He also had offers from Georgetown, Georgia, Pittsburgh and Providence, among a few other schools. Southern Utah, a program that doesn’t seem to fit with the other seven choices, was the first school to offer Harris. Harris, whose game stretches from the paint to the perimeter, grew up in Georgia before moving to the D.C. area at the start of high school.
His list cut comes at the end of the first July live period, as college coaches were able to watch players in person from Wednesday to Sunday. The D.C.-based AAU program Team Takeover competed at Peach Jam, the finals of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League, which is arguably the biggest recruiting event of the summer. D.C. Premier, the D.C. Blue Devils and Mid-Atlantic Select were all at the Under Armour event, and the D.C.-based New World competed at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale in South Carolina.
Below are basketball recruiting updates coming out of the five-day evaluation period. The next one will start this Wednesday at 5 p.m. and go until 5 p.m. on Sunday, and then there will be one more at the end of July.
Recruiting notes …
» Springbrook guard Matthew Balanc picked up offers from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Mexico, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Maryland-Baltimore County, High Point and Quinnipiac in the last week, Mid-Atlantic Select director James Lee told The Post. Balanc, who is in the Class of 2018 and plays for Mid-Atlantic Select’s 17U team on the Under Armour circuit, had a lone Division I offer (from Bryant) heading into the first July evaluation period. Lee said that Connecticut and Georgetown have also shown interest in Balanc.
» Former Eastern forward Jamarko Pickett is now being “heavily pursued” by Georgetown and Maryland, a source told The Post on Monday. Pickett, who spent this past season doing a postgraduate year at Massanutten Military Academy, received his release from Ole Miss on Saturday. The 6-foot-7 forward is ranked 93rd in ESPN’s Top 100 for the Class of 2017, and his initial recruiting process only included visits to Ole Miss and Rhode Island. Now it seems that the D.C. native could potentially attend college close to home.
» St. John’s guard Casey Morsell picked up offers from Cincinnati and DePaul on Monday. Doug Martin, Morsell’s AAU coach with Team Takeover’s 16U team, alerted The Post of the Cincinnati offer, while St. John’s Coach Pat Behan did so for the DePaul offer. Morsell, a 6-foot-2 scorer in the Class of 2019, previously had offers from Virginia Tech, Temple, Penn State, VCU, Penn State, Rhode Island, George Washington, Richmond, Towson and Binghamton.
» DeMatha center Hunter Dickinson received an offer from Wake Forest on Sunday, Martin confirmed to the Post on Monday. Dickinson, a seven-footer in the Class of 2020, plays up two age groups on Team Takeover’s 17U team. He previously had offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Penn State and Georgia Tech. Dickinson is ranked ninth in ESPN’s Top 25 for the Class of 2020.
» Gonzaga forward Terrance Williams received an offer from DePaul, Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner told The Post on Saturday. Williams, who is in the Class of 2020 and plays for Team Takeover’s 16U team, previously had an offer from North Carolina State and has received interest from high-major programs like Virginia and Notre Dame in the last few months.
» Riverdale Baptist point guard Donovann Toatley has received offers from Jacksonville State and Tennessee-Chattanooga, he tweeted Monday. Toatley, a lightning quick 5-foot-9 guard, had an offer from Richmond heading into the first July live period. He plays for the D.C. Premier’s 17U team. In June, Riverdale Baptist Coach Lou Wilson said Toatley had received interest from Missouri, James Madison, Rice, Towson, Massachusetts-Lowell, Mount Saint Mary’s, Radford, Maryland-Baltimore County and Lipscomb.
» St. John’s point guard Tre Wood received offers from VCU and Massachusetts on Monday, he announced on Twitter. Wood, who plays for Team Takeover’s 17U EYBL team, was receiving heavy interest from both teams heading into the first July evaluation period. Before this past week, Wood’s most recent offers were from South Florida, San Diego, Hofstra and Coppin State.
