. But to say he made his mind up too quick is ????

For Kent's sake, hopefully this doesn't/hasn't cost them another player along the way. ...

It's situations like this that lead to JC/transfer recruiting in the spring. Most schools try to build with HS recruits, but this is what often happens, particularly with the potentially good ones. The big boys string them along.

For the kid, hopefully he knows what he's doing.
10-15-2017 07:25 PM
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I note that LePear Toles, who supposedly was offered by Kent State and Akron and a few others years ago, will sign later with Akron for 2018-2019. I read that he turned down mid-majors after high school and went to some prep school in hopes of getting a Power 5 type offer. It never came so he is playing JUCO this year. So that is two years he could have been playing D I mid-major ball but decided against it, only to end up with a mid-major for only three years of eligibility. Strange journey to just end up where you could have been in the first place. A friend told me he was hoping for an Ohio State offer that never came. It sounds like the case of someone not being as good as he thinks he is. I bet that is common among today's kids.
10-15-2017 07:53 PM
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Looking on the positive side, it appears Julian Sullinger will be an asset with recruiting as it was mentioned that Julian was involved with the recruiting process. Okay, so this one may have gotten away, but hopefully this is a sign of better things to come.
10-15-2017 09:27 PM
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(10-15-2017 07:53 PM)Muskrat Wrote:  I note that LePear Toles, who supposedly was offered by Kent State and Akron and a few others years ago, will sign later with Akron for 2018-2019. I read that he turned down mid-majors after high school and went to some prep school in hopes of getting a Power 5 type offer. It never came so he is playing JUCO this year. So that is two years he could have been playing D I mid-major ball but decided against it, only to end up with a mid-major for only three years of eligibility. Strange journey to just end up where you could have been in the first place. A friend told me he was hoping for an Ohio State offer that never came. It sounds like the case of someone not being as good as he thinks he is. I bet that is common among today's kids.

I'm more familiar w HS football, and can tell you it's common. Switching schools his senior year, committing them decommitting, those are all signs of a kid getting bad advice from a supposed "mentor". I wish the kid the best.
10-16-2017 06:24 AM
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