RECRUITING WRAP: JULY IS OVER!

The third and final July evaluation period completed last weekend (July 26-27) with events such as the Las Vegas Fab 48, Adidas Super 64, Las Vegas Classic, and AAU Nationals in Louisville. With camps completed, recruits have begun to trim their lists and/or make decisions on their future college destinations, including some of PC’s prime prospects.

2015 and 2016 Recruit Updates:

Donovan Mitchell : 6’3” SG from Brewster Academy. Mitchell was one of the biggest stock raisers of the July evaluation periods. He has officially blown up. He has now already trimmed his final list to 5 at the end of this past weekend – PC, BC, Louisville, Florida State and Villanova. Mitchell will unofficially visit Villanova on August 4 and officially visit Louisville August 7-8. Friar fans are chewing their fingernails to the quick over Mitchell.

Steve Enoch: 6’9” power forward from Norwalk High (Conn). Enoch didn’t play in the 2nd and 3rd live periods due to an injured thigh. It was announced that he is officially transferring to St. Thomas More (CT) for his senior season.

Derrick Jones: 6’6” small forward from Archbishop Carroll HS (PA). According to ZagsBlog, Jones plans to visit Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Kansas, and Auburn. He recently visited UConn, who is recruiting him very hard.

Arkel Ager-Lamar: 6’4” SG, Trumbull, CT. Ager-Lamar, who has reportedly been offered by Providence, will transfer to St. Thomas More and reclassify from 2015 to 2016, according to Adam Finkelstein.

Jared Reuter: 6’8” PF, Brewster Academy (NH). Reuter recently trimmed his list to 5, and PC made the cut. The final 5 were PC, URI, South Carolina, Virginia, and Iowa. On Saturday 8/2 it was announced that Reuter committed to Virginia.

Alex Owens: 6’8” PF, Oak Ridge (Orlando, FL) – Owens, who is generally regarded as a top 100 recruit, is described as a strong, physical player, who rebounds well, blocks shots, and has impressive passing skills. Owens cut his list to 3 recently – PC, Central Florida, and Missouri. He had originally committed to UCF, but then re-opened his recruitment in late 2013. Owens reportedly plans to visit PC soon.

Sam Miller: 6’7” PF, Gonzaga HS, Washington, DC. Miller had recently received an offer from PC, but has ended his recruitment and committed to Dayton.

Braxton Blackwell (2016): 6’7” SF, Nashville, TN, Christ Presbyterian Academy. Blackwell, Jalen Lindsey’s former teammate and a national top 40 recruit, was reportedly one of the most impressive 2016 players in Las Vegas at the Adidas Super 64. According to ZagsBlog, he has been hearing the most from PC, Indiana, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Ohio St since June 15. Blackwell recently received an offer from Kansas.

Justin Robinson – 6’1” PG, St. James School (MD). Robinson was reportedly impressive for Boo Williams both at the Peach Jam and AAU Nationals in Louisville. PC is in the mix, along with Purdue, Maryland, and others.

Chris Clarke – 6’6” SF, Cape Henry Collegiate School, Virginia Beach, VA. Robinson’s teammate on Boo Williams, Clarke was voted as the most competitive player of July’s evaluation period, according to a survey of over 100 college coaches by Scout.com. Florida and UConn are among the latest schools to offer Clarke. Others involved are VCU, Virginia, Old Dominion, Maryland, and Tennessee. It’s unclear how involved PC is, if at all.

Esa Ahmad: 6’7” PF, Shaker Heights (OH) – Ahmad was offered by PC recently. He was reportedly going to make a second visit to Ohio St on Saturday 8/2, and potentially Cincinnati on Sunday 8/3. Ohio State are considered the front runner.

Kenny Williams: 6’2” SG, L.C. Bird (VA) – Williams reportedly has recently gotten offers from PC, Georgetown, and Oklahoma St. With a strong showing for Boo Williams this July, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, VCU, and Georgetown have been showing him the most interest, with North Carolina offering this weekend.

Prince Ali: 6’4” SG, Sagemont (FL) – The former UConn commit, Ali will take officials to UCLA (August 31) and Louisville (September 6) according to ZagsBlog. PC has been listed with him.

Malik Beasley: 6’4” SG, St Francis School (GA) - After completing a big spring and summer, Beasley plans to cut his list of schools down to 8 next week. Competition is very strong, including Georgia, Maryland, VCU, and Wake Forest.

Montaque Gill-Caesar: 6’6” SF, Huntington Prep (WV). A top 50 2015 prospect, Gill-Caesar decided to reclassify to 2014 and committed to Missouri. PC was on his most recent short list of 6 schools.

Isaiah Briscoe: 6’3” PG from Roselle Catholic (NJ). Scout.com spoke to over 100 college coaches to get their take on the best players in July, and Briscoe was 4th on the list. Briscoe will be sidelined 4-6 weeks after fracturing his foot during the Las Vegas Fab 48. PC may still be involved to some extent.

Terance Mann: 6’5” SG/SF from the Tilton School (NH). Mann performed very well playing for BABC this summer. He was reportedly going to visit PC, but unsure if that happened. Mann cut his list over the weekend to 6, and PC didn’t make the cut. The schools that did are Indiana, Marquette, BC, Florida St, URI, and Arizona State.

Antoino Blakeney – 6’3” SG, Orlando, FL, Oak Ridge. One of the elite scorers in the class of 2015, Blakeney announced he cut his list to 7 schools – Florida St, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU, and USC.

Kentrell Barkley: 6’5” SF, Northern Durham (NC) – According to a Scout.com article, Barkley was a key cog at Adidas Super 64 for Team Loaded. He is athletic and tough, with strengths on defense and on the boards. He received his first high major offer from PC, to go with other offers from East Carolina, UNC Wilmington, Appalachian St, Western Kentucky, and Charlotte.

Alex Illikainen: 6’9” PF, Grand Rapids (MN) – PC has been prominently mentioned in the recruitment of Illikainen, along with Minnesota, Creighton, and Nebraska. He recently received an offer from Iowa. According to an article in the Star Tribune last week, sources in Grand Rapids indicate he has said he is thinking he will be a Gopher.

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