» St. Mary’s Ryken guard Wynston Tabbs received attention from Syracuse, Penn State, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, UNLV, West Virginia, South Florida, Rutgers and St. Joseph’s during the five-day evaluation period, Team Melo recruiting coordinator Dwayne Wise tweeted. Tabbs plays for Team Melo’s 17U team on Nike’s AAU circuit. The 6-foot-3 scorer most recently received offers from UNLV and Virginia Tech, and previously had offers from South Florida, Penn State, Rutgers, Cincinnati, George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth and Towson, among a handful of other schools.
» Severn School guard L.J. Owens picked up offers from Delaware, Eastern Kentucky, Youngstown State and Charleston Southern in the last week, D.C. Blue Devils Coach Ricardo Rush confirmed to The Post on Monday. Owens, who plays for Rush on the program’s 17U team, was also receiving interest from St. Bonaventure, Massachusetts and George Washington heading into the first July evaluation period. Before it, the 6-foot-3 Owens had offers from Kansas State, American, William & Mary, Radford, Quinnipiac, Navy, Hofstra, Maryland-Baltimore County and Loyola (Maryland).
» O’Connell point guard Xavier Johnson received offers from Creighton and South Florida on Monday, he announced on Twitter. Johnson, who plays for Team Takeover’s 17U EYBL team, previously had offers from Georgetown, N.C. State, Providence, Washington, Georgia Tech, Towson, Tulane and Manhattan. Johnson showed his athleticism and fearlessness throughout the week at Peach Jam:
» Twin forwards Makhi and Makhel Mitchell are receiving interest from Texas A&M and “high interest” from N.C. State, D.C. Blue Devils Coach Brian Inge told The Post on Monday. The Mitchells, who attend McNamara and play for the D.C. Blue Devils’ 16U team, are in the Class of 2019 and set on making a college decision together. They have offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Memphis and Penn State, among other schools. Makhel is 6-foot-9, and Makhi is 6-foot-8.
» Class of 2019 guard Marvin Price took an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech over the weekend, Inge told The Post on Monday. Price, who attended DeMatha before transferring to Patterson in Baltimore, plays for Inge with the D.C. Blue Devils’ 16U team. The 6-foot-4 Price was reportedly offered by Illinois State on Monday night, and previously had offers from Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech and DePaul.
» Other interest for D.C. Blue Devils 16U (Class of 2019) players coming out of the weekend, according to Inge: Stone Bridge point guard Evan Buckley received interest from Holy Cross, Bucknell, Columbia and Duquesne; St. Mary’s Annapolis guard Josh Wallace received interest from St. Joseph’s and Coppin State; St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes wing Christian received interest from Columbia and Longwood.
» St. John’s center Richard Njoku was recently offered by Furman, St. John’s Coach Pat Behan told The Post on Monday. Njoku, a high-energy big man who plays for D.C. Premier’s 17U team, already had offers from Boston University, Brown, Bucknell, Binghamton, New Hampshire and Canisius.
» Georgetown Prep forward Ike Nweke received an offer from Loyola (Maryland) on Monday, he announced on Twitter. Nweke, who is 6-foot-6 and in the Class of 2018, previously had offers from Army, Navy, Colgate, Lafayette, Brown and New Hampshire.
» Gonzaga forward Allin Blunt received an offer from Division II Millersville on Saturday, Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner told The Post. Blunt is a 6-foot-6 rising senior and could start for the Eagles’ talented team in the upcoming high school season.
» Bladensburg wing Daniel Oladapo is receiving a lot of interest from Eastern Michigan, Bladensburg Coach Antonio Williams told The Post on Monday. Oladapo played with New World’s 17U team last week and went into the evaluation period with offers from Towson, Canisius, High Point, Howard, Bowie State and Virginia Union. He has also received interest from Maryland-Baltimore County, North Carolina-Greensboro, Radford and Fairleigh Dickinson in recent months.
» Two Mid-Atlantic Select players who received interest coming out of the weekend, according to program director James Lee: Bullis guard Phillip Smith (Class of 2019) is receiving interest from George Mason, Bucknell and Delaware. Wakefield forward Amari Cooper (Class of 2018) is receiving interest from Mount St. Mary’s, Appalachian State and Lipscomb.
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