Sunday evening Creighton got on the board in the Class of 2016, as 6-foor-4 combo guard Davion Mintz made his pledge to Greg McDermott’s program. Mintz made the decision on the tail end of his official visit to Creighton, picking the Bluejays over Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Tulsa and Wichita State.
News of Mintz’s commitment was first reported by Rick Lewis of the Phenom Hoop Report, with Mintz confirming the news via Twitter shortly thereafter.
Creighton has just two seniors on its current roster in guard Jams Milliken and forward Geoffrey Groselle, but that doesn’t mean they lack for experience. Among the guards on the roster who will be around when Mintz arrives on campus are redshirt juniors Maurice Watson Jr., Malik Albert, and Isaiah Zierden, and Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster will be eligible in 2016-17.
Mintz, who attends North Mecklenberg HS just outside of Charlotte, can play either on or off the basketball. Creighton’s veteran guards should help Mintz with his transition to the college game when he arrives in Omaha in 2016. Mintz played for the Charlotte Nets grassroots program this summer.
Three days after landing one power forward in Sagaba Konate, West Virginia received a verbal commitment from another big man Sunday evening.
6-foot-11 Mountain Mission School (Grundy, Virginia) power forward Maciej Bender became the Mountaineers’ fourth commitment in the Class of 2016 on Sunday, with the Mountain Mission program announcing the news via Twitter. Bender is a native of Poland, and in addition to Konate he joins guards Brandon Knapper and Chase Harler in West Virginia’s 2016 recruiting class.
West Virginia will lose two forwards in TyQuane Goard and Jonathan Holton at the end of the 2015-16 season, and the additions of Konate and Bender will help the Mountaineers account for those departures from a depth standpoint. Bender can score around the basket, but he’s also capable of facing up and scoring in pick-and-pop situations out beyond the three-point line.
Bender officially visited West Virginia last weekend, and he was a player the WVU coaching staff wanted to get in the fold. Other programs to offer Bender included Arizona State (teammate Jethro Tshisumpa is an ASU commit), Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Providence. Bender played his grassroots basketball for the West Virginia Wildcats program this summer.
Michigan State landed its main target of a potential No. 1 class on Saturday as in-state, five-star wing Miles Bridges committed to the Spartans during a press conference.
The 6-foot-6 Bridges, who plays his high school ball at powerhouse Huntington Prep in West Virginia, is regarded as the No. 11 overall prospect in the Class of 2016 and the versatile lefty power wing can play multiple spots on the floor. Michigan State was able to land Bridges after a heated recruitment that included official visits to his other finalists of Indiana and Kentucky.
Playing with The Family in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer, Bridges cemented himself as a legitimate All-American candidate with his strong play and ability to score from all over the floor. In 22 games, Bridges averaged 21 points, 9.1 rebounds and two assists per game while shooting 44 percent from the field.
Joining Bridges in Michigan State’s Class of 2016 is five-star guard Josh Langford, four-star point guard Cassius Winston and four-star big man Nick Ward. While the Spartans haven’t reeled in consistent five-star talent over the last few classes, the last two groups have wielded three potential All-Americans and there is a major talent influx happening for head coach Tom Izzo’s program.
Now the big question becomes if Michigan State can convince five-star wing Josh Jackson to stay in Michigan. Jackson and his family have played things close to the vest during the recruiting process, but the Spartans certainly have an attractive group in place to surround Jackson with.