Genesis Academy in Lynchburg, Va., has become a popular spot for major college coaches this spring. Genesis has two sophomores being recruited by Maryland, and a junior who is also being monitored. We spoke to Genesis head coach James Simpkins about all three of his prize recruits.
"I'm really fortunate to have this type of talent, and these type kids," said Simpkins. "All three are very coachable, and all three are serious students."
Sophomore Greg Williams is a 6-foot-6 combo guard, who is equally adept at both backcourt positions.
"Greg's playing for the CP3 program this summer, and he's playing in the 17U division," said Simpkins. "Coaches like him because he can score and distribute. His firm offers at the moment are DePaul, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma, USC, and UNC-Wilmington."
Fellow sophomore Josh Hall, also 6-6, has an equally impressive list of suitors.
"Josh has offers from Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Cincinnati and UNLV," said Simpkins. "He'll be playing with the RL9 AAU program this summer. I call him a 'utility guy,' because he can pretty much play all over, but he projects mainly as a 2/3 in college. He's one of those kids who does a little bit of everything."
Bursting on the scene lately has been junior forward Marquez Letcher-Ellis, 6-7, who will be playing for DC Premier during the AAU season.
"I'd probably look at Marquez as more of a 3/4 prospect," said Simpkins. "He can get to the rim, but also shoots the ball pretty well (47 percent on treys), and in time I think he can be a stretch-4 in college. Marquez has offers from Georgia, UNLV, Auburn, Houston, Rice, USC and DePaul. He needs to put on some weight, but he's got plenty of upside."
Genesis Academy has a number of players from the Houston area, so geography isn't going to play a major role in this trio's recruitment process.
"All three kids are away from home already, so this should prepare them for college," said Simpkins. "They'll be looking at schools all over the country, and all are very wide open at the moment."
As for Maryland?
"Oh yeah, the Terps (assistant Dustin Clark) have been down here several times," said Simpkins. "They're definitely interested in both Josh and Greg, and may also be looking at Marquez too.
"My sense is that they're close to making some firm offers here before long, probably at the end of July. My kids are familiar with the program, and they are interested. We'll (Genesis) be playing some games in the D.C. area next season, and so I expect all my kids will know more about Maryland, and all that it has to offer."
TT has scouted all three of the Genesis players, and all have good athleticism, excellent length and solid skills. Any of them would be excellent additions to the Maryland program.
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