Another quiet month on the recruiting trail, as expected, with most of the national news consisting of teams rounding out their 2018-19 roster. That will change this coming weekend, as the July live period begins in earnest with the Peach Jam kicking off down in Atlanta. I assume Donyell Marshall & company will be down there looking to uncover some diamonds in the rough and @VerbalCommits will be rocking and rolling.
As for the 2018-19 recruiting class, the Blue Devils have just two available scholarships, one of which will be taken by Dallas-area combo-guard Trey Tennyson. According to Verbal Commits, Donyell Marshall has 20 open offers, spread out among positions fairly evenly: 5 PG; 5 SG; 3 SF; 6 PF; and 1 C (according to Verbal Commits). Bringing in another big man, with Deion Bute graduating, seems to be a priority, though a few of the offers back in April were to point guards. I'd have to think at least one more scholarship opens up by April 2019.
A great recruiting source, New England Recruiting Report,released their updated 2018-19 state-by-state rankings over the past few days ahead of the live period, which begins Wednesday night (July 11). Some observations:
Tre Mitchell, who CCSU offered way back in July of 2017 (his first D1 offer) checked in at #3 in the Connecticut rankings. The 6'9" forward, who plays at Woodstock Academy, cracked the ESPN100 and has received offers from a number of big time programs, including Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, UConn, and Xavier. He's a stud who will be playing in a P5 league next season.
Preston Santos, a 6'6" wing, was #5 in the CT rankings, and recently picked up an offer from new Bryant Coach Jared Grasso, Another guy who received an offer from Donyell Marshall about a year ago, Santos also has a number of Atlantic 10 programs interested.
James Bouknight, a 6'4" guard who plays at the MacDuffie School (same prep school as Kashaun Hicks) tops NERR's Massachusetts rankings. Another guy offered by Donyell Marshall in July of last year, he now holds offers from UConn, VCU, Minnesota, Kansas St., and Temple, as well as a variety of mid-majors. Like Mitchell, he will likely end up in a Power 5 league.
Combo-guard Moses Flowers, playing at Thayer Academy, cracked the Massachusetts Top 10 (#8). A favorite of mine, Flowers is a knock-down shooter who is also a really good defender. So far he's been offered by Iona, LIU and Robert Morris, in addition to CCSU, but don't be surprised to see him linked to some higher-tier mid majors over the next month.
Some other recruiting notes:
Lefty combo-guard Brandon Rush seems to have been prioritized by NEC programs; he's visited (unofficially) FDU, CCSU and now Robert Morris, and also holds an offer from St. Francis (PA). He's another personal favorite who can really score it.
In some non-Blue Devil news, Bryant head coach Jared Grasso has gotten busy since landing the gig, offering 56 players for the class of 2020 alone. He's also already offered a scholarship to a kid from the class of 2023. Yes, that's a rising 8th grader. Dude's aggressive out on the trail.