Ohio center planning visits

In a basketball landscape where big men can often be found drifting around the perimeter, true back-to-the-basket post players are refreshing, and in demand. One player that fits this description is Ohio post Eric Truog.

Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with Eric Truog's high school coach, Josh Jakacki, to learn more about the 2012 big.

According to Jakacki, Eric checks in at just a shade under 6'10 and weighs a solid 250 pounds. At Kenston High School, located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Truog has been invaluable over the past two years. On the summer circuit, Eric ran with the Ohio Basketball Club.

"Eric was our MVP the past two seasons," Jakacki explained. "His role was to be our lead dog and get us the tough baskets in the many nip and tuck games that we played." Jakacki further elaborated, saying, "Our offense was tailored for his skill set."

Behind Truog's strong play, Kenston won back-to-back league titles the past two years, logging 18 and 19 wins in those campaigns.

Eric uses his size judiciously, playing primarily in the post. "Eric is a back-to-the-basket, power player. His style is old school, very fundamental. He is very patient on the block."

Truog is frequently doubled in the post, but he knows what to do with the ball when the double comes. "He willingly gives the ball up in double teams and is a very solid passer. " Beyond that, Eric has improved in a few areas as well. "He can stretch the floor with his jump-shot and his ability to score off the bounce is much improved," Jakacki said.

Due to his size and skill set, Eric is currently receiving recruiting attention from a number of schools. According to Jakacki, he is currently in the process of scheduling three visits. Truog intends to visit Marist, Fairfield, and Saint Joseph's. In addition to those three schools, he is also receiving interest from Siena, Toledo, Akron, Kent State, and UNC Greensboro.

In addition to his talents on the court, Truog is also a likable and successful student. According to Jakacki, he carries a strong 3.5 GPA and is extremely well liked by his teammates, classmates, and teachers.

Eric Truog looks to continue his high school success this year at Kenston and also looks to make a college decision. Stayed tuned to Hawk Hill Hardwood for the latest on Eric's continued progress on the court and his recruitment.

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