UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and his staff have been productive on the recruiting trail in the Class of 2016, as they’ve reeled in commitments from three players considered by many to rate among the top 100 players in the class. One of those three is point guard Alterique Gilbert, a native of Georgia who spent the summer playing for the CP3 All-Stars alongside talented players such as elite power forward Harry Giles.
Gilbert, who’s joined in UConn’s 2016 recruiting class by forwards Juwan Durham and Mamadou Diarra (VCU transfer Terry Larrier will be eligible to play in 2016-17 as well), will be a key figure for a program that will at the very least lose grad student Sterling Gibbs and senior Omar Calhoun from its perimeter rotation at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
Above are Gilbert’s highlights from this summer, with Courtside Films putting together the video.
Four schools to host four-star small forward on official visits
This upcoming school year 2016 forward Mario Kegler will be part of what is traditionally one of the top high school programs in the country, as he’ll complete his scholastic career at Oak Hill Academy playing alongside the likes of Harry Giles and Braxton Blackwell.
The four schools named are Indiana, Arizona State, Maryland and Connecticut (Kegler also discussed the recruiting “press” currently being put on by Mississippi State). But while schools have been discussed there are no dates set for those visits, and in the story it’s also noted that Kegler may not make his college decision until the spring.
It should also be noted that prospects have five official visits to use, so it will be interesting to see which of Kegler’s other possible destinations land in that spot.
Video credit: Courtside Films
Four-star small forward DeAndre Hunter focusing on 11 schools
Another member of the Class of 2016 has narrowed his recruiting focus, as four-star small forward DeAndre Hunter announced Sunday evening that he’s now focusing on 11 schools. The 6-foot-7 Hunter, who played for the Philly Pride grassroots program on the Under Armour Association circuit this summer, attends Friends Central HS in Philadelphia.
Hunter’s most recent offers have come from Maryland, Villanova and Notre Dame, and in recent weeks he’s taken unofficial visits to Arkansas (which did not make the cut), Villanova and Virginia according to 247Sports.com. Hunter still has all five of his official visits available to use, so it may be some time before the talented wing makes his college choice